Letters to the Editor
Dear Editor,I couldnt believe it when in August 1969 the rails and ties were removed from Aspen to Woody Creek. The idea of taking up the rail tracks from Glenwood to Aspen! Perhaps clanging, clattering trains would disturb Aspens ivory towers? Taking up the remaining track would be like taking candy from a baby. Just wait for the right time 35 years. The irony of the rails as a last mineral resource for the ore they transported is amusing. More sobering is loss of Aspens early legacy. Ergo, the valleys.Note how quickly in 1983 people became covetous of their section of Glenwood Ditch abandoned from the Buffalo Valley to town. Resurrecting that as a bicycle link would be as unlikely and as difficult as rebuilding a railroad, despite the fact that the railroad has generous rights of way for parallel lines unless a monorail was installed. Fat chance? as fat as rebuilding rail up the Frying Pan and Crystal River valleys. I guess its not unusual to see an entity in Colorado that cant use bigger outside money. It would be nice to see people take pride in their state and stay ahead of the curve on innovation and development, and preserve whats real, but it is easier to let outsiders do it and undo it. No one will fund a future line if the present one disappears. Call me a conservatives conservative, but I hate to see the people dupe themselves in favor of a few.Fred StewartGrand Junction
Dear Editor,Xcel Energy seems to be talking out both sides of its mouth in regard to its support of renewable energy. Chief executive of Xcel Wayne Brunetti is quoted on Sept. 1 as saying the utility is committed to increasing its share of electricity generation from renewable sources such as wind, solar and hydroelectricity. At the same, time Xcel is proposing a new 750-megawatt coal-fired power plant in Pueblo. Why resort to another coal plant, which contributes to global warming, emits toxic mercury and consumes enormous quantities of precious Colorado water? Do we need another expensive and polluting coal plant when Colorado has some of the best renewable energy resources in the country?Ask yourself why is Xcel touting itself as a green energy producer and then spending big bucks to defeat the renewable energy standard, Amendment 37, that will bring 10 percent of our energy from renewable sources?Amendment 37 requires the top seven utilities in the state to produce 10 percent of energy from renewable sources by 2015. Fifteen other states have enacted this type of legislation, and Colorado would become the first state to pass a citizens initiative. Vote yes this November on Amendment 37; it makes sense for Colorado.Peggy RawlinsGrand Junction
Dear Editor,Folks who are undecided about who to vote for in November, seeing no difference between Bush and Kerry, would do well to reread (or read, if they havent already) Clay Bolands My Side on page A15 of the Sept. 8 Post Independent. His chronicle of requests for donations from organizations protesting destructive policies of the Bush administration provides a strong basis for making a striking distinction between these two candidates.There is one issue I would like to add to that list: separation of church and state. While Kerry makes reference to the precious line between church and state, an important provision of the Bill of Rights, Bush declares from the pulpit that he truly believes he has been called by God to be president of the United States, and promotes federally funded faith-based initiatives. How different could these two positions be?To those who plan to vote for Bush purely out of party loyalty, may I suggest that there is nothing wrong with reviewing the issues from both sides? Loyalty is a noble quality, but it can prevent one from exercising independent thought and re-evaluating the object of ones loyalty.Sincerely,Pat GirardotGlenwood Springs
Dear Editor,I see Mr. Anderson is still distorting the truth in his letters. Quoting Mr. Anderson, I want to share with you a story you will not see in the liberal press.But yet, doing a Google search for iraq olympic soccer victory Portugal turns up 18,200 hits that include the following links: http://www.cnn.com/2004/SPORT/08/12/iraq.soccer.ap/, http://www.latimes.com/sports/olympics/soccer/la-sp-iraqsoccer13aug13,1,7904918.story?coll=la-headlines-sports, http://www.nytimes.com/2004/08/12/sports/olympics/AP-OLY-Iraq-Portugal-SOC.html?fta=y, http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A60481-2004Aug12?language=printer.Even the conservatives liberal media whipping boys the L.A. Times and the New York Times carried the story. Or maybe Bob meant the story about Iraq torturing its athletes, but here is a link to NPR covering that story on Jan. 22, 2003: http://www.npr.org/features/feature.php?wfId=930754. A copy of a December 2002 AP story can be found here: sportsillustrated.cnn.com/olympics/news/2002/12/05/iraq_ap/. More recent stories here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2004/07/25/wirq25.xml, http://www.boston.com/news/world/middleeast/articles/2004/07/25/iraq_shows_odais_olympic_torture_tools/. This link mentions the torture story in the context of the Iraqi victory over Portugal: http://www.nytimes.com/2004/08/12/sports/olympics/12CND-IRAQIS.html?ex=1093320000&en=1b737d84efd4b410&ei=5070&8brSo everybody out there remember, Google is your friend.Rene MendozaSilt
Dear Editor,On the one hand we have a person who took every opportunity to avoid getting in harms way.Yet he has seen fit to send over 1,000 to the ultimate sacrifice.He avoids facing the returning casualties or the grieving families.On the other hand we have a man who volunteered to place himself in harms way.He witnessed firsthand the ultimate sacrifice of his friends. He concluded that truly war is hell.He had the guts to tell that to Congress and the world.Which one is the most trustworthy?Jack SebestaCarbondale
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