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Respect wild animals, or protect the lands from feral animals?



Respect wild animals, or protect the lands from feral animals?

 Respect wild animals and let them live in peace

Re: “State pressure stops BLM’s wild horse roundup early,” Sept. 16 news story

The Bureau of Land Management’s, dare-I-say-mis-management, of our wild horse and burro herds foments the illegitimate suffering of these animals, by helicopter gathers, by cruelly depriving them of water and forage on public lands mandated for their protection, by cruel transportation to subsidized slaughter through an Adoption Incentive Program, and by cruel warehousing in feedlot-like settings ripe for disease and death.

And all this is performed at taxpayer expense without regulatory oversight while falsely blaming wild horses and burros for the destruction of public lands.

There are documented issues of discrepancies in the BLM’s numbers of animals moving through the Wild Horse and Burro Program, skewing the basis for the removal of wild equines from the range, and jeopardizing the program at multiple levels.

Truthfully, there is no wild horse and burro population problem on federal lands; the issue is the greed of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and other livestock interests who want no competitors for the grass that grows on our public lands.

There are now more than 4.3 million cattle and sheep on our western lands — 30 of these domesticated ruminants for every wild horse. These ranchers have long wanted to exterminate the wild equines, who eons ago occupied a central role in the North American ecosystem, or these ranchers want to reduce them to remnant populations that are the equivalent of functional extinction.

We are asking for an immediate moratorium on all further gathers and removals of wild horses and burros until the BLM conducts a comprehensive, science-based, review of its wild horse and burro program and the impacts of private livestock grazing.

Richard Karcich, Centennial

Re: “Doves migrating with hunters out in force,” Sept. 12 sports story

Promoting dove hunting is disgusting. Using a .410 shotgun to murder unsuspecting and defenseless doves is disgusting. What is wrong with people? According to, doves have good co-parenting skills; they mate for life; they fly up to 55 mph. Doves stockpile food. Doves eat weed seeds, which is valuable to farmers or anyone living near vacant lots, and doves are beautiful.

Shame on mindless people who murder doves. For shame, for shame, for shame.

Donald L. Vasicek, Centennial

Horses feral, not wild

Re: “Respect wild animals and let them live in peace,” Sept. 19 letter to the editor

There are no wild horses in the Sand Wash Basin in western Colorado. They are feral animals that are destroying the public lands. They must be managed wisely. The entire ecosystem needs to be considered in their management, not just the horses.

I got back last month from an eastern European country and was surprised that I never saw a rabbit while there. I saw lots and lots of feral cats and some feral dogs. A conservationist friend explained that the feral cats most likely are eating the bunnies in their nests, so the bunnies do not mature. I also saw no hawks nor eagles during this visit — no rabbits, no birds of prey. The entire ecosystem is disrupted and unhealthy because of all the feral cats roaming the cities and countryside.

Michael Johnson, Denver

While I understand the letter writer’s concern, he is also totally romanticizing these equine species. This current population of horses has only been in the Western Hemisphere since the Spanish let them loose about 500 years ago, not “eons.” They are neither native nor useful to anyone in this age of the automobile. The only role they play in our ecosystem is to graze pasture better used by our domesticated cattle, which can be used for human food.

Harriet Rosen, Denver

Leaving Tri-County health is a huge mistake for Dougco

Re: “Leaving Tri-County health was practical not political,” Sept. 14 My Turn

I was the executive director of Tri-County Health Department between 2001-2013. The statement made by Abe Laydon is dead wrong and Douglas County residents will be adversely affected because of the decision to separate from Tri-County.

The separation has been studied over many years and Douglas County has consistently remained with Tri-County. It is unfortunate that a disagreement about COVID-19 masking would take center stage for dissolving one of the most successful multi-county health departments in the country according to the National Association of County and City Health Officials.

First, you get economy of scale. More than one county can call upon specific services usually not available in many single county health departments. For example: occupational health services; water and sanitation engineering services; maps and data services for a variety of public health problems; advanced maternal and child health services; along with syringe access services. Douglas County taxpayers would have to pay much more for these advanced services. Grants alone will not cover the costs.

I hope that Douglas County residents take note of the extreme disservice provided by the Douglas County Commissioners and ask that the commissioners reconsider their decision.

Richard Leon Vogt, Littleton

As expected, Douglas County leadership acted on their promise to walk away from Tri-County Health and create their own health board. To no surprise, they created another political arm that will rubber stamp their political agenda.

