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More Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor,

Our sweet old Midland country lane with wild flowers and lovely trees has become a day- and nightmare. Now we get to dodge ugly concrete planters full of rocks and the scum that are stealing plants from them. We used to just dodge the sunken manhole covers and busy driveways on S-curves, as well as giving right-of-way to the lovely deer and other wildlife (we saw a big red fox coming up from the river the other day).

In our opinion, the only cars traveling at 25 mph are those tailgating me and my neighbors who are trying to set a good example.

Peggy and Stan Stevens

Glenwood Springs

Dear Editor,

The Grand Valley Citizens’ Alliance recently held two meetings to discuss the proposed Rifle-Silt-New Castle Community Development Plan. We mailed post cards 10 days prior to the meeting to residents of Silt Mesa area, and unfortunately, the cards did not arrive in people’s mail boxes until the day after the meetings.

To ensure the all community members have the opportunity to hear about the plan and participate in the final drafting phase, we are arranging another community meeting that will take place in mid-December, and we will do another mailing to the community.

In addition, the plan draft will be presented to the Garfield County Energy Advisory Board at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec, 1 at the Rifle Fairgrounds meeting room. The public is welcome at this meeting.

Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience, and we hope to see you at one of the December meetings.

Peggy Utesch, GVCA

Christy Hamrick, Resident

Terry Dobkins, Antero Resources

Dear Editor,

I have let this pet peeve of mine go long enough. People not returning shopping carts to the stores or the cart corrals! It seems like a simple enough concept to empty the shopping bags from the cart into the shopper’s vehicle, but the part that many miss is returning the cart to a corral or inside the store.

My vehicle has received several scratches and dents due to careless people leaving the buggies out in the parking lots, the latest one received a few days ago when the wind blew a loose cart into my vehicle. Local grocery stores offer assistance out to your vehicle if needed; so, the numerous people that feel compelled to leave the carts in a parking lot, why don’t you take advantage of this service? The helper takes the cart for you. Why can’t we take an extra 30 seconds to properly return the carts?

In an area where people are so health conscious and environmentally aware, why is this an issue? If you wear a pedometer, it’s a few extra steps to return your cart.

Can someone enlighten me as to why people do this on a regular basis?

Courtney Rose

Glenwood Springs

Dear Editor,

In response to Mr. Aust’s mis-informed letter. I wasn’t aware that a proper evaluation of an animal could be done via fax and e-mail. It would seem that a true professional would need to not only assess an animal in person but also look at the facts of both sides of an incident, not base their entire opinion on the half truths spewed forth by an over-emotional mob, and the one-sided scribblings of a small town hack journalist.

From the onset, Sue Schmidt’s telling of the incident involving Buster, whether told in person, in written article, or blog form, is inconsistent at best, both in statement of the events that transpired and in her own credentials. At first she stated that Leslie Rockey approached Buster from the front wearing sunglasses and that’s what provoked the bite, then she states that Rockey approached “briskly” from the side and grabbed Buster’s face, thus causing him to bite.

It has also been stated that Schmidt is both a vet tech and dog trainer/handler, neither of which is true. In this I do have to agree with Mr. Aust, it does take more than a two-week course to become an animal handler, so Mrs. Schmidt what are your actual credentials?

I would urge anyone with any amount of reason to ignore Schmidt’s campaign, and Mr. Aust, I think it would be great if you came out to help Colorado Animal Rescue, I’m sure they could use a kennel cleaner.

Charles D. Ward

Glenwood Springs

Dear Editor,

If you live here, you love the White River National Forest. You have either chosen to move here, or to remain here, because of it.

The forest is where we play. We hunt, fish, hike, camp, climb, bike, ski, snowshoe, and snowboard in the forest.

The forest also provides us with income. As the nation’s most frequently-used forest, the White River is an indispensable part of our economy.

Some recent political changes now require citizens to become more active in protecting it from forces that will destroy our way of life.

Specifically, we need to firmly establish how the forest should be used, and we need to protect it from unnecessary developing of new roads.

The Roaring Fork Valley is in the heart of the White River National Forest. Essentially, we are citizens of the White River National Forest. The livelihood of this entire valley hinges on our decisions about its use.

Please share your voice, and your support for roadless areas, at Carbondale’s Town Hall at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1. Thank you.

Nina Schnipper


Dear Editor,

Genocide. This word typically evokes emotions regarding the holocaust and Nazis, but the sad truth is that genocide is being carried out today as you read this. More important, though, is the action being taken to stem this evil, which is minimal to say the least.

In Darfur, casualties of this ignored genocide are estimated to be between 350,000 and 400,000 people, and we go fight in Iraq. There is something fundamentally wrong with choosing to kill people rather than save them, and this is the stand America has made, to be invaders rather than saviors.

If America’s feeble attempts to beat compliance into the Middle East isn’t proof history hasn’t taught America anything, then perhaps ignoring another genocide is.

But the oil fields are clearly what most Americans really care about.

For those that believe genocide should be stopped, please visit to learn more about this tragedy. The world is watching passively.

Who knows, perhaps genocide may become more important to America than gay marriage or abortion.

Josh White

Glenwood Springs

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