Printed letters, May 18, 2010

Forest Service was right to reject ski expansion

The U.S. Forest Service recently upheld a decision not to accept a proposal to expand lift-served skiing onto Snodgrass Mountain near Crested Butte. The Colorado conservation community strongly supports this decision.

The proposal has been thoroughly reviewed by the Forest Service and was originally turned down in November 2009. Crested Butte Mountain Resort appealed that decision and another thorough review has concluded that denying the proposal was both legal and appropriate.

The expansion proposal by CBMR would have caused significant impacts to wildlife habitat and roadless areas would have increased risks of landslide activity and would not have substantially improved skiing opportunities at Crested Butte. The latest Forest Service decision reinforces the conclusion that Snodgrass Mountain is fundamentally unsuitable for lift-served skiing.

These decisions show that the Forest Service will not spend its limited resources considering proposals that do not meet basic resource-protection requirements — in this case, the ski area proposed the development of ski trails and lifts on a mountain that simply cannot absorb the impact. The Forest Service appropriately recognized the mountain’s limitations, and correctly decided not to rubber stamp an ill-conceived ski area expansion.

What the decision reveals is that the Snodgrass expansion proposal was fundamentally flawed. Instead of pursuing an unlikely and risky expansion we encourage CBMR to focus on its positive attributes — like some of Colorado’s best terrain, the incredible setting of the Gunnison Valley and the unique Crested Butte community — to find success within its current footprint.

We thank the Forest Service for its broad and balanced examination of the issues, its objective analysis of law and policy and its decision to protect the environment by turning down requests for inappropriate development.

PAUL JOYCE

Colorado Wild

Durango

Honor flight participant deeply moved by tribute

With deep appreciation to all the “organizers & supporters” of the Honor Flight, I say, “Thank you.”

The letters received during the mail call were very special from community leaders, friends, relatives and school children.  The attention given to us by the care givers was outstanding and the welcome home by the community at the airport was very emotional for me.

In answer to one question, “Military personnel do not wear their dress uniforms in combat situations.”

LEWIS LONG

Grand Junction

Dietary supplements are threatened by legislation

There is a proposed bill threatening our access to dietary supplements. Please wake up, people.

The government can’t get anything right. The Food and Drug Administration allows MSG — a poison in our foods that may have resulted in increased dementia among our populace. It has many more frightening effects. If it is canned, bottled or in a restaurant, chances are it has MSG. It has many aliases.

These government agencies do not care about the safety of our food or us. It is all about the money. Bill O’Reilly of Fox News had a bad experience and broadcast it, stating he wants our supplements monitored. I have nothing against O’Reilly, but I wrote to him and told him to educate himself.

There is a great book entitled, “Prescription for Nutritional Healing.” I used the information in that book to bring myself back from a near-failure of my lymphatic system, resulting in hives and other horrible consequences. MSG was the major culprit.

And our lovely government approves of this poison. All it does it trick the taste buds into thinking the food tastes better than it does. And we wonder why the epidemic of obesity in this country?

We do not need the government meddling in our food and/or supplements any more than they already do. Tell your congressmen and representatives to butt out. Tell them to vote “No” on the Dietary and Supplement Safety Act.

With government-run health care, I certainly don’t need them interfering with the best way I have found to give my body what it needs to stay healthy.

JUANITA R. WILLIAMS

Parachute

We need permit system for environmental groups

After reading Bill Grant’s rant about OHV sticker money, I have an idea. Let’s have a registration fee for individuals who belong to environmental groups. Then, the OHV group can demand what that money is spent on.

How many bicycle trails have been built without permission from the BLM?  Mountain bikers should have a sticker also, so they pay their fair share.

Bill Grant is more than willing to take the OHV money and use it to promote his ideas. It’s time for his group to start contributing money for what they are demanding. Spend some of your money and leave mine alone.

JOHN JUSTMAN

Fruita



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