Letters to the Editor
These are some of the letters written by students in Lindsay Defrates’ Language Arts class at Carbondale Middle School. As she wrote in an email, “Students ... were given the task of writing an editorial to a newspaper about a local and current issue as a way of practicing their persuasive writing ability. As their teachers, however, we focused on a lesson we believed was far more important: We encouraged them to realize that their voices carry weight in this world ... So really their assignment was to practice ‘being heard.’”
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Boy, am I sick and tired of the relentless left-wing derogatory references to “evil” Koch Industries and its principals, Charles and David Koch.
Reading their side alone you would think we were being assailed by the devil incarnate. Yes, Koch Industries is vast; a global concern based in the U.S., the second-largest privately held corporation with 60,000 employees, a successful family-run business since 1940 with revenues of around $115 billion. (There was a time in this country when that would be considered a good thing.) And yes, the principals are very wealthy. This is something the liberals feel they must attack: If you have more of something than they have, you are “greedy” and they want some of it. Here’s some enlightening facts about this family’s spending.Learn more »
I would like to say thanks to Glenwood Springs City Council for voting unanimously against drilling in the Thompson Divide area and urging the BLM to let the leases expire on April 1. The negative effect of huge trucks traveling through downtown Glenwood Springs, Midland Avenue and up and down Four Mile Road on a daily basis on the city’s infrastructure, recreation-based economy, and private property values cannot be overstated. There are property owners in Parachute that claim their property values have dropped as much as 75 percent after their street became a haul route.
I would also like to thank Garfield County Commissioner John Martin for speaking out on this issue in his letter to U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, urging him to support [a legislative solution to] the Thompson Divide issue and paving the way for a market-based solution to be reached. Being a western man, John understands the value of the land in the Thompson Divide to ranchers and the property values of those of us who live up Four Mile.Learn more »
I think it is time we all know why progress in our valley is so hard to accomplish. It is called Roaring Fork Transportation Authority.
The RFTA boys have delayed and denied at least three worthwhile projects in the valley, projects we all agree need to be completed soon.Learn more »
Silt candidate promises proper tax money uses
At a meeting on Aug. 12, 2013, Mayor Dave Moore and Trustees Jeff LaValla, Sonny Fernandez and Paul Taylor voted to ask Silt voters for a 25 percent increase in the town’s sales tax rate. The tax they wanted was for “economic development” and “parks and recreation.” Essentially, they wanted to take money from your pocket and use it for to general purposes, neither of which included a plan or budget.Learn more »
A few years ago as a small businessman I sold the company I created. I employed 14 people. Four of those employees were on salary and 10 were paid an hourly wage of $8.
If the federal government forced me to pay a minimum of $10/hour, it would cost me an additional $2/hour/employee or $160 more/day, $800 (5 x $160) more/week, and $41,600 more/year. That would be the equivalent total pay of 2.5 employees. Where would that money come from? It doesn’t grow on trees.Learn more »
Charles Krauthammer’s piece on climate change reignited the local debate on global warming. His point, that a scientific consensus exists does not mean that scientists are correct is, of course, right.
How many times in history has a scientific consensus been wrong: answer, many. How many times has the medical profession reversed itself on a particular issue? Science is fallible.Learn more »
Regarding Charles Krauthammer’s recent column “The Myth of Settled Science,” I agree with him that the hypothesis of man-made global warming is certainly not “settled science” and is in my view a total fraud — see: www.naturalclimatechange.us.
However, when he states, “It mocks the very notion of settled science, which is nothing but a crude attempt to silence critics and delegitimize debate. As does the term “denier” — an echo of Holocaust denial, contemptibly suggesting the malevolent rejection of an established historical truth,” Krauthammer falls into the trap of his own argument by insisting that the “historical truth” of the “Holocaust” is settled science. Not so. Aren’t Holocaust-denial laws “crude attempts to silence critics and delegitimize debate?”Learn more »
NPS would be doing everyone a favor just by changing the name of the Colorado National Monument to Colorado Canyons or Red Rock Canyons and for once have an honest description of the park. Should our community leaders and federal officials take the next step and change the park designation, I hope they consider what an opportunity they have to do something really special.
