Misinformation about proposed quarry
I commented online in Rachel Riley's story about Hitch Rack Ranch ("Debate intensifies over proposed quarry," March 11) that the opponents' website is "full of misinformation." Please consider these examples:
The website says Pikeview Quarry near Rockrimmon "is already closed" and, therefore, the company's offer to close it 10-20 years ahead of schedule is "disingenuous." Pikeview Quarry, however, produced 300,000 tons of limestone in 2017. The claim that Pikeview is closed is completely bogus.
Likewise, the website's claim that "Transit Mix has no plans to ensure water quality around the site" is untrue. Transit Mix provided such plans (and they're good plans) in its application to the Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety.
The website also claims the new quarry would scar the mountain, but in fact, the quarry will be hidden behind ridges, no more visible to the public than Menzer Quarry two miles farther south. Because it's practically invisible, most people aren't aware Menzer Quarry exists.
To catalogue all the website's inaccuracies would require far more space than I'm allowed here. Instead, I'll have to settle for asking readers to approach the opponents' claims with a healthy skepticism. Ask yourself this as well: If the effects of the quarry were negative in reality, why would the opponents have to rely on untruths to make their case?
Another money-making opportunity?
In Sunday's article on expanding the I-25 gap, it quotes Major John Suthers' statement that ".I believe the vast majority of people in El Paso County would prefer three lanes, even if one is tolled, to the existing situation..." So we are supporting a proposal for a toll lane based on a belief vs facts? Is anyone doing a study on what the taxpayers want and are willing to support?
Also I have not yet seen information on what the risk of omitting a toll lane from the expansion project will have on the federal government's decision on the funding the project. My suspicious nature on matters of government is that not all information is forthcoming to the public, and this toll lane is yet another money-making opportunity to expand the coffers of our government.
Loss of U.S. troops in battle
I am a 71-year-old, 100 percent disabled, Vietnam combat helicopter pilot who was shot down three times between 1967-'68.
I am writing because of my anger and frustration over the loss/wounding of U.S. troops in "wars" that have absolutely nothing to do with our national security and were primarily politically motivated and sustained. If I'm not mistaken, only one president since John Kennedy has had active military service, yet they seem to unhesitatingly and without regard, commit U.S. troops to battle! And for what?
My totally politically motivated war, Vietnam, cost our country and our families, almost 60,000 dead and more than 300,000 wounded, 75,000 of them severely.
The loss of almost 4,500 service members in Iraq and another 32,000 wounded, for what? Barack gave it back to the enemy, and then we had to rewin it!
We have now lost almost 3,000 troops in Afghanistan, our 17-year "never ending" war (longest in history) and we have no plan whatsoever for what constitutes a victory.
Can you even imagine the amount of treasure we have expended in these unnecessary pursuits? How much of our $21 trillion in debt did they consume? I'll spare you the number lest you keel over.
It's time for Congress to assert itself, and at a minimum, curtail DOD funds supporting our current conflict except what is absolutely necessary to bring our troops home!
And then keep them home until and unless the "enemy is at the gate!"
Problem with only bitter solutions
Am I alone in thinking that any town, any state, in my native country of the United States of America belongs to me and any of my fellow countrymen? Is it right for us to look at anyone who is a citizen of these United States as migrants when they move to another state or another town? Furthermore, has the idea of migrants become such a force of repulsion and of dubious regard that we now give this label to those we may believe belong?
I am not one to argue against any proposed idea of combating homelessness no matter how vile or pretentious that idea may be. It seems to be a growing problem with only bitter solutions. I do, however, take issue with the idea that a fellow American can think of his countrymen as people who don't belong in their own country of origin. The attitude that says this is my country and the country of those to whom I deem palatable: only they can be Americans. That, I believe, distorts ideas of how one would treat another.
Like a ship full of holes
Preparing for another school shooting should be our highest priority because it will happen again. The priority is not protesting for new national or state laws to ban firearms. The highest priority should be school defense.
Our schools are like a ship full of holes with no life preservers in terms of preventing another shooting. No matter how many laws are passed, if a criminal wants a firearm, we can't stop them. As a last line of defense, there are teachers willing to have access to firearms that are totally secured after thorough training to protect students and themselves when the next shooting starts. Unfortunately, about 95 percent of the states have passed laws forbidding firearms in a classroom. This is the same as saying life preservers are not necessary on a ship full of holes loaded with students. Those who have passed such laws are as guilty as the gunman.