Printed letters, January 25, 2013

I so liked the article about Jeff Leany wanting to replace the history books currently used in District 51 with books that are more accurate in telling our great nation’s story.

At a time when our government-run schools are failing to teach our children and grandchildren the truth about our past, our Founding Fathers, our glorious Constitution and Declaration of Independence and the reasons our republic was founded in the first place, it is refreshing to know that a member of our local school board wants to make a difference.

When my husband and I were growing up in the ‘40s and ‘50s, we received a public education that was far superior to the one that is being offered to the current generation in school. Even our children, who went to District 51 schools in the ‘70s and ‘80s, got a better education than what is being taught now.

Too many citizens of this country know nothing about what America is really about. This goes for the voting process, as well. American history and civics need to be required classes taught in all schools.

We need more school board members such as Leany who are willing to change what the students are being taught, because they aren’t being taught the real story of our country. It is a story of which to be very, very proud.

SUSAN BENJAMIN

Grand Junction

There’s a difference between 
education and indoctrination

Even though Jeff Leany promised the electorate the use of his expertise in choosing American history textbooks in his election to the District 51 Board of Education, I was still shocked by his selections. Just the cover of “What Would the Founding Fathers Think?” was enough to make me wonder about his judgment.

There is a world of difference between indoctrination and education, and I feel he needs to ponder this difference. If we have to convince students of this country’s greatness with propaganda, then the students are a whole lot less perceptive than I give them credit for.

We often forget that the very basis of education is to hire the very best teachers that we can find, provide them with the best textbooks and materials, and then stand back and watch learning happen. When we forget those facts, we do a disservice to the very idea of education. We do not need micro-managers on the school board. We need people of vision who know what the process is about.

MARY ANN MORTON

Grand Junction

 

Hunting camp restores 
dignity to many veterans

Over the past several years, Outdoors Alive, Inc. has been working on promoting safe enjoyment of outdoors recreation with an emphasis on reaching youth, women, military families, veterans and wounded warriors. With the establishment of the Brothers in Arms - Buck Creek Ranch Hunting Camp this past year, we celebrated our greatest accomplishment to date.

Thanks to major sponsors like Bear Ranch, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and Commander and Company Outfitting Services, we were able to provide nine hunts through a Wounded Warrior program for able-bodied and disabled veterans.

Programs such as this go further to create opportunities for outdoor recreation than many of us can imagine. They help us say thank you and even help to restore dignity to men and women who so rightly deserve it.

We are already starting to work with Bear Ranch and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation on next year’s camp and want to thank all of our other generous supporters. (There just isn’t room enough to mention them all in this letter.) If you would like to join them in helping us with this project, our upcoming banquet or find out more information, please call Terry at (970) 929-6202.

Thank you for your help and support.

TERRY COMMANDER

Somerset

 

State must protect citizens 
because commission will not

I attended the rulemaking hearing of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission on setbacks from houses and buildings. I testified representing the Conservation Center in Paonia in my position as a volunteer director, introducing the Western Slope environmental community.

Gov. John Hickenlooper needs to protect the people of Colorado from the impacts of gas drilling by supporting legislation with adequate setbacks, because the oil and gas commission isn’t going to do it.

After the testimony was over, we thought we had a mediocre deal from the commission, with new setback requirements. However, lobbying by the gas industry after the rulemaking hearing was closed could further restrict the power for local governments to empower neighbors within 500 feet of a proposed drill rig. On top of that, the new setback rules would apply only to new leases. Colorado is almost all leased already, so this loophole is big enough to render bigger setback rules almost worthless.

Hickenlooper must push for reasonable setbacks to protect the people of Colorado from industrial drilling sites. It’s time for state government to step in.

If you care about Colorado’s future, contact our governor and legislators and pressure them to act.

SAM BROWN

Paonia



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