Letters to the editor for June 21, 2011
I am a longtime friend of the Sakin family and share a birthday with Arden Sakin, so I was distressed to hear and read about the allegations of discrimination at Basalt High School against Arden due to her physical and learning disabilities.
It is wonderful that the Roaring Fork School District is willing to address the broad array of issues under the Americans With Disabilities Act so directly and is going to such lengths, not only to correct some relatively simple problems, but also to train faculty and staff so they are more enlightened to the issues involving full inclusion.
The Sakin’s letter to the editor of May 31 clearly points out the need for a more compassionate approach to educating. I hope that those in the community who have followed this story will find a way to become more inclusionary in their daily lives and encourage teachers, coaches, directors and others who deal with disabled students every day will be open to a diverse set of needs.
Pound Ridge, New York
I am appalled and not a bit surprised at the actions of the Garfield Board of County Commissioners and Mr. Ed Green, the county manager, in the dismissal of oil and gas liaison Judy Jordan.
This is yet another attempt in allowing the oil and gas Industry to run amuck in Garfield County. There is no other way to explain this action.
It’s laughable, unfortunately at Ms. Jordan’s expense, that the BOCC expects the citizenry of this county to believe otherwise. The industry’s criticism of Ms. Jordan’s “perceived partiality,” portraying her as “anti-industry” because she did her job, reeks of corruption at its best.
Ms Jordan was the oil and gas liaison. If she was not the liaison of the industry and the county citizens, then the liaison of what or whom?
To believe that the industry will leave if they don’t get their way is ludicrous. The valuable resource is here, they will not leave without it. We as citizens must continue to demand that the county hold the industry to standards that include public safety on all counts.
A balance of extracting the resource with the welfare of the land and its people in mind is not too much to ask of an industry that profits billions of dollars each year.
In reading about the cars that were burglarized in both Glenwood Springs and Carbondale, a sobering thought came to mind. Foremost, there were firearms stolen from these vehicles.
Part of responsible firearm ownership is safeguarding them from falling into the wrong hands, and thus putting the public at risk.
Why anybody would leave a gun in their vehicle boggles my mind. A single pane of glass in a car is not going to stop a thief, and forget car alarms.
In my mind the owners of the vehicles that contained the weapons that were stolen should lose their right to own guns, period. Irresponsible is not a strong enough word to describe them. If at a later date one of these weapons is found to have been used in the commission of a crime, there should be some culpability put on the former irresponsible owners.
When it comes to firearms, everyone should live by the motto of “nothing by chance.”
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