Printed Letters: September 21, 2016

Deal with causes, not symptoms

The news is loaded with the bomb attack that occurred in New York. Questions are being asked: How did this happen? Why did this happen? And what are we doing to stop these acts?

Now, there seems to be quite a bit of information as to what happened. The causes or why this happened are not yet well defined, and the action or actions to keep this from happening again do not seem to exist.

The blame game has stated. The news is filled with information and not one cause has been contributed to the individual as to why the bombs were placed. Finding a cause will be deeply rooted in the individual’s nurturing by family, friends, religion, and education. Unless we deal with and correct the root causes, we are dealing with symptoms and the incidents will continue to occur.

Do not blame the United States! This individual was afforded the opportunity to succeed and they made a choice.

RICHARD CONKLE
Grand Junction

School’s tennis court 
maintenance is lacking

I’d like to know who is responsible for maintaining the tennis courts at Fruita Middle School. What’s the point of having two decent courts but no nets? The nets are totally missing on one and are pretty much useless on the other – with just a wire running across it.

These courts used to be used by all sorts of people back in the day, but then, suddenly, any kind of maintenance just stopped.

If this is the school district’s idea of good management, then we need new people on that board for sure. If someone else is responsible, they need to take care of it or turn it into a parking lot. Then it could at least be used for something.

ROY BAILEY
Fruita

Column misrepresented mission of Alliance

Greg Walcher’s recent column regarding the trip to Washington DC that I organized through the Colorado Farm & Food Alliance misrepresents the situation and our mission there.   

The trip was to share local efforts to move toward energy independence through producing more homegrown power. The North Fork Valley is headquarters to the leading global training institute for solar and alternative energy systems: Solar Energy International. And solar is a large part of our rural member-owned utility’s plan to produce 50 percent of our power by 2025, developed by our own sweat and ingenuity from local sources.

It’s not the only piece, however. Coal mine methane capture, using proven technology already in place in the 3 megawatt facility built by Vessels Coal Gas, Inc. in partnership with Bill Koch’s Oxbow Mine and Aspen Skiing Company, is another part. Up to 60 MW are available in this potential power source alone. Small – and medium – scale hydro on our ditches and canals, also proven technology already in operation on the South Canal with a project built by Uncompahgre Valley water users, likely represents another 40 MW of developable power.

Producing more of our power means more of our hard-earned dollars stay in our communities, where they continue to circulate through the local economy. That just makes good business sense that will have a positive effect on residents’ bottom line.

Walcher can spin it however he wants to boost false hopes for an industry in decline. He can disparage our efforts and slight our leaders if he wishes. But it is a dead end approach. American know-how and strong work ethic provide solutions that will have immediate benefit – for places like the North Fork and all across the nation where communities are moving quickly toward real energy independence.

PETE KOLBENSCHLAG
Paonia

Journalist was simply charged with trespass

Amy Goodman’s column, “Journalism is not a crime,” recounts her presence and journalistic coverage of the recent oil pipe line protests in North Dakota. Her article centers on the fact that she was charged with criminal trespass associated with those activities.

Trespass is a relatively simple concept involving one’s physical presence on land without permission. Goodman gives no details of her location, such as whether the land was public or private, or whether she had gained prior permission to enter. Rather, she portrays her presence as impliedly justified simply because she was a journalist. In effect, she had a presumed First Amendment free pass to trespass because she was just doing her journalistic job.

Ferreting out the clutter of deflecting, pouting indignities present though out the article, the simple fact remains that the arrest warrant made no claim of “criminal journalism” or “criminal doing one’s job,” as Goodman claims. The charge was, plain and simple, criminal trespass – violation of a possessory land right – which is exactly what her hyper-pout studiously fails to address.

BUD MARKOS
Grand Junction


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