Printed letters, Dec. 19, 2010

I was curious when I saw the headline about the 703-pound bear in The Daily Sentinel on Dec. 15. As I began reading, my curiosity turned to disgust.

What sport is there to track a bear to his den and shoot him at point-blank range while he is in a stupor? When an intruder breaks into our homes and shoots a person it is called murder. This is no different. How can Richard Kendall and his crony honestly be proud of what he did?

How can the Colorado Division of Wildlife condone this behavior? This should be illegal. When such behavior is glorified, other unethical hunters will follow Kendall’s example.

Shame on Kendall! The sad part is the loss of the fabulous bear’s life and the fact that he shows no remorse. I can assure him that no one with any sense of decency is jealous of Kendall.

VICKI BRICKEY Palisade

‘You Said It’ item was way off base on library

This is in response to the recent “You Said It” item regarding the library. Here is what the person wrote:

“So we need another under-used auditorium? Why doesn’t the library lease Two Rivers Convention Center? It is huge, would make a great library and it has the added bonus of being close to the soup kitchen so the homeless guys wouldn’t have to walk so far.”

Obviously, the writer knows nothing about the Mesa County libraries. Our facilities are so under-used that we managed to check out over one million items before August.

Rent Two Rivers? What a wonderful idea. All we would have to do is get approval to spend money every time we wanted to do anything, then call and coordinate our schedule with theirs, then lug all of our stuff over and back for the event. We would not be able to offer Mesa County residents even half of the programs that we currently do.

The comment about the homeless is quite derogatory. As an employee of the library, I understand how many homeless use our facilities on a daily basis. To mock or ridicule them, or the library for opening its doors to them, seems insensitive and cruel. I, for one, take pride in the fact that we do offer a bit of safe haven from the elements to people who find themselves with nowhere else to go.

The aforementioned one million check-outs did not come solely from the homeless community, as they are only able to check out three items at a time.

If the writer were to come down to the library, he or she would find quite a diverse group using our facilities — mothers with young children, business people, retirees, teens and everything in-between. And, yes, even a few homeless people.

We help people on a daily basis who are trying not to get bypassed by the latest technologies and we pride ourselves in helping whomever comes through our doors.

DAVID BORDERS

Grand Junction

DREAM Act a nightmare for American citizens

I must take issue with people who have been advocating for congressional passage of the so-called DREAM Act. It is always described as being “for the children” or “justice for scholars.” This is total nonsense.

According to the Heritage Foundation, the DREAM Act would put an estimated 2.1 million illegal immigrants on a pathway to citizenship and would also give them access to in-state tuition rates, federal student loans and federal work-study programs.

Illegals who gain citizenship through this bill would have the legal right to petition for the entry of their family members, including adult brothers and sisters and also the parents who illegally brought them to this country in the first place. In less than a decade, the resulting chain migration could easily double or triple the 2.1 million green cards that will immediately be distributed.

Some of the major flaws are, according to NumbersUSA:

✓ No alien who files an amnesty application may be removed from the United States before the application is adjudicated completely. This includes those with criminal records and even those with outstanding deportation orders, who would no doubt game the system to remain in the country.

✓ The DREAM Act amnesty would begin with illegal aliens filling out applications. They merely have to claim — not provide evidence — that they meet criteria of having been brought to the United States before age 16 and being under the age of 30.

✓ Once they allege these minimal criteria, they are given “conditional lawful permanent resident status” and are given a 10-year work permit to compete directly with the 22 million Americans who want a full-time job but can’t find one.

✓ Despite the fact that some media outlets have taken to referring to the potential recipients of the amnesty as “the best and the brightest” and “stars,” illegal aliens can get the 10-year work permit merely by completing a GED and enrolling in a single course in a community college or trade school.

With all the pressing matters before our country regarding job creation, tax policy, the budget, national security, etc. why is this being pushed on us now? Could there be a political agenda here? In spite of the heart-tugging stories you hear, could this be all about political power?

GARY AKERS Fruita



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