Printed letters, April 28, 2011

This will sound like a real over simplification, but it has worked in the past and will work now.  Bringing down the cost of gas at the pump and the barrel price can happen almost overnight.

If President Obama were to announce that the United States will open up all potential areas for new drilling immediately, resume drilling in the Gulf, open ANWR, drill off the Florida coast and anyplace else where oil has the potential to be found, prices for oil by the barrel would drop immediately. This would happen even if no new wells went on line for five more years.

The current oil producers do not want the United States to become self-sufficient in oil production, and thus will try to lower the price of oil so much that U.S. companies cannot drill and make a profit at the new low price.

The current oil producers can lower prices lower than their costs just to keep us from drilling. They have enough money to sustain a loss for a long time and will do so, if needed, to keep U.S. companies from drilling and our dependence on them for oil.

Obama either does not want to do this, or he just is too incompetent to do what is right for the good of Americans. As I said, it is just that easy.

DAVID SHRUM Grand Junction

Mesa County could look to Japan for new business

I read with great concern a recent news article about Mesa County’s unemployment numbers. The story reported that at least 8,800 people are looking for jobs in Mesa County. I am sure that number is probably higher.

I believe Grand Junction is an ideal city where new businesses and industry should relocate. It has so much to offer. I am just curious if the chambers of commerce and the economic development committees have pursued the automobile industry, the wind-turbine industry and the solar industry, to name a few. If I were a green energy company or an automobile manufacturer, I would certainly consider any of the communities in Mesa County.

With Japan’s recent disaster, I would be contacting Japan’s auto industry to see if they need automobile production assistance, parts production or related production. Perhaps there are other Japanese industries that were impacted by their natural disaster that need a new home in the states. Considering the instability of Japan’s climate and growing nuclear disaster, I don’t know if Japanese industries can sustain themselves there much longer.

If I was Grand Junction’s congressional representative, I would be contacting the Japanese government and as many Japanese companies as possible right now.

A business mission to Japan to plant the seed of opportunity would be a good move. This might be a wild-goose chase, but efforts need to be made to sell the potential of Mesa County in this country and abroad.

There are 8,800 people or more out there looking for jobs and trying to support their families. Aggressive efforts like this need to be made during times like this. I hope that citizens and the unemployed will join me in efforts to generate new ideas and entrepreneurial activities to bring new jobs and new industry to Mesa County.

RANDY FRICKE

New Castle

Rep. King must represent all, not just gas industry

I see Rep. Steve King is co-sponsoring a bill by Rep. Ray Scott to pad the Oil and Gas Conservation Commission with industry people — people who would not be unbiased at all. He is also trying to reduce time for drilling permits.

I would remind King that he was elected to serve the people not special interests.  While the oil and gas industry provides jobs and income to this county and deserves to be represented by our elected officials, it should not be at the expense of our air and water or with them taking over a majority of a panel that regulates their industry.

King should remember he is there to serve all people, not just his friends.

RICHARD GERHARDT

Fruitvale

Only one party trying to prevent fiscal collision

When you take politics out of the equation, there’s a consensus we are on a collision course with national financial disaster. When you put politics back into it, only one party is trying to do something about it.

BOB STRONG

Montrose


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