Printed Letters: March 9, 2017

For once, Grant was right about something
In all of the time that I have seen Bill Grant’s column in The Daily Sentinel, I have never once agreed with a single thing that he has said.

Mark down today’s date, March 8, 2017. I have to say that I am happy that we can find some common ground. I completely agree with your editorial column concerning “rolling coal.” I have witnessed this behavior on a number of occasions here in Happy Valley, and I find it disgusting. I hope we do make it illegal, but I sincerely doubt it will ever be seriously or consistently enforced.

Grand Junction

A new airport terminal more beneficial than event center
I have a novel idea. Instead of an event center, let’s build a state-of-the-art airport terminal. Then, when people start flying in here to visit or for recreational purposes, we might consider an event center. The only question I have is what events are we talking about? We have no professional teams in the area that would use it and besides, I thought Grand Junction was trying to sell its outdoor activity.

They never used Two Rivers Convention Center for conventions, so let’s build a nice new airport terminal that we might all get some use out of!

Grand Junction

Coverage of libel flap 
suggests Sentinel bias
In reference to the article in The Daily Sentinel, Tuesday, March 7, 2017, by Dennis Webb, “Firm sues environmentalist for libel over online posting,” it seems that Mr. Kolbenschlag and The Daily Sentinel are doing their very best to raise money to help offset attorney fees related to a libel suit brought against Mr. Kolbenschag by SG Interests.

Why else would the Sentinel publish how to contribute to Kolbenschlag’s defense? I question the newsworthiness of the story itself, much less the fundraising angle.

What about SGI’s legal costs?

A company that actually provides good-paying jobs, a company that pays taxes to federal, state, county and city government. Maybe the Sentinel should ask for donations to offset the county and city budget deficit versus an environmental activist whose effort has helped reduce revenue to local government.

Do not worry about Mr. Kolbenschlag — the environmentalists and environmental organizations will ensure that his legal fees are covered.

Grand Junction

Businesses should support state parental-leave bill
For years this county has viewed itself as “business” friendly. This county is one of the most depressed counties of Colorado. Leadership and the chamber have opposed anything suggested that would change the culture of steady imbalance and inequality in the Western Slope’s largest city.

The “Family-Friendly Parental Leave Bill,” House Bill 1001, is one small act of kindness businesses can extend to their employees that will cost them nothing.

This bill allows parents to interact and be involved with their children. Families are the ONLY reason businesses exist. More than 80 percent of the businesses in this county are recreational/tourist/family-oriented. The culture of business begins with the family and is fatally intertwined. If the family thrives, the business thrives. If the Mesa County leadership, state representatives and city councils could view family as an equal to business, the balance will come. Nothing human thrives imbalanced. Doing the same thing over, for years, and expecting a different outcome is not working for now or the future.


West Slope farmer urges
 support of methane rule
To Sen. Gardner: Supporting the BLM methane rule shouldn’t be a tough decision.

Residents and businesses on the Western Slope are resilient. We’re used to making tough decisions, negotiating compromises, and working together. As a Western Slope resident and farmer, I’m asking you to not support the Congressional Review Act (CRA) vote on the BLM methane rule.

Reducing methane emissions that occur through venting and flaring keeps gas in the pipelines, translating into more efficient production, higher returns for taxpayers, more responsible use of public energy resources, and cleaner air.

The BLM methane rule makes sense because it encourages the responsible use of a limited resource. Using the Congressional Review Act in an effort to challenge and permanently eliminate this rule seems heavy-handed and does not align with our values or with good business practices.



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