Printed letters, July 22, 2010

Scott a true conservative to represent District 54

The Daily Sentinel would have you believe there is no difference between Ray Scott and Bob Hislop. This, like the Sentinel editorial endorsing Hislop, could not be further from the truth.

Here are the differences:

Ray Scott is a 40-year resident of the Western Slope. Bob Hislop is a 4-year transplant from Boulder.

Ray Scott has 25 years energy and mining experience. Hislop has none.

Ray Scott has 15 years of residential and commercial real estate construction and infrastructure experience. Bob Hislop has none.

Ray Scott has 25 years experience running small businesses on the Western Slope. Bob Hislop sold hair spray in Canada.

Ray Scott is endorsed by conservatives like former presidential candidate Tom Tancredo; conservative groups like the Rocky Mountain Gun Owners Association. Bob Hislop has the support of Colorado WINS/SEIU Union.

Ray Scott has brought fresh new ideas to this campaign, like the proposed Energy and Technology Center, the privatization of state government and the selling of some of the wasted state assets ($9.5 billion) to plug the hole in the budget and create a rainy day fund. Bob Hislop thinks that part-time state employees deserve part-time benefits.

The question in this race should not be who best plays well with others, but who is best positioned to represent the Western Slope in Denver.

House District 54 is the most conservative district in Colorado. Its residents deserve a true conservative to represent them — a Second Amendment conservative; a pro-life conservative; a fiscal conservative; a 10th Amendment conservative.

Ray Scott is the conservative choice for House District 54.

KEVIN MCCARNEY

Clifton

Endangered birds benefit from tamarisk beetles

This letter is regarding The Daily Sentinel editorial of July 12, “Species vs. species.” Thank you for presenting a very informative and thoughtful viewpoint concerning the tamarisk leaf beetle, tamarisk and the endangered southwestern willow flycatcher. The editorial was very much on point for all of the issues and very much appreciated by those of us who are involved in tamarisk management.

I have two minor corrections that in no way change the content of your editorial.

First, the agency that has banned interstate movement of the tamarisk leaf beetle is the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, not the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Second, the Tamarisk Coalition runs a privately funded program to monitor movements of the tamarisk leaf beetle, but they don’t release beetles. The Colorado Department of Agriculture, Palisade Insectary is responsible for the beetle release program in Colorado.

There is no evidence that in the long run beetles will harm the birds; in fact as tamarisk is brought under control the birds may benefit from the return of willows and other native plants.

DAN BEAN, Director

Palisade Insectary Colorado Department of Agriculture Palisade

More taxes are coming unless voters fight back

Are you looking forward to paying more taxes? At the end of this year, the Bush tax cuts expire and Democrats, who control both legislative houses and the executive branch, have shown no interest in reinstating them.

Income tax rates will increase 3 percent to 5 percent, depending on income levels. The “death tax” will be reinstated. If you die in 2011 or later, your heirs may have to pay up to 55 percent of your estate value in taxes. Capital gains taxes will dramatically increase. Child credits will decrease. And then the first wave of taxes from the health care bill will hit.

The administration has appointed a panel to find additional taxes to fund the spending programs (health care, TARP, stimulus, etc.) that have been implemented in the last year and a half. The panel is looking at a value added tax (federal sales tax) and a net worth tax (to ensure that no one accumulates wealth). These would be added to income taxes, inheritance taxes and health care taxes.

Taxes impede growth and employment. This is not the time to increase taxes.

In November, vote for candidates who will lower government spending instead of increasing taxes. “Government by the people” only works if people participate.

ANGIE MANY

Eckert

Try rotting-carcass test for body-farm site

How about putting a large dead (and removable) animal on the proposed, body-farm site and let it decompose for a few days in this heat?

If no one complains about the smell, Mesa State College has found its new site. If even one person does complain, try finding a site a whole lot further out of an inhabited area.

MARY ANNE DENNEY

Grand Junction



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