Printed Letters: June 23, 2017
Reasonable to call for end to treasure hunt
With all due respect to the Sentinel’s editorial, I disagree with the idea that calls to end Forrest Fenn’s treasure hunt are illogical. Likening this quest to ordinary travel, hiking, and even skydiving ignores the obvious difference, which is a pot of gold.
Every day when I get in my car to get where I need to go I’m not pursuing a million dollars. I’m just going further than I want to walk. When I hike Serpent’s Trail I’m just trying to get some exercise, not get to the top before anyone else to win a prize. Skydiving — come on what a cliché example!
Fenn’s treasure sets up a risk-reward scenario that the author tries to downplay for his own purposes. So, do we ignore the difference between this quest and others and pretend that unnecessary risks won’t be taken? Let’s be honest; wouldn’t finding a million-dollar treasure invite anyone to stretch beyond his or her reach?
I can’t fault anyone for their curiosity, sense of adventure, and passion. However, I don’t think it’s unreasonable or illogical to want Fenn to end the hunt. To suggest that those of us who feel this way aren’t thinking straight is shortsighted.
I expect a little better from the Sentinel. It’s not nearly the simple argument your editorial suggests it is.
Treasure hunters enhance risk to search and rescue
I’m a bit surprised that The Daily Sentinel thinks it’s just fine for the Fenn Treasure Hunt to continue. What’s the harm in it? So much fun; so much adventure!
I won’t go into the sketchy history of this: the doubts, the questions, and the obvious gullibility that some dudes seem to enjoy demonstrating. But how about the very clear danger and risk that these idiots pose to the already financially challenged law enforcement and search-and-rescue folks who are supposed to find them, help them, or cart their sun-dried carcasses out of the desert?
I don’t know if the so-called treasure is real, but I can tell you the physical and emotional toll on these heroes is real.
Ending Fenn treasure hunt would set negative precedent
Regarding “Calls to end treasure hunt follow bad logic”:
New Mexico State Police Chief Pete Kassetas’ desire to see the search for Fenn’s treasure end is understandable, but also unreasonable. According to the Centers for Disease Control, in New Mexico the third most common cause of death is “unintended accidents” (after cancer and heart diseases). If Chief Kassetas’ primary concern were about human life (and I think it is), asking people to avoid stepping into their bathtubs would probably save more lives than ending the Fenn treasure hunt.
There is also the financial concern about searching for missing treasure hunters, and recovering the mercifully few bodies: that is an understandable concern.
But where should the “line” be drawn? What lawful activities would be added to the “please do not do this” list if Forrest Fenn accepts the request and ends the treasure hunt? The precedent that sets would have staggering, and overwhelmingly negative, repercussions by “emboldening” the state to make other unreasonable requests.
Rifle American Legion to hold flag retirement July 2
The Rifle American Legion, Kelly-Hansen Post No. 78 is having a retirement of your old flags on July 2, 2017. This will be at the West Garfield County Veterans Memorial. The Rifle Boy Scouts will be helping on this. You may leave your old flags at the Rifle Fire Station. Or better still; attend the service with your old flags. Come early and meet some friends. The event will start at 5 p.m.
JOHN B. SCALZO
U.S. Senate plans to fast track a bad health care bill
By a roll call vote on May 4, 2017, 217 United States representatives, including Ken Buck (R-Colorado), Doug Lamborn (R-Colorado) and Scott Tipton (R-Colorado), voted to take health care away from 23 million people. It was called the American Health Care Act. I call it the roll of shame. Now, a small group of senators are writing in secret. They plan to fast track a bill that will be about same as the House bill. They expect a Congressional Budget Office score by June 26. Then they hope to pass it by June 30, before people realize how bad it is. It will not be a health care bill. It will be a tax cut for billionaires.
Contact Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colorado) at 202-224-5941.
What senator wants to add their name to the roll of shame?
Vote cruel, irresponsible politicians out of office.
ROBERT L. MORRIS