E-mail letters, July 14 2010

Meeting is opportunity
for sportsmen stewards

On Friday, officials from the White House and key federal agencies are coming to Colorado. For
sportsmen, this is a unique opportunity to talk face-to-face with national leaders about the impact of federal conservation policy in our state.

The meetings in Denver and Grand Junction are part of the president’s America’s Great Outdoors initiative. This is the first time since the Theodore Roosevelt administration (in 1908) that a president has brought federal leaders and the American people together to discuss conservation at this level.

Backcountry Hunters and Anglers works to protect roadless areas, wilderness, and other backcountry habitat for fish and wildlife — the foundation of Colorado’s hunting and fishing traditions.

We will let the federal officials know how important the Land and Water Conservation Fund,
the 2001 Roadless Rule, the Wilderness Act, and other tools are to protect our land and water and critical fish and wildlife habitat.

Our public lands are every hunter’s, angler’s, and citizen’s gift, and it is our civic duty to take care of them for current and future generations. Friday’s meeting is an opportunity for every Colorado sportsman to get involved and make a difference.
David A. Lien
Colorado Backcountry Hunters and Anglers
Colorado Springs

World’s favorite sport
is called football, not soccer

With reference to Gary Harmon’s last two columns about America being different and the World Cup.

I am from England and there are plenty of left handed/anti-clockwise race courses. If America is supposed to be so different from Europe, why do Americans drive on the same side of the road as all Europeans (including the former Soviet Union) apart from the old enemy, the British?

As for the World Cup, it has gone on for a whole month. In fact it started with 204 countries in qualifying nearly two years ago. Remember that, Gary, countries including the United States. Is there a world cup for baseball, ice hockey, basketball or American football? There is a “World Series” in which ballclubs from cities only in the USA and Canada play.

Is there ven a national “American” football team? Why do they call it football anyway? The ball
is kicked about five times in a game. Better to call it throwball. At least basketball and ice hockey are in the Olympics.

One final thing, Gary. It’s football not soccer!

One thing that America is good at is Americanizing everything so the rest of the world is excluded.
David Lloyd

Politicians should wait
until elected to break law

Could someone please point out to the current crop of political candidates that it is considered advantageous to wait until after you are elected to start breaking laws.

It also helps keep the electorate from having to suffer through your excuses as to why it happened. This, while we weigh out the issues at hand and how you are going to make everything better if you are elected. God forbid.
Tom Buick
Grand Junction

Conservation groups did not
act in good faith on Vermillion

Representing the oil and gas industry, I participated in NWCOS for three years until I had to withdraw due to a family emergency.  NWCOS worked extremely hard and long to reach a compromise for management of BLM’s Little Snake resource area.  NWCOS analyzed and discussed every management issue at great length including grazing, off-road vehicle use, wildlife and wild horse management, citizen-proposed wilderness areas, and oil and gas.

The greatest frustration with this costly and time-consuming collaborative process was the lack of commitment by the environmental community to act in good faith.  Of the seven citizen-proposed wilderness areas, the majority of NWCOS agreed to set aside six.  The seventh was Vermillion for which it was agreed that the southern half of the area would be set aside, allowing the high oil and gas potential in the northern half to be leased.  Despite this dedicated effort at compromise, the environmental community remained dissatisfied and continued to insist upon withdrawal of that last half of Vermillion.  BLM, having the final decision, determined leasing in the northern half of Vermillion with a strict limit on disturbance, 1 percent at any given time, was appropriate as reflected in the draft plan’s preferred alternative. 

