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Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

The Republicans certainly were the target of two items in the Post Independent of Sept. 19. One was a letter in Voices by Patrick Hunter and the other an editorial by Tina Dupuy. Score two misses.

Mr. Hunter expressed a contempt for President Reagan. He even misunderstood the statements that “government is not the solution to our problems” and “government is the problem.” Hunter is the first person I have heard who didn’t understand that President Reagan’s statement was true then and is especially applicable today. Get government out of the way and let the people work and live the American lifestyle of independence, which is the very core of a successful republic under the Constitution.

It is very difficult to believe that anyone is misguided enough to call President Reagan a traitor. He displayed love of country and served the United States in exemplary fashion. Hunter goes on to distort and lie about other Reagan actions and policies, but comment would extend this letter and not leave space enough to address the Dupuy diatribe.

Tina Dupuy tries to equate the Republican stance on not cutting taxes to evolution and global warming. She brings in Darwin and Michele Bachmann but fails to mention Al Gore. She even suggests the Republicans are married to the Bible. I quote, “They [the Republicans] treat the Bible as their political wife.” Far out, dude.

Dupuy may be entertaining but she shouldn’t be writing political screeds. With a good editor, she might do very well as a writer for some of the lefty comedy TV and radio shows. She certainly is more about nonsense than good sense.

Jack E. Blankenship

Battlement Mesa

Carbondale police officer Alvaro Agon is being accused of harassing the Latino community. I attended a meeting with Carbondale Police Chief Gene Schilling, Mayor Stacey Bernot, and Town Manager Jay Harrington with a room full of concerned parents and students. Each told a story of how Alvaro affected them and their families personally. Dozens of complaints were read detailing specific infractions.

Alvaro, as a school resource officer, is creating fear and stress among Latino students and families. The stories shared were horrifying to hear. All present were citizens. I shared my own story, as a parent who saw 4- and 5-year-old Latino children afraid to go in the same room for a safety discussion with Alvaro last Halloween.

School resource officers (SROs) are part of a unique program designed to create a “positive peacekeeper” presence in schools to reduce juvenile delinquency. SROs can create strong connections with children, building relationships based on trust, compassion and guidance. It’s a great program that has positive results when implemented appropriately.

Chief Schilling told the group that ICE and SROs are in a shared task force throughout the Roaring Fork Valley. A decision was made to have ICE and SROs share a task force. Alvaro made a decision to collaborate with ICE to deport undocumented immigrants.

As a result, Latino children are being used in our public schools to ferret out undocumented parents. School administrators have ignored infractions, while ICE raids on non-violent Latinos have increased – splitting families.

National Immigration enforcement policy and education policy have clear boundaries with laws and codes that separate the two.

Alvaro Agon may very well be a kind person who cares for his community and attends church faithfully. However, an abusive choice was made to engage in activities that have crossed lines, legally and ethically. Trust has been breached within the community. Retaining Alvaro Agon compromises the SRO program and trust among students.

For months, parents and students have asked for one simple solution: “Remove Alvaro as SRO.” It’s unfortunate public officials aren’t willing to do it.

Anita Sherman

Glenwood Springs

Apparently, my agreement with Bruno Kirchenwitz concerning legalizing marijuana will be the only thing we agree on. Now he has attacked Alpine Bank (without mentioning their name) for supporting the mill levy increase, something I supported in a recent letter. He states that he “never cared much for their smarmy bank radio ads in the first place,” among other things. Nice.

Think of all the awards Alpine Bank has won. They are the “greenest” banking organization in the state, and possibly the country. The health and welfare of their employees is of paramount concern. Numerous local companies have benefited from their local approach to business. Their “green team” is dedicated to finding efficient methods of improving business, while being good stewards of the environment.

I can feel the skin crawl on certain contributors to this paper as they read these words. Full disclosure would have to include the fact that I have sold water treatment systems to Alpine Bank, as well as a solar project for their maintenance facility in Silt, one of many local solar projects Alpine Bank has installed.

Alpine Bank has supported every conceivable charity there is in this valley. Just ask around. Many Alpine Bank employees have been with them for decades. Their employees spend a great deal of time involved in social projects benefiting the communities they live in. I have been on many projects that were well represented by these employees.

