Printed letters, September 29, 2013
Shell’s decision to shut down its oil shale operations in Colorado and move it to friendlier places like Canada and Jordan was based on artificial economic factors created by the government’s punitive regulatory approach, not normal free-market determinants.
Most people knew this was bound to happen as soon as former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar signed the oil shale leasing plan that reduced the availability of land for the industry to a paltry few acres scattered here and there. No business could be expected to operate under the conditions imposed on the oil shale industry by the BLM, which was reacting favorably to an irresponsible lawsuit brought by a coalition of anti-economic development organizations.
Shell’s decision was forced by regulatory pressure, nothing more. The company is not quitting Colorado oil shale because of technological difficulties. It is not reallocating assets to another product or technology. It is simply moving them to a place that will allow it to employ its technology and expertise. Shell’s technology works; it is government in this state and country that does not.
We should be ashamed as a nation that we would force an industry with the strong potential to create long-term economic health and job growth to go elsewhere. We should be ashamed that we sit on top of the richest energy source in the world, but are willing to let the Middle East and OPEC continue its stranglehold on the world’s energy supply for the sake of politics. We should be ashamed that we have a federal and state government that would not just callously allow, but actively encourage, such a thing to happen.
Guess we better keep that aircraft carrier in the eastern Mediterranean to protect the energy supply that the BLM just exported there.
Web site critical of chamber is informative, thoughtful
The Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce website is obscure in itself, not to mention the extension.Moreover, on a search engine, gjchamber.info comes in seventh after the chamber’s.
On an unlikely chance to be found to begin with, once the gjchamber.info website loads, a series of signs and people’s midriffs appear on the banner. This is a strong clue that it’s not the intended website.
This would be a good point for the attorneys to come in, especially if the site intended false charges, innuendos and allegations, but it doesn’t. It seems to be informative and thoughtful and documented.
If the website was personal or myopic, it could be written off and/or ignored, but in light of other points made by individual citizens, the council and the chamber have some explaining to do, to us, the people.
Krauthammer displayed politically partisan attitude
In Charles Krauthammer’s column of Sept. 22, he made reference to the liberal remake of the movie “Casablanca.” I don’t believe there has been such a remake except in Krauthammer’s mind.
However the mention of it did give him the opportunity to change one of the most famous lines from the movie, “round up the usual suspects” to “round up the usual weapons.”
That’s how he managed to jump right into complaining about Sen. Diane Feinstein’s call for another debate on gun violence. If he had used the famous line correctly, using the word “suspects” instead of “weapons,” it would have fit better with what seemed to be the main issue of his letter.
He went on to talk about those with mental and psychological problems who, when discovered, should be given treatment and receive follow-up attention. I agree with him on this, but it would seem that these same people, unless considered cured of their mental problems, should not be allowed to own firearms.
What I don’t understand is why Krauthammer and his fellow conservatives are against even the part of gun control which would mandate background checks for all gun sales.
A policy such as that would not eliminate all potential problems, but it would certainly help.
Sorry, but Krauthammer’s sympathetic feelings for the mentally ill did not manage to cover up his politically partisan attitude.
People want to take back our schools from leftists
I want to thank columnist Bill Grant for his latest pontification of the liberal agenda on schools and their governing boards. The idea that the Republican Party is trying to “take over” the local school district is a fairy tale.
The reality is, the people of our community who are committed to the principles of our Founding Fathers are tired of seeing our children being indoctrinated by the leftist philosophy on a daily basis.
Our kids are being bombarded with concepts that are not only anti-American, but laced with leftist ideals about the environment, gun-control and family values.
The problems in our schools today are based on a slanted social education program that has infiltrated all the curricula. Our schools are turning out graduates who are politically correct zombies committed to big government policies and control. It is no wonder the communities are trying to take back their schools.
I am not a Republican or a Democrat. I do not know who Skousen or Rakove are, but I do know that when the Constitution is being interpreted by someone from Stanford University, I am a little skeptical.
The progressive leftists of this country have spent over 100 years getting control of our social programs and schools. They have turned out several generations of little leftists to support their principles. That is why leftists like Grant are so concerned about candidates being supported by conservative groups.
Money trail shows the real artisan backing of candidates
The reporting by The Daily Sentinel on the current school board election devotes an inordinate amount of time trying to determine why this non-partisan race has suddenly become partisan. The Democrats are shocked that the Republicans would have chosen certain individuals to support.
What hypocrisy! In 2009, when Greg Mikolai — now president of the District 51 school board and the incumbent running for re-election in District E — was running for the school board, his official contribution report listed only three donors: $1,000 from the Democrat Party; $3,000 from the Mesa Valley Education Association (local teacher’s union); and $1,000 from the Public Education Association in Denver. This is public information found on the secretary of state website.
If someone wants the truth about an issue, follow the money!
Vanderhoof-style leadership is needed for state, nation
I read the editorial proaising the life of former Colorado Gov. Joh Vanderhoof and I couldn’t agree more.
However, I would not limit the need for leaders of his caliber to the Western Slope. If anything, we need leaders like John Vanderhoof for the state of Colorado and the government of the United States.