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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

I would like to respond to the statements made by Anita Sherman in the Jan. 20 Post Independent.

Silt is a proud community and very rarely have we ever asked for county support, unlike the other towns in Garfield County. So when Silt asked the Board of County Commissioners for $4 million for partial funding of a grocery store, we didn’t consider that unreasonable at all.

Silt is tired of grocery shopping in other towns.



Ms. Sherman asked, “Does the mayor think the $4 million will come from the county’s magic money tree?” My answer is no, I don’t believe in magic money trees.

She asked, “How does this project benefit all the Garfield taxpayers?” My answer is it doesn’t, unless they all shop in Silt.



She stated, “Groceries and gas for Silt residents isn’t exactly a big tourist attraction.” My answer is, you’re right.

Ms. Sherman stated, “If the mayor thinks the good people of Silt want a grocery store, by golly they should have one.” We agree on that point because, “by golly,” I am doing my best to bring in a grocery store.

She stated, “The mayor can certainly pull his local budget up from its boot straps.” My answer is we did pull our budget up by its boot straps, from a huge deficit to a large surplus, in less than one and a half years.

She stated, “… and (Silt) supporters can put the project on ballot.”

My answer is this issue was put to a ballot in the last election. I ran on a platform that stated that if voters elect us we will bring in a grocery store. The good people of Silt voted yea, now we are fulfilling our promise.

When Congressman Tipton heard about Silt’s vision for a grocery store, bank, pharmacy, Dollar General, library and a complete revitalization of downtown Silt and how it would provide in excess of 150 jobs, he made a personal trip to Silt to view it.

Thanks again, Ms. Sherman, for addressing these issues, and we would like to extend a warm invitation to shop in Silt.

David Moore

Silt

MRI’s application for a trash transfer station and recycling center at the Mid-Continent Resources coal loadout building flies in the face of the general public welfare. It would be located on a meandering country road instead of directly off Highway 82 at, say, the old gravel pit that Garfield County Commissioners have recently zoned commercial.

There is no need to put motorists and bicyclists at risk and disrupt the peace and quiet of the citizens who live in the area. It would also impact the wildlife crossing at all hours of the day and night to get to water.

The road already has more truck traffic than is suitable for a two lane road with no shoulders and a 15 mph bridge crossing.

The group opposing the location of the transfer station and recycling center are wasting time lobbying the Garfield County Commissioners. We know their record.

What needs to be done is to make it clear to MRI if they go forward with their application and it is approved, there will be a valleywide boycott of their business. Hit them in the pocketbook. Their ears will perk up. Make it clear we will put them out of business.

Paul Egon Andersen

Carbondale

Remember a while back, when a nationwide campaign was launched to curb needless littering and make America beautiful? It worked pretty well. That image of the Native American shedding a tear really got to people.

Residents of the great state of Colorado do an impeccable job of keeping our roadsides and townships free of unsightly trash and debris. My girlfriend Wendy, who recently moved here from California, says that it is truly remarkable how clean the highways, county roads and even parking lots are compared to where she came from.

We care about the environment, our living environment.

We like the Colorado Lottery as well. Why bring that up? I don’t know if readers have noticed, but there are an awful lot of spent, losing lottery scratch tickets lying around on the ground all over the place.

People who buy lottery tickets, and you know who you are, tend to discard them when they lose by just throwing them on the ground. They react to having lost like a bratty little kid who doesn’t like Brussels sprouts, so he just pushes the plate off on to the floor.

It’s a losing ticket. Does that mean, to your dismay, you’ve discovered your legs don’t work and suddenly all of the garbage cans have vanished all over town?

Here is something else to think about while you’re whipping that ticket on the ground in disgust. That revenue brought in from the sale of those tickets is primarily used to improve our parks and roadways and townships. It’s used to keep Colorado beautiful.

Why would anyone want to detract from its majesty by covering it with losing lottery tickets? That’s a real scratcher isn’t it? A head scratcher!

