Printed letters, June 2, 2010

Why was Memorial Day overlooked?

What is The Daily Sentinel thinking? Memorial Day is honored for a very good reason. Our nation has men and women in harm’s way and there was no mention of the day, or those people, or those who have sacrificed for our liberties until almost the last page of the May 31 paper.

The Sentinel should be ashamed. Without the efforts of our military they would not even be in business.

Thank a soldier for freedom of speech, certainly not a JUCO player.

I hope more grateful and reverent thinkers will edit the front page in the future.



Clover Cemetery is in a sad state of disrepair

On May 30, we returned from a trip up to the Clover Cemetery in Collbran to decorate the stones of friends and loved ones with flowers and flags for Memorial Day.

Much to our horror, the ground was unwatered and hard as rock with dandelions in full bloom throughout. Digging holes was impossible. The only functioning sprinkler we could see was in a corner of the cemetery, presumably where they need to dig the next grave. The rest being dry as a bone and too hard for a backhoe.

This otherwise beautiful cemetery filled with Collbran’s historical people from every walk of life was in complete disarray and a disgrace to their memories and the friends and family who visit.

There were quite a few other people at Clover visiting graves and complaining about the condition it was in.

Clover used to be a lovely, quite well kept cemetery. I used to think that it was such a nice place to rest that I would like to be laid to rest there. No more. I’ll be cremated thank you.

I lived in Collbran 15 years and one of my sons worked at Clover, so I know what I’m talking about. I went to the town hall a year ago and voiced my complaint, but it went in one ear and out the other.

The economy is bad, yes, but that doesn’t justify this level of neglect. If someone is being paid to maintain Clover Cemetery, they better get back to work, or Collbran should find someone willing to do the job. I bet someone up there is out of work and would love to have the job.

On Memorial Day in particular we gather to remember those who made sacrifices for our freedom. How sad if the places where we choose to let them rest fall into shambles and disrepair. Where is our country heading if we let this happen?

Shame on you Collbran!



Oil spill offers good time to consider alternatives

Here are some fun numbers to consider:

The ongoing oil spill in the gulf has dumped an estimated 400,000 barrels of oil so far. This spill is from a single well, when there are of course thousands globally.

Over the coming months and years we will get a really good idea what the environmental devastation from a 20-plus million gallon oil spill looks like.

Here’s the amazing part: Global oil consumption is about 80 million barrels per day. That’s right, 200 times the total gulf spill is consumed every day. A vast majority of the oil consumed is burned, thus the byproducts dumped into the air we breathe.

And then there’s the 9 million tons of coal burned every day.

In relative terms, the atmosphere on earth is the same thickness as a coat of paint on a basketball.

It’s remarkable that the inability to see the byproducts of burning oil and coal leaves many believing that our current energy habits do not have significant negative environmental impacts.

Isn’t it about time to consider alternatives?



Plastic pipe makes plugging oil leak harder

It turns out that the underwater oil channel in the Gulf is made of reinforced plastic, not metal, so threading the end and screwing on a valve won’t work. They could pinch the end like a balloon, but only if it’s pliable. The only other course open is to wedge a funnel inside the existing tube and adapt the small end to fit the suction tube.


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