Printed Letters: September 23, 2016
Government keeps shutting things down
It’s never going to stop. Government and radical environmentalists just keep shutting down activities and lands. And we keep letting them. It started with logging. As a result, Western forests are now full of dead and dying trees and forest fires burn more acres and homes every year.
Increasing numbers of people are evacuated. Carbon from people (vehicles/utilities) is terrible, but carbon-laden smoke from massive and numerous forest fires somehow poses no problems?
It moved to mining. Mining, which supplies all the materials that farming and logging don’t, became an evil use of land. Now many of our mining jobs — including energy production — are overseas.
We have so many restrictions on farmers and ranchers that it is often cheaper to import our food. So we now eat food from countries that don’t have our pesticide/herbicide restrictions, and somehow that food is OK.
Meanwhile, they’ve put farmers, ranchers, miners, and loggers out of business and crippled far too many small communities.
But they didn’t stop at legislating major operators out of business. Now they’re after the weekend prospector, putting more and more land off-limits to recreational miners and putting nonsensical restrictions on them. Ditto for OHV riders.
And now the BLM wants to put limitations on 8,560 acres of our local ‘dobies because a Colorado Hookless Cactus exists in (according to one account) 2,000 acres of it, “to protect downstream waters,” and because “fragile soil” might be eroded. What in heck created the ‘dobies anyway? Erosion is fine when nature does it, but evil if people contribute?
Never say never when government is involved. They can always find something more to shut down. It’s never going to stop — unless people stand up and stop it.
Tipton needs to move on from coal
I guess Tipton has no other claim to fame — look at Mesa County’s economy — so he debates coal.
What rock has he been under? At least 40 years ago, people dropped coal furnaces in their homes because yes, gas was cleaner. Corporate America and government: look at Rifle’s big solar field along I-70. We have decided that gas, solar and wind are better sources of energy. Look at eastern Colorado and northern Colorado’s big wind farms. China is moving away from coal. In China’s case it’s well documented, as during the Olympics, the air was dirty from coal-fired factories.
So, Tipton, where are coal’s customers? It’s a matter of supply and demand: the demand in down, so move on!
Sentinel didn’t fail in reporting on Powell’s emails
Gary Stetler’s letter to the editor last Friday chastised The Sentinel for what he called “false equivalency” in reporting General Colin Powell’s emails blasting Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.
Powell, a prominent Republican, expressed different views of Clinton (ambitious, greedy and non-transformational) and Trump (a national disgrace, an international pariah with racist leanings for promoting the Birther movement). Stetler stated that Powell revealed completely different views of Clinton and Trump. Powell went on to say he would find it difficult to vote for Clinton and voting for Trump is a danger to the country.
I fail to see where the media erred in it’s reporting. Colin Powell has different opinions of Clinton and Trump. If that doesn’t sit well with Stetler, it’s Trump’s fault, not the media’s.
Which letter to the editor are we to believe?
In the letters to the editor on Sept. 9, David Kearsley of Mesa endorsed Donald Trump. His letter is essentially a rehash of Trump’s latest television commercial claiming that he will create jobs and help the middle class. He also intimates that Trump “projects strength and those who will threaten us will think twice in facing him.” Is this the same Trump who regularly expresses his “man crush” for Russian dictator Vladimir Putin? Is this the same Trump who changes his mind on policies from day to day, perhaps hour to hour depending on his audience? Or perhaps the one who will not reveal his plans, other than to fire some generals, because he has no plans?
On March 18, The Sentinel printed a letter from Mr. Kearsley in which he told us “Trump cannot unite our party.” He also pointed out that Trump admitted to “gaming the system all his life.” Lastly, in expressing his support for Sen. Ted Cruz and impliedly comparing Cruz to Trump stated, “Senator Cruz is not an embarrassment.”
Which Kearsley are we to believe, the one who now supports Donald Trump or the one who led us to believe that Trump is an “embarrassment” six months ago?