November 15, email letters

Tipton should support
San Juan wilderness bill

It was great news to hear that Congressman Scott Tipton was in southern Colorado last week to hear from local citizens about the San Juan Wilderness bill proposal. I hope that the congressman truly listens to local folks on this issue.

The wilderness bill was introduced in Congress earlier this year by Sens. Bennet and Udall and has already undergone a lengthy three-year vetting process. As such, it enjoys broad local support from county and municipal governments and recreationists, to sportsmen and ranchers like myself.

For many of us who have been following the issue closely, the only remaining question is: Where does Congressman Tipton stand on protecting our special places?

As a third-generation rancher and outfitter who sustainably grazes cattle in wilderness, I appreciate firsthand its value to our way of life in southern Colorado. Not only do our wilderness areas offer unmatched hunting, fishing and recreating— but they maintain our most cherished landscapes free of motorized vehicles, development and mining activity.

As the San Juan Wilderness bill begins to work its way through Congress in the coming months, ranchers, sportsmen and recreationists across southern Colorado call on Congressman Tipton to champion this worthy legislation.
Gary Dickey
Del Norte

County-specific drilling rules
are not what Colorado needs

It is disconcerting that counties like Arapahoe, Elbert, Douglas and El Paso are trying to pass county-specific regulations for oil and gas. The state of Colorado already regulates, monitors, and enforces oil and gas development. The rules implemented in 2009 were regarded by the Denver Business Journal as a “massive” overhaul and have been lauded as the strictest in the
nation.

While I understand the desire to be involved and proactive, creating specific rules for each of the 64 counties creates a lot of uncertainty and creates parallel regulations. As COGCC Director David Neslin stated: “Different regulatory regimes is not in the state’s interest or the public’s interest because of the potential confusion this will create and the potential deterrent effect on the development of our energy resources.” We need consistency and the COGCC provides this.

County officials, of course you need to be involved, but creating county-specific regulations doesn’t help.
Mariah Raney
Grand Junction


November is month
to recognize hospice caregivers

During the month of November, the medical profession recognizes National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, and Gov. John Hickenlooper recently proclaimed November 2011 as Hospice Month in Colorado. Alpine Hospice, serving Grand Junction and the surrounding areas, would like to take this opportunity to salute the very special people who work in this field.

Hospice provides a unique blend of clinical, social and spiritual support services for patients and their families. This care adds quality and dignity to the lives of patients facing end-of-life illnesses. The support provided to families allows them to focus on spending quality time with their loved
one rather than on care-giving details during this difficult time. Hospice is also there to support the family after their loss.

On behalf of Alpine Hospice, we would like to say thank you to hospice caregivers for the important work that they do each and every day.
Judith Shue
Director of Patient Services
Alpine Home Health and Hospice
Grand Junction


Daily Sentinel is just mad
about losing legals work

As a lawyer who frequently files commercial (as opposed to “residential”) foreclosures with our Public Trustee, I am dismayed by the misleading “stories” written by The Daily Sentinel and published prominently on The Sentinel front page, regarding the Public Trustee’s
office.

The Sentinel is understandably upset and angry that the Public Trustee has made the decision to move foreclosure notices from The Sentinel to smaller papers in Palisade and Fruita. It is so upset that the newspaper has lost its objectivity about what constitutes a news story. The message we take from these articles is “Don’t do business with The Sentinel, because if you stop, The Sentinel will make you pay.”

The basis of The Sentinel’s argument against moving advertising to the Palisade Tribune and the Fruita Times is this: The Sentinel has a larger readership; therefore, the citizenry will be more informed of new foreclosure filings if the paper is more widely circulated.

By comparison, when I practiced law in Denver, the Public Trustee of the City and County of Denver published foreclosure notices in the Jewish Intermountain News. That paper wasn’t on my doorstep.

Before writing this letter, I called the Public Trustee in Denver and inquired whether she continues this practice. I was told “Yes, but we sometimes advertise in six other papers: The Colorado Leader; The Law Week Dispatch; The Denver Post; The Wall Street Journal and The Colorado Statesman.” I then asked, “If I file a foreclosure in Denver, are you telling me you will publish the foreclosure notice in ALL of those papers?” The response was, “No, just in one.”

