Printed letters, May 30, 2013

Yet another study on deer herds! I hope it won’t be another bogus study like the three-year project on the Uncompahgre Plateau. The claim was the plants don’t have the nutritional value as before Colorado adopted its ban on trapping. If that were true, why aren’t the cattle and wildlife up there getting skinnier and falling over from lack of nutrition?

Maybe the researchers should look at history and see that when fur prices were higher, deer herds increased, and when the price of furs went down, so did the deer herds. If you didn’t know it, coyotes eat fawns.

Now would be a prime time to repeal the ban on trapping, as the demand for American furs was at an all-time high at last winter’s international fur sales, with China and Russia being the biggest buyers.

With the increase in fur prices again, it would give sportsmen the incentive to trap coyotes, bringing millions of foreign dollars into the state.

The deer herds in Colorado would increase, making more licenses available, bringing millions more into the state economy.

Or the people of Colorado can sit around with their heads in a cloud of pot smoke, dreaming up some more bogus reasons that won’t emotionally upset the animal-rights groups.

ERIC CARLSON

Whitewater

Parks and Wildlife fishing fee 
may be letting funds get away

I enjoy the “Outside” section of the newspaper. I was surprised to read in Dave Buchanan’s article about a possible problem with revenue that is going to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife from an aging population of anglers in Colorado.

When I went down to Cabela’s to get a fishing license and was only charged a dollar, that was a double surprise. I would be happy to pay more or make a donation, if that is a possibility.

I don’t fish as much as I used to, so I am glad for some relief in high prices for everything, but only a dollar is pretty extreme.

Also, the travel articles by Bill Haggerty bring up a question about finding spots for newcomers. I have an old Garmin GPS unit which, when it came out, was all about latitude and longitude and waypoints. It has a use problem that is too expensive to fix, so I bought a new one. The new models are all about touchy/feely menu selections, which are nice, but it took me a long time to figure out how to get to waypoint specifics and find out that latitude and longitude are still available.

I would like to see the directions in these articles include latitude and longitude at the trailhead or other site locations, and then the disembodied voice can take me right there without my having to read the directions as I am driving down the road.

This is still an option with the newer GPS units, although the fundamentals of the old tracking systems are often obscured by preprogrammed selections that only take me to places I don’t need to go.

PAUL WILLECKE

Grand Junction

 

JUCO ban on concealed guns 
paints bulls-eyes on the fans

For 365 days a year hundreds, if not thousands, of Grand Valley concealed-carry permit holders go about their business in restaurants, hospitals, churches, friends’ homes and all sorts of other venues without causing any problems.

Meanwhile, in an Aurora cinema, Sandy Hook Elementary School and other places where firearms are not allowed, nutcases ignoring firearms laws murder the unarmed.

So, what do the JUCO wizards of smart do? They prohibit concealed-carry permit owners from attending JUCO games while carrying, citing the “new normal” following the Boston bombings. That’s nonsense!

Now that JUCO officials have advertised that fans are not armed, just relax and enjoy the games. And if you have an uneasy feeling that you have a bulls-eye painted on you while you watch your favorite team, there’s a simple explanation. You do.

RICK L. COLEMAN

Grand Junction

 

Just tack on two little words 
to boost interest in monument

Much heat, and some light, has been generated by the debate over changing the Colorado National Monument to park status.

Apparently this is needed because the tourism industry thinks a monument is a statue or some such. It is argued the main benefit of a change is that it will bring more tourist dollars to the surrounding community.

This can happen simply by adding two words. It is not difficult. Advise all tour companies worldwide of the monument’s new name: Colorado National Monument — A Park.

It seems to me all parties should be happy since politicians need not be involved and no votes are needed. The Chamber of Commerce can put up the publicity money (members will be the main beneficiaries), and local signage-change expense will be minimal.

I hope this is simple enough for advisory boards and local and state government to accept.

DAVID COOK

Grand Junction



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