Some government intrusion or even more


Suppose you were given a choice to manage your land with some government intrusion/control or a lot of government intrusion/control; which would you choose?

That's exactly the choice that was presented at the meeting that took place in Dove Creek last Wednesday evening in regard to the Gunnison Sage Grouse.

U.S. Senator Michael Bennet's office sent spokesperson John Whitney to host the meeting. Sitting with Whitney were county commissioners from Gunnison and Dolores counties and others.

It was standing room only; concerned citizens were chomping at the bit to get answers to this problem of more government control creeping into our lives, but instead all we got was an ultimatum.

Whitney said, "We face the decision of going down a really tough path or a hard path, that's the grim reality we face, we don't have an easy way out, we have to figure which is the best option."

Does that sound like coercion to you? Are we being forced into more government control with statements like these?

The questions that were asked that evening were not answered; in fact, they were downright pushed to the side. The smiles and smirking from the panel and presenters were sickening.

My choices are not "really tough and harder," Mr. Whitney, and I take great offense to that comment.

The treaties and memorandums of understanding that lie in the corners of this fiasco are the true culprits. The IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature), has Red Listed the grouse years ago as a candidate species. Mr. Whitney claims he "never heard of the IUCN's Red List."

Is this another opportunity for the "powers that be" to take more control over our lands and lives? Is this another international deal to swap land for debt? Will they not be happy until every aspect of our lives is controlled by them?

Linda Cunningham

Cedar Point