Three of these new members have no health background but are entrenched into the political machine of the county. The naysayers to masks want choice over their bodies speak out of both sides of their mouths and one side wants choice but the other side denies choice in letting taxpayers vote on direction to walk away from Tri-County.

How much will taxpayers be stuck paying with this new Douglas County Health Organization? I will bet it will be more than $2 million currently being paid and taxpayers will be stuck with higher costs. Our Commissioners have no clue on final costs.

Dave Usechek, Parker

Unfair advantage for Kafer in Littleton City Council race

As you are aware, one of your regular columnists, Krista Kafer, is a candidate for an at-large seat on the Littleton City Council. It appears to us that The Denver Post is providing a serious advantage over her exceptionally well-qualified opponent, Gretchen Rydin. Your paper furnishes Kafer with a sizeable forum to make her conservative opinions widely known.

Granting preferential visibility and free publicity to one candidate for public office is blatantly unfair.

In the interest of equity, we ask Kafer to voluntarily desist from writing and publishing columns until after Littleton’s November election. If Kafer chooses not to temporarily suspend her columns, then The Denver Post should either defer them until after the election or offer Rydin, a licensed clinical social worker, equal space on your opinion pages.

Jeffrey A. May & Karen A. Crossen, Littleton

Editor’s note: Kafer has previously agreed that her last column until after the election will run Sept. 26. Rydin is, of course, welcome to submit a guest commentary to The Post.

Tay Anderson’s name has been cleared stop with the accusations

Re: “Report: Assault claims not valid. Investigation calls out behavior; DPS board member faces censure,” Sept. 16 news story

Shame on you for carrying the smear of his character tagged on to the fruitless investigation into Tay Anderson.

Prolonging the mudslinging as you are by headlining the baseless insult suggesting he engaged in un-elaborated “unbecoming” behavior is disgusting. Frankly, appending such a claim to an exonerating report is tantamount to race baiting. What is The Post’s end game here?

Andrew Waterhouse, Grand Junction

From the opening of The Denver Post editorial of June 4, 2021; “Denver School Board Member Tay Anderson should not be on school district property. Period. End of

At a cost of over a thousand dollars a page, the outside report concluded that the allegations which so animated The Post editorial board are “unsubstantiated.”

Will The Post now accept that it made an error in judgment and extend an apology to Anderson? And, more importantly, will the Post Editorial Board have the humility to examine the underlying reasons why its members took this position so that it will not make a mistake like this in the future? There is no shame in making mistakes. The shame comes if one fails to acknowledge and learn from them.

Guy Wroble, Denver

How best to get the population vaccinated from COVID-19

I would like to see MLB, the NFL, the NBA, the NHL, and the USTA vigorously promote COVID vaccinations.

Professional athletes should add promos to their uniforms or helmets just as some have done with regard to their opinions about racism. Many lives could be saved.

Jerry Angerman, Denver

Re: “Biden’s push covers 793,000 Coloradans,” Sept. 10 news story

I support the current mandates for COVID-19 vaccination, testing, quarantine, etc., but with one proviso: As soon as the incident is contained, whomever is enforcing the mandates removes them.

At times there are reasons to enforce such mandates, but they should not be used by the state entity to exert further continued control over the populous once the cause for the mandate has been contained. Nor should the state entity willfully continue the mandate beyond that point as an effort to further its control.

Employing mandates was demonstrated in Albert Camus’ 1948 novel “The Plague.” In the novel Camus’ narrator described a fictional bubonic plague epidemic in the northwest Algerian city of Oran shortly after World War II. He clearly described the actions and reactions of the Oran government enforcing mandates to control the plague and the peoples’ own actions and reactions to the infection. These mandates and their implications can be used as a guide to withstand the present pandemic.

I coincidentally read the novel just as the COVID-19 pandemic was starting at the end of 2019. Once I had read it, I could see his descriptions of the psychological reactions of both the government and the populace were spot on describing their actions and reactions during the current pandemic.

As a result, my personal reactions to the pandemic have been more rational and I am able to support the mandates and discomforts they have caused. Again, with the proviso that once we have controlled COVID-19 better, we relax and remove the mandates it has caused.
Otherwise, I will take my concerns to the ballot box.

There are many examples which could be given, but I recommend a person, elected or not, policy maker or not, buy/borrow/rent/Kindle the book to better understand what Camus was writing about and how to react to the current situation with its mandates.

