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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

After reading Craig Chisesi’s epic testimonial of Sept. 23 for his business associates at Alpine Bank, I couldn’t resist a reply.

First of all, Alpine Bank wanted a 600 credit rating for me to open a savings account, not a loan. Secondly, I don’t need my bank telling me how to vote. Throwing ever more taxpayer dollars at our educational shortcomings is inane, and a bank espousing such practices is the last place I’ll conduct my business. Finally, Wells Fargo employees are simply more helpful and friendly.

In response to the Sept. 24 letter from Charity Ullrich, a 5 percent pay cut across the board would balance the schools’ budget with nary a program cut nor one precious little rug rat suffering.

And Mr. Chisesi is right in saying that other than believing in the freedom to catch a buzz, we’ll probably never agree on anything.

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Bruno Kirchenwitz


Xcel Energy read with interest a letter to the editor on Sept. 24 concerning Xcel Energy electricity rates in Carbondale. While it is difficult to determine why an individual customer might not see the savings they desire from energy efficiency efforts, it is clear that what we charge our customers for electricity is not the single issue – and in fact there are often decreases in what we charge.

Just last week, for example, the company announced it would decrease typical fourth quarter residential electric bills in Colorado by about 10 percent starting Oct. 1, as a result of the expiration of summertime tiered rates, and a decrease in projected fuel and purchased energy costs.

All customers will see a decrease in electric bills. The combined impact aforementioned change on typical residential electric bills is a decrease of $7.12 a month to $67, based on use of 632 kilowatt-hours. Current bills are $74.12 a month.

Typical small business customer electric bills (business customers are not subject to tiered rates in the summer) would decrease $2.15 to $109.82 a month for the fourth quarter, on average monthly use of 1,123 kilowatt-hours. Current bills are $111.97.

Customer bills always will be defined by individual use, as well as impacted by weather in any given year. But Xcel Energy works very diligently to ensure that when there is a decrease in the costs we pay for generation fuel or purchased power, we make every effort to ensure that these reductions are passed along to our customer bills.

Mark Stutz

Xcel Energy


In the Post Independent of Sept. 26, Anita Sherman expresses the opinion that, “I refuse to believe ‘Corporations are people too,’ until they execute one in Texas or Georgia.”

You don’t have to wait, Ms. Sherman. It is happening nationwide.

The mostly vacationing or campaigning current president and Congress are killing corporations, independent company owners and individual initiative. Their actions result in unemployed workers by the multi-thousands.

Can you say, “socialism”?

Jack E. Blankenship

Battlement Mesa

Our children are our future. I think we can all agree on that. And our future has been threatened with the recent catastrophic tax cuts to our education system, not only in our Roaring Fork Valley but also throughout the nation. In just the Roaring Fork Valley, $5.1 million dollars has been cut in the last two years.

When I say our future is threatened, I mean all of ours, not just those with school-aged children but also the elderly, the childless, those who have children grown and out of the house.

Education is intrinsic to the success of a civilization. On a larger scale how are we to compete in the world market without giving the upcoming generations the tools to do so? How will local businesses excel or even survive when there are not well-thought-of schools in this valley to attract workers to move here?

The change begins with us; it begins with all of us doing a small part. A vote for our kids would allow the Roaring Fork School District to retain a small sum of money from tax credits due to decreased property value. Plainly said, if you have a $300,000 house, your tax credit would be around $250. The proposed proposition would allow the district to retain $113 of that amount for education. This comes out to just $9.42 a month and would make a world of difference to our community.

My own daughter just started kindergarten this year. I said to her one day this summer, “I can’t believe you’re going to kindergarten!” Her reply was, “Mom, this is my chance”.

Isn’t it our responsibility to give all the children a chance? As the world is seemingly turning upside down, please let us keep our eye on the prize. It’s the children, they are our prize. Please vote for our kids.

Ann Brumby


Crisp mornings and the annual Silt Food Drive for LIFT-UP are upon us. Over the past week, a concerned neighbor should have visited the homes in Silt with a bag and informational flyer sharing a desire to help LIFT-UP replenish its food pantries. If we missed anyone, we sincerely apologize.

Silt seems like a small town until you attempt to knock on every single door. The point of the visit was to let everyone know that LIFT-UP is working hard to help our unemployed and under-employed friends and neighbors make it through these difficult economic times and to present neighbors with an opportunity to lend a hand.

Starting at 6 p.m. tonight, our team will be walking through the streets of Silt to collect any nonperishable food (canned, cereals, pastas, sugar, flour, rice, etc.) that people can spare.

To donate, please simply put donated food in a bag and leave it on your doorstep or near the street curb (but not near your trash or recycling containers). Those who have a fence and a dog, please leave the bag outside the gate.

We will pick bags up tonight and deliver them to LIFT-UP.

If by some unfortunate circumstance we miss you, or for those live outside of town and would still like to help out, donations can be dropped off at Silt Town Hall until noon on Friday.

We would like to thank everyone in advance for their generosity and compassion for those who really need our support and could benefit dearly from our loving provisions. May you all be blessed.

Deric Walter


In the event that Mr. T’s Hardware and Lumber sales staff does not know, there are numerous institutions that provide information on prospective building projects, such as Western Colorado Contractors Association or RFP for Contractors.

Each of these groups publish a list of prospective projects. A close eye on these will get you the opportunity to bid on a project. There is a small price for this information, but it may get you the chance at an upcoming building project.

If you are waiting for the contractor to come and ask, you’re too late.

My firm, Valley Lumber, aggressively pursued the New Castle Library job with the information found at the Garfield County Building Department and the above mentioned. The job was awarded to a local building supply company in Rifle.

Michael Maxson


I walked onto a job recently and witnessed, without a doubt, the most arrogant and childish behavior I have ever seen coming from grown men.

A crew of temp laborers had been hired to work alongside staff to meet a deadline. I saw the temps working with everything they had, as if it were the last job of their lives.

Their efforts were greeted by complete degradation from the staff, who seemed bent on making it the worst day of the temps’ lives.

The only difference between those temps and the staff is four words: You’re fired. You’re hired.

The day someone has to treat a human being with inferiority because they are afraid they will lose their job is the day they should lose their job. A good boss would fire them on the spot.

Employers who have the misfortune of employing people who do this should consider carefully in January why it is that they are barely making it and how much skill is available on the job market that would add some integrity to their team.

Mic Baca

New Castle

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