Printed Letters: April 13, 2014
County commissioners wisely protect private property rights
I appreciate the bold step taken Monday by the Mesa County Board of Commissioners to protect private property rights in the Grand Valley.
The urban trails plan erred in making it appear that the roads and paths along the canals that crisscross our communities are public domain when, in fact, they are the private property of companies that supply water to our farms, homes, parks, businesses and other interests. The canal paths were never intended to be used for leisure or recreation, but their inclusion on the urban trails maps gave many a sense of entitlement, overlooking the fact that walking, running and riding bikes or motorcycles on those roads and paths are all considered trespassing.
The “trails” people will probably howl that their rights to recreation have been infringed upon by overzealous politicians, but the opposite is true. Though people have a right to pursue their own happiness, they do not have the right to compel government to confiscate the property of others in that pursuit. Too often people believe the fallacy that government is the provider of privileges. But government exists to protect our rights, not to ensure we have a means to recreation. The right to acquire and keep property is key to constraining government within its proper limits and making thieves and trespassers subject to the law.
Government at all levels has grown to mammoth proportions, crowding out individual rights by implementing collectivist policies. It was truly refreshing to see government overreach, in the form of errant trails maps, rolled back by Commissioners Rose Pugliese, Steve Acquafresca and John Justman. It’s high time for the City Council to boldly follow suit and fill its proper role as the protector of private property rights in the Grand Valley.
McInnis, a caring, experienced candidate, unfairly discredited
Here we go again. I (and maybe more of you) am sick and tired of hearing our nominees slandered. Enough! On Tuesday I had the misfortune of reading a letter to the editor regarding Scott McInnis.
Again, plagiarism was brought up. The plagiarism claim against McInnis was a lie. The retraction of this erroneous claim was buried by the editor of The Denver Post on a back page. The damage was already done. Anybody researching this issue would learn the truth. Yet, it is brought up again by ignorant people or by the opposition to intentionally discredit McInnis.
How sad that a statement regarding chronic waste disease was brought up when the main issue in this election is to restore the economy in Mesa County. Chronic waste disease is a horror to those affected by it. To allude to McInnis’ statement from years ago is quite a reach.
McInnis is well qualified for this job, maybe overqualified. We are blessed to have him working for us. His experience at the federal level is something this county needs, in the light of the federal interference every state, county and city in this country faces.
Let’s all stand up and support positive, caring and experienced candidates like Scott McInnis. Do not be swayed by knives that are not sharp enough to even be in the drawer.
MARY L. BRUNK
Dedicated volunteers help preserve Palisade’s history
Our thanks go to Priscilla Mangnall for the “Way Back When” column. It is always enjoyable to get a glimpse into the history of the Grand Valley and its communities.
Monday’s column was especially interesting because it focused on Palisade, the community we have called home for many years. We know the Palisade Historical Society works hard to preserve our local history, including the information that was in the article. Many dedicated volunteers have accomplished much in the four short years it has been in existence. They have created The History Center on Main Street, historical presentations, several publications and guided walking tours. It is our honor to be a business member of the Palisade Historical Society.
Until recently, The Palisade Tribune was our weekly source for local Palisade history in its very popular long-running “Pages from the Past” and historical “Photo of the Week,” which was provided by the Palisade Historical Society beginning a couple of years ago. The Palisade Tribune was founded in 1903, the year before the town was incorporated, and it is a wealth of information regarding our history as a fruit-growing area and town.
Four weeks ago The Daily Sentinel discontinued our weekly paper. It is our hope The Daily Sentinel will consider having the past editions of The Palisade Tribune donated to the Palisade Historical Society so that we can continue to keep our history alive with the invaluable information included in its pages.
We are proud of our history and the tenacity of early settlers to dig canals and bring water to the orchards in the Palisade area, and we are thankful for all the dedicated volunteers who are making sure this history will be remembered by future generations.
BRANT and CAROL HARRISON
What are readers’ top reasons for changing to park status?
I read in the April 3 edition of The Daily Sentinel that the tourism community is “abuzz” with the possibility of Colorado National Monument becoming a national park.
Let me ask a question and invite other readers to submit letters containing answers.
Concerning the Grand Valley and discounting economic benefit, what are the five most compelling reasons to change from monument to park?