Pass the CORE Act in the Senate

The House passage of the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy (CORE) Act was a landmark day for the state and our national park system.

The CORE Act is instrumental to the future of our natural wonders here in Colorado. It protects more than 400,000 acres of public land and establishes an official park boundary for Curecanti National Recreation Area, following years of extensive public planning and local community involvement.

The importance of the Curecanti portion of this bill should not be understated. The Grand Junction Sentinel article from Nov. 1 notes that bill “ . . . would formally establish the boundary for the Curecanti National Recreation Area, which already has existed for decades on the Gunnison River.” While the Park Service has protected Curecanti as a National Recreation Area for over 50 years, Congress never legislatively created a boundary or established it as an official park site.

Establishing a formal boundary means will allow the National Park Service to provide recreational opportunities for the public and work with landowners to enhance the long-term conservation of the land.

Nearly 1 million people visit Curecanti each year to enjoy the natural beauty of the region through fishing, hiking and other outdoor activities. The National Parks Conservation Association urges the Senate to advance this bill and ensure visitors can continue to enjoy Curecanti for generations to come. A new national park site will bolster the local economy and better connect visitors to it and the neighboring Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.

The National Parks Conservation Association is excited to see this bill move to the Senate and hopes Sen. Gardner will join Sen. Bennet in protecting these remarkable public lands in Colorado.

TRACY COPPOLA

Colorado Program Manager, National Parks Conservation Association

Denver


Industrial farming is an existential threat

Mindless gluttony stalks us all. Who eats 90% of 20 million tons of fish commercially caught annually? It’s not people. It’s vegetarian chickens, cows, pigs and turkeys. It also takes three pound of fish meal to produce one pound of farmed salmon. The Institute for the Ocean and Fisheries warns no fish may be left by 2048.

“Livestock” monopolizes 83% of farm land to produce 18% of our food. Seven billion “livestock” eat five times as much grain as people. “If all the grain currently fed to livestock in the United States were consumed directly by people, the number of people who could be fed would be nearly 800 million,” says David Pimentel of Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

That food and land was taken from the 60% of birds, fish, mammals and reptiles annihilated since 1970 “threatening life on earth as we know it,” says the World Wildlife Fund. Extinction is “at least tens to hundreds of times higher than it averaged over the past 10 million years.” The United Nations singled out industrial farming and fishing as causing this existential threat to humanity within our lifetimes. One million species face extinction.

DEIDRA SMITH

Loveland


Why don't Republicans dump Trump and lock him up?

The easy answer to Marc Thiessen’s rhetorical question – “Why don’t Democrats drop impeachment and just censure Trump?” – is that a mere “slap on the wrist” would just further embolden this “phony” President's continuing pattern of criminality and impeachable offenses.

Article II, Section 4 specifies “impeachment” as the sole remedy for “Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors”. While Treason and Bribery are defined crimes, “high Crimes and Misdemeanors” – as explained by Alexander Hamilton in Federalist 65 – is a “term of art” that encompasses “abuse or violation of some public trust” (whether or not “crimes”) and therefore “are of a nature which may with peculiar propriety be denominated political” and thus subject to the will of the House.

Impeachment is also the only Constitutional way to remove an illegitimate President from office – and substantial evidence began accumulating even before Trump’s election by the Electoral College that it was attributable to multiple campaign law violations (“high Misdemeanors”), partisan gerrymandering, targeted voter suppression in key states, and – of course – “sweeping and systematic” Russian interference (Mueller Report, Volume 1, at 1; https://www.justice.gov/storage/report.pdf). Thus, the Democratic popular majority hardly needed any “pretext” to question the legitimacy of another minority President.

Immediately after Trump’s inauguration, his litany of impeachable offenses also began proliferating -- along with an unprecedented series of personnel scandals -- which the Republican-controlled Congress chose to ignore for two years. Not until the American electorate demanded proper oversight and accountability by “flipping” the House in 2018 were Democrats in a position to fulfill their clear mandate.

While de juri Treason is a capital crime in wartime, Donald Trump’s de facto treason is evidenced by his ongoing refusal to admit what the Mueller Report established and the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report recently confirmed: that the Russians “sought to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election by harming Hillary Clinton's chances of success and supporting Donald Trump at the direction of the Kremlin” (“Russian Active Measure, Campaigns, and Interference in the 2016 U.S. Election”, Volume 2, at 4; https://www.intelligence.senate.gov/sites/default/files/documents/Report_Volume2.pdf), by his refusal to endorse comprehensive actions to protect the integrity of future elections, and by his public invitations to Russia, Ukraine, and China to interfere again in 2020.

Federal law also criminalizes both actual and attempted Bribery, and Extortion when coercion is involved. Therefore, Trump’s quid pro quos with Ukraine in 2017 and 2019 constitute impeachable “high Crimes” for which mere “censure” is wholly inadequate.

BILL HUGENBERG

Grand Junction


Ukrainian quid pro quo does exist

The bad shepherd of my party, the Democratic Party, calls out: “Come out of your “crying rooms” to dismiss, discredit or overturn the 2016 election results. Arm yourselves with any charge to see if it will stick... change the Electoral College, find Russian interference, quid pro quo... anything.”

What is the driver of these narratives really hiding?... dare say criminal activity? The swamp dwellers. Trump didn't go as far as a Nixon break-in or a Clinton sex-job.

Insider knowledge knew that Ukrainian aid was in the pipeline when Trump's call to Zelenskyy was made and conflated the two as quid pro quo. Someone without that knowledge couldn't have conflated the two; therefore, Zelenskyy suffered no quid quo pro as witnessed in the phone call. The whole fabric of this impeachment is reverse engineered.

It's sad to see Democrats who can't diagram a sentence on a seventh grade level. They are weaponizing ignorance to appeal to the lowest common denominator of the electorate. The irony is that everyone sees through this condescension... except those who are perpetuating the lies... that won't stop, ever.

Let this sham be seen for what it is. Bring on impeachment. Know that the whistle-blower will never be seen because he only exists metaphorically in the form of a lawyer's cabal.

The bottom line is there's money flowing into high-level pockets from the Ukraine. Check out the source of “pocket change” of the Clintons, Bidens, Schiff, et.al. It twists and turns and trickles-down into the CIA/FBI/NSA. It's a quid pro quo to perpetuate a status quo for the crooks in the Democratic Party.

FRED STEWART

Grand Junction


Rich are necessary for the economy

In the news the candidates running for president are promising free government paid things to the uninformed and inexperienced people to vote for them. These candidates are all well over the hill in age. It really does not matter to them what people get, after they get into office. All they want is their name on the record as president of the United States. All the free medical is to be paid by the rich people, along with the rest of the things.

My whole working career, I always worked for the rich, because the poor could not give me a job, to make a living. The poor were always on government assistance etc. So the rich are necessary for the economy. It does not matter what they say about this. It is not good for the government to get involved in the medical insurance field. They can't manage money at all. And they will change the rules of any program they have in a blink. You'll wait in line for hours,vif not days and weeks for things. The phone line will be busy 24 hours a day. Ten years ago I went to a government department to get some records. The guy's office was a rat's nest three times over. There was no efficiency whatsoever, and he couldn't even locate anything of importance. I finally left after two hours of wasted time waiting for him before and during the visit after I got in.

The other thing going on in California is more wasting of time and scare tactics about global warming by young adolescents trying to get publicity, and kind of run the government. This is all it amounts to.

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