Printed letters, March 29, 2011

As a gun dealer licensed to sell firearms in Colorado and also the proud owner of a concealed-carry handgun permit, I have been following HB 1205, the concealed carry bill, with much interest.

To be honest, I am not surprised that this bill did not pass. I feel the appropriate action should have been somewhere in the middle of what the two sides were proposing.

I personally feel everyone who can legally own a firearm should be allowed to carry, concealed or not, once they have completed and passed the basic and defensive handguns classes that are now required prior to obtaining a carry concealed permit.

The classes that I took were taught by very professional and well-trained individuals and I found them very informative. As the class names imply, they cover everything from the basics up to and including when you have a right to defend yourself and, if necessary, the use of deadly force. That is nothing to take lightly.

What I do have issue with is the fee that is charged for the concealed-carry permit. The fee that I paid here in Mesa County was $102, but that number varies from county to county.

As a dealer, I am required to perform a background check on each individual who is purchasing a firearm and there is no fee for this service. Why should anyone need to acquire an expensive permit, just for permission to protect themselves? Criminals don’t care about laws and don’t seek permits.

Let’s make it affordable, while still being professional, for law-abiding citizens to carry a weapon in Colorado.

BRIAN LANGFITT

Grand Junction

Candidate’s experience in Fruita will serve well

When on the Fruita City Council, I found Bennett Boeschenstein to be an intelligent, dedicated and very hard-working Fruita city planner.

Early in his career with Fruita, he established the “Fruita Futures Conference” that kicked off more than a decade of public participation.

Among a variety of projects the city was involved with at the time, Boeschenstein played a key role in the development of the Kokopelli Retail Park, the Greenway Business Park, and two community plans that incorporated trails and open space.

During Boeschenstein’s tenure, the city of Fruita won multiple smart-growth awards. Fruita citizens continue to benefit from Bennett Boeschenstein’s work.

He is extraordinarily qualified for a seat on the Grand Junction City Council and will serve the citizens well.

DAVE KARISNY

Fruita

Reasonable folks must rebut attacks on mill

On March 24, The Daily Sentinel published an article about the EPA accepting public comments on a minor permit for Energy Fuels’ Piñon Ridge Mill.

The EPA was not required to open this permit to public comment, but it did anyway — which is too bad. The EPA is just going to get a bunch of nonsensical comments from the same radical environmentalists. They’ll repeat their talking points about air, water, dust, wildlife, etc., even though their “talking points” have been repeatedly debunked as false and fear mongering. But, that won’t stop them. As Joseph Goebbels once said, if you repeat the same lie enough times, people will believe it.

Most of the negative comments on the Piñon Ridge Mill have come from resort communities like Moab, Durango and Telluride. These towns are far away from the mill. In fact, Grand Junction is closer to the proposed mill than most of the communities where these environmentalists live.

This good project has sailed through the approval process pretty smoothly. Unfortunately, the EPA just threw a bone to the radicals. They’ll exploit this opening to send out action alerts to all their members. They’ll flood the EPA with negative com-ments. They’ll use the issue for further fundraising (as if they needed more money for lawyers, lobbyists, and politicians).

I know it’s a constant battle, but reasonable people must counteract the claims of these radicals — yet again.

I encourage all citizens who read this letter to send a supportive message to the EPA. Tell them you support the Piñon Ridge uranium mill and believe concerns about radon and air quality are completely unfounded — because they are.

We all need to work together to defeat the radicals.

LOIS DUNN

Grand Junction



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