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Naming one of the peaks of Mount Sopris for John Denver would be akin to naming the railroad side of Glenwood Canyon as “John Denver Canyon.”

Make any sense? I didn’t think so.

Bill Bolitho

New Castle

Hal Sundin’s column of Aug. 18 about the U.S. Supreme Court Citizens United decision contains some untrue statements.

The decision did not give corporations the same rights that individuals have in the campaign finance field. It is still illegal for corporations to donate campaign contributions to candidates for federal office. The decision only struck down laws that prevented corporations from commenting about candidates for federal office.

Furthermore, the First Amendment has always protected groups of all kinds. It says, “Congress shall make no law abridging freedom of speech.”

Back in 1964, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the New York Times was protected against strict libel laws, in Sullivan v. New York Times. Well, the New York Times was then, and is today, a corporation, and if the First Amendment didn’t protect the speech of corporations, that decision could not have existed.

In 1978, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that for-profit corporations have a First Amendment right to comment about ballot issues. The First Amendment protects speech not just for individuals, but for churches, political parties, and if we had any talking animals or any space aliens living on Earth, it would protect their speech also.

Richard Winger

San Francisco, Calif.

I recently visited Glenwood Springs and stayed at the Hotel Colorado.

Growing up, my family would visit Glenwood Springs and although I was always struck by the grandeur of it, we had never stayed at that hotel. So, despite the warning of no air conditioning, we stayed there in July.

What a beautiful place! It has all the makings to be quite a grand establishment and to bring your town a lot of money from tourism.

However, upon checking in to our room, we encountered one problem after another with the plumbing (a leaking faucet), the sparse decor (maybe a local decorator could make it seem less empty in the expansive halls) and the overall upkeep. We even ran into nonguests wandering the halls taking photos of the hotel trying to learn more of its “haunted” past.

What is going on with one of the town’s most beautiful and historic attractions? In times like these, it makes me sad to think that Glenwood Springs is missing out on an opportunity to really boost its economy.

Getting the Hotel Colorado back to tip-top shape would guarantee other tourists like myself would be back to Glenwood Springs to dine, shop and support other local establishments. The owners of the hotel need to get in touch with the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park and find out how they are utilizing their “haunted fame” to bring money to their historic and beautiful hotel.

Rudy Reese


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