Email letters, Jan. 4, 2012

Organizing committee relied on bully tactics

The Dec. 31 Daily Sentinel article which recounts Joan Anzelmo, former Monument Superintendent, talking to the High Country News about her stressful and often hostile experience dealing with the Grand Junction Local Organizing Committee for the former Quiznos Pro Challenge, also contains what at first glance seem to be reasonable statements for GJLOC Co-Chair John Hopkins.

However, what Hopkins didn’t acknowledge is that the GJLOC has consistently used heavy-handed tactics to bully and disrespect the National Park Service and its management, including a Freedom of Information Act request by The Daily Sentinel for several hundred pages of documents and records of Monument officials and the threat of legal action against the National Park Service. Hopkins claims he was “unaware” of the level of hostility even though he was a party to creating it.

Some on the GJLOC would have liked Superintendent Anzelmo removed from her position. Instead, the National Park Service Director and the Secretary of the Interior supported the decision made by Superintendent Anzelmo who was simply carrying out her responsibilities.

Based on policy guidelines established a few years ago, the National Park Service has decided on several occasions that no stage of a pro-cycling race will go through a national park or monument. One might wonder why other Colorado cities have been awarded a stage of the race without including a nearby national park or monument in their route. Perhaps these cities instead choose to embrace and protect these extraordinary places rather than exploit them for profit. Or because successful LOCs have focused on what is possible rather than doggedly pursuing what has been denied. The GJLOC may find the chances of bringing the race to Grand Junction, a very worthy goal, are improved by not resorting to coercive tactics against the NPS and its management.

BILL MITCHELL
Grand Junction

Anzelmo was a typical aloof bureaucrat

I had to repress a hearty laugh when I read the former Colorado National Monument superintendent’s comment about her “close working relationships” with the school district.

During the two years that I worked with her as director of the Colorado National Monument Association, Ms. Anzelmo exhibited an almost pathological aversion to partnering with local organizations. She dismissed the Dinosaur Diamond Scenic Byway out of hand saying it had nothing to do with the Monument story when several months later she was touting the park’s paleontology resources. She brought an abrupt end to a two-year effort led by her predecessors and other federal and state agency reps to establish a public lands center in Fruita. And she berated the CNMA board openly when we had the audacity to donate $200 to the Dinosaur Journey Museum, a fellow non-profit.

So I wasn’t a bit surprised at her rejection of the bike race permit. Ms. Anzelmo’s management style unfortunately typified the kind of arrogance and self-importance that so often alienates local communities and organizations and sustains the stereotype of the aloof federal bureaucrat.

GREG GNESIOS
Grand Junction

Catholics are asked to pray to the pope

I read “Vatican sets up U.S. diocese for breakaway Episcopalians” in the Jan. 2 edition of The Daily Sentinel and noticed a line that is probably the piece of information many people took away from this article. It read, “Converts who join the new entity will be full-fledged Catholics, expected to pray to the pope ... .” I am a cradle Catholic and have never prayed to the pope, nor been asked to pray to the pope, in my 50 years. At mass, we routinely pray for the pope. I hope people will recognized the huge difference between the two so another wives tale can be averted.

CRYSTAL O’CONNOR MURPHY
Grand Junction

We shouldn’t feel guilty about being a rich nation

It is a liberal staple that we should feel guilty for being a rich and powerful nation. We should be taken down a peg or two. This fits with the liberal idea that only the wealthiest 1 percent are living well in our country. I strongly disagree. Advances in technology that are mass produced through capitalism allow us to spread the wealth, both here and around the world. It feeds further technological advances and is the source of good new jobs.

It takes continually producing new and improved goods and services for the 99 percent to make capitalism work. It takes mass marketing to bring down the cost of producing goods until even poor families are able to afford things like flat screen TVs and advanced 4G mobile phones that have power greater than very expensive computers of not so long ago. It is capitalism that fuels those advances in technology and lowers the cost of goods. You can’t be in the 1 percent unless you benefit the 99 percent. Benefiting consumers is a good thing.

This is a new and pivotal year. Who do we want to be as a nation? Do we want to be negative and think that the best of times are behind us or do we want to rejuvenate the positive American “can do” attitude? If we shed some of the liberal shackles we can return to strong economic growth. I’m sorry, that will mean we remain a rich nation.   

DAVE KEARSLEY
Mesa

Where is the outrage over babies lost to abortion

Someone at The Daily Sentinel seemed to want to make a point in the Dec. 31 edition. However, what side they are on is not evident. Seems they placed three articles in close proximity to each other — one entitled “PETA seeks memorials to cows killed on roads,” next to “2 abortion providers charged with murder” and finally, a new section entitled “Your Best Friend,” an animal obituary.

This was either a very cruel joke for those of us who value human life, or a very ironic and sad commentary on how the values and morals of our nation have sunk so low that we would honor cows who died in truck accidents on Chicago highways with memorials, on the same page as obituaries for pets. Spare me!

I, too have lost many of my own pets, but do we really need to share our loss with everyone? But then we read next to these that in Maryland two doctors have been arrested on murder charges for late-term abortions on babies up to 36 weeks. The article may call them fetuses,but these are babies almost at full term. Where is the outrage or memorials to the 50 million plus babies who have been aborted in this nation since 1973?

If this doesn’t wake us up to the horror of abortion, then this nation has lost its soul.

PATTI BROWN
Grand Junction

People are the problem, not the guns

Once again, the “safety at any cost” groups are blaming the gun and not the shooter.

First, the law that Congress passed, applied only to concealed-carry permit holders, who were complying with local laws of the state, not rifles or shotguns. But, of course, the AP would not bother to fact check that.

Dennis Henigan, acting president of The Brandy Campaign says if the park rangers had seen the rifle, they could not have taken it away. He is incorrect. The law does not apply to long guns. Henigan is right about one thing; the rangers could not have taken the gun away. The suspect had, perhaps, already killed and was going to kill again. Ranger Anderson died, before she could get out of her car. She died because a deranged man had a weapon and did not care who he used it on.

It would appear that law enforcement, back in 2011, had probable cause to confiscate the killers weapons, but did not do so.

A firearm is a tool and only as safe as the person using it.

JOHN S REID
Grand Junction



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