Printed letters, July 2, 2013
On the front page of The Daily Sentinel on June 28, Gov. John Hickenlooper attributed the increase in the intensity of wildfires to climate change (presumably increases in global mean temperatures).
This is interesting, especially since the NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies data indicate that the trend in mean global temperatures has been flat for the last nine years.
So, if climate change has been essentially the same, why have wildfires increased in frequency and intensity?
The U.S. Forest Service, in a paper entitled “Fire and Fuels Buildup on Public Lands,” lays the blame on fuels buildup on national forest and BLM lands, primarily due to dead-tree accumulation and limits on certain logging activities.
The governor rightly concludes that we must remove beetle-killed trees and establish defensible spaces to reduce fire danger. However, since mean global temperatures have remained flat for the nine years, the effect of climate change on wildfires seems overrated. Better forest management appears to be a better approach and will have the added benefit of improving habitat for our declining mule deer populations.
It’s irresponsible to use fireworks as fires rage
I’m confused. Did the Garfield County Commissioners not just allow the sale of fireworks from June 29 until July 5? I recently read that the commissioners have now put fire restrictions in place that ban the “use of explosive material.” Two messages?
Come on, folks, support our firefighters, first responders, Forest Service personnel and everyone else who will be affected in the event of a major fire. That includes you. No fireworks — nowhere.
Spend wildlife money on big game, not lynx effort
The June 2 issue of The Daily Sentinel carried two interesting articles concerning the efforts of the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife to improve the deer herds in our state. The article stated that, in the Meeker area, the deer population had fallen from around 85,000 in the early 2000s to approximately 45,000 to 50,000 today.
In this same issue, I read that Vail resorts was paying into the Canada lynx conservation effort $425,000.
For several years now, I have read many glowing accounts of the fantastic results of this fantastic endeavor. I wonder how much it has cost (per cat) for the lynx now in Colorado and where has the money gone? Could it be in to the pockets of those who author these glowing accounts?
Personally, I would much prefer to see more money and effort put toward maintaining and improving the big-game herds in our state.
Colorado has long been considered the best big game hunting state in the United States. We are rapidly losing that reputation and becoming an also ran.
What is next for the advocates of the great lynx restoration project? Wolves? Grizzlies? We certainly have plenty predators now,(coyotes, lions, bears) that take our deer and elk.
I am sure we will see such efforts in the near future. Pay attention Colorado! Check with the residents of our neighbor states, such as Idaho and Wyoming and others, before we allow such endeavors within our borders.
Chamber does not condone any form of domestic violence
Since the city election, there have been many articles and opinions for and against the Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce’s position regarding domestic violence. As a sitting board member (second time) and the president of the Western Colorado Business Alliance, I am very tired and sickened by the falsehoods regarding the chamber.
The chamber is probably one of the strongest voices for business with which I’ve had the pleasure of working. The chamber, its staff, leadership and, in particular, its president and CEO Diane Schwenke, work tirelessly to promote common sense and conservative decision-making and business values.
In a recent article, Jessica Coleman stated she is surprised that the chamber was in support of Rick Brainard, from a public relations standpoint. Really?
The chamber has never supported Brainard in his domestic violence case. The chamber recognizes that it has a job to do in supporting and developing business within the Grand Valley.
I am going to state this one more time. From my perspective, the Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce and the WCBA in no way condone, support or stand behind or with any elected or nonelected individual who engages in such a cowardly act.
My suggestion to Coleman is to direct her attacks to the perpetrator of this crime. The Grand Junction Area Chamber will continue to be a voice of commonsense business values.
MICHAEL P. ANTON, President
Western Colorado Business Alliance