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Is Brendan Greene of the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition lying again? He already admitted he was “loose with the facts” when gang members were arrested during Strawberry Days, stating that people were arrested on Father’s Day in front of their children, neither being true.

In this community, that is called lying. I hope that Officer Alvaro Agon sues the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition because what they are doing is unacceptable.

This community supports what our police departments and sheriff’s office are doing. We don’t want gang criminals in Garfield County.

Look at the track record. Mr. Greene did not get any sympathy when the gang members he supported were arrested, so now he is going to try to use children. This is absolutely pathetic.

This community sees through the smokescreen that Mr. Greene and his attorney Ted Hess are trying to create with the statements they are putting out there. I hope that the community rises up and supports Officer Agon and all law enforcement in this valley, including ICE.

Officer Agon, I support you and your department. Chief Gene Schilling, thanks for standing behind your officer and also thanks to the schools and town of Carbondale for standing up against this bullying tactic.

Amanda Diaz


I go to Carbondale Middle School, and I feel very angry when I see Officer Alvaro Agon. He recently deported my big brother.

At first I was OK with Alvaro. I liked him as a police officer until he got involved with my family, and practically ruined our lives and our respect towards him. Last school year my big brother was deported, and Alvaro was involved with that case.

Now every time I see Alvaro I don’t want anything to do with him. I don’t like to look at him or talk to him. I honestly don’t feel comfortable with him being at my school because of the anger I have against him.

I also have a couple of friends that feel the same way about Alvaro. They have family members arrested because of Alvaro, arrested in front of the kids and their family. Why would officers be allowed in our schools and also deporting our families?

I also want Mr. Rick Holt to know that if “losing Alvaro is like losing a family member,” then what about our family? What about my big brother?

I’m somebody who goes to CMS, I’m a student, and I don’t think anybody cares about what we have to say. When I walk through the halls, I see everyone happy now that Alvaro is gone. I don’t know what it takes, but I really don’t wanna see Alvaro at the school again. I hope people listen to us and what we have to say.

Jenny Garcia


What is Friday,

Without Heidi?

Not nice,

No Rice.

Ogden Nash, look out with your, “Fleas? Adam had ’em.” There’s a new poet on the block.

Somebody had to protest the substitute column.

Jack E. Blankenship

Battlement Mesa

Editor’s note: Heidi Rice is no longer writing her column, Fried Rice, for the Post Independent.

It seems Chris Mecham wasted editorial space writing a dissenting response to those who waste editorial space writing dissenting responses.

Kirk Huyser

New Castle

Recently I wrote a letter to editor regarding my frustration toward some public building projects. Subsequently I have received both advice and shared frustration through letters to the editor, phone calls and visitors. Thank you to all who took the time to respond.

I especially want to thank Amelia Shelley, the library district executive director, who took time out of her busy schedule to visit with me on the situation. Certainly, I appreciate her efforts within the library district, and I will indeed continue to be an advocate for the quality public library that we have grown to enjoy.

As to the letters of advice, thank you to the writers for taking the time to articulate your advice. It’s been a good reminder of how, in this current economic climate, you have to push hard both to obtain customers and to retain them.

We at Mr. T’s Hardware and Building Supply strive to serve our customers as we would like to be served through partnering in the completion of their projects through supplying material, services and knowledge with a friendly smile. We love our customers and thank all who stop by, even to simply say “Hi” and grab some popcorn.

In specific my concern relative to the public projects for which I spoke is that even after contacts with the general contractor were made and requests for inclusion submitted, we were still excluded. Indeed we may own part of the miscommunication as I personally did not make those contacts or conduct the follow-up, but this was done by my salesman, in whom I have great confidence.

I do understand that some in the private sector avoid us for their own personal reasons, whether political, pandering, pricing or perception, but a publicly (taxpayer) funded project should be open and above these personal issues.

Russell Talbott

Mr. T’s Hardware and Building Supply

New Castle

The Sept. 28 edition of the Post Independent had approximately 13 pages of foreclosure notices. If you go to the Garfield County website, you will see hundreds more foreclosure listings that are no longer required to be published in the paper.

These people are our friends and neighbors; they are struggling to keep their homes and put food on their tables. Is it really the right time to ask them to pay even more taxes?

According to the U.S. Department of Education website (, the state of Colorado still has more than $131 million in unspent stimulus funds for education.

Maybe the school districts need to find a few more places to cut waste and the state leaders need to figure out how to get the unspent money to the schools before we raise taxes on people who can’t pay their mortgages.

John Douglas


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