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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

On Sept. 20, the Tea Party group FreedomWorks announced the launch of its Super Pac. FreedomWorks president Mitt Kibbe commented, “The objective of FreedomWorks for America in 2012 is not about turning blue states red, but rather to turn every state, a bright shade of “Gadsen yellow.”

Clearly they intend to do all they can to defeat both Republicans and Democrats.

What I find particularly troubling is that Tea Party representatives such as U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, have shown over the past year that their loyalty is not to their constituents, but rather to the Tea Party.

While as a Democrat my initial reaction might be, “It serves the Republicans right for not standing up to the radical Tea Party,” my first loyalty is to America. While their actions could be destructive to the Republican Party, it could also be devastating for America, as well.

The Tea Party has shown itself to be nothing more than a repackaged and remarketed version of the discredited John Birch Society, controlled by a new generation of “robber barons” like the Koch brothers.

Rich Moyer


Global warming is all about money

Al Gore says the debate is over, climate change is real. The fact that he and the global warming crowd fail to mention is that no matter how much so-called greenhouse gasses we keep from going into the atmosphere, the climate will never stop changing.

The Earth will still have catastrophic floods, droughts, blizzards, tornados, hurricanes and all other types of weather that kill people.

The planet has been much warmer and much colder than it is now; these extreme cycles have occurred repeatedly the past 4.5 billion years and will continue long after the human race has gone the way of the T-Rex. That is an undeniable fact that no one can argue.

This hoax is about money. Here are some facts to back up that statement.

The swindling of money with the global warming hysteria is unmatched by Gore and progressive liberals. The Guardian newspaper stated that one of the “green” companies that Gore has invested in has received more than one-half billion dollars in subsidies from the DOE.

Another fact: Financial documents before the 2000 election put the Gore family’s net worth at about $1.5 million. A mere decade later, he is worth approximately $100 million. Many predict he will become the first “carbon billionaire.”

In addition, records show the U.S. has spent more than $79 billion since 1989 on climate change. Oh, and shall we discuss the $535 million in Obama stimulus that went to the now bankrupt green company Solyndra?

In addition, the World Bank states that the value of “carbon trading doubled from $63 billion to $126 billion from 2007- 2008.” By the way, does anyone remember Enron? They were in the business of carbon trading. It is about money.

Another fact: Research published in July by the University of Alabama has found that United Nations computer models may be incorrect in overstating the amount of global warming that will occur in the future, and that carbon dioxide in the atmosphere traps much less heat than global warming enthusiasts have claimed.

It is about the almighty dollar, not Mother Earth.

Doug Meyers

Glenwood Springs

How sad for Jolene Varley that she lives in a world where she prefers bland over beautiful, unsightly over appealing. Maybe she forgot that we live in a tourist-driven area and that bird droppings on the bridges and overpasses may not show our beautiful valley the way it was meant to be seen.

As an employee in the hospitality industry, I commend the city of Glenwood Springs for attempting to make even our most unsightly areas a beautiful place for our visitors to stop and smile.

The art is pleasing even to many locals whom I have personally seen stop and comment on how nice the work is and how much everyone will enjoy it.

Just the other day I was riding my bike from Two Rivers Park to my home downtown and noticed the beautiful running stallions painted on the railroad overpass. The artwork even managed to distract me from the extremely unpleasant smell emanating from the wastewater treatment facility.

Oh, and when it comes to the paintings being vandalized, Ms. Varley need not worry about the cost to taxpayers. I’ll personally volunteer to help clean up any damage done to these wonderful works of art. And if she needs lessons in how to appreciate the smaller things in life, please let me know. I’ll be happy to help.

Katie Turner

Glenwood Springs

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