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Letters to the Editor - Aug. 30, 2012

I understand that Bedrock Asphalt has submitted a revised application to locate its asphalt, rock and concrete crushing operation on the same site, adjacent to Eagle Springs Organic (ESO) farm, where the Board of County Commissioners has already denied its application for the same operation, with the hot asphalt batch plant. Once again, the approval or denial of the operation is in your hands.

Approval of this application will indicate a belief that it will have no adverse effect on the organic agriculture operation at ESO, which is immediately downwind. Approval will likely cause ESO to lose its organic certification, will certainly cause a significant reduction in the market share they have already developed, and a subsequent loss of jobs.

I hope each of you is aware of the growing market share and good jobs offered by fresh organic produce. Denial of this application will indicate that the many jobs created by ESO are more important to its citizens than the proposed location of this asphalt plant. Bedrock Asphalt will not replace these jobs if they are lost with ESO's organic certification. Denial would demonstrate that Garfield County considers its public health and air quality to be more important than allowing this asphalt operation to be located on this site.

This year is heading for the record books as the hottest and driest on record for the USA. We should expect to see sharply higher prices for food of all kinds. I truly hope that when these higher food prices become painfully evident this winter, we will all be grateful that your decision on this application was the right one.

Please deny the Bedrock Asphalt application and show your support for organic farming in Garfield County.

Michael Thompson

President, Fat City Farmers, Inc.

Basalt

Is it any wonder that a lot of us old people who remember the glory days of the Grand Old Party have lost faith in the current leadership?

Don't decisions like scheduling the Republican National Convention in Tampa, during the height of the hurricane season, give reason to be concerned? Simply using "good judgment" is not rocket science.

Let's hope that the weather doesn't interfere beyond wiping out the first day, so "We built it!" can prevail.

Richard Doran

Parachute

I am a 51-year resident of the Roaring Fork Valley, with 42 of those years in Carbondale. I moved to this area for the healthy environment and resulting quality of life.

Outside of the season when my 42-year-old organic vegetable garden doesn't provide my fresh produce, I depend on organic produce from Eagle Springs Farm. It is imperative to protect this source of local, clean food, water and air, and the associated existing agricultural jobs from contamination by the proposed asphalt plant rock-crushing operation adjacent to Eagle Springs.

You heard the people the last time around and apparently understood the importance of preserving a healthy and organic food production environment. The more recent application by Bedrock Resources shows little difference in the nature of use and its impact on Eagle Springs farm. I implore you to adhere firmly to your earlier stance and once again deny Bedrock's application.

Laurie Loeb

Carbondale

I am an anti-abortion conservative and make no apologies for that. In the case of rape or incest, I do not ever expect a female of any age to carry that pregnancy to term. I would hope someone administered a morning-after pill.

I also would not expect a female whose life is in danger should she deliver, to make that choice to have the child.

I have very strong feelings about abortion taking a life. However, something that should be nine months of joy would become a nine-month reliving of a nightmare. I have carried two children I wanted.

No! There is no way I could expect any woman at any age to endure nine months of constant reminders of one of the most horrible things that could happen to her.

Yes! I feel sorry about the baby, but I could imagine a female becoming suicidal very easily.

Every candidate should have thought through answers to questions like this well before running. Akin's remark was colossally stupid, and quite frankly, I am a devout Christian and I would leave the judgment of what I have been saying about this in His hands with confidence that He will be loving and fair about it. (Not condoning abortion as birth control, either).

I have no issue with any woman using birth control, but I do not feel I should have to pay for it. If a man and a woman want to have sex - in marriage or out - that is their business and they should pay for whatever protection they prefer. Others should not have to pay for it.

I believe these statements represent the majority of the Tea Party and GOP conservatives.

Juanita R. Williams

Parachute

As a naturopathic doctor and chapter leader of the Roaring Fork Valley Weston A. Price Foundation chapter, I am passionate about the availability of healthy organic food, locally produced in our valley. This is why I am concerned about the proposed bedrock crushing operation of Bedrock Resources LLC.

Eagle Springs Organic farm has recently achieved certified organic status after much work and expense, and this status, as well as the profitability of the entire enterprise, would be threatened by this new use of the adjacent property.

As Eagle Springs Organic farm is already established, and this new land use would directly threaten its viability, I do not see how you can support it. According to the Unified Land Use Resolution Standard 7-103, "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." I see no reason to believe this proposed land use change would not threaten this established business.

As a resident of this valley, I value locally produced healthy food, I support local businesses, and I support the security of local food for our health and national security. Please do not approve this land use change permit for Bedrock Resources, and encourage them to find a more suitable location for this operation.

Jody Powell

Basalt

One in seven women in Colorado will be diagnosed with breast cancer, but with early detection, most women can survive it.

The National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program and Colorado Amendment 35 Tobacco Tax, along with the American Cancer Society, provides free breast and cervical cancer screenings to women ages 40-64. To be eligible for the Women's Wellness Connection, women must meet Colorado citizenship verification, be at or below 250 percent of the federal poverty level (can make up to $2,327/monthly for a one person household), have no health insurance or be underinsured.

Call 1-866-951-9355 for more information or to see if you may qualify. Or visit www.womenswellnessconnection.org.

Jill Lacy

American Cancer Society


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