Do not sign petitions supporting Initiative 97

Here we go again. Environmental activists (with out of state backers) are trying once again to essentially ban fracking through initiative 97, even though they failed miserably in 2016.

The oil and gas industry provides countless benefits to Colorado and to our country. Implementing a 2,500-foot setback would essentially be a ban on oil and gas development in Colorado. I’m sure the out of state environmentalists and activists don’t care what that would do to our economy, but I certainly do.

Even if you take the economy out of the equation, how do they plan to replace the comforts that the industry brings to our state and Colorado families: warm homes in the winter, countless manufactured goods, medical advancements, tax revenue to support education and recreation, the list goes on and on.

I urge you to do your homework and decline to sign petitions for this initiative. Please join me and share the facts about this extreme measure with your family, friends, and neighbors. #97 is BAD for Colorado.

Keira Bresnahan

Colorado Rural Energy Action Council

Grand Junction


Only you can do it

The primary and mid-term elections are coming up. If you’re one of those “I’m mad as hell and not going to take it anymore” persons, then this is your chance, your only chance, to do something about it…vote.

Voting for our public officials is the only way we can exercise our right to express our voice and to make it actually count. All other avenues; protests, sit-ins, letters to the editor, twitter, and petitions do help persuade and inform, but, they can’t actually make a change unless they get you to vote a person into office who will see that those protests, sit-ins, twitter feeds, etc. are acted upon as only they have the power to do so.

Our elected officials; city, county, state and federal are supposed to represent the constituents’ who voted them into office, they do this by passing or supporting issues that would impact our daily lives.

If you’re unhappy with the decisions our current elected officials are making or not making, then it’s time to get rid of the old and bring in some new, fresh faces. I know it’s hard to discard comfortable and familiar, but change is good, change is what keeps our system moving on an even keel. It’s time to get rid of the tired, same old, same old.

Read, listen, join in community discussions to find out who is running for office, do your research on what they represent, what their passions are, what changes they plan to make if elected into office.

If you don’t vote then your disappointment of the way our country is going, or all your grumbling won’t matter. Remember, you get what you pay for, or in this instance you get what you vote for.

Judith Chapin

Fruita


Trump not held accountable for his behavior

I find it incredibly confounding that the man occupying the oval office has chosen to alienate our long-term allies and, at the same time, is courting and catering to the leaders of three dictatorships with communist leanings, Russia, China and North Korea. His diplomacy is completely acceptable when, in the past, former presidents were jeered and criticized for using diplomacy rather than weapons. Seems he is given a pass regardless of his behavior and who he consorts with. Will someone please explain this phenomenon to me?

Holly von Helms

Montrose


Hail Donald!

The Sentinel page showing the historic meeting between Kim and Trump should be titled "Entrenched dictator to match wits with an egotistical amateur."

Our president, leaving a historic meeting denigrating and alienating our Democratic allies while also trying to reinstate the Russian dictator to the G-7, is easily met by a professed enemy of democracy. Our manipulation by dictators continues. Kim Jong Un, the mammon of wickedness of North Korea, Putin of Russia, Xijinping of China, Duterte of the Philipines, etc.

But not to worry America. This is not a problem. Ignorance is bliss. The change to a dictatorship from our democratic republic can painlessly be done. With a stroke of his pen he can change the purity of the white stars on our flag to dictatorial red to match the enemy's color and done.

Sad. Hail Donald!

Robert A. Tallarico

Grand Junction


Inspiration found in stories about locals

National news is so depressing and confusing these days, that it's very uplifting to appreciate all the positive accomplishments right here in our own community.

Inspired by former director of Western Colorado Community College's Culinary Program, Dan Kirby, WCCC now has an impressive composting operating that recycles food waste into rich garden soil. Besides what their kitchen produces, waste also contributed by Sodexo, Colorado Mesa University's food vendor; and the City of Grand Junction provides dead leaves from curbside collection.

Oh, yes. And the CMU Rodeo Club contributes horse manure.

Community collaboration at its best!

Paula M. Anderson

Grand Junction


Politicians are only interested in money

The Census Bureau says that there is a projection that there are 328 million of us. Each of which has a net worth - assets minus liabilities - some of which its liquid and spendable, With that they buy finished products and services. If they are not finished they are considered not available for sale yet.

We hear a lot of voices that say we should return to a pure market. A pure market should not be subject to intervention of outside influences. A pure market should be a balance between demand and supply, period. Obviously a pure market is not at all what they and most Republicans want. They want to manipulate markets, for their benefit themselves, of course. But Democrats do it, too.