Wells Fargo is the second largest bank in market capitalization in the U.S., with over 280,000 employees. Google Wells Fargo and see about their recent foreclosure settlements. Maybe they shouldn’t give loans to people with credit scores under 600. Really Mr. Kirchenwitz, that was too much information.

Google Alpine Bank. Alpine Bank was rated the second-best company to work for in Colorado for 2011, up from ninth in 2010. I am happy they know the importance of a good education, and they continue to support education with their ads and their influence. I am proud to call them our bank.

Craig S. Chisesi


Wal-Mart and Sam’s Clubs in Colorado have signs posted when you walk in that say “Flu shots given by professional nurses.”

In the stores I have been in, the nurse giving the shots has been an LPN, a licensed practical nurse. According to the Colorado Nurse Practice Act, the only nurse that can be called a “professional” nurse is an RN, a registered nurse.

If Wal-Mart is advertising their nurses as “professional” nurses, when in fact they are practical nurses, this is a direct violation of Colorado law. I would guess this isn’t specific to Colorado, and Wal-Mart is probably breaking state laws across the country.

I called Sam’s Club in Grand Junction, and after being on hold for 10 minutes, I hung up. I also called the Rifle Wal-Mart, and the person I spoke with had no idea what I was saying. Maybe this letter will let them know they are technically breaking the law.

Molli Deines RN


Since the field hearing in Grand Junction back in August to discuss the “roadblocks to development of oil shale” hosted by U.S. Reps. Scott Tipton and Doug Lamborn, there has been much attention given to both the perceived good and bad possibilities of oil shale development.

Hopefully, these talks will be effective in leading to the implementation of a real federal energy plan in the United States that is consistent and done in a way to incentivize commercial production of oil shale.

The U.S. has the largest and richest reserves of recoverable oil shale in the world and they are found in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming. It’s estimated that there is more than three to five times the amount of oil located in Saudi Arabia.

Unemployment in Colorado is 9.2 percent. The unemployment rate in Utah is 7.5 percent and nationally the unemployment rate in the United States is 9.1 percent.

The development of oil shale, in addition to other domestic energy fuel sources, could lead to energy independence and a much needed economic boost for the United States. But the current approach displayed by the federal government of regulatory uncertainty, and the fact that between administrations the process has become very political in nature, discourages the development of oil shale production in the United States.

The U.S. should be the world leader in oil shale technology, as well as other domestic fuel resources. But why should the energy industry invest millions and millions of dollars into research if they have no clear path of a return on their investment?

Companies are continuing to develop new technologies that someday will lead to a commercially viable method of development. In order for these companies to continue to invest in environmentally responsible oil shale technologies, consistent regulations and stable oversight from the federal government are necessary.

Bill Johnson, Utah Community Representative

U.S. Congressional Task Force on Strategic Unconventional Fuels

Vernal, Utah

News flash for Glenwood Springs officials: What part of the word “debt” is not understandable? Taxpayers are cleaned out, Colorado is broke, and how much clearer can it be? Yet our local and state governments still waste money like it’s going out of style.

We don’t need pretty wall pictures on bridge walls. We don’t need supposed artwork around town. We don’t need flower pots. We don’t need to run the Christmas light year round. We don’t need pretty electric box pictures.

All of this is not constructive in any way, shape or form. So who thinks up all of these waste full projects?

Taxes go up and up, and this is what we get – expensive, vandalism-prone walls. How much of Glenwood’s budget is dedicated to cleaning these walls up after being vandalized? Or are we just going to leave them vandalized? They’re not even done yet, and already one wall has had to be cleaned because of vandalism.

People still don’t have jobs, and things like this are the priority? Can anyone say idiocracy? Forgive me if I don’t get a warm fuzzy feeling inside when I see all this ridiculous waste of money.

Apparently we are all still in kindergarten and need walls like this to complete our lives. I can totally see where we the people just can’t go on without pretty wall pictures. Oh, the agony. Oh, the suffering we must endure, being forced to look at a plain wall. I don’t know if I can take this distress.

Stop spending our money frivolously.

Jolene Varley


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