Printed letters, April 9, 2013
There are those who don’t care if we’re able to sustain our businesses and our lifestyles in Mesa County. They would, with a stroke of a pen or an executive order, ban us from millions of acres and thousands of miles of trails – trails we built 50 or more years ago and have helped the BLM maintain.
Outdoor recreation has shaped our community and changed lives in small and subtle ways and in profound ways. The mountain bikers, off-road enthusiasts, campers, hunters and fishermen — these fun-loving people we call outdoor enthusiasts, our neighbors and friends — are the glue of our community.
The BLM proposes to dramatically change the way we recreate in Mesa County, affecting just about every person who works or resides in the county.
More than 60 percent of the access to our public lands or more than 2,000 miles of dirt roads and trails stand to be closed in the county by the BLM. (The potential economic impact is $250 million a year, according to the Colorado Off-Highway Vehicle Coalition and the Division of Parks and Wildlife.)
Mesa County commissioners have options that other counties have adopted to protect their land rights from the federal government, namely federal law RS 2477. It will be interesting to see if our commissioners take a proactive stance as other counties have.
Whatever they decide, the impacts of their choices and how they decide to deal with the BLM will have the potential of reshaping our economy and how we recreate in Mesa County forever.
Let’s support our commissioners in making the decisions that are necessary to maintain access to our public lands through RS 2477.
Law center critic should rely on more than one source
In the March 13 critique of Bill Grant’s March 6 column, the letter writer from Whitewater made a number of incorrect assumptions about the Southern Poverty Law Center.
The SPLC does not exist to fight poverty, per se. It exists to bring justice and healing to individuals victimized by the lawless elements in our society.
The SPLC keeps extensive records on people who might become a threat to society. This enabled the center to apprehend a man in Las Vegas who was guilty of killing a 10-year-old girl in California.
The SPLC issued warnings to several congressmen about the impending shooting of a guard at the Holocaust Museum. Nothing was done, and the guard was killed. There are numerous similar examples.
Now about the cost of the so-called “Poverty Palace.” Several years ago, the building occupied by the SPLC was firebombed by extremists and burned to the ground. The new building was built with extreme attention to the well-being of people who work for justice.
Even this building, with numerous safety safeguards, is being threatened by the same extremist hate groups who firebombed the first building. Well over 1,000 hate groups exist in the U.S, three of which are in southeastern Colorado.
Letter writer Bill Forbes apparently relied on one source (Salvo Journal, winter 2002) for his information. In my extensive reading, I find that one source is not completely reliable. It is necessary, as Grant does so effectively, to consult several sources before arriving at a judgment.
To counter injustice and all levels, it is necessary to remember these words from Micah 6:8: “And what does the Lord require of you, but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.”
Knowing new councilors’ bios would help citizens
How sweet it is to live in the city of Grand Junction, where “we the people” can throw out some members of a profligate City Council, defeat what was essentially a tax increase and support the property rights of a private business threatened by outside special interests.
May I suggest The Daily Sentinel interview for and publish a biography on each new council member. The information would help us hold them accountable for their future actions.
THOMAS C. HEDLAND
Obama’s charm offensive seems to sway Boehner
Is there “absolute truth” that House Speaker John Boehner and President Barack Obama are bringing our two major political parties closer together?
If there is, it might be further documented by the fact that Boehner and Vice President Joe Biden are thinking more and more alike. Here’s the proof:
Back on Jan. 11, 2011, when Jim Lehrer on PBS NewsHour interviewed Biden regarding the 2012 campaign and more specifically his relationship with Obama, Biden expressed his “absolute trust” in the president.
Fast forward to March 17, when Martha Raddatz interviewed Boehner on ABC’s “This Week.” She inquired about his “trust level” with Obama and asked directly “Do you trust Obama?” Without hesitation Boehner responded, not once, but twice, “Absolutely!”
Does Obama need any more proof that his “charm offensive” is working?
That’s not all. Boehner further disclosed his agreement with the president by declaring, “We do not have an immediate debt crisis, but we all know that we have one looming.”
One has to wonder how many Republicans can claim “absolute trust” in the competence of Boehner’s leadership.