Ralph Johnson, Lakewood

Re: “Mandate prompts outrage by GOP,” Sept. 11 news story

Regarding the Senate candidate from Ohio’s comments about mandatory vaccines: “the American people have a right to assess the risks and benefits of the vaccine and make the decision for themselves and their families,” I would hope someone running for Senate would consider themselves a patriot.

Being patriotic means putting your country or your community first, over your own interests. Would Mike Gibbons have resisted blackout curtains had he lived in WWII London?

We are all in this together, and if people behaved in a way that protected us all, then a vaccine mandate would not be necessary. To those still unvaccinated, please show your patriotism by stepping up and taking the vaccine. Lives are at stake, including your own.

Nancy Litwack-Strong, Lakewood

Don’t otherize your opponents

Re: “Colorado’s GOP must not be consumed by conspiracies,” Sept. 15 opinion column

Dick Wadham’s boasts that he masterminded Wayne Allard’s successful campaign for the Senate in 1996 with the slogan, “the Veterinarian versus the Lobbyist.” That is a reminder of everything wrong in our politics today.

Wadhams conveniently omits that part of the campaign’s framing was to vilify Allard’s opponent, Tom Strickland, simply for being a lawyer even though Strickland was a highly respected professional with a strong record of public service.

Wadham’s slogan was intended to polarize the electorate and vilify a political opponent because of his choice of profession rather than his policies or accomplishments. You can draw a straight line between such cynical attempts to “otherize” a political opponent and the toxic political climate in the country today.

If Dick Wadhams truly laments the current state of alienation in our politics today, he need only look in the mirror to see one source of where such toxicity came from.

Steve Silverman, Boulder

Redistricting map disappoints by not creating competitive districts

Re: “Panel agrees on third version of redistricting map,” Sept. 16 news story

As far as congressional districts, the current and likely adopted redistricting plan will probably keep the most number of current elected representatives and party faithful happy for a while. But it maintains the status quo and largely ignores the ideal of “competitive” districts. They are mostly wildly lop-sided.

The Republicans should be happy to salvage a hefty share of the Colorado congressional delegation, which allows their fringe-Trump ultra-right-wing room to continue to ignore independents and any thought of ever winning a state-wide election again. (Hence the unheeded warnings and pain of folks like Liz Cheney and Dick Wadhams). To a lesser extent, it allows the Democrats the same wiggle room.

Over many decades I have been a member of both parties, driven by which is actually the party of ideas (not crazy ones) which can appeal to our new majority/plurality — the independents (a thanks here to the demographic “suburban women”).

The quiet D&R cooperation in the last legislative session — D’s considering R’s amendments while still getting massive reform and a lot done — was hopeful. More competitive Congressional redistricting would have made both parties wake up and smell the coffee: quit fighting yesterday’s battles. It looks as if this is not going to happen. An opportunity has been missed for real competition of ideas.

Richard Opler, Parker

Take a break from Meow Wolf

Re: “Meow Wolf do’s,” Sept. 17 news story

Does Meow Wolf now own The Denver Post? It surely does get millions of dollars’ worth of free advertisement.

Every day, there’s another multi-page article with brightly colored illustrations, touting Meow Wolf. This, despite the fact that the entity is being sued for stealing an artist’s work, and has pushed out local artists in numerous cities. It is a mega-capitalist group bloated by writers who are in its thrall.

Give local artists and small galleries more free publicity. Take a long break from the talons of Meow Wolf. Please!

Dixie Elder, Longmont

Colorado should regulate supervised visit providers

The Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies is the state’s umbrella regulatory agency, charged with managing licensing and registration for multiple professions and businesses, implementing balanced regulation for Colorado industries, and protecting consumers.

The Colorado General Assembly should know that one of Colorado’s industries that does not fall under any regulations is those private individuals that offer supervised visitation. Children rely on these individuals so they can stay in contact with a parent that the courts allege are dangerous. So why are these people not held to a standard or any regulations? Currently no license or certification is required to provide supervised visitation. A couple of states have some legislation with requirements, but no state actually governs or regulates providers. So there is not anyone you can report unethical behavior to.

In 1991, the Supervised Visitation Network was formed and they have published standards and ethics that members pledge to follow, and in some cases they can respond to ethical complaints or violations of the standards by a member, but they can only address a member’s status with the organization.

How is it possible that most organizations involved with children in Colorado are held accountable to laws and standards but the individuals deemed safe to be supervising children have no accountability, guidelines, are not held to any standard, and parents have no way to report violations.

This should be addressed and the providers should be held accountable for unethical behavior. DORA or some other agency should be monitoring these organizations.

