Printed letters, June 15, 2010

I see our president has declared a moratorium on offshore drilling because of the spill in the Gulf. Why? It was a production platform, not a drill rig that caused the spill.

We will now lose thousands more well-paying oilfield jobs and send billions more overseas to countries that want to bury us. Gas and heating-oil prices will rise in this already bad economy. At this rate, we will never become energy self-sufficient.

Why not find out why the blow-out preventer failed and fix that problem instead of making a bad situation worse?

We have not had a spill of this magnitude offshore in 50 years, since the union spill in California. If it doesn’t happen for 50 more, we’ll be lucky.

Fact is, we need affordable energy. Sorry, but this looks like a knee-jerk reaction by an inexperienced president.

BOB UHL

Grand Junction

McInnis understands complicated energy issue

As I am sure you are aware, a government panel recently reported that between 25,000 and 30,000 barrels of oil are gushing into the Gulf of Mexico every day. The oil’s rise to the surface has been accompanied by the emergence of related issues. And while the implications of this disaster are much less profound for Colorado than for the states bordering the spill, the discussions taking place are still extremely relevant for our great state.

Most obviously, this disaster has thrown energy policy into the limelight. Scott McInnis is a man who clearly understands the complicated nature of the energy issue. He knows that our dependence on oil is necessary in the short-term, but he also supports the development of alternative energy sources that might prove more efficient in the long-term. He has consequently pledged to support responsible development of all sources of energy, including wind, solar, hydroelectric, oil, natural gas, coal and nuclear power.

Job security in the oil and gas industry has certainly been called into question by this disaster, as well. Readers will be happy to know that job creation is Scott’s utmost priority. He knows that the pursuit of a variety of energy sources will create jobs for Coloradans. Energy development, in whatever field, will ultimately make Colorado more prosperous.

Scott McInnis is a man of action. He will strengthen both our energy policy and our economy. He is the right choice to be Colorado’s next governor.

DAISY RUSSELL

Grand Junction

Tea party will highlight independent candidates

The upcoming tea party in Sherwood Park’s south pavilion in Grand Junction on June 27 promises to be an extravaganza of knowledge at very low cost. It will allow “we the people,” who have been left out of our right to vote for candidates of our choice for 25 years, to learn about candidates who have bucked the system.

These patriot candidates owe allegiance only to the people and not to party politics or large contributors. They have done this on very little money, which speaks volumes for their spending habits that are quite different from Colorado state and U.S. legislators.

All of the candidates — Ken Buck for U.S. Senate, Dan Maes for governor, Bob McConnell for 3rd Congressional District and Ray Scott for Colorado House District 54 — have given of themselves to learn what their constituents want. They have done this by meeting voters on their turf, candidates talking with each voter about their concerns and interests.

They have been investing themselves, rather than advertisements, in the people they wish to represent. They are demonstrating fiscal responsibility. The professional politicians have forgotten that each voter, regardless of personal wealth or lack thereof, has a say in who they want to represent them. Voters today are leery of any media or paid promises to garner votes.

Each of these candidates needs your support to gain name recognition for voters they cannot personally meet. Do your part. Come and meet them and help them help you from the offices they seek. Support their candidacy with donations and word of mouth about their sincerity and capability.

Conservative means to save what we cherish for ourselves and for later generations: Liberty, patriotism, opportunity to excel, religious freedom and personal responsibility.

RUSTY PRICE

Palisade

Story about roadshow was biased and short-sighted

I feel that the story by Charles Ashby in the June 13 edition of The Daily Sentinel is 100 percent to the negative. As a should-be, unbiased writer, Ashby should place all the facts in his stories, not just some of them.

Here are some stories that beg to differ from what he stated. We do pay high prices on our items. I am not saying that every time we are going to be the highest price in the community, however,  eight times out of 10 we are. I understand a newspaper is going to protect their local businesses, however shouldn’t they protect their local readers and give them all of the information, not just some of it so they can make an educated decision on what they want to do.

MATTHEW ENRIGHT

Vice President of Media

THR & Associates

Springfield, Ill.



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