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Dear Editor,

Glenwood Springs Elementary School Partners In Education is kicking off our second annual Adopt-A-Classroom Program. This highly successful program joins classrooms, businesses and individuals in the community to help our school. Education budgets are tight and many teachers use their own money to purchase additional items, such as folders, three-ring binders, flashlights and batteries, sticky notes and water bottles. Sometimes, families cannot afford to purchase necessary items for their children, and other times these are extra things teachers would like to make their class special.

PIE is looking for more than 40 businesses or individuals that will commit to help a classroom by purchasing items teachers have requested, or by donating money directly to a specific teacher, so that teacher can purchase the items.



What will you get in return? A thank-you certificate from PIE, your name hanging in the adopted classroom and a chance to know that you did something great for our kids and our community.

It is easy to help with our Adopt-A-Classroom Program. E-mail me at gsespie@aol.com or call 379-9216 and let me know that you want to make a difference. We will pair you up with a teacher or grade of your choice and forward their wish list to you. School starts soon, so time is of the essence. We need you so no classrooms are left out. We hope to have all of our donors by Thursday. School starts Tuesday, so we need to get shopping.



Thank you in advance for taking the time to support our children and education in our community.

Jenny Cutright

PIE President

Dear Editor,

Once more, Hal Sundin has proven that “a little knowledge is a dangerous thing,” with his “Global warming versus U.S. energy policy” column (Post Independent, 8/18/2005).

He obviously thinks that we should have signed the Kyoto Treaty, and thus set the stage for destroying our country industrially ” putting China on top. (But, then again, the name Sundin may be oriental … ” just joking).

I still remember visiting Beijing a number of times, in early 1979, and marveling at a city with such dirty air that it was frequently forced to use their city lights for 24 hours a day.

I was a “guest” of the Chinese government at the time and had been promised an opportunity to examine China’s major copper deposits.

In late 1983, I visited the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station while it was in the late stages of construction. That was more than 20 years ago. I also visited the plant more recently, during normal power production. It was impressive ” certainly by far the cheapest source of power available today.

Did you know that a nuclear pellet the size of the tip of your little finger contains the energy equivalent of 1,780 pounds of coal, or 149 gallons of oil, or 157 gallons of gasoline ” and all blocked to date by the radical Hal Sundins of this country.

My wife and I roamed Antarctica a year ago and found it delightfully interesting. Did you know that the South Pole region contains some massive deposits of coal? This obviously proves that the South Pole has not always been situated where it currently is.

Does it make you wonder about the reality of global warming? Did you know that carbon dioxide stimulates the growth of vegetables, fruit, grain, etc.? Maybe not bad for a growing and world population.

Richard T. Moolick

Glenwood Springs

Dear Editor,

I thank you for the joy you brought me on Friday. I could hear the hallelujahs rising from the reaches of the Re-1 school district in response to the news that Fred Wall will retire.

School board director Peter Delaney ascribes Wall’s problems to “bad press.” I once asked Delaney if he was aware of Wall’s notorious temper and how he screamed at teachers, principals and parents. Delaney shrugged, saying, “Everybody loses their temper.” To say that he “dealt with the heat in a professional manner” is absurd!

Wall’s “legacy” will be his refusal to acknowledge the massive flight of the middle class from his schools until too late.

Delaney says that Wall was blamed for all the district’s problems. The blame really lies with the school board’s failure in its primary task: overseeing the superintendents. At a meeting in Carbondale a year ago, the question of taking business properties to expand Glenwood High arose. Wall told the gathering that he had been in discussions with the property owners and they were willing sellers, and displaced tenants would be helped to relocate. Sue Hakanson and Bruce Wampler sat silently as Wall told lies. That’s why they are the subjects of a recall.

A new school board is our only hope for getting the superintendent we need ” one with vision and integrity. Without a new board, the paper will next celebrate the news that our new superintendent is the old assistant. More of the same old …

Arthur Rothman

Carbondale


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