Printed letters, Feb. 25, 2010

Constitutional measure needed for stream access

Letters to The Daily Sentinel objecting to HB 1188 assume that owners of land adjacent to Colorado’s streams always have had a right to deny other citizens access to the water. Actually, the present deplorable situation is the result of a series of governmental actions that gradually took away the people’s right to enjoy their state’s streams.

Rep. Kathleen Curry’s bill does not and cannot solve this basic problem. It proposes only relief for commercial users of the rivers. What we need is an amendment to Colorado’s Constitution that will ensure all citizens access to our streams, while at the same time protecting private terra firma from trespass.

Most other states have either laws or constitutional amendments that guarantee what seems to me only a reasonable right of their citizens to have access to their streams. What the legislators and courts have taken from us, the people can take back. Let’s get started on that constitutional amendment.


Grand Junction

Obama appears to always be in campaign mode

President Obama recently made a trip to Colorado to campaign for our appointed Sen. Michael Bennet in the upcoming election. He also went to Nevada to campaign for Sen. Harry Reid. He spent the last two years of a four-year term as a senator campaigning for president of the United States.

Campaigning seems to be the only thing he knows how to do. Not a day goes by that we don’t see him on television, telling us how great things are going to be and how he inherited all the problems created by former president George Bush.

Doesn’t every candidate for a political office understand they are going to have to deal with problems that occurred in previous administrations?  If not, they shouldn’t run for that office.

I personally thought the president of the United States had other duties besides campaigning. I believe it is time for a house cleaning in Washington, D.C. and we need to turn all the rascals out that are coming up for re-election. Let’s restore some confidence and credibility in these offices.

The voters need to make it clear to our elected officials that they work for us. They are in Congress to represent us, not to gain personal glory and wealth at our expense.



Time for an alternate route at the east end

After living in Denver for 30 years, I learned the absence of another north-south corridor left only Interstate 25 to handle the huge amount of north-south traffic 24 hours a day. Had the city or state had any foresight, they would have built another route on Colorado Boulevard. Anyone who goes to Denver and must use that I-25 route must feel uneasy, but they really don’t have any good alternative.

Mesa County will be faced with that same dilemma unless we can avoid it with a little foresight here. A few years back, county planners did decide 33 Road would take care of problems arising if 32 Road had a blockage from some disaster blocking north-south traffic. Now, 33 Road south of F Road is getting finished and it has been a good diversion, avoiding that railroad overhead bridge at 32 Road and I-70B.

However, should anything happen to the overpass at 32 Road, it would be a total disaster. So what would be the solution to that problem?

There is only one place in the eastern valley for a north-south corridor — a road going through the old Somerville Ranch, starting off U.S. Highway 6 about 38 1/2 Road, then south over city-owned land and some rugged BLM property and a little private property, to come out near Kannah Creek on U.S. Highway 50. This would be a fantastic scenic corridor that would decrease the amount of traffic that now must go through the junction at 32 Road and I-70B. It is a nightmare now.

No doubt drivers from Olathe, Delta and Montrose wanting to go to east toward Denver would be grateful for not having to drive clear over to Highway 141 and 32 Road. During peach season, fruit growers would be grateful for any buyers coming from those southern cities.

So, county transportation planners and county commissioners, put this great project on your must-do list. Maybe some of that Obama stimulus money might be available if plans needing financial help were presented now.




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