Printed letters, September 13, 2013

Thanks, Delta County Sheriff Fred McKee. McKee, pictured on the cover of America’s 1st Freedom, along with 54 more Colorado sheriffs, has spearheaded a coalition successfully opposing Colorado’s inane new gun laws, which restrict lawful owners but won’t deter criminals or mass murderers.

Thanks, sheriffs!

McKee has also opposed more firearms restrictions on BLM lands. Delta County is fortunate to have a sheriff willing to protect our constitutional rights when our federal government seems determined to trample them.

The federal government is constitutionally restricted to owning land only for necessary buildings and post roads. Yet today it owns about one-third of our country. Much of that land was open for logging, mining and grazing, but every year, more of it is placed off limits except to hikers.

A recent Daily Sentinel article noted that one-third of the Grand Mesa/GMUG forests has been devastated by spruce beetles. This is no surprise; I wrote of this infestation four years ago. It exploded because little was done to initially stop the bugs, and now many are in “no-no” lands, where bugs can enter but loggers can’t.

The infestation grew because poor policy excludes management from too much of our federal lands. Across Colorado, trees are dying by the thousands because of non-management policies.

Yes, the dead spruce “could be a boon to the wood-products industry,” per the article. A real boon would have been to log the trees when they were green instead of letting bugs kill our forests.

BRUCE MANY

Eckert

Opening canal banks would 
invite invasion of bikers

I own two bicycles. I ride them. I am not some anti-bicycle nut.

When I moved here more than 40 years ago, one saw all sorts of the use of canals and banks, including vehicles pulling water-skiers on them. That stopped when the irrigation company saw too many trespassers.

I live on one of the main roads in the east end of the valley, which is used for every bicycle tour of the valley. At times I have seen more than 500 ride by my house on a Saturday morning. I can’t complain about their using the roads, but I take exception to their stationing an observer at 34 and G Road, directing riders to deliberately run the stop sign at that intersection, particularly when dragging a baby cart behind them.

Open the canal banks to bicycles, and the first thing the bicycle rallies will do is direct riders down some canal bank. If my property abutted a canal, I sure as hell would complain about 500 of the spandex crowd riding through my backyard. Direct the next rally to Boeschenstein’s backyard. Let’s see how he likes that kettle of fish.

D.D. LEWIS

Clifton

 

Young people need to know 
the history of their nation

My husband and I took a drive recently, enjoying this beautiful valley with such great beauty all around us. These words came to mind, and I began humming “My Country, Tis of Thee” and then found we were singing it. We wondered aloud, if perhaps we were among the last school children to sing this old song in our classrooms.

I wonder how many of our young people even know this song or realize what a privilege it is, and has been, to live in the America we have known, and which seems to be gradually disintegrating after most of us came from families that fought to make us free and spread westward to settle this land. What love we should have for our country and what are we willing to give of ourselves to keep this country free and subject ultimately only to God and the government?

During the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln said these profound words: “that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” At this time, the nation is in peril of this happening. As the song says, “Long may our land be bright, With freedom’s holy light, Protect us by thy might, Great God our King!”

And as young school children singing this song, how could we have imagined an America so drastically changed since Sept. 11, 2001? Tell your children and grandchildren what America was and could be once again.

In the book, “1984,” the main character spends much time searching for an “old person that could tell what it used to be like” but has great difficulty finding such a person.

Speak to your family now of the way life was. We can’t live in the past, but they need to know the history of their country as only you can tell them.

W. NADINE MAXWELL CLARK

Grand Junction

 

Sentinel effectively conveyed 
facts on PERA funding issue

Regarding The Daily Sentinel’s recent editorial regarding the Club 20 position taken on Amendment 66, about funding for schools, the editors were correct to point out that money raised by the successful passage of the amendment would be prohibited from ever being used to directly fund PERA.

It was refreshing to see the facts so simply stated. Thanks for the real story, founded in facts.

JIM HAPTONSTALL

Mesa County and Colorado PERA

Palisade



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