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I am perplexed that Tanny McGinnis (Garfield County Sheriff’s PIO) used my letter concerning hunting on the Glenwood bike trail as an example of distorted headlines by the Post Independent in her letter of Sept. 2.

Was it her intention to use my letter to shine a spotlight on the sheriff’s re-election campaign?

My letter focused on public safety. As a No Name resident, I walk the bike path between No Name and Glenwood Springs every day with hundreds of other residents and tourists. I love its beauty and peacefulness. I am shocked that hunting is allowed on this public pathway, used for biking, jogging, walking and commuting without any warning signs about guns being fired on the path.

My letter to the Post Independent was to inform the public about dangers posed by hunters to the naïve members of the public who do not expect guns on the path and to address the need for warning signs to be posted along the path.

My daughter received a phone call from Ms. McGinnis informing her that the sheriff’s office had responded to her 911 call after my original letter was printed. The call to my daughter seemed more like a public relations response from the sheriff’s office.

This belief is now fully confirmed with Ms. McGinnis’ use of my letter attempting to show bias against the sheriff by the Post Independent.

Shouldn’t the sheriff have contacted us regarding our concerns about citizen safety? Furthermore, to date, there are still no warning signs about the risks of being shot on the bike path.

This isn’t an issue about the Second Amendment. I don’t begrudge anyone their right to hunt. But I do expect hunters to exercise common sense when bringing guns onto public lands, public roads and pathways. I also expect sheriff’s deputies to be able to differentiate between what is legal and what might be dangerous, even if it is legal.

Again, I ask the father and son team who shot the goose: Did you enjoy your Christmas goose?

Joanne Karet and Jacquie Tannenbaum

No Name residents

To honor America on the anniversary of 9/11, we are calling for unity during our Constitutional Rally on Sept. 10, from 4-6 p.m. at the courthouse in Glenwood Springs.

The highlight of this nonpartisan event will be a pubic signing ceremony featuring a 2 foot-by-15-foot reproduction of the Constitution. All nominees and incumbents affecting Garfield County elections in November have been asked to sign personally or by proxy.

Of special significance will be the announcement of a pilot project directed toward developing patriotic student leadership utilizing the book “The Constitution Made Easy.”

Author Mike Holler will be available for questions at the rally.

Colorado Attorney General John W. Suthers will be the keynote speaker. Music, singing, flag waving, prizes for Constitutional literacy, and a special tribute to a local returning Iraq veteran will fill this two-hour historic event.

A special thanks to all those who have contributed significantly to this rally.

Betty Scranton

Glenwood Springs

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