Letters to the Editor

Letter: Anti-fracking activists’ claims have been debunked

April 12, 2014 — 

As a recent letter to the editor exemplifies, anti-fracking activists have been trying to push the claim that shale development will cause widespread birth defects and cancer, but those claims (and activists) have been debunked time and time again.

The latest example can be found in a recent Colorado School of Public Health report, which tries to find a link between birth defects and natural gas development. The report was highly criticized for its faulty methodology — most notably by Dr. Larry Wolk, chief medical officer of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). As Dr. Wolk said, Colorado health officials “disagree with many of the specific associations with the occurrence of birth defects” in the study and that a reader “could easily be misled to become overly concerned.”

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Letter: Let your voices be heard

April 12, 2014 — 

If, like me, you are not able to attend the public meetings about ending the drilling leases in the Thompson Divide, it is still possible to submit your comments to the BLM. Please go to www.SaveThompsonDivide.org/BLM. Modify the generic letter provided to you with your own comments and let your voice be heard.

If you can, submit your comments and still go to one of the public meetings:

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Letter: Continued destruction of Four Mile Road

April 11, 2014 — 

I have a dream. I dream of the straightening of Four Mile Road, the widening of the road, the installation of fancy bridges, and a multitude of gas rigs and huge water trucks constantly traveling up and down the pristine upper valley.

I dream of a huge “me too” subdivision up Four Mile, with 400-plus homes crammed onto one of the most admired open spaces left within the realm known as “Glenwood.” I dream of a constant stream of traffic backed up on the Sunlight Bridge and all the way back to Sopris Elementary — like it does every afternoon when school lets out — but in this dream it’s an all day long event.

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Letter: Just void the leases

April 11, 2014 — 

The BLM has finally formally asked for the public’s input on the illegal leases issued within and near the Thompson Divide. This is an opportunity like none before to insure our voices are heard. Come to one (or more) of the public meetings next week in Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, and Aspen, ready to share your passion for protecting this place.

Maybe you depend on the Thompson Divide for your livelihood, your place of refuge, or you believe in the importance of our clean air, water, wildlife and roadless areas. To me, it is our social responsibility to insure the 15 watersheds connected to the Thompson Divide remain pure. Enough is enough, let’s overwhelm the BLM with our numbers and tell them to just void the leases.

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LETTER: Kidney dialysis patients need a facility in the valley

April 10, 2014 — 

This past week two valley papers ran stories about two locals, one in Aspen and one in Rifle, who need kidney transplants. I know exactly how they feel.

My kidneys took an early retirement almost four years ago. But I’m lucky. I qualified and was trained to do dialysis at home. So three times a week I stick those 15 gauge needles in my arm and have my blood cleaned in the comfort of home.

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LETTER: Meixsell needs to back up her claims

April 10, 2014 — 

This is in response to the April 7 letter from a Tara Meixsell concerning impacts on locals from natural gas drilling.

Full disclosure: I have worked with the energy companies. I have been an owner and operator of a truck, and I have been guilty of living in a warm home and also enjoy electricity.

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Letter: Colorado’s long history of exposing citizens to dangerous conditions

April 9, 2014 — 

Weapons of Mass Destruction or WMD became a common term during the Iraq war from March 19, 2003, until Dec. 18, 2011, when the last convoy of American troops left Iraq. However, WMD are nothing new, since weaponized poison gas has been in use since World War 1.

During the Cold War between 1945 and 1991, the U.S. built up a stockpile of more than 20,000 nuclear warheads while the Russians built about 30,000. The widespread proliferation of nuclear materials throughout the world has led Americans to worry about small groups of terrorists procuring and detonating a nuclear bomb in a major U.S. city. President Obama is working to fully secure all nuclear and radiological material while he removes Syria’s sarin gas being used in their civil war.

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Letter: Stand-up citizen caught in the air

April 9, 2014 — 

My name is Eli Foreman, and I have lived in Glenwood Springs my entire life. [A picture] was posted in the Post Independent of me airing a sign that was on the sidewalk. I understand why it would be frowned upon.

I do apologize for skating on the sign and am willing to do whatever it takes to fix the sign or make it right. I am a stand-up citizen who volunteers regularly and have a love and respect for my community. Won’t happen again, and I hope my sincerity has been acknowledged.

