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To the two guys who peppered my mountain bike frame with a shotgun blast out at Hubbard Mesa Recreation Area on Nov. 25, I'm sorry I came back before they had a chance to leave and not be seen.

If they shot my bike and didn't realize they were hitting it, wink wink, they were making the conscious decision to discharge their firearm directly at County Road 290 from where they were shooting. It is gun owners like these that give the rest of the gun owners a bad name.

Remember, karma can be bad.

Wayne Edgeton

Rifle

On Nov. 29, the Post Independent published a front page article on the homeless predicament Sheriff Lou Vallario and the Carbondale Trustees now confront. And, on Dec. 1, the PI printed letters from Pat Dalrymple and Patty Haenny addressing Carbondale's homeless dilemma and criticizing Vallario's lack of compassion for the downtrodden living among us.

Before moving to Colorado (and after leaving economic development as a profession), I was a full-time volunteer worker for the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Kingdom of Heaven. For 10 years, I was associated with Victory Outreach ministries in southern California. The Victory Outreach ministry in Desert Hot Springs is a men's home for the downtrodden that is a model that should be followed to confront the homeless problem in Carbondale and all of Garfield County.

Because the global economy will continue to erode, Garfield County's homeless quandary will continue to grow. This socio-economic reality is why the local churches are given a tax-free status. Garfield County's homeless problem is unequivocally the mission and responsibility of the Christian churches of Garfield County and not the local governments. (Note: It is my understanding one church in New Castle has a cash reserve of over $1 million just sitting in the bank earning less than 1 percent.)

Perhaps all of the Garfield County Christian pastors should reread Matthew 25: 35-40 and then all come together as directed in First Corinthians 1:10 and finance the establishment of the Victory Outreach model in Garfield County.

One final thought. I have personally looked into the eyes of hundreds of homeless men and women, and within each one is the divine spark. But as a formally trained social scientist, I also know that alcohol and drugs are a primary reason for their homeless condition.

If you want to help the homeless, then the first rule is "Do no harm." Therefore, if you give them money, you are enabling their addictions to continue. My alternative to cash was that I always carried $5 gift certificate packets to McDonald's.

Carl Mc Williams

Silt

I would like to thank and compliment Ross L. Talbott on his column in the Post Independent of Nov. 27. I try to always read his comments, as I most generally agree with him.

This column should have given some of us a chance to to do a little thinking in how we are heading.

John B. Scalzo

Rifle

Some press accounts have called U.S. Rep. Ralph Hall's bill an oil shale subsidy. It is not. Oil shale firms will not receive this funding.

This funding is for research by government agencies, principally the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), to establish independent baseline environmental information like water supply and quality impacts that the public and conservation groups are clamoring for.

The DOE and other agencies are receiving funding to conduct research into other energy sources, including renewable energy and energy efficiency. At the DOE the 2013 budget request is $2.3 billion for the latter program, up by 29 percent from the 2012 expected expenditures. This dwarfs the $10 million a year in the Hall bill.

The Energy Policy Act of 2005 authorized this research, which the DOE is ignoring, thus requiring a special congressional bill.

Whether any of the discretionary portions of the DOE budget are justified is debatable, but I hope cost-conscious citizens will look beyond going only after oil shale, and critique the DOE budget as a whole.

The DOE was established to move the nation in the direction of energy independence. From my vantage point, it is doing little to advance that important goal.

Glenn Vawter

Glenwood Springs

I think a better idea (since the sheriff would like for people to stop giving out money at the Highway 133-82 intersection) would be to stop by the red kettle and drop your money in there. The Salvation Army does wonders with that money and it goes to really deserving people.

Merry Christmas to the Salvation Army and keep up the good work.

Jane Spaulding

Carbondale

Could someone please explain to me why we have worker's compensation insurance when they can deny just about anything by calling it a street hazard.

I work for a home health agency and was injured while on the job. I reported the injury on Aug. 15, the day it happened.

Fifteen weeks later I was informed that they are denying my claim, stating it is a street hazard and could happen anywhere, even if I was on the job. This does not seem fair.

JoAnn Watson

Glenwood Springs


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