I’m speaking of the creation of a national park that could stand with some of the best. To do this will require a plan that grows the park over time into three distinct districts each with their own unique character — McInnis Canyons will contribute the arches, and the Ruby-Horsethief Canyon of the Colorado River will bring an iconic river into the mix.Learn more »
Letter: Four Mile improvements are a good thingMarch 6, 2014 —
As a Four Mile resident for over 23 years, I was surprised by a recent letter in which the writer claims she has “not spoken with a single person” who believes the dead man’s curve project is a good idea.
Just a few years ago, when the residential/commercial project at Ski Sunlight was being discussed (which would have provided an excellent boost for the local Glenwood economy), I recall reading letter after letter from Four Mile residents complaining of deficiencies of Four Mile Road, including inadequate shoulders, inadequate drainage for melting snow (resulting in black ice patches) and the “dangerous condition” at dead man’s curve.
With the completion of the dead man’s curve improvement, all of the defects that were noted will have been remedied (so much for the county “not listening” to its constituents).
Personally, I will be pleased not to be playing a form of “Russian Roulette” every time I drive through dead man’s curve on my way home. A few years ago a log truck tipped and dumped its entire load into the Four Mile Creek drainage. Had I been there at that moment and been hit by a multi-ton load of huge logs traveling around 35 mph, I almost certainly would have ended up six feet under, as they say.
On a related issue, the new bridge into Oak Meadows also represents a safety improvement. As originally constructed, the two entrances into Oak Meadows were merely dirt piles placed over drainage pipes, with a road surface on top. During periods of heavy spring runoff, these drainage pipes tended to become clogged with debris, which had to be removed. Failure to unclog the pipes would result in the runoff simply washing away the dirt and the road above.
As a resident of Oak Meadows, I would not have wanted to have a medical emergency just when both entrances might be temporarily impassable or washed out. The new bridge is solid and eliminates this possibility.
Letter: Glenwood Springs Lady Demons Basketball ... not the final scoreMarch 6, 2014 —
As I reflect on this past weekend’s basketball games, the amount of community support — not just the support from Glenwood Springs — rocks me like a ton of bricks, from Aspen to Rifle to Eagle Valley and beyond.
The camaraderie we felt after receiving a personal note from the soccer coach at Battle Mountain when our record stood at 17-0 had an impact. The elderly couple that found us by accident after their move to Fruita and took the time to send a note to the high school with their support after seeing us for the first time at Colorado Mesa University had an impact. The flower arrangement that arrived the day of the game, the parents who handled team dinners each week, the moms and dads that made sure we had food on the bus for every away game had an impact. Our local press coverage was amazing — in print and on the air continues to be an impact.
Not only were we able to taste the excitement and success of playoff basketball, but we experienced that together with our community. The positive energy in our gymnasium was incredible.
The girls will remember this season (not just one game), the fans, the noise, the crowd, their school and feel the love ... the emotion was staggering, and we are so proud to be from the Western Slope, the Roaring Fork Valley and Glenwood Springs.
Our final game did not define us as a basketball team — but the impact of our school and community definitely defined us. Thank you for allowing us to sense and appreciate something so very special.
This is what these young women will remember — not the final score.
Glenwood Springs High School
Lady Demons Basketball
Letter: Locals are the true stakeholders of the Thompson DivideMarch 5, 2014 —
Again we face the Rubicon.
The gas drilling corporations who hold 10-year leases in the Thompson Divide are requesting that the BLM write off on yet another extension of the somnolent sites. In spite of many past requests (and resultant extensions). In spite of alleged illegality of the leases. In spite of corporate requirements never completed.
We, the stakeholding citizen-owners of lands in the Thompson Divide (managed in our names by BLM and Forest service), are about to be aced out again.
We in the valley are pretty clear that we are part of a web of relationship with the wilds of the TD, that we are linked to the whole, that humankind does not stand apart just because we think we are the pinnacle of the entire structure. That all other flora and fauna are stacked vertically beneath our own important species. Surprise.
Our multilayered, interdependent economy is based on sustainable jobs and economics of recreation, agriculture and tourism. We have recovered better than Colorado mono-economies based on oil and gas since the peak of 2008.
