Printed letters, May 8, 2013

I always turn first to the Sunday Commentary pages in The Daily Sentinel, and Sunday’s were exceptional. Even all of the cartoons were good, and the letters also hit the nail on the head.

I would like to recommend two columns not to be missed to those who haven’t yet had the time or opportunity: Scott Tipton’s recounting that “Federal … control, state water” and Diane Schwenke’s “… protect state’s economy.”

Both document the leftists (or progressives, or liberals, or Democrats or whatever they call themselves today) trying to control and dictate everything from Denver and Washington. It’s time to say “enough.”

Our country is at risk, and it’s under attack from within. Most of the media are in the leftists’ pockets, for reasons I can’t fathom. They should be doing their job of “speaking truth to power,” as we used to hear from them in the Reagan-Bush years.

Thanks to the Sentinel for continuing to show why freedom of the press is so important to us all, and please keep up the good work.

GEORGE E. CORT

Montrose

Chamber of Commerce wields
great power in Mesa County

It has long been established that government — the people — have a dominating interest in commerce. That interest is based on commerce being a function of people relating to one another in a mutually beneficial way for buyers and sellers. We have codes, regulations and laws based on experience that some take advantage of others in various ways, absent guidance from representatives of the people. The people decide how, when and where they want commerce to take place.

Chambers of commerce are organizations of business people to benefit their members in various ways, not the least of which is to have an advisory voice in how those codes, regulations and laws are devised that the people want imposed on commercial enterprises for the benefit of the people. In many, maybe most, communities around the country, chambers of commerce consider themselves partners with the people for the benefit of the quality of life in the community.

But not in Grand Junction and Mesa County. Here, the chamber is the adversary of the people, but the chamber does it, as far as we know, within existing laws. They have chosen to take steps to pack the City Council so that commerce will determine how, when and where they want to do business.

Now we find out that they also want to influence public attitudes by use of a sister organization, but without acknowledging who is behind their activities in public. Do they have something to hide? Why is secrecy necessary? Is this what you want?

You might query businesses you consider doing business with as to whether they are members of the Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce. It’s always nice to know if you are dealing with a friend or someone who considers you an adversary and someone to dominate and manipulate.

JOHN BORGEN

Grand Junction

 

City sought more money
as sales tax revenue dipped

Has anyone else noticed that the same month in which the city sought unfettered, unaccountable, unspecified spending authority on the ballot is the same month that we learned sales tax receipts have recently declined?

RICHARD RININGER

Grand Junction

 

Governor should sign 
collaborative energy bill

I’m a sustainable business guy. Last week, though, I spent an afternoon, somewhat incongruously, you might think, with friends at the Elk Creek coal mine in Somerset. We were there with Sen. Mark Udall and his staff to tour our coalmine methane to electricity plant, the first of its kind in the state.

The project brought together strange bedfellows indeed: Aspen Skiing Company, Holy Cross Energy, Vessels Coal Gas, Gunnison Energy and the Oxbow/Elk Creek Mine. Together, we’re using an otherwise wasted resource to benefit our communities.

The project is as important for what it does as what it says in a divided America: I’m from a very different world than coal miners, and though we may differ on many issues, I have grown to like them all enormously.

It’s just this sort of project, and collaboration, that will become more likely thanks to SB252, which passed both Colorado houses and now only needs the governor’s signature to become law.

The bill increases Colorado’s renewable energy standard for co-ops and increases Colorado’s power diversity, taking advantage of a variety of resources, including wind, solar, mine methane and syn gas from municipal waste. The bill opens up new job prospects for our citizens and new economic opportunities for the state.

It also means stable power prices, cleaner air and outside investment. I want to thank Gov. John Hickenlooper and the Colorado Energy Office for supporting SB252, as well as bill co-sponsors Sens. Gail Schwartz and John Morse and Reps. Mark Ferrandino and Crisanta Duran.

AUDEN SCHENDLER

Aspen

 

President could resolve 
Benghazi questions quickly

Is there any reason why a bipartisan group from Congress can’t call a press conference and simply say, “Mr. President, please order the State Department to release the names and locations of the people who survived the Benghazi attack”?

The president could resolve these questions in a minute with a directive.

L.W. HUNLEY

Grand Junction



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