Congratulations! You’ve just made a contribution to the re-election campaign fund of George W. Bush.
Within the last few days you’ve seen a lot of “feel good” advertisements about the Medicare drug bill, the one with the “doughnut hole” the size of Glenwood Canyon.
This, my friends, is only the first of many such government-funded “information” ads ” some on TV, some in the mail ” about the generous benefits to be forthcoming from the Bush administration. This particular one cost U. S. taxpayers ” who contributed unknowingly, in some cases unwillingly ” $12 million.
George W. Bush appreciates it; you’ll probably get a taxpayer-paid letter of appreciation in the mail.
D. Ferrel Atkins
On Feb. 20, 2004, the Associated Press reported that Shell Group was downgrading its proven reserves by 20 percent. El Paso Corp. announced it was reducing its estimated proven reserve base by 41 percent.
SEC’s decision to look more closely at Shell’s action raises questions about why management overestimated its reserves in the first place.
Mike McKibbin of The Daily Sentinel reported, “EnCana plan calls for 1,200 gas wells.”
“This area might have the potential” for gas production, said EnCana spokesman Walt Lowry.
EnCana land supervisor Doug Jones said the maximum numbers are misleading due to the unknowns of the area. “There’s no spacing identified in the plan because who knows what the amount of gas the reservoir might be able to produce?” he asked.
Yet another estimate: Under the Roan Plateau, 21 trillion cubic feet of recoverable fuel, enough to heat 315 million homes for a year and a treasure worth billions of dollars.
There seems to be more “guess-t-mate” than estimate in the fossil fuel extraction business.
With over 20 years in the seismic business, I’m familiar with the differences in interpreting data for reserve estimates. All this guesswork has this old farm boy thinking there is a need to pull back on the rein.
I believe there is no better time than the present to re-evaluate the data being used to justify the seemingly overwhelming need to attack the pristine Roan Plateau.
Should we alter the Roan forever to get one year of gas?
Everything changes. Definitions of words change as their usage changes. “Cool” and “hot” used to refer to temperature; “bad” meant “not good,” rather than, uh, cool.
Definitions also evolve as our knowledge increases. Earth was defined as flat and the center of the universe before Columbus and Galileo; “eligible voters” were white males; “gay” referred to someone happy or lighthearted. Is it time to change our definition of marriage?
Some argue that Jesus never advocated gay marriage. But, perhaps limited by time, neither did he advocate the abolition of slavery, or suffrage for women and African Americans. He did adamantly preach love, justice, forgiveness, and a radical inclusion, most poignantly illustrated by those with whom he chose to share his table, much to the consternation of the religious authorities.
Jesus did not let definitions and law stand in the way of serving humanity and justice (e.g., healing on the Sabbath, and defending the woman caught in adultery).
So, where does one draw the line? Incest, polygamy or other relationships that abuse persons or power aren’t in anyone’s best interests (see Jon Krakauer’s “Under the Banner of Heaven” for a look at polygamy).
One draws the line at things that harm one’s self or another, or that infringe upon the rights or property of another. Two loving adults of whatever gender in committed relationship seems to neither harm nor infringe.
And I don’t remember Jesus ever preaching against love. In fact, love is what he was all about.
With all this editorial talk about the right thing to do about marriage and individual sexuality, how about talking about individual rights regarding smoke-free environments, especially a smoke-free environment here in Glenwood?
Do your readers realize that New York City will celebrate one year of smoke-free workplaces, including smoke-free restaurants and bars, at the end of March and that business, jobs and tourism are up over 70 percent? Do they know that Frisco and Breckenridge have passed smoke-free workplace ordinances?
Do the readers know that the medical evidence is overwhelming regarding the dangers of secondhand, sidestream and mainstream smoke?
In this country there are six states that have smoke-free workplace laws.
There are numerous cities, towns, villages and hamlets that have taken the brave step of saying no more to some smokers’ disregard of others’ right to breathe fresh air.
Isn’t it about time to try and maintain Glenwood’s stature as a healthy place to live and visit?
A smoke-free town works for all of us.
Politicians are people. We all know that. We hire them to watch out for us, protect our interests and our money.
Yet they are constantly pressured to spend that money on many ridiculous and frivolous programs that have nothing to do with protecting our interests but have everything to do with spending our money. And we pay for it with higher deficits and higher taxes.
It has always been this way and it will always be this way unless you speak up. Lawmakers want to do the right thing, I believe, but unless you tell them you have had enough, they will continue to play politics with your money.
That was the gist of an article in the Wall Street Journal in 1959 when government was taking about 10 cents out of every dollar you earned. They now take about 40 cents. It would appear that nothing has changed in 45 years except that you are left with fewer and fewer of your hard-earned dollars to enjoy the American dream.
My suggestion: Stop complaining to your fellow citizens about what is wrong and start complaining to those politicians you voted for. Tell them you are sick and tired of them wasting your money and not watching out for you.
They will get the message and act accordingly if they feel enough of their constituents are getting riled up.
“Government is too big and too important to be left to politicians.” ” Chester Bowles
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