Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Some of us have known this for a long time, but I recently read this information and it reminded me how easily all of us can make a substantial impact.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be a “plastic water bottle free” town, valley, state or country?
Please pass it on. A study reported that it takes 2,000 times more energy to produce and ship bottled water than tap water, and it costs 10,000 times more per gallon. It also takes 17 million barrels of oil to produce the plastic used to create all of the water bottles – about the same amount used to fuel 1 million cars for a full year.
Here’s a shocking fact: eight glasses of water per day costs $1,400 per year for bottled, compared to only 49 cents for the tap.
Here’s another easy way to save and help. The next time and every time you visit your local coffee shop, bring in a reusable coffee mug. What a difference we all could make.
Ashley Cantrell, environmental health specialist for Pitkin County, tells us most coffee cups are made from 100 percent virgin white paper, not recycled paper, because recycled content cannot withstand high temperatures.
And the Aspen Daily News has reported that in the United States alone, 23 billion paper coffee cups are used each year, equating to 9 million trees. Most cups are coated with a thin plastic resin to insulate the cup. This lining prevents the cup from being recycled or composted, so they end up in the landfill.
I have noticed for a while now that during parades and other similar events, when the American flag passes by there are more individuals who are sitting or talking amongst themselves then there are standing and paying tribute and respect to the flag of our great nation. This also fails to respect the men and women who have served or are serving under that flag, making it possible for each and every one of us to enjoy the rights and freedoms we have all grown so accustomed to and expect to always have.
If it weren’t for the men and women of our armed forces and for the veterans who have served, we would not have these inalienable rights. I would think that now more than ever we would be appreciative of those men and women who have served or are serving at this time.
We need to stand beside them and show our support and we need to show the respect and reverence towards our American flag.
In response to Mr. Jack Blankenship’s letter of March 21, my congratulations. I am in agreement 1,000 percent.
I would even say we could go further. Let’s put people who choose not to have work, back to work. There’s a program President Franklin Roosevelt, I believe, put into effect called Civilian Conservation Corps. The government gives money to non-employed, and half of it goes home. They work on our state and federal parks, byways and bridges, while being housed and fed.
If you look, a part of that program still exists in Collbran. My father worked in CCC camps back in the Great Depression. It allowed him to feed not only himself, but save money for an older car, a Model A.
These programs work because those who don’t work at whatever they’re capable to do, simply do not eat, nor do they get government checks every month. Just think how much improvement our parks and roadways and, oh yes, bike trails, would see in under a year.
Just think how many engineers, welders, ironworkers, etc. are out of work right now. Then think of the millions on welfare, food stamps, A.D.C., etc. Pretty simple math, no?
If we take 20 million off welfare programs, unemployment and a veritable plethora of aid programs at, say, $100 a week for home and $100 a week for themselves, just add that up in terms of how many would quit smoking because they cannot afford $6 for a pack of smokes. The lowering of health costs alone would be astronomical. The health effect, not to mention several hundred million dollars a month, would be left to pay down our out-of-sight debts.
We would be solvent again in no time, maybe two years. We would also re-teach our society some work ethics. Thank you, Mr. Blankenship, for assisting in pointing that out. It’s as logical as my pirate solution of the same week.
A superior nuclear technology exists that hardly anyone has ever heard of, which was partially developed 40 years ago at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Funding for thorium nuclear technology development was dropped at the height of the Cold War because it did not produce the plutonium the United States wanted to build a large nuclear weapons arsenal.
Those who have studied thorium technology believe it could produce electricity at a cost on par with that produced by burning coal, without the greenhouse gases.
In addition, thorium-fueled reactors would be far safer, cheaper, and easier to operate than uranium-fueled reactors. Thorium reactors don’t melt down and do not produce materials that can be built into atomic bombs.
Thorium reactors produce less waste, and the waste that is produced is much less radioactively dangerous than that produced by uranium fueled reactors. Thorium is more abundant than uranium and much easier to mine and process into reactor fuel.
China has just announced a large program to develop and commercialize thorium technology. If the United States doesn’t further develop the thorium technology that was invented here, we will be paying higher prices for electricity generated by thorium reactors in the future. China will own the legal rights to sell or license the technology to the United States for a hefty profit.
We would love to see the United States invest in an all-out program to develop and commercialize thorium technology for its own use, as well as sale to other countries. We believe thorium power generation is the only technology that can provide us with enough abundant and cheap power quickly enough to save our economy from being crippled by very expensive fossil-fuels energy.
Susan and Paul Deininger
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