Trump pardons arsonists whereas Colorado’s forests burn

Re: “Trump pardons two Oregon ranchers of 2001 arson,” July 11 information story

Implausible! In the midst of drought and a number of wildfires throughout the West, “Making America Nice Once more” consists of pardoning convicted arsonists. The Trump disruptive dystopia persists.

Robert Porath, Boulder

At the moment main fires are raging in Colorado and different states within the West. A few of these have been brought on by lightning whereas others by human exercise. Indications are that the human triggered fires weren’t deliberate however relatively a results of gross negligence.

Whereas that is occurring, President Trump has pardoned two ranchers in Oregon who have been convicted by their friends of intentionally setting fireplace to public lands with the intention to cowl up their unlawful searching actions. What kind of message is Trump sending by pardoning these convicted arsonists? Burn child burn?

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Gene R. Reetz, Denver

Oil and gasoline measure: to signal or to not signal?

Re: “Poll measure would put 85 % of non-federal land off-limits to drilling,” July 10 information story

Maybe as a substitute of passing this initiative we should always cease allowing improvement growth shut to grease and gasoline manufacturing. As an 85-year-old retired oil and gasoline worker who spent 42 years in exploration and manufacturing and as a baby who attended an oil discipline faculty with three energetic pumping items in our faculty yard, I’m residing proof in opposition to Micah Parkin’s assertion about youngsters being near that horrible poisonous business. Regarding fracking, which has been round for some 80 years, when casing is correctly cemented at most wells, there isn’t a hazard of contaminating floor consuming water.

If the business shut down instantly and stations let their tanks run dry and all by-products of oil and gasoline ceased, suppose the place you’d be. A failure of the business was not offering readability and instruction to the general public a few years in the past in order that Parkin and others like her could be extra knowledgeable.

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John M. Smith, Aurora

As a Colorado mom and a retired instructor, I’m particularly involved in regards to the well being impacts of fracking operations on our kids. In accordance with a 2012 threat evaluation by researchers on the Colorado Faculty of Public Well being, residents residing lower than a half mile away from oil and gasoline wells have been at larger threat of neurological, respiratory, hematological and developmental hurt and had greater most cancers dangers than individuals who lived additional away. I’m additionally actually involved about fires and explosions from pipelines and at fracking operations.
Up to now 12 months Colorado has skilled at the very least 12 fires and explosions at oil and gasoline websites, some leading to demise or severe harm. For this reason I help Initiative 97, at present being circulated for signatures, which requires new fracking wells to be at the very least 2,500 ft (about half a mile) away from occupied buildings (houses, faculties, hospitals and so on.) and susceptible areas similar to water and playgrounds.

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It is a widespread sense strategy to defending our well being and security, based mostly on science. Although the business is worried that it’s going to restrict their capacity to extract oil and gasoline, I’m assured they’ll adapt through the use of present horizontal drilling know-how that enables them to drill from miles away. It could price them extra, however they are going to have the ability to do it. And the lives which are saved could also be our personal.

Susan Secord, Boulder



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