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Letter: Letter about homosexuals rife with ignorance

In regards to Wayne Lela's view on homosexuality: My husband and I laughed at the blatant ignorance displayed in his letter to the Sky-Hi. How could you possibly relate BDSM to homosexuality? An individual's right to marry does NOT place harm on anyone if they choose the same sex. Marijuana is more harmful factually speaking. The war on same sex marriage is a shame. How many DEVIANT heterosexual couples or individuals are out there? PLENTY. How many heterosexual individuals involve themselves in "deviant" behavior? LOADS. The GLBT community does not harm any one individual, couple or community. It is the old school "logic" that Wayne displays that causes people like my husband and I to laugh at such ignorance. My husband and I support marriage equality, for it harms no one. As far as I knew… God and Jesus are about love … not bias and sheer ignorance. Vanessa Rus Grand Lake

Letter: Letter about homosexuals rife with ignorance

In regards to Wayne Lela's view on homosexuality: My husband and I laughed at the blatant ignorance displayed in his letter to the Sky-Hi. How could you possibly relate BDSM to homosexuality? An individual's right to marry does NOT place harm on anyone if they choose the same sex. Marijuana is more harmful factually speaking. The war on same sex marriage is a shame. How many DEVIANT heterosexual couples or individuals are out there? PLENTY. How many heterosexual individuals involve themselves in "deviant" behavior? LOADS. The GLBT community does not harm any one individual, couple or community. It is the old school "logic" that Wayne displays that causes people like my husband and I to laugh at such ignorance. My husband and I support marriage equality, for it harms no one. As far as I knew… God and Jesus are about love … not bias and sheer ignorance. Vanessa Rus Grand Lake

Letter ignored realities of war in Iraq

To the Editor: This is in response to the letter in your Oct. 29 paper regarding Iraq by Ehren Miller and his Mom, Cynthia Lynch. Ehren quotes Fred Barnes and Bill O’Rilley, who are both pundits for Fox news, which is well known as a propaganda arm for conservative extremists. Ehren tries to paint a rosy picture of present day Iraq. He is correct that American casualties in October 2007 were at the lowest rate for any month for over a year. However, he fails to mention that 850 American troops have been killed this year. This number is the highest of any year since the occupation. Ehren might have included the following numbers for your readers to consider when deciding when enough is enough in Iraq: 30,000-plus American troops dead or injured, 500,000 dead or injured Iraqis, 2,000,000 Iraqis displaced from their homes. How are these people and their families’ lives, in Ehren’s words, “unimaginably” better? Glenn Bakken Granby

Letter full of innuendo, half-truth and lies

This letter is in response to Norm Benson’s vitriolic and ignorant letter published in the Sky-Hi Daily News on Oct. 8. The words “vitriolic and ignorant” may seem strong to some of your readers. I feel that his unabashed, bitter attack on Senator Obama was extremely vitriolic. He also is either ignorant of the facts or chooses to ignore them. I do not have time to rebut all of the statements which Mr. Benson made. However, I am concerned that there are citizens out there who will believe the innuendos, half-truths and outright lies which Mr. Benson repeated in his letter. There are numerous places where one can check statements such as “He counts William Ayers (1970s Weather Underground terrorist) as a friend.” Even Fox News has stated that this is not true. One place to check these wild statements is online at FactCheck.org. I suggest that Mr. Benson check his facts before writing an open letter to the editor. I also urge those of you who read Mr. Benson’s letter and might have been confused by some of his comments to also check the facts. Linda Wilson Tabernash

