Printed letters, June 23, 2013

Over the last 20-plus years, there has been a systematic erosion of motorized use of our public lands. I understand that much of this policy seems to be dictated through all the laws that must be adhered to when justifying land management decisions. My concern is that, with all the specialists for areas of concern, motorized recreation falls to the bottom when making a final decision.

Some of my concerns revolve around our need to control our planet. As we readily find out sometimes through fires, floods, earthquakes and any other natural form of change to our Earth, we really don’t have the ability to control what will happen to our land. The true problem is overpopulation, and we don’t seem to have any control over that either.

Consequently, what I am asking is that the staff specialists who review everything and participate in a final decision remember that all is not lost just because we allow motorized recreation in areas that may have some resource or cultural concerns.

I think a more relaxed process might benefit us all in the long run. After all, this planet has survived for four-plus billion years and we are really nothing more than ants on the surface. I am afraid that the reality is that we cannot save something that never was endangered.

Lastly, who knows what future generations want or what the planet will be like in the future? We need to focus more on what we have and enjoy this now. The future is too unpredictable.

JAMES B. SOLOMON

Palisade

Bangs, Rough canyons
merit BLM protection

As an amateur photographer, I have a love of nature and wilderness that is enhanced by the remote access and the solitude of areas such as Bangs Canyon. The chance to take a quick or extended hike here makes this a unique place that needs to be preserved.

The wildlife and the plant life I have seen here are important to our Western Slope environments; this place deserves a designation of “lands with wilderness characteristics” for a long time into the future.

I have had the opportunity to hike here with my grandson and share the specialness of wilderness with him. When the waterholes are the only water around, the multitude of tracks in the mud tells a story of the animal use of this area.

This area is a great place to hike year-round. I have hiked here with snow, mud and dry conditions. Each time I have found a unique experience. In my many hikes in this area I have seen no more than two to three people on each hike.

I believe the Bangs area and Rough Canyon should be protected in BLM’s final plan.

MITCH FOUGHT

Grand Junction

 

Sierra Club director lacks
empathy for local workers

While on his little trip to jam his finger into the eyes of the people of western Colorado in person, Sierra Club Director Michael Brune said only one thing with which most western Coloradans would agree: The view in Garfield County is depressing.

It’s depressing because a few short years ago the region was booming with vibrant economic activity. More drilling rigs could be seen peeking over the trees here and there, promising good paychecks, children’s college savings, health insurance and retirement nest eggs. Trucks were going up and down the roads; restaurants and hotels were full; and people were happy and proudly providing their neighbors a valuable product.

Today, it is a lot different. Most of those rigs, trucks, jobs and paychecks have moved to other states, where there is more private land and they do not have to be subject to the damage inflicted by the likes of Brune and his people.

Families that have lived their whole lives here have been faced with the heartbreaking choice of packing up and moving across the country or struggling in the economy that the Sierra Club has helped the BLM create here.

It does not have to be like that. We have enough resources to keep our economy thriving for many years to come, if only they were not tied up in incessant litigation. The Roan Plateau is a perfect example — a place where responsible development could be fueling our local economy and helping pay for schools, roads and public safety — but for Brune’s lawyers.

Maybe on his calendar, Brune could include pictures of foreclosed homes, boarded-up shops and the faces of people who have watched their livelihoods stolen from them for the sake of a pretty picture and a big donation.

SANDY PEESO

Grand Junction

 

Training nurturers to kill
is greatest evil in world

Women in combat? Our world is turned upside down.

What greater evil in the world than to take this wonderfully created being — made to carry, bear, nurse and nurture life — and then to train her, contrary to her nature, to kill?

ROBERT A. TALLARICO

Grand Junction



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