Printed letters, January 12, 2014

In light of the numerous assignments to various panels and committees that require our county commissioners’ dedication and direction, is it time to suggest that Mesa County would benefit from having five members of the Board of Commissioners to share these responsibilities and decisions?

The growth of Mesa County warrants more than just three individuals directing the game plan.

JANET S. SCHEEVEL

Grand Junction

Extending river trail system 
to Fruita is a pleasing prospect

How pleased I am that the Colorado River trail system will extend to Fruita in the near future.

Many people in Grand Junction prefer to travel about our city by foot or on bicycle, and they find that using the trails is at safe and beautiful way to get from place to place.

During the last month, it has been a blessing to have the trail system available for daily exercise walks. It’s not perfectly cleared of snow and ice but, hey, it is winter, after all. Thank goodness our community supports the expansion of the system.

KAYLA DODSON

Grand Junction

 

State’s gun-control laws 
violate Second Amendment

In his column Wednesday, Bill Grant continued to advocate for violation of the Second Amendment to the U. S. Constitution.

Grant cited numbers to show that many Coloradans support the feel-good but useless restrictions to ownership of firearms passed by the Democrats in the Legislature last year. This means only that they, like Grant, either do not understand the amendment (look up “infringe” in any dictionary) or just don’t care if it’s violated.

I applaud those in the Legislature who intend to repeal Colorado’s affront to the Constitution of the United States, and I will oppose re-election of those who committed it.

JOHN TRAMMELL

Grand Junction

 

 

Opponent of legalized pot 
should attack alcohol next

Apparently, Diane Cox is incensed about this newspaper’s comments and questions regarding the democratically passed legalization of pot in our state.

Her letter, as with past letters, uses derogatory terms in describing users or potential users. It seem “druggie” and “addict” are among her favorite words.

She even uses statistics from studies about problems with alcohol and tobacco to support her case. Perhaps she should be protesting those products with the same vigor as she does the rights of others who want to use marijuana. After all, alcohol and tobacco kill hundreds of thousands of people each year in this country.

She could start by becoming active in attempting to shut down the wine festival that annually occurs in her very hometown. This event no doubt provides a gateway and gathering of “addicts.” She should try to stop it, you know, for the kids.

TOM BUICK

Grand Junction

 

Rural volunteer firefighters 
are competent, well-trained  

On Dec. 31, The Daily Sentinel published an op-ed piece from state Sen. Steve King that left me with my mouth hanging open in insulted disbelief. As a volunteer firefighter for five years, I would like to respond in defense.

King more than implied that “rural residents” are not the professional, coordinated first responders that he envisions fighting fires in western Colorado — as if we’re a bunch of buffoons out there performing a Chinese fire drill.

Apparently he doesn’t understand that approximately 75 percent of all firefighters in the nation are volunteers — a tradition started by Benjamin Franklin. Just because we don’t receive government paychecks for our service to the community, which we choose to do for free, does not mean we are not competent and professionally trained.

I have only been a volunteer firefighter for five years, yet I have been trained as a first responder (EMT), swift-water rescuer, HazMat technician and certified wildlands firefighter — not to mention countless hours of training for both urban and forest fires, car wrecks and extrication, HazMat and decon situations, rescue. You name the emergency situation and your local volunteer firefighters have trained for it. Our training meets or exceeds that of “professionally trained” paid firefighters.

If King wants to plead for air support for firefighting, that’s one thing. But demeaning local firefighters as rural rubes is another. He, of all people, should get off the tired bandwagon of pretense that local firefighters are “only” volunteers, and that our training and experience doesn’t count simply because we don’t get paid tax dollars to wait for the next fire call.

So, what’s this guy going to do and say if he is elected sheriff?

DEBBIE SCHUM

Hotchkiss

 

National pols should take 
page from Mike Davis’ book

Thank you for publishing the article on Desert Tech and sales manager Mike Davis Jan. 6.  It is very gratifying to hear of a man and a company willing to put the needs of America and the safety of U.S. troops above their own gains.

It would be wonderful to hear of a single prominent national politician willing to demonstrate the same ethics and principles.

PATRICK DWYER

Olathe



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