Corporate interests are pinpointed and short, based on expectation of private profit, which if not met, prompts immediate departure without reparations of damage to towns, families, local economies or natural devastation. Remember Exxon in Rifle/Silt and Mid-Continent mine in Carbondale? Those thousands of “created” jobs are smoke.
We are the true stakeholders.
We are amnesiacs and much too adaptable to planetary degradation. The Roan plateau. Rainforests. Waterways.
So, don’t go missing about this issue and the intangibles we stand to lose without our connection to the wilds.
We need voices. Lots of them. Write. Call. Act.
Letter: The next generation steps upMarch 5, 2014 —
There is something amazing going on in Carbondale. The next generation is getting involved in government, on nonprofit boards and in business.
This fresh energy brings creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and hope. That is why I am voting for the platform of Katrina Byars, Frosty Merriott and Alexander Hobbs for Carbondale town trustees.
Frosty is entering his second term, so he brings knowledge and experience to government. Katrina and Alexander both grew up in the valley. They understand the spirit of volunteerism, the importance of keeping our environment and watershed clean and the strength of community.
They believe in listening and learning. They yearn for a gentler, kinder way of government based in working together to reach consensus. They care about our seniors and social equality for all. Issues like affordable housing, Thompson Divide and strengthening local business will get focus.
Katrina’s campaign slogan is “Grassroots Transformation.” Voting for Katrina Byars, Frosty Merriott and Alexander Hobbs for Carbondale Town Trustee is the first step towards achieving this.
Letter: Typical Talbott column …March 4, 2014 —
The March 4 Ross Talbott column contained, as usual for him, a few good points combined with some misinformation and twisted facts, bizarre conclusions and ridiculous predictions.
I guess I’ve gotten used to it and have given up on asking the Post Independent to dump him as a columnist. But can I persuade you to at least change the title of his column from the somewhat respectable “Out on a Limb” to something more descriptively accurate like “The Grouchy Old Curmudgeon.” (I’m roughly the same age as Mr. Talbott and mean no disrespect to us old folks. My disrespect is strictly individual.)
LETTER: Freedoms or greedMarch 3, 2014 —
Over the years we’ve seen a steady stream of letters that attempt to explain the “greatness” of America at the same time they layout the problems of the country. We’re told that “freedom” and “God-fearing” religion are keys to our success. And that “greed and mismanagement” are to blame for the shortcomings.
“Socialism” is always called evil, even though the U.S. has practiced socialism for decades in the form of Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, Head Start child care and other very popular programs. Other countries that practice these same forms of socialism are not failures but are in fact very successful; of course not without the problems that are universal. Problems such as “greed and mismanagement.”
Religious charities do their part, but they are by no means capable of coping with the widespread suffering of millions of Americans who lack enough food, adequate shelter and medical services. The quality of education is in decline in many areas. The cost of college is soaring and students are carrying huge debt just as our “elected representatives” are raising kid’s interest rates.
Greedy corporations have closed thousands of U.S. factories and sent the production overseas; only to increase profit. As a result, American workers can’t find jobs. Some say six people are vying for every available job. Salaries for working people are lagging. The top few percent of Americans have taken some 95 percent of all income gains since the 2009 recession. Our “elected representatives” have canceled unemployment checks for millions of Americans.
Claims are made that such help “creates a dependency that steals motivation.” When no jobs can be had isn’t it actually the offshoring of American industry that “creates a dependency?” Twenty-five percent of young Americans of working age are now living in their parent’s homes because they can’t find good paying jobs.
Unfortunately, we can’t seem to rely on our elected representatives who seem to embody the kind of greed and mismanagement that comes of huge cash donations to their re-election campaigns. Words like “greatness, freedoms, God-fearing and dependency” are designed to take our eye off the ball. Instead we should follow the money; it really is greed that is threatening our country.
LETTER: Keep Silt moving in a positive directionMarch 3, 2014 —
Friends and fellow citizens of Silt: We will soon once again be faced with the decision to elect new members to the Board of Trustees. I am happy to say that I will be among those listed on your ballot as a candidate for trustee.
