Printed letters, October 3, 2012
You pause and look closely at an ancient wall. In the mortar between the rocks you see the outline of fingers. Looking down at your own hand, you feel a human connection to the builder.
You think about the time, skill and effort that went into building these kivas and dwellings — all accomplished without the modern luxuries of plumbing, electricity and hardware stores.
The breeze seems to carry thousand-year-old voices to your ears: chanting, laughter, prayers. A peregrine falcon soars by, and your eyes float up to see spires gracing the sky above you.
You smile because this wonderful place, Chimney Rock Archaeological Area, is now a national monument. It will get the protection and attention that it so justly deserves. Special thanks go to Sens. Michael Bennett and Mark Udall, Rep. Scott Tipton, Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar and President Barack Obama. They each worked toward this goal.
By using the Antiquities Act to make this designation, the president has fulfilled the wishes of many, including the community in Archuleta County.
Many of us have favorite outdoor places where we can derive great joy just by pausing and absorbing their details. What is extra special to me is when a dramatic natural landscape combines with a deep historical presence.
The Northern Dolores Basin, near Gateway, is such a place. There are red cliffs soaring above the gurgling Dolores River and an old mining camp, where, I’ve been told, the whole camp gathered around one radio to listen to a boxing match. I can hear the shouts from the miners still echoing in the canyons. Seems to me like the perfect spot for a new national conservation area.
I, a member of Great Old Broads for Wilderness, urge Congress and the president to move forward on protecting America’s other favorite places.
Complainers ignore what Brady has done for the area
Letter writer David Cale and people of the same mindset complain about Brady Trucking’s existence along the Colorado River. The fact is, shortly after Brady Trucking bought the land with the old rendering plant, it had the proper zoning for its trucking business.
When the city annexed the Brady property, the city gave Brady zoning that was compatible with its truck business, which was I-1 and I-O. It wasn’t until a petition was filed that the change of zoning for Brady Trucking was in question.
The complainers say they want a trail from Fruita to Palisade without industrial operations downtown. There are many homes to the east of Brady Trucking, and they would all have to be bought to put the trail in.
They also claimed the noise from Brady’s trucks would be unacceptable. When there is a rock band at the amphitheater on the river, the noise level would be 10 times greater than the EPA-qualified mufflers of Brady’s trucks.
Brady Trucking spent $400,000 to clean out the rendering plant, which was a great asset to Grand Junction, and I’m sure these same people would complain about the smell if the rendering plant were still there.
I’m certain these complainers all have college degrees, which would explain their ignorance.
ALAN R. STORY
Obama’s first term hints at what to expect in second one
President Obama is leading the United States down a road to become a Third World power and letting the United Nations tell us what to do.
He is trying to repeat history by attracting the young and the gullible to his way of thinking.
His first term in office should give us a hint of what is coming if he is re-elected. Unemployment is shameful, our national debt has skyrocketed and our national security is frightening. He also is attacking Christians and most other religious faiths.
After looking at Mitt Romney’s and Obama’s financial statements, I surely would rather have Romney handling my tax dollars than Obama.
Obama has a poor record to stand on, so his campaign advertisements are negative misinformation on the Romney-Ryan plan.
If you are not convinced, you should read “Fool Me Twice,” a nonfiction bestseller by Aaron Klein and Brenda J. Elliott. This book tells of Obama’s radical plan for a progressive socialist takeover. There are also two new books on bestseller lists on this subject. No. 2 is “The Amateur,” by Edward Klein, who outlines how Obama is too inept to lead. No. 3 is “Obama’s America” by Dinesh D’Sousa, showing how Obama is the designer of American decline.
It’s time for America to have a true leader
I am amazed that anyone would even consider re-electing President Obama.
Our foreign policy is a shambles, our economy is a mess and all our president does is to fly around on spiffy 747s, hobnob with the 1 percent in Hollywood, attend fundraisers and do interviews on meaningless shows like “The View.” Meanwhile, he ignores chances to engage with other foreign leaders and Congress to solve our problems.
Wake up, America. We are on a path to ruin without a true leader who will lead from the front and not from behind.