Letters to the Editor: April 26, 2012

Thank you
Dear Editor:
To the citizens of Rangely, Craig, Hayden, Meeker and South Routt: On behalf of the Colorado Northwestern Community College Foundation Board, we would like to thank each and everyone who attended this past week’s CNCC dinner dance, the kick-off for the 50th anniversary of Rangely Junior College/CNCC. Our thanks to all who attended, not only from Rangely, but Craig, Hayden, Meeker and South Routt (our service areas).  
The board would like to express their sincere appreciation to all of those who so graciously donated both the silent and live auction items. Your support over the past years for not only this event but for all of the college events has been outstanding. There will be a “thank you” from the total college identifying each and every person/identity/organization/business that donated to this most worthy cause. We should also be able to tell you at that time the amount of money raised for the benefit of scholarships for potential students to CNCC.
Our thanks go out to all who helped to put this event together. It takes great teamwork to put this event on. It takes the cleaning crew, maintenance, Sodexo crew headed by James, the administration staff, volunteer citizens, the Aero Club and the Equine Club. All in all when people work together for a common cause, things do work out. We thank all of these people once again.  It would be good to name everyone but the list gets really long and I’m not sure we can get it all in the thank-you letter.
Just know that once again we had a very successful dinner/dance and kick-off celebrating the 50th anniversary of our college that serves a total area. How proud we all are to be associated with this fine higher learning institution located in Northwestern Colorado known as Colorado Northwestern Community College.
Thanks again,
Peggy Rector, Chairman
CNCC Foundation Board

Summer job hunt
Dear Editor:
This summer the Rangely Workforce Center is once again participating in the Governor’s Summer Job Hunt. The program is designed to help young people between the ages of 16-21 years find employment within their communities. To make this program successful, the Workforce Center relies on the participation of employers like you. By posting a job opening with the Workforce Center, you not only receive free advertising for your job announcement but we will also do an initial screening of interested applicants to learn if they meet your minimum qualifications. Furthermore, we can distribute and collect applications, provide a place for you to conduct interviews, or simply direct individuals to your place of business.
As summer approaches and the school year ends, young people are eagerly seeking employment opportunities. Summer jobs can help young people earn money for college or personal expenses, discover career paths, and build self-esteem and confidence. By employing a youth, you are not only encouraging a young individual’s personal growth, but you are actively shaping the future workforce of our community. Please complete the enclosed job opening form and return it via fax or mail. If I can be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to call.
Angela Miller
Employment Specialist I
Summer Job Hunt Coordinator
Rangely Workforce Center

RBC should rescind
Dear Editor:
I find the recent moves by our county commissioners to push the BLM to open more acres to oil shale development are troublesome. In part because left out of this discussion was the compensation issue: How will the government be paid for the use of our public lands?
Private mineral rights leases are for a short length of time, include a bonus for signing, a fee per acre per year, a renewal option, a bonus for renewing and identification of the royalty to be paid when production starts. The bonus for signing and the amount per acre per year for the length of the lease are paid when the lease is closed. In short, there is positive revenue that can be gained from leasing of public lands if done in the right way.
Unfortunately, the U.S. government receives some of the lowest royalty rates in the world. We will not pay our debt by giving away our resources.
After reviewing Interior’s recent plans for its oil shale program and attending a field hearing in Silt, I am convinced that its recommendation to lease reduced acreage is prudent. It simply is not good business to commit way more resources than is required before anyone knows if a financially viable approach can be found.
Contact your county commissioners and ask them to rescind their recommendation, examine the compensation package and explain it to the public before they make a recommendation.
Joe Livingston

Oil refineries closed
Dear Editor:
I recently wrote a letter on exported fuels by U.S. oil companies who reap higher prices paid overseas.
Another reason for our high gasoline prices is the closure of U.S. oil refineries and the movement of our oil overseas to foreign refineries, “Sunoco is closing two refineries in July 2012 in Philadelphia and Marcus Hook, Penn. Conoco Phillips announced the closing of two plants in Trainer, Penn., and Bayway, N.J., and is closing its facility in Alaska. Hess is closing the third largest U.S. oil refinery, laying off 2,000 workers and impacting 950 contractors.”
The oil companies, with profits of tens of billions of dollars each year, are closing U.S. refineries due to environmental and other government regulations and union demands. Refineries are being built in Columbia, Mexico and Brazil due to low construction and operating costs. Plus our government unconsciously promotes this construction by providing foreign aid to the countries.
Hopefully, it isn’t too late for our government and the unions to wake up and evaluate the impact of their policies and decisions on the oil refining industry.  Otherwise we will continue to see rising fuel prices that could reach historic highs, including gasoline at or above $5 per gallon.
 Donald A. Moskowitz
Londonderry, N.H.