Printed letters, Feb. 28, 2010

Western Slope folks understand immigration

It seems that the Western Slope will be hosting yet another group advocating “rights” and assistance to illegal immigrants. According to The Daily Sentinel, the Denver-based Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition opened an office in Montrose. Welcome to Obama’s America 2010.

When you check CIRC’s Web site, you can view their affiliation with other organizations, such as the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7, various Catholic nonprofits, the American Muslim Society, Center for Peace, Justice and the Environment, to name just a few. Self-evident is an Obama leftist groupthink of ACORN community organizing that often uses tax dollars to finance their activities

Karen Sherman Perez, the Western Slope coordinator of CIRC may have altruistic intentions, but she falls short of reality in her approach. Her goal is to “educate” local yokels into supporting illegal immigration. It was precisely due to the public becoming educated on the negatives of illegal immigration that led to the resounding defeat of the proposed Comprehensive Immigration Bill in 2007.

Western Slopers are already enlightened on the issue. We do understand, however, that illegal means breaking the law, and those who disrespect our laws, our citizens and America should not be rewarded with amnesty and citizenship.


Grand Junction

‘Over the Top’ video was unhealthy for our minds

I regretfully report that Feb. 18 “Over the Top” video of cake as metaphor for climate science dished up nothing but a sugary, fat-laden helping of fluff and pablum.

An editorial page editor must critically assess news and events. Sadly, Bob Silbernagel abdicated his responsibility. His regurgitation of errors and misinformation nicely illustrates the danger of letting others think for you.

The series of very troublesome errors Mr. Silbernagel cites in the most recent United Nations’ scientific assessment are two errors in a 2,800-page, four-volume report

And there has never been political consensus on climate change. Arizona and Utah may be breaking with the Western Climate Initiative; ConocoPhillips, BP and Caterpillar have quit the U.S. Climate Action Partnership. But that is simply the ebb and flow of politics. It certainly doesn’t mean scientific conclusions dating back to 1824 are melting away.

We can, however, draw one informative lesson from the Sentinel’s cake metaphor. The “iceberg-colored” cake, surely a product of a supermarket bakery, laden in hydrogenated oils and refined flour and sugars, is about as healthy for the American diet as Mr. Silbernagel’s discourse is for the American mind.

I would expect better fare out of one of Colorado’s finer editorial pages.



GJHS theater students provided a great show

Fabulous! Our family attended the Grand Junction High School theater production of “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” The set design and construction and technical effects rivaled any professional production I have seen. The students and community volunteers really outdid themselves. The actors and musicians were enthusiastic and well-prepared.

I am so pleased to see our education tax dollars produce something so educational, accomplishing literacy goals, public speaking, vocational skills and arts education, as well as recreation for our students. I know there were countless hours spent outside of the classroom preparing for this show.

What a privilege to have such quality family entertainment at a reasonable price in our community. Thank you all for an incredible afternoon and all your hard work.


Grand Junction

There’s little substance behind much GOP talk

In several fairly recent editorial articles, The Daily Sentinel called it correctly, in that several Republican candidates running for state office do not understand the issues facing this state.

Those include Rep. Steve King and former Congressman Scott McInnis. While they may do a great deal of talking, they actually do nothing but criticize others, yet have nothing of substance to offer.

Mr. King seems to believe that young adults, even at institutions of higher learning, should be living within a locked-down compound and isolated from the real world.  So, he appeals to their fear and that of the parents for their “little darlings.” At which stage in their lives are those young people supposed to grow up, if ever?

As to Scott McInnis, he is a professional politician in search of an office. Columnist Dennis Herzog was correct in pointing out that, while he and others have a so-called “Program for Prosperity,” those are mere words.

Programs, some of us have learned, have clear objective, and distinctive steps. Anyone who puts forth a so-called program, needs to have more than noble or high-sounding phrases.

Hopefully, The Daily Sentinel will keep the feet of every candidate for any political office to the fire and do so equally. Those who have something to offer should be considered and those who do not should not be. There is too much at stake.

Talk and words are cheap, in whatever form, written or spoken. If they are used to say something meaningful, they need to be listened to and seriously considered. If they say nothing or consist of nothing but puffery, they are mere pollution and a waste of time and resources.



Geothermal investment is better than nuclear

Instead of building two, new, nuclear, power plants, why don’t they use the $8 billion to design and develop new deep-drilling equipment to expand geothermal usage? It’s cheaper, can be adapted to present coal-burning plants and there’s no pollution and no radioactive disposal problem.


Grand Junction


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