Printed letters, Feb. 5, 2010

Ignoring warming may have dire effects

There have been some recent cheap shots at global warming and the introduction of new air quality standards. Logic would dictate that the environmental stresses observed on a small scale (i.e. pollution trapped in a temperature inversion in the Grand Valley, or what one endures when visiting Salt Lake City during an inversion or Denver on an average smoggy day) might predict the larger scale stresses on the absorbing capacity of a “closed-loop” planet.

Even if one doesn’t buy into the scientific consensus of global warming — and is nonetheless still willing to live in a fouled nest — simple observation would beg the wisdom of conservation and bio-centric living. This is not something that one assigns to the agenda of a particular political party. This is the assignment of all political parties.

This is simply the way that life on the planet that we borrow from our children ought to be approached. Instead, many prefer to pursue egocentric manipulation of one’s environment in disregard for more distant unobservable consequences — all in the name of a supposed prosperity.

True prosperity is not the dollars saved by avoiding a balanced life with one’s surroundings, but the wealth of a population with a secure future on this planet. And, for those who fear that this inconvenience should cost a lot of money, be assured there is a huge economic windfall in the natural capital of resource conservation and sustainable living. The risk of not understanding the present importance and economic benefit of a healthy world is to pay a much greater future price. Some are apparently willing to accept this responsibility and the unimaginable consequences of being wrong.

DAVID CALE

Grand Junction

H1N1 vaccinations remain a key health precaution

My 18-year-old sister had a rough experience with H1N1. She currently goes to school at Clemson University in South Carolina. She did not feel the importance of getting vaccinated until she had a few symptoms herself.

The flu eventually ended up turning to pneumonia and she ended up in the hospital. She recovered.

My mom and I both decided to get the vaccination.

Mesa County health officials are encouraging residents to get the H1N1 vaccination because they are concerned the virus could pick up again. According to health officials, there have been 101 cases in Grand Junction since Sept. 1.

Even though there may not be a lot of cases of H1N1 now, I believe it is very important for everyone to get the vaccination.

It is very easy to get. You can walk in at the Health Department without an appointment on 510 29 1/2 Road. Vaccines are available from 8:30 to 4:30 p.m.

How can you pass up a free vaccination? No parent wants to see their kids sick, and now is their chance to get them vaccinated.

Overall, whether or not you have had H1N1, I believe it is extremely crucial to get the vaccination. After all, it is free.

KAYLYNN KAPS

Grand Junction

Free market isn’t great at balancing the economy

While volatile opinions abound these days, the ironies grow. So, what the heck, let’s try the free market on health insurance.

Eliminate employer-funded insurance everywhere. Allow insurance companies to compete openly for everyone. Let’s see if they can learn to compete.

Want government to be run like a business? It can’t. Business is dictatorial. Government is not.  Government provides infrastructure, not products. Ever wonder how many of the people in the Minneapolis bridge collapse a few years ago voted against government building new bridges?

I learned this week that Haiti has a totally capitalistic system with very little government. Hey, isn’t that what we all want?

Government may not spend wisely, but doesn’t corporate America spend the same way? Retold endlessly this past year is that business and big corporations can’t make it without borrowing money.  After all, business philosophy claims it’s best to use other people’s money to succeed.

We’re living the Dilbert cartoon. Business executives no longer care about their products and don’t care if their subordinates do the same. Top to bottom, people’s only interest is a paycheck. Execs care only about the latest Excel graph, but don’t care if someone below fudged it. Consumer confidence is irrelevant. But if we can’t afford to buy, who will? We are all our own customers.

Finally, if conservationists (i.e. environmentalists) and conservatives (i.e. Republicans) oppose each other’s beliefs, isn’t it interesting their root word is “conserve,” which means “to keep, to save” (i.e. never change.) Wouldn’t it be nice for us all really to know what we’re saying?

Everybody seems to want “their” socialism, just not for everyone.

EILEEN O’TOOLE

Grand Junction



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