Printed letters, June 7, 2011
The Daily Sentinel’s recent editorial reflects continued support of the Piñon Ridge uranium mill in west Montrose County. Although we would consider the proposed mill yet another permanent economic, health and environmental devastation to our region, we agree with the Sentinel that certain issues deserve further examination.
We also appreciate the Sentinel taking seriously its journalistic role of presenting both sides of the story.
We remain opposed to the mill for several reasons, including those the editorial mentioned: inadequate bond, inadequate emergency preparedness measures and the uncertain prospect of mill use for anything other than local ores (not radioactive waste materials from in or out of state).
We submit there are cleaner, cheaper and safer ways to invest in our energy future, such as wind and solar.
Our region of the Western Slope has vast potential to play a major role in the renewable energy market and developing a sustainable future for our children.
And, even though working conditions for miners have improved and better safety measures are in place for processing, the nature of uranium ore remains: It is an extremely dangerous element that, once extracted, can have devastating effects on human health, the air we breathe, the water we drink and the land our lives depend upon.
Grand Valley Peace & Justice
Responsible citizens and military preserve freedom
Thank you for The Daily Sentinel’s May 29 editorial, “Remember the fallen,” reminding any of us who, basking in the benefits of a free society, forget the primary meaning of Memorial Day.
The editorial concluded with, “It is the combined sacrifices of all those military personnel that allow us the luxury to celebrate this long weekend in whatever fashion we choose.”
I humbly suggest that, more than “luxury,” their sacrifices make possible our freedom to live, act and celebrate, not “in whatever fashion we choose,” but in ways that reflect our gratitude and understanding that the freedom we enjoy is as much our responsibility as it is the military’s.
We may be free to get drunk, worship the god of materialism, indulge in Internet porn and relinquish guidance of our children to the vultures of vulgar music, fashion and entertainment.
We may be free to snub the sanctity of godly faith, marriage and family (apart from which no society can long remain free), or immerse ourselves in “reality” TV instead of being real ourselves.
In a letter to his wife, Abigail, John Adams wrote, “Unfaithfulness in public stations is deeply criminal. There is no encouragement to be faithful. Neither profit, nor honor, nor applause is acquired by faithfulness … There is too much corruption, even in this infant age of our Republic. Virtue is not in fashion. Vice is not infamous.”
When his friend, Benjamin Rush, asked him if he thought America would succeed in the struggle, Adams replied, “Yes, if we fear God and repent our sins.”
That struggle to be free never ceases and, as Adams noted, it depends not merely on the sacrifices of our armies on the front lines, but on the front lines of everyday life as responsible citizens.
For no army, however strong, can finally defend and preserve any liberty that is trashed on the home front, where the meaning of “being free” has eroded into the notion of being free to ignore virtue and duty and proceeding to do whatever we like.
Politicians serve parties, not their country
After watching and listening to the comments by political officials on the various news programs, certain facts become abundantly clear.
The major reason any politician or party leader is against any plan being put forth is not that the proposal is wrong or will fail, but more so the fear that it might be successful and the opposition party will get the credit.
Any belief that most elected officials are there to do the “right thing” is misplaced. Their real desire for more party power far overrides their desire to service the needs of the country or the people they represent. And this is true of either party,
Medal of Honor winner deserved more than JUCO
I am ashamed of The Daily Sentinel. You have a full page about JUCO on the front, and on Page 6 you have two short columns about a man receiving the Medal of Honor.
I think you need to re-evaluate your stories. I served in the Navy for 20 years, and I do not like the fact that you put a huge story like this so far back in the paper.
JUCO is great, but the Medal of Honor is a whole lot bigger.