Sue E. Dean: Election: Democratic party should support pro-democracy candidates
I may have misunderstood, but I think NPR reported that in Minnesota’s Republican primary, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spent a lot of money against the lone Republican brave and honest enough to vote in favor of holding the impeachment hearings. Of course, he lost his bid for re-election and the Trump-backed candidate won. What can they be thinking?
They did something similar in Colorado where it backfired just as spectacularly. Please, DCCC, support pro-democracy candidates wherever they are and in whatever party they are. This is no time to be cynical! Democracy is fragile and truly, we need both parties to sincerely believe in the process of honest brokering give-and-take without malice, to form good policies.
Sue E. Dean, Longmont
David A. Lien: Environment: Big game rescue plan is good for Colorado
For over twenty years I’ve had the privilege of hunting, hiking, climbing, fishing and floating Colorado’s vast expanse of public lands and waters, including some 8.3 million acres managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Colorado’s public lands managed by the BLM are home to some of the nation’s largest migratory deer and elk herds. These lands, marked generally by low-lying canyons and dry hills, also sustain a greater abundance of big game species important to hunters.
However, Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) staff recently provided the Parks and Wildlife Commission with an update on the state’s big game populations and the agency’s recommendations for big game hunting season license numbers. For the 2022 season, CPW recommended 1,400 fewer pronghorn licenses, 500 fewer deer licenses, and 800 fewer limited elk tags in total compared to last year.
CPW’s presentation noted that the state’s total offering of antlerless elk licenses is now less than half of what it was at its peak in 2004. Since then, the number of antlerless elk tags has decreased by 68,000, while the number of people applying for all types of elk tags has increased by 50,000. And some elk herds are simply dying off, with their preferred habitats being increasingly overrun by year-round recreationists.
Which is why our Colorado Backcountry Hunters & Anglers chapter was pleased to hear that the Colorado BLM has initiated a Big Game Resource Management Plan Amendment process. The agency will amend some of its land management plans so they reflect the best-available science on big game behavior and needs. The BLM is accepting community feedback on its proposed scope for this planning process until Sept. 2, 2022. You can submit your comments and learn more about the process online.
David A. Lien, co-chairman of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, Colorado Springs
Jill Dreves: Election: Woodward votes against what we care about
I am writing in support of Janice Marchman running against an incumbent in the State Senate District 15.
I live in Nederland and believe it is absolutely essential that the incumbent (Rob Woodward) is defeated. His past voting record is the exact opposite of what Boulder County voters in Nederland and other surrounding mountain communities care about.
We care deeply about protecting our environment. He voted against the oversight of chemicals used in drilling and fracking. He voted against increasing penalties for polluting Colorado water. He voted against emergency notifications to the public for dangerous air quality.
We care about healthcare access and costs. Rob voted against providing affordable health care coverage in rural Colorado. He voted against protecting a woman’s right to abortion access and reproductive health care. He voted against increasing safety in assisted living residences.
We care about voting access. Rob voted against automatic voter registration. He voted against preventing armed intimidation at polling places.
We care about crime. Rob voted against the safe storage of firearms. He voted against the required reporting of lost and stolen firearms and he voted against the extreme risk protection order law.
Rob Woodward doesn’t understand our values of protecting our quality of life, our freedom and our mountain environment.
Please join me in supporting Janice Marchman for State Senator in District 15.
Jill Dreves, Nederland