Printed Letters: March 16, 2014

Feed Europeans, slash costs by slaughtering wild horses

In regard to the problem we have with so many horses, wild or domestic, it is not inhumane to kill horses for people to eat. Indians ate them, and earlier settlers such as the Donner Party ate them to keep from starving.

People in France, Italy, Belgium and so forth would rather have horse meat than any other kind of meat. So, we have a ready market for excess horses. Before closing the horse plants in 2007, we had a good market for horses, bringing on top of 70 cents a pound alive. Now the price is anywhere from 10 to 35 cents a pound alive.

Canada and Mexico are just loving it, as they are more than doubling their money on horse meat.

Horses are a product, just like beef, pork, lamb, chicken, turkeys and fish. We taxpayers need to step up and let horses be part of that product.

All animals killed in slaughterhouses are killed instantly by a stun gun or a bullet to the brain. This is better than being starved to death or dying of old age and in pain from old age. I like horses as well as anyone, but will not let them go hungry or suffer from any pain.

If we slaughter the 49,000 locked-up (horse prison) horses, taxpayers will see about $700 a head in the government budget. That is $34.3 million in taxpayers’ pockets.

Locking up a horse costs $938 per year. Multiply that amount by 49,000, and you get nearly $46 million out of taxpayers’ pockets. Most horses live 25 to 30 years. Multiply $46 million by 25 … my calculator just went up in smoke.

If we leave 10,000 horses in the wild, in 12 years we will have 80,000. If we keep horses in check, they will not eat themselves to starvation and will never go extinct.

BRYCE W. PURKEY
Meeker


Pugliese failed to mention costly BMX track decision

As I read Rose Pugliese’s Daily Sentinel column March 9 about the county commissioners promoting economic development, I hoped to find out why so much money is being poured into a BMX track at the fairgrounds. Ever since I saw the story about a BMX track, I have been wondering, “What are these people thinking?”

I was disappointed. Pugliese wrote only about the county paying about $7,000 for advertising in an airline magazine, but failed to mention why the county was pouring $1.2 million into the track.

I had to look up BMX; it means bicycle motocross. I’m sure some people think BMX is great and hunger to watch it. That’s fine, but how is this going to make Mesa County an economic success? The Sentinel reported it may attract Olympic trials for BMX racing. Note the word “may.” Will BMX racing even remain an Olympic sport in the future?

Have the commissioners done economic analysis on the return on investment? Have the commissioners surveyed residents to know how many will attend BMX events? How many tourists will come to see this? How much will they spend here? The commissioners belong to a party that campaigns on its use of private business management skills. Have they used them here? Where is the analysis? If private enterprise won’t build it, why should the county?

Some months ago the commissioners refused to spend $17,000 on the Riverfront Commission, claiming the county couldn’t afford it. The BMX track will cost more than 70 times more. Will 70 times more county residents use the BMX track than the riverfront trails?

The county plans to spend, in total, $5 million on the fairgrounds, including an RV park that will not be used most of the time. This is a fine opportunity for investigative reporting.

GENE GOFFIN
Glade Park


Tribune’s loss disappoints Palisade Mayor Granat

It was with great regret that I read of Grand Junction Media’s decision to no longer publish The Palisade Tribune. I understand that management made a financial decision. The decision, though, has far-reaching effects on Palisade.

Since 1903, the Tribune has been the one source of information for Grand Valley’s upper end. It gave Palisade-area citizens a means of communication that only a weekly newspaper could. A much-needed resource of information, it made joyful announcements of births to new parents and sad announcements such as losing a long-time area resident. But, more especially, the paper was part of the glue that made Palisade special.

It also provided citizens a way to catch up on the many happenings in and around town. Tribune reporters attended every town board meeting,  grand openings of new businesses, parades and our many sporting events. Many events at Palisade High School were covered. The Tribune was always involved with Fourth of July festivities and supported all the festivals for which Palisade is known.

Citizens who had grown up here and moved away could get a glimpse of their childhood though the stories that graced the pages of our hometown paper over the years. Many of them have expressed their gratitude for being able to keep up with the town through the Tribune’s pages. Items specific to Palisade, which may have been lost in the pages of a daily publication, were sometimes the headline stories in the Tribune.

Palisade citizens will feel the loss. Replacing the Tribune with a glossy, semi-annual travel publication will take the form of a travel brochure and not Palisade’s weekly news.

My hope now is the Sentinel will cover and publish Palisade news with the same focus that the Tribune has had since 1903. We deserve at least that much consideration.

ROGER L. GRANAT
Mayor
Palisade


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