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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

I went to drop off a few donations at the new Defiance Thrift Store in Glenwood Springs and I was greeted by smiling faces and offers to help get stuff out of my car. Although I was in a hurry, when Dawn, the cashier, invited me to browse around the store, I couldn’t help but take a look.

The new store is fantastic, with lots of open space, intriguing shelf displays and colorful walls. One thing I really appreciated was how easy it was to access from Highway 82, unlike the old location.

I would like to remind our community that Defiance donates 100 percent of profits to LIFT-UP and Family Visitor Programs. Please support these two great organizations serving our community for more than 28 years.

Donations are tax deductible, and what a great way to help those in need.

Last but not least, remember Defiance is next to the car wash in the old Valley Electric building, just a block north of the former location.

Mary Blichmann


I suppose it was inevitable that our Carbondale Board of Trustees follow the lead of those learned folks in Aspen and Basalt to help us lead more moral lives by banning plastic bags in grocery stores. I know that in a civilized society we must have some rules and laws. For instance, I cannot yell “fire” in a crowded auditorium.

On the other hand I will not be forced by our trustees (funny name for this group) to use cloth bags, which will undoubtedly become contaminated with salmonella from leaking chicken, listeria from cantaloupe or E. coli from any number of sources – notwithstanding Trustee John Foulkrod’s assertion that he eats raw chicken from Dumpsters.

I am more than a little surprised and disappointed that the other merchants in town did not unite and rise up in opposition to this craziness, since they will be the innocent victims of what I call collateral damage. Since we (and many other families that I know) will no longer be grocery shopping in Carbondale, we will also not be buying gasoline, liquor, hardware, lunches, auto parts, etc. In other words, our money and our tax dollars will be going to Glenwood Springs.

I can only assume that Carbondale doesn’t need the revenue.

Bill Myers


The Rifle Public Library was such an enormous part of my childhood. It truly was a portal to the wider world. It was a place that represented comfort and opportunity, and Judy Martens was the friendly and helpful face of that library.

Later, Judy hired me as her children’s librarian, an opportunity for which I will be forever grateful. Watching Judy work with customers, search for information and manage the library collection was invaluable.

She was a whiz with technology and she could plunge a toilet or scale a tall ladder, and I have never seen anyone better at assembling furniture. For so many years, she did it all to keep our library running. And above and beyond this, she made the library a real part of the Rifle community.

Today, I am a graduate student in library science working at a library on the Front Range. As my understanding of librarianship as a profession has evolved, I know my time at the Rifle Library as a patron and employee has made me a better librarian.

The library district is a priceless resource to the citizens of Garfield County, and Judy’s dedicated service has been an important contribution to its development. Even though I cannot imagine that library without her, I wish her a very happy, healthy and much deserved retirement.

Melissa Hisel


When I hear about how civil servants, (teachers, police, firefighters, et. al.) are being chastised by some of our citizens for salary issues, I wonder why they are singled out over, for example, football players. All football players have unions that allow collective bargaining. Why is it not OK for teachers?

Teachers often spend more time with our children (our future) than do the parents. Shouldn’t they be able to bargain for a fair and just remuneration for service as football players do?

I hear of attacks on teachers (and other civil servants as well) who work nine months and get three months off, and yet no one says anything about football players who work only five months and get seven months off. And they get paid if they don’t work, are on injured reserve, or are backup, etc. Teachers don’t have trained backups.

Why has our society allowed this disparity to occur? If football players are more important than teachers, then I feel we have said the future does not matter to us.

I am screaming right now because I feel this is so very wrong. I will not allow one sector of our society to voice the lie that civil servants are somehow screwing the rest of us because they only work nine months and get paid more than they are worth.

Teachers, police, firemen, et. al., are more important to our future well-being than any football player. So I am asking each of you to do what is right and let your voice be heard. Tell these critics you don’t believe the lie. Tell them teachers and firefighters are more important and should be paid more than football players.

I am 68 years old and have never worked as a civil servant. However, I have benefited from their services all my life and am grateful every time they have served me. Let us not allow this lie to continue.

TJ Krest


As a volunteer board charged with the responsibility to address a broad range of environmental issues, the Carbondale Environmental Board applauds our Carbondale Board of Trustees for their endorsement of the Thompson Divide Coalition and its mission to preclude oil and gas development in the Thompson Creek area.

Recognizing the economic tradeoffs inherent in this debate, we believe the benefits of preservation outweigh the benefits of development. The negative aspects associated with oil and gas development (e.g., increased truck traffic, air and water pollution, loss of wildlife habitat) and the negative impacts on tourism, outdoor recreation and local agriculture are simply too severe.

We are all better served when local industrial activities are more complementary to our communities’ desires for achieving both environmental and economic sustainability.

We encourage your readers to visit http://www.savethompsondivide. org and join leaders from across the region in opposing the current proposal to allow exploratory and potentially long-term drilling operations in this area.

David Reindel, chair

Carbondale Environmental Board


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