Printed letters, Nov. 21, 2010

A trillion cubic feet of natural gas lies beneath the Roan Plateau — enough energy to heat all of Colorado’s homes for more than a decade. Still, some in the environmental community try to misrepresent just how much gas is up there. That’s just plain insincere.

Every cubic foot of gas is taxed by the state and the federal government. When hundreds of millions of cubic feet of gas are produced, that generates hundreds of millions of dollars for the state and the federal government. And hundreds of millions of dollars in new money for the state is hundreds of millions the state won’t have to cut from our schools or colleges.

But the most critical part? Western Colorado has nearly 10 percent unemployment and the Roan Plateau would provide decades of jobs for the area’s contractors and small businesses. To say otherwise is just misleading.

DREW PATTERSON

Parachute

Meis was not defiant, and should not resign

I attended Craig Meis’ press conference last week and feel I must have been at a different one than was portrayed in The Daily Sentinel.

I did not find Meis to be defiant. He defended his right to appeal a ticket he received by requesting a jury trial, and that is a right that every citizen has. When the jury ruled him guilty, he paid the charge and that should have been the end of this incident.

Meis has stated that he did not threaten or intimidate the officer, and I believe him. He is also accused of e-mailing the officer’s superior. Meis stated that he did e-mail the officer’s superior after receiving the ticket because he wanted to question the policy.

What is there that Tim Fenwick of GJ Result feels warrants a resignation on the part of Meis?  Because of the biased reporting of this incident Meis is being held up as a pariah and there are some who feel he should resign for showing poor judgment.

Meis is a very mature, solid-thinking individual whose knowledge and experience in the energy field are assets to Mesa County. Hopefully, we do not have to go through the nasty process of fighting a recall. Meis has the support to prevail in such an action.

JOAN KELSEY

Grand Junction

Parks ranger acted well in a difficult situation

As a former U.S. Forest Service law enforcement officer, as well as a seasonal Colorado State Parks Ranger after retirement from the Forest Service, I read about this incident involving Commissioner Craig Meis with interest.  I commend The Daily Sentinel for a good job of reporting, as is usually the case.

I commend the State Parks Ranger who made the contact and issued the citation. Over the years, from my experience, I know what it’s like to deal with law violators who feel that their position puts them somehow above accountability for their actions: If you disagree with a particular law, and think it’s frivolous, then you don’t have to obey it.

Is this what Commissioner Meis is teaching his son?

I personally find the actions and behavior of Craig Meis to be disgusting and I think it reflects in a negative way on all elected public officials who do conduct themselves with a high degree of integrity.

FRANK SWANCARA, JR.

Cedaredge    

Sauer’s article a reminder of pleasure of newspapers

Rachel Sauer’s Nov. 14, article “Say, what do you mean?” reminded me of why I love the newspaper. Yes, the real thing, a sheet of newsprint in my hand. The article reeled me in with words spoken long ago that are relevant today.

Thank you, Rachel, for the outstanding article. My hope is that readers will take note of a piece that is well-researched and written and take the time to read it in the newspaper.

JUDY BRISCOE Paonia



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