Both parties want to be able to vote to achieve a party majority on the Supreme Court. So much for an impartial court system! All the courts in the US are victims of this disease.

So far the courts have made decisions that businesses are persons, donations to electoral candidates can be as much as a business chooses, with much of it ”anonymous.” Why do you think your elected representative has no interest in you, unless your interests lie along those like the Koch brothers. Trust me, their interests are those that don’t include 99 percent of the population, Republicans and Democrats, both.

Now the latest is that the ATT and Times-Warner combination is legal. In essence this means that growing the number of monopolies is supposedly beneficial for businesses and to you

Is this what ”returning” to a pure, capitalistic economy gets you, run by a Republican administration specifically to attack you? Let’m die in the streets, who cares? Energized by a human, sorta, mad man without a clue what he’s doing?

What have sunk to?

John Borgen

Grand Junction


Trump puts America first in negotiations with North Korea

The Iranian mullahs are afraid of President Trump making a deal with North Korea. If North Korea chooses the carrot versus the stick they will see tremendous economic growth. Countries surrounding North Korea will pour in investments. It will change the world. The Iranian people will see the benefits of giving up their “nukes” and throw the mullahs out. It may take years to seal this deal, but it is a win/win we should all want.

For a carrot to work you need a believable stick. The president has the backing of China. They know he is serious about using a military option if he is unable to get North Korea to give up their nukes. Once N. Korea had the capability to deliver those bombs to US cities this President knew he needed to act. Unlike President Obama, President Trump will not hesitate to use the military option to protect us. He puts America first.

Republican control of Congress will help President Trump close this deal and support our economic growth. Democrats need President Trump to fail to regain their power. Tough to be against peace and prosperity.

David A Kearsley

Mesa


Democrat respects Dan Thurlow as a Republican candidate

I have great respect for Dan Thurlow. Though he sticks to Republican ideals when he votes, and as a registered Democrat I wish his voting record was more in tune with my beliefs, the man is courageous and full of integrity. Dan has attended a few events in the valley that are typically associated with more progressive views. From my observations, he doesn't come to make any promises to us Democrats, because he isn't one of us. But he does walk into our "houses" and he is friendly and listens. Dan makes me feel that maybe the terrible divisions in our country can one day be mended through mutual respect and a willingness to go to scary places. For Dan, I'm sure that's walking into situations and places where he generally isn't welcome. For me, it's writing this letter to the editor making favorable public comments about a Republican candidate.

Cyndi Clark

Grand Junction


Races need to be earlier in the morning

To those event coordinators who plan road races: Please consider the times when you schedule road races in the summer. Even in early May, the temperatures get hot early and affect the racers as they run. The later the races are, the harder it is for the runners to have a good time. The last couple of races I have run have been a disappointment for me. I ran the 10k in the Grand Valley Marathon in Palisade and my daughter measured it by her Garmin as 6.78 miles when it should have been 6.4 miles. The Fab Four race at Las Colonias was started at 9 a.m. and it was already in the 80s and I did not see any EMTs on hand for any medical emergencies if there had been. If you don't want to have a medical situation such as heat stroke or heat exhaustion arise, I strongly advise you to schedule summertime races at 7a.m. instead of 9 a.m. If you want a better turnout, racers prefer to run early in the morning rather than later. I have only been running for the last year, but even I prefer to race earlier rather than later. Even in Hawaii, the races are scheduled at 5:30-6 a.m. as start times because of the heat and humidity. Yes, it is cooler and at times cold at that time, but as runners run, their body heat keeps them warm and not overheat.

Linda Castillo

Grand Junction


Vote for Jared Polis

Colorado in 2018: a great place if you’re wealthy, a tough place if you’re not. The Colorado way of life should be accessible for everyone, not just the very wealthy. With rising costs of health care, housing, and education, everyday Coloradans are stretching every dollar.

How do we change that? Start by voting for Jared Polis.

We must elect a candidate for governor who will reinvest in Colorado’s workers. The only candidate with the record and plan to do so is Jared Polis. Jared has always fought for workers rights to unionize, and has spent his entire career supporting businesses that practice employee ownership and profit sharing. Jared knows how important Colorado’s workers are to our economy, and that’s why he will always be on our side.

As governor, Jared will make sure that everyone has paid sick and paid family medical leave. If a loved one develops a severe illness, you shouldn’t have to choose between keeping your job and caring for that loved one. In the same way that a parent gets time off work to take care of a newborn child, Colorado’s workers deserve time off to be with their ailing loved ones. Help protect Colorado’s workers and vote for Polis on June 26.

