Printed letters, October 4, 2012

It is disappointing that there are those in our society who seem to have little better to do than dream up lawsuits over trivial matters when they do not get their way. It is sadder still when public policy is made as a result.

Take, for example, the lawsuit leveled by the Grand Valley Citizens Alliance and Western Colorado Congress against the Garfield County commissioners in response to the board’s resolution concerning the BLM’s programmatic environmental impact statement on oil shale. That resolution was rescinded as a result.

Let’s assume that the charges against the board are technically accurate — that public notice of the Vernal meeting was posted a few minutes late, and that the Garfield commissioners failed to provide either enough details about the meeting or a good enough legal reason for attending it. (It’s incredible to think that discussing with their counterparts a major federal decision that has long-term implications for their region is not a legitimate reason, but OK.)

Let’s even further concede that the three hours of public testimony and months of build-up to the formal adoption of the resolution were insufficient for energy opponents to air their gripes.

The fact remains that the BLM has released an atrocious impact statement with a preferred alternative that would effectively spell the end of oil shale research, development and commercialization, along with the energy security, jobs and other economic benefits it would bring — an impact statement ironically only inflicted on the American people as result of yet another legal temper-tantrum lawsuit.

The Garfield County commissioners still have the responsibility to join the rest of the region in opposing this punch to the gut of their community. Their only reasonable course is to readopt the resolution without delay.


Grand Junction

Is Rick Wagner advocating 
for an American oligarchy?

Rick Wagner describes Democrats as “these politicians who want to seem like defenders of the little guy.” I suppose the upper class thinks of middle and lower classes as “little guys.” We know Romney isn’t concerned about the lower 47 percent.

It is foolish to suggest that Democrats have ulterior motives and that Republicans don’t just because Sal Pace solicits a political donation or, as Wagner puts it, “wants to spend his money.” How about the corporate flipping done by Baines Capital and Romney and how about the trillions lost as a result of Wall Street shenanigans in the housing debacle? Whose money was blown away then? Aren’t these the friends whom Wagner really wishes were representing him and us, “the little people?”

Can you imagine how the rest of us would do without representation? Isn’t Wagner expounding government by the few, an oligarchy? Romney, Ryan and Wagner make quite a self-serving threesome. How do you think the 99 percent would do in such a system?


Grand Junction

Be sure to vote to protect 
children and grandchildren

Nov. 6 will be a pivotal election for our country. The TV media are most certainly behind President Obama and lack the integrity to truthfully show both sides of the issues, up to and including altering audio and video of Mitt Romney and his rallies.

Please think before voting for someone who is intent on the destruction of this country. If you have children and grandchildren, you must be concerned what kind of country we will leave them after this election.

As Thomas Paine said, “If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.”


Grand Junction


Military discharge form 
essential to obtain benefits

I’ve had the honor of working for the Colorado State Veterans Home in Rifle for more than six years. We help veterans come into our home to receive care for short-term rehab therapies, respite care (for the caregiver), long-term nursing, dementia/Alzheimer’s care or hospice care. We also can accept spouses of veterans in some circumstances.

One of my biggest roadblocks in helping veterans’ family members or the veterans and spouses themselves is locating their military discharge paperwork that shows their proof of service.

The DD-214 form shows the service member’s entry date and whether the veteran was honorably discharged, as well as a discharge date. Sometimes the DD-214 will confirm where the veteran served — in what states or foreign countries. I cannot stress the importance of having this form in your files.

The DD-214 could help a veteran receive well-deserved benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs. Having the form can also help family members with burial benefits.

If records are available through the federal VA system, you can obtain a copy of a DD-214 by going online at The website will step you through the process in filling out all of the pertinent information. Try to make finding this form in your files or obtaining a copy a priority so you can have it readily available.




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