Printed letters, May 28, 2010

Return Gottlieb to DMEA board

As the election for the Delta-Montrose Electric Association board of directors approaches, I’d like to note that a valuable asset is again available to our community and to the board. I would urge us to return Paul Gottlieb to the board after his having stepped aside for one term (by rule).

Paul’s 30-plus years administrative experience as a board member in service to such other organizations as Montrose Memorial Hospital, the San Juan Healthcare Foundation, Olathe Fire Protection District, the Colorado Lottery Blue Ribbon Committee and the Montrose County Sheriff’s Posse will bring continuing professional management and oversight to the DMEA board. His experience in successful small business ownership, service on other boards and making management, marketing and financial decisions have helped Paul to be an integral part of DMEA’s past successes.

Paul Gottlieb is a huge plus to community service as he remains accessible to consumers and continues to maintain advantageous professional relationships within the electric co-op industry. A certified credentialed cooperative director, Paul has completed ongoing management and leadership training courses at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. His goals for the DMEA board have always been to keep rates as low as possible, increase the equity in the association and return capital credits to members in a timely manner.

I believe the record of his prior service speaks for itself and I welcome the opportunity to have Paul Gottlieb return to service on the board. I urge the community to support him in this election bid.

MICHAEL L. CRAYNE

Montrose

Keep existing members of DMEA board

As the Delta-Montrose Electric Association election approaches one wonders what are the issues facing our member-owned electrical co-op?

As a few individuals who have monitored the DMEA board since the mid-90s, we have noticed the existing board has come 180 degrees. The board mentality has changed from a spend-and-build co-op, to a conserve and efficiency-driven mentality.

DMEA has been able to keep rates flat for the past two years, even though wholesale rates have increased. This was accomplished by staff reductions and early retirements.

DMEA has teamed with Uncompahgre Valley Water Users Association for a proposed hydroelectric project east of Montrose to generate electricity locally. This will, in turn, keep jobs and taxes in Montrose and Delta counties. Why ship over $42 million a year to a Denver wholesaler, Tri-State Generation?

The DMEA board also has a keen interest in generating electric power from waste wood produced by our local sawmills, from methane gas exhausted from local coal mines, as well as other irrigation canals.

The DMEA Board will refund $1.5 million in capital credits to co-op members in July of this year. The DMEA Board is analyzing a possible merger with San Miguel Power Association that could save the region more dollars by eliminating duplication of services.

Today, the DMEA Board is leading the way in energy conservation, energy efficiency and innovation, as well as controlling Board Expenditures. If you feel as we do, we urge you to retain the current board:  Vote for Mike Sramek, Ed Marston and Tony Prendergast.

JOHN HAROLD, Olathe

PAUL DOW, Montrose

JIM RENFROW, Montrose

Global warming is science, not a political issue

Rose Pugliese is right. Teachers should not be imparting their personal, political views in the classroom. But, global warming is not a political issue, global warming is science.

If we don’t teach what 97 percent of climate scientists, our best peer review journals and nearly all members of The National Academy of Sciences agree upon — that average global temperatures are rising at unnatural rates, drastically and dangerously changing weather patterns worldwide — what are we going to teach?

RICHARD JOHNSON

Grand Junction



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