A recent Sentinel article gives the reader a feeling that things are well in the world of the wild mustangs. Nothing could be further from the truth.
In spite of the “good news” stories that are carried in newspapers and TV, there is a very concerning other side to the mustang’s challenge to survive. In 2018 alone, there were tens of thousands of wild mustangs from the U.S. that were sent to slaughter in Mexico and Canada. More than 50,000 are sitting in crowded holding pens waiting for adoptions at an enormous cost to the taxpayers and misery for these horses.
There are laws that prohibit horses from this country being slaughtered in the U.S. or sent abroad. But the Forest Service and some Indian tribes have found loopholes in these laws and are rounding up horses in Oregon and California to ship off to Mexico and/or Canada. This may soon become much worse if the BLM gets their way.
The Oct. 24 Sentinel carried an AP article titled, “Wild Horse Solution: 15 Years, $5 Billion.” This article attempted to convince the reader that the BLM has a plan to “deal” with the wild horse issues. The acting director of the BLM, Mr. Pendley, claims that wild horses are an “existential threat” to public lands and is promoting a plan that would put wild horses on the path to extinction in our lifetime. The BLM has placed an outrageously high price tag ($5 billion) on their plan to lay the groundwork for making the case that the wholesale slaughter of wild mustangs is the only “affordable solution” that Congress will accept.
There are horse rescue groups that are trying to stop this extermination. If the word can get out so more people know what is happening and what is being planned, it would spark a larger movement to save these iconic animals. We need to demand that our Congressional delegation task the BLM to develop a comprehensive, humane plan to manage the mustangs. Congress needs to be reminded that there are only two animals protected by Congressional Act, the mustang and the bald eagle.
Visit the American Wild Horse Campaign (AWHC) website to see what you can do to save these horses.
Trump apologists seem to be adopting his worst traits
I couldn’t help but notice in David Kearsley’s letter to the editor defending Mr. Trump he ended it with “Rep. Schiff evens looks just like the Grinch, with his long neck and bug eyes.”
Unfortunately this reflects the attitude of our current commander in chief. If someone doesn’t agree with you, resort to insults and name-calling. Too bad the once great Republican Party has sunk so low. A sad situation to be sure.
Polis listening sessions defy his administration’s dealings
Thanks to Gov. Jared Polis and members of his administration for coming to Grand Junction to discuss his agenda and listen to our feedback.
Unfortunately, while this event was carefully staged as an open and transparent process for input from locals, openness and transparency is very much the exception when it comes to the Polis administration. Take for instance SB 181. This bill was rushed and forced through the Legislature earlier this year in a process that involved very little listening. It has resulted in a wholesale rewrite of the oil and gas laws in Colorado and has kicked off a very, very long rulemaking process that has created uncertainty and instability in the energy sector.
With global energy prices hovering around $50-$55 a barrel, what investors and working families need most is certainty and stability. Instead, they have just the opposite. Some in the energy sector worry that the situation created in Colorado by Polis and his administration could lead to a recession in the energy sector. By choosing to “do it their way,” they potentially put at risk thousands of jobs, and hundreds of millions in investment. It’s great that Polis showed up here to talk, but he needs to do a whole lot more listening to the real people impacted by his policy decisions and the related legislative and regulatory agendas.
Opposing views can lift us out of our own echo chambers
It was good to see The Daily Sentinel publish the opinion of Marcia Neal, especially since the basis of her submission seems to be a rebuke of that same publication for its unfair “side-taking.” Irony anyone? She further offers that “newspapers are in great jeopardy,” and though I am unsure if I agree with that contention, I think their demise is a distinct possibility if they succumb to pressure from any one side. My musings are not a personal dig at Ms. Neal so much as a lament about the seeming desire to censor what doesn’t fit our worldview. There is probably more to be gleaned from thoughtful opinion that runs counter to our own than from a steady diet of the pablum that reinforces our already held beliefs.