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Dear Editor,

The Post Independent’s editorial calling me as a member of City Council, either “ignorant of, or disdainful of the law” was eye opening. The reporter never called me to check his story.

– An executive meeting to consider a personnel matter ended at approximately 11:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 18.



– By Friday morning, new developments had occurred. One candidate had withdrawn his name from consideration for the city manager position.

– That notice of withdrawal was disseminated by staff, to City Council via e-mail, on Friday morning.



– That necessitated needing to know whether to call an immediate meeting (Mr. Merritt was out of town), or a later meeting.

First of all, the phone call that was made was not a conference call. You will note that the Sunshine Law refers to gatherings of three or more members of council. The call was “one to one.”

Secondly, the call was not to set policy, legislation, or to conduct city business.

Finally, the call that I received was a matter of scheduling, which is entirely appropriate.

I have been on council only for a short time. So, during the past few months, I have consulted both the city clerk’s office and the city attorney’s office to check on the Sunshine laws and their usage.

I even went so far as to download the entire law from the Internet and to keep it with me in my City Council files. That way, I can have it available to see that I am working within both the “letter” and the “spirit” of the law.

Sincerely,

Chris McGovern

City Council, Ward 3

Glenwood Springs

Dear Editor,

The enemy is not the Colorado Department of Transportation. Highway 82 is the culprit.

Until the highway is relocated off of Grand Avenue and the city takes full control of Grand, we must work with CDOT to minimize the interruption to the businesses downtown.

CDOT has stated that it will go back to the concrete (which, until budget cuts in 2000, was their original intent) approach. They are willing to do everything possible to minimize the effect on businesses and at the same time listen to improvements that can be made that would enhance the downtown.

You would not want this interruption when the economy is booming, but when the effect is less on your business. A positive approach to this project would only benefit everyone involved.

This would minimize interruptions to the businesses for the next 20 or 30 years.

The city needs to take the lead in helping the downtown businesses for this period in the form of advertising money, traffic control, parking availability, aesthetic improvements and maybe some kind of tax breaks.

By doing this now, the downtown will be ready to take on any new competition that will come about in the future.

The people of CDOT are our neighbors, they live here and they know our problems with Highway 82, and the need to relocate if off of Grand Avenue. So let’s work with them, not against them.

Don Gillespie

Glenwood Springs

Dear Editor,

Ralph Nader has become one of the people he warned us about. He is a megalomaniac! Now, is he working for the Republican Party? Sure looks like it.

He has, however, gone from crusader to spoiler. Such a shame for one once respected to have fallen so far and not realize it.

Valerie Harriman

Carbondale

Dear Editor,

Rob Ternazzo indicated he supports a gay marriage ban based on his faith, yet the First Amendment to the Constitution states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion…” I would point out that, contrary to the president’s statement, not all religions, one being the United Church of Christ, oppose gay marriage. Arguing for a ban based on religious beliefs constitutes an establishment of a religion. Iran and Afghanistan have religious governments, and I would not relish the United States taking the same path.

Mr. Talbott also cites a religious point of view, although the link between homosexuality, adulterous sex, pregnancy and abortion is hard to follow, unless Mr. Talbott’s common thread is all these activities are choices we make. Although he decries as “faux science” the idea that homosexuality is genetic, several respectable journals argue otherwise.

It is not a liberal idea; take a look at this article, published in the ultra-conservative Weekly Standard: http://members.aol.com/gaygene/pages/standard.htm. It references research done on the link between homosexuality and our genes and concludes that homosexuality is genetic.

If you believe God’s law is above the Constitution, remember John 13:34: “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” You should not use the Bible to deprive your fellow humans of the right to express their love through marriage.

Jerry Fields

Rifle

Dear Editor,

Let me get this straight. Only a man and a woman can be “legally” married, and anything else would be a “slippery slope.”

Let’s take a look at “legal” marriage today. A pop princess gets married for one day as a “joke,” a “legally” married basketball superstar has relations with another woman in a hotel room and when found out buys his wife a giant ring to compensate.

A woman hates her “legal” husband so much she runs him over with an SUV … twice.

I personally know of over 20 “legal” marriages that have left two people in despair and emotionally scarred their children forever.

Let’s face it, in regards to a “slippery slope,” we’re all in one big avalanche of hatred, selfishness and intolerance already.

I would rather explain to my daughter about a loving same-sex marriage than I would about why a husband murders his “legal” pregnant wife and dumps her body in a lake.

I don’t need Mr. Bush and his amendment to define my personal relationship; neither knows the strength of my love or my character. Anyone that loves another, regardless of gender, race, or economical status, should receive nothing but support in this day and age.

Tonya Wernsmann

Silt


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