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Dear Editor,

Did I miss something?

I enjoyed reading Carrie Click’s story in the April 15 edition about the record numbers attending Garfield County’s Democratic caucuses. Kudos to Garfield County and your record turnout.

The trouble is, she said “Countywide, delegates cast the most votes for John Kerry and Ken Salazar.”

Well, the final tabulation results are in: Twenty-four delegates are committed to Salazar, but 27 are committed to Mike Miles. Both are Democratic candidates for the U.S. Senate. Miles won more delegates than Salazar, despite the story you printed to the contrary. I wonder who your reporter’s source of information was. Hmm. Perhaps I missed the retraction you already printed.

Regardless, I said it before and I’ll say it again, kudos to Garfield County voters. You recognize the gem we have in Mike Miles and why he should go to Washington on behalf of all of us in the state.

Liz Gauthier


Editor’s Note: Ms. Gauthier is correct, but another 21 Democratic delegates are uncommitted.

Dear Editor,

While President AWOL tells us all to support the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, what are he and his Vietnam-era chickenhawk foreign policy and military advisers actually doing?

They opposed raising combat pay from a meager $150 a month and increasing the $6,000 family death benefit.

Many warzone troops must buy basics like suitable socks and boots out of their own poverty-level pay: less than $16,000/year, which makes them eligible for food stamps.

AWOL Bush and the Republican-controlled Congress have drastically cut the Veterans Administration health care budget by hundreds of millions, aiming to cut $15 billion over the next decade. Such respect for veterans’ sacrifices from a bunch of no-shows.

Meanwhile Bush and crew push trillion-dollar tax cuts for their rich supporters and corporations, making military and veterans sacrifice to benefit the rich, and the debt grows by $500 billion a year.

Their corporate bed-buddies like Halliburton and Bechtel get multi-million-dollar no-bid contracts, and then price-gouge the military for gas. The families of many Reserve and National Guard troops sent to Iraq are in financial crisis as their income drops on military pay and some lose their homes and file bankruptcy.

While chickenhawks Bush and Cheney tell us that the nation is at war, the Bush crew is the first in modern history to push through huge tax cuts in time of war, mostly, of course, to benefit the 10 percent highest-income folks.

Patriots or cynical hypocrites?

Chester McQueary


Dear Editor,

We’ve all seen it, pillars of white snow jetting up from the ski slopes. Breaking the silence with its low growl, it is quite the opposite of the natural, gentle snowfall.

Man has always had a way of getting what he wants, and in the Colorado mountains, he wants snow. Due to the impacts of global warming and the current drought, snow has become rarer and more valuable. Mother Nature is slowly weaning us from deep dumping of powder. How much should we interfere?

In order to cover a 200-square-foot piece of mountain with six inches of snow, it takes 75,000 gallons of water. Taking this water from low-lying areas has an enormous effect on the animal life and the ecosystem. Also, snowmaking uses air-powered guns, which by themselves account for a high percentage of power use.

Cost, however, is not a large factor in the decision of snowmaking. Due to the enormous revenue that snowmaking generates, the cost of making snow is trivial. Because of this income, the local ski industry is being kept alive. Without snowmaking, the season would start later.

In the end we have to make the tough decision of what is more important to us, preserving natural eco-friendly ski conditions, or pre-season skiing.

Projections say that within 100 years snow will be gone from the Roaring Fork Valley. Maybe snowmaking isn’t the solution to our problem.

When does skiing cease to be called skiing, when does the love of the mountains die?

Claire Noone

Glenwood Springs

Dear Editor,

By reading Bob Anderson’s letter of April 25, I was wondering, how we know non-Hispanic’s fertility rate is below the replacement rate in 2004?

Was Mr. Anderson generalizing Hispanic women immigrating to this country just to have children and cause a reduction in our quality of life?

We will experience different ethnic groups other than Hispanic living in our neighborhoods. Those who have immigrated here have had to adjust understanding the American culture.

It usually takes time and an appropriate resource to assist the new immigrants to assimilate into our culture.

Debi Martinez


Dear Editor,

Glenwood Springs has been growing rapidly at 17 percent over the past 10 years. Housing has become very crowded, and new housing developments are popping up everywhere.

One of the latest locations for proposed growth is Wulfsohn Ranch, a beautiful stretch of land that has been left to its natural beauty. A plan in the making is to construct hundreds of houses upon that land along with retail zoning, which will likely bring in a Lowe’s and Target.

From an environmental standpoint, the masses of houses will destroy habitats for flora and fauna, plus produce waste products that will harm the ecosystem. The retail space is also an unneeded addition to our community. The products offered at Lowe’s and Target are already offered throughout the valley.

I propose that this land be left untouched or used for a more environmentally- and citizen-friendly option.

If the land must be used, a great recreational choice would be a public golf course. This would allow the land to remain beautiful and at the same time offer increased recreation and profit to the city of Glenwood Springs. Although golf courses can be hazardous to the environment, new ways of taking care of the grasses are available that will offer safer conditions.

Take a moment to gaze at the beauty of Wulfsohn Ranch and picture the development that could take its place. Glenwood Springs is running out of locations such as Wulfsohn Ranch. Do not take them for granted.


Tory Garling

Glenwood Springs

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