Printed letters, June 14, 2011

I want to thank The Daily Sentinel for reporting on the recent testimony given by the senior researcher for the RAND Corp., James Bartis, before the federal government’s House Energy and Commerce Committee’s subcommittee on energy and power.

The article, written by Gary Harmon, “Feds must push shale, expert says,” was a fair and open representation of Bartis’ testimony on the alternative-fuel provisions in HR 909, the “Roadmap for America’s Energy Future” bill, sponsored by Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif.

Most importantly, it brings to light the need to continue the discussion of having a federal energy plan and that oil shale should be an integral part of that plan.

It is estimated that even with the use of more hybrid, electric and natural- gas powered vehicles, oil use in the United States alone will increase by 14 percent by 2035. By that same year demand in China, India and the Third World countries is estimated to go up even higher, at an increase of 30 percent.

While the energy needs for the United States and the rest of the world may not be entirely answered by oil shale, research and development into oil shale must be encouraged.

The energy needs of the United States have major implications on our economy and national security. The best insurance for our nation is a diverse portfolio of reliable, domestic, environmentally responsible and inexpensive energy that includes oil, natural gas, coal, solar, wind, nuclear and yes … oil shale.

BRAD MCCLOUD

Environmentally Conscious Consumers for Oil Shale

Grand Junction

No information is better than wrong information

In a June 8 letter to the editor from Robert A. Tallarico, titled “Sentinel should get its bird facts straight,” Tallarico takes The Daily Sentinel to task saying, “not enlightening us with information to enhance your pictures does us a disservice by leaving us in ignorance.” Tallarico states that the “small bird” pictured in the June 2 edition of the Sentinel entitled “No towel necessary” is a Western Towhee.

While I am no bird expert, I do love watching birds and occasionally even take the time to research the identity of the birds I am viewing. I believe that the bird pictured is a Western Tanager, not a Western Towhee.

Is it better to provide the beautiful picture with no indentifying information, as the Sentinel has done, or to provide misinformation as Mr. Tallarico has apparently done?

JOYCE GIBBS

Grand Junction

St. Mary’s team shows this is caring community

My visit to Grand Junction began May 22 when, in the wee hours, I arrived on the roof of St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center via helicopter from Moab. It ended when I flew home to Seattle June 3.

I only came to sense the nature of your community through the wonderful people in whose hands we put my care and restoration — people like Dean and his flight med team; general medics Drs. Tarpey and Bynum, RNs Jean, Jeff and Heather, assistants Melissa and the rest

There was also Tom and the Critical Response Team; Barry Chamberlin and the ICU gang; post-op’s Kathy and Holly and their supports; radiology Drs. Cruz and Neske; Dr. Walsh’s and his G-E team; surgeons Dr. Hanly and Dr. Bradshaw; and all the rest from top to bottom.

We are grateful for their professionalism and even more for their empathy and sensitivity to my and my wife’s needs. We could not have had better care.

If these fine people represent Grand Junction, you are blessed with a responsible, supportive, caring community.

You should be proud of them, as we are proud to have known them, at least for a brief time.

We hope to return some day, when I once again am able to stroll and explore your lovely town and its surroundings.

FLETCH WALLER

Mercer Island, Wash.

America’s woes began during Reagan years

The woes of this country began when we elected a mediocre movie actor to the Oval Office in 1980. Because of two world wars, Korea and Vietnam, the national debt stood at $451 billion in 1981.

President Ronald Reagan cut taxes and increased defense spending. Reagan ran a string of deficits averaging over $200 billion per year for the next 8 years.

The national debt was over $2 trillion when Reagan left office in 1988.

Reagan added more to the national debt from 1981 to 1984 than what the country incurred from George Washington to Jimmy Carter.

AL LEFEBRE

Grand Junction


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