Email letters, March 1, 2013

It’s ironic to control guns, but back abortion

The loss of the lives of the kids at Sandyhook Elementary School was a tragic mass murder. The loss of 54 million lives due to abortion in the United States since Rowe v. Wade is also mass murder. Our schools should be a safe place for our children—just as mothers’ wombs should be the safest place for unborn children.

President Obama is the most anti-life president we have had. How can he, along with the liberal media and all the other liberals hopping onto the anti-gun bandwagon, honestly mourn the death of 20 Sandyhook children and not mourn the death of 54 million aborted children?

Yet, we have to stand by and watch the liberal politicians, many of whom support the pro-choice movement, pass stricter gun laws for law-abiding citizens.

I have not failed to see the irony of the left-leaning media and politicians trying to usurp my gun-owning rights in the name of keeping our kids safe while at the same time supporting the taking of innocent lives through abortion.

Grand Junction

ATVs in backcountry help disabled hunters gain access

This is the second time I have read remarks in the Sentinel by David Lien or one of his cohorts from the Colorado. Backcountry Hunters and Anglers based in Colorado Springs espousing their selfish philosophy,  “If you can’t walk there, don’t go.”

I can only assume Lien is relatively young and in good condition. Some of us are old and are not in good health. When I was a young man 60 years ago, I climbed, hunted and fished some of the highest. roughest country in this great nation for which I fought.

Now that I am an old man, I am unable to do that, so I book very expensive guided hunts and let younger men do the work for me. Not all old people can afford to do that; ergo, ATVs are the answer when used properly.

I understand Lien’s desire to be alone in the backcountry without the attendant noise of ATVs etc.; however, he appears selfish and egotistical, with no thought given to the aged, infirm and handicapped. Nor for the wounded warriors of today who are not able to do the things Lien is able to do because they are missing one or more limbs.

(As an aside, I have sponsored or attended several wounded warrior hunts for warriors with both legs amputated above the knees, as well as arms gone and traumatic brain injuries, etc.)

As for dirt roads, power lines, clear cuts, etc. being a detriment to elk, deer and especially turkey, I’ve got big news for his outfit. The gas well pads, clear cuts, old roads and trails provide areas for grasses and shrubs that would otherwise not have open sunlight to germinate and grow. And they provide forage and insects for the above-mentioned species.

In closing; before Lien makes the statement about how if a hunter can’t “get an elk or deer out of the woods” without motorized game retrieval he has no business hunting for one, I suggest he walk 100 yards in our shoes. Then, he should think before he castigates others for his own selfishness.


Both parties should take responsibility for overspending, unfair tax system

Both political parties re responsible for our massive overspending and punitive tax system.

Sequestration cuts currently in the news were designed by the White House as a method of ensuring that Republicans accept public blame for these “drastic” budget cuts (sequesters) that would kick in on March 1 unless Republicans agreed to raise taxes. These cuts target the military, prisons and important services. Likewise, when state and local governments face shortfalls, they say they must cut police, teachers and firefighters.

No one ever says, “Hey, let’s cut superfluous programs first.” In the case of the federal government, no one is saying, ‘Let’s cut funding for PBS and NPR, and let’s de-fund that study to find out why fireflies blink in different ways.” (True grant.)

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of federal programs/grants that could be cut with minimal effect on the economy and necessary services. Why not start there?
More savings: Stop the federal grants that give extremist environmental groups big bucks. And stop paying the extravagant legal fees these groups incur when they sue the government to stop activities on federal lands (even when they lose).

The federal government owns hundreds of millions of acres, and the upkeep is an annual drain, especially now that logging and mining have been so reduced. Sell marginal lands, make money and decrease future expenses.

It’s not rocket science. But it does take backbone and a desire to do what’s best for the country, not the party.


Editorial ignored origins of sequester

In chronicling potential local impacts of the sequester (“Sequester pressure,” March 1), the Sentinel’s companion editorial (“Life after sequester”) ignored its origins.

In July 2011 Republicans threatened our “full faith and credit” by manufacturing a debt ceiling crisis – demanding trillions of dollars in deficit reduction and sabotaging economic recovery. Democrats sought matching revenue increases; Republicans refused.

The Budget Control Act of 2011 kicked the can down the road – first, to the so-called “Super Committee” and then – if that committee failed to reach agreement (as it did)—to the fiscal cliff on Jan. 1. In the meantime, Speaker John Boehner bragged that he’d gotten 98 percent of what he wanted in the sequester deal – because President Obama (who has reduced annual deficits every year he’s been in office) agreed to $1.2 trillion in cuts.

In November 2012 voters clearly favored Obama’s balanced approach, but Republicans remained intransigent. The last minute fiscal cliff deal gave the president only 50 percent of the additional revenue he’d requested, but delayed sequester to March 1 – in hopes that Congress would come to its senses by then. It didn’t.

Congress faced three choices: “do no harm” (by simply repealing the sequester), imposing mindless “meat cleaver” cuts on all discretionary spending and the military budget, or enact the tax reforms everyone previously agreed would raise needed revenues.

As a percent of Gross Domestic Product, the bulk of our national debt was created by the economic policies of Ronald Reagan and George Bush. The more recent burgeoning of our debt is a direct result of the 2009 “depression” Obama inherited.

As Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke testified to the Senate Banking Committee this week, the most cost-effective, long-term approach is to raise revenue now to invest in economic growth (job creation). That’s precisely what Obama has proposed – and what Republicans obstinately reject.

Grand Junction


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