Printed letters Feb. 10, 2010
Supreme Court ruling
leads to brainwashing
Life as we once knew it is going downhill. Now the Supreme Court has gotten into the act, too. No ban on corporate political spending?
Where is the will of the people in that one? I always thought here in America we had government “by the people and for the people.” At least that was the way our government was founded.
What this leads to is brainwashing in our voting.
The ban in our advertising was a leveling factor toward our voting. Now we face the possibility of never having an Abraham Lincoln for the good of the people in office ever again.
Who will be able to afford to run for office against a candidate with the freebie of corporate political spending?
Plus, what a waste of monies in advertising we’ll have being spent. It amounts to brainwashing pushed down our throats when it could be better spent for far greater needs.
Work-release programs better than prison time
I am writing this in response to a column from Martin Beeson in the Jan. 24 edition of The Daily Sentinel. He was speaking against a cost-cutting proposal for reform of the criminal justice system. The proposal favors community-based treatment and work-release programs over prison sentences.
As a member of the criminal-justice community, I would expect that Beeson would be more familiar with these reforms.
The average recidivism rate for offenders released from prison is 50 percent. This means that half of all people released from prison will commit a new felony offense.
Mesa County Community Corrections has a rate of less than 25 percent. This program costs less and is more successful. It is proven to promote behavioral change rather than serve solely as retribution. If community safety can be increased by promoting it, while simultaneously cutting costs, then what’s the argument?
Residents should support uranium mill
I am responding to two pieces that recently appeared in The Daily Sentinel about the proposed uranium mill in Montrose County.
The first piece was an excellent column by Laura Skaer of the Northwest Mining Association. Skaer’s Jan. 24 column highlighted many of the global issues surrounding nuclear power and uranium. In summary, nuclear power is gaining favor around the world because it is safe, clean, reliable, inexpensive and carbon-free.
The other piece was a letter to the editor reciting the same old environmentalist talking points. In short, opponents of uranium talk about the health and environmental impacts of uranium as if nothing has changed since the 1950s and 1960s. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Most of these regulations that cover environmental protection, worker safety and public health were not passed until the 1960s and 1970s. In addition, technology and industry practices have improved dramatically.
We no longer put waste into rivers. We now encapsulate tailings in multilayered linings. And we no longer build foundations and city streets out of uranium tailings.
Think about the 1950s and 1960s. Almost everyone smoked cigarettes. We drove cars without seat belts. Kids played with dangerous and toxic toys. Industrial accidents were common.
Recently in Nucla, the Montrose Daily Press reported that 70 people spoke in favor of the Pinon Ridge Mill. Only three spoke against it.
The politically engaged people of Grand Junction should come out to support the mill and support the people of the West End. The next hearing will be at 6 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Montrose Pavilion.
The “no nukes” opponents will surely try to make a stand. Reasonable people across the Western Slope need to make our own stand in favor of local jobs and American energy.