Urge Gardner, Tipton to support CORE Act

On May 18, Coloradans celebrated our annual Colorado Public Lands Day. It seems a fitting time to remind readers and elected officials about the Colorado Outdoor Recreation & Economy Act (CORE Act) which Sen. Bennet and Rep. Neguse introduced to Congress on Jan. 28.

I urge Senator Gardner and Representative Tipton to support the CORE Act. The CORE Act is a comprehensive, broadly-supported bill that designates public lands specifically for recreation, wildlife and historic features while preserving agricultural uses and protecting water quality.

The CORE Act would:

• Designate Camp Hale as our nation’s first national historic landscape where the 10th Mountain Division trained during World War II, and whose veterans essentially founded Colorado’s ski industry. Veterans have long advocated for the designation of this important historic site.

• Create sustainable recreational opportunities in the White River National Forest, (the nation’s most-visited national forest,) and in the iconic San Juan Mountains, by protecting lands as wilderness and special management areas.

• Withdraw the rugged wild lands of the Thompson Divide area in the White River National Forest from future oil, gas or mining development while maintaining existing uses including grazing, hunting and outdoor recreation opportunities. This landscape also includes Colorado’s largest intact aspen grove along scenic Kebler Pass.

• Permanently protect approximately 73,000 acres as wilderness by expanding existing wilderness areas such as Mount Sneffels, Holy Cross, Lizard Head and Eagles Nest to include lands that were left out of the initial wilderness designations, and establishing four new wilderness areas: Hoosier Ridge, McKenna Peak, Tenmile, and Williams Fork.

For decades local communities have been advocating for protection of historic sites, recreation areas, unspoiled wilderness lands, as well as waterways and wildlife habitat through individual pieces of legislation.

Bennet and Neguse recognize the broad support and demand for this comprehensive effort to protect these places for current and future generations as well as for the benefit of wildlife, watersheds, and air quality. Each of the places named in this legislation had been part of other proposals and collaborative efforts supported by numerous county commissions, municipalities, ranchers, recreation users, organizations and businesses. When you look at these efforts as one initiative, this may be the broadest support for legislation to protect Colorado’s public lands ever seen across the state.

Please contact Sen. Gardner and Rep. Tipton to urge their support for the CORE Act. Your voice matters!

ROBYN CASCADE

Ridgway


Legislation can steer our economy to a low-carbon future

“The most fundamental energy fact is this: As long as fossil fuels are the cheapest energy, they will continue to be used.”

— Climate scientist James Hansen

Fossil fuels are less expensive because they don’t reflect their true costs in terms of their damage to our health, oceans and climate. This market failure is highlighted by the announcement by scientists that the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere averaged 414.8 parts per million in May, the highest level in millions of years.

More than 3,500 economists, including 27 Nobel-prize winners and top economic advisers to presidents of both parties, have endorsed a plan to fight climate change.

Their “Economists’ Statement on Carbon Dividends” advocates putting a steadily rising price on CO2 emissions and returning the money to the American people. This statement concludes that the price signal will encourage technological innovation and steer our economy toward a low-carbon future.

A bipartisan bill embracing these principles has been introduced in the House of Representatives — the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act. Let’s reach across divides and provide U.S. leadership in the fight to slow climate change.

TERRY HANSEN

Hales Corners, Wisconsin


Story of German losses has no place in D-Day remembrances

In the midst of the D-Day remembrances, imagine my surprise to find on Page 6A of the June 5 edition of The Daily Sentinel an Associated Press article by a writer I’ve never heard of lamenting the slaughter that occurred south of the Normandy beaches at Chambois, France.

Who started this war and overran France (and the rest of Europe), anyway?

According to the AP and the Sentinel, I guess we all should have just stayed home.

Shame on the AP and the Sentinel for intruding upon the remembrances in such a disgusting way!

RICHARD RININGER

Grand Junction

Recommended for you