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Post IndependentGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Being a big game hunter and co-chair of the Colorado Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, a group inspired by the likes of Theodore Roosevelt (a Republican), I was disappointed to learn that U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., is co-sponsoring anti-hunting legislation, HR 1581, the Wilderness and Roadless Area Release Act.Roosevelt would be turning over in his grave today at the prospect of HR 1581, which if implemented would open some 60 million acres of these backcountry lands to road construction, motorized recreation, mining, and oil and gas extraction. Here in Colorado, 12 of the 15 most hunted game management units (the most productive ones) have over 100,000 acres of roadless backcountry. More than 70 percent of Colorado River cutthroat trout habitat is in roadless areas. Build roads in these areas, and the elk migrations are hindered, the mule deer populations suffer, and the trout spawning habitat is negatively impacted. That means fewer hunting and fishing opportunities. We understand the need for mining, oil development and other resource extraction activities on some federal lands, and even recognize the attraction (to some) of motorized recreation far from the glare of civilization. But when our forefathers landed on our shores in the 17th Century, 100 percent of the land was wilderness. Today, that figure has dwindled to less than 3 percent in the lower 48 states, and HR 1581 threatens what little remains.When Teddy Roosevelt became president, one of his first acts was to begin planning a national conservation policy. Roosevelt implanted the idea of conservation into our culture and enriched our future prospects with 230 million acres of designated public forests, wildlife refuges, parks, national monuments, and game ranges. We hope Rep. Tipton will decide to follow in TR’s footsteps, instead of trampling on his legacy by supporting HR 1581.David LienColorado Springs

I would like to respond to the July 29 article about the protesters at the Glenwood Springs Mall. I am one of those protesters. We followed all the rules for making a legal protest in Glenwood Springs. We eventually wound up on the sidewalk on Highway 6. We weren’t there very long before the Glenwood Springs police arrived. Apparently two people called the police, telling them that we were jumping in front of cars and interfering with the movement of traffic and pedestrians. We were not doing either of these things. It is apparent to me that mall manager Sonya Davis doesn’t understand that when a person leaves a store upset, it not only hurts the individual store, but the mall as a whole. I cannot imagine that every business in that mall is not outraged at her belief that she has the authority to dictate who can be a customer at the Glenwood Springs Mall. I would think that some customer service and management training could be helpful.In conclusion, she definitely does not have the right to speak for the store owners in every mall in the United States. Ken WilsonEagle


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