Email letters, Sept. 12, 2011

Following fable would solve many problems

The “fable of the Dall sheep and the wolves” by letter writer Hans Croeber of Montrose in The Daily Sentinel Sept. 9 is fantastic. The decline in the flock was caused by disease and exceptional weather. The wolves that preyed on the old, lame and ill “strengthened the health of the sheep population by thinning out the old, lame and ill.”
According to this fable, all America needs to do is turn killers loose on every old, sick and disabled person. This would be, surely, good paying work for all the able-bodied people that like to shoot things. Hitler’s gas chambers were messy and not near as much fun and there are serious problems with the lethal injections used in killing condemned murderers.
Just think, no Social Security, no Medicare, no health insurance. For that matter, no doctors, no nurses, no medicines. It would be just like the good old days prior to the 20th century. The Civil War death statistics are one source of how this works, but they did have some doctors that were really good at chopping off limbs, not so good with disease.
In my genealogy research, I have found early death records that would thrill Croeber and like-minded people beyond measure. Dead at about 60 due to old age, a child dead under age 5 due to being a child, mothers dead due to childbed, whooping cough, cholera, etc. The population of America was much less then and life was precarious. No need for wolves, in fact they were nearly decimated.
SHEILA JOHNSON
Grand Junction

Penry seems to loathe government

I agree with David L. McWilliams and Tom Kelley’s letters to the editor on their negative assessments of Josh Penry’s weekly rant. Penry’s demeaning references to political opposition represent a fateful combination of ego, extremism, and childishness.

Penry aligns himself with intransigents who loathe government (while simultaneously seeking political office) and who view U.S. economic failure as political victory.

DALE C. STAPLETON
Grand Junction

What is the reasoning for this proposal?

The number of acres available for recreation is shrinking. This is attributable to the requirements mandated by federal laws requiring the land management agencies to regulate impact to these lands. The cost and time involved to complete surveys has become inhibiting. Thus it is easier for the agencies to just deny use of the land to certain forms of recreation.

The sheer number of recreationists is growing. This is attributable to population growth as well as the large number of baby boomers retiring and looking for recreation to complete their enjoyment in retirement.

Examples of previous agency travel management plans that separate user groups has shown that in many areas that are not readily accessible to population centers, the trails designated for hiking, horseback riding, and mountain biking do not get used and eventually disappear. If these trails had been designated as motorized, they would be cleared and used and available for all user groups.

In the state of Colorado, motorized recreation users contribute to a OHV fund (Public Lands Use Fee).  This fund is able to distribute over $3,000,000 for trail maintenance and trail development. These funds are a critical asset in maintaining recreation for all users.  Anyone and everyone can use these motorized trails.

Shared trails, that have clearly defined rules posted at trail heads will eventually lead to more tolerance between user groups and a better understanding of other forms of recreation. The key here is rules of the trail. Thus, I am asking the D-E NCA Advisory Council to recommend the implementation of multi-use trails in the appropriate areas of the D-E NCA.  These areas include Zone 1 (Hunting Ground) and Zone 3 (Cactus Park & Nine Mile Hill).

JAMES B. SOLOMON
Palisade

Government should not be exempt from the law

An item in The Daily Sentinel’s Sept. 8 “Today In History” remembering President Ford’s unconditional pardoning of Richard Nixon on Sept.1 8, 1974 brought back again the clear memory of the national injustice which I, and all with whom I discussed it, felt at the time.

There was little to no reaction at the time — just general acceptance of this high level excusing of what may have been some of the greatest assaults on what our country proposes to be in its history. Had Mr. Nixon been an NCO in any of our military trying manipulations similar to those of which our president was suspected, you may be sure he would not have retired to celebrity status. The implications were far too clear that some deal had been struck. But even our guard-dog media made relatively little fuss.

I’m sure that the general feeling we will find in our country is that, if the proposition that the punishment should fit the crime is to be followed, then it must also follow that the greater the responsibility violated, he more severe the punishment should be. And you may be sure that I am fully aware of how firmly the rank-has-its-privileges concept is established in our society. I’d still say I favor the phrase, “and liberty and justice for all.”

I feel that there should be and, of course, there may be, authority even a duty, for the Supreme Court to mount a legal, complete investigation into charges at the highest level of our government, the presidency and especially, the Congress. Congress should never investigate itself. I feel that this last may well be a major root of many of our problems.
RAY LASHLEY
Grand Junction

A community must support itself

I feel that, as a member of this community for ten years now, I need to voice my concern about the lack of support I am seeing regarding School District 51’s Referred Measure 3B. I continually read that citizens are not supporting the measure because they no longer have children in the district.

This brings two clear thoughts to mind. I have paid taxes into both Medicare and Social Security all of my working life. I have never questioned this hardship, even though I do not use either program. I would like to believe that, if given a choice, I would continue to pay into these programs, even though it is unlikely that I will personally benefit from either. My support for these programs centers around my belief that a community must support itself in order to be successful.

Another thought I have is what our community will look like in ten years if education continually loses its importance within our community. Recently, I asked a girl at a pet store for two dozen crickets. She asked me how many that was. For community members who think only parents should support education, you too will be impacted by the negative results that occur when education is no longer a main concern for every person within our community.

Just as younger generations are supporting aging citizens in Mesa County through taxes and support programs, I ask that you please agree to the ten dollar per month (roughly) addition to your property taxes to ensure our community’s economic future. As the old adage says, ” It takes a village.”

JOY MANDEVILLE
Grand Junction

Columnist adds credibility to newspaper

Dennis Herzog’s column is a moderating, thoughtful, and a credit to journalism. I’m impressed by what one journalist can do to give The Daily Sentinel credibility in the time when journalism seems to be for hire to the highest bidder.

GEORGE BRINER
Grand Junction



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