Climate change scholars: Change is natural

To the Editor: Two people have responded to my letter on the global warming hoax. Both authors quoted papers for manmade global warming. However, for every one, there are papers that argue against. For example, Climatologist Roy Spencer of the University of Alabama quotes on his blog that "evidence from my group's government-funded research … suggests global warming is mostly natural and the climate system is quite insensitive to humanity's greenhouse gas emissions." This viewpoint by Dr. Spencer fits in nicely with the statement I made that manmade CO2 is in not the prime driver of climate change. In my letter I mentioned that based on the detailed temperature records for the last 113 years there is a very poor correlation with CO2 and temperature increase. The reference for that article is Joseph D'Aleo, executive director of International Climate and Environmental Assessment Project. The best statistical fit for the last 113 years of temperature data is the 30-year ocean cooling cycle. He predicts 20 more years of cooling. The best summary of the debate for me is Fire, Ice and Paradise, by H. Leighton Steward. In his book he gives a geologic perspective to the problem. Based on the 600 million fossil record there is no correlation of CO2 and temperature. The book also documents that there has never been a constant climate. There have been more than 20 glacier cycles in just the last 2 million years. In the last 400,000 years, we have good ice core data that documents four major glacial cycles. In those cycles there is a correlation of CO2 and temperature. However the details of those cycles show that the increase of CO2 lags behind the temperature increase. If CO2 were the cause of these cycles, it would have to increase before the temperature went up. The cycles of the last 400,000 years are widely accepted as being caused by the elliptical shape of the earth's orbit and not by CO2. Steward's book and the 2008 article by David Archibald documents one of the strongest arguments against the global warming theory. Archibald's research shows the effect of CO2 on the atmosphere decreases as the CO2 increases on a logarithmic scale. In simple terms, that means the first 20-ppm of CO2 in the atmosphere has a greater effect than the next 400 ppm. If this is research alone is correct – it's a hoax. Tim Schowalter Granby

Ed Saltzman: Only cowards send anonymous letters

To the Editor: I received an anonymous letter recently berating me for my letters to the editor. The anonymous author of this letter indicated that he does not care for my political opinions and that he is reporting me to the Grand County Sheriff and the FBI. I am still laughing. I find that only cowards write anonymous letters and they are to be totally ignored. That being said, keep the cards and letters coming folks. Ed Saltzman Grand Lake

Letter: Nolan, The disregard for citizen input by GCLD is appalling,

The disregard for citizen input by GCLD is appalling, I was dismayed by the June 21 meeting of the Grand County Library Board of Trustees in which they completely ignored public input regarding their plan to close the Hot Sulphur Springs library. At their May meeting they heard impassioned pleas from Hot Sulphur Springs citizens to keep our library open. In addition, the trustees received many letters, saw letters published in the newspapers and there were parade demonstrations all imploring them to consider alternatives for dealing with their budget issue that do not involve closing the Hot Sulphur Springs library. In spite of these efforts to get the trustees' attention, they barely mentioned this concern in the June meeting and continued on with their plan of closing our library without considering any other alternatives. I thought the overwhelming concern raised by town citizens would have called for a robust discussion among the trustees. But there was nothing. This disregard for citizen input is appalling. Dan Nolan Hot Sulphur Springs

‘Socialits’ would have to include backers of the Bush administration

To the Editor: I would like to respond to Ed Saltzman’s recent Letter To The Editor. He states that “Obama is an arrogant fool who ignores history and is bound to repeat it.” I’ll recognize his right to say that just as I hope he recognizes my right to say that Bush was an ignorant fool who probably flunked history and as a result had no clue as to whether he was repeating it or not. Mr. Saltzman also states that every time I read one of Felicia Muftic’s left wing columns, I cringe.” I feel his pain ” For some time now, I have had to down several Alka Seltzers to keep from getting sick before attempting to read William Hamilton’s right-wing screed. (But I do read his column every week.) Actually, I commend the editors of the Sky-Hi Daily News for publishing both columns so that their readers can have access to opposing views on the issues of the day and can make their own informed decisions. I would like to comment on one particularly confusing quote in Mr. Saltzman’s letter where he says, “If the socialists take over, Ms. Muftic will just be another little gray person standing in line with her hand out.” I wonder if Mr. Saltzman means in the same way that the socialistic Bush Administration gave $750 billion in taxpayer dollars in corporate welfare payments to the little gray bankers who stood in line begging Congress with their hands out. One last thing ” To all of the “little gray people” of Grand County: If you are intelligent, compassionate, courageous and dedicated to making this life a little better for your kids and grandkids, then you share the same characteristics of “just another little gray person” who lives here in Grand County ” Felicia Muftic. As for me, I am honored to call her my friend. Rick Callahan Tabernash

Those in favor of the Fraser Rec Center please step forward

To the Editor: After reading all the letters to the editor opposing the farce that is the “Grand Park Rec Center,” I was starting to wonder just who voted in favor of this. Finally, on Friday Heather Green stepped up to the plate in support of this benefit to our community. I’d like to know which local businesses will be able to afford the rent charged for these retail spaces considering the 30 percent surcharge that is now imposed on them. As far as people deciding to join the rec center while doing a little Saturday afternoon shopping, well that’s quite an expensive impulse purchase. I do agree that as voters we do have to take responsibility for ourselves. But to state that Mr. Murdock’s statement that he was “poorly informed and inadequately notified” (was disingenuous) is insulting to Mr. Murdock and more so ignorant to the facts surrounding the election. In closing, I have to wonder if this Miss Green who is so enamored with the development that is Grand Park is the same one who has just purchased a $666,000 condominium at Fraser Crossing/Founders Point. Aren’t these the same guys she accused of taking the money and running? In this “win-win business situation,” who’s winning exactly? Pat Rupert Tabernash

