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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

What a wonderful network of communities we share here in Garfield County.

Last fall when United Way of Garfield County began its annual campaign to raise funds to meet critical local needs, we were optimistic. We knew that strong communities tend to bind together in tough times – that neighbors reach out to help neighbors.

But still, we were astonished by the level of funding support we received. As a result, our local United Way will double the grant support it provides local nonprofits this year. Those grants will go to 20 local organizations providing youth services, education support, hunger relief, mental health assistance, emergency shelter, health services and literacy.

From all of us at United Way of Garfield County, thank you. We are deeply honored to be the conduit through which you reach out to help your neighbors.

This year’s honor roll of major financial supporters includes corporate support from ExxonMobil, LaFarge, Sunlight Mountain, Williams Production and Qwest.

In addition, local employees also stepped up their assistance including the folks at Williams, UPS, Shell Oil, Xcel Energy, Target, FedEx, Marathon Oil and Alpine Bank. And nearly all of these worker contributions were matched at some level by their employer.

Additionally, there were scores of individual donations from concerned citizens. Donations large and small make a huge difference.

United Way of Garfield County is committed to honoring this trust placed in us. We currently operate the organization with just one part-time paid employee and a very committed volunteer board of directors who live and work in our neighborhoods from Parachute to Carbondale. Together with you, we make each of our communities a place where ordinary people make an extraordinary difference.

Congratulations to everyone who contributes. And thank you again for your confidence and support.

UW of Garfield County board of directors: Rick Blauvelt, Michele Diamond, Donna Gray, Stan Kleban, Elyce Smidt and Ed Weiss

America became the most powerful and benevolent nation on earth principally by abiding by our Constitution, and having basic industries – namely agriculture, mining and petroleum – relatively free, within timely economic environmentalism, to exploit its natural resources.

The Republicans recognize and encourage such industries and their products. The Democrats appreciate the products of basic industries such as eggs, trombones and snowmobiles while doing all they can to terminate the basic industries by national wildernesses, parks, monuments, officially handicapping production and delaying indefinitely potential production, all enthusiastically assisted by their radical environmental accomplices such as the Sierra Club and Hidden Gems.

The Obama administration, judging by appointment of Ken Salazar as Secretary of Interior and others plus Obama’s public statements, appears likely to be more disastrous than Bill Clinton and Carter for the USA. Salazar insists that his department’s lists of 14 monument sites in nine states, is nothing more than “brain storming.”

President Clinton’s 2001 Rule banning construction or reconstruction of roads on at least 40 million acres of federal land nationwide handicaps exploration and development of basic natural resources and potentially closes coal mines. His designation in 1996 of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, locking out many ranchers, made unavailable a known great clean coal deposit and eliminated the potential for important oil and natural gas discoveries, a “brain storm” that happened.

The Carter administration, destructively assisted by Cecil Andrus, his secretary of Interior, Morris Udall and other non-Alaskans established three times as much land as wilderness status in Alaska than existed as wilderness in the USA up to then, and caused the 1.9 billion ton Quartz Hill molybdenum deposit in southeast Alaska to remain unproductive.

To restore America to its greatness radical environmentalism must cease and desist, thereby demonstrating the Democrat party’s return to realism or enabling Republican victory in 2012.


Dooley P. Wheeler Jr.


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