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I must say, the 2008 campaign is probably the most desperate (especially on one side, the Democrats), and also the most entertaining, in history.

Now the Obama campaign has upwards of 30 “operatives” up there in Alaska, digging assiduously to uncover some delicious dirt on Gov. Palin, who has energized McCain’s presidential bid, and snatched Barack’s lead away. What’s a community organizer to do?

It’s interesting that the vice presidential candidate on the Republican side has more executive leadership experience than the Democratic presidential candidate.



Regarding Craig Chisesi’s boast that Palin is being investigated for dismissing the public works commissioner for not firing her state trooper brother-in-law, like most liberals, he didn’t give us the whole story ” only what he wants us to know.

Palin wanted the cop fired for at least two glaring reasons. He tasered an 11-year-old boy, which could have been fatal, and he arrived on duty drunk on at least one occasion. Just a minor oversight by Mr. Chisesi, I’m sure. I’d say she was just doing her job.



I was much inspired by Patrick Hunter’s anti-GOP bumper sticker litany Sept. 18. He helped bring to mind some counterbalancing ideas. Here they are. “Want style over substance, ambition over character? Vote Democratic.” “Support Barack’s magic infant disappearing act. Vote Democratic.” “Earth First! We can mine and drill on other planets later.” “Want to reward dependence on government and punish self-sufficiency? Vote Democratic.” “My carbon footprint is bigger than yours.” “Want to see a once-great nation go Socialist? Vote Democratic.” “My pig with lipstick is smarter than your honor student.”

And the clincher. “Want to send America to hell in a handbasket (or a hybrid)? Vote Democratic.”

The good news is that this circus will be over soon, and may the true leaders win!

John Herbst

Battlement Mesa

Mr. Blankenship’s letter of Sept. 30 cries out for a rejoinder. Jack seems to forget McCain is a major part of the problem, having voted in support of our disgraced and pitiful president more than 90 percent of the time. I understand forgetfulness; we have seen it in John McCain when he confuses Sunni and Shia, and thinks Spain is our enemy. As an old man, I know about forgetfulness, but, hey, I’m not running for president of the United States.

Do we really need a “hardened” man when our country is in a financial meltdown, thanks to lax regulation of financial institutions? Do we really need a hardened man when our country is deeply involved in a hopeless and immoral war?

I suggest a McCain-Palin administration would be the final blow to our battered and bloodied nation.

What we need now is intelligence and strength of character, two attributes that Obama and Biden share in abundance.

Jan Girardot

Glenwood Springs

An article in the Sept. 30 Glenwood Springs Post Independent, “Lions prowl Four Mile area,” was certainly intriguing. I was in Meeker this past weekend and saw the dedication of a full-size statue of a lion by a talented local artist. The unveiling was timely as the town has had three or four known visits of lions this summer. Two nurses on their way to work early one morning witnessed a lion at the back steps of the hospital.

The book “Beast in the Garden” (2004) by David Baron was recommended to me a few years ago. It documents the true story of the majestic mountain lions’ return to suburbia. The author reveals the lessons mother lions give their young in order to become comfortable living close to man as they hunt for their food. Once you open Baron’s spellbinding story you won’t find it resting on your nightstand. In the book the “beast” is the mountain lion and the “garden” is Boulder, Colorado.

Floyd Diemoz

Glenwood Springs

Noting the Glenwood Springs Post Independent word limit on letters to the editor, here are some of the things you need to do if you want my vote:

(1) Stop smearing your opponent with negative ads. Give me details about your plan to deal with each pertinent issue, then tell me how much it will cost, and where you intend to get the money. Trust me, if your opponent does that also, I can decide which of you has the better ideas.

(2) Guarantee you will spend my tax dollars carefully. Learn what numbers like million, billion and trillion really mean. Think of them as gallons of sweat and blood invested over the years. If you don’t know what sweat is, spend a day stringing fence or installing sheetrock. If you don’t know what blood is, spend time with a state trooper or an emergency room nurse. If you can’t do any of those things, at least talk with a veteran ” we can tell you about both sweat and blood.

(3) Commit to stay away from pork, unfunded mandates, and deficit spending. Find a way to pay for what you’re proposing. I don’t spend money I don’t have and send the bill to my grandchildren, and I will be angry if you do that.

(4) Understand I want you to represent me, not a bunch of moneyed interests. I and others like me want government of the people, by the people, for the people ” not government of the people, by the lobbyists, for the rich.

(5) Guarantee me you will support war only as an absolute last resort, and that, before you vote to commit us to conflict, you will define what “victory” entails, and that you will require development of a viable exit strategy.

Understand that “diplomacy,” “alliances,” “cooperation,” “compromise” and “bipartisanship” are not dirty words. It’s just been so long since we tried any of them we’ve forgotten they frequently work.

John Palmer

Glenwood Springs

The Basalt High School commons area was filled with 350-plus alumni and families Aug. 30; all exchanged memories of the good old days in the halls of Basalt Union High School. Each Longhorn class from 1935 through 1999 was represented; and Margaret “Bobbie” Glassier Harris and Freda Vasten Glassier of the class of 1935 were in attendance and honored. Beulah Bogue Arbaney, 1935 graduate, was unable to attend, but has lived near Basalt all her life. These ladies and Jim Crowley, Almeda Letey Duroux, Jimmy Phillips, Ed Grange, Richard Neal, Phyllis Ilgen Smith, Eli Cerise, Stella Cerise Bianco and others were eager to share their stories of the two-story brick school building in Basalt.

