Printed letters, June 16, 2011

Two of America’s major problems are the lack of good-paying jobs and the high price of gasoline. Asinine government policies regarding the development of our nation’s abundant natural resources are the cause.

The Obama team refuses to recognize the issues. They have created so many obstacles that impede the development of huge reserves of oil in the United States, especially off shore and in Alaska. They are also restricting shale oil research by limiting leases.

With sound government policies, issues raised by environmentalists and over-regulation can be resolved.

Oil and gas exploration and production are huge businesses. Just look at its effect on employment in North Dakota and Pennsylvania. The activity creates jobs for paleontologists, geophysicists, geologists, engineers, truck drivers, welders, electricians, construction workers, rough necks, shipbuilders, helicopter pilots, truck builders, etc.  The impact on the local economies is significant because of increased revenues in services.

Renewable energy is promising, but it presently has little impact on imports. It supplements electricity production and reduces the amount of coal being used, which we have in abundance.

We have an ideologue for president who is willing to put our national security and economic growth at risk by ignoring the facts. This also makes Americans hostages of the Middle East and higher gasoline prices.

Unrest in the Middle East is a given. There is an ongoing Sunni and Shia conflict and the attempted overthrow of existing dictators will continue. Why do we depend on them for 18 percent of our oil supply? The more important question is what are we doing about it?

Why are we allowing Obama, who doesn’t have a lick of common sense, to put our future in jeopardy?


Grand Junction

Universal English is a unifying concept

Ruben Navarrette, in his June 5 column, says he expects angry letters every time he writes about language. His solution: Reinforce the Tower of Babel.

Remember Babylon? Workers caterwauled in dissonant tongues so much the tower never got built, but Navarrette supports multiple languages in America because it represents freedom.

Universal English, he says, is touted because Americans are seeking their own “comfort level,” adding that “with every skirmish, Americans become less unified and more at odds with their own destiny.”

Navarrette is biased and wrong. “Official” English is a unifying concept, designed to unite a nation, not divide it. People are free to talk and communicate in whatever gibberish they choose.

To demand that official notices, legal public announcements, etc., be printed in 28 languages to appease the lazy and unpatriotic in New London, Conn., which is mentioned, is promoting divisiveness of great magnitude. Immigrants loving America understand. It is this affection that united all of us.



More attention was due D-Day anniversary

June 6, 1944, the beaches of Normandy: Thousands of our boys gave it all for the liberation of Europe.

I guess The Daily Sentinel doesn’t think it was a significant undertaking. The only mention I found in the June 6 issue was a two-line blurb in “Today in History.”

Part of today’s agenda for our modern society, the dumbing down of our youngsters?

LARRY M. HEAD Hotchkiss

Locals shouldn’t control nation’s public lands

Jim Spehar is correct, as well as personally courageous, to point out that the public lands are owned by all the citizens. Rose Pugliese and Josh Penry won’t go wrong in playing to the local house, but it is still a greedy attitude. Numerous locked gates, of questionable legality, around the West testify to this mindset.

This viewpoint might very well seem reasonable to folks hereabouts, but if you were to tour New England, you might gain a different perspective. There, one must have a town sticker to use the launch ramp. The clam flats are strictly for the use of the locals. And the beach, should one find access, is limited to below the tide line. Never mind that many of those fancy houses are covered by federal flood insurance.

“They” tell us all politics is local. It’s largely true, but it isn’t necessarily the best way to run a country. Then there’s the bit about the squeaky wheel.


Grand Junction


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