E-mail letters, May 13, 2010

Political correctness the issue
in California shirt fight

Ruben Navarrette’s column on the California teens who were sent home from school for wearing American flag tee shirts on Cinco de Mayo was little more than another tired rant against the so-called “cultural right” and conservative talk radio.

The story here is not that high school students wore prohibited clothing to school because their parents had lost control of them. The story is that the illegal immigration problem in the United States has gotten so bad that students merely wearing a tee shirt emblazoned with Old Glory to school can now be deemed controversial, or insensitive to others who are ostensibly Americans. 

It is interesting, too, that when protest suits the cultural left, it is free speech, but should it come from the right, it is typically portrayed in the media in demeaning fashion. Does anyone really believe that if the tables were turned and the students sent home were wearing Mexican flag apparel that Mr. Navarrette would describe them as “brats”? Almost certainly not.  More than likely they would have been described as noble civil rights activists of whom Rosa Parks would have been proud. 

The thing proved by the mess in Morgan Hill, Calif. is that we have so steeped ourselves with multiculturalism and political correctness that we no longer have any sense. Let’s all be clear here. When the flag of the United States is considered a dangerous and offensive symbol that has to be banned, even temporarily, from any of our public institutions, our nation has a serious problem.
Vaughn Park
Grand Junction

Forest Service was right
to reject Snodgrass Mountain

The U.S. Forest Service recently upheld a decision not to accept a proposal to expand lift-served skiing onto Snodgrass Mountain near Crested Butte. The Colorado conservation community strongly supports this decision.

The proposal has been thoroughly reviewed by the Forest Service and was originally turned down in November 2009. Crested Butte Mountain Resort appealed that decision and another thorough review has concluded that denying the proposal was both legal and appropriate.

The expansion proposal by CBMR would have caused significant impacts to wildlife habitat and roadless areas would have increased risks of landslide activity and would
not have substantially improved skiing opportunities at Crested Butte. The latest Forest Service decision reinforces the conclusion that Snodgrass Mountain is fundamentally unsuitable for lift-served skiing.

These decisions show that the Forest Service will not spend its limited resources considering proposals that do not meet basic resource protection requirements. In this case the ski area proposed the development of ski trails and lifts on a mountain that simply cannot absorb the impact. The Forest Service appropriately recognized the mountain’s limitations, and correctly decided not to rubber stamp an ill-conceived ski area expansion.

What the decision reveals is that the Snodgrass expansion proposal was fundamentally flawed. Instead of pursuing an unlikely and risky expansion we encourage CBMR to focus on its positive attributes — like some of Colorado’s best terrain, the incredible setting of the Gunnison Valley and the unique Crested Butte community — to find success within its current footprint.

We thank the Forest Service for its broad and balanced examination of the issues, its objective analysis of law and policy, and its decision to protect the environment by turning down requests for inappropriate development.
Paul Joyce
Colorado Wild

Illegal immigrants are
clearly breaking the law

Am I right or am I wrong?  If you break a law in the United States you are subject to prosecution? I’m confused with all the back and forth on the immigration hoopla.  Isn’t it against the law to enter the country illegally?  I do believe it is.  Ergo, one would be subject to prosecution should they choose to do so.

If the above is NOT true, could you apply the same mentality and rationalization should you choose to rob a bank, break into someone’s home, steal someone’s identity, murder, etc., and avoid prosecution?  I don’t think so.

Gov. Brewer implemented a law in Arizona to protect her citizens from attacks, murders, kidnappings, thefts, etc., and everyone is up in arms. Do you realize that more people are being murdered near the Mexican Border than are being killed in Iraq and Afghanistan?  So why are people rioting and fighting against her policy?

If any one of us were to enter any other country in the world and started to make demands, demonstrate in a violent manner and disrespect their laws and flag, how long do you think it would be before we would find ourselves behind bars without benefit of legal representation.

I can see where politicians are coming from.  They are looking out for their own self -interest and seeking votes through whatever means. That’s what they do.

As an immigrant to this country, who entered the United States legally, became naturalized, worked and paid taxes, obeyed the laws and contributed to the community, I feel it incumbent upon anyone wishing to enjoy the benefits America has to offer, that they should respect their laws.  If they can’t do that and have come here illegally, at least have the decency, while they are receiving all the “free” benefits they are enjoying, to stop rioting in the streets, making demands and flying the American flag upside down or burning it in the street. It’s an insult to all Americans.
M. E. Ouellette


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