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I was so shocked, along with six other Catholics, to see and hear how terribly cruel and torturous some of these "R" rated movies are to women, children and animals, and to our military trying to help.

I am ashamed of our new theater allowing these on the big screen, or in our homes later, and bad movies coming with garbage and violence in movies to come in the next six months.

My God, where are their Christian minds with this stuff? Please, God, help them change, and Catholics, pray it does.

Maryanne and Rodney Olson

Rifle

A recent story in the Post Independent discussed the foreclosure rates in the different cities and towns in Garfield County. The year 2011 saw 701 foreclosures, the highest number ever.

Of that, more than 25 percent of the foreclosures were for the Rifle area, the 81650 ZIP code, if you will. This disturbing number, as well as the obvious increase in "for rent" signs in Rifle, certainly is a distressing trend. Perhaps we should look at the underlying economic factors specific to the Rifle area for a clue as to what is causing this situation.

No one is surprised that we are suffering from the recession, just like the rest of the nation. The lack of new housing construction throughout the valley has certainly hurt the talented construction trade living in Rifle. I know it has hurt us.

I wish to submit this observation.

Natural gas is at $2.30 on the New York Mercantile Exchange, as of Friday, March 23. With the Marcellus Shale play in the Northeast, the mild weather this fall and winter, the availability of Russian natural gas overseas, natural gas is not in great demand.

Natural gas has limited storage capabilities, so drilling more wells at the current market prices is not a wise investment at the moment. Except for spikes in 2005 and 2008, natural gas prices are about what they were 10 years ago.

Why is this relevant to Rifle? When you are putting most of your eggs in one or two baskets, you are not controlling your destiny. You are letting other factors dictate your economy. Until Rifle makes a concerted effort to diversify its economic base, we will always be at the mercy of construction and natural gas.

I sent a link about a company working on alternative fuels to County Commissioner Mike Samson, after we had a conversation about this very topic. There are new companies looking for receptive environments to develop and grow. We need to be proactive in identifying these types of opportunities if we want to break out of the "bust and bust" cycles we have grown to accept.

Craig S. Chisesi

Rifle

Do others feel discouraged by the constant bombardment of negative news casting doubts on the ethics of our nation's society? Isn't there more to politics than false accusations and dirty tricks; more to community life than crime and corruption; more to sports than scandals and trash talking; more to humanity than child abuse and pornography?

A nationally publicized good news event suggests a reference to a local example also deserving recognition. It's about individuals who possess a touch of class.

The release of Peyton Manning by the Indianapolis Colts and acquisition by the Denver Broncos, along with their release of Tim Tebow, created a media blitz second to none. Beyond the abundance of naysaying, what impressed me most was the manner in which both Manning and Tebow handled the situation.

Manning was quoted as saying "Listen, Tim Tebow is a great person and player. If he's here next year, I'm going to be the best teammate."

Tebow was equally gracious with his remarks about Manning and his acceptance of the action by the Bronco organization.

For some reason, I reflected back on this situation when I read with interest and with admiration the Telegram's March 22 article regarding the retirement of Rifle Police Chief Daryl Meisner. I don't know him, but it's obvious that he has earned the respect of those who do.

It's refreshing and uplifting to get insight on successful people's philosophy of life. Chief Meisner's 39 years of service certainly speaks to his reliability and credibility.

Quotes from each of the three seems an appropriate way to close:

Manning's realism: "We all know that nothing lasts forever. Times change, circumstances change, and that's the reality of playing in the NFL."

Tebow's belief: "I don't know what my future holds, but I know who holds my future."

Meisner's leadership: "I always tell our officers to remember our job is to enforce the values of the community, not enforce our values on the community."

Each of these men exhibit that touch of class that's much needed in our society today!

Richard Doran

Parachute

I have lived in Rifle housing for the past five years and have never had anything taken from my yard.

This letter is for the people who stole, right from my yard, a mom coyote and her three babies, all made of solid stone.

Not only did I enjoy them, but many of my neighbors did as well.

If the thief is reading this, I only hope one day when I wake up they will be back in my yard where they belong.

Have a good night's sleep.

Janet West

Rifle


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