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Letters to the Editor - Aug. 23, 2012

I know a young woman who bought a car from another young woman. She had the car three months and all three payments had been made to the seller.

Then came a surprise: The buyer received a call late at night and was told by the seller that she wanted the car back.

Much to our surprise, the woman who bought the car did return it to the other woman. And even though the seller promised the buyer she would return her last payment, she changed her mind and said she didn't feel she needed to return the last payment.

I would just like to know if this is what our small town has become - "It's all about me" and "I don't have to give you any money back. Just too bad for you."

Billie A. Jansky

Rifle

I am concerned about Bedrock Resources LLC's proposed rock crushing operation off County Road 315, which will directly impact organic certification of the nearby Eagle Springs Organic farm.

Eagle Springs has invested much time and money to obtain USDA organic certification, making it the largest certified operation in our area. Certification takes three years, a plethora of special equipment, cultivation practices and product handling standards, numerous inspections and consistent record keeping and reporting.

Organic farms must have distinct, defined boundaries and buffer zones to prevent unintended contact with a prohibited substance applied to adjoining land not under organic management. Even on a non-windy day, dust from rock, asphalt and concrete crushing would not have to drift far to impair Eagle Springs' ability to meet the above standard.

I do not oppose Bedrock Resources or rock crushing operations, in general, in our county. In this particular situation, the proposed location is just not the right place. I believe in proper siting and zoning of industrial activities to avoid unnecessary impacts. I know the county believes in this, too: "The nature, scale, and intensity of a proposed use must be compatible with adjacent land uses and will not result in an adverse impact to adjacent land." (Unified Land Use Resolution Standard 7-103).

Garfield County is blessed to have the land, climate and soils that support a rich diversity of crops and livestock. In turn, our local farms and ranches provide nutrient rich foods that sustain our residents and diversify the county's economic portfolio. I urge the commissioners to take this information into careful consideration as they make their decision about whether or not to approve the land use change permit from Bedrock Resources in this particular location.

Skye Sieber

Rifle

The campaign to protect our ranch lands, rivers and recreation economy has officially begun. The Garfield County commissioners voted unanimously to place a sales tax measure on the November ballot to fund a much-needed open land program for the county.

We want to thank the three commissioners for their thoughtful and detailed work on this important issue.

After three years of meetings, a local citizens group, the Garfield Legacy Project, and the commissioners forged a proposed program unique to the county.

The resulting ballot measure (1A), if passed in the Nov. 6 election, creates a quarter-cent sales tax that will raise approximately $2 million annually for the protection of local open lands. The program would provide support to our agricultural economy, safeguard our rivers and streams, and enhance the recreation and trails we enjoy.

Now is the time to take a forward-looking approach to preserving our ranching heritage and open lands. Our growing tourism economy depends upon it.

We are very excited to talk about the program and to provide factual resources and pertinent information on the ballot measure. If you are interested in joining the Garfield Legacy Project, go to our website, garfieldlegacy.org, and find out more.

Mary Noone

Garfield Legacy Project

Regardless of your political stripes, you've got to admit, the major corporate extraction industries pulling the strings under the disguise of the Republican party, have really given us an amazing party trick.

Every time Gov. Mitt Romney opens his mouth, all the Republican candidates down ticket follow up with "extraction industries." It's really a fabulous ventriloquist act, even though the sound bites that come out look like old Japanese Godzilla movies.

Here's the choreography, and folks, it is spectacular. Mr. Romney's strings get pulled by the corporate fossil fuel plutocrats, and immediately the Republican candidates jump into a chorus line like the Rockettes.

Mr. Romney says something about job creation, and his back up squad says, "extraction industries!" When Mr. Romney says "economic recovery," the line does a little kick and says "extraction industries!" If Mr. Romney says "cut government spending and invest our money in ...," the boys in red do a twirl with arms waving high in the air and say "extraction industries!"

My favorite part is the grand finale, where Mr. Romney starts preaching about corporations being people, too. Romney yells, "The poor need to work, women need to be home with children, immigrants need to go back to the country they came from, and we can't afford to be a welfare state for deviants like the LGBT community, because we need to invest in the ..." and the music blasts "God Bless America," American flags waving everywhere, with each Republican candidate raising their right hand in solidarity and booming out "extraction industries!"

The crowd goes wild, chanting "Extraction! Extraction! Extraction!" It's a great show. One can't help but enjoy the Republican spectacle.

Until we see the strings being pulled. Then we're all reminded of the harsh reality of who, and what, has hijacked the government of the people.

Anita Sherman

Glenwood Springs


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