Printed letters, November 11, 2010

Diverse interests can protect public lands

One of the most remarkable developments in public policy in this country is the convergence of diverse interests, stakeholders and federal and state agencies in broad coalitions to protect and preserve ecological zones, watersheds, riparian areas, forests and remaining wild lands.

As our country becomes increasingly urbanized and sprawl spreads across the west, these developments come none too soon to help define the future of our public lands.

Friends of Northern Dolores (FOND) and other groups highlighted in a recent story are the perfect example of how right here, at the local level, people from a variety of backgrounds, representing the spectrum of ideologies and with varied interests in the use of public lands, have come together to take the lead in conserving our prized landscapes and seek permanent protections for our opportunities to enjoy backcountry and primitive recreation.

I attended the Calamity Camp Trail Day and Historic Mining Celebration, hosted by the FOND this past August, and I was utterly blown away by all the different folks it brought together, from the Gateway community to the greenies, the history buffs, the resort folks and the motorized crowd.

Turns out, we can be allies and not enemies. And, while we won’t all walk away from this effort with everything we wanted, we’re all going to get a lot more and lose a lot less by walking (or rafting, or biking, or ATVing!) away together.

CHRISTOPHER JONES

Grand Junction

Sharia law is a threat to entire United States

If people are not familiar with Sharia law, they might want to familiarize themselves with it, especially women.

Believe it or not, it appeared on the ballot in Oklahoma. Fortunately, 70 percent of voters voted to block judges from considering Sharia law. I didn’t think I would ever live to see Sharia on any ballot in any state in this country. Muslims are not happy with the outcome and have already challenged it in court.

I agree wholeheartedly with Newt Gingrich when he said, “We should have a federal law that says under no circumstances, in any jurisdiction in the United States will Sharia law be used in any court to apply to any judgment made about American law.”

I pray that Americans will study up on Sharia and when they realize the horrors it will introduce into American society and they will stand up and fight with all their might to stop it in its tracks.

Here are just a few examples: A thief will have his/her hand cut off; drinking alcohol will result in floggings; women may be stoned to death if they’re accused of being adulterers; women are subservient to men and treated accordingly.

It’s not only being introduced in Oklahoma. Minnesota is also on Muslims’ radar. This is serious and dangerous and it’s starting to sneak across the country. We need to wake up and not let it spread across America like it did in the UK.

M.E. OUELLETTE

Loma

Act now to prevent illegals from voting

There may be as many as 20 million illegal immigrating now residing in the United States of America from accounts I have seen in the newspaper.

Right now before the next election, all of the United States must stop allowing people to vote by showing a driver’s license or a utility bill. There is nothing to prevent these illegals from voting in our elections.

We will never know how many of these illegals voted in our recent election.

Before the next national election, we must require all voters to show a birth certificate or naturalization papers.

This must be enacted before the next election two years from now.

J.A. JORGENSEN

Grand Junction



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