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Dear Editor,

As the administration and the media become increasingly “on message,” meaning that only an official view is tolerated and disseminated, the information reaching us warps to only show us their message. It becomes incapable of allowing us to see negative effects of our actions because that would detract from the message. Like a madman unaware of the damage he’s doing, we become blindly detrimental to others and ourselves.

When a person acts, based on little or wrong information, their actions become incongruous and appear inappropriate to those around them. We think of them as crazy. If they hurt somebody in the process, society confines them pretty quickly.

A sane society, like a sane person, demands good information, accurate feedback and a clear view of the effects of its actions.

This is a good time to join together with your Republican and Democratic friends and get to know our new representatives in Washington. Petition your representatives to stand firm for the dissemination of diverse and unfettered information and science. Ask for an accounting of all the citizen deaths that our wars are responsible for. Ask that depleted uranium munitions be outlawed. Petition them for strong environmental laws. Ask for verified, trustworthy elections. Insist we maintain Social Security as it is and initiate a Social Security tax for incomes over $84,000 per year.

Finally, ask that we stand with the rest of the world to resolve global warming. Don’t be shy.

Contact your senators and representatives through the main switchboard of the federal House and Senate at (202) 224-3121.

John Hoffmann

Carbondale

Dear Editor,

Not only does Jan. 1 mark a new year, it is also the beginning of tax season. The Garfield County Public Library System is a participant in the Bank, Post Office and Library (BPOL) Program operated by the IRS. As participants, libraries function as distribution points for IRS forms and instructions until April 15. Your local public library will be the holder of much of the paperwork (1040s, 1040As, 1040EZs) you may need to successfully complete your filing.

We will also receive the reproducible volumes from which you may select the special form you need to photocopy. For those using the Internet, the IRS can be accessed through its Web site (www.irs.ustreas.gov) from which forms may be printed.

Although this isn’t our favorite assignment in the library (hauling boxes of forms and instructions is a job), we feel it is a worthwhile public service. Please remember that we provide forms but we cannot give tax advice or counsel (believe me, you don’t want my tax advice).

For tax assistance, use the IRS’ toll-free number: (800) 829-1040. We will also be distributing Colorado state tax forms, as usual.

Just remember that you’ll find the tax forms and instructions you need at your public library after Jan. 1.

Jaci Spuhler, director

Garfield County Public Library System


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