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LETTER: We now have two Americas

April 8, 2014 — 

Did you ever wonder why the Democrats don’t want a special prosecutor to investigate the Benghazi incident or the IRS scandal? Gee, by some stretch of the imagination could they be responsible for all these scandalous problems?

Oh my God, what a revelation. On one hand we have the president saying there is not one smidgen of wrongdoing, and on the other hand Ms. Lois Lerner of the IRS taking the Fifth Amendment.

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LETTER: Republicans would criticize Democrats for acting the way GOP is now

April 7, 2014 — 

Congressman Darryll Issa teaching Rep. Elijah Cummings how to “sit down and talk things out in a civil manner,” Republican-style on prime time, illustrated the issue perfectly. Looked like standard party tactics to me. Nice apology, too, if completely insincere.

Issa will soon face investigation for his nefarious activities. He is one receptacle for my previous descriptions of sleaze in government.

However, the best craziness of that week was the Republican response to the Crimean crisis (Ukraine). Now, just for a moment, let’s have this president be a Republican facing the imperialistic behavior of Vladimir Putin. The Democrats will be attacking the president as “weak, incompetent” or as that sage John McCain has revealed for us, a paper written by Barrack Obama in 1983 is the root cause of this mess. Can you hear the Republican response? “A failure to support the president of the United States in a time of crisis with our most dangerous and powerful adversary. Disloyal, dare we say traitorous.” (Yes, they would dare.) Perhaps our loyal supporters of the Republican Party can tell us what would be proper terms for us to use regarding the loyal (?) opposition (Republicans) piling onto the president over this issue instead of offering support?

The explanation of this behavior is actually quite simple; as we have seen in the last six years, the party mandate to attack this president is far more important than the well-being of the country. The hatred of this president outweighs all sensible judgment. This latest set of attacks is far and away the most egregious. How obvious is it that this is clearly a time to stand together as a nation? I mean by that, the United States of America, not the hegemony of Koch, Rove and Fox News.

I am most grateful to the gentleman for the list of Koch good deeds, which detail the amount of money it took to get the Republican constituency to overlook the ongoing purchase of the U.S political/economic system. Read Ben Franklin’s quote about liberty and substitute a word or two.

R.W. Boyle

New Castle

LETTER: An alternative to raising fire taxes

April 7, 2014 — 

My name is Gary Mc Elwee, and I am running for the board of directors of the Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District on the May 6 ballot.

I care about Carbondale Fire but do not like the direction the department has gone the past few years. I feel as though the current board of directors is out of touch with the taxpayers they were elected to represent.

At a time when the rest of us have had to make hard economic choices due to the recession, Carbondale Fire has steadily increased revenue and expenses for the past nine years.

In 2011 the board asked for and got a 2.233 mill levy increase with a two-year sunset. When this 2.233 levy was due to expire at the end of last year, the board then asked for another increase of 3.902 mills on last November’s ballot to be added to the existing increase, bringing the new rate to 12.038 mills in perpetuity. Had it not been voted down, that would have been a 100 percent increase in the mill levy rate from 2010.

What was the fire district going to do to decrease expenses since the 2011 levy increase, knowing that property values would be lower thus significantly reducing tax dollars to the district?

I read in a recent newspaper interview that we can again expect the question for a mill levy increase, with some sort of sunset clause, as early as this November. There has been no explanation of district finances from the board to help us make an informed decision warranting any mill levy increase. A tax increase should be a last resort after taking a hard look at the budget and asking what can be done to reduce expenses before asking the taxpayers for more money. Fire departments all across the country have had to do this because of the recession.

Our current board has not come up with the solutions to balance quality emergency services with reduced revenues. I believe it is time for new people to step up to effect change.

I believe I can better represent the taxpayers of the Carbondale Fire District and bring better fiscal responsibility to the organization while still maintaining the quality of services the people of this district have a right to expect.

I would appreciate your consideration and vote.

Gary Mc Elwee


LETTER: Impacts on locals from natural gas drilling are heartbreaking

April 6, 2014 — 

I worked on the Well Watch research information gathering project after conducting my own “grass roots,” if you will, nonfunded research project.

My research led me to write a book titled “Collateral Damage,” and I also had involvement in two Emmy award documentary films probing the subject at that same time.

I was and still am a citizen of Garfield County, Colorado, in my view the unfortunate epicenter of a large natural gas boom about seven years ago as a result of the advances from the Cheney loophole that exempted slick water hydraulic fracturing chemicals from the Safe Drinking Water Act.

