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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

The heading on the Wilderness Act reads – An act to establish a National Wilderness Preservation System for the permanent Good of the Whole people, and other purposes, Dated Sept. 3, 1964.

Short Title WILDERNESS ACT

A total and final Congressional approval is necessary for approval. Once approved it is forever.



The White River National Forest studied, mapped, spent thousands of tax dollars, had public input for years to develop a forest plan finalized in 1999, then to do their job of “managing lands for multi-use.” They have and are having endless opposition and lawsuits.

More then one third of the White River National Forest is wilderness already. This is one of the highest forests with wilderness designation.



Wilderness was originally planned for select pristine areas, not to be added to at the will of groups like Hidden Gems, or is this a hidden agenda to ultimately want more road closures and less public use, which would eventually limit recreation and resource management in Colorado.

Winter Park to Kremmling is not wilderness, but opposition to timbering and harvesting contributed to the bark beetle infestation. Next may be fires, what a waste to animals, timber and tax dollars.

I have spoken to folks who are swayed by all this Hidden Gems hype, some have never been in a wilderness, some don’t realize the serious difference between forest and wilderness. How can you preserve land and safeguard animals by neglecting them?

Why should public land not stay public land, rather than limit the use? In western Colorado, we have more than enough wilderness.

Kay Robinson

Rifle

At a time when millions of American citizens and legal immigrants across the country are struggling to find work and hold onto their homes, and keep their families together, our government is starting its new push to legalize the millions of illegal immigrants that are here taking jobs from legal residents.

Everyone in this valley knows businesses and jobsites that are employing illegal immigrants. If no one on the job speaks or understands a word of English, how can they be legal? Why are these immigrant groups and our elected leaders like J. Salazar, J. Polis, D. DeGette and Perlmutter pushing so hard for the rights of illegals at the expense of legal and lawful citizens? There are not enough jobs for the legal immigrants and unemployed U.S. citizens and they want to push through amnesty and more rights for illegals? Who is representing the people who follow the rules and are now being pushed aside by the huge influx of illegal labor?

Show up at Sayre Park in Glenwood Springs at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, and ask the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition representative this question. The name if this organization is misleading; it should read Colorado Illegal Immigration Rights Coalition.

Don Brown

Glenwood Springs

After reading Bruno Kirchenwitz’s latest letter to the editor, “No Good Reason For Pot To Be Illegal,” I cannot help but remember his years of meandering rants and tirades about local law enforcement and other topics. These ramblings, along with the latest one, reinforce the idea that pot should not be legalized. A few more fat ones and perhaps the anger shown will be replaced by daily giggles and never ending munchies!

Stuart K. Cerise

West Valley, Utah


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