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Dear Editor,

What can we do about this overpopulation issue? First of all we must change our policies concerning population growth. We must reach an optimum population number that can be sustained without causing major reductions in our quality of life.

A 1990 study suggested that had we instituted a policy of attaining an optimum population at the end of World War II (our population at that time was around 135 million), and assuming we consumed even at the per capita rate that we do today, we would never have had the need to import any oil or burn any coal.

But, of course, our population is now double that number and rapidly approaching 300 million. Is it too late? I don’t believe so, but we must take action now before it is.

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How do we achieve a reduction in population to the level we enjoyed 60 years ago? We can adopt a “one child per woman” policy that China instituted some years ago. But the average American is strongly against any such meddling in their lives by government.

Perhaps since we know that the fertility rate of non-Hispanic women is below replacement rate already, with blacks just at replacement rate, could we somehow hope that the replacement rate for Hispanics would decline to that of the rest of America’s women?

Not likely, since it is becoming more and more evident that the Hispanics immigrating to this country are not assimilating into our culture as they once did.

Bob Anderson

Glenwood Springs

Dear Editor,

I see in the Sentinel the NRA “bought” Cheney off with a new rifle. That was easy and cheap. Bush could not answer a question asked by the press. “Should have had a written question so someone could have told him what to say. He could have had time to think.”

Does that mean he has to have written questions from the press? His biggest mistake ” he didn’t think he had made any. That goes to show you his think tank is running on empty.

We are finding Nighthorse Campbell is in more trouble; he lays everything on his staff. He is another one that will not take responsibility for his actions. Too bad I could not get paid $9,459 for wages, $8,582 on taxes and fees (I have to pay my own taxes), $3,612 air service, $3,552 copier maintenance (I would have bought a new copier), $1,732 car payments, $1,155 on cell phone calls ” glad I don’t have those kinds of bills.

I live on Social Security. Wow! I hope George Bush doesn’t fix Social Security or seniors won’t have any.

Hope we win the war soon, before we run out of soldiers. The way they are being killed it will be close. The volunteer servicemen and woman I’m sure never expected to fight a war. Most wanted a chance to get an education or needed income to help their parents. Sad state of affairs!

Mildred Baumli

Carbondale

Dear Editor,

Thank you for your article in the April 21 paper on Glenwood Springs Middle School teacher Kelly Jerles-Blackwelder. The students and the Re-1 school district are losing a very talented teacher at the end of this school year.

As a new student to the middle school this year, my child had only two trimesters with Ms. Blackwelder. But they were two trimesters that left a lasting impression on her.

Kelly has the ability to bring out the best talent in each and every student. Anyone who had the privilege of seeing the fall music concert got to see firsthand the pride her students displayed in their singing abilities. Their smiles were a mile wide.

As a parent we always hope that our children are blessed with teachers who love their jobs. Their love of teaching reflects how our children respond to school in general. Kelly definitely has that love of teaching, and will be sorely missed by all the students and parents alike.

I think that I speak for a great many parents of middle schoolers, we wish you the best, Kelly, in your endeavors to obtain your teaching certificate, and hurry back to a school full of students who love you and will miss you.

Sincerely,

Pam Coller

Glenwood Springs

Dear Editor,

The Colorado Division of Wildlife is considering building three housing pads on their property at Seven Castles on the Fryingpan River. The idea would be to allow district wildlife managers to place their own modular housing or mobile homes on these pads.

The DOW has prepared two sketch plans of their proposal, and is offering a public review of the plans and an opportunity for comments during an open house scheduled for 4-7 p.m. on Monday, April 26, at the Eagle County Community Center in El Jebel.

I believe that it is important for adjacent landowners, neighbors, Fryingpan valley residents and those who appreciate the beauty and serenity of the valley to be present at this informal meeting. Concerns regarding density, visual impacts, property values, etc. and the general appropriateness of this concept come to mind. Please stop by and let your thoughts be heard.

Bob Jacobson

Basalt


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