Printed Letters: September 9, 2016
Arts and culture key to economic recovery
The city of Grand Junction’s cuts to arts and cultural organizations, as discussed in The Daily Sentinel’s recent editorial, was shortsighted and is in conflict with the city’s newly adopted economic development plan.
The plan emphasizes arts, culture, and quality of life investments as a key to our economic recovery.
When the city’s Finance Department finalized the books for 2015, an additional $1.1 million was discovered. City staff recommended allocation of these funds to various projects, including CMU campus expansion, the Grand Junction Housing Authority’s assisted housing project, and others.
A possible category, left unfunded, was the Arts and Culture program. Now, thanks to the Western Colorado Community Foundation, which is making $14,000 available from its Community Fund, programs such as the Centennial Band concerts, the Riverside Educational Center, and the Art Center may be restored. Even though our economy is struggling, and some cutbacks are necessary, arts and culture projects remain important aspects of our community.
This letter represents my views and may or may not represent the views of the rest of City Council.
Grand Junction City Council member
Trump will rebuild military, put American jobs first
Hillary Clinton’s primary issue with Donald Trump is his temperament. Trump’s image is fixed in many minds by his reality show persona. A better way to make a judgment about his temperament is to look at his children. Together they run a successful business by bringing projects in on time and on budget.
Middle class workers have been adversely impacted by trade deals. Trump says he is better equipped to make those deals. He will put American jobs first. His business experience will also help him to take a close look at government spending and cut waste. It helps that he is not beholden to special interests.
In foreign affairs Hillary led our retreat. Trump projects strength and those who threaten us will think twice if facing him. He will rebuild our weakened military. We will be safer under Trump leadership.
Has America gone downhill the past eight years? If you think so Trump offers you a better choice.
DAVID A. KEARSLEY
Support BLM’s adoption of strong natural gas waste rule
On Sept. 7, the Board of County Commissioners for Gunnison County sent a letter to BLM supporting the agency’s adoption of a strong natural gas waste rule to protect Colorado taxpayers and our air.
The bipartisan letter, signed by all three commissioners, notes that more than $26 million worth of natural gas in Colorado is wasted each year from oil and gas operations on federal and tribal lands. The BLM does not assess a royalty on wasted natural gas, which cost Colorado upwards of $36 million in royalty revenue between 2009 and 2014. The County also urged BLM “to enact a strong final natural gas waste rule and to protect the people’s resources you are legislatively charged to safeguard.”
Gunnison County rightly recognizes that public lands are owned by the American people, and any natural gas development on these lands should be managed responsibly. On the other hand, Representative Tipton’s continued statements in opposition to the rulemaking are out of touch with the desires of his constituents as well as local officials from Gunnison County, San Miguel County, La Plata County, Glenwood Springs, Grand Junction, and elsewhere.
A 2016 poll by Colorado College’s State of the Rockies Project found that 81 percent of registered voters in Colorado support common sense rules that cut natural gas waste on public lands. High Country Conservation Advocates thanks Gunnison County for supporting reasonable rules addressing economic waste and environmental pollution from natural gas development.
High Country Conservation Advocates
Consider adopting an animal from the shelter
In my judgment, the only cats or dogs that should be put down are those that become a menace and could be dangerous.
At our house, we have one dog — Jake — and two cats — Penny and Chennel. Chennel is being “cat-sitted” because she was a cat that our daughter found when she was in Venezuela These animals are so easy to care for and a lot of fun.
We would encourage your readers to adopt a cat or dog from one of the shelters available. The Daily Sentinel readers will very much enjoy having them.