A letter to the editor about bears from Larry Zauberis (Herald, Sept. 17) included the phrase "to alter the behavior of clueless offenders."
Referring to Bryan Peterson of Bear Smart, a news story (Herald, Sept. 17) said, "He is now outfitted to drive around late at night and affix 'Howdy Partner' educational tickets to trash containers that invite bear activity. He'll also record late-night bear behavior for the city to use."
Clueless offender? Spying late at night looking for suspicious trash containers?
What in the world is going on in our city and county government? Bear Smart has very little to do with bear control but everything to do with people control. Why is there no help offered to the people here? All there is are threats to punish us with substantial fines for the activity of wild animals.
Are Zauberis and Peterson out offering to help people with only a carport to build a shield for their trash container? Don't think so. Where are these two when I am out cleaning up the mess left by a bear? Are they here helping me? No way! Fine, ticket and punish. That's all we get from them.
But Bear Smart gets $5,000 from the city. Hey, city, that's our money you're stealing to give to a very questionable organization while other, more worthwhile groups are left to beg.
There's something rotten in the wood pile and in the hallowed halls of our local government. And it sure does stink. Where are these ideas coming from anyway? Robert Langdon, in a letter to the editor (Herald, Aug. 16) complained about ridiculous building requirements being foisted upon the builders by the Neighborhood Design Review Board. We have a county commissioner who thinks his greatest accomplishment was creating a more than 300-page land-use code that originally told you what color you could paint your house. And on and on it goes.
I think we all should look into where these ridiculous ideas are being spawned. Surely not locally by we the people. I hope.
Paul Bynum, Durango