My family and I have lived in this community for many, many years. My son is a fifth-generation resident of Silt. I, like many of you, am proud to live in this community and call it my home. I have so many fond memories here in Silt: learning to ride my bike on the unpaved streets, playing little league baseball, marching in Hey Day Parades, eating apricots off trees in the summer, and proposing to my wife at my family home. What I love about this town is what I want to pass on to my son.
I moved away after graduating from Rifle High School. I worked in Denver and in Washington, D.C. My wife, Dallas, and I returned to live in Silt soon after the birth of our son, Addison, because we knew we wanted him to grow up in a small town surrounded by wonderful friends and family.
Silt can and should be a town where you want to raise a family, start and grow a business, seek employment and participate in our community. No single business or industry should be responsible for the rise or fall of our local economy. All businesses opportunities should be carefully vetted and if possible encouraged to thrive in Silt. Silt residents should know that their government is doing all it can to manage the people’s affairs fairly without prejudice or favor.
I, like you, have seen Silt change over the years. We understand that Silt must grow modestly and prudently if we are going to be able to provide our children with the opportunities we so fortunately received from our parents. I hope that you will join with me to keep Silt moving in a positive direction. I respectfully ask for your vote for Silt Trustee.
candidate for Silt trustee
Citizen Telegram Letters to the Editor - Feb. 27, 2014March 3, 2014 —
Trustee candidate wants better dog park
Silt is growing but still has a very tight operating budget. One of my main goals is to improve the Silt Dog Park. If you have seen my website, I have photos of the park that include old signs, fallen trees, empty doggy bag stations, an old Porta-Potty and a parking lot that needs attention.
Since I am a Libertarian and find tax collection immoral, I will take the $400 town trustee monthly salary and set up a fund dedicated to the park’s improvement. I have no interest in using the taxpayers’ money to pay my personal bills or to benefit financially in any way from service to my community.
I will plan manage the fund, work with Town of Silt staff and recruit volunteers and other groups that would like to see improvements. I would also seek financial commitments from area businesses that have an interest in the beautification of Silt. My salary as town trustee over four years equates to $19,200. This is more than enough to add crushed gravel to trails, picnic tables and new doggie bag stations, to remove dead branches and to add trash receptacles.
We, the citizens of Silt, have the power to change our surroundings. We have the power to change the way our water tastes, we have the power to slow traffic in our neighborhoods and we have the power to allow legal businesses to operate in our town. Do not let Dave Moore and Paul Taylor tell you what you want and how you’ll get it. They want to be our fathers, but they are not. They are elected officials and they need to be held accountable.
When you get your ballot in the mail, look past the past and vote for the future. Vote Dylan Lewis for Silt town trustee.
Cat killed by dog a tragedy
Could this have been your dog? On the morning of Wednesday, Feb. 19, at around 5:00 on East Avenue in Rifle, my cat was so brutally attacked by a dog that it died. The attack was so severe that it left blood on the fence.
Is it that this dog was just left to run at large, or does it walk with its owner without being on a leash? My little cat suffered greatly and it was so hard to watch.
LETTER: Columnist didn’t disclose industry tiesFebruary 27, 2014 —
Although the bio included with Greg Walcher’s op-ed (“Guest Column: Faulty fracking study fans the flames of fear-mongering,” www.postindependent.com, Feb. 22) neglects to mention it, he is not only the former head of Colorado Department of Natural Resources and Club 20, but a DC-based lobbyist and consultant with oil and gas companies (www.dawsonassociates.com/walcher-greg/ and www.stillwellgroup.com/tsgteam/greg/).
Thus one can reasonably surmise he is either mistaken or being duplicitous, when he writes:
“Secondly, Postel’s article attempts to bestow credibility on the ‘Halliburton loophole,’ a claim that former Vice President Dick Cheney and his oil industry friends exempted fracking from the Safe Drinking Water Act. She also asserts in the absence of federal regulations, “states have been slow to fill the regulatory gap.
“Postel is wrong on both counts. There is no Halliburton loophole making fracking ‘exempt’ from the act. The law, passed in 1974 and updated several times, has never contained language applicable to fracking, making it impossible for it to have been exempted.”
