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Dear Editor,

We could not help but notice, while driving by today, the “Iraq Death Toll Tote board” located outside of the Yampah Mountain High School. It is hard to believe that the teachers and administrators had anything to do with this, so I must assume the students erected this structure.

After all, judging by the curriculum of typical and alternative high schools, it is quite evident that these students should be capable of independent thought and political analysis.

In the interest of fairness, we would suggest that a tote board reflecting deaths caused by terrorism and tyranny be erected alongside. Of course this tote board will have to be much larger in order to reflect the millions of deaths caused by terrorism and dictatorial regimes. We are sure we can count on the students to get to work on this project immediately.


Michael K. Stahl,

Gail A. Rice,


Jeff Wuerker

New Castle

Dear Editor,

My name is Kathleen Curry, and I am running for the Colorado House of Representatives, District 61. This past Tuesday evening, the Garfield County Democratic Party caucus met to select delegates to the county assembly and discuss platforms.

I’ve heard that it was very well attended; regretfully I was not able to attend since I was participating in the Gunnison County caucus that night.

I am pleased that there appears to be a lot of interest this year in the election process. As a candidate for the General Assembly, I will be working very hard the next six months earning the support of the voters and seeking to understand what I can do for District 61 if I am elected.

I travel to the Garfield County area on a frequent basis, and am looking forward to attending the May 1 county assembly.

I can be reached at kathleencurry@montrose.net if you would like to contact me, or please feel free to check my Web site at http://www.kathleencurry.com for more information.

Kathleen Curry


Dear Editor,

The week of April 18-24, victims of crime, victim advocates, criminal and juvenile justice officials, allied professionals, and community volunteers across the United States will observe the 24th annual National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.

During this week, organizations that assist crime victims in the 9th Judicial District (Garfield, Pitkin and Rio Blanco counties) join together to promote greater public awareness of the rights and needs of crime victims.

The 9th Judicial District Crime Victim Compensation program is offered through the District Attorney’s Office’s Victim/Witness Assistance program. It offers financial assistance to victims for crime-related expenses, such as unpaid medical bills, mental health counseling, funeral costs and lost wages. In 2003, $270,282 was distributed to over 200 victims and their families in Garfield, Pitkin and Rio Blanco counties.

The program assists victims of assaults, domestic assaults, child sexual assault, sexual assault – rapes, vehicular homicides, victims and survivors of homicide and other crimes.

The Crime Victim Compensation program is funded by moneys paid by individuals convicted of crimes in Garfield, Pitkin and Rio Blanco counties.

During this special observance, the citizens of our judicial district have the opportunity to take a stand against violence and take action to assist and support crime victims.

We urge each and every one of you to make a commitment to your community to get involved, and support crime victims’ rights and services.


Mac Myers, district attorney

Marie Munday, Steve Aurand, Iris Copeland

9th District Crime Victim Compensation Board

Dear Editor,

Volunteers inspire by example and make our community a better place to live and work. During National Volunteer Week, April 18-24, dedicated people in Garfield County, and millions of others in communities throughout the nation, will be honored for their commitment to service. This year’s theme is “Volunteers Inspire by Example.”

On behalf of all of us at the Advocate Safehouse Project, I would like to take this opportunity to say a special thank you to our wonderful volunteers. They make a difference every day in our community and in the lives of many of our neighbors.

After completing a 30-hour training, our volunteer advocates work 12-hour shifts to respond to domestic violence calls on our confidential Help Line. Some of our volunteers complete additional training and respond to calls from sexual assault victims. Our volunteer advocates are available 24 hours a day, every day ” including nights, weekends, and holidays ” to provide support and safety.

Our volunteer board of directors provides advice, direction and support to the Advocate Safehouse Project in many ways. They can be found doing anything from fixing the roof, to writing thank-you notes, to baby-sitting, to planning fund-raising events.

Volunteers are one of our community’s most valuable resources. Whatever your interests, get involved and volunteer. As the Lorax said, “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”

Thanks to all of you out there for caring, especially the Advocate Safehouse Project volunteers.

Carole O’Brien,

program coordinator

Advocate Safehouse Project

Glenwood Springs

Dear Editor,

Every 24 days, 3,000 Americans die in automobile accidents. To my knowledge, no Grand Masters of Compensation Funds have been appointed for the victims’ families. Homeland Security, if you should ask, would simply shrug its shoulders.

If I were Osama bin Laden, I would just buy Americans more cars; and if I were president I would take as many Americans out of cars as I could. Wouldn’t you?

Right through our hearts and minds like a stream of neutrinos runs the blade of good and evil.

Impeach Bush.


Jim Breasted


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