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Glenwood Springs financial statements earn praise

Dear Editor,

We recently received a copy of the Glenwood Springs comprehensive annual financial report for 2002. Your city’s early implementation of GASB Statement No. 34, “Basic Financial Statements and Management’s Discussion and Analysis of State and Local Governments,” is commendable.

The Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) seeks to improve financial reporting in a number of ways. The GASB believes that the improvements in reporting cost-of-service information and the overall financial position of the government to taxpayers, governing boards and other financial statement users result from the implementation of Statement 34.



We are extremely pleased, and impressed, by your city’s ability to prepare the new financial statements in such a timely fashion. Your early implementation is a tribute to your finance director, Michael J. Harman, and your auditors, McMahan and Associates, L.L.C., for their expertise and assistance to the city.

I also want to commend the city’s governing body for supporting the efforts to provide citizens with a more comprehensive standard. I have mailed your finance department a certificate to display in recognition of their early-implementation efforts.



Congratulations for a job well done.

Sincerely,

Tom L. Allen

Government Accounting Standards Board

Norwalk, Conn.

Dear Editor,

As we enter the fifth month of the conflict in Iraq, there is a new threat to our troops overseas and our nation’s security.

The target of this new threat is simple but critical: the communication lines used by our military. These systems are at risk of being dangerously disrupted.

Who is the enemy? A group of giant telephone corporations, including Verizon and SBC, who are putting profits over the nation’s safety.

These corporations have launched a lobbying campaign to take control of the military’s most important communications contracts, including the Pentagon’s command-and-control system.

They argue that the current contractor, MCI, should be banned immediately as punishment for the wrongdoing of the crooked management that used to run the company when it was known as WorldCom.

No one is condoning the shenanigans that took place at WorldCom. The executives who committed the accounting fraud should be thrown in jail.

But the behavior of a few dishonest bosses isn’t a reason to undermine the security of American troops overseas, especially when military commanders have no complaints about MCI’s services.

Anyone who has ever been in combat knows that communications are a lifeline when you’re under fire. As a soldier, the last thing you want is some bureaucrat in Washington crossing your wires.

It’s time Verizon and its cronies realized that our troops in Iraq and other hotspots around the world have a tough enough job already without communications disruptions that could complicate their mission or even put them in danger.

Sincerely,

James Mitchell

Past state commander

Colorado Veterans

of Foreign Wars

South Fork

Dear Editor,

A month ago, Rifle’s Park Avenue had cars speeding and passing each other, kids crossing the street nearly being hit by cars, and parking problems.

As homeowners who reside on Park Avenue, we would like to thank Rifle Police Chief Daryl Meisner for listening to our concerns and responding to them. Thank you to the Rifle city planner and the city workers who worked so quickly and took care of the problems.

We have noticed most of the traffic is slowing down because of the double-yellow lines. We are also pleased with the pedestrian crosswalk and signage. The speed limit signs are also a bonus.

Orlond Gomez

Shelly Kuersten

Rifle

Dear Editor,

Regarding Scott Condon’s story in the Aug. 19 Post Independent, “Slowdown deals blow to valley job base,” why should Roaring Fork Valley Americans be concerned about the job losses in Pitkin County when so many of the jobs go to both legal aliens and illegal aliens?

When one looks at the statistics, one asks how many people are working two jobs? How many part-time jobs? How many full-time jobs?

How many Americans left the Roaring Fork Valley because they couldn’t get jobs while foreigners got jobs in Pitkin County?

The evidence is clear and strong that Aspen business owners, politicians and homeowners long ago bit the hand that fed them and encouraged illegal and legal immigration into America.

Cordially yours,

Emzy Veazy III

Aspen


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