Printed letters, June 30, 2011

I feel compelled to answer a few of the comments made by those who were displeased by the recent amendment to the Fruita city code to allow residents to have chickens.

Are these people not aware that the city of Grand Junction allows for residents to have up to six chickens? In fact, most of the surrounding cities do as well. How is that more “redneck” than the statue of Mike the Headless Chicken we have on Main Street?

By the way, was Mike the Headless Chicken an illegal? Perhaps that’s why he had his head lopped off.

Additionally, the benefits to raising your own chickens are numerous. Remember the recent recall on eggs in the store? Have you seen the movie “Food Inc.”? If you knew where your eggs came from, would it make a difference?

What really made the difference for us was the fact that when we bought our home, it was with a rural development loan that stipulated we buy in either Palisade or Fruita, which are both considered “rural” under the program. Otherwise, I might have spent my $200,000 in Grand Junction and had my chickens without having to petition the City Council.



Leaders show good sense on natural gas legislation

I have been following the actions of the Environmental Protection Agency and its attempts to curb our emissions. But it’s not just the EPA that is working to do its part.

I recently saw an advertisement in The Daily Sentinel discussing the fact that Gov. John Hickenlooper and our local state representatives, Laura Bradford, Steve King and Ray Scott worked together to pass legislation that will result in more natural-gas generated electricity. It’s commonsense, and it is nice to see.

With so many jobs in the energy sector in this part of the world, and the EPA trying to seize control of key energy decisions based on air quality, it makes sense to use more natural gas in our electricity mix.

Good for Reps. Bradford and Scott, Sen. King and Gov. Hickenlooper. It is nice to see our political leaders working together and using common sense.


Grand Junction

Next: gruesome warnings for abortion providers?

Now that cigarette packs have to display an image of the effects of smoking on lungs and gums, should not Planned Parenthood have to post pictures on itsfront door of the dismembered, bloody images of aborted babies?



Airport security fence won’t thwart terrorists

Over the last several weeks, the process of putting a chain link fence around the airport has finally generated some public awareness.

Early on, the fence was explained away at some token announcements (not really meetings, which imply conversation).

Now we learn the grant funds used for the fence were reportedly meant for another purpose. What happens when the grant is audited? Oops, you need to do it differently. Is this any way to manage federal funds or a public airport?

After all the administrative jumbo is considered, look at the security issue. If this actually reduced the threat of terrorism, I believe the aviation community would just accept it. Could someone tell me how chain link and password gates keep someone who is willing to sacrifice his life to commit a terrorist act from doing so?

Next, let’s look at the fountain out front. I thought we expected our public entities to demonstrate water conservation. It’s a desert. Live with it.

It is our airport, contributing to our community pride and economy. Don’t allow it to be hijacked to pad a resume.


Grand Junction

Taliban use people as human shields

Dave Murphy’s letter objecting to the use of Predator drones in Afghanistan and Pakistan, printed June 23, makes a great emotional appeal on behalf of the Taliban. I’m sure, if any of the Taliban forces subscribe to The Daily Sentinel, they are thankful that he failed to point out the obvious reason that “innocent, impoverished civilians” are being killed by Predators.

The inconvenient truth, as reported by news outlets on Feb. 17, 2010, was that Taliban fighters were increasing their use of human shields. Said Afghan National Army General Mohiudin Ghori: “They are trying to get us to fire on them and kill the civilians.”

Murphy neglected to describe the Taliban’s technique of firing from mosques and homes and hiding behind women and children. I am sure that capitalism and a high-tech weapon system are to blame and not the fact that our enemy has no regard for human life while we hold ourselves to the highest possible standards in limiting collateral damage.




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