Printed letters, September 8, 2011

Via his weekly sinecure at The Daily Sentinel, Josh Penry’s fear and loathing of two congresswomen, Nancy Pelosi and Diane DeGette is palpable as he passes gaseous invective in his column covering their recent Denver meeting.

Part of his premise requires readers to imagine a gigantic, indeterminate number arrived at by multiplying hydraulic fracturing, the “root of all evil,” by “the square root of all things unsafe.”  This number presumably would show us how awful the ladies are.

Weak and forlorn, this premise begs for some Brobdignagian nourishment, a number squared, cubed, risen to the nth power. Indeed, any kind of multiple. Instead, Penry feeds it minimally, with a square root. Squaring 100 gives 10,000. The square root of 100 is 10.

In another column, Penry suggested that Earth is “resilient,” suggesting that she is akin to some punch-drunk pugilist capable of getting up off the canvas and reinvigorating herself after taking a few body blows, like polluted air, water, desertification, species extinction and so on.

Taking advantage of freedom of the press has enabled Penry to supply readers with more insight into why it became time for him to narrow down career choices, choices that obviously didn’t lie in the realms of mathematics and science.

In politics one need know nothing about a subject to write about it. For Josh Penry choosing a career in politics was a no-brainer. Literally.

DAVID L. MCWILLIAMS

Grand Junction

Oil and gas industry has given much to West Slope

For West Slope residents, last week brought excitement and anticipation building up to a well-earned holiday weekend. The holiday brought excitement for the West Slope Colorado Oil & Gas Association too, but for a different reason.

As reported by The Daily Sentinel, last week, local governments and schools received checks for over $54 million dollars from the energy sector. In fact, Mesa County and its municipalities alone inked over $5.5 million dollars. Not a bad way to wind down the summer season.

As a result, county roads will be smoother, city parks will be greener and schools more effective in creating the next generation of job creators for our communities.

Throughout the year, our organization’s mission is to highlight the jobs we create, emphasize the clean energy we produce and spotlight the billions of dollars invested each year by our member companies. But seldom are we more proud than when local governments receive direct cash resulting from energy activity.

For most of us, numbers in the billions are hard to conceptualize. But it is true the natural gas and oil industry provides over $24 billion to Colorado’s economy each year. The monies received before Labor Day were just a small fraction of that total economic contribution.

As local governments and schools deposited these dollars into their bank accounts, the 6,000 local employees represented by our organization enjoyed the holiday weekend that much more, knowing the work they do in the energy business benefits and supports the local communities who support them too.

DAVID LUDLAM

Executive Director

The West Slope Colorado Oil & Gas Association

Grand Junction

Nursing mothers need to display more modesty

So the law says moms can bare their breasts in public when feeding their babes? So be it. There is just one word missing in this scenario: modesty. I guess that is too old-fashioned for young mothers today.

The fact that it’s legal does not excuse mothers from considering others around them and that is what I see lacking in the attitudes of many young women today. I do not fault the people at the pool, but the arrogance of a mom who feels no concern about others around her. Her excuse for not using a cover was absolutely ridiculous.

BEVERLY DUZENACK

Mesa

Human breasts are meant for marketing

Good grief! You would think that after being great with child for nine months and laboriously giving birth to that child, a woman would have more of an understanding of why God gave her two breasts. Shamelessly nursing her baby?  Disgusting.

We all know that breasts are made so that the brewers of fine beers, peddlers of software and others can use them as marketing tools to sell more of their products to a discriminating and sensitive public.

ROBERT A. TALLARICO

Grand Junction

NLRB should not be stopping businesses

I agree with Fred and Sandra Zimmat’s letter about the NLRB and the Obama’s administration travesty in stopping Boeing from using its plant in South Carolina to build airplanes.

However, I have been aware of this since spring. Denny Herzog is coming to the table a little late on this issue.

RICHARD BLOSSER

Grand Junction



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