Judi-Beth Atwood, Longmont

The real problem with “zero income” tax is clear

Re: “Polis’ zero income tax talk started a needed debate,” Sept. 12 opinion column

Doug Friednash wasted a lot of space providing little factual information. So if 9 states get by without income taxes, how do their fairness ratings rank them? The state of Washington is one, and they are consistently rated as one the most regressive because the state must heavily rely on regressive sales taxes instead.

Nor did Friednash offer the obvious fact that while progressive income taxes were highest, after WWII, so was U.S. economic growth. Colorado (and every government) should have an ongoing inquiry into its best taxation system for stability and fairness.

And Polis’ idea of using “sin” taxes to replace income taxes isn’t thought through. If the “sin” taxes are high enough to actually reduce the “sinning,” the tax base declines. Sin taxes should only be used on top of stable tax bases, and the most fair systems have the 3-legged stool of income, property and transactions (or value added).

Christopher Juniper, Denver

A review of Boebert’s legacy

Colorado’s voters in the 3rd Congressional District need to know about the background of their congresswoman, Lauren Boebert.

She was arrested in Rifle, Colo., three times in the past decade for various offenses. Boebert failed to appear for court hearings for a driving offense in 2015 and for disorderly conduct at a music festival in Grand Junction in 2016, triggering judges to issue arrest warrants.

While running for Congress in 2019, Boebert charged her campaign for mileage reimbursement that would equal about 39,000 miles of travel, further than the circumference of the earth.

In 2020, she owed a $19,522 state tax liens for non-payment of unemployment insurance premiums going back to 2013 for her Shooter’s Grill in Rifle.

Her husband made about $938,000 in 2019 and 2020 consulting for Terra Energy Partners, an oil and gas company. Lauren introduced a bill in Congress in 2020 to prevent the U.S. president from prohibiting drilling on public lands, a bill that would have benefited Terra Energy Partners. She violated federal disclosure laws by failing to reveal her husband’s income from 2019 and 2020.

In May 2020, Garfield County suspended the Shooter’s Grill license after Boebert repeatedly opened her restaurant for in-person dining in defiance of state and local coronavirus restrictions. In 2021, she refused to let Capitol police search her bag after she set off metal detectors.

During the Jan. 6th insurrection, she tweeted the location of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi as they were hiding from the Capitol invaders.

Is this the person the citizens of the 3rd District want representing them in Congress?

Jim DeWall, Centennial

Dem’s plan needs curtailed

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin is bringing up some concerns about the proposed “social infrastructure” proposal that many of us share. I don’t remember President Joe Biden running on a platform that envisioned expanding the social safety net to the degree proposed.

My concerns include:

(1) First, shore up Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security for current and future generations.

(2) Ensure safeguards in further social spending so that our tax dollars do not go to individuals or families with an income above their state median income level; too many programs end up benefiting those who don’t truly need the help.

(3) Appoint someone like Elizabeth Warren or Katie Porter to oversee and assure every last penny we spend is spent as intended.

(4)The amount is too high. Calculate what income tax reforms to ensure high earners and corporations pay their fair share will bring in to pay for these programs in full. Then you’ll have the number that can be spent.

John W. Thomas, Fort Collins

Re: “Fair share: Anschutz’s $8 million Colorado lawsuit is everything wrong with billionaire tax breaks,” Sept. 19 opinion column

The recent opinion column regarding Philip Anschutz’s suit for a Colorado tax refund calls out for clarification. At the time Anschutz filed for a Colorado refund in April of 2020 he was entitled to a Colorado tax refund as a result of the CARES Act. Perhaps other Colorado taxpayers were as well.

Colorado’s response was to rush enactment of a change in the law to retroactively prohibit the refund for all Colorado taxpayers, and then refuse to pay the refund. Anschutz followed the rules, and Colorado changed them after the fact. The government can’t do that.

Megan Schrader’s opinion suggests that she believes that Colorado should be able to retroactively increase taxes. The legality of that retroactive tax increase is what is at stake in this litigation, which will ultimately be decided by the appellate courts. If the lower court decision is upheld Colorado could simply top up the treasury whenever it wants by imposing retroactive taxes on whoever it wants. That seems to be your position. No Coloradan should support that.

Bruce F. Black, The Anschutz Corporation

Make tax incentives public

Re: “Four companies offered incentives,” Sept. 17 news story

The article states the Colorado Economic Development Commission approved $11.3 million in tax credits to four companies. The largest award, worth up to $7.7 million, went to a foreign maker of medical devices and health care technology products. However, this company was not named but, instead, given a code name to protect its identity.