DA’s letter: Grand County Sheriff Brett Schroetlin cleared in 2001 shooting of unarmed suspect

In the wake of shooting a suspect in Tabernash early Tuesday morning, Sept. 15, Grand County Sheriff Brett Schoetlin released a statement declining to discuss the incident and forwarded a letter he says cleared him in the shooting of an unarmed suspect in 2001. "Due to standard procedure, I will not be releasing a statement or entertaining any questions about our critical incident from earlier today," Schroetlin wrote in an email Tuesday night. "However, due to some inaccurate information released to the media about my previous officer involved shooting in 2001, I have chosen to release the attached clearance letter from the Adams County DA Office that details the facts of this previous incident." His email did not elaborate on what inaccurate information had been released. According to the DA's 2001 letter and several reports, Schroetlin, working as a reserve officer with the Lochbuie Police Department in Weld County, shot DUI suspect Stephen Dennis after a high speed chase in November 2001. Dennis was unarmed. On Tuesday, Schroetlin shot Connor James MacLaird, 20, of Grand County after the suspect brandished a knife and began advancing on Schroetlin and other officers, according to an official press release. In the 2001 incident, the DA's letter relates Schroetlin's account of the incident in which he says Dennis approached to within 10 feet of him with his hands in his pockets, ignoring commands to stop and show his hands. "As Dennis continued to move rapidly toward the officer," the letter continues, "he stated, 'It's me or you, pig … come on, shoot me.'" The letter says Dennis was taller than 6 feet and weighed more than 250 pounds. Dennis told CBSDenver 4News that he had his hands above his head and was surrendering when Schroetlin shot fired three shots, hitting him in the midsection and hand. Dennis told CBSDenver 4News he still has a bullet in his hip from the incident. The 2001 DA's letter says Dennis was driving on a revoked license at the time and had a blood alcohol content of 0.132. A motorist is considered intoxicated in Colorado with a BAC of 0.08 percent or higher. In 2003, Dennis pleaded guilty to DUI and eluding as a result of the incident. The 2001 DA's letter also mentions an incident involving Dennis in October 1999 in which he is alleged to have ignored orders from a Brighton Police officer to show his hands and "Dennis 'suddenly spun around and crouched, reaching in the front of his coat,'" according to the officer. "Dennis stood up," the letter says, "with his hands in front of him as if he was holding a gun pointed at the officer, and yelled, 'shoot me.'" In that incident, Dennis was arrested on charges of vehicular eluding, reckless driving, resisting arrest and DUI, according to the DA's letter. Ultimately, the DA cleared Schroetlin in the Dennis shooting. "Officer Schroetlin was justified in his reasonable belief that he had to discharge [his] firearm in order to defend himself from imminent danger of death or great bodily harm," the letter concludes. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation, the 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office, the Colorado State Patrol, the Granby Police Department and the Fraser-Winter Park Police Department are investigating Tuesday's incident, which took place at an apartment building in Tabernash known as the Fireside. A man who emailed the Sky-Hi News that he was awakened by a flashlight shining in his window at about 1 a.m. Tuesday, wrote that he heard officers yell "Show me your hands!" several times just prior to hearing what he described as four rapid gunshots. "Sheriff Schroetlin discharged his handgun at MacLaird when MacLaird refused to drop a knife he was brandishing at the officers while he advanced toward their location," according to an official press release about the incident. Schroetlin, who was accompanied by the police dog he handles, three deputies and a Fraser-Winter Park Police officer at the time, immediately placed himself and the deputies on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure in police shootings. None of the officers was injured. Authorities have described MacLaird's injuries as non-life-threatening. As of Wednesday morning, MacLaird, who was airlifted to a Denver area hospital Tuesday morning, had not been charged with any crimes stemming from the incident. When the shooting occurred, MacLaird was considered a suspect in a reported burglary at Snooty Coyote Liquors in Tabernash. Authorities are encouraging anyone with information related to the incident to call 14th Judicial District Chief Investigator Doug Winters at 970-824-9175.