In the last year specifically — due to personal circumstances that have allowed me ample time to do followup research with the case study participants with whom I had involvement and served primarily as the liaison/submitter and clearer/validator of the logged Well Watch reports for the a said individuals — I gathered updated data, two years after the funded MIT study ended. The results are staggering.

As an often independent and unpaid researcher, who also happens to live in fear on the edge of ground zero, I must confess that as I continue to monitor, watch and, when I have the time, report on my impacted and suffering neighbors who live on the doorstep of industrial full blown natural gas exploration here in my county, it is heartbreaking.

Beyond the pale.

And my heartbreak has no geographical boundaries either; irregardless of which or what project these impacted landowners (and now dear friends of mine, in the most part) have been part of, these people are now my closest friends in an odd way. It is similar to having survived a disaster, as in a PTSD event, but this situation is different in that it is a slow and stealthy and evil enemy with all the power of money and corrupt lobbyists behind it to bend the laws that pretend to oversee this intrusive and destructive industry.

I watch and document and absorb the fact that my old allies and impacted neighbors are fleeing in order to save their health, or even worse, I watch as they are increasingly sickened by the impacts and chemical off-gassing of the wells that surround and pollute their farm homes.

On a personal note, I will say, even as a nonpaid researcher currently, it is devastating to watch these events unfold and attempt to document them even at the most pedestrian level too often more than not — too late to help.

Tara Meixsell

New Castle

Citizen Telegram Letter to the Editor - April 3, 2014

April 6, 2014 — 

Buckle up, Rifle

Fatalities are up nationwide for unbelted motor vehicle occupants – the first time in five years, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In 2012, over 10,000 unbelted motor vehicle occupants died. A compliance check done in Rifle on Wednesday, March 26, showed that 24 percent of drivers were not wearing their seat belts. These numbers are not acceptable and the Rifle Police Department is determined to help bring them down.

Seat belts save lives. From 2008-12, they saved nearly 63,000 lives nationwide. And in 2012, over 3,000 lives could have been saved if all unrestrained occupants in fatal crashes had worn their seat belts. The Rifle Police Department is reminding motorists to wear their seat belts; we stepped up enforcement on Monday, March 31.

Our efforts are part of the larger 2014 Click It or Ticket program that runs May 19–June 1. As motorists take to the roads to celebrate the long Memorial Day weekend, law enforcement officers across the nation will focus on ensuring everyone buckles up.

Many people tend to think they don’t need to buckle up. They think they are invincible. Young adults are dying at a disproportionate rate because they are not wearing their seat belts. Twice as many men as women are dying in vehicle crashes and men wear their seat belts less often than women. Pickup truck occupants think their large vehicle will protect them in a crash, but they are dying, too.

So we are letting you know now: While enforcement is not always the best answer, we want you to be safe, and have stepped up enforcement of seat belt violations. So please, Rifle, buckle up!

John Dyer

Rifle chief of police

Editor’s note: The Silt and Glenwood Springs police departments are also participating in this seat belt enforcement effort.

Letter: Eddie made his mark in our hearts

April 5, 2014 — 

I met Eddie Fralick at the Brewpub in 2008 and instantly fell in love with him. He was the sassiest individual I had ever met. He never hesitated nor failed to tell me what was up, to tell me my voice was getting high pitched, if I was getting an attitude, or to tease me about whatever would make him giggle. He made everyone laugh.

If you didn’t know Eddie, all he had to do was smile at you, be his Southern self, and he would make his mark on your heart. It was through my working at the Pub and befriending Eddie that my relationship with his now partner, Andrew, flourished. I had the privilege of observing the love they had for each other and had the unique experience of witnessing what it looked like when two people who were meant to be together actually committed to a life together. Through the toughest of times, they never stopped loving each other with their whole hearts. The love they generated is contagious.

When I found out Eddie had passed, I was in Denver, and I immediately drove to Glenwood to be with the people that I consider my family. I will not share what the next few weeks looked like but I would like to share what I felt.

I have never, in my entire life, experienced the overwhelming amount of love that my friends and this community not only had for Eddie, but the love we have for each other. Eddie made memories with everyone he met and he was so dearly loved; we are all closer and bonded to each other forever because of that love.

