Printed letters, March 15, 2015

Oil shale needs
more than platitudes

Recently, Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar conducted a teleconference regarding his “support” for oil shale research and development. Contrary to his statements, his actions send a very different message. Salazar has done very little in the way of fostering progress in oil shale development.

To the contrary, the secretary has taken every step he can to undo the progress that was made by the previous administration to expedite the research, development and recovery of one of America’s largest domestic energy reserves.

Western Colorado and eastern Utah are the epicenter for the largest deposits of oil shale reserves and the potential benefits to be derived from developing this resource are staggering. Not only would there be significant tax revenues garnered (including federal royalties, state severance taxes, sales taxes, etc.), thousands of badly needed domestic jobs would be created.

The use of American oil shale would increase our domestic energy security instead of sending billions of dollars overseas.

Dragging our feet in producing the single most concentrated hydrocarbon resource in America is the worst thing to do in a struggling economy with high unemployment rates.

The administration needs to support the work that was completed during the previous administration and encourage the smart, responsible development of oil shale instead of just issuing platitudes.


City of Fruita

Tipton hasn’t fulfilled his campaign promise

When The Main Street Alliance takes out a half page ad in The Daily Sentinel to expound on Rep. Scott Tipton’s success in defeating Amendment 482, they claim we owe Tipton for saving 107,000 jobs and a $10 billion a year industry.

Amendment 482 to H.R.1 reads as follows: “This amendment would prohibit the use of funds made available by this act to be used to designate monuments

under the antiquities act of 1909.”

I’m going to go out on a limb here and say this has something to do with funding for Colorado National Monument.

I believe the view from Washington is that tourists will stop coming to Colorado, western Colorado in particular, if funding for a designation change, say from a national monument to a national park, isn’t available.

From my point of view, Rep. Heller was trying to save a little money (very little). While our Rep. Tipton has hands that smell of pork. Scoring more tax dollars, not for education, not for safe food or clean water or any of the things this district needs, but for I don’t know what.

If Rep. Tipton doesn’t publicly rebuke the claims made by The Main Street Alliance we must assume he is taking credit for 107,000 jobs and saving a $10 billion dollar a year industry. There is nothing further from the truth.

The truth is, the only jobs we can credit Rep. Tipton for (remember, he was the jobs guy in November) are housed on the seventh floor of the Alpine Bank Building.


Grand Junction

Lottery could benefit our public education

I am asking Gov. John Hickenlooper, members of the Colorado Legislature, and the Colorado Teachers Association to consider supporting an educational lottery devoted to K–12 education. It is time for our state and educational leaders to get creative.

I understand that this type of legislative action will require an amendment to the Constitution, as with our current lottery.

This lottery would provide a guaranteed minimum of funds each year for K–12. I believe that the public would support this idea, as opposed to raising taxes. I am sure that the teachers would support this idea as well.

As a former educator, I do not want to see any teachers lose their jobs due to the irresponsible actions of our state government. Let’s save and improve K–12 education in Colorado and not destroy it!

We need to protect the future of our children and the careers of many valuable teachers. Call the governor or your legislator today and ask them to support this legislation this session.


New Castle

Wagner’s rantings reflect his character

I agree totally with letter writers Eric Niederkruger and Rick Matthew. Let’s face it. Rick Wagner is a product of the Limbaugh-Beck school of pseudo-journalism.

It seems that one can expect nothing but demeaning and alarmist inanity from Wagner. Even homeless veterans offend his sensibility. His sole capability is demonization.

Wagner apparently doesn’t understand that his lack of objectivity and his continual demonization of others are, unfortunately, a clear definition of who he really is.

It is acceptable to differ with others, but it is not acceptable to consistently demonize them.

DALE C. STAPLETON Grand Junction


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