Email Letters: August 10, 2017
Protecting our public lands and national monuments is not a partisan issue
On Sunday, Aug. 6, The Daily Sentinel ran an opinion piece by Robin Brown about the importance of the outdoor recreation industry learning from sportsmen. I’m an avid sportsmen and she hit the nail right on the head with this column. As Westerners we highly value our public lands. Robin alluded to this when mentioning the crowd that gathered in downtown Grand Junction for Colorado Public Lands Day. The crowd consisted of “tree huggers and sportsmen” getting along great, cheering on Gov. John Hickenlooper as he highlighted the importance of our shared public lands. I’ve hunted, fished, hiked and camped all over this beautiful state and Utah, and I’ve made many lifelong friendships with sportsmen and outdoor enthusiasts. We aren’t all that different. Protecting our public lands and our national monuments is not a partisan issue. Although many of my friends vary along the ideological spectrum they all agree we must protect our public lands. We’ve shown we can come together and make a difference as we see comments pouring in to protect our national monuments.
The ongoing national monument review lead by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and set into motion by President Trump’s executive order is an attack on our national monuments. I just recently took my family out to Bears Ears national monument and did some climbing in Indian Creek – this place is absolutely remarkable! Bears Ears is clearly worth protecting and it’s a shame that our leaders don’t agree. Could we imagine if our Colorado National Monument wasn’t protected? I encourage everyone who cares about our national monuments to let Secretary Zinke know you care. And if you already submitted comments, thank you!
Make the effort to keep homes and yards presentable
Everywhere you look, you can see junk and weeds, weeds, and more weeds. There is no excuse for this, other than a complete lack of pride of ownership. I understand that the city has funding problems and has not hired a weed control officer this year. However, we should not need somebody – anybody – to convince us to make our homes and yards look at least presentable, if not great. Had we received a normal amount of rain this year, I’m afraid that we would now be buried in weeds. If you can’t physically or financially manage this, ask for help. I think that there are many groups or individuals willing to help their neighbors if asked, or who would arrange for someone or some group who can help.
I hate to hear visitors comment that Grand Junction looks so shabby, something they really didn’t expect. I have heard a few real estate agents say that they have had potential buyers of a home almost committed to buy and suddenly back out because the property next door looked so bad.
We cannot call ourselves the Western Slope leaders in almost every category and visually look so shabby. Keeping your yard visually attractive can be so easy if you’ll just dedicate yourself to daily, if not regular, attention.
If we have any pride in our homes, our yards, city, and county, we will get to work now and clean up. Do yourselves, your neighborhoods, and the city and county proud. Let’s try for a concerted effort on the part of all individuals, businesses, city, county, and state. We deserve to look better than we do right now.
ANTHONY “BUDDY” VALDEZ
Bikes should be licensed, and riders should have regulations training
I got an affirmation of my superior driving skills yesterday from a bicyclist who saluted me with a one-finger acknowledgement. That’s what it was, wasn’t it?
He was on the very narrow roadway portion of South Camp Road where there is no bicycle lane, nor any appreciable escape area off the road. About 30 feet to his left was a wide, concrete pathway that I’m told is part of the city’s urban trails system made specifically for sharing between bikes and pedestrians. I passed him at what he must have considered to be ”too close.” I went out to the white line and there was at least four feet between he and I when I passed.
Other bikers tell me that they prefer not deviating off the road and onto the trail system because they prefer a straight shot down the length of the road so they’ll accept the very dangerous sections of roadway. Besides, it’s up to the car traffic to do whatever is necessary to avoid them! There seems to be a little “rights assertions” going on here on this road rather than “safety first” and using the paved pathway here made specifically for them.
I’m also told that riding on the sidewalk is forbidden. Since there are not marked trails that I’m aware of, which are sidewalks and which are part of the trail system? I’ve also heard that bicyclists in the city must dismount when crossing at an intersection. How does that explain that I frequently see bicycles riding through intersections regardless of stop signs or lights? More inconvenience?
I’m not a fan of Senator Scott but I agree with him. Taking the necessary steps to provide for bicyclists – as the city desires – will cost money. Bikes should be licensed, riders should have regulations training and license fees could be used for extra expenses for bicycle lanes and additions to the trail system.
I want to get along. But the roads are part of the motor vehicle transportation system, first and foremost.
Recent editorial page was devoted to attacks on present administration
I wonder whether the editors of The Daily Sentinel actually look at the composite of what they decide to publish at times or understand why they lose readership and subscriptions. The editorial page on Aug. 9 is a good example.
Other than the Letters to the Editor, which all concerned local issues, the entire page was devoted to liberal opinion and or attacks on the present administration. The editorial was a criticism of the president’s decision on the Paris Accord and global warming. Then there was the typical Grant rant, which was as usual critical of all things Republican and conservative. And then there was the typical hit piece from a Washington Post writer critical of the Secretary of State.
I guess the current administration has had no positive accomplishments worth commenting on!
L. W. HUNLEY