What I have learned from the loss of our dear friend is this: if you love someone, any kind of love, tell them. Tell them every day. Let the people who make your life more beautiful know how special they are and that life is beautiful because they are in it. Life is made by the people around you; cherish them, adore them, and never falter in your support and appreciation for them.

Memories live on in the people we love. There is a piece of Eddie in every one of us who loved him and had the honor of knowing him and calling him “friend.”

“Carve your name on hearts, not tombstones. A legacy is etched into the minds of others and the stories they share about you.” — Shannon L. Alder

Love you forever, Eddie,

We will keep you in our hearts and Andrew and Walton in our arms forever.


E.B. Nix


Letter: Where is the money for advancing the quality of human lives?

April 4, 2014 — 

For once I’m going out on a limb with Ross Talbott. His column about the loss of simplicity in our lives is not just a soppy yearning for the good ol’ days. Indeed it opens up issues regarding how we are getting along on this Earthwhich I believe are very serious and need to be brought into broader awareness.

Whenever I hear of large sums of money and resources going into research and development of electronic devices for communication, transportation, military hardware, home appliances, etc., I wonder where is the money for advancing the quality of human lives? It seems obvious to me that technology has moved way too far ahead of concern for how we get along with each other in our families, school, jobs, communities, the world. The increasing incidences of violence, sexual predation, job- and home-lessness are not the signs of a healthy society.

Some might view this as our destiny, but I believe that we humans are endowed with the power to use our brains. We could benefit from examining our values and asking ourselves how they affect the quality of life — ours and those around us. Is bigger always better? — Richer, faster, louder, most powerful, most prolific? Do we really need a car that can go from standing to 60 mph in a few seconds?

How about the values that derive from simplicity? I think of a closer connection with basic human needs and what it takes to have a fulfilling life — honest labor, face-to-face relationships, civil discourse, self and group entertainment, amateur recreation and cultivation of the arts, not to mention performing the simple act of rolling up our car windows, etc.

This is not to say that all was good in bygone days, or that all is bad today. Nor is it possible to uninvent our modern devices and conveniences (I must say that as I type on my laptop) but I think we can keep them in their place, devote more of our energies to promoting research and practices (such as greater respect for teachers) that help us enjoy more of the fruits of simplicity.

Pat Girardot

Glenwood Springs

LETTER: Tell the BLM to void the leases in the Thompson Divide

April 3, 2014 — 

BLM must have their calendars mixed up because they thought April 1 was Groundhog Day and not April Fool’s.

In a mirror image of a year ago, BLM decided to kick the proverbial can down the road and extended illegal leases in the Thompson Divide … again.

Instead of allowing the leases to simply expire, BLM admitted they illegally leased the Thompson Divide and launched a formal process that can and should result in the cancellation of the leases.

April 2 was the beginning of the public comment process. BLM is asking the public to formally weigh in regarding future drilling in the Thompson Divide. Step up and submit your comment to BLM. Tell them to void the leases in the Thompson Divide for the following reasons:

• According to independent economic analysis, existing uses — hunting, ranching, fishing and outdoor recreation — in the Thompson Divide area support nearly 300 jobs and produce $30 million in annual economic impacts for the rural communities that surround the Divide.

• This undisturbed area of backcountry provides clean water to more than 15 different watersheds in the region. These include tributaries of the Crystal, Gunnison and Colorado rivers, and gold medal trout waters on the Roaring Fork River.

• The area has been recognized by Colorado Parks and Wildlife as high-value habitat for a variety of species, is a crucial elk winter and summer range migration route and calving ground, and overlaps with some of the richest game-management units in the state. Game Management Units 42, 43 and 521 generate more than 20,000 big game hunting licenses every year and makes the area invaluable to Colorado and national sportsmen.

• The Thompson Divide is popular amongst all manner of outdoor enthusiasts who use the area. Our communities are economically supported by tourism based on these activities and by the stores, restaurants, lodges and other businesses that rely on these outdoor activities.

• Independent, peer-reviewed geologic and economic analysis finds “little to no economic viability” for drilling in the Thompson Divide. Simply put, there’s a reason these leases sold for as little as $2 per acre. Drilling in Thompson Divide is a risky bet, at best. Unfortunately, it will be our hunters, ranchers and our vibrant rural economy left holding the bag when that bet goes bad.

