Printed letters, Jan. 31, 2010

Now is the time to stop spending

The national debt ceiling has just been increased by $1.9 trillion. The total debt is a staggering amount incomprehensible to most of us. And yet our president stands before Congress and proposes spending over $8 billion on high-speed rail in various locations including Florida and California. This is part of his “jobs” bill (formerly called “stimulus”).

Few jobs will be created for many years. Some design firms will win lucrative contracts, and some people will be put to work preparing environmental impact statements. Lawyers will benefit from lawsuits generated by property condemnations, but it will be a long time before construction workers will build anything. This is not a good proposal for quickly adding to the job force.

Our national government must stop spending borrowed money, especially on ill-advised programs such as this. If Florida and California want high-speed rail, they should tax themselves to pay for it.

High-speed rail in isolated areas around the states is not in the national interest. Only a nationwide integrated system would come close to meeting that standard. As an example, the interstate highway system was agreed to and approved by Congress before any money was allotted to it.

The more important message is: Stop all spending on unnecessary programs.

DICK PROSENCE

There are benefits to uranium mining

In reply to the letter written by Fran Didier who wrote on Jan. 27, “Do people move to Grand Junction to be a part of “energy alley” or to be immersed in the ongoing legacy of boom-and-bust uranium mining and milling? The facts are not about people who have moved here, but for those people that were born and raised here. They are called natives. This area has long prospered because of the natural resources. They have provided families a good living, an ability to prosper and put down roots.

Towns like Nucla and Naturita are falling through the cracks due to the government allowing the environmentalists to bully their way into Legislature and put the skids on any kind of drilling.

These are hardworking people who just want a chance to raise their families in the small towns where generations of their family have lived. They want a chance to be able to have jobs in which their children can also work and not have to move away to make a living. These are people who have lived on top of uranium-filled ground and not only know how to mine it, but are good at it. They are not afraid of uranium. Regulations for mining have come a long way since the “old days” and new techniques makes mining safe for the environment and the people who work there.Why is it that people move to a place and immediately want to turn it into the place they just moved from? They want to change the dynamics of the people who were born and raised in this area. These people and the uranium and mining industry were here long before many moved here and will be here long after they move on.

So, if people don’t like it, they should leave. In the meantime, wake up to the fact that if the people in this country don’t start becoming energy independent, we are all going to end up living in a Third World type nation.

I do agree with Ms. Didier though, that everyone should show up at the meeting in Montrose and support our Colorado mining residents. They need us to stand united with them.

SANDY GAGNE

Reader surprised by new GJSentinel.com

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I am a lifelong resident of Grand Junction and western Colorado and have subscribed to The Daily Sentinel for as long as I can remember. However, I have lived in Mexico for the past 7 retirement years.

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I like to keep in touch with the happenings in Grand Junction and the rest of Colorado and my first order of business after I get up in the morning is to log on to GJSentinel.com to read the latest news, which I print for my wife to read.

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HOWARD GALYEAN



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