As the head of the Colorado DNR during the secretive dealings of Dick Cheney’s Energy Task Force (www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Energy_Task_Force) that led to the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 2005, Mr. Walcher is likely well aware that the term “fracking” need not be included in the original 1974 Safe Drinking Water Act or its updates to exempt this activity from its regulations. That’s because the EPCA of 2005 amended the SDWA of 1974, with the so-called (and appropriately named) Halliburton Loophole, to whit section 322:
“ENERGY POLICY AND CONSERVATION ACT: SEC. 322. HYDRAULIC FRACTURING.
Paragraph (1) of section 1421(d) of the Safe Drinking Water Act (42 U.S.C. 300h(d)) is amended to read as follows: (1) UNDERGROUND INJECTION. — The term ‘underground injection’— (A) means the subsurface emplacement of fluids by well injection; and (B) excludes— (i) the underground injection of natural gas for purposes of storage; and (ii) the underground injection of fluids or propping agents (other than diesel fuels) pursuant to hydraulic fracturing operations related to oil, gas, or geothermal production activities.”
My question to Mr. Walcher and for the public to consider is this: If fracking is safe why is industry spending its money to send paid spokespeople, like Mr. Walcher, out to confuse the American people and to overtly dissemble on the topic?
Pete Kolbenschlag works as a consultant on public lands and energy issues and is engaged in efforts to safeguard the public lands in the North Fork Valley from poorly managed oil and gas activity. None of his work is focused specifically on fighting fracking or in pushing fracking bans, and this letter is not submitted on behalf of any of his clients, reflects his own views, and is written on his own time without any compensation.
Editor’s note: The column in question never appeared in print in the Post Independent. However, it did run in the Grand Junction Free Press, with which we share a website, so it could be found on www.postindependent.com.
Letter: It’s time to clean out the nests of fools, thieves and sellouts in our public officesFebruary 26, 2014 —
I would like to thank Mr. Serson for pointing out that it took thousands of honest Americans working together in labor unions to outspend two Republican fat cats who are still trying to buy elections through the wormhole of Citizens United.
As to the sitting down and talking with such as the tea party: Many have tried, but apparently no one could move their attention from the past five years of obstruction, 522 filibusters, shutting down the government, and attacking women, schools, immigrants and health care. The simplest and most cost-effective course of action is to vote these party hacks out of office and choose someone who will take care of the country’s business before selling out to the corporations and the wealthy.
As to the “name calling,” it is time to clean out the nests of fools, thieves and sellouts in our public offices. A thieving, disloyal politician or judge with an “Honorable” in front of his name is still just a thief. What with the incredible theft of the economic system (not just money) and civil/legal rights currently under way in this country, we are rapidly running out of time to save ourselves. The next several elections may well be the crucial ones that will set the tone and direction of the country for a long time.
If you like this playground for the rich, with fewer and fewer human resources such as education, health care and a clean environment, all you have to do is keep allowing the corporations and the wealthy to continue making/purchasing the politicians who make the rules in their favor. Defending the American Dream is knowing who they are and who owns them. Currently, we can be assured that anyone running for office in this country with Koch or Rove money is dirty merchandise. Those elected by that money will not be working for America first.
Who does have the money that should have gone to repair America’s infrastructure? Try taking your family’s income as a percentage of the Koch brothers’ estimated income. Didn’t know a fraction could be that small?
Robert W. Boyle
Letter: Vallario announces re-election bidFebruary 26, 2014 —
My fellow Garfield County residents, it is with great pride and pleasure that I am announcing my plans to run for another term as your Garfield County sheriff.
My 12-year tenure as your sheriff has been an amazing experience and has provided me with the opportunity to serve you with all of the responsibilities, programs and commitments of the office of sheriff. In addition, the members of the GCSO that work for me have provided services to you that display professionalism, a customer service approach, and more importantly a genuine concern for your needs.
I made a commitment 12 years ago to provide not just the minimum required, but the best. I believe the staffing, community programs, budget management, and relationships with other local, state and federal agencies have all contributed to providing you with the best sheriff’s office possible. I am proud of that and honored by your support.
Therefore, I am asking for your continued support as your sheriff so that I can continue to serve you in the manner that you deserve and expect from your Garfield County Sheriff’s Office.
