The Colorado Mountain College Trustees should explain why Dr. Stanley Jensen was terminated.
I am a former director of the CMC Foundation and I have been able to observe Dr. Jensen from both inside and outside CMC. I have nothing but praise for his work and for his personal integrity.
In his four years at CMC, Dr. Jensen accomplished a great deal, including obtaining approval from the state and the Higher Learning Commission to implement four-year degrees, getting Walter Isaacson, a major author and international authority, to lend his name to the Isaacson School of New Media, add significant new faculty and executives to CMC across western Colorado, and to help raise money and make the public more aware of all CMC does to help its students and the community in so many ways.
Yet he was let go, by a vote of only three trustees of the seven trustees elected to represent the public in managing the school. One abstained, three were absent. So fewer than 50 percent of the trustees took a step that highly damages CMC, its future in the community and the contributions it can make to western Colorado.
The question is, why? Do any of the three responsible trustees have the guts to speak up? Or are we going to be kept in the dark?
And who will succeed Dr. Jensen? A person of vision or a simple administrator, chosen to do little but ensure the status quo? I fear for CMC and its future.
For months, Coloradoans like me have weighed significant protections to reduce the impacts of heavy industrial drilling and fracking and protect our precious water resources. In the proposal put forth by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, we are left with proposed rules that do not offer solutions. Rather they are riddled with loopholes and exemptions to the oil and gas industry.
About this time last year, a truck hauling fracking fluids ran off the road, spilling on my property. I am still fighting to ensure proper clean-up and compensation. Future accidents are highly likely on this road, as it was never intended for industrial use. As this is the third accident since development started, we are concerned about future accidents, the health of our soils as well as ground and surface water.
We as private citizens who have been affected by the gas industry need to be heard. The state should start considering the real cost of consequences of contaminated land and water. The state could start by closing loopholes in the transportation of fracking fluids and produced water, recognizing it as toxic hazardous waste and requiring closed-loop drilling systems.
Great "Life. Simplified." column by Evan Zislis on Dec. 29, "We abhor grisly violence, yet it fills the TV screen."
Gun control is one thing, but even more important is controlling what influences our young people's minds. It is a fact, garbage put in will produce garbage coming out.
I look forward to more quality articles.