I thought when the majority of Americans voted in Obama for president, it was to say we no longer accept acts of torture. This is what the final decision by the Columbine District Ranger for the San Juan National Forest will implement for adaptive management strategies for the three livestock grazing allotments on the Hermosa landscape ("Grazing time short on Lower Hermosa Creek," Herald, June 8).
Why propose a 10-year slow death of financial stress with Alternative 3 when the U.S. Forest Service can make it quick with Alternative 1 and just chop off the heads of the grazing permittees like terrorists do? The permittees might be better off putting their money toward investments for assets they get to call their own, unlike throwing this money at a grazing permit for the privilege.
As for the agency employees who performed a weak analysis for this decision and now would bask in power as overseers, they would get to go stand in the unemployment line instead. What livestock producer can survive a 19 percent cut in grass resource and then be required to pay for improvements? Adaptive management strategy is best described in this case as Southwest Colorado's agricultural roots being chopped out of the San Juan National Forest.
Our community stands to lose the benefit of a renewable resource, which is grass to make meat. Has our society forgotten what it is like to go hungry? The agency does not clearly state the deadline date for appeals, but my educated guess is July 15. For most everyone, your formal right to appeal is lost if you did not submit earlier comment. But hey, there would be satisfaction in calling 884-1416 to informally say the site-specific adaptive management options for each allotment in Alternative 3 are disgraceful at best.
Sandy Young, Durango