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Dear Editor,Something really stinks in Re-1. Do the Re-1 school board members think that nepotism is OK within their corrupt district? Our new superintendent and board president sure have things wrapped up between them. They obviously don’t care about any of the opinions of the Re-1 parents they serve. Just when I thought it couldn’t get any worse, they pull a stunt like this. Corruption breeds corruption. Glenwood’s raped Grand Avenue will always bear the proof.I am a disgusted Re-1 parent, disgusted enough to move away from this district.Elizabeth FryeGlenwood Springs

Dear Editor,The Basalt Town Council election offers a clear choice between out-of-control expansion and common-sense smart growth. Chris Selden, Amy Capron, and Gary Tennenbaum all seem to understand that zoning and the master plan are tools a community can use to create the future it wants. Please vote for Chris, Amy and Gary on April 4.Julie GoldsteinBasalt

Dear Editor,I am grateful to have seen such high quality of discussion and debate about the issues facing Basalt’s future in recent weeks, as part of the campaign for the three Basalt town councilor positions up for election on Tuesday. The candidates have all clearly communicated where they stand on key issues. Three candidates in particular – Chris Seldin, Amy Capron and Gary Tennenbaum – have impressed me with their inclusive attitudes, their positive vision for Basalt’s future, and their thorough understanding of the issues facing our town. These three have also proposed fresh new ideas for how to strengthen further our economic vitality and community cohesiveness. Therefore, I will be supporting Amy, Gary and Chris on election day this Tuesday, and I would urge all other Basalt voters support them, too.Regardless of your candidate preferences, make our Basalt’s democracy work. Vote in the Basalt election on Tuesday, April 4.David CramerBasalt



Dear Editor,A Union Pacific freight train hit a New Castle fire truck out for a morning “fun” ride last Saturday. There are a few clarifications that need to be made. The accident happened on a clear day in the late morning. There were no weather or visibility issues. The crossing is from a highly arched overpass dropping down to Highway 6. From the peak of the overpass, one has a clear westerly view of the railroad tracks for approximately 1.7 miles, and once crossing, a person, if stopped, can clearly see quite a distance both ways. The crossings bells were working, according to Mr. Coryell: “No one heard any bells until the train was right there.” The bells and lights are actuated from about a quarter mile down the tracks. If we assumed the train to travel at 40 mph, it would take the train about 33 seconds to get to the crossing. Having lived very close to the rails in Peach Valley, I can state that every train that I have seen pass my home, either in the light of day or dead of night, has blasted the horns four times before reaching the crossing. I feel sorry for Mr. Coryell’s passengers. They were victimized by his lack of patience. But more so for the crew of that train. Even as they passed us slowly, the equipment mangled and broken from the accident, they had the horror of having hit a truck with a family in it, and had blasted that horn four times.Gary KirchbergNew Castle

Dear Editor, After reading the letters to the editor on March 30, we are infuriated that the community apparently believes that Austin Coryell tried to outrun a train in a Burning Mountains fire engine. This could not be further from the truth. The train was not seen until immediately before the accident, and it is unclear whether the warning lights even worked properly. Not one passenger in the truck saw or heard a train until it was too late to avoid the collision. The story of Austin trying to outrun the train is derived from a false statement by officer Gardner of the state patrol. That statement is seemingly based on nothing but assumptions. Officer Gardner spoke to neither Austin nor the other passengers. In fact, as of March 30 (five days after the accident), no one from the state patrol has contacted the other two passengers for witness statements. So before Mr. Vought and Ms. Sutliff are able to round up their lynch mob, perhaps they should get the facts straight. More so, perhaps officer Gardner should tell the public why he said what he did. That report has brought undue public ridicule on a young man who is already very sorry for what transpired. So before any more stones are cast, let’s at least call it what it was, “an accident.” Austin is a dedicated fireman who goes to training numerous times a week as a volunteer out of the kindness of his heart. So ask yourselves if that sounds like the same kid that would intentionally put people’s lives in danger. Everyone is sorry that this regrettable accident happened, but it is shameful to make Austin out to be some kind of reckless idiot. He certainly is not. Lucas (Austin’s older brother) and Frank (Austin’s father) Coryell Silt



