E-mail letters, Feb. 22, 2010

Constitutional measure needed for stream access

Letters to the Sentinel objecting to HB 1188 assume that owners of land adjacent to Colorado’s streams always have had a right to deny other citizens access to the water. Actually, the present deplorable situation is the result of a series of governmental actions that gradually took away the people’s right to enjoy their state’s streams.

Rep. Kathleen Curry’s bill does not and cannot solve this basic problem. It proposes only relief for commercial users of the rivers. What we need is an amendment to Colorado’s Constitution that will ensure all citizens access to our streams, while at the same time protecting private terra firma from trespass.

Most other states have either laws or constitutional amendments that guarantee what seems to me only a reasonable right of their citizens to have access to their streams. What the legislators and courts have taken from us, the people can take back. Let’s get started on that constitutional amendment!

John Trammell

Grand Junction

Western Slopers understand the issue of immigration

It seems that the Western Slope will be hosting yet another group advocating

‘rights’ and assistance to illegal immigrants. According to The Daily Sentinel, the Denver-based Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition opened an office in Montrose. Welcome to Obama’s America 2010.

When you check CIRC’s website, you can view their affiliation with other organizations, such as the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7, various Catholic non-profits, the American Muslim Society, Center for Peace, Justice and the Environment, to name just a few. Self-evident is an Obama leftist groupthink of ACORN community organizing that often uses tax dollars to finance their activities

Karen Sherman Perez, the Western Slope coordinator of CIRC may have altruistic intentions, but she falls short of reality in her approach. Her goal is to ‘educate’ local yokels into supporting illegal immigration. It was precisely due to the public becoming educated on the negatives of illegal immigration that led to the resounding defeat of the proposed Comprehensive Immigration Bill in 2007

Western Slopers are already enlightened on the issue. We do understand, however, that illegal means breaking the law, and those who disrespect our laws, our citizens and America should not be rewarded with amnesty and citizenship.

Dana Isham

Grand Junction

Obama appears in permanent campaign mode

President Obama recently made a trip to Colorado to campaign for our appointed Sen. Michael Bennet in the upcoming election. He also went to Nevada to campaign for Sen. Harry Reid. He spent the last two years of a four-year term as a senator, campaigning for president of the United States.

Campaigning seems to be the only thing he knows how to do. Not a day goes by that we don’t see him on television telling us how great things are going to be, and how he inherited all the problems created by former president George Bush.

Doesn’t every candidate for a political office understand they are going to have to deal with problems that occurred in previous administrations?  If not, they shouldn’t run for that office.

I personally thought the president of the United States had other duties besides campaigning. I believe it is time for a house cleaning in Washington, D.C. and we need to turn all the rascals out that are coming up for re-election. Let’s restore some confidence and credibility in these offices. The voters need to make it clear to our elected officials that they work for us. They are in congress to represent us, not to gain personal glory and wealth at our expense.

Neal A. Ward



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