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We Carbondale residents face an important vote this month – casting a yea or nay ballot on the proposed Village at Crystal River development (VCR).

Let’s be clear on one thing: I’m all for the economic prosperity and growth of Carbondale.

Unfortunately, the developer’s plans for the VCR contain a nasty pork-barrel sales tax and property tax in the guise of a “public improvement fee” that will add an unnecessary burden to us all: the new retail shops, including the proposed grocery store, will charge an additional 1 percent fee on all items sold; and most of the commercial property will carry a 3 percent additional mill.



So why should you and I pay an additional 1 percent tax on our groceries to support a privately funded, capitalist venture? Well, we shouldn’t.

I’m all for capitalism and economic growth. And I’m not against modest taxes, either – when they go to support the infrastructures we hold dear like strong schools and emergency services, etc.



But the VCR fees will go to the developer to help fund traffic-flow improvements on Highway 133. Keep in mind that these improvements are only needed to support the development – and in fact the Colorado Department of Transportation already has over $3 million slated for Highway 133 improvements in the next few years.

As a business owner in Carbondale, I bristle at the idea of being taxed to support a free-market, private development. No other businesses here in town are taxing the citizens to subsidize their ventures.

If, as the developer claims, the VCR cannot exist without taxing us, then it simply is not a sound business venture. Vote no this month, and say yes to viable economic growth without taxation.

Tyler Stableford

Carbondale

It was wonderful to see that both Ross Talbott, in his column of Dec. 27, and Ron Kokish, in his letter of Jan. 1, were both given the opportunity to exercise their right guaranteed under the First Amendment for freedom of speech.

It seems great to see so many people willing to share their diverse ideas. After all, isn’t that what our founding fathers and mothers wanted? They would be so proud.

Post Independent, keep up the great job.

And keep talking it over, America. It’s our country.

Helen McHale

Port Leyden, New York (visiting in Glenwood Springs)

What a delight Craig Chisesi’s poem was in the Dec. 30 paper.

I rarely read the “Your Letters” section of the Post Independent. So many letters are full of repetitive anger. It’s like reading the script from the Jerry Springer Show. Nothing to stimulate the mind there.

But Mr. Chisesi’s poem stated his opinion in a most creative and interesting way, gave the reader some food for thought, and said it all with a touch of humor. Thanks for the refreshing communication.

Debbie Dawson

Glenwood Springs

That was a great poem by Craig Chisesi in the Post Independent letters of Dec. 30. I enjoyed it and compliment him on its composition.

I don’t know if he is Poe, but his feet must at least be Longfellows.

I won’t try to match Mr. Chisesi’s poetic endeavor, but I must point out he helped prove my point by trotting out that old “It’s Bush’s Fault” line. If we grant the fact Mr. Obama was sworn in with problems in the economy, then we have to recognize President Obama gave it an off-the-wall shove.

Prices are up, the number of unemployed is up and the debt and deficit are soaring, with more and more people dependent on the productive members of the workforce. Did Obama effect change as he promised? Are we better off with his changes?

Did voters misunderstand the “hope and change” line that helped elect a man with no previous leadership experience? Do we have change? Yup, yup, yup. Do we have hope? Nope, nope, nope.

Jack E. Blankenship

Battlement Mesa

I write this on Dec. 31, 2011, New Year’s Eve. And as I look forward to the coming years, I wonder what the heck has happened to this country?

Do we even remember what it is to be free? Have readers been through an airport recently? Have you experienced passing through customs after returning from a trip abroad? How did we let this happen to us?

Yet now, it is about to become even worse. We are on the verge of becoming a true police state. The National Defense Authorization Act, which is about to become law, will confer on the executive branch of government and the military the authority to arrest any person, U.S. citizen or not, that they decree to be a terrorist and lock that person up without formal charges or any judicial proceeding at all.

Furthermore, the language of the bill would allow that American citizens arrested within the U.S. who are defined by the U.S. as supporting the enemies of the U.S. can be held without trial or legal defense indefinitely. The key words here are “as defined by the U.S.”

In other words, our supreme leader or one of his or her minions would determine who is an enemy of the state. Can the jackboots be far behind? The very unloveable Sen. Lindsey Graham said, “For the first time the homeland is part of the battlefield and people can be jailed without trial, be they American citizens or not.”

Be very afraid, dear friends.

Thomas Jefferson said, “All tyranny needs is for people of good conscience to remain silent.”

But Thomas Paine said it best: “O ye that love mankind! Ye that dare oppose, not only the tyranny, but the tyrant, stand forth! Every spot of the old world is overrun with oppression. Freedom hath been hunted round the globe. Asia and Africa have long expelled her. Europe regards her like a stranger, and England hath given her warning to depart. O! Receive the fugitive, and prepare in time an asylum for mankind.”

Bob Anderson

Glenwood Springs


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