Winter air quality remains poor

Thank you Daily Sentinel for posting “No Burn” advisory this winter season without me having to request it as in previous years. It might be newsworthy and responsible reporting of the Sentinel to the community of in-depth report of the air quality situation and components of the air.

On Jan. 9, 2020 Mesa County had a NO BURN posting and in the afternoon there was thick black smoke rising near Monument Road. Nothing on the local news, nothing in Friday’s paper of what it was.

Previously I contacted a local television station reminding them to post the NO BURN logo. None this season. Last night one station forecast that the inversion should burn off because we would reach 30. The other station gave a maybe this weekend. I then went to Purple Air Now and found in the center of Grand Junction a monitor had 134 for the 2.5 particle. Moab was 137, Montrose and Durango a little less but still red.

The Colorado Dept of Health gave us a rosy range of the 20s to the 30s Friday and Thursday. A banner across the bottom of the page, “not authenticated.”

Here in Grand Junction we used to monitor ozone. There used to be a state monitor site in Delta. What gives? I have conversed with state air quality employees in the past and what I discovered is that there is a local bent on manipulating the facts. Is this why the county has eliminated its live images of the current conditions?

Is this how we eliminate “non-attainment” days providing alternative facts? The air is crap and will get worse affecting everyone’s health, their retirement.

Wednesday it was 42 degrees, sunny, bluebird skies where the wife and I built to retire, if we make it. Don’t ask where. Returning home, the air was crap. I can remember the condition of the air here when there were 5 million people less in this state. And we want more people?

Maybe the paper could have people submit “blue bird skies” so we can all say, “I remember that” before they become another thing of the past.

PAUL MULDOWNEY

Grand Junction

Is turnabout fair play in articles of impeachment?

Maybe the Democrats should adopt the immoral policy that Mitch McConnell used to obstruct the Obama Supreme Court nominee.

Mr. McConnell’s philosophy was since the next election was less than a year away that no action should take place until after election time. Nancy Pelosi should instruct the Senate that the articles of impeachment won’t be submitted until after Nov. 3 because there could be a change in the Senate membership. What a tizzy that would create if Trump got re-elected as president in 2020 but Democrats now controlled the Senate, decided it was now time to submit the articles of impeachment for a quick trial, and then voted to remove him from office immediately. This kind of tit-for-tat might be what we should expect from our politicians for a very long time. Camaraderie is basically dead in the U.S.

JOEL PRUDHOMME

Grand Junction

Let politicians know you support fees on carbon

We now have a real opportunity to not only show our concern for some of the effects of climate change, like erratic weather, drought, tree mortality, and fire, but the opportunity to support a bipartisan effort to address it. I am happy that there are now bipartisan efforts in both houses of Congress (Climate Solutions Caucuses), to discuss climate solutions and to work on climate legislation to address them.

Most recently, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (HR 763) has been introduced in the House to collect impact fees on polluters and rebate these funds equally to all households to offset any energy price rises. This is really a free market approach, bringing our energy resources back into a true cost/benefit ratio. The benefits would be felt by all: users, industry, climate, and economy.

I urge all not only to make our congressional representatives aware of your interest, but our local leaders, as well.

WAYNE QUADE

Montrose

Wolf reintroduction poses threat to public safety

One of the major objections to wolf introduction that advocates of Initiative 107 don’t want to talk about is the serious disease that wolves carry; namely Echinococcus granulosus, or Hydatid disease.

Prior to the 1995 and 1996 Canadian Gray Wolf introduction into the Yellowstone ecosystem, there was no prevalence of the G8 or G10 strains of this disease in Idaho, Wyoming, or in Montana. The wolves that were brought in from Canada were never tested for this dreaded disease. According to the World Health Organization, it has declared “Echinococcosis is a parasitic disease that occurs in two main forms in humans: cystic echinococcosis (also known as hydatidosis) or and alveolar echinococcosis, caused by the tapeworms Echinococcus granulosus and E. multilocularis, respectively. Both diseases can cause serious morbidity and death.”

The Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology, Washington State University tested 123 wolves, 60 from Idaho and 63 from Montana in 2009. Their study found that 62% of the wolves from Idaho and 63% of the wolves from Montana were carrying Hydatid disease.

The World Health Organization warns “more than one million people are affected with Hydatid disease at any one time.” This should be of major concern for citizens of Colorado that would have to face this dreaded disease should wolves be released within their counties. Why would we vote to introduce a major vector of disease into our majestic ecosystem and place our future generations in harm’s way? We must not let this happen! I for one will vote NO to introduce wolves into Colorado.

ROBERT KLEIN

Grand Junction

CDOT should accommodate city’s plan for business loop

The city of Grand Junction had a viable plan for the business loop reconstruction prepared by “New Mobility West” which calls for wide sidewalks, landscaping, bike lanes, safe crosswalks and two traffic lanes in each direction which would slow traffic down and make room for pedestrians, bicycles and landscaping.

The Colorado Department of Transportation was made aware of this plan at least two years ago, and continues to ignore it! They also ignore the fact that 30,000 people a year ride Amtrak out of Grand Junction, that there is a high incidence of traffic accidents at the curve in the road, in front of the train station and that the Riverside Parkway takes a significant amount of traffic off of I-70 B. Let’s stick with the New Mobility Plan!

Rail travel will increase in the future and the historic RR depot needs to be restored and reused!

BENNETT BOESCHENSTEIN

Grand Junction

Pugliese is correct to urge gratitude for BLM relocation

I agree with Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese’s comments in her letter to the Daily Sentinel published Jan. 8. I am pleased that the Bureau of Land Management has bravely removed itself from the halls of powerful D.C. and located in our space. Welcome and best wishes in your new Western home.

JANET SCHEEVEL

Grand Junction

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