Printed Letters: Sept. 2, 2016
Schwartz will work to find common ground
People say Congress is “gridlocked” and “broken,” yet repeatedly elect leaders for their hardline positions, rather than for their collaboration skills. This year, I choose cooperation. I am voting for a Colorado District 3 candidate who, above all, can work effectively with anyone.
Gail Schwartz made impressive contributions as a Colorado state senator. She championed the Building Excellent Schools Today or “BEST” bill, which is currently enabling the school where I teach to rebuild after decades of structural problems. More importantly, Senator Schwartz lives up to her motto, “No one will ever work harder for you,” and was even named the senate’s hardest working member.
Contrast that ethic with our current congressman, Scott Tipton. For three years, I have volunteered with an organization that promotes a bipartisan proposal to stop climate change. Rep. Tipton has made scant time to discuss the topic with constituents, even after eight or more trips, on our own dimes, to meet with his (low-level) staff in Grand Junction and Washington, D.C. Republican leaders from other districts around the country have granted our groups a warm welcome, but Tipton, apparently, has been too threatened or narrow-minded to consider a promising proposal.
Gail Schwartz, on the other hand, is known for finding common ground with those on all sides. No matter what future Congresswoman Schwartz’s position on climate change or any issue, I trust she will listen carefully to opponents and host productive dialogues. Vote Gail Schwartz for District 3 this fall!
Had whistle not been blown, issues at airport would remain
I was pleased that The Sentinel took the time to detail the challenges facing the Grand Junction airport and to introduce Kip Turner, the man whose task it will be to lead the effort to fix the mess left behind by the previous administrator. As a recent transplant from Maine and a pilot I was somewhat taken aback to move to an airport that was, to put it succinctly, an utter mess. It is good to see Kip on the job and I wish him luck and support in his efforts.
After reading your coverage, I feel that The Sentinel conflates the issue of the airport terminal building (you know, the place where one goes to check bags, clear TSA security and get on an airplane) and the issue of the airport administration building (the place where Mr. Tippets and staff were to have offices, now know as 2013 project 800 Eagle Drive). I trust that this is purely accidental, but urge The Sentinel to be clear on this point in the future.
Had the whistle not been blown on the actions of Tippets and the building now know as “2013 Project at 800 Eagle Drive” been completed, the challenges facing the airport would be the same today. We’d still be dealing with an aging terminal building to accommodate our airlines and passengers. The only difference is Tippets and staff would be sitting in a nice new office building, with a spectacular view of the Grand Valley and we’d be paying the FAA back millions of dollars for an improper grant. While I am all for nice things for our community, their existence needs to be legitimately justified.
The fact the grant application for the “2013 Project at 800 Eagle Drive” was pulled by the airport, never resubmitted, and consequently the building never completed should tell us something about the validity of the initial grant application.
Think twice before you believe the anti-fracking rhetoric
Thank you to everyone who refused to sign proposed ballot initiatives 75 and 78. Despite the hundreds of petitioners out in force throughout the state over the past couple of months the “anti-fracking movement” was unable to collect enough signatures to get their anti-fracking initiatives on the November ballot. Both initiatives would have added even more limitations on an already struggling oil and natural gas industry in Colorado.
We already have some of the toughest oil and gas regulations in the nation. These additional rules are not needed and, by the lack of credible signatures collected, it’s obvious the people of this great state do not want them.
The “anti-fracking movement” often tries to wordsmith these proposed ballot initiatives to sneak them by an unsuspecting public — a tactic that has worked in the past, but hit a roadblock this time around. However, it now appears that their deceitful ways didn’t end there. What is not shocking, but very disappointing, is that the petition processing team has potentially identified some of the signatures collected as forged; prompting an investigation by the Attorney General’s Office.
So, think twice before you believe the non-factual rhetoric that is too often spewed by the people and organizations behind the “anti-fracking movement.” If they’re willing to break the law in an effort to get their way, imagine what else they might be capable of as they try to manipulate the facts and you.