In the spirit of compromise, industry didn’t take its objections beyond the local level. Clearly, this was not the case for environmental groups that demanded 100 percent of their objective.  Subsequently, Secretary Salazar and Governor Ritter, from a ridge overlooking Vermillion Basin, declared the entire area should be protected.  In that moment, they summarily rejected the three years of dedication and hard work of NWCOS and BLM’s Little Snake Field office, undermined BLM’s decision-making authority and subjectively removed an area of high oil and gas potential from leasing and responsible development.
Claire M. Moseley
Executive Director
Public Lands Advocacy

Tea party can’t dictate
whom people may support

Until I read in The Daily Sentinel, I didn’t know that you couldn’t support the principles of the tea party and back Scott McInnis for governor. (According to what Mr. Fenwick told McInnis supporters at the June 27 tea party rally.)
Since I had stickers from both the tea party and Scott McInnis on my pick-up, and not wanting to get crosswise with the tea party enforcer, I immediately went out side and pulled off the sticker.
Oh! By the way it was the tea party sticker! Why? If I need someone to tell me who I’m supporting, why not Nancy Pelosi? She has a great track record of leading the sheep to the slaughter.
The great sState of Colorado needs Scott McInnis to get jobs back for our hard-working citizens.
Robert Brown  

Dirty politics employed
in House District 54 race

Bob Hislop, a former Secret Service agent and businessman, is a good, honest person who wants to represent his fellow citizens in House District 54 in the state Legislature and will work hard to do so.

Kevin King, who is a supporter of Ray Scott (Bob’s competition), has filed a claim with the Secretary of State’s office alleging wrongdoing by illegally soliciting donations from a non-
profit website. Of course, this was done just days before the ballots are to be mailed out.

I talked to Hislop about this, and he told me that if the website (for retired Secret Service agents) had been a 501c3, such a request for donations would be wrong. However, it is a 501c6 — for retirement organizations — and the rules are different and it is therefore okay to ask for monetary help.

Hislop and his attorney are pursuing this allegation agressively and will fight tooth and nail to clear him of all insinuations.

I sincerely wish dirty politics hadn’t entered this District 54 race, but it has and against a good man who doesn’t deserve any of it. I urge everyone to vote for Bob Hislop.
Sue Benjamin
Grand Junction

Media bias is evident
in Quayle, Obama cases

Many thanks to Dennis Herzog for the most enjoyable laugh I had on Tuesday. This incredulous laugh was the result of reading his sentence, “I’m going to posit that the left-leaning media bias is so much bunk.” It must be that spending so much time with the biased left has dulled his senses. Otherwise he wouldn’t make such a claim.

While there are multitudes of examples of left-leaning bias occurring daily in the media, the best evidence I use to prove it is the following, which has worked the five or six times I have used it to prove journalistic bias:

Just ask anyone what gaffe Dan Quayle is famous for. They’ll immediately tell you he can’t spell potato correctly. Then ask them what word Barak Obama can’t pronounce? I guarantee you, you’ll get a blank look. Our commander in chief cannot correctly pronounce corpsman. On several occassions, speaking to the public, he has said “corpse man” instead of “core man.”

Herzog says that journalists are not biased but after “good stories.” Apparently when a Republican can’t spell, it’s a good story, but when a Democrat mispronounces a word, that’s not a good story.

Well folks, that’s bias. It’s bias that is so blatant people can remember something that happened 20 years ago and yet are unaware of an equally egregious mistake that occurred this past January or February. It’s bias that is on display daily and the ones who will not acknowledge it are all journalists.  However, consumers of their product are the ones fully aware of left leaning bias and it is why talk radio has become so prevalent. At least they admit they’re biased.

So Dennis, keep the whoppers coming as laughter is great medicine.
Rick L. Coleman
Grand Junction

Vice President Biden is
most prominent plagiarist

In its July 14 editorial, The Daily Sentinel failed to mention the most prominent plagiarist of all — none other than Vice President Joseph Biden.

Biden was forced to admit to plagiarism during a senatorial re-election campaign in 1988. Scott McInnis’ sin was that of omission, not of commission, for failing to check the authenticity of his source (Rolly Fischer). Was the Sentinel’s action a sin of omission (Biden) or a sin of commission?
W. T. Cohan
Grand Junction


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