Letters to the Editor
I have a dream that one day this valley’s poor will rise up and overthrow the rich, and force them to work one day in $10-an-hour jobs so they will understand that it is impossible to pay the bills on your own with those wages. And that our work should be valued and we should be paid more.
I have a dream that one day Mexicans and Americans will be able to sit down together and make each other understand that illegal immigrants need to pay taxes and strive to contribute to our society. And Americans cannot continue hiring illegal immigrants that aren’t striving to become citizens, because it is only contributing to the problems in our society.
It is not fair that illegals can have a free baby, they can get on welfare, and receive cheap and sometimes free health care, while American citizens receive nothing. We only get the pleasure to watch the government take out large sums of money from each paycheck. We get to pay into Social Security, something my generation will never get back.
I have a dream that we will stop blaming Mexicans for every little thing and start blaming our government for not helping the working class hero.
A beloved longtime Roaring Fork Valley resident passed away at Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2007, after a short illness. My cousin, Dennis Gerbaz, 80, was born in Glenwood Springs and lived his entire life in the Glenwood Springs and Carbondale area.
Dennis spent his life farming and ranching at his home near Carbondale. He lived a quiet, but hard-working life until he was involved in a courageous battle that pitted him, his late brother Nile and cousin Larry Gerbaz against the Environmental Protection Agency in a case that became known as the “River Wars.” It involved their rights as property owners to protect their land from floodwaters without an Army Corps of Engineers 404 permit. The River Wars battle became nationally known when Dennis and the others were featured on the Today Show in a taped series and their story was the subject of numerous newspaper articles across the country.
Dennis was a kind, humble man who enjoyed church life, writing letters to the editor and contributing to charitable causes. He will be missed by all who knew and loved his quietness, logical intelligence, wisdom and Godly lifestyle of hard work, integrity and charitable deeds.
Though he never married or had children of his own he was dearly loved by all of us who knew him as a friend and relative who we shared lively conversation with at family dinners.
We will all remember him as one who fearlessly stood up for the rights of the common man even when it meant going against a powerful governmental agency and as one whose deeply compassionate heart led him to bequeath generously to Catholic Charities.
My family joins me in remembering this dear, selfless soul who set an example for all of us. We will forever miss him, but we find comfort in knowing that he is resting now and at peace with God in Heaven.
Maria Cecile Gerbaz Callier
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