Please contact the BLM today. Tell them to cancel the leases once and for all. Submit your comment to WRNFleases@blm.gov or mail them to U.S. Bureau of Land Management, Colorado River Valley Field Office, 2300 River Frontage Road, Silt, CO 81652.

Richard Votterro


LETTER: We will do our best for Silt

April 3, 2014 — 

Since it is not possible in a short newspaper article to thank or acknowledge properly all those who were involved in the recent election in Silt, I would like to do so in this forum.

To Dave Moore and Paul Taylor, I would like to say that nothing can diminish the work you have done over the last 10 and four years, respectively. Your contributions will have a lasting impact on Silt. I personally express my thanks and gratitude to both of you.

To Mark Anderson and T.J. Tucker, I would like to thank you for representing well those who support your positions. Your efforts to become involved in town government are commendable, and I hope both of you will continue to stay involved.

To Aron Diaz, Dylan Lewis and Bryan Fleming, I wish to say congratulations. I am looking forward to working with you for the next four years. All of you worked very hard during the election, and you each deserved to win.

To our staff, I would like to thank you for your constant hard work. Elections, I know, can also be difficult on you. I appreciate all your efforts.

Finally, I would like to thank most of all the town of Silt citizens. While other communities sometimes cancel their elections due to uncontested positions, our citizens participate. We have a name for it in Silt — democracy. The newly elected board members and I will do our best to live up to your expectations.

Rick Aluise

Silt mayor-elect

LETTER: Hermosa Creek Watershed needs to be protected

April 3, 2014 — 

Passage of the Hermosa Creek Watershed Protection Act is vital to the interests of Colorado’s human and wildlife populations. Passage would protect the 100,000 acre Hermosa Creek watershed, including 37,000 acres as wilderness.

Hermosa Creek is a tributary of the Animas River and critical to the health of Durango’s drinking water. Maintaining the health of the surrounding watershed is essential to maintaining a healthy Hermosa Creek. Healthy watersheds that contain wilderness-quality lands provide essential ecosystem services including maintaining water quality and quantity essential to sustaining fisheries. In times of drought healthy landscapes are more resilient to drying and thus provide more reliable sources of water for agriculture and human consumption. Hermosa Creek watershed encompasses a wide variety of natural communities that provide resources for a high diversity of native wildlife including birds such as wild turkey, northern goshawk and black swift; mammals including deer, elk and lynx; and fish such as cutthroat trout.

This Colorado landscape is one of those few, last remaining places that deserves to be protected for now and future generations.

Delia G. Malone

vice-chair, Roaring Fork Audubon Society


LETTER: Poor decision to cut photographer position

April 3, 2014 — 

The removal of Kelly Cox and using reporters as photographers for the newspaper is an extremely poor decision.

Mike Bennett makes claims that other papers around the country have made similar decisions and basing it upon the advent of smartphones where everyone becomes a photographer is a weak excuse for cutting costs.

Reporters do what they do best, write. And while the two professions can cross occasionally, nothing can take the place of a dedicated photographer. It takes years of training and practice to become excellent at it. It weakens the paper, and I for one will not be submitting any more photographs to the paper. I encourage other photographers to do the same. Show the PI and other newspapers that the removal of a whole profession from their ranks does nothing but show how much they don’t care about quality.

Kelly is smart, dedicated and an excellent photographer that fits well within the community. If you have dreams of becoming a newspaper photographer, do not support the PI by sending in your photos to fill the void left, because you will be next on the chopping block.

Mark Burrows


Letter: Endocrine disruption chemicals prevalent in fracking mud

April 2, 2014 — 

The U.S. Justice Department has recently opened a criminal investigation into The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) due to its handing of the February Dan River spill, questioning the relationship between the agency and Duke — a company that also was a 28-year employer of North Carolina’s Gov. Pat McCrory.

Former oil and gas geologist Gov. Hickenlooper’s Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission continues to permit toxic drilling near established neighborhoods where there are children and most likely expectant mothers even though scientists continue to write about the impact of this toxic industry to children and expectant mothers.

Endocrine disruption by small quantities of chemicals has been examined in a multitude of scientific studies. There are many endocrine disruption chemicals (EDC) and some are prevalent in the fracking muds that are used throughout Colorado and the country. According to the non-partisan Collaborative on Health and the Environment, EDC’s profoundly impair childhood neurodevelopmental, and can increase childhood asthma, obesity, and cancer.

