Email letters, March 28, 2013

Officials have duty to follow mandate of Colorado citizens

No matter the subject affected, if the governing body is against the pure nature of a ruling, it will use its power to make it fail. The governor of Colorado has been vocal in his displeasure of the new law regarding marijuana possession.

The same can be said by local officials. Face it. If politicians don’t like it, then its implementation will fail.

The same is true with medical marijuana efforts. Officials know what it will take to make it work, but they will not just do it. The people of Colorado have spoken, and it is the duty of the officials to do all they can to put it into effect.

MICHAEL CHACHO
Montrose

Commissioners’ column adequately explains travel management plan

Thank you, Board of Commissioners, for your column regarding the BLM GJFO Travel Management Plan. This is the first piece of writing that adequately explains the RS2477 fiasco.

We all should thank the county for working with the BLM to keep open those trails and roads that extend the county roads for specific purposes. Realize that the Travel Management Plan is an adjunct to the Resource Management Plan and therefore must consider all the resource values, not just the motorized community.

This plan generally moves us from open country to designated trails, and the alternatives derived from the earlier scoping process provide all users with a wide variety of trails furnishing different experiences.

The BLM welcomes public comment on the alternatives. Given the diversity of experiences that we value, its staff members will have their hands full sorting out all the comments and developing a final decision.

JAN P. POTTERVELD
Grand Junction

Electronic tollbooths will spur costs in unemployment benefits

News item:  The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco has terminated all tollbooth employees and replaced them with electronic devices. It is claimed the tolls will be cheaper to collect.

What about the cost involved for/to the terminated employee?  Unemployment benefits cost to the government, welfare, other associated costs due to lack of income?  More American families on the dole!

What in the world are we doing to ourselves in the name of progress?

LARRY M. HEAD  
Hotchkiss

Very few ATV riders cited for violations

Recently someone complained about walks being interrupted by “ATVs zooming
down a trail.”

I always find it interesting that some people go out of their way to go to a motorized use area and then complain about the motor noise or dust. Are they the same people that move near an airport and complain about airplane noise?

There are many thousands of acres in all directions of Grand Junction where motorized vehicles are not allowed; perhaps if someone did not want to be bothered by motor noise he or she should consider one of those places.

Then there are those who don’t hesitate to complain about ATVs creating new routes everywhere. To them I would say that Colorado Parks and Wildlife addressed alleged enforcement concerns the last two summers in partnership with the BLM and U.S. Forest Service. An OHV law enforcement pilot program was created to deal with “all the wrongdoers.” Of 160,000 registered OHV owners, 23,000 were contacted while recreating on public lands in “hot spots” around Colorado.

They found that fewer than 5 percent of riders committed any violations. Of that number the vast majority were for a lack of registration stickers. Only 1.8 percent of the contacts involved any activities in which the officer found it necessary to issue warnings or written citations.

Based on this information, why would anyone think there is a need for larger identification plates on ATVs?

One last note is the fact that local 4x4 clubs, motorcycle clubs and the ATV club provide thousands of volunteer hours annually to benefit all users of our local public lands.

I suspect if a 60 percent closure rate of local routes does come to be, then the volunteer hours will be reduced drastically and all users will suffer in the loss.

STEVE CHAPEL

President, Western Slope ATV Association
Grand Junction

Bullies who keep up aggression should be expelled from school

Allowing bullying in our schools is giving credence to the violator for a future in crime. It is the bully who must have counseling. The bully and his accuser must be interviewed. Then document the abuse and decide if the act of bullying fits the school district’s definition of “any written or verbal expression, or physical or electronic act or gesture, or a pattern thereof, that is intended to coerce, intimidate, or cause any physical, mental, or emotional harm to any student.”

If the act of aggression falls into any of these categories, the perpetrator should be personally driven to and from school by the caregiver and walked to a special segregated class for counseling, as well as for his or her normal assignments.

He or she should not be allowed back to the regular classroom before completing a manual of instruction for understanding his or her actions, the consequences of those actions and a change of attitude to his or her atrocities.

Having guns in the school may help keep mentally ill bullies out, but if the bullies are students and nothing is being done to stop them, it is a shameful act, especially when the school district is violating its own guidelines.

Bullying is a form of mental illness, and along with all the other mental illnesses, bullies should not be punished in the traditional way so much as learning why they react in this negative way, and then be guided back with the help of qualified counselors.

Then, if bullies continue in this aggression, they must be expelled.  They disrupt the learning of others, stress the teachers whose profession is to teach, not deal with discipline, and do nothing to enhance the school experience for the bully or the student body as a whole who are our future.

RITA LONDON

Grand Junction



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