Printed letters, June 8, 2010

McConnell is candidate who can defeat Salazar

Here’s another perspective on the Republican candidates for the 3 Congressional District:

We support Bob McConnell, who has never held a political office of any kind, a leader of proven ability and integrity and a fresh new face beholden to no special-interest groups. He served his country with honor and distinction in the U.S. Army, later retiring with 20-plus years of military service.

Bob McConnell’s principles of conservatism, fiscal responsibility and limited government, as specified in the U.S. Constitution, make him clearly the people’s choice and the only Republican candidate capable of defeating Rep. John Salazar.



Remember Edmiston’s county accomplishments

In his tenure with Mesa County, Bob Edmiston transformed the landfill from a 19th century “dump” into a model 21st century facility.  It is a fine example of what intelligence, energy, and technology can accomplish.  The hazardous waste processing facility and the composting facility are examples.

And let us not forget that it was due to Bob’s efficient organization and record keeping that the body of Jennifer Blagg was found.

I feel for Bob and his family and for all others affected by his alleged actions, which I in no way condone. But I sincerely hope his legacy will be what he has accomplished for the county, rather than these current events.

The county needs to replace him with someone who can carry on his vision of a modern landfill. It could do far worse than to consider his proteg&233;, Cameron Garcia.


Grand Junction

Interior’s oil-gas reforms are in everyone’s interest

As a rancher in Moffat County since the early 1960s, I have witnessed oil and gas development in almost every corner of our county, often with negative or unforeseen consequences.

That is why I support recent reforms to oil and gas leasing, announced by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. I believe it is in everyone’s interest, including the oil and gas industry’s, to thoroughly understand and discuss the impacts of drilling and concerns of citizens. At present, this doesn’t happen, and the Interior’s reforms would go a long way to fixing this.

A smart, balanced approach to energy development on our public lands is essential to protecting our water, air, wildlife habitat and scenic beauty.



Reporter’s coverage promoted reading

The students and I would like to thank Richie Ann Ashcraft for coming out to Nisley Elementary School to cover our play, “The Surfer Girls.” It is refreshing to know that The Daily Sentinel is still committed to serving the community and sees the value of creativity in education.

Her coverage helped introduce my students to the world of journalism and, through the process of interviewing the students, she encouraged a love of reading.

As the kids of Room 3 would say, “Cowabunga dudette!” Thanks again.


and the students of Room 3

Nisley Elementary School

Grand Junction

Seat saving at JUCO is getting out of hand

As a long-time JUCO attendee, I feel the problem of seat saving needs to be addressed.

I arrived in the stands at 5:40 for both the Tuesday and Wednesday night games, only to find that all the seats with backs, from the press box to the third-base dugout, were saved with blankets or other items marking the saved seats. Very few of them had anybody near them.

I feel that the JUCO committee needs to have this practice stopped or start selling reserved-seat tickets for this area.

It is understandable for someone to save seats for his or her family, but when whole rows are saved for friends and family, it starts becoming ridiculous. Hopefully, something can be done about this problem.


Grand Junction


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