Printed Letters: November 24, 2016

Keep our public lands in public hands

Last week’s announcement that the Bureau of Land Management removed a significant portion of oil and gas leases in the Thompson Divide country should be regarded as good news. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and the BLM announced that 25 of the 60 leases would be permanently retired.

While some may bemoan the fact that more or all of the leases weren’t shelved, it’s worth recognizing that local voices banged the drum loud enough that action was taken and now one of the largest remaining undeveloped tracts of big game habitat in Colorado will remain intact for future generations. Those local voices included anglers, livestock operators, hunters, mountain bikers, skiers and more all working collaboratively to come up with an intelligent and forward thinking course of action to protect an incredible place where every single person can get out, unplug and roam.

Colorado is doing more than its fair share in the oil and gas production arena and for those who claim closing the doors on some oil and gas leases is costing our region jobs and money, consider this: the recreational industries in the Thompson Divide area already support upwards of 300 jobs and $30 million in revenue every single year. And that number will likely grow with more people trickling into the North Fork and Roaring Fork Valleys.

Along with major grassroots and local effort, Backcountry Hunters and Anglers played a huge role in helping to safeguard the high quality habitat of the Thompson Divide and is doing so in other places across the U.S. to ensure that our public lands stay in public hands.

Can you imagine the White River and Gunnison National Forests and BLM grounds that surround our valleys being gated, padlocked and/or privatized? If we don’t pay attention and speak up, there are many misguided and misinformed individuals who want to do just that. Keep public land in public hands!


It’s time to accept election 
results and to come together

This letter is addressed to all you bleeding-heart liberals who just can’t seem to accept the result of this past election. We conservatives had to endure the past two elections, and we have had to put up with policies and regulations that we haven’t liked. Let it go and let’s move on.

Ruth Marcus, in her column this week, just doesn’t think President-elect Trump is acting presidential. Good grief, it has only been two weeks since the election and Trump is not even in the White House yet. Give him a chance. If you are a true American, you will.

Don’t you think that we’ve already had too much derision and divisiveness in our country with the protests and people claiming they will never accept our duly elected president-to-be as their president? I think it is way past time to accept the election results and to come together as one nation under our newly elected president and move forward as a united people for the good of all. If we don’t, may God have mercy on us.

Grand Junction

Trump has been playing the media like a fiddle

As much as I hate to even type the guy’s name, it seems as though President-elect Trump is in some way pardoning Hillary Clinton, even though there is no proof that she has committed any crime. At the very least, it would seem like the Associated Press would make it clear in the article appearing on the front page of Wednesday’s paper that there is not a proven crime that has taken place to begin with. Trump has played the media like a fiddle by throwing a guilt trip on them by crying about how he had been treated unfairly. The press might as well start its own “lock her up” chant.


Photo posted by columnist 
was inappropriate

Claudette Konola, the “Voice of a Progressive” has outdone herself this time. She has posted on her Facebook page a nude picture of the future first lady, with a snarky caption.

For years, she has been an advocate for women’s rights and equality. Additionally, she has not hesitated to condemn the potential or actual exploitation of women. Not long ago, she was a proud member of the “uninformed lynch mob” that forced the resignation of a City Council member because of “domestic issues.” Recently, she supported the removal of the chairwoman of the Delta County Republican Committee for posting a photograph on Facebook that was not complimentary to the president.

It is common practice for Konola to chastise conservatives for saying or doing something inappropriate and then to do or say the same thing. Granted, Konola admits that she is not a journalist and therefore does not have to conform to journalistic standards. Facts and the truth of the matter also do not apply to her, as she is paid to write opinion pieces. However, in this latest episode of Konola’s life, maybe it is time that she hears the words, “You’re fired!”

Grand Junction


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Happy Thanksgiving, Robert Laitres. Perhaps you don’t see the hypocrisy of your friend Claudette. Alot of us do.

Mr. Reeder,

You mean like the Tea Party “accepted the results of the election”?

Oh, I know they have already forgotten the protests and demonstrations against Obama before he had the chance to do anything worthy of protesting. I was just pointing out the hypocrisy.

Laitres, Claudette claims to be a voice for women issues. She should know better, you don’t post pictures of naked women. She should not have a column in the Sentinel. She should be fire!

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