Printed letters, March 3, 2013

Based on the Sentinel’s report of the Fruita 8-9 School beating, there are some issues that really bother me.

I am a parent, and I have also been a junior high schoolteacher. I fully understand teenagers’ growing pains. Bullying happens often, and the school should take these situations seriously before they degenerate into something worse.

It seems the school was notified there was a potential bullying issue, but if there was a response by the school, it seems to have been very weak.

When the incident happened in the lunchroom, where were the staff monitors? According to the article, there were two staff monitors present. What were they doing at that time? How could they let the attack continue so long before interfering?

I don’t disagree with the District 51 policy that fighting is not tolerated. But this was not really a “fight.” It was clearly an attack on the person who chose not to fight.

For the school district to suspend the student who came to the victim’s defense is absolutely outrageous. This student was the victim’s sister. What did the school district expect, that she should sit and watch her sister being beaten?

Shame on the school district for suspending her versus giving her a warning. And if this student is to be suspended then so should the staff monitors who allowed this bludgeoning to proceed.



ATVs in backcountry help 
disabled hunters gain access

This is the second time I have read remarks in the Sentinel by David Lien or one of his cohorts from the Colorado. Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, based in Colorado Springs, espousing their selfish philosophy: “If you can’t walk there, don’t go.”

I can only assume Lien is relatively young and in good condition. Some of us are old and are not in good health. When I was a young man 60 years ago, I climbed, hunted and fished some of the highest, roughest country in this great nation, for which I fought.

Now that I am an old man, I am unable to do that. So I book very expensive guided hunts and let younger men do the work for me. Not all old people can afford to do that; ergo, ATVs are the answer when used properly.

I understand Lien’s desire to be alone in the backcountry without the attendant noise of ATVs etc. However, he appears selfish and egotistical, with no thought given to the aged, infirm and handicapped. Nor for the wounded warriors of today who are not able to do the things Lien is able to do because they are missing one or more limbs.

(I have sponsored or attended several wounded-warrior hunts for warriors with both legs amputated above the knees, as well as arms gone and traumatic brain injuries, etc.)

As for dirt roads, power lines, clear cuts, etc. being a detriment to elk, deer and especially turkey, I’ve got big news for his outfit. The gas well pads, clear cuts, old roads and trails provide areas for grasses and shrubs that would otherwise not have open sunlight to germinate and grow. And they provide forage and insects for the above-mentioned species.

Before Lien makes the statement about how if a hunter can’t “get an elk or deer out of the woods” without motorized game retrieval he has no business hunting for one, I suggest he walk 100 yards in our shoes. Then, he should think before he castigates others for his own selfishness.




Sen. Morse’s gun legislation 
will primarily benefit lawyers

I just read the article regarding Senate President John Morse and his new gun bill. The Legislature is reportedly ready to pass it into law. His legislation would hold the gun owner, the seller and manufacturer liable if the gun were used in a crime.

Morse is wading through the blood of those kids and teachers in Connecticut to aid and abet his friends, the trial lawyers. This new law will not stop the carnage. It will not bring back any of the innocent who were murdered. But it will put millions of dollars into the pockets of trial lawyers.

I expect this new law will pass, the murders will continue and the trial lawyers will be raising their glasses, toasting Morse for a job well done. Just follow the money.





Should car manufacturers 
now also be held liable?

So some lawmakers think we can hold gun manufacturers liable for a product.Does that mean we can also hold car manufacturers liable if their cars are involved in fatal accidents?

Did our state representatives start to smoke pot before it was legal?




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