Gerald Arnold

Englewood


Columnist Marc Thiessen is a bad choice for Sentinel op-ed page

The dubious propriety of the Sentinel’s continued reliance on its “pet” Trumpublican propagandist Marc Thiessen is unmistakably manifested by the hypocrisy of today’s maudlin paean to long-time Washington Post columnist and “FauxNoise” contributor Charles Krauthammer (“On Charles Krauthammer, my friend, mentor and lodestar”).

First, as his columns repeatedly demonstrate, Thiessen is admittedly ignoring the sage advice of his purported mentor and lodestar (“No one can write two good columns a week”) – simultaneously dishonoring and exploiting the legacy of his dying “friend”.

Second, Thiessen conveniently avoids any reference to the substance of Krauthammer’s extensive writings – particularly to the fact that Krauthammer considers Donald Trump to be entirely “unfit” to be President (http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/345272-krauthammer-impeachment-would-be-a-catastrophic-mistake ).

While Krauthammer – on August 3, 2017 – opined that impeaching Trump would be a “catastrophic mistake” (because “collusion is not a crime” and his gullible “base” might feel illegitimately disenfranchised), that opinion was expressed before he could have known that Trump and/or his campaign associates had concealed, denied and/or lied about 80+ contacts with Russians (https://themoscowproject.org/explainers/trumps-russia-cover-up-by-the-numbers-70-contacts-with-russia-linked-operatives/ ), before Trump’s 3251 false or misleading claims to the American people had been exposed (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2018/06/01/president-trump-has-made-3251-false-or-misleading-claims-in-497-days/?utm_term=.5abeecbac433 ), and before Trump lied about virtually every aspect of the sham Singapore “deal” with North Korea (https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/factcheck/ap-fact-check-trump-distorted-history-on-north-korea/ar-AAyyhwx?ocid=spartanntp; https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/factcheck/ap-fact-check-trump-falsely-declares-post-summit-victory/ar-AAyzodr?ocid=spartanntp; https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2018/06/13/fact-checking-president-trumps-claims-about-the-north-korea-deal/?utm_term=.e20ab84ea0d6&wpisrc=nl_politics&wpmm=1 ).

On that same date, Krauthammer was guardedly optimistic that our Constitutional checks would constrain Trump’s authoritarian predilections (“The guardrails hold”) – applauding the Joint Chiefs for ignoring Trump’s tweeted ban on transgender soldiers in the military, Senator Grassley (R-Iowa) for protecting AG Sessions’ job, the Republican-controlled Senate for rejecting repeal of ObamaCare, the Boy Scouts of America who apologized for Trump’s “wildly inappropriate” speech on July 24, 2017, and the several police chiefs who publicly reprimanded Trump for irresponsibly advocating police brutality.

Thus, many have come to know Charles Krauthammer, and Marc Thiessen is no credible substitute.

Bill Hugenberg

Grand Junction


Vote for Diane Mitsch Bush

I am writing a letter of endorsement (LOE) for Diane Bush running for Colorado Congressional District 3. Diane has pledged to me to work for science based research in combating the runaway carbon pollution that mankind is most certainly contributing to. (The volcanoes and wildfires don’t need any help)

Colorado is the perfect state to start using renewable energy sources like wind and solar to its fullest extent. One thing I’ve noticed since moving to Colorado two years ago is that this state has plenty of reserve space and lots of sun and wind. I know it is hard for people to transition from the horse and buggy days, but this truly is a matter of national and global security. If allowed to go unchecked, changes to the heat and moisture cycles of our planet can certainly produce wild storms with flooding, drought in once arable land, and refugees running from regions of crisis. We see the beginnings of these calamities now and must bolster the reason and courage to accept a hard truth and the need to change to cleaner ways of living.

Delbert Parrish

Parachute


Where are the Title I funds?

With all the talk lately about the lack of education funding and teachers walking off the job in protest, I wonder what happened to the $142,901,138 in Title I funds the state received from the federal government last year. This money supposedly goes to educate at-risk youth, but in 2017 only 36.2 percent of the state’s 9th-graders “met or exceeded” expectations on the English Language Arts part of the CMAS. And only 32.7 percent of them did the same in math. The time has come to look at other alternatives to delivering public education. Why not allow non-government organizations to bid for this Title I money if they have better ways to teach kids?

Nate Braden

Denver

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