Printed letters, November 27, 2013
Hunting big game in wild country is one of my lifelong passions. While the time spent tromping around with rifle or bow in impossibly rough off-trail terrain amounts to only a week or two each year, there’s much more to it.
The whole experience includes scouting trips, poring over maps, scheming and dreaming about future hunts over beers and last year’s elk steak, and living it all over through the photos and stories told on stormbound winter days. Hunting has provided some of the best times spent with my son, as well as old and new friends.
Here in western Colorado, we are blessed with a wide variety of different areas and types of terrain to hunt in. We can hunt the high Rockies in September and desert canyons in November. That is an incredible part of the heritage we can choose to pass on to our children and grandchildren.
Unfortunately, as anyone knows who has lived here for a few decades, population growth, energy development, ATV proliferation and all sorts of other human activities have steadily eroded quality wildlife habitat and backcountry hunting opportunities.
For hunters, it is critical that the land management agencies prioritize planning decisions that preserve, protect and enhance undeveloped wildlife habitat, as well as opportunities to hunt in a wild, natural, backcountry setting.
Currently the BLM Grand Junction Field Office and Dominguez–Escalante National Conservation Area are in the process of writing resource management plans that will establish how these areas are managed.
It’s critical that they maintain the wild backcountry lands that hunters and wildlife depend on.
Democrats circle wagons as their policies unravel
Let’s circle the wagons. Let’s pull every nut-cup media hack like Ed Schultz into the White House and plot our next attack on the GOP. I think Ron Burgundy and Martin Bashir are the only two media twits not invited to the war-room logistics meeting.
So, the definition of doing the same thing over and over expecting a different result is .... Obama.
With the Senate rebuking the filibuster to allow a simple-majority vote on appointee, and a big push to put the agenda ahead of common sense and the rights of the citizens, our president needs to be recalled or rebooted. Everybody I talk to is in favor of either.
With the new powers to the EPA through presidential decree, it’s only a matter of time before he ruins all growth industry in western Colorado and invokes martial law.
Penry attack on Obamacare cannot be taken seriously
I have to chuckle a little when I read Josh Penry’s Nov. 22 take on Obamacare. I doubt that was the response he intended, as I sense the high dudgeon in his frequent hyperbole, but the fact remains that many of the basic tenets of President Obama’s health care proposal came from the Republican side of the aisle.
The most heinous, invoking the word “socialism,” was the individual mandate. It was early on recognized that no good health care proposal could flourish without universal participation (thank you, Mitt Romney).
Two darlings of the right, The Heritage Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute, championed this notion almost two decades ago. It seems to me the Republican Party only abandoned this idea when it became clear that many Americans were more interested in their rights than their responsibilities.
It is obvious that the implementation of this piece of legislation is at the moment a disaster, but it is difficult to leap from that recognition to the idea that the policy itself is a failure. A leviathan that consumes 18 percent of our GDP isn’t going to be subdued easily or quietly by either political party, and pandering adds nothing to the resolution.
That is why these redundant chest beatings by Penry and his ilk are just so much hollow posturing. There are too many players making too much money from the status quo to see this issue under control any time soon.
Kennedy knew that we must seek nonpartisan solutions
Isn’t it ironic that after 50 years, as we look back and mourn the death of President John F. Kennedy, we seem to forget one of his most quoted exhortations: “Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.”
Sadly, today our country is governed by those who, instead, seem to operate more on the theory that might makes right. If we don’t pay attention, we will get the government we deserve.