The Grand Valley has a better chance of seeing the foreclosure notices in two local papers than Denver residents have in seven; Denver residents have one chance in seven to pick up the right paper. So, how do Denver residents know where to look for foreclosures?

The truth is, the average Denver/Grand Junction resident seldom reads the foreclosure notices with any scrutiny. Foreclosure investors know where to look for foreclosure notices. They and the attorneys who file the foreclosure are the only ones who really pay attention to such notices.

But you say, “The Sentinel makes the point that notice needs to be published so that those who are affected by the foreclosure will see it and possibly take action.”

I say, “Hogwash.” Notices are mailed to all affected people. The owner is notified twice by mail. The foreclosing creditor and the junior lien holders are also so notified. The renters or occupants are notified twice by mail. In addition to those mailed notices, a foreclosing creditor of a residential mortgage is obligated to serve the homeowner/occupant a notice of the homeowner’s rights either by personal service or by posting on the front door of the residence.

The assertion that larger circulation is helpful to victims of foreclosure or the community as a whole is a self-serving non-story. The Sentinel’s writers/editors should be ashamed for abandoning any semblance of journalistic ethics to get their revenge. They lost. They should get over it.
Dennis Baker
Grand Junction


Keep federal government
out of our barnyards

It is time for the federal fovernment to get out our barnyards! The front-page article on November 15, says it all. The culture of our farmers, the work ethics to which they subscribe and the economics by which they survive has been under constant attack for decades. The latest salvo, as
reported Tuesday, is ridiculous.

At age 12, while living in Oregon, I and hundreds of other kids my age were doing the “work that Americans will not do.” I worked for a local farmer, being paid by to pick strawberries, raspberries and green beans. In the early 1960s, we personally experienced the results of another wave of
“child labor laws.” Because our hours in the fields were cut, our potential income was reduced as we were paid for each pound we picked. No one had to tell us what the end result in the government’s meddling would be do our incomes.

Today, the new laws and regulations being considered further erode the basic fabric of our culture which has produced the food, the work ethic, the innovations, the common sense and the drive for success that has made this country the greatest nation on the face of the earth.

The regulatory machine in Washington, D.C., is crushing the life out of this nation, one stupid rule at a time. Their rules and regulations no longer help, but only hurt our struggling economy. It is time that someone or some group stands up and says “enough.”

It may just be our farm neighbors and friends who will take the first steps. If they don’t, who will? Are you ready to support them when the do?
Jim Petermen
Grand Junction


‘Ineptocracy’ is our
new form of government

At my age, a priority on my “bucket list” is to learn something new every day. Recently, I discovered the definition of the system of government under which we are now “subjected,” which has replaced the republic system under which we formerly “prevailed.”

“Ineptocracy_(in-ep-toc’-ra-cy) - a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.”

The occupy protesters are part of the ineptocracy movement.
Richard Doran
Parachute


Child sexual abuse occurs
in our own community

Child sexual abuse is a horrifying truth that exists, even in our own community. In response to the recent public disclosures in the news, we would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that statistics repeatedly show one in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually assaulted before their 18th birthdays. 

The Western Slope Center for Children is one of 15 child advocacy centers in Colorado (725 nationwide) that serve children who have been harmed by another in unimaginable ways.
This year, WSCC will serve more than 300 children who have been sexually or physically abused. It is overwhelming to think, based on the statistic that less than 10 percent of child victims will ever tell anyone what happened to them, there may be 3,000 child victims in our community who are too afraid to tell their story of abuse. 

Children are not responsible for their own protection. We must help make our community a safer place to be a child. Take time to learn the signs of abuse and help protect children. It takes courage to get involved yet it is our responsibility. It is not up to us to decide whether abuse has occurred, it is to report any suspicion so that those trained to make that determination can do their job. If you suspect child abuse of any kind, please contact the anonymous Child Protection Hotline number 242-1211. If you witness child abuse, immediately call 911.

Remember: It shouldn’t hurt to be a child. 

Shari Zen, Executive Director
Board of Directors and Staff
Western Slope Center for Children
Grand Junction


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