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April 25, 2012
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I read in the latest Telegram that the city of Rifle is doing a study on funding for a new Rifle recreation center. Part of the funding would be derived from a sales tax increase.

We need to keep in mind that they also have to build a new water treatment plant for several million dollars. A sales tax has to be passed for this so that everybody's water bill doesn't double. This should be first and foremost (water treatment plant.)

Remember, several years ago we passed a sales tax increase to build Fairway Avenue between Highway 13 and 24th Street. As of this date, it has not happened. I would also ask the city how the fitness center they are running over by Walmart is doing, as I never see many cars in the parking lot. I say do Fairway and water treatment plant first, and after they are complete, think about a rec center.

Gary Parks


After reading your April 19 article on Rifle's distinction as one of the most "solar charged cities," I came to realize that I have a complete lack of knowledge in the scientific field of "green energy." The fact that "public and private entities have installed solar arrays that add up to 4,284 kilowatts" is beyond my comprehension in terms of "dollars in electricity" this represents. Likewise, Rifle's per capita solar capacity of 467 watts per person leaves me wondering how many 100 watt light bulbs this would light.

There is so much attention being devoted to both solar and wind energy that it would be helpful to have some practical insight and data that a layman could interpret. There have been many exposures lately about the fallacies of wind power. This is from the Reno Trib, published April 9, and headlined "Wind Turbines: Nevada's crock." Reno, for example, got more than $150,000 in ratepayer-funded rebates for installing $460,000 worth of turbines - and saved a mere $2,800 on its energy bills.

On solar energy, a solar executive recently commented "Solar Photovoltaic (PV) electric panels are far too expensive to provide a sustainable energy alternative to homes and businesses already connected to the electric utility grid. The on-grid solar industry and associated jobs are artificial and only exist because of special government favor."

It does lead one to wonder. Does the popularity of these two green energies result from government subsidies or real energy efficiencies?

It would be quite meaningful if the data published in your solar energy article could be translated to the exact savings that is resulting rather than merely the kilowatts being produced. Is there an engineer out there that could interpret this data for me?

Richard Doran


The April 12 health article by Dr. Marbas was very informational. In 2006, I became very weak, and friends told me I was losing weight. When I decided to go the hospital, I weighed 101 pounds (I am 5'5"). I was found to have H. pylori in my digestive track. I had no ulcers, but was extremely ill. I was put into acute care for several days. I went home with nine medications and had my first seizure (possible med overdose) the day I returned home.

A few years later, I developed a hiatal hernia but have never developed an ulcer.

This is a very nasty bacterium. Two Australian doctors won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1982 for the discovery that transformed peptic ulcer disease from a chronic, frequently disabling condition to one that can be cured with a regime of antibiotics and other medications. The cause of ulcers and stomach distress was found not to be caused by acids and stress, but due to the H. pylori bacteria.

Thank you for your public information, Dr. Marbas, about this disease. I wish all good health.

Roberta Paige


During the past 100 years, we in the U.S. have enjoyed the luxury of cheap energy generated by the burning of fossil fuels such as coal and oil, but no longer can we count on this being the case. As the developing world expands, the competition for the world's energy resources intensifies and energy prices are increasing dramatically. What can each of us do to keep the lid on energy expenses and reduce emissions to the atmosphere? Conservation is the key.

(1) Transportation is 25 percent of the emissions problem. Upgrading your car for a more efficient vehicle will help, but if you can't afford that, improving driving habits is even better. Rapid acceleration and high speed driving guzzles gas. You will be surprised at how your mileage will improve if you accelerate gradually and stay below the speed limit.

(2) Forty percent of emissions come from power plants that generate electricity. As populations grow and power hungry high tech devices mushroom, electrical demand rises. You can help buck this trend by using more efficient light bulbs and appliances, turning them off when not needed and participating in the "We Care" and "Green" programs offered by Holy Cross Energy. Go to www.holycrossenergy.com for specifics.

What is government doing? Coal-fired power plants are being phased out, and more renewables, such as wind, solar, hydro and biomass, are being required to reduce emissions. This helps the environment but will translate into more expensive energy. Doing our part to conserve is the primary way to control energy bills. Small changes in our lifestyle can yield meaningful results.

Dave Mott


candidate for Holy Cross Energy board

The prospect of war with Iran is frightening. So is the prospect of a nuclear armed Iran. That's why I was so encouraged that the United States was among the world powers taking part in diplomatic talks with Iran on April 13 and 14. Diplomacy is single most effective way to avert those two bad outcomes.

Diplomacy is the best way forward. Let's give it a chance.

Lorraine Kirk


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