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Dear Editor, You know how sometimes we say “this would be funny if it weren’t true”?Well, I just returned from listening to Molly Ivins speak at the 22nd annual meeting of the Western Colorado Congress. Only Molly can make me laugh at the absurdity of the world we are choosing for ourselves. And it starts right here at home folks – a fine slate of candidates to run against the McInnis re-election machine. Nothing personal guys, but sheesh – this is the best we can do?And the governor’s race? Please – Rollie Heath has some good ideas and seems like a genuinely likeable guy, but he doesn’t stand a chance against the $5 million war chest of Gov. Owens -brought (or is that bought?) to you by the Oil & Gas Industry.One bright light in the upcoming election is the race between Trsi Houpt and Walt Stowe for county commissioner. Trsi Houpt is a dream come true for those of us with a more progressive view on things. Although I don’t pretend to know her well, I did have the opportunity to speak with her on a couple of occasions and found her to be engaging and thoughtful in her responses.She definitely seems to more accurately represent the changing face of Garfield County. While it seems we are powerless to stop the madness emanating from Washington, there is some comfort in knowing that there is a local choice to be made that would be a step forward for Garfield County.One of the themes of the today’s discussions was campaign finance reform. Please support Amendment 27. This proposed legislation addressing campaign finance reform is a meaningful step towards taking back the power of the people. The point was made that by not participating in the election process (voting), we give the Corporate Electing Machine a disproportionate share of the power. It doesn’t have to be this way! Exercise your voting privilege – be an informed voter -Term limits by the people!Bob UteschDry Hollow

Dear Editor,On Saturday, Sept. 14, I was moved by the outpouring of selflessness and compassion shown by the people of Glenwood Springs. More than 50 residents joined others from throughout the Roaring Fork Valley to help their neighbors in a time of great need. Led by our friends at Summit Canyon Mountaineering, you completed the arduous task of reseeding the fire-devastated hillsides near Mitchell Creek to safeguard homes from encroaching mudslides and debris flow.Amidst the charred remains on home foundations, in a show of solidarity, community and commitment, you pulled on your boots and made a difference. Your kindness and participation touched us all. And most importantly, you gave many families an unexpected reason to smile.To the people of Glenwood Springs, we at Timberland thank you.We thank you for your hard work. We thank you for your support. And most of all, we thank you for letting us be a small part of your wonderful community.Respectfully,Jeffrey SwartzPresident and CEOTimberland


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