Printed letters, August 31, 2010

Right-to-hunt notice passed by commission

Thanks to Commissioner Steve Acquafresca and the board of the county commissioners for passing a right-to-hunt notice earlier this year. The notice is intended to inform new property owners that hunting is a traditional use in their area and that lawful hunting activities may be expected. It gives no right to trespass on private land and doesn’t supersede Colorado Division of Wildlife regulations.

The notice is more a statement of values and supports the traditional pursuit of hunting. The commissioners recognize that hunting is a community value and an economic driver, both for Mesa County and the entire state. According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, hunting and fishing generate $1.2 billion every year for Colorado and support an estimated 20,000 jobs.

Good hunting depends on healthy habitat and conservation of our land, water and wildlife. I hope all elected officials, including Colorado’s next governor and our congressional delegation, will have the same values and honor our outdoor traditions by supporting local, state and federal investments to conserve land and protect wildlife habitat.


Grand Junction

Many falsehoods exist about community center

Regarding Kenneth Brownlee’s letter to the editor which included 10 words: “The giant mosque on the site where Muslims knocked down …” In 10 words, Brownlee stated three things that are not facts at all but exaggerations or incorrect.

First, the proposed building is not to be a mosque, but a community center. There will be a small prayer chapel on the top floor, but it will not be a mosque.

Second, the “giant mosque” is dwarfed by the tall buildings around it. In our valley it might be noticeable, but in New York City, it’s a dot on the map.

And third, “on the site” (of the World Trade Center) is actually two blocks over and a half a block in, facing the other way. It will be impossible to see a future structure at the WTC site from that building or to see the non-mosque from those future structures.

With that much serious inaccuracy in than one sentence, why believe anything else in the letter?



Rep. John Salazar is wrong on nuclear energy

Congressman John Salazar has endorsed nuclear power as one way to address Colorado’s energy needs. Coincidentally or not, a recent proposal seeks to build a new nuclear plant near Pueblo, in Salazar’s district.

Nuclear reactors present several problems. First, they are expensive (the Energy Department estimates $9 billion each). No U.S. reactors have been ordered since 1978 because Wall Street stopped investing in them, and utilities have tried unsuccessfully to get Congress to fund new construction.

Second, they take a long time to build. About 10 or 12 years are required to plan, construct and test a reactor before it could produce electricity. Energy needs in Colorado require more prompt solutions.

Most importantly, reactors present a health risk to local residents, creating over 100 chemicals found in atom bomb explosions. Each causes cancer, and is most harmful to infants and children.

Reactors create massive amounts of radioactivity, which must be stored in deep pools of constantly cooled water. Any loss of water, from an accident or terrorist attack, would mean a meltdown, and many thousands would suffer from cancer or radiation poisoning. In addition, some radiation routinely escapes into local air and water and enters human bodies.

Colorado’s only experience with nuclear power turned out badly. The Fort St. Vrain reactor north of Denver lasted only 15 years, and was closed for repairs much of that time. In 1989, the reactor shut permanently, and the local infant death and child cancer rate fell 15 percent and 12 percent in the first two years after shutdown.

Colorado deserves an energy policy that meets people’s needs promptly, inexpensively and safely.  Products can be made more efficient, people can conserve more energy, and safe renewable windmills and solar farms can be built quickly.


Executive Director

Radiation and Public Health Project

Ocean City, N.J.

Poor are taken advantage of by wealthy people

The poor trust people, the rich take advantage of their gullibility and the government doesn’t care. That’s the formula for all self-made men to get rich today.

If the government would force all sellers to prove their products work as advertised, there would be far fewer rich people and more money in poor people’s pockets to spend on things they really need, and the recession would mysteriously end.

Caveat emptor — let the buyer beware — is really a license to steal.


Grand Junction


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