Why? This is taxpayer money being passed out, even if it’s through payroll tax credits, and we have a right to know where out money is going. Is this a company taxpayers might not approve of? Both the company name and its country of origin should be made public.

Carl Christensen, Arvada

Milley was serving the U.S.

Re: “No, General Milley, President Trump wasn’t losing it,” Sept. 16 opinion column

This op-ed by Timothy L. O’Brien was well written and absolutely correct. My first reaction was to the headline — “No, General Milley, President Trump wasn’t losing it” — and I almost didn’t read the piece, figuring it was a screed by some Trump apologist. But I did read it. A better title would have been, “Thank God for General Milley!”

Donald Trump has the moral and intellectual maturity of a 13-year-old, and that’s doing a disservice to many tweens I have known. But we’ve known that about him for many years, long before he decided to run for president. It is clear to me that someone with that level of moral and intellectual immaturity should not be president.

So, to O’Brien’s point, Trump’s behavior following his loss in the 2020 election was predictable and not out of character. Having said that, however, I applaud what Mark Milley did. What he did was work within the standard military framework.

Some people, including Trump, have tossed around the term “treason,” apparently without understanding what that term means. Treason has historically only been applied during times of war when someone acts against the interest of the country. General Milley swore loyalty to the U.S., not to a particular president. In that context, Milley was fulfilling his oath of office by taking actions to protect the USA. Trump likely believes that anyone disloyal to him committed treason, but that clearly is a distortion of the term. In my view, Mark Milley is a hero.

James W. Craft, Broomfield

A question of qualification

Re: “Republican Heidi Ganahl enters governor’s race,” Sept. 15 news story

The Denver Post reports that Heidi Ganahl “refused to say whether she accepts the 2020 presidential election results.”

That is where the article should end.

Our great country is drowning in a flood of disinformation and conspiracy theories that threaten our future as a democratic republic operating under the rule of law.

The mainstream media should carry out their responsibility to promote truth and facts by refusing to run any articles or quotes from politicians and public figures who perpetuate the lies that continue to cripple our civic culture.

Joe Biden won the free and fair election of 2020.

Stephanie Logan, Centennial

Heidi Ganahl’s candidacy announcement has a useful lesson for future candidates for any office. When asked if the candidate believes the 2020 presidential election was legitimate, I’m looking for two possible answers. It’s either “Yes” or “No, and here is why.”

Reasons why should look like actual evidence. It’s not a trick question or an issue that you’re still developing policy on. Dodge the question, fail to provide reasons, put it off for tomorrow or joke about it, and I am not voting for you. Ever.

David Stewart, Aurora

In times of uncertainty, unite

Our country has been suffering a collective PTSD since 9/11. Unfortunately, we’ve turned our grief and uncertainty into fear and anger, and we’re taking it out on each other.

The sad irony is that we need to be coming together now more than ever. Everyone is in the same boat. Everyone is questioning what’s happening, wondering what to believe in and what to count on.

Our bedrock institutions have revealed corruption. Climate change is taking away homes and livelihoods. We’re feeling short-changed and left behind. Perhaps that’s the impetus behind refusing to get vaccinated or wear a mask. It’s the one last thing we have control over.

I get that residents on the Western Slope don’t think Front Range folks understand their ways or needs. I get that big-city progressives feel like everyone is shooting the messenger.

Please take note that disease and climate change are bigger than us and not confined to politics. Changes are coming whether we like it or not. We’re wasting precious time searching for the one that caused all this. As old gives way to new, we can turn loss into gain. It’ll be different. But with everyone at the table and all hands on deck, we can find our niche and a new way to contribute to the greater good of humanity, thereby securing food, water, peace and freedom.

Patricia Scott, Denver

Music appreciation

After a far too long absence, our Colorado Symphony has returned and began the 2021-2022 season. Opening night was, at once, truly gratifying and triumphant.

The world-renowned pianist, Emanuel Ax, rewarded the audience with a spellbinding performance of Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2. Conductor Peter Oundjian led a fine-sounding group of musicians, some familiar, some new.

It was a special time — no arguing, no discord — just excellent music with an audience engaged with rapt attention.

There truly are moments in which gratitude and appreciation can transport us to a better place. The symphony’s return provides those experiences.

Welcome back, Colorado Symphony!