The building started as a one-story building when it was built about 1900. In the summer of 1902 another three rooms were added on the top. There were two classrooms and an assembly room for the high school upstairs. The grade school was downstairs. One teacher taught the first four grades and one taught the fifth through eighth grades. The high school had one teacher, but later the high school had two teachers. Outhouses were located in the back of the school yard, and horse shelters were built behind the school because students from the outlying areas rode their horses to school.

The building was built between Eagle and Pitkin counties, near both rivers. This school building was used until fall of October 1938, when the red brick school building (currently on the campus of Basalt schools) was completed and the original building demolished.

The reunion group would like to thank everyone who attended, including those who traveled long distances to attend. Everyone was thankful for the delicious food. Special thanks to Henry and Marilyn Lee, who provided numerous displays of old photographs of early Basalt years. Our thanks to Tammy Scherer, Ted Lupe, Mike and Linda Delost, Jody Brown, Jody Tankersley and Randy and Wendy Glassier.

Any BHS graduates wanting to be included in the updated class rosters, please call Janice at 927-3549 and leave your address.

co-chairmen Ann Stewart and Janice Duroux

Basalt

Not so many years ago, lawmakers in Washington began passing a series of bills that opened up the mortgage markets; restricted bankruptcy laws; allowed the raising of rates on all of a debtor’s accounts if they missed a payment to one account; loosened regulations on financial transactions; and allowed financial institutions to branch out into some formerly off-limits forms of investment. With those changes, people who clearly couldn’t have qualified for a large loan before were able to get billions of dollars worth of adjustable-rate mortgages.

When those risky contracts began to look bad for the mortgage holder’s bottom line, the looser regulations allowed those bad mortgages to be lumped together and sold to investment firms on Wall Street. Since the bad mortgages continue to look bad no matter whose ledger they are on, the American people are now being asked to buy them, but we’re not allowed to fix them. We just get to hold on to them until they look better to some buyer out there, and we can dump those bad mortgages back onto the market (and hopefully break even on the transaction). No thank you.

Until the bailout contains real steps to fix the bad mortgages, any attempt to fix the problem is only prolonging our pain. Give bankruptcy judges the power to lower interest rates, fix them in place and arrange do-able payment plans with homeowners facing foreclosure. Put the firewalls between banks and investment firms back in place. Allow the investment managers who betrayed their fiduciary responsibilities to face the consequences, and do not pay any severance compensation packages. Only then will I support a bailout.

Becky Penn

Glenwood Springs

On Feb. 22, 2008, in Chicago, an announcement was made by ACORN, (Associations of Community Organizations for Reform Now). Citimortgage, Bank of America, First American Title Insurance Co. and Fannie Mae were setting in place a nonprofit mortgage brokerage called ACORN Affordable Housing. ACORN explained they would be providing low down payments, flexible credit guidelines and income requirements, “including the use of nontraditional income,” competitive rates and low fees for mainly low-income Hispanics in Florida.

Would this announcement provoke you to do a little research into ACORN and the Fannie Mae organization? Some in Washington have been crying for an investigation for years. President Bush has asked every year he has been in office that Fannie Mae and the others like them be investigated. John McCain also joined in, but it fell on deaf ears.

On Sept. 30, a tape of a hearing on loan practices of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae was played on Fox News. This was a House hearing in 2004, and the following quotes are from this hearing.

Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif.: “We do not have a crisis at Freddie Mac and in particular at Fannie Mae under the outstanding leadership of Mr. Frank Raines.”

Rep. Frank Barnes, D-Mass.: “I have seen nothing here that suggests the safety and soundness as an issue, and it serves us badly to use safety and soundness as a kind of general shibboleth when it does not seem to be an issue.”

Sept. 30, 2008, Congressman Artur Davis of Alabama: “Like a lot of my Democratic colleagues I was too slow to appreciate the recklessness of Fannie and Freddie. I defended their efforts to encourage affordable homeownership when in retrospect I should have heeded the concerns raised by their regulator in 2004.”

Nancy Pelosi stood in front of the House and placed the weight of this mess on the shoulders of President Bush.

The truth is, everyone in Washington is to blame, but the fact is the Democrats had an opportunity to stop it in 2004 and failed to do it.

Norm Shroll

Glenwood Springs

Enis Alldredge and Mike Samson apparently want to continue the type of lack of regulation that allowed for the greed-filled exuberance that was Wall Street last month. What a difference a day or so makes.

As you travel downvalley, you might find more people who would like rules of prevention in place on oil and gas production before Mr. Alldredge’s “breach” occurs, further reducing property values and quality of life.

Remember “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure?” We don’t need a Republican (Mike Samson) sitting on his philosophical heels.

Barb Coddington

Glenwood Springs

In response To Pam Salaz, I am so sorry you took offense to the article. It was not my intention to offend others. I was merely voicing my opinion and those of parents that I have spoken to. I want to make a positive impact in people’s lives, and never intended on offending anyone.

Thank you for bringing it to my attention, and to those in the community that are doing their best to provide quality care to our community’s children.

Rebecca Hale, Colorado Kids

Rifle

It seems to me John McCain’s choice of Sarah Palin for vice president was the desperate act of a desperate politician. It certainly wasn’t a “country first” consideration. It was campaign first, and country be damned.

But then several of his choices have been questionable or ill-considered. Oops … isn’t decision-making an important part of being president?

Brenda Stern

Basalt


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