Printed letters, June 21, 2011

At a recent Colorado Roadless Rule meeting, Roy Selby was quoted saying, “They’re trying to eliminate me from getting out in the woods.” He added, “The roadless rule appears to violate the Americans with Disabilities Act” by making it more difficult to visit and hunt the land he has prowled for 56 years.

I understand Selby’s sadness at being unable to visit places where he once walked. I am a quadriplegic and have used a wheelchair to get around for almost 28 years. When I was a young, able-bodied man I, like Selby, loved to hunt and fish and hike in the wooded mountains of Colorado. Yet, no matter how many roads are built into the mountains, there are places I will not be able to visit, unless we propose to pave the whole forest.

There are an immense number of roads that take me into woods of unspeakable beauty, places where I can hunt and fish and commune with nature. I’m thankful for these places. Yet, it nourishes my soul to know that there are places where machines are not allowed to tread. I think that wildlife, including some of the animals that Selby and others hunt, need these places in order to thrive and even survive.

Furthermore, even many disabled individuals are able to get into backcountry on horseback.

What angers me about this situation is that opponents of the roadless rule would stoop low enough to use people with disabilities to further their political cause.

Anyone truly concerned about the disabled population’s access to our forests would do more good by supporting the building of more disabled accessible facilities and trails along roadways that already exist. That way we can get out of our vehicles and into the woods.

ROY HIGH

Grand Junction

U.S. shoulders burden of non-war in Libya

Early on in the “not war” with the Libyan government, the American people were told by our president that we “have worked with our international partners to mobilize a broad coalition.”

Further, it was explained that our objectives were to establish a no-fly zone and to protect innocent civilians. President Obama also stated this is “not about regime change” after both he and Hillary Clinton had already said Gadhafi must go.

President Obama stated that he had approval from NATO and many Muslim countries to take action against Libya, although to date, he still has not received approval from Congress, as is required by the Constitution.

This is quite easy to understand, as Obama and his ilk view the Constitution as a living, “organic” document, a document that he should be able to change at his discretion, in the event it does not provide him with the latitude he desires to move forward with his liberal agenda, take military action, etc.

We were assured that America’s involvement with the “not war” would strictly be in a supportive role or — as his adviser stated — we are “leading from behind,” and this “not war” would be of short duration. Now, almost three months after the launch of air strikes against Libya, we learn the U.S. is shouldering 75 percent of the expense and most of the NATO countries have scaled back their involvement, financially and militarily.

Obama and his staff certainly have done a great job of building a “broad coalition” to achieve such well-defined objectives in Libya, and now unofficially have spent a billion dollars in the process, at a time when American taxpayers can least afford it.

DON BOYLES

Grand Junction

Voters must demand honesty and integrity

It is entirely up to us to demand honesty and integrity.

President James Garfield, in 1867, gave this warning: “Now, more than ever before, the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness and corruption. If it be intelligent, brave and pure, it is because the people demand these high qualities to represent them in the national Legislature. If the next centennial does not find us a great nation, it will be because those who represent the enterprise, the culture and the morality of the nation do not aid in controlling the political forces.”

What more can be said when the government encourages lawbreaking by breaking its own laws or picking and choosing which laws it will obey?

We let the government get away with murder, torture and a host of other crimes because we are too complacent and perhaps afraid to do anything against the tyranny we are now facing. We can vote them out of office if we can first repeal the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 that allows for massive voter fraud.

We must demand honesty and integrity in our leaders starting today.

J.K. MATTHEWS

Grand Junction



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