Email letters, April 2, 2013

AP article appears to favor abortions

Again, the Sentinel has printed an article from the Associated Press (see page 9A Monday, April 1) that makes the AP (and maybe the Sentinel) appear pro-abortion. And this is the fourth or fifth time recently an article has declared with certainty that abortion is legal only up to about 22-24 weeks.

Have you forgotten about late-term abortions? That is what the Supreme Court ruled that has pro-lifers so up in arms. The court made abortion legal to the day of birth if states choose to allow it.

Any abortion is a blow to all involved, scarring them for life. I know. I helped on one in surgery a long time ago, and I can tell you it was not membranes and tissue. It was a baby. I wonder what happened to the “mother” involved.

May God forgive us. We’ve lost a whole generation and it goes on, almost 3,000 a day. That’s why we fight.

Grand Junction

Even a few illegal ATV excursions can scar land

A letter in the Sunday Daily Sentinel described 1.8 percent of ATV riders as deserving of warnings or citations ... other than registration violations. It should also be noted that the letter described this finding as the result of a pilot program at “hot spots” where, one might presume, at least some riders were aware there was law enforcement present. 

The editorial page described this as “very few” riders committing trail violations. This is wrong. This is a lot of violations ... particularly when considering both the usual nature of the violations and their cumulative effects.

The ATV violations I have noticed on public lands are riding off routes and removing barriers. In both cases the next rider might be innocent, but nonetheless increases the damage by inadvertently extending an illegal route. These marks can take decades to heal, and subsequent erosion and vegetation damage may cause essentially permanent change to the landscape.

By these statistics, consider a trail experiencing only 100 riders a year. What is the effect, over 10 years of up to 18 illegal excursions? Or over 20 years? Or 30? 

For these reasons, land managers must be encouraged to limit ATV access and to consider long-term cumulative effects, or in a few decades little will be left to protect outside of areas where ATV use is already prohibited.

Grand Junction


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