Garfield County Sheriff
LETTER: Boyle chooses to demonize rather than debateFebruary 24, 2014 —
Mr. Boyle’s hate-filled rant against Republicans and the Tea Party was long on invective and short on facts. He spews negative terms like slimy, fascist, lied, dishonest, fraudulent, thieves, criminals, idiots, zombies and racist, while distorting and ignoring several facts.
The Office of Management and Budget reported that Obamacare would result in less hours worked equivalent to 2-1/2 million full time jobs. It did not say those hours would be filled by others (which would not be a reduction). To think it’s a good thing to have less total hours worked (less taxes to the government) and more government expense (insurance and welfare expense) in a struggling economy defies reason.
He denigrates the Koch brothers, big Republican donors, while ignoring the fact that in years past, the largest union donors have contributed 15 times as much.
He claims the Republicans have enriched the top 1 percent, while actually their income has increased more under Obama than under Bush and middle class income has gone down.
It’s clear Mr. Boyle uses the radical’s tactic of demonizing his opponents rather than debating them with facts.
LETTER: Economics is a concernFebruary 24, 2014 —
I want to thank Pitkin County, the city of Glenwood Springs and the town of Carbondale for urging BLM to reject recent attempts to extend leases within the Thompson Divide.
Our local elected officials get it. Unfortunately, industry doesn’t seem to. In a recent story, a representative of a company looking to drill in the Thompson Divide was quoted as saying, “The economics don’t concern us.”
Well, economics sure do concern me. And I’m sure your readers agree. That’s why local opinion weighs heavily in favor of conserving the Thompson Divide and the countless livelihoods it supports. Our economy has a lot to lose from oil and gas development — to the tune of some 300 long-term jobs and $30 million. That may not seem like much to a company from Houston, but it’s meaningful to the local ranchers and small business owners in our rural community.
Thanks again to our local elected officials in Carbondale, Glenwood Springs and Pitkin County. I’m happy to see that economics concerns them.
LETTER: Silt Water Conservancy District should be repurposedFebruary 24, 2014 —
This letter is written to the landowners and water-share-owners of the Silt Water Conservancy District.
As you know, in last November’s election you voters turned back the request from the district’s governing board to “De-Bruce” the district. As you also know, because of decades of neglect and deferred maintenance by the governing board, the ability of the district to deliver vital irrigation waters to the landowners and farmers/ranchers is now severely compromised and needing millions of dollars for basic repairs and in some instances, complete restoration.
For the public record: In February 2013, I attended a Silt Water Conservancy District Board meeting at the offices in downtown Silt, and because of my well-known public opposition to County Commissioners Jankovsky, Martin and Samson, the old Republican Party men who are your Water District directors (in so many words) told me to leave the building.
That said, I have drafted a preliminary redevelopment plan for the “re-purposing” of the district. If successful, the re-purposing of the Silt Water Conservancy District will have the added synergism of effectively doubling the property values of your land and will also create $25/hour jobs for employees of the district, while also repairing the district ditches and canals.
This process can only begin when the voters admit that the old Republican Party men who make up the district’s board must be recalled or not re-elected.
Carl L. McWilliams
LETTER: Commissioners willing to risk our health for tax dollarsFebruary 23, 2014 —
The governor and Legislature want to pass statewide regulations on air quality relative to oil and gas production. Garfield County commissioners want to have different — less stringent — regulations.
So, our commissioners say that the quality of air we live and breathe should be a “local” matter rather than statewide. My question then is do Garfield County residents have different kinds of air, or do we have different kinds of lungs or immune systems? Or is it that our county has a lot of tax revenue from oil and gas? What this sounds like is our commissioners would take a health risk with our lives for tax dollars.
The oil and gas business model is to drill a lot to get production going, then keep drilling new wells to keep the production at the same level. A well’s production is not constant; they produce less over time. Either the well is fracked again or abandoned. So one day — not far off — the gas will be gone and the tax dollars will stop; what do we do then?
By the way, if you think that air around oil and gas production is safe, check with the guys working out there.
Letter: We must defend personal freedomsFebruary 22, 2014 —
In my opinion there are very few more respected in the community than Jonathan Rice. It is very likely I have never before disagreed with him, at least very rarely do I.
