Email letters, Dec. 7, 2011

Land swap only benefits Koch

The front page story in the Dec. 5 edition of The Daily Sentinel makes it sound as if I want Bill Koch to buy property that Tom Chapman owns to achieve Koch’s land exchange east of the Paonia Reservoir.

What I told the reporter was that Koch has yet to put up any land of value for the 1,841 acres of high-elevation elk habitat that he wants from the BLM. The three square miles of BLM land provide great access to an additional 40 square miles of Forest Service and Wilderness land. The BLM land would also give Koch almost total control over one of Colorado’s premier elk herds.

In exchange , Koch is offering just short of 1,000 acres of sagebrush near Sapinero and in Utah, plus two steep rights of way on McClure Pass, a long way from his estate-subdivision east of Paonia Reservoir. To add further injury, Koch will build a second trail, parallel to an existing trail along the base of the Raggeds, so that mountain bikers don’t have to share with other users. The second trail was the price Gunnison County exacted for its support of the exchange. It is opposed by the Forest Service because it will damage the land.

Tom Chapman was part of a small group that stopped Koch’s deal last year. He was helpful, but I’m not endorsing his or any other property. This proposed exchange should go away. There is no public value here. It benefits only one man. 

ED MARSTON
Paonia

Republicans are willing to sabotage economic recovery

I must say to myself 20 times a day, ” I just don’t get it!” The GOP is the party of family values and high moral expectations, correct? Their party’s leading candidate for president is Newt Gingrich, the man who was removed as Speaker of the House for ethics violations and who twice committed adultery with two wives and is now married for the third time to his former mistress. My, how they hated Bill Clinton for his indiscretions, yet they can accept Gingrich as the potential president of our country? I just don’t get it.

Many hate President Obama and did even before he was inaugurated. He is a man of integrity; a man who truly values his family. He is intelligent, well-spoken and highly respected worldwide. He is sincerely trying to help the country recover from the recession, but hits stone walls at every turn. When will the middle class realize that the GOP and the Tea Party are sabotaging the recovery and job creation and they’re simply doing it to make sure President Obama is not re-elected?

Does the GOP honestly believe that it can bring the country to its knees and pull it back up by its bootstraps? Compromise and cooperation, regardless of who is in power, is the only way to economic recovery. I certainly hope the majority of the voters in this country see the light and put true patriots in office in 2012, politicians who will put the country first above their own self interests.

I, for one, will vote for Barack Obama again!!

HOLLY VON HELMS
Montrose

Presidents have used war to their advantage in the past

My father enlisted in the Navy shortly after Pearl. His father took a lateral transfer from the Navy shortly after that. I believe ,from evidence I have seen, that FDR provoked the attack on Pearl Harbor. That he wanted a war, but believed he lacked justification until Japan attacked us.

Members of our own government in 1940 and 1941 provided provocation, the British seem to have suggested we provoked Japan. And that good old America First party with
Charles Lindbergh seem to have believed we provoked Japan.

The actual attack FDR probably did not know of until after the fact. But we ought never underestimate the power of the spoken and written word. If FDR did not suspect he was sticking pins in the Japanese, he was too ignorant to have been trusted as president.

But as with the Islamic attack on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, I believe God’s Hand was in it all.And we were made better for it.Perhaps this president will provoke a similar act of war that will likewise benefit America? Congress seems unwilling to impeach him, so the only other option would be war?

ROBERT JAMES BURKHOLDER
Fruita



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