Printed letters, December 4, 2013
As Colorado’s hunters and anglers know from boots-on-the-ground experience, population growth, energy development and off-highway vehicless have steadily eroded quality wildlife habitat and backcountry hunting opportunities in our state.
The Uncompahgre Plateau in western Colorado is one of many places where wildlife habitat is increasingly threatened.
The Uncompahgre is a vast chunk of geography that encompasses redrock desert canyons and magnificent aspen and ponderosa forests. This diverse landscape abounds with herds of elk, including the famous trophy bulls found in game management unit 61. It’s also home to impressive mule deer that get big in the steep canyons, as well as rare desert bighorn sheep.
The BLM is working on several resource management plans in the Uncompahgre Plateau region that will guide decision-making for the next 20 years. At stake are determinations for critical issues such as travel management, allowed recreational and resource development, and future potential wilderness designations — the gold standard for wildlife habitat and backcountry hunting-and-angling opportunities.
It’s critical that these resource management plans maintain the wild backcountry on which hunters and wildlife depend. The bottom line is big, wild creatures need big, wild habitat. In nature, there is no free lunch. When motorized routes degrade habitat security, hunters lose right along with their prey.
BLM managers responsible for developing quality plans in the Grand Junction Field Office are trying to create plans that do the right thing. But to really make it happen, they need to know that the hunters and anglers are behind them.
The great hunter-conservationist Theodore Roosevelt said, “Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders, cherish the natural resources, cherish the history and romance as a sacred heritage, for your children and your children’s children. Do not let selfish men or greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches or its romance.”
DAVID LIEN, Chairman
Hunters & Anglers
Graves of our fallen heroes to once again have wreathes
Once again the Western Slope Patriot Guard Riders want to express our deepest gratitude to the great folks and businesses for their making our Christmas wreath program at the Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery a success once more. With all of this help, and assistance from those outside the valley, we have met our goal for providing a wreath on each of our fallen heroes’ graves again this year. Again, to each of you, our thanks.
Everyone is invited to join us at 10 a.m. Dec. 14 for our wreath ceremony at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery at 2830 Riverside Parkway in Grand Junction.
ART (GROADY) EDWARDS
Western Slope Assist State Captain
Colorado PGR/Wreath Coordinator
As country slips away, our own agendas are blinding us
It’s hard to believe people out there will stand behind the government, no matter how bad it makes the living conditions or job market or even how much you have to pay in taxes or when the government raises taxes.
These people will always say there was a need or they had to do this or that to make it work. Well, I don’t understand their way of thinking. The hard-line Democrats think everything is fine, and the Republicans don’t think anything is right. All the while, this country is slipping away. Nobody seems to want to fix what’s wrong because we’re all blinded by our own agendas.
I don’t believe this country’s on the right path. Until we tear this country down then, I guess we will never know how united we need to be.
Dems will use nuclear option to put liberal judges on courts
Anyone who cares about the truth knows the only reason our Senate used the nuclear option was to make it easy for President Obama to appoint judges who support the Democratic Party’s godless agenda.
Christian conservatives try stopping many of his appointments because liberal judges don’t care about the rule of law anymore. All they care is that they help shove the liberal agenda down the throats of all Americans.
It’s why you rarely see them rule against their party. In fact, liberal judges will gladly overrule the vote of the American people if it helps promote the Democrat Party’s godless ways. Senate leader Harry Reid knew by going nuclear he’d hand his party the most powerful appellate courts in the nation.
So, let’s all quit kidding about what happened in Washington. It’s one of the most dangerous acts I’ve ever seen in politics.