Printed Letters: April 29, 2014
Voters urged to learn more about Pennington and Cox
So, two Mesa County Patriots, John Pennington and David Cox, made the GOP ballot for sheriff and Congress respectively, and both follow a coordinated script regarding the Constitution and how they will “oppose, attack and destroy” (Cox’s militant words) the “criminal operation” in Washington D.C. and in Colorado that doesn’t agree with their interpretation.
Everyone else’s interpretation of the Constitution is, of course, a “misinterpretation.” What a bunch of control freaks.
We’ve heard some about Cox, but Pennington stepped out of nowhere. Does he have a legal background of any kind? Doesn’t he know that in our form of government he must follow the law, even if he disagrees with it? He can try to change the law through voting, legislation or the courts, but no one may choose his own law. Isn’t that actually the basis of our Constitution?
There’s a new book out, “American Epic” by Garrett Epps, who is an active constitutional lawyer and a professor of constitutional law. The book provides lessons about understanding the Constitution. With people recently kicking around the Constitution like a football, Epps wrote it to educate.
One could suggest the Mesa County Patriots read this excellent tutorial that doesn’t display a left or right agenda but only describes how difficult it is to interpret.
I know I couldn’t pass muster in front of the Supreme Court, and I doubt these two could. But our president could. President Obama is also a constitutional lawyer and professor.
We need much more background on these candidates, such as how often and how long they have been voting, as well as education, political activity and other normal background information.
BLM’s increasing restrictions threaten our birthrights
I was dismayed to read in the April 21 paper that the BLM is being pushed by yet more special interest groups into even more restrictive management of our public lands.
The so-called “wildlife management emphasis area” is just another step toward keeping citizens off their public lands. Proposed protections “include stipulations on surface-disturbing activities, travel closures, [and] seasonal and recreational restrictions.” Once areas are designated, you can bet rules will evolve into severe restrictions.
This concept is a bad idea and will continue to push us in the dangerous direction of eventually losing our public lands.
The main reason I moved here was the abundance of BLM and Forest Service lands. I have lived on the Western Slope for only 14 years, but in that short span I have seen BLM land chopped up into numerous national conservation areas, where one’s freedom is so restricted that one is even afraid to pee in the woods.
The recent uprising in Nevada may be the canary in the coal mine. More and more, I hear the call for divestiture of BLM land and national forests.
I have a great fear that one day, if we continue down this road of overly restrictive management, we will lose our birthright, these millions of acres of wonderful wildlands.
U.S. Forest Service, retired
Even in lackluster economy, positive thinking is important
Conservatives have harped in doomsday unison that the economy is growing slowly because of President Obama.
I look back to the Clinton years when the economy grew steadily for nine years. At the time I wondered what would happen in slow/bad economic times. We now know; it appears the duration of bad times increased, creating what we now perceive as the Great Recession.
I have to ask, what could possibly be wrong with slow growth? Isn’t it possible that slow growth will create longer-term benefits? Isn’t it possible that the ups and downs coupled with the boom/bust cycles of Colorado West is not an endearing re-occurrence and not something for which we should be wishing?
I like what I read from one pundit on the April 21 issue of The Daily Sentinel. It was something to the effect that it is great that events seem to turn out better than doomsayers expect. I say “Amen to that, sister.” I propose a toast for positive thinking. It will be of grave importance for posterity.
DA’s handling of Cook’s case raises concerns and questions
The Mesa County coroner determined the shooting of Randy Cook on Jan. 1 was a homicide. The Mesa County district attorney has sealed the records and is refusing to file charges, allowing someone that has murdered another person to walk free and putting the community at risk.
It appears as if the district attorney is selectively enforcing laws in the county based on social position or wealth. Can the community do anything to insure the justice system is enforced equally?