Who controls the media?
Dear Editor,A democracy is a government by the people. The domination of government by business is called fascism. Our media today, which are basically owned by five very large corporations, who control almost all of our public airways and print media. To see who owns the media, go to freepress.net. Big Media are a powerful special interest in Washington, and these corporations hit a windfall with deregulation of the public airwaves as well as huge corporate tax cuts. Consolidation of the media has meant fewer independent voices being heard. Corporate media have been busy dumbing down the public and promoting White House propaganda at the taxpayers expense. It is against federal law to use public funds to infiltrate our press with propaganda, yet earlier this year we found out that there were journalists exposed as propagandists on the White House payroll. Government-funded video news releases were routinely released without disclosing that the White House was the source. It must be working, because we still have 40 percent of the population that believes the lies the Bush administration puts out. Since the Bushies had no time to prepackage their spin, the government response to Hurricane Katrina exposed the truth about this inept administration. We need an independent press that is willing to speak truth to power. In the meantime, all of us that know the truth must make our voices heard. To empower people in a true democracy, it is essential they get critical information that affects their lives. Janet NicholsCarbondale
Dear Editor,I would like to respond to Chela Murillos letter on Sept. 29. I am a Hispanic mother of a second grader and the Administrative Assistant at Ross Montessori School. Ms. Murillo states that she has facts about Ross enrollment. Where did Ms. Murillo get her facts? She has never been to our school or spoken to me. What Ms. Murillo presented were slanderous lies intended to incite racial controversy. The staff and the board of directors at Ross Montessori School have worked very hard to inform the community about our program. We have advertised on the local radio stations and in newspapers, including La Mision and Radio Tricolor, to reach our Hispanic population. Last week I did a live interview with Jesus Eloy on Radio TriColor to inform parents about Ross Montessori School, and how the Montessori method helps children learn, in particular second language learners. We have accepted every child who has walked into our school, and we do not have a waiting list, nor do I have a stack of applications on my desk. My son has been in Montessori since kindergarten. He has Anglo and Hispanic friends. He enjoys the new school, he learns something new everyday and he is very proud of his work. My husband and I are very happy with the education he is getting at RMS. As parents, we are faced with different educational choices. We need to pick the one that best fits our child. I ask you, as a Montessori parent, to respect my choice and the choices all the parents at RMS have made for their children. Silvia RamosCarbondale
Dear Editor,The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed a bill refocusing the Endangered Species Act from a bill that has been little more than fodder for litigation, to a bill dedicated to reversing the fortunes of declining species. The bill enjoyed broad bipartisan support in the House, including the support of our Congressman, John Salazar. While not a perfect piece of legislation, for the first time in more than 30 years since the Endangered Species Act passed, clear and specific recovery plans must be implemented when a plant or animal species is listed as facing possible extinction. This new bill replaces the practice of designating critical habitat with definable recovery goals and plans to achieve those goals. Critical habitat has been widely criticized as doing more harm than good by both Democratic and Republican administrations and even the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which is charged with the Acts enforcement. Critical habitat is also the single most litigated element of the existing legislation. If the Senate adopts this bill and the president signs it, the focus on endangered species will shift from litigation and a list of prohibitions when a listed species is present, to the necessary actions to achieve recovery. It will include the steps necessary for recovery of the species and its eventual removal from the endangered list. This bill also encourages public-private partnerships in recovery efforts, and provides a role for state and local governments in the creation and implementation of recovery plans. No longer will the federal government be the unilateral authority on how things are done in our back yard. This bill should reduce litigation and redirect resources to species recovery. Surely, this is a good thing for all. Eric KuhnGlenwood Springs
Dear Editor,I think it is wrong for any organization, government or public, to be able to use imminent domain to acquire a property. Whether the Re-1 School District has the legal right or not, it is plain wrong. The school board is using the communitys taxes to put these people out of business. Dont you think it is rather ironic that the people who work for these businesses are being forced out of business with their own tax dollars? I would be willing to bet that if one of the school board members livelihood was dependent on one of the businesses that they are shutting down, the vote would have gone differently. In a democracy, you should never be forced to sell something you own; that is called communism. Can you imagine someone knocking on your door and handing you a check for what they think your house is worth, and throwing you out? The people who own and work at these businesses have worked hard to make these businesses successful, and no one has the right to forcefully take that away from them. Let the school board and the district office know how you feel. Call or write in this is not fair. A new school does not mean a better education. John KorrieGlenwood Springs
Dear Editor,I would like to congratulate the volunteers and staff of Literacy Outreach for the organization being selected as a finalist in the 2005 El Pomar Foundation Awards for Excellence in the education category. Literacy Outreach is a local, nonprofit organization providing one-on-one literacy tutoring for adults through professionally trained volunteers. The El Pomar Foundation Awards recognize and reward outstanding nonprofits and community leaders throughout Colorado.I also would like to thank the many donors who have made generous contributions to help Literacy Outreach in its effort to raise $20,000 to meet its obligation for a matching grant from Alpine Bank. Alpine Bank will match donations dollar for dollar, up to $20,000, for monies received by November 30. To date, Literacy Outreach has raised approximately $13,000, with an additional $7,000 needed in order to fulfill the terms of the grant. The Literacy Outreach board, staff and volunteers are working very hard to meet this goal in order to sustain the organizations work. Anyone who would like to make a donation to this effort may send a check payable to Literacy Outreach, 413 Ninth St., Glenwood Springs, CO 81601. Anyone having questions or seeking more information about Literacy Outreach may call Martha Fredendall, director, at 945-5282, or send an e-mail message to her at email@example.com.Bill McGreevyadvisory board memberLiteracy Outreach
Dear Editor,As past board chairman of the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association, I have a concern of the recent reports of alleged overbilling on the part of that organization. In 2003, concerned staff members brought these allegations to the attention to the board of directors of the CRA. The board made an immediate decision to accelerate our previously discussed plans for an audit of the chamber. Based on the recommendations of city management, we selected McMahan & Associates LLC of Vail for the audit, the same audit firm used by the city of Glenwood Springs. The audit was conducted with the final results acceptable with qualifications. Qualifications cited were deemed as minor improvements in audit and internal control procedures. The board met with Marianne Virgili, the executive director of the chamber, to assure the internal control recommendations would be implemented in a timely fashion. We subsequently met with the Glenwood Springs city manager and finance director to review both audit findings and the implementation plan as approved by the chamber board. Glenwood Springs City officials were satisfied with the audit results and comfortable that corrections recommend were forthcoming. Throughout my career, I have had the opportunity to work with several chambers; it should be noted that Glenwood Springs is fortunate to have both an excellent chamber and an executive director who has made this possible.For the sake of the city, the chamber and the community, I trust that this issue will be resolved quickly so that the chamber can continue with the important business at hand.Ken KranzCRA board chairman 2002-03Golden
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