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Speak out on open lands this week

Garfield County residents, now is the unique opportunity to voice your opinion about the future of open lands right here in our own backyard. A series of four community workshops (sponsored by The Garfield Legacy Project, Garfield County, The Trust for Public Lands, The Sonoran Institute and The Aspen Valley Land Trust) will be held this week throughout Garfield County. The first is tonight at the Glenwood Springs Community Center from 6:30 – 8 p.m. Residents are encouraged to discuss goals and help establish priorities for conserving valued open lands in Garfield County.

What do you value? How do you envision our community? This is a rare opportunity to be heard. Your opinion counts. Be there.

Mary Noone

Glenwood Springs

PS: For more information: Other workshops: Noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, Parachute Library; 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, Rifle High School; and noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, Carbondale Town Hall

In regards to the new school board members and the agenda they came in with: Are they really here for the children, the community, the staff and public? First item on their agenda: Judy Haptonstall, superintendent.

Five days they have been part of the school board. Have they even read up on our policies, procedures, board decisions, etc.?

They have no idea who or what Judy Haptonstall stands for. If they did, they would take the time to look and see how far we have come since she has been on board, and why the previous board supports her in the decisions that she has had to make. They haven’t had time to look. The dishonesty in running for these positions and then the outright disregard for the position to which they have been appointed by arriving with an agenda of their own is shameful.

I have watched Ms. Haptonstall lead 700-800 people and more over the past seven years. She gives her whole being and more to the position for which we hired her. She spends relentless hours working for education, the public, the students and staff.

Do you know the time and effort that she gives to every single decision that she makes on our behalf? These are not easy decisions that have been taken lightly. With this leadership comes great responsibility, and she has not failed us. As our leader, she deserves more than being questioned when taking on the decision-making that none of us would be qualified nor willing to make.

Is your plan to have the tax payers pay out her two-year contract and dismiss her? Then hire another superintendent, with the tax payers’ money paying a salary for the same two years? What happens when the new superintendent makes a leadership decision supported by the board and the public retaliates again? More tax payer money lost.

My only question for you three: Really? You came on board to oust Judy Haptonstall? Shame on you!

Pam Smetak


I am in total agreement with the letter from Sandy Tippett-Smith and Warren Buffet about the benefits that congressional members receive. I’ve been wondering for years why they receive special benefits and then get to vote on what the general public receives or doesn’t receive. They should have the same benefits we have, and I bet they wouldn’t vote to reduce benefits for health care, social security and Medicare.

Karen Skelly


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