Printed letters, March 23, 2010

There’s growing support for banning marijuana

My precinct caucus voted positively on a resolution to go forward to our county assembly that delegates that thetstate assemblies be directed to push for legislation requiring the state of Colorado to follow the law of the United States prohibiting the use of marijuana.

I understand that other precincts voted on a similar resolution.

I urge all delegates to their respective county assemblies to join together to abolish this drug. One only needs to read in The Daily Sentinel about the growing problems in just our local community, much less our state.


Grand Junction

Body farms are critical for forensic science

Hopefully, none of the people opposed to the body farm site will ever have to have a friend or loved one go through the forensics process. But if they do, they will understand how valuable, important and necessary these sites have become.

In Mike Wiggins’ article in the March 12 edition of The Daily Sentinel, property owner Lisa Binse commented that, ‘It’ll be nice not to have to worry where the flies have been when they land on my hamburgers or potato salad at a barbeque.”

Evidently, Ms. Binse has never in the past wondered where the flies have been when they landed on her hamburgers or potato salad. Maybe ignorance is bliss.



Job Corps centers are all going green

In Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers, there is rare alignment of real-life solutions to the challenges of youth unemployment, an uncertain economy and the nation’s need for a greener, energy-efficient future. Like nothing else, Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers work for young people and for America. The Collbran Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center serves 220 students in a residential campus.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Forest Service runs the nation’s Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers. Like all Job Corps Centers, the Civilian Conservation Centers train economically challenged young people for meaningful careers.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the Civilian Conservation Centers will place a new emphasis on green jobs, such as natural-resources work, and the greening of traditional trades, such as construction and electrical work.

Job Corps-trained young people will revitalize local economies, especially in rural communities across America. They will provide a youthful boost to the nation’s goals of energy independence and conservation.

Today’s Civilian Conservation Centers are preparing more than 6,000 young people in 28 centers around the country for their own new direction, a place in America’s growing, green-collar economy and a path out of poverty.

During my recent visit to a Civilian Conservation Center, a businessman told me Job Corps is the real deal, a solid source for skilled workers. I know what I saw recently, and I am convinced all of us will benefit from the entry of thousands of skilled young people into an economy that needs to readjust its relationship to the environment and grow in a green direction. The success of Job Corps Civilian Conservation Centers’ new direction should encourage us all.

The Forest Service operates 28 Job Corps centers in 18 states with a capacity of 6,200 students.

For more information, visit:



U.S. Department of Agriculture

Washington, D.C.

Clifton-Fruitvale residents anything but ambivalent

County Commissioner Janet Rowland is assuredly not listening to the people.

For her to say that the people were ambivalent about the proposed annexation shows her lack of understanding.

When 82 percent of the landowners didn’t opt for the annexation and 69 percent of the eligible parcels felt likewise, that is far from being ambivalent.


Grand Junction


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