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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

James Kellogg’s emotional piece against sustainability is a real eye blinker. There is absolutely nothing about the sustainability movement that undermines our constitutional rights. Maybe he believes that the Constitution includes the right to plastic bags, and that is what this is all about.

In any case I wonder why Mr. Kellogg lives in a place where there is such local interest in sustainability. Here, it has worked well for the valley’s ranch and farm families long before it was on the local and national and international radar. I believe some of the reasons the valley is a pleasant place to live is because of sustainable efforts that have been made and continued.

Mr. Kellogg could just visit the streams downhill from the Cotter Mine or visit Los Angeles and breath the air until he gets his fill, and remind himself that with time and no elitist regulation, and no “environmental economic or social equity,” our air can be like L.A.’s air, and our streams can be polluted just like theirs; unsustaining.

Sustainability isn’t about you unless you want it to be. Don’t eat that local produce. Avert your eyes going past the solar array at Colorado Rocky Mountain School that was a collaboration with the Aspen Skiing Co., schemers all. Just stay out of Carbondale altogether ’cause you might encounter bike riding socialists and dreamers.

I don’t know about Mr. Kellogg’s reasoning, but usually people who make these arguments against ideas so obviously sensible and beneficial fear something is going to be taken from them, or they fear they may have to alter their lifestyle. It’s rarely just about the constitution, or our “sovereign health” or the sinister organizations like International Council on Local Environmental Initiatives.

Barb Coddington

Glenwood Springs

Leon Garot’s letter of Sept. 9 is about “government” sharing in the “sacrifice.” The only problem with that sentiment is that the government is us. When you cut government outlays, that usually means people lose their jobs. Why do we want to put more people out in the street?

Our current central economic problem is a lack of purchasing of American products and services. Increase employment and you increase buying, and that leads to more of the same and that increases tax revenues. It is that simple.

We need a WPA, like in the Great Depression, and that means more government paid workers, not less.

I have had a tax cut, one that I didn’t want because there is less business in my line of work. I don’t worry about paying tax, it is a part of life in a modern world.

That is what paves my streets, supports the local fire department, paid for a lot of my education, tries to keep toxic drywall out of the country, figures out what the next flu shot needs to be, keeps the harbors safe – I could go on.

What gets really tiresome is the continual whining from people who think they should get everything for nothing.

And by the way, where is a tax bill for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars? Aren’t we forgetting something? So we are going to pass the bill on to the kids?

I didn’t think that was how America was supposed to work, but I guess I’m wrong.

Patrick Hunter

Carbondale


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