Printed letters, May 16, 2013

As someone who is concerned about our valley’s air quality and the resulting quality of life, I felt quite unsettled after reading the recent article, “North Desert’s Dusty Future.”

I’m all for folks of all types enjoying our public lands, but I’m also all for prioritizing the health of our community. Off-highway vehicle use and maintenance — especially in areas open to cross country travel — relate directly to air quality in terms of both fugitive dust and increased ozone formation.

Let’s be smart in planning for these opportunities so as not to grow Grand Junction’s brown cloud and keep our desert a place of calm, quiet and natural beauty.

Whether or not you support a reduction in the size of the motorized “open area,” I urge you to support BLM’s common-sense proposal in its draft plan to issue high-wind closures of open areas in order to control dust.

PIERA KLLANXHJA

Grand Junction

Educate gun owners instead 
of trying to take away rights

I read with interest a couple of articles in the The Daily Sentinel May 8. The articles reiterated something that I have been saying in previous letters to the editor, to our elected officials and to everyone else: Gun homicides have dropped steeply since 1993.

Why are we suddenly in the middle of a firearm firestorm?

A study by the government’s Bureau of Justice Statistics shows that gun-related homicides from 1993 to 2011 dropped 39 percent. The PEW Research Center found that gun homicides from 1993 to 2010 dropped 49 percent. Both reports found the rate of nonfatal crimes involving guns was down by 70 percent during this same period.

In the Outside section of the same day’s paper was a story titled, “Hunting 101.” It tells about the fine efforts of volunteers statewide who teach hunter education to all those who want to hunt in Colorado and were born after 1949. This article also had some very interesting statistics.

According to the National Safety Council, hunting resulted in fewer injuries than many other sports, including cycling, bowling, golf,and tennis. This article also stated that out of 28 recreational pursuits, hunting ranks third in safety behind only camping and billiards.

So why do 56 percent of the people think that gun-related crimes are up? Why are the politicians and the media trying to make the American public think that gun-related crimes are up when the opposite is true? Why are some trying to take away our Second Ammendment rights? Why are some trying to blame inanimate objects (firearms) for crimes?

These are questions I am asking our elected official and I suggest you do, as well. Maybe it is smoke and mirrors to try to make all of us to forget about our downward financial spiral and our failed international policies.

I suggest we stop trying to rewrite the laws we already have in place and instead enforce those laws. It seems that Colorado Parks and Wildlife and their brothers and sisters nationwide have the best idea. Let’s educate people how to safely and responsibly handle weapons and stop trying to take away the rights of law-abiding citizens.

BRIAN LANGFITT

Grand Junction

 

Go online to compare fees 
of two main local hospitals

I just compared our two local hospitals and found that St. Mary’s Hospital is charging as much as 130 percent more for the same procedure at Community Hospital. Of the 19 procedures reviewed, St. Mary’s charges 46 percent more on average.

I’m no longer surprised it cost us $900 to have them clean a cut on my son’s eye and put a Band-Aid on it a few weeks ago (no stitches). I just switched hospitals.

Be sure to check out this data. Go to http://www.cms.gov and click on the “research” link. In the upper right you’ll see a link that says “Administration offers unprecedented look at hospital charges.” Open the Excel spreadsheet and filter to the hospitals in your city. It’s worth your time.

BRANDON SIEGFRIED

Grand Junction

 

There’s reason for skepticism
regarding immigration data

The government of the United States estimates the number of undocumented, illegal immigrants now residing in the country at 11 million.

The government of the United States also said there were “weapons of mass destruction” in Iraq.

Wonder if there might be 20 million? 30 million? Why don’t we find out who is here before we make any promises?

STEVEN MANGELS

Grand Junction

 

High-living bank executives 
invited $45 million theft

This letter is in regard to the recent $45 million withdrawals at bank ATMs. Does it trouble me that the banksters are on the receiving end of some well-orchestrated techno-theft? I honestly have to say, nope, not at all.

The banksters have been inviting this type of criminality for decades. They’ve been so busy cleaning the clocks — not only of the American public but also of all nations — that they’ve failed to realize there are others in the underworld even cleverer than they are. Lest they should forget, to bring up an old adage, “If you lie with dogs, you get fleas.”

While globe-trotting in private jets, getting cushy, self-serving cabinet posts in the past four or five administrations and successfully having socialized their corporate losses, why would they expect anything less than being the target of highly organized theft?

ERICH VOGT

Rifle



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