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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

I’m responding to the suggestion of Sally Bedford in her Oct. 27 letter that we have a contest to see how many creative uses there are for single-use bags. Except for use as a poop bag (we have no dogs), I do everything Sally does.

Growing up during the Depression in a home of frugal Germans, there was no thing as one time use of anything. So my so-called one-time bags are used over and over again.

My innovative use revolves around skiing. No longer a kid, I still want to ski the groomed slopes of Sunlight, Snowmass or Buttermilk on a Colorado blue sky day.



However, about five years ago, I found that my feet would not bend without agony to enter a ski boot. At the suggestion of a friend, I put a plastic grocery bag on each foot, and my feet slip into my ski boots like greased lightning. But I don’t use the bags only once. Each bag gets used for many days of skiing. An additional benefit is that the thin plastic bag keeps my feet toasty.

I may look a bit silly putting on the bags, but the excess is easily stuffed into the boots, and it does not make my feet smelly.



Thanks to the grocery store bags, I’ll see you on the slopes, at least for another year or two.

Tillie Fischer

Glenwood Springs

Public health and safety should never have become a part of politics. Clean air and water are above and beyond the political game being played out in Colorado and in Washington D.C.

It is a crying shame that one party has gone overboard on extreme environmentalism, even resorting to the use of phony science and scare tactics, just to win votes. The other party on the jobs bandwagon – also to win votes – turns its back on genuine realities of hazardous chemicals and pollution in the drilling industry.

I do not think that anyone in Colorado is against job creation. It just needs to be done in an open, responsible manner with the good of populated areas in mind.

I place a lot of the blame on our two-party political system. Tweedle-dee and Tweedle-dum racing against each other to the goal post of re-election. It’s just a power play on a game board, with little headway in reaching the appropriate goal of watching out first and foremost for the people of this country.

Our system is totally broken and I shudder to think how many of our career-club congressmen will continue to be re-elected. How we get out from under the heavy-handedness of the two-party party system is our challenge. We are destined to remain in the same mess and downward spiral unless people stand up and cry “foul” to a government gone crazy.

Carol Abbott

Parachute

In regards to the ban on shopping bags, I’m “Mr. Shopping Bag.” I spend a great deal of time on the floor of a car, in the trunk of a car, in back of a pickup or in the arms of my owner. Then I go to the grocery store. I’m set in a shopping cart, on the clerk’s counter and handled by many people. Talk about contamination and spreading germs about – I do a great job.

If cantaloupe can be contaminated, just think of where I have been.

Please, please, don’t eliminate the disposable plastic bags.

Jo Ann Grant

Rifle

Those jokers protesting on Wall Street have it all wrong. It isn’t Wall Street or rich people who have screwed up the economy. It’s government. They should move to D.C. with their protests.

Consider:

The Federal Reserve made mortgage loans too cheap by keeping interest rates too low for too long.

Congress then exempted the first $500,000 in capital gains on the sale of primary residences, which primed the real estate bubble.

Then they made it a crime for a bank not to lend to subprime and minority borrowers.

Then they sponsored Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to warehouse these bad loans and put taxpayers on the hook for them.

In December 2000 they passed the Commodity Futures Modernization Act, which prevented oversight of the $615 trillion credit default swaps market.

So who regulates the banks, savings and loans, mortgage companies and rating agencies? The federal government.

Should any one else be blamed for some of this? Perhaps the American people who figured to make a killing by buying homes they could not afford and flipping them for a higher price. Politicians and bank regulators knew the banks weren’t requiring down payments or verifying borrowers assets, but they did nothing.

Congressmen in both parties have run up trillions in debt and unfunded liabilities. The debt is now about $1 million for each taxpayer. That is the debt the 53 percent of citizens who actually pay taxes have hanging over them.

The Wall Street occupiers want redistribution of wealth, their college tuition debt forgiven, more regulation of the private sector and they oppose free market capitalism. And of course they want the 47 percent who are on the government dole (which includes many of them) to keep on raking it in.

Bottom line, it ain’t gonna work. It didn’t work in the ’30s, and it won’t work now. If the electorate in the next election keeps these free spenders in office, the country is doomed.

As politician Herman Talmadge (1912-2002) said, “Virtually everything is under federal government control except the federal budget.”

Bob Anderson

Glenwood Springs

Money and property is numbered for the sake of organization. We want those who work hard and create a lot to have more, because they are most likely to make the better investment for all of us.

Allowing money and property rights is no substitute for what is actually right. The goal is to be as close to what is right as much as possible, except for those who don’t care about what is right.

Levying taxes isn’t giving to the poor except when the taxes go to the poor. The whole idea of taxes is for people who participate in our economy to acknowledge that without the current societal structure, they wouldn’t have developed such wealth. So they have a debt to the societal structure, but not to the general public.

Nicholas Janes

Carbondale

I was glad to read Cynthia Thomas’ letter of Oct. 30. We were told that Colorado Mountain College was moving to gain needed space. Wouldn’t the building at Ninth and Grand make more sense for the Chamber Resort Association?

Jan Kaufman

Glenwood Springs


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