Printed letters, Oct. 13, 2011
As someone who is familiar with the Roan Plateau Resource Management Plan, I was disappointed with coverage given that plan in the developing situation article written by Dave Buchanan on Oct. 5. To write about the Roan Plateau only from the perspective of those who view it solely as quasi-wilderness doesn’t do much to inform readers about the hard work of the BLM since 2000 to fulfill its multiple use mission and adhere to federal law (The Transfer Act of 1997).
The BLM’s Record of Decision for the Roan Plateau was prudent in mandating limited, sequential development that allows no more than 1 percent (350 acres) disturbance annually for this special place.
It is also proactive in creating protective areas for wildlife, controlling when and where activity can occur and assuring all surface disturbance is reclaimed before activity can occur elsewhere.
I’ve seen the maps that show what areas are off limits to all drilling because of historic herd migration patterns or eagle nesting sites. Based on the article I’m not sure Buchanan is aware of them however.
With protections in place we can be assured that the economic boost we sorely need is possible. The up-to 1,000 jobs created and the millions of dollars in royalty payments and taxes that will support our schools, roads and infrastructure are important to this area. Everyone is well aware of the current state of our local economy.
It is possible to protect the environment and promote economic prosperity. In economic development circles, we are quick to point out that quality of life begins with a good job — and those jobs do not have to come at the expense of the environment, as the BLM ensured with the Resource Management Plan.
I hope in the future that reporting on the Roan by The Daily Sentinel is more comprehensive and balanced in its approach.
Grand Junction Area
Chamber of Commerce
Palisade should reject marijuana dispensary
In view of the expansion of the pot shop in Palisade, I must admit being perplexed when there is a current ballot issue to ban those shops, as has been done by Fruita, Grand Junction and unincorporated Mesa County. Police in Palisade have responded two times to car accidents in front of the pot shop. Legalizing pot makes more potheads who have impaired judgment about trying harder drugs — they can become walking chemicals.
I read in The Denver Post about warehouses along the South Platte that stink like skunks because of the many marijuana grow operations. Medical marijuana users have increased from 4,000 to 130,000 in the past few years. Yet actual conditions that might require medical marijuana, such as AIDS, cancer or glaucoma, are estimated to be the cause for only 2 percent of the total pot sales. Colorado’s rate of school expulsions for pot use has increased by 40 percent. Locally, school expulsions have gone up 100 percent.
When prohibition ended, it did not put an end to the social problems caused by alcohol. This whole promotion of medical use is a ruse for legalization of drugs. Why would we want to put more stoned people on our roads to join the drunk drivers? Marijuana is far more dangerous to health than regular cigarettes (and pot is not uniform in THC content), yet uninformed users and voters continue to ban cigarettes while turning a blind eye to pot use.
Palisade voters need to follow the rest of Mesa County and vote with 75 other Colorado towns to ban pot shops.
STEVE AND DARLEEN GSELL
Ski resort didn’t take position on uranium mill
This is in response to Don Pettygrove’s letter to the editor in the Oct. 9 issue of The Daily Sentinel. Mr. Pettygrove suggested that skiers not ski at Telluride Ski Resort because the Telluride Town Council is objecting to the Pinon Ridge Uranium Mill proposal which is located in Montrose County.
I am the CEO of Telluride Ski Resort, and was shocked to see Pettygrove’s letter to the editor Sunday morning while eating breakfast with my wife in a wonderful downtown cafe in Grand Junction. We had come to Grand Junction for the weekend to purchase building supplies and interior furnishings for a new restroom building we are constructing this fall at the top of Chair 5.
As an aside, I graduated in 1986 from Colorado Mesa University (Mesa State College back then) and have always enjoyed the Grand Junction community.
The Telluride Ski Resort has declined to take a position on the proposed uranium mill in our neighboring county. The ski company feels this decision should be debated and decided by the jurisdictions in Montrose County.
The notion that people should not ski at our resort does not feel fair or appropriate under these circumstances. Telluride Ski Resort appreciates our Grand Junction customers and we look forward to continuing our great relationship with the community.