I have to give a lot of credit to the pro-marijuana group for taking up a cause and getting it to a point of legalization within a state. For those of us who believe the federal government is far too expansive, invasive and wrong much of the time, it is good to see this group did something about it. Not to mention the war on drugs and the lessons not learned by prohibition … overpopulation of prisons … and on and on.
This is exactly what we are supposed to do as a state, take charge of our own beliefs, addressing issues the federal government has no business involving itself in, and it should happen more often. Unlike Jonathan I don’t have great reservations about being in conflict with federal law given my belief they have no authority. Reality put on hold on behalf of beliefs for the argument, that is.
I also don’t buy into the impact on our youth portion of the argument. Having terrific examples such as Jonathan and ourselves as parents, our youth are exposed to what they need to make the correct decisions. What they don’t need is always present — legal or not — regarding everything, and that is why we are here to point them the correct direction. I don’t believe we need to argue the benefits or detriments of the use of marijuana either, as personal freedom is exactly that and we must defend others’ personal freedoms, particularly when we don’t believe in them ourselves.
There are plenty of legal means to do harm to one’s self and the illegal means of doing harm to one’s self are attainable to those who have no regard for any law or themselves. With tightening education budgets one might think someone in the school system would welcome more sources of funding given a portion of the taxes are supposed to go to education (a completely different couple of arguments there).
Good for Mr. Rice for not jumping on the bandwagon to receive more money for his cause, education. If only we had more people making public decisions like that … regardless of agreeing or not. I don’t use marijuana, but given the stressfulness of the state of the world (when you think about it), I do tend to notice those who do are a lot more relaxed than me. Perhaps I will join them.
Maybe I will switch over to publicly funded healthcare, get a card and let the rest of you pay for my recreation, I mean health care. All of that and I don’t actually care if it is legal to sell in Rifle or not, I just wanted to argue with a guy crazy enough to respond via the paper when he already did what he believed correct.
Letter: Rice still got it wrongFebruary 22, 2014 —
I was ever so pleased to see that my letter prompted a reply from Rifle Councilman Jonathan Rice. But after reading Rice’s epistle, I am left wondering the real reason he’s against retail pot sales. The reasons he lists are so lame as to be laughable.
I bet Mr. Rice isn’t “comfortable conflicting with federal law” because he’s part of the state minority that voted against legalization. So, the will of the electorate be damned, “Father Knows Best!” Hah! But Jonathan, you play a lousy Robert Young.
Mr. Rice also says he doesn’t want to send the wrong message to our impressionable youth? Not one child will be dissuaded from using pot just because Rifle doesn’t allow recreational sales in town. Not one.
My conspiracy theory is maybe Mr. Rice believes “your body is a temple,” and his secret mission is to keep not only himself, but everyone else as pure as possible?
“Father knows best,” right?
Whatever the reason, after careful consideration you still got it wrong, Mr. Rice.
In the end there are leaders and there are those that timidly sit wringing their hands and shrugging their shoulders in answer to all those empty storefronts on Railroad Avenue in “Riffles.”
Letter: Dog attacked, killed my catFebruary 21, 2014 —
Could this have been your dog?
On the morning of Feb. 19 at 5 a.m. on East Avenue in Rifle my cat was so brutally attacked by a dog that it died. The attack was so severe that it left blood on the fence. My cat suffered greatly and it was very hard to have to watch.
I’m wondering, was this dog simply just left to run at large, or was it being walked off leash? This dog came right up on to my porch.
Letter: Lewis running for Silt town trustee positionFebruary 21, 2014 —
I am writing to announce my candidacy for the position of town trustee for the town of Silt.
I will run because I want the best for the town in which I live. I want a vibrant community filled with commerce and mostly I want to ensure a successful future for Silt. The incumbents have served the citizens to the best of their abilities, and it’s time for a change. We need fresh ideas, new perspectives and representatives that will lead Silt with direction provided by its citizens.
Silt is poised to grow. The new RV Park is designed to attract short-term stays and fills a shortage in the Grand Valley. The impending approval of retail marijuana stores will position Silt as the first place to legally purchase marijuana as one enters the state from the west. These two developments will result in an increase in the demand for Silt. The residents of Silt will benefit greatly and we have to ensure the desires of our residents are met and that we are thoughtfully moving into the future with goals that will build value into our community.