Dear Editor, Volunteer firefighters are real, live local heroes. My husband, Tod Tibbetts, served as a volunteer firefighter in Wisconsin 26 years ago. My daughter, Ema Kwiatkowski, is currently a volunteer for Burning Mountains. When she joined the department in 2003, she brought with her five years of training and experience. As a community, we have high expectations for our firefighters. That’s part of their job. I know how difficult it is to find people who are willing to volunteer for community service, let alone as firefighters. And while we rely on volunteers to serve as firefighters, we must still set standards. It takes a special kind of person to be a firefighter. A good firefighter needs training, but beyond that a keen sense of danger, safety consciousness, and the ability to think and react responsibly under pressure in emergency situations. Everyone is thankful no one was seriously injured, or worse, when the train collided with the fire truck on March 25. I am certain Austin Coryell is a fine young man. Unfortunately as a firefighter, he just doesn’t cut it. The bottom line is, he didn’t stop at the railroad tracks. He didn’t look for a train. He didn’t anticipate the danger. It’s true, he’s not required by law to do so. However, deep down in his gut, any firefighter knows that any firefighter worth her boots knows better. She stops at train tracks. She looks for trains. Even when she’s not driving. Even when she’s not in the fire truck. It’s second nature. Safety first. At all times. Everywhere she goes. She can’t help herself. She’s a firefighter. Peggy Tibbetts Silt

Dear Editor, I recently went into Alpine Bank in Glenwood to cash $8,700 in Alpine money orders from the closing on my newly purchased home. I have two loans with Alpine Bank, both current and never late. As I waited for them to cash their money orders they made some calls and told me they would have to take out $1,100 because I was delinquent on a $30 payment. I told them I was not late, there was a mistake on their part and asked them to either cash them or give them back. They refused to give them back. I was in shock that they would hold my $8,700 hostage over a $30 payment that I was not even late in making. A month prior I had set up a new payment schedule with their Rifle loan department, had already made two payments since and one of those more than three times the payment amount of $100. I actually thought they were going to keep my hard-earned money over this. Needless to say I became emotional until 15 minutes later they finally gave my money orders back. I have never seen anything like that before and plan to take them to court over that. Turns out the loan department called my house and apologized about the mix-up, but that does not make up for the 15 minutes of my heart rate going through the roof. I will pay off my other loan with them and be done with Alpine Bank forever. Todd WagnerNew Castle

Dear Editor,It seems the uproar about the government’s proposed forest service land sales is dwindling, but there is still time to make public comment until the end of March. If you have an opinion about this issue, it is very important you make your voice heard. Some unique forest service areas, four-wheel trails and access points will become quite private if the sale goes forward.Check out the details for yourself at http://www.fs.fed.us/land/staff/ disposal.html or send your comments directly to SRS_Land_Sales@fs.fed.us. Gary Kirchberg New Castle

Dear Editor,In a recent letter to the editor re: Mr. Sundin’s article on how Hitler was able to use democracy to destroy democracy, the reader was indignant at the parallels to Bush & Co. Interesting how the reader drew the same so quickly.As the gap between the ultra rich and the working poor continues to widen, we see the importing of labor and exporting of jobs.In the book “Holy War” by Wilhelm Dietl, written in 1983, “in Saudi Arabia everything involving physical labor is done by guest workers,” it appears that one’s job is to keep the elite and rich elite and rich. Even in the early ’80s the Saudis were “earning $350 million a day.” (page 232) This wealth has to equal cronyism and corruption.There is a seven-star hotel off the Arabian Gulf on a man-made island called Al-Aarab that has an atrium with a ceiling of gold leaf and a fountain lit with a mixture of propane and water that, in size, can fit the Statue of Liberty. The royal suite is $9,000 per night. Sharon RobynParachute

Dear Editor,I wonder if the American Indian wishes their ancestors would have been tougher on border security.Don BrownGlenwood Springs


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