John Leopold, Centennial

Vaccine payments wasteful

Re: “Mayor seeks $5M to give vaccinated city workers bonuses,” Sept. 11 news story

The Denver Post published an article about our Denver mayor wanting to spend $5 million of taxpayer money for a bonus (bribe) to unvaccinated city employees to get vaccinated.

It is ridiculous even to suggest this kind of wasteful spending. If the city wants its employees to be vaccinated, they can just tell them that they must be vaccinated to work for the city. If they don’t want to get vaccinated, that’s their personal choice. This isn’t firing them; it is requiring a reasonable standard for city workers.

Hopefully the city council will stand up against this abhorrent use of taxpayer money.

Elaine Little, Denver

Don’t sign up for BVSD recall

Re: “Petitions seek to recall three BVSD board members,” Sept. 16 news story

Boulder residents are lucky to have Richard Garcia, Kathy Gebhardt and Lisa Sweeny-Miran on our school board. Please do not sign the petition to recall them.

Your signature on this petition will cost our schools hundreds of thousands of dollars if it triggers a recall election, taking away from funding currently allocated to schools. The BVSD board wisely chose to align our schools with the Boulder County Public Health mask guidelines to keep our schools open and students as safe and healthy as possible. Also, lack of consistency has been a source of great frustration as we negotiate the pandemic, and the board is to be commended, not recalled, for maintaining consistency with our public health department.

Missy Carrier, Erie

Biden should address the drone strike that killed 10 innocents

Re: “Pentagon reverses itself, calls strike ‘tragic’ error,” Sept. 18 news story

I believe I can safely predict President Joe Biden will not make a prime time TV apology concerning the “over the horizon” drone strike that killed at least 10 innocent Afghanistan civilians, including an aid worker for a U.S. aid group and seven of his children.

Let me remind your readers that President Biden did make a prime time TV appearance on Aug. 31, proudly boasting that the United States did kill several Islamic State individuals who were instrumental in the bombing at the Kabul airport that killed 13 U.S. military service members and killed many Afghanistan citizens.

Any apology will be made by someone else and not in prime time. If the president does comment on the tragedy, it will not be in prime time and he will undoubtedly throw someone or some agency under the bus.

Is this presidential leadership?

We will soon find out.

Nick Panetta, Aurora

Ditch Trump and ‘trickle down’

Re: “Colorado’s GOP must not be consumed by conspiracies,” Sept. 15 opinion column

Dare I say it out loud? As a former Republican turned Democrat in the 1990s, I agree with Dick Wadhams! His points are correct. The Trump phenomenon needs to be pushed off the political highway so we can get back to normalcy. What Wadhams misses in his description of a good Republican agenda includes their trickle-down economy debacle. That it has never worked for our economy needs addressing. Until they are honest that it fills the pockets of the rich, leaving the rest of us struggling, they won’t be relevant!

Sue Cole, Centennial

Sustainable beef production

Cattle ranchers, like me, are dedicated to caring for our animals and the land every day. Growing up in the suburbs of Denver, I wasn’t involved in agriculture until my family purchased Eagle Rock Ranch in 2012. Living on a ranch that has been in continuous operation since 1868, my family takes great pride in knowing that we provide our neighbors with high-quality protein in the most sustainable way possible.

Ranching in the mountains at over 9,000 feet elevation has its challenges. The winters are long, animals’ health risks are increased, and the weather is unpredictable. However, without cattle being raised in harmony with existing wildlife on our land, I often question what would replace our cattle who upcycle the vegetation that’s inedible to humans, aerate the soil, and prevent fires? Our land takes care of itself because we have cattle grazing and renewing grasses that help manage threats.

We know cattle are the most sustainable option for our land because of how they interact with and benefit neighboring environments. Our family has installed hundreds of log and rock structures along the Tarryall Creek while planting willow saplings to stabilize the riverbank and provide shade cover for fish. Our cattle interact with the creek during the winter to help with stabilizing the banks and keeping our creek fish-friendly.

Consumers should feel good about eating beef, knowing it is produced on ranches just like ours, by people just like us, across

Erin Michalski, Jefferson County

Wait, aren’t we supposed to “trust the science?”

All throughout the coronavirus pandemic we have been urged to trust the science. Now Gov. Jared Polis wants the FDA, which is supposed to protect us from bad food and drugs, to get out of the way and let the state administer booster shots.

Can someone tell me when the governor received his medical degree? Or do we only trust the science as long as it agrees with what we think should happen?

David Forsyth, Denver

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