Printed Letters: September 15, 2017
Vote yes on 3A and 3B to support D51 students
Every morning, the students at Fruita Middle School say the Pledge of Allegiance in classrooms. On the last day of school every year, it is our tradition for the 600-plus students and staff to gather in our 1938 school gym to recite the pledge in unison.
I leave the gym inspired after observing the respect our future community leaders have for our country.
Looking around our school, and in our gym in particular, I often think of how teachers in our school were educating students as World War II was being fought by other great Americans preserving our freedoms around the globe. I think those who fought for our country would be proud of our students and glad to know that the freedoms of those students are being upheld in classrooms across our community.
I will be voting to support both the mill and the bond because I believe in our country and the freedoms we stand for. Students will be the ones to carry the torch of freedom and those students need to be well educated to carry the torch properly. Our teachers are doing a great job, and our facility managers have done well keeping our buildings in as good of shape as possible, and yet our building is in desperate need of repairs and our teachers need more school days to do our jobs properly. I also believe our community needs to have schools we are proud of. All of us have the privilege and duty to ensure our students have the right facilities in which to learn, and our great kids just need your help. The list of what we (and other schools) need is outlined at http://www.CitizensForSD51.com.
Please vote yes with me, and vote for the children who would vote yes, but can’t yet, and are simply counting on you to pay it forward.
Principal, Fruita Middle School
What caused the major storms before climate change?
In response to all of the letters and columns written to ascribe blame for the recent storms on global warming/climate change, I only have one question. What caused the major storms before climate change?
According to CSU meteorologist Philip Klotzbach, in the last 131 years there have been 24 major hurricanes in the U.S. Of those, only six have occurred in the last 30 years. The strongest, the Labor Day Storm, hit in 1935. The other 18 date from 1886 to 1969.
It’s easy to look for reasons and place blame, but in my opinion, to do it without actual proof is somewhat delusional, and unproductive. You don’t have to be a climate denier to question the conclusions of so many, based on so little actual causative data.
We need to hold conversation between industry and citizens
Why can’t we move ahead from the same old industry assertions that “oil and gas industry is good for our economy,” “regulations restrict the industry to produce,” and “regulations restrict the industry to hire people,” and have a constructive conversation between industry and the citizens?
Western Colorado Congress is not aware of responsible citizens disagreeing with the first phrase — it is a no-brainer. As to the second, regulations are developed to protect someone or something. Speed limits on the streets of Grand Junction could be considered burdensome to drivers, but are necessary to protect public safety. Our legislators, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission and WCC all have indicated that any regulations that are out of date, or are otherwise ineffective, should be considered for elimination. Industry, in this case, Ursa, needs to produce the list of specific ineffective regulations. Regarding the third, it is the tired old scare phrase used since the 1960s and still used by some in industry whenever they are facing something they don’t like. It is equivalent to environmentalists claiming that all industry impacts would be “baby killers.” These phrases are meant to evoke emotion and are rarely, if ever, true. WCC is aware that there are many responsible oil and gas companies in Colorado that do not make these assertions.
Although only implied in the Sept. 27 article, “Senate Prez: Technology is outpacing energy rules,” I assume Senate President Grantham was echoing Ursa’s complaints that are directed at environmental rules. No person or industry has a right to pollute more than the minimum necessary, nor to create an unhealthy environment, which is codified in our Clean Air and Clean Water Acts. Polluting the minimum necessary in practice means operating with “best control technology” with the additional restriction that we cannot pollute beyond the national health standards. That means that our cars, wood-burning stoves, ATVs, the Craig and Hayden power plants, and oil and gas production equipment, etc. are required to have current-technology pollution controls installed and operated properly.
Clean air and water are a public right. Allowing cars, trucks, airplanes, industry, etc. to consume a small amount of our clean air is an allowance from the public in exchange for the product. Installation of current-technology and properly operating emission controls are built into our 1970s environmental laws, not some recent concoction of environmentalists.
Chairman, Western Colorado Congress Oil & Gas Committee