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I used to work upvalley, but due to the economic downturn, I now work in the gas industry. Without it, I’m not sure what my family would do.

While development shouldn’t happen everywhere, understand that there are a lot of us who depend on clean water, clean air and good jobs. Not all of us received millions of taxpayer dollars for conservation easements on our big ranches (such as one certain ranch on Thompson Creek in Pitkin County), not all of us are executives at SkiCo or work for nonprofits, and not all of us have the time to tell our side of the story that the gas industry is saving our families. We’re too busy getting up early making a living and paying taxes and doing our best.

And guess what? Sen. Udall receives money from a local gas industry too (Oxbow), and from SkiCo executives (Auden Schendler), and over $20,000 from just one environmental PAC, so does that mean that “umpire” has been bought off too?

Hypocrisy goes both ways. But also when I see so much hatred against the gas industry from upvalley folks, recognize there are a lot of us who are your neighbors, friends, buddies on the ski lift, parents at the kid’s plays, who are making a living with the gas industry.

Can it be done better? Sure, but don’t villainize the industry and the quiet neighbors who leave early in the morning, and get home late in the evening, just happy to have a job.

There is a huge amount of gas out there, and compared to coal and bringing in oil from the other side of the world, gas looks very good. Why don’t we focus on gas being developed right and responsibly here, instead of burying our heads in the sand and assuming it just magically appears in our heaters and stove?

I’ve had the opportunity to travel, and I’ll guarantee you getting our energy here at home is a lot nicer on the Earth than letting some other country do it. What’s the saying? “Think globally, act locally?”

Robert Strong

New Castle

I was taken to the woodshed and/or pushed down the coal chute by Craig Chisesi on Oct. 23 and Tamie Meck on Oct. 26 for my objections to a Holy Cross environmental dedicated tax charge on my bill.

First, if I could address Ms. Meck, I would ask if she is paying a similar tax and why not, since she thinks it is such a good idea?

Second, she makes the assumption I am in my sunset years. I would ask her, what happened to my twilight years? I hate it when I miss a natural aging stage that might have been important to me, my children and grandchildren.

Windmills and solar panels take a lot of manufactured materials and natural gas or coal-powered electrical plants to make them and get them to market. Further, it takes semis to transport the parts of a windmill and solar components to location. Trucks consume and expel large amounts of gasses.

When windmills operate, it is recorded that they are more effective as bird killers, even golden eagles, than they are as producers of electricity.

The green movement does not take into account the cost of manufacture, logistics to transport the product to location and to bring it on line. It is surprising that they don’t consider the environmental impact of their sun and wind energy campaign. Will these installations ever replace the energy expended to bring them on line?

Is it really green or political?

Jack E. Blankenship

Battlement Mesa

To the voting citizens of the greater Rifle area, there are many reasons I feel voting yes on 3C is very important. We have created a mess of problems our future leaders will need to solve. If we are to have intelligent people working on these issues, they must be well educated. For that to happen, it is critical that we continue investing in education.

We had the privilege of being educated growing up. Someone paid for us to go to school, and we owe it to future generations to give back. If some of the great people of this area move away to seek better education, businesses and the community will suffer great losses. This will further decrease our ability to recover from our current economic crisis.

If we are forced to make more extreme cuts in our schools, property values will drop even further, schools will close, and good teachers will move to find jobs. Class sizes will increase and over-worked teachers will be responsible for more. Activities we have relied on to keep our children active and involved will disappear. Our community will have to deal with youth who will have nothing productive to do to occupy their free time.

Voting yes on 3C only helps to maintain what we already have. It would be great if we would do more to support education in our community, but at the very least, please help to keep what we already have. Eighteen dollars per $100,000 of assessed property value per year is a small price to pay for something that is so important and has such lasting value. The future of our families, our communities and our nation will benefit tremendously when we further support education in our community.

Please vote YES on 3C for a brighter future for all.

It is not too late to vote. Walk in your ballots to the Garfield County clerk and recorder until 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1. To obtain a ballot, go to the Clerk and Recorder and request one; it only takes a minute.

Erin Phillips


This letter is in regard to the Post Independent article of Oct. 20 about the chamber negotiating to move into the new CMC building.

I am all for our chamber having a presence downtown, but not at the expense of the CMC Gallery. There was to be a gallery in the new building, a rather nice one, but in these days of “corporate greed rules,” CMC has decided to rent that space to the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association.

Where would the gallery go? Maybe in the library in 2013 or 2014? If they build it and there is room.

There is a perfectly good space that CMC is vacating where the present gallery would make a wonderful chamber kiosk. The space is very visible downtown, right on the corner of Ninth and Grand where all of the tourists could see the chamber literature through that huge glass window.

Why sell that building and then take space away from the gallery to squeeze another business in, and then try to figure out where to put the gallery? It just doesn’t make sense.

What is it that they are not telling us? Are they really planning to make this permanent? Why else would they rent the space out that they have already earmarked for the gallery?

Colorado Mountain College is supposed to be a community college. As a member of the art community in this city, I know that the residents of Glenwood Springs support the arts. Tell me, Glenwood Springs residents, what do you think of this plan to relieve us of the culture and pleasure that we have enjoyed at the CMC Gallery exhibitions?

Once again, an institution of learning decides to axe the arts to fund the whatever. Sounds like politics as usual. What’s next? The art classes?

I guess we will just have to wait and see, unless those of you who agree with me let it be known that we support the arts. Please write to CMC and let them know that we love the gallery. There are other spaces that the chamber can rent.

Cynthia Thomas

Glenwood Springs

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