Hunting is more difficult than it looks
Dear Editor,It is ignorant people like Nancy Jacobsen, whose letter to the editor “Show respect for animals,” was published in the Nov. 10 Post Independent, who give hunters a bad name.This buck was not sacrificed for his five-point rack. He happened to be what the Lord provided for Katelynn. He was the only buck we saw the entire day. People who do not hunt have no idea how hard hunting really is. There is a lot involved with hunting, and many hunters never even fill their tags. This buck was indeed taken ethically, and our 12-year-old daughter was involved in the entire process. The proper word is field dressed – not gutted. He was harvested on public land, during a legal hunting season, about 10,400 feet in elevation and the shot occurred about three miles from any road. We spent seven hours walking the mountains. Katelynn helped her father field dress and process her deer, and she wrapped all the meat that fills our freezer. We hunt for food, not for trophies. Katelynn was just blessed this year with a trophy, and we are so proud of her. This woman is totally judging our daughter with no idea what a beautiful, sensitive, and caring child she is.Most hunters are ethical and they care deeply about the preservation of life. Hunters are true stewards of the land that God provided us. Without hunters, there would be so much disease and starvation among animals. Hunting also brings a lot of revenue into the state of Colorado.Nancy, would you rather see a coyote or mountain lion viciously attacking an old buck because no one was kind enough to end it’s life mercifully? I think people need to better educate themselves on hunting before they go around judging hunters and our 12-year-old daughter.The proud parents of a youth hunterPaul and Paula RussellParachute
Dear Editor,As an eight-year resident “newcomer” to the Parachute area, I understand that my views on local matters are neither welcome, nor valid.Therefore, as an “opinionated concerned citizen,” future efforts are directed toward the “bigger picture” – state and national affairs. Regarding the latter, a recent Parade Sunday supplement article drew my attention and wrath.Amid recent hurricane recovery demands, our “Washington wizards” chose to divert desperately needed taxpayer’s money to finance their pet pork barrel projects – totaling $27.3 billion! Examining these projects reveals how our government (elected representatives) can spend $2.5 trillion annually and not have enough for disaster relief. Examples: $519 million subsidy for rice farming in Arkansas $223 million bridge to nowhere in Alaska $26 million to operate Selective Service draft boards, inactive since 1973 $2.5 million for a rancher NOT to develop his 4,000 acre parcel $2 million for a college parking facility In addition to million-dollar projects, hundreds of thousands of dollars are wasted supporting “needy” organizations such as Biltmore Hotels, Grammy Foundation, Paper Industry Hall of Fame, Ocean Spray Company and a variety of ski resorts, state universities, and others, financing everything from motor speedway feasibility studies to mechanical harvesting for the asparagus industry. Is their highest priority wasting our money? A suggestion to stop government waste was to contribute even more of our hard earned money to taxpayer watchdogs. Located in Washington, D.C., and staffed by former congressmen, these organizations are probably just as capable of wasting our money as our federal government. Richard DoranParachute
Dear Editor, Once again, you guys (County Commissioners John Martin and Larry McCown) have shown your ignorance for the public interest by not supporting the Crystal River Valley trail. As other town, city, and county governments are preparing for the future and concerning themselves with the safety of their citizens, you guys are stuck in your own world. I cant believe that you have philosophical reasons for not funding such a critical path. Do you want people to die as they try to walk or bike along Highway 133, a road that is seeing a constant increase in traffic? You guys do not seem to have a vision for the future. Many of your citizens do not just want to see business as usual, like no alternative transportation funding, lots of drilling and mining, etc. You guys should be ashamed of yourselves.Trsi Houpt: Thanks for continuously supporting the public. Please keep up the good work! As soon as the public opens its eyes to whats going on, there will be increased public participation, and that means the Old Boys will be shown the door.Brett NelsonCarbondale
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