Printed letters, June 24, 2010

Political campaigning has always been a case of candidates promising things they can’t possibly deliver. They speak about correcting problems or situations about which they have no experience and aren’t sufficiently informed. Most experienced voters understand this and know the candidates are trying to win us over by convincing us they will do a better job than their opponents. In recent years, our choices have often been the lesser of two evils.

This is a time when we need leadership, not wishful thinking. Either our Navy or Army Corps of Engineers could have capped the Gulf well by now, if given the chance.

They know how to make decisions. I question whether White House personnel can.

The Gulf oil disaster raises a great many questions: We supposedly have a rapidly diminishing oil supply and yet this damaged well is gushing out millions of barrels of oil. We supposedly have a great discovery of oil in the Dakota area that is greater than what is in the Saudi Arabian area. We have developed techniques that have made natural gas available in abundance.

The Gulf disaster seemed to be just what the environmental groups were hoping for. Time to stop mining coal! Time to stop drilling for oil! Time to go solar and renewable forms of energy! I won’t argue this point, but with one exception. That is we must continue using oil and coal until these other kinds of energy are fully available and operational at a reasonable cost.

Let’s not shoot ourselves in the foot by phasing out coal and oil production at this time. We will see prices skyrocket and energy rationed because there isn’t presently enough of this kind available for the nation’s needs.

NEAL A. WARD

Delta

Scott McInnis is the more experienced man

In the June 18 article by Charles Ashby titled, “Itemized fees annoy customers, Maes contends,” the GOP candidate says that Xcel Energy and other power suppliers should pay to build their own transmission lines, just as natural gas producers should finance their own pipelines.

I find that statement rather odd, coming from a self-proclaimed businessman. I know of no business that does not build into its cost of operation the costs associated with expansion, growth, research and development, etc.

When the company puts together its budgets for one year, two years or five years, those costs are always included to determine what should be charged for their products and/or services.

While I agree with some of Dan Maes’ position on various platforms that he is touting, I feel the experience and knowledge that Scott McInnis has in both private and government sectors is extremely important for the state of Colorado.

Putting an experienced person in the governor’s office, a person such as Scott McInnis, is the right step as we go forward. It will return this state to the people of Colorado.

ROBERT D. BROWN

Clifton

Siberian elm trees are little more than weeds

Responding to all the articles on elm trees: Most are referring to Siberian elm trees. They are considered just a weed.

People should thank the ones who have them, as they are providing free shade, no charge. Then the wind sends the seed to you and helps you grow them in your yard with easy planting. Now you are providing the shade for your neighbor — another thank you.

If you do not want them, look at all the exercise you can have by getting down on your knees, digging them out and praying that you do not leave any of them before they become a large plant — another thank you.

Look at all the benefits that you now have and are giving. If we could only get our elected representatives to pass a law these are really weeds and not good for the general population. This has been done in some cities. The big question is, “Do we have people with the backbone to do this?”

Beautiful dreamer.

JOHN B. SCALZO

Rifle



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