Eric Rayne

Glenwood Springs

This letter is response to Anita Sherman’s letter on Jan. 23. As I was reading this letter, I felt that even though the letter was well worded, it lacked facts. So I did a little legwork and found on http://www.afdc.energy.gov/afdc/fuels/index.html that compressed natural gas (CNG) is in fact a cleaner alternative to gasoline.

The website shows that CNG vehicle emissions are considerably less than from gasoline vehicles. In fact there was a 90 to 95 percent reduction in carbon monoxide emissions and a 25 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions.

Ms. Sherman also stated that many late model vehicles emissions are equal to CNG vehicles. How can this be when federal regulations haven’t been nearly as strict as they are now?

It was also stated in her letter that prices at the pump for CNG are the same as unleaded gasoline. I looked up the CNG prices in Colorado and did a comparison in Rifle, since Rifle is the only city in Garfield County with a CNG pump. I noticed that they are selling CNG at $2.99 a gallon and regular unleaded at $3.45 a gallon. I am not great at math, but I believe that is a 46 cents a gallon savings. You can find these prices at gonaturalcng.com and gasprices.mapquest.com.

After finding these two facts, I feel that CNG is very good alternative to fossil fuels and I can see the trend is growing with many municipalities getting on board with this alternative. If California had a mitigation claim spike the price of gas, then why is a school district in Fresno expanding its CNG bus fleet? (www.cngnow.com)

In the future, if Ms. Sherman wants to make an argument about CNG I’d suggest she do some fact checking, and back those facts up with where she got them, so that others can look them up. Otherwise people will feel these are words pulled out of the air.

Nick Crandell

Silt

I support the Village at Crystal River and have voted yes. The Village will create 50-plus construction jobs in the near term and 150 full-time jobs at full build out.

Carbondale has a population of approximately 5,196. Fifty construction jobs plus 150 permanent jobs adds up to 200 total jobs resulting from a yes vote.

If any state or national leader had an opportunity to employ 4 percent of the population with one decision, there would be no debate. There would be no vote. Leaders would do whatever was required to make it happen.

Folks opposing the project have criticized almost every aspect of the Village, even the creation of jobs, because they say the jobs created by VCR are not the right kind of jobs for Carbondale. That is a load of XXXX.

Criticizing and dictating the type of jobs a business creates is simply tired rhetoric spewing from folks with an unhealthy sense of entitlement. In a depressed job market like we have in Carbondale, any new job is a gift.

Folks opposing the project would have you believe all is rosy in Carbondale. They would have you believe the local business community is healthy, the downtown core is thriving, and the town is financially secure; another large load of XXXX. I own a local business on Main Street. I am in the trenches every day. Local businesses are not thriving. We are barely surviving.

For those who believe all is rosy in Carbondale, one of three things is likely true: you are a trustafarian with no concept of economic reality, you have smoked way too much medicinal cannabis, or you have become so accustomed to suffering that you believe there is no other way to exist.

There is a different path. Prosperity is possible in Carbondale regardless of inheritance.

The town desperately needs new jobs and increased sales tax revenues. VCR provides both. We have a very tangible opportunity to create a more economically sustainable town. It is right in front of us.

Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth. Vote “yes” to the Village at Crystal River.

Frank McSwain, Jr.

Carbondale

On Jan. 18, the Post Independent published the contents of the tape released from the illegal Jan. 9 executive session of the Garfield Board of County Commissioners.

I was appalled to read that Commissioner Mike Samson was looking to hire a county manager who, “needs to understand that we are the boss, and that the Board of County Commissioners runs the county.”

Then I realized, the Post Independent must have inadvertently quoted Boss Hogg from Hazzard County, not Commissioner Samson from Garfield County.

P.S. Thank you to the Post Independent and its attorney for assisting our county’s administration maintain transparency and integrity. Please keep it up.

Sarah Williams

Glenwood Springs


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