Email letters, February 6, 2013

County planners incorrectly approved of telecom facility

I’d like to expand a little on Duffy Hayes’ feature article about the cell phone tower being constructed by the Monument Baptist Church.

Several articles I’ve found online suggest that there is reasonable medical probability for health problems living within up to one mile from a cell tower. This probability grows exponentially the closer you are to one.

The cell phone industry has set what it says are “safe levels” of radiation exposure; however, there is a growing number of doctors, physicists, and health officials who strongly disagree.

The Mesa County Land Development Code contains specific requirements for the approval of a telecom facility. Three of these requirements have been either ignored or misinterpreted by planning officials.

The first involves a flagrant zoning violation, simply because the code prohibits telecommunication facilities in an RSF4 zone. The second requires the applicant (Verizon) to provide evidence of written notification to all property owners abutting the church property. None of the three of us were notified.

The third states that a telecommunications facility must be set back from residentially zoned property no fewer than 200 feet. This facility is being constructed 74 feet from the residential property to the north.

When the county planners were asked if there were any provisions in the code, or anywhere at all, that would exempt these requirements from being met, the answer was “no.” They said they proceeded on this by interpretation, direction and use.

All I could say to this was, “Wow, it seems the code isn’t worth the ink it’s printed with.”

HANK DRAKE
Grand Junction

Catholic Church ignores plight of abused children

I was sick when I read Associated Press article in The Daily Sentinel regarding the sex scandal in Los Angeles churches.

I commend Archbishop Jose Gomez for his strong stance against this unforgiveable evil. These sex offenders are not priests. They are pedophiles pretending to be priests.

These predators have found a niche in the Catholic Church. What easier way to prey on innocent and trusting children? They are truly wolves in sheep’s clothing, which makes them the ultimate child predators.

The Pope and the Catholic hierarchy know all about pedophile priests. They have a list of pedophile priests that is in the thousands, yet they refuse to excommunicate them or even turn them over to the proper authorities.

They need to do it NOW. No more politics! Our children are at stake here. There are more voices for animal rights than for innocent victims of pedophilia. Catholics need to speak up and fight this despicable evil. We all do!

JOSEPH A. ALIVERO

Grand Junction

BLM’s preferred alternative B would hurt OHV enthusiasts

You’ll find the Grand Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Area near the Grand Junction airport on all the National OHV websites. It’s a major attraction and known for bringing visitors from all over the country to Grand Junction to ride our desert.

Currently we all enjoy 11,400 acres in the Grand Valley OHV area; we’ve always had this access. The BLM’s new Resource Management Plan and its preferred alternative “B” will reduce the OHV area by nearly 60 percent to a mere 4,900 acres.

So, in response to the growing demands for all forms of motorized and non-motorized use, from our children to our growing elderly population, the BLM is reducing recreation?  Whitewater Hill OHV Area will be completely closed as an intensive-use OHV area.
The economic impacts revealed by a recent report by the Colorado Off-Highway Vehicle Coalition indicate that BLM’s Grand Junction Field Office planning area provides more than $141 million in spending per year by outdoor enthusiasts and creates 214 jobs in our local economy.

Low natural gas prices and over-regulation by the government have caused the gas industry to seriously exit Western Colorado in the past five years. Now we will also see a mass exodus of our recreational dollars in the valley, as well.  It’s not only OHV dollars; it’s hunting, fishing, trucks and SUV’s, campers, bikes, etc.


BRANDON SIEGFRIED
Grand Junction

Thanks to heroes’ hard work,  hunter, hound now doing well

The family of John Leyh, the hunter who fell into the icy Colorado River Jan. 15, would like to extend a sincere thank-you to all of the personnel involved in his rescue.

First and foremost, we would like to thank Dr. Mark Madsen and Adam Ford for being there to make the 911 call.

State Trooper Chris Wright made the initial call to the family. Deputy Derek Geer was so thoughtful to call us every 10 minutes to apprise us of the situation.

We appreciate all of the first responders for their coordinated effort, especially our good friend, Ryan Jordan, who clearly risked his life to save John. What a wonderful feeling it was when John heard it was him swimming across the river.

Also, thanks to the doctors, nurses and staff of St. Mary’s Hospital who were so kind and caring. Kallie Faye, our chocolate lab, and John are both doing well, thanks to everyone’s hard work.

KARAN LEYH
Grand Junction

Secretary of State Gessler’s voter fraud investigation violated rights of many citizens

I must preface my comments by first revealing my background to aid in evaluating my comments fairly and rightly. I am a former life-long Republican, holding public office and managing successful campaigns for Republican office holders. I am also a WWII veteran who served to protect the country from those that wanted to control us and interfere with the rights we hold so dear.

The actions of Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler have interfered with the rights of many to exercise their rights to vote without a shred of proof that there has been fraud sufficient to justify his actions.

I condemn those actions and will work to remove him from office for that gross violation of those rights.

O. BRUCE JONES
Fruita



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