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I must say that I was moved by Mr. Campbell’s May 4 letter to the editor regarding Osama bin Laden and the Sept. 11 attacks.

I now know for sure that there are many people out there who know nothing. The individuals I am referring to dwell in selfishness that is fueled by their own opinions, lacking research and hard evidence.

Let me state that again. Hard evidence seems like a thing of the past. This day is about believing in what you want.

If anybody wants to know the real truth, it is out there in plain sight. It is not hidden in time or lies, and it is certainly not parallel to a fantasy novel. All that the novel “1984” has proved in 60 years is that it is entirely wrong. I read the book, loved the book, researched the book, and then discarded it as trying way too hard to get the attention of the public eye.

For how many years has Mr. Campbell used this book as a life reference, and when is he going to figure out that it was only a story? It’s a prediction perhaps, but a false one. Eric Arthur Blair, writing as George Orwell, was wrong. He may have traveled many places but not into the future.

Osama bin Laden died at the hands of American forces and recently. It will be clear soon enough.

D. Anderson

New Castle

What is the purpose of government? No doubt it is a question as old as the concept itself, discussed by nearly everyone from the average layman, like you and me, over a beer or a cup of coffee, to county commissioners and representatives of the oil and gas business, meeting under considerably different circumstances.

It appears that our Garfield County commissioners believe that the purpose of government is to enable a minority of citizens to enact the agenda they believe is best, regardless of the opinions or desires of other citizens.

They killed the Battlement Mesa Health Impact Assessment because it is an objective, scientific study done by a disinterested third party of medical and environmental health experts, who based their conclusions not on wild speculation but on hard data gained from previously experienced oil and gas development, much of which was obtained right here in the boom from 2005 to 2008.

The draft report shows that there was an increase in everything from crime and venereal disease outbreaks to cost of living and reported respiratory problems, traffic accidents and risk of cancer. There is also a well-documented decrease in property values. Of course the commissioners killed that report. I’m surprised we ever even saw the draft.

It is time to end the charade. Either call it Gasfield County and offer the seats to the highest bidder, and use that money to pay for the medical and environmental costs of this industry, which the oil and gas business intends to externalize to us, or do it right and fire every one of those traitors and replace them with responsible citizens who will require the industry to act responsibly or not at all.

What is at stake is nothing short of the actual air we breathe and the water we drink, the things that enable us to live.

Anthony Benham


Why is it that Glenwood Springs gas prices are always higher than in Grand Junction, Denver, Toponas, Steamboat Springs and every other town in Colorado I have driven to for the past several years.

I always pay 35 to 45 cents less per gallon of unleaded gas in any other town.

Steamboat Springs is remote. It is not even close to the I-70 corridor. Gas has been cheaper there for years, by a minimum of 35 cents/gallon.

The prices of local gasoline can only be driven by greed of those who sell and distribute gasoline.

It’s an interesting coincidence that prices of local gas always go up just before weekends and on holidays.

Ronda Dennie

Glenwood Springs

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