Email letters, March 12, 2014

Delta County commissioners,  governor acted appropriately

Several “facts” in Charles Overstreet’s letter that should be addressed.  Overstreet seems to be out of step.  The egg farm issue is not resolved, it is in the appellate court and could go much further, depending on several factors.

 How long has Overstreet been a Delta County resident?  He must be a newcomer or maybe he just does not know the facts about Delta County.

Unincorporated Delta County does NOT have zoning; thus, Overstreet’s assertion that the Hostetlers’ operation should be “ in a commercial - or industrial-zoned” statement is not germane to the discussion. 

Delta County commissioners were doing their job.  They are to review Planning Commission recommendations and then to proceed.  I also believe that our rural-breed county commissioners know the difference between a farm and factory.

I purchased property that had in place hog production facilities. (Is this a farm or a factory?) A neighbor wanted to know if I planned on raising smelly pigs.  I told him it was none of his business and to go read the Colorado Right to Farm regulations.  He never said any more and moved to town. Thus, I believe the “right to farm” is an issue and the appellate court is right in considering it.

A right-of-way is just that, a right-of-way; if the Hostetlers have such, then they have the right to use it, as long as safety concerns are met.

The people who were “dragged” into this issue drgged themselves in, wanting their cake and being able to eat it as well.  They have deliberately ignored the fact that some of their own operations produce the same result they complained about that the Hostetler proposal might produce.

Finally, does Overstreet not understand the function of a state governor?  I didn’t know that Delta County was separate from the state of Colorado and that Gov. Hickenlooper had no business in the affairs of it.  

Hickenlooper is entirely correct in becoming interested in this matter.  He is simply performing his duties as governor by seeing that the laws of the state of Colorado (of which Delta County is part) are fairly upheld.  He would be remiss if he did not become involved.

I would suggest that Overstreet restudy his Government 101 classes, as well as the political facts of the county in which he resides.


Lawmakers must protect children from having to breathe tobacco smoke in vehicles

As Colorado lawmakers address cell-phone usage while operating a vehicle, when will these lawmakers consider protecting innocent children from the harms of breathing toxic tobacco smoke when they are vehicle passengers?

Amazingly, Arkansas state lawmakers addressed this child-safe health issue in 2006 with an upgrade in 2011.

Shouldn’t “sensitive and protective” Colorado be leading Arkansas?


Nearby county coroners wish to see Dean Havlik re-elected

We who serve in coroners’ offices surrounding and near Mesa County are writing to express our strong support for the reelection of Dr. Dean Havlik to the office of Mesa County coroner.

Havlik seeks reelection to the office for which he has served in a highly respectable and professional manner for the past seven years. He is an experienced and well-trained forensic pathologist who has been involved with thousands of death investigations over the years.

Besides his medical expertise in pathology, Havlik’s communicative and administrative skills have gained him the respect of those in coroners’ offices throughout Colorado. He maintains a high quality staff that is eager to help whenever it is needed by our own staffs. A member of the Colorado Coroners Association, Havlik is dependable and is considered a team player.

As counties geographically isolated from resources available to larger metropolitan counties, we must form mutually beneficial partnerships with communities in close proximity. As an example, in the event of a multiple-casualty incident, our efforts must effectively and efficiently work together to respond and recover. Our offices’ relationships with Havlik are such that we feel we can call on each other for assistance when needed.

We feel it important to endorse Havlik for reelection as Mesa County coroner. Thank you for your consideration.


Montrose County Deputy Coroner and forensic pathologist
Delta County Coroner
Delta Deputy County Coroner
Gunnison County Coroner

Ouray County Coroner



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