Printed letters, Oct. 5, 2010

Large wild horse herds endanger all resources

As representatives of conservation districts in northwestern Colorado, we want to call attention to a serious natural resource problem in our state and across the West. The Bureau of Land Management is not in compliance with its management plan for wild horses. As a result, wildlife habitat, rangeland conditions, water quality and the overall health of the horses are being jeopardized.

Wild horse advocate groups have filed once again to stop BLM gathers scheduled for this October in Colorado. This is a two-fold problem. First, each time they file and are successful in stopping the gathers, they cause more degradation of the range. Second, each time these groups are successful, they file under the Equal Access to Justice Act and receive payment of their outrageously high legal fees. When they were successful in stopping the gather of this same herd in 2009, they were awarded $40,000 from the government in “attorney’s fees and costs.” Yes, your tax dollars.

Various interests, including conservation, sportsmen, agriculture, environmental, wildlife and others are working together to inform people on the devastating effects of not managing wild horse herds properly. The numbers of horses here in northwestern Colorado is currently more than double what the BLM’s range management plan calls for and the horses will double their population again within the next four years.

The results of large numbers of horses will have devastating consequences to our Western economies when it comes to the natural resources, endangered species and the multiple uses for which our lands were intended.

Wild horses play an important role in our heritage and we want to ensure they are properly cared for and managed. But the current situation and the overabundance of horses will only lead to severe natural resource depletion and ultimately, unhealthy and unsustainable wild horse herds, which is a lose-lose situation.

GARY MOYER

White River Conservation District

WADE COX

Douglas Creek Conservation District

Meeker

Doctor’s attack on 62 amounts to scare tactics

In response to Dr. Paul B. Jones’ letter about the Personhood Amendment, I would like to encourage him and the rest of the community to take a look at the amendment itself. Go to www. personhoodcolorado.com and click on Amendment 62.

The doctor said that the amendment may even be unconstitutional, since it does not provide for preserving the mother’s life.

Well, what Dr. Jones said plays right into one of the scare tactics that the opponents of this amendment have invented.

The amendment is very simple and rather short. Please read it for yourself.  Remember, slavery was not only legal in this country, but those slaves also did not have personhood status. Rather, they were considered property. We know better now, don’t we?

CASSANDRA KYLE

Grand Junction

Don’t move bingo to revenue department

Amendment P would move bingo from the Secretary of State to State Department of Revenue governance.

In 1993, the Division of Racing, which oversees horse and dog racing in Colorado, was similarly transferred. Since then, the end of all live dog racing in Colorado and the end of profitable horse racing has occurred. Bingo does not deserve this fate.

Bingo is required by law to be operated by unpaid volunteers working to support the mission of their non-profit. This requires a unique style of oversight and regulation.

Just ask any group that operates bingo. The veterans’ posts, the fraternal organizations, the school groups and the churches are all overwhelmingly against moving bingo.

The transition would be expensive and painful.

Additionally, the charities that run bingo cannot afford to pay the huge costs of this move.

Why risk ruining bingo? If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!  Keep our non-profits benefitting all Colorado.

JOHN D. AMEN

Brighton

Bennet ad about Buck is wrong on the Constitution

It is pleasing to note that The Daily Sentinel’s editorial staff will be monitoring the various campaigns as we move forward to Election Day.

I hope you will take note of the false advertising by Sen. Michael Bennet. One current ad states that his opponent, Ken Buck, wants to “rewrite the Constitution.” Apparently the creators of this ad either take the public for uneducated souls, or simply are unaware of their mistake.

Article I, Section 3 of the Constitution states: “The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, (chosen by the Legislature thereof).” This was not changed until 1913, when the 17th Amendment was passed, which gave the vote of senators to the people.

It would appear that Buck is not suggesting a rewrite of the Constitution, merely returning to the intent of the founding fathers.

FRANCES R. EHLERS Grand Junction



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