Every now and then in this crazy world, I get a glimpse that sanity and reason still exist. On Sunday, June 26, I saw sanity in the letters of Kevin O’Brien and Bobi Jo Bergen. Thanks to the writers and the Post Independent for printing them.I couldn’t agree more on all the items they addressed, including the commissioners and fracking. I want to add my thanks to Sheriff Lou Vallario and the Garfield County Sheriff’s Department. Keep up the good workAlso, while I’m at it, the new Post Independent is great.Carol TurtleGlenwood Springs
The U.S. Constitution guarantees in Article IV, Sec. 4, that we the people shall have a “republican form of government.” A republic is a governmental system where the people hold the sovereign power and elect representatives to exercise that power.On June 21, the Post Independent reported on the front page that Garfield County Commissioners Tom Jankovsky, John Martin and Mike Samson have allocated $67,000 of taxpayer money to fund an air quality study by the Colorado School of Public Health.The scientific study will analyze the airborne health impacts of 200 natural gas wells that Antero intends to drill within the boundaries of the Battlement Mesa residential community. What is quite troubling is the stipulation within the $67,000 contract that the findings of the independent scientific study will be made public only upon the approval of the three county commissioners. This contract stipulation is clearly not the action of a republican form of government, and causes great pause from an informed citizenry, especially with the county commissioners not completing the initial $250,000 Battlement Mesa Health Impact Assessment and the recent sacking of county oil and gas liaison Judy Jordan.Carl & Karen McWilliamsSilt Mesa
I felt that I needed to respond to Gene Roberts’ letter of June 14, “New houses create gravel pit demand.” Since he assumed that everyone living on a ridge looking down at the proposed pit had only lived here for 10 years, I decided to take a poll from nine of the 11 homes built here since 1993. I found that 17 people who reside in our subdivision have lived in the Roaring Fork Valley for an average of 35 years. The longest has been here 61 years and the shortest 16 years.We all live in normal sized homes and most of us still work. We just feel that there are enough gravel pits already, and yes, we love this beautiful valley just as much as Mr. Roberts does.Connie McCruddenCarbondale
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