Printed letters, September 14, 2012
After a long night of darkness, Scott McInnis has resurfaced on the Commentary page of Sept.12. There, he castigates Colorado National Monument management for denying permission for a bicycle race through a four-mile section of the monument.
I, too, question monument management’s judgment concerning spectator events held there, but my position is rather contrary to that of McInnis. I’m wondering how Superintendent Lisa Eckert can deny permission for the bicycle race, but still permit the upcoming annual marathon that covers the same four miles (and more) that the bicycle race would cover.
In denying permission for the bicycle race, Eckert cited three reasons, which I am paraphrasing:
1. The bicycle race would have no “meaningful association” with the monument nor foster greater visitor understanding of it. Rather, the race simply would draw spectators to an athletic contest, not primarily to an experience of the monument or its values.
2. Conducting the bicycle race “along narrow, winding Rim Rock Drive” poses a conflict with other monument visitors and impairs the tranquility of the monument, particularly by closing this same four-mile segment.
3. There is a possibility of awarding prizes of more than nominal value to winners of events in the monument.
I don’t know anything about the value of prizes awarded for the winners of the annual marathon. But how can it possibly be that the first and second reasons cited by Eckert would not apply to the marathon as well?
Jared Wright will stand up for constitutional rights
Hey, District 54 voters, guess what we found out. Jared Wright is just as much a human as any of us. He suffered a bankruptcy, which he is working to solve. He was late to work a time or two as a former police officer. Any of that sound like you?
Wright was a legislative intern who became the youngest staff member for Rep. Scott McInnis and helped individuals and businesses on issues. He took on the federal bureaucracy to help people to stand up for their constitutional rights.
Wright was presented a high honor by the Colorado State Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police. This is its recommendation, submitted Aug. 16: “The Colorado Fraternal Order of Police is proud to support and endorse Jared Wright for election in House District 54.” It also stated that Jared is “a citizen politician who will take the time to listen to the community.”
Jared will do all he can to protect and stand by the U.S. Constitution to ensure our constitutional rights, such as the Second and 10th Amendments, are concreted to the paper they are written on.
Craig Meis has received unfair negative publicity
In a recent edition of The Daily Sentinel did you read, “Commissioner pays $78.50 fine for fire-ban violation”? The sheer number of articles written about Craig Meis makes me question: “Why so much attention on one man?”
In the Chaffee County courtroom, two very different men pled guilty and paid the $78.50 fine. Outside, I talked to the other man. He, too, called the sheriff requesting a waiver of appearance. He, too, was told no.
Neither man asked to have his ticket “fixed.” Each asked if he could avoid driving to Salida if he paid the fine.
I read Meis’ email, and I did not see that he was asking to have his ticket “fixed.” He could have not used the word “disappointed,” but we all “could have not” at some time or other. He asked for the sheriff’s discretion (freedom to act or judge on your own). Neither “disappointed” nor “discretion” meant he wanted his ticket “fixed.”
If you don’t know Meis, please take time and visit with him. You will find how much he cares about Mesa County and its people. You will find him honest and unassuming. You will find the fine young man I know. Mesa County is fortunate to have him as a commissioner. I’m blessed to have him as a dear friend.
From now on, I will ask myself, “Who is best served by this article and why? Is anyone’s reputation being tarnished and why?” Please, let’s all look carefully at our public officials and our candidates. Let’s not just react to the last, or the next, negative article. Ask: “Is it sensationalism or journalism?”
Rep. Don Coram lauded for cost-saving action
Kudos to Rep. Don Coram. He just saved a million dollars in tax funds.
When he became aware that a Colorado public institution was about to award a contract that was not only over budget by more than $1 million, but was also more than $900,000 over the lowest bid, he gathered the facts, dug in his heels and went to work.
That contract was not awarded, thanks to his timely efforts. If only we had more like him!