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Dear Editor,

What is wrong with this picture? In the Garfield County Jail, if there are more detainees than there are sleeping facilities, American citizens are forced to sleep on mattresses on the floor, but illegal alien detainees in the custody of ICE are required to sleep in bunks. This according to Sheriff Lou Vallario. Of course this was before ICE decided not to house them in the jail because the department can use Tasers.

So you may wonder what alternative does ICE have? Obviously they will just turn them loose as they have been doing for years. Turning them loose in Glenwood Springs means they can just walk away and commit another crime.

Newark, N.J., is a sanctuary city as is Denver. A sanctuary city means the local authorities do not question an individual’s resident status when arrested for a crime, nor do they notify ICE if they suspect the individual is an illegal. Last month, an illegal alien who was on the streets on bail for his last crime, which was raping a 5-year-old over a period of months, executed three college students by shooting them in the back of the head for no apparent reason. Just another of the 1,800 to 2,500 murders committed in the U.S. every two years by illegal aliens. Almost as many Americans murdered in two years as have been killed in the war in Iraq since it began.

Many of these murders could have been prevented if our immigration laws that are already on the books had been enforced. But our politicians and apparently our law enforcement community would rather turn the other cheek than enforce those laws. Of course the standard response is, “We do not have the authority or the training to deal with illegal immigration.”

However, a provision of the 1996 immigration legislation, 287 (g), makes the training of local law enforcement possible. ICE will provide this training at local law enforcement’s request. Have our local law enforcement officials requested this training? I don’t know. I also don’t know if Glenwood Springs is a sanctuary city.

Bob Anderson

Glenwood Springs

Dear Editor,

Every day I pick up a paper and read yet another boring letter to you by some “over literate” reader that writes about some issue that I swear by the fourth line, I am snoring over my coffee. I am sick of the bickering letters between readers, too. I mean who really gives a …, oops, can’t use that word, darn!

We have swinging bridges over the Colorado River that need to be mended, a solution to the illegal immigration issue is desperately needed, lack of affordable housing, minimal support for our troops, no money for animal shelters, litter on the highway that is disgusting, gas smell in the air, over-drilling in our county, not to mention World Peace.

I am thinking about not reading your paper as it really puts me to sleep, and I think I could use my time more efficiently in the mornings.

I challenge better writing and reading.

Lori Bennett

Glenwood Springs

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