Our quality of life and our safety will not suffer as new growth brings new interest in Silt. We will make sure that the marijuana industry is kept from our children and that the underage possession of marijuana is strictly enforced. However, during the Feb. 10 trustee meeting, the Silt trustees failed to move the legal sale of marijuana in Silt forward. They do not care what the voters of Silt want — they only care about enforcing their own belief system on others.
Our town trustees should not be legislating with their antiquated beliefs. Our town trustees, including Mayor Dave Moore and Trustee Paul Taylor, have failed the voters and must be held accountable. Personal beliefs based on religion and anti-marijuana propaganda should not be tolerated in city hall and the voters should react to their despotism. This is not a marijuana issue — this is an issue of elected officials failing to carry out their sworn duty to the citizens.
Citizen Telegram Letters to the Editor - Feb. 20, 2014February 21, 2014 —
Time for changes in Silt
I am announcing my candidacy for trustee for the Town of Silt. I want the best for the town where I live. I want a vibrant community filled with commerce and to ensure a successful future for Silt. The incumbents have served the citizens to the best of their abilities, and it’s time for a change. We need fresh ideas, new perspectives and representatives that will lead Silt, with direction provided by its citizens.
Silt is poised to grow. The new RV park is designed to attract short term stays and fills a shortage in the valley. The pending approval of retail marijuana stores will make Silt one of the first places to legally purchase marijuana as one enters the state from the west. These two developments will greatly benefit the residents of Silt, and we have to ensure the desires of our residents are met and we are thoughtfully moving into the future with goals that build value in our community.
Quality of life and our safety will not suffer with new growth. We will ensure marijuana is kept from our children and that the underage possession of marijuana is strictly enforced. However, during the Feb. 10 meeting, the trustees failed to approve the sale of marijuana in Silt. They do not care what the voters of Silt want; they only care about enforcing their own belief system on others.
Our trustees should not be legislating with their antiquated beliefs. Our trustees, including Mayor Dave Moore and Trustee Paul Taylor, have failed the voters and must be held accountable. Personal beliefs based on religion and anti-marijuana propaganda should not be tolerated and voters should react to their despotism. This is not a marijuana issue; this is an issue of elected officials failing to carry out their sworn duty.
From neighbor to neighbor
For over 60 years, the oil and natural gas industry has worked closely with local community leaders to ensure fracking exists safely alongside Colorado’s communities and environment.
And with more than 10,000 oil and natural gas wells drilled in Western Colorado in the past 10 years, this community partnership remains stronger than ever. And we hope to see that continue.
In fact, one of my favorite organizations, Community Counts, provides tools to strengthen communication between oil and natural gas companies and Colorado communities. And many Colorado energy companies have joined Community Counts to do just that – communicate with their neighbors across Colorado.
By listening and responding to Coloradans’ concerns, these industry members strive to balance the economic and social benefits of energy production with the impact of operations on the environment.
Because in the end, oil and natural gas workers call Colorado home, too. Like you, they strive to keep Colorado safe and prosperous for generations to come.
Coloradans for Responsible Energy Development (CRED)
LETTER: Conflict of interest at county coroner’s officeFebruary 20, 2014 —
I support Robert Glassmire’s decision to run for Garfield County Coroner. Working closely with the coroner’s department he obviously sees changes that need to be made and isn’t afraid to step in and make them happen.
Fresh eyes are always a good thing when it comes to small town politics and making procedural changes that are long overdue.
I never quite understood how the owner of the only funeral home in the area can also be the county coroner. Isn’t that a conflict of interest? According to Colorado Revised Statue 30-10-619, yes it is. But due to a Roaring Fork Valley loophole it’s not illegal because there are no other funeral homes in the area.
And as far as Trey Holt being quoted as saying “The coroner’s office has worked quite well, and we’ve never had any controversy,” this is a matter of opinion, and how would he know if the deputy coroners handle everything?
If you would like to hear the opinion of a family who has felt the painful backlash of an indifferent coroner in a position of power visit webpage www.morganingram.com/wordpress/?tag=garfield-county-coroner.
I say we use the $44,000 in tax money we pay for the coroner’s salary and actually get a coroner who is present and informed.