Babies still in their mothers’ wombs living within a 10-mile range of fracking wells are in much greater danger of congenital heart defects (CHD) and neural tube defects (NTD), according to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIH) and Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP).

A Colorado epidemiologist has been called in to investigate a sudden rise in the number of fetal anomalies detected among pregnant women in this area recently, according to local and state health officials. “We have indeed seen an increase in fetal anomalies in pregnant women in an area stretching from Carbondale to Rifle,” confirmed Stacey Gavrell, community relations director for Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs.

There are lots of oil and gas industry articles denying any accountability in impacting children’s health where there are multiple fracking drill sites, but the state has an obligation to its youngest citizens.

We need a third party federal probe into the state’s permitting practices. It seems that felony child endangerment is not something that the state of Colorado should condone and approve. Do you want to take chances with your children and grandchildren?

Tom Rutledge

Glenwood Springs

Letter: Here’s mud in your eyes

April 2, 2014 — 

Did you enjoy that dust storm Sunday afternoon? I wonder if the dust was from Utah.

Why is the oil and gas industry exempt from dust control, unlike the rest of us mortals? Check along the Interstate 70 corridor toward Grand Junction and south of Silt to see for yourself.

Do the commissioners think it was dust from Utah? Yep.

Howard M. Stapleton

Peach Valley

LETTER: PI has forgotten what true journalism is all about

April 1, 2014 — 

I question the Post Independent’s wisdom of letting Kelley Cox go.

The PI is shortsighted, and in this day and age when everything is Internet based, Kelley provided the human element that goes with good journalism. The staff turnover throughout the years at the PI, the streamlining of stories, the downsizing and the online interface instead of face to face has sadly caused the PI to report community news in an impersonal way.

Kelley Cox is more than a super-talented photographer. When she walks into events with her cameras slung over her shoulders and her huge smile, everyone says, “That’s Kelley from the newspaper.” She is one of “us,” and she listens and writes our names and our quotes down on her small spiral notebook. She has a history in this valley and a following the size of a phone book.

I think the executives at the PI forgot what true journalism is all about.

Mary Blichmann


Editor’s note: Like many other newspapers, the Post Independent recently made the difficult decision to no longer carry a staff photographer on its payroll and use freelancers instead. We hope Kelley will be among them.

LETTER: Firing Cox cut out a vital link to the community

April 1, 2014 — 

We understand that Kelley Cox was given 24 hours’ notice after 16 years of employment as your photographer.

The Post Independent should consider that people get much of their news via online sources and social media now, and not through a daily paper. What separates your paper from other news sources is the sense of community we see in your local reporting and your photographs.

Through Kelley’s gifted eyes, we saw our scenic valley, wildlife and historic landmarks. We enjoyed each town’s festivals, our children’s graduations and sporting events, our family celebrations, and every other event, big or small, that was important to us.

Kelley Cox is a lifelong native who knows the people of this valley. Locals call her when they have news to report or a photo opportunity to share. Understand that you didn’t simply dismiss an employee, you cut out a vital link to the community and the heart of your paper.

Steve and Becky Rippy

New Castle

LETTER: Don’t let cats run loose, either

March 30, 2014 — 

I truly agree, all dogs should be on a leash and kept in their own yards.

But cat owners should also be responsible. They let their cats run all over. Cats should be kept on a leash and in their own yards (houses).

I get really upset when I go out to do my yard work and all the cats use my flower beds and garden for their sand box. It’s disgusting.

I do not have any animals. If I did, I would certainly clean up after them myself.

All animal owners should be responsible. If you really care about your cats and dogs, keep them in your house/yard/cat box. It’s not abuse.

Edna Goddard


LETTER: Young voter favors Sullivan for commissioner

March 30, 2014 — 

I have known Michael Sullivan for many years. I have seen him make difficult decisions when they need to be made. I have observed that in these situations not only does he remain calm he also has the ability to bring people together. He has the ability to make people relate to each other that is remarkable. I think that is a critical skill that our next county commissioner should have.

He also sticks to what he believes. He has been serving on the planning and zoning board for five years. Most of the time the decisions they make are despite his opinions/advice. However, Mr. Sullivan continues to attend these meetings religiously.

