Email letters, June 6,  2013

Sheriffs take appropriate action on gun laws

Kudos to The Daily Sentinel for editorially criticizing the misguided partisan recall effort targeting Democratic Colorado Senate President John Morse (“Morse recall effort is decidedly off target,” June 5) for supporting Colorado’s reasonable new “gun laws.”

While “[a] well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed”, our Supreme Court in Heller held that “the right secured by the Second Amendment is not unlimited” – i.e., can be “infringed” (e.g., by “prohibiting the carrying of ‘dangerous and unusual’ weapons”).

Ultimately, the constitutional issues implicated by Colorado’s modest new statutes will be resolved by the privately funded lawsuit challenging them – and in which county sheriffs are participating.

As the Sentinel aptly opined, because county sheriffs are law enforcement officers sworn to uphold our state and federal constitutions, they are entitled to an unambiguous determination of “what the law is” — and will be indisputably bound thereby

However, as the Sentinel less aptly opined, the constitutionality of Colorado’s new “gun laws” is hardly “debatable.”  Because the Second Amendment is entirely silent as to the government’s authority to regulate the design, manufacture and/or sale of “arms” in interstate commerce (nor limits its power to tax them under Article I, Section 8), merely limiting the size of legal ammunition magazines poses no real constitutional question.

Likewise, while the Second Amendment guarantees (at least most) citizens the right to “keep and bear (at least some) arms” (at least for self-defense), nothing therein constrains governmental power to “regulate” how such “arms” are acquired.  Therefore, “universal” background checks for most gun sales (to prevent criminals, terrorists, and the demented from legally obtaining firearms) are also likely constitutional.

Meanwhile, hopefully, “the gunfight at the Colorado Corral” will occur only in our courts.


BILL HUGENBERG
Grand Junction

JUCO committee, city residents receive thanks for hospitality

I just wanted to thank the entire city of Grand Junction for the wonderful hospitality shown each parent and player from the Central Alabama Trojans during our stay for the 2013 JUCO World Series … from our wonderful host family, the Redland Lions Club who became our “family” while there, to the waiters at restaurants we visited.

Each person was so warm and helpful during our stay. To try to name each person individually would be next to impossible, and I would be afraid I would leave someone out. Everyone made our time in your wonderful city a memorable moment … of course, our win was just icing on the cake!

The JUCO committee and the city have formed a wonderful team to bring this special event into place and made it such a great experience.

Thank you so very much and may God bless you all!

CAROLYN SMITH
Fort Payne, AL

Beauregard’s column on Special Olympics was great

Steve Beauregard’s column Wednesday was the best thing written on this year’s Olympics. Steve gets great when he gets serious.  Well, any time for that matter.

I hope the column will be read by young parents just crushed by the birth of their special baby. It is not the end of the world, Mom and Dad. You will find your child to be forever cherished, despite being different.

MAURICE WYMORE

Grand Junction

Medical marijuana use was never studied

This letter is in reference to Sen. Steve King’s email rebuttal on May 28 to my printed letter printed May 23, which I stand behind. King’s May 28 email is virtually his commentary on June 2.

King proved my point with the question, “What was the level of Delta9 THC?” Had he done research, he would know. If it supported him, he would scream it. Instead, he won’t address it. My point is that medical marijuana was never studied.

J.G. Ramaekers German study - “The science that was used ….for this bill is flawed. Dr. Jan Ramaekers, head of the Department of Neuropsychology and Psychopharmacology … conducted the study ... used frequently … for the 5 nanogram limit. This study did not use frequent cannabis users, and therefore cannot be used to encompass a population.

This study also stated that one hour after cannabis use “THC generally did not affect task performance” Leaving 5 nanograms a questionable number when in one hour safe driving could be feasible according to the study.” (Change.org, Leg. Petition HB13-1114). King researches the facts? Calls me inaccurate and misleading!

Other states need nanogram accuracy King doesn’t provide. Public input killed his bills four times. Is King now researching newspapers for justification? USA Today cites report by SADD? Right or wrong, SADD’s survival hinges on finding a wrong they can right. Objective study?

Max Montrose participated in a KDVR story….tested driving under….marijuana. He said…..24 hours after smoking, his delta9 level was 6ng. It takes much more than four to five hours for an active delta9 level to drop below 5ng, he told the committee, and he offered to….test….for the committee. They killed the bill.

“It is inadvisable to try and predict effects based on blood THC concentrations alone, and currently impossible to predict specific effects based on THC-COOH concentrations” (Drugs and Human Performance Fact Sheet http//:www.nhtsa.gov)

RALPH HICKS
Clifton

Tipton lauded for stance on drilling in rural areas

At a town hall in Glenwood Springs last week, Rep. Scott Tipton was asked if there are appropriate places to drill and inappropriate places to drill for oil and gas. Tipton’s response: “Yes.”

I am happy to hear our congressman agrees with this statement. On Colorado’s Western Slope, we value our public lands for more than just what’s underground. Many areas, such as the Thompson Divide, already support a vibrant local economy through existing uses – ranching, recreation, hunting and riding. Areas such as the Thompson Divide are, therefore, appropriate for protection and inappropriate for development.

Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet has introduced legislation in the Senate to protect the Thompson Divide. At the same meeting in Glenwood, Tipton agreed to consider supporting this middle-ground solution and to introduce similar legislation in the House.

Support from Tipton would acknowledge his respect for special places inappropriate to develop. Keeping the Thompson Divide as it is presents a unique opportunity to promote our rich agricultural heritage, to grow our vibrant recreation-based economy and to protect Western Slope watersheds and wildlife habitat. It’s an opportunity to establish a legacy of representing the diverse interests that exist in his congressional district on Colorado’s Western Slope.

Please join me in thanking Tipton for his willingness to listen to, and hopefully act on, the community’s effort to protect the Thompson Divide, our rural economy, our water, our wildlife and our way of life.

DOROTHEA FARRIS

Carbondale

Environmentalists kill jobs, use back-room settlements

This letter is in reference to the article, “BLM faces threat of lawsuit over oil shale.”. It’s hard to believe how vindictive the modern environmentalist movement is. Here they are, having essentially won their crusade against oil shale development, by using public money to legally bully and manipulate the federal government into first eliminating most of the oil shale rich land from development, then making it economically impossible to lease the little bit that’s left over – and they still have the audacity to sue yet again.

In this case, the enviro lobby’s excuse for killing jobs through litigation is that the BLM failed to consult with the Fish and Wildlife Service in its decision to leave a few crumbs available for resource development – probably knowing full well that the BLM couldn’t do so before evaluating individual leases, because, as the BLM spokesman said, “to do so earlier would be based largely on speculation.”

But, of course, none of this matters to these groups. They have forged an entire industry out of making life more difficult for their fellow man by relentlessly attacking development that provides jobs and vibrant communities. And development that also produces the energy we all need to keep us warm, produce our food, deliver needed goods across the county and generally make our lives as rich, healthy and comfortable as they are. And their favorite approach is this kind of legal action, using back-room settlements with friendly bureaucrats to achieve what they can’t at the ballot.

How long will the American people continue to put up with these underhanded tactics? Perhaps this time it should be the people of northwest Colorado suing the BLM, since it failed to list the American worker as an endangered species.

KEN ROBAR
Grand Junction

Environmentalists use punitive lawsuits to destroy energy industry

These environmental groups would make me laugh if what they were doing was not so damaging.

The so-called environmental movement is obviously not nearly as concerned with health and the environment as with advancing a political agenda. The fact that its members continue to go after the oil shale industry, even after decimating it in court, shows how shallow they really are. This irrational hatred and assault on oil shale hurts the people who would benefit most from it – the families, workers and small business people of rural Colorado who depend on an intelligent and high-tech industry like this for their livelihoods.

It is no surprise that the same groups who obsessively sue the American people over oil shale favor a plan to raise the industry’s royalty rates. They are perfectly aware that the rate they are asking for is too high to be maintained by a commercial oil shale project in its early years – the upfront costs for the technology are too high. A lower initial royalty rate isn’t a handout; it’s simply the government taking a little less in order to allow the project to get on its feet, after which time the rate gradually goes up. It’s even written in the law that royalty rates should be structured in such a way as to not discourage development.

It’s pretty clear with this latest punitive lawsuit announcement that little things such as the law and doing the right thing are not really concerns for the environmentalists – their goal is to litigate an industry out of existence. Today it’s oil shale – what will they go after tomorrow?

KEVIN DEAN KEES

Grand Junction

Government that vowed transparency won’t answer questions

Amazing! Here we are a nation of concerns, apparently we should be concerned about Paris Jackson’s poor judgment, which we all share from time to time.

Or let’s drum up concern that Rihanna toured Coco Chanel’s place, whoop de doo! Or whoda believed there were drugs in baseball? Wow? Of course, Susan Rice is subpoena-proof now, and we have enough IRS BS to cover up the breakdown of our government during the Benghazi affair. Our soldiers and our envoy there will never have the truth told if this administration has its way.

“We gave up emails, nothing to see here, move on people, nothing to see here.” Hey, here’s a cookie in the form of attacking the press for political gains, here’s a whole government agency performing illegal acts against a specific segment of the population with no recourse, nothing to see, keep it moving, Benghazi who?

So let’s review. Why is there conspiracy theory and drama buzzing around in our lives today? Because our government of transparency won’t answer some simple questions? Why won’t they answer them? Someone asked me one day, “Well, why should they have to answer?”

This guy was not one of the folks being scrutinized by the IRS, obviously wasn’t a member of the press, and when asked, didn’t know what Benghazi was? Now that’s something we should all be concerned about. If you want to be lied to a lot, go into law enforcement. Or politics. Amazing.

RICHARD BRIGHT
Grand Junction



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The public will not wake up to the communist environmentalist agenda until gasoline is $10. a gallon and the average electric bill becomes $1000. a month. We are a nation of lemmings and as long as we prefer to be electronically tranquilized by our I-gadgets rather than stand up and take serious action, nothing will be done.

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