Printed letters, March 5, 2013

It is amazing how quickly the corruption of politics in Denver ruins our elected representatives, or maybe just exposes them for what they are. A classic case is Colorado’s 59th District Rep. Mike McLachlan.

Twenty-four hours before he voted for all the Colorado gun bills, he emailed my wife and me that he was inclined to vote against any gun magazine ban bill.

Then, came the call from Joe Biden and McLachlan was reduced to a quivering bowl of Jell-O.

I would really like to know what Biden and his pals in Denver promised McLachlan. (Tell us that you did not sell Colorado out cheaply, Mike, but sell us out you did.)

Here is a quote from Mike’s election web page: “2nd Amendment Rights – Mike supports the 2nd amendment and the rights of all gun owners.”

Here’s another quote: “I will be a representative that carries Southwest Colorado’s common sense values to our Legislature.”

How is it common sense to ban any magazine produced in the future that holds more than 15 rounds while still allowing the thousands here to remain legal?

I would love to hear McLachlan’s explanation on how this is going to prevent violent crime.

If this magazine-limitation legislation is passed in any form, the Colorado manufacturer Mag-pul and its revenues of $50 million-plus will leave the state.

Using McLachlan’s southwestern Colorado version of common sense, I guess the marijuana industry can make that up. McLachlan also voted to make the transfer of family heirloom firearms to our children illegal if we don’t register them.

Now that was some more good common sense. We all make mistakes. Electing McLachlan was a big one, but fortunately it is one we can correct.

DANIEL MOORE

Creede

 

 

Let’s reach a compromise
on energy needs, climate

In response to the Feb. 22 article titled “Energy Nexus Predicted,” I wanted to note Robert Bryce’s comments about renewable energy.

While I agree that renewables aren’t the only answer to our energy demands, they are a viable part of the answer. That is, if we do them right.

Investing in renewable energy doesn’t make this country anti-carbon or worse, pro-blackout. It simply gives us an opportunity to diversify our options, which doesn’t seem like too bad of a deal.

Oil and gas has dominated the energy field for a long time. And as a sportsman, I think that hasn’t always been a good thing.

The issue for me is that renewable energy is approached with some forward thinking. We need to find places and processes that are agreeable both to industry and to the hunters and anglers who so value our public lands.

Recently, Congress re-introduced the Public Lands Renewable Energy Development Act, which would take a step in that direction.

I firmly believe it will take legislation like this, which puts money back into the conservation of our public lands (with an added bonus of money to counties and states) to balance out the energy-versus-environment debate.

There can be happy balances out there. It just takes some thought and compromise to find them.

In this era, we can’t afford to take extreme stances. We have to find some common ground.

Climate change is real. Energy needs are real. It’s time we take that seriously and start approaching them from a position of compromise, just as the sporting community has done.

ROBERT MEULENGRACHT

Lakewood

 

It’s ironic to control 
guns, but back abortion

The loss of the lives of the kids at Sandyhook Elementary School was a tragic mass murder.

The loss of 54 million lives due to abortion in the United States since Rowe v. Wade was decided by the U.S. Supreme Court is also mass murder. Our schools should be a safe place for our children — just as mothers’ wombs should be the safest place for unborn children.

President Obama is the most anti-life president we have had. How can he, along with the liberal media and all the other liberals hopping onto the anti-gun bandwagon, honestly mourn the death of 20 Sandyhook children and not mourn the death of 54 million aborted children?

Yet, we have to stand by and watch liberal politicians, many of whom support the pro-choice movement, pass stricter gun laws for law-abiding citizens.

I have not failed to see the irony of the left-leaning media and politicians trying to usurp my gun-owning rights in the name of keeping our kids safe while at the same time supporting the taking of innocent lives through abortion.

DEANNE ADAMSON

Grand Junction



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