He is dedicated to keeping the Roaring Fork Valley a place for everyone to enjoy. He has raised his own daughter here and wants to keep the valley a place where families can raise their families for years. I think that he has the ability to listen to many different views and bring together a compromise.

As a young voter (19), I know that he is looking ahead, and that’s why my vote will go to him. He wants to keep the valley in great condition for generations to come, and his decisions and opinions reflect that.

If you want to know more about his positions on the issues you can go to sully2014.com.

Claire McKenna

Glenwood Springs

LETTER: Birds of a feather

March 30, 2014 — 

It appears Michael Galvis of Woody Creek and Emzy Veazy from the Entire World went to the same letter-writing school.

Carl Heck


Letter: Let the BLM know your views on Thompson Divide

March 29, 2014 — 

Procrastination is a luxury we can’t afford right now. If people care about the fate of Thompson Divide (and most of the community has overwhelmingly proved they support keeping the Thompson Divide as is), then now is the time to make the BLM aware of our views.

April 1 is the deadline for BLM to reach a decision regarding the extension of oil and gas leases in Thompson Divide. Please let the BLM know your views now.

BLM shouldn’t kick the can down the road for another two years. Provide security to the some 300 individuals, including our local ranchers, outfitters and small business owners, who rely on the land to maintain a livelihood and let the leases expire, BLM.

Ann Johnson


Letter: Herbicides could be cause of fetal anomalies

March 29, 2014 — 

I would like to know more about the “fetal anomalies” findings.

The 2013 (Entropy ISSN 1099-4300) states, “In (110) it was shown that aromatase activity is disrupted in human placental cells at a (glyphosate) concentration 100 times lower than that recommended in agricultural use.” (For those of us who need to be educated, aromatase is a CYP enzyme that converts testosterone to estrogen.)

There are also studies showing enhancement of retinoic acid, which plays a key role in embryonic development. “Due to reports of neural defects and craniofacial malformations in children born in regions where glyphosate-based herbicides are used...”

This study in Entropy is also linking autism to GMO’s and glyphosate, which is sprayed on food, worldwide. It is reported that one in 50 children are being diagnosed, and it is on the rise. In addition, on NPR (National Public Radio) on March 26, scientists are saying that autism begins in the womb.

“Glyphosates’ claimed mechanism of action in plants is the disruption of the shikimate pathway, which is involved with the synthesis of the essential aromatic amino acids, phenylalanine, tyrosine and trytophan. The shikimate pathway is present in gut bacteria. In addition to aiding digestion the gut microbiota synthesize vitamins, detoxify xenobiotics, and participate in immune system homeostasis and gastrointestinal tract permeability.”

This team’s research leads to the realization that many of the health problems that appear to be associated with a Western diet could be explained by biological disruptions that have already been attributed to glyphosate. Glyphosate may be the most significant environmental toxin, mainly because it is pervasive and often handled carelessly due to the industry’s perceived nontoxicity. As a consequence, measurement of its presence in food is practically non-existent.

When are we, innocent and ignorant consumers, going to wake-up to the hazards in our food supply and demand change? GMO’s/glyphosate in food, sodium fluoride in water, misuse of antibiotics in animals ...

*(110) Environmental Health Perspective 2005, 113, 716-720. Differential effects of glyphosate and Roundup on human placental cells and aromatase.

Sharon R. Davis-Bell

Glenwood Springs

Letter: April 1 is a big day, no fooling

March 28, 2014 — 

It’s BLM Day. Thompson Divide Day.

BLM granted Ursa and SG Interests their latest round of lease extensions last February (2013). These expire on April 1.

If BLM grants yet another extension, that will be two years more, or 13 years on an original 10-year application, which was unsound from the start.

BLM ... step away from the game. Just say “no.”

Let the Thompson Divide, which supports the Valley’s rural livelihoods, be.

Mabel Macdonald


Letter: Story about Ernie was heart-warming

March 28, 2014 — 

I wanted to thank Will Grandbois for his beautifully written article on Ernie the dog, his therapy and his adoption in the March 23 issue.

I’m a big believer in adopting shelter pets (my dog Lucky was part of the first litter born at CARE), and how wonderful to see that integrative therapy helped Ernie to walk again! I’m so glad the Post Independent put this on the front page. It was a heart-warming story.

Bless his new owner and everyone else who adopts “not-perfect” animals.

Deborah Holt Williams

Glenwood Springs

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