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I work for Frontier Paving Inc., the company that has applied for the permit to relocate an asphalt plant adjacent to the Eagle Springs Farm.

All of us here at Frontier Paving know that anytime anybody proposes to start a gravel pit, asphalt plant, concrete plant, or new oil and gas development, it seems as if everyone turns into an expert on how that activity will be detrimental to its surroundings. They are truly just making themselves look like fools by trying to talk about things that they have absolutely no idea about.

With all of today’s technology for research, why is it that the facts don’t get the attention that they deserve?



We have conducted numerous tests and spoken with several actual experts about our plans to relocate, and the facts show that there is no danger to any adjacent property.

Why would 90 percent of asphalt, concrete and aggregate facilities be located so close to river bottoms? Keep in mind that these rivers are a main source of water for farmers, ranchers as well as the main supply of water for most towns in the valley.



The answer is simple. That is typically the location of the resources for all of these types of operations. There are no direct nor indirect negative impacts as long as they are operated within permit limits and use best management practices.

With all of the knowledge and information that everyone has access to, it is a shame that people would rather rely on fear mongering and terrorism than actual data. All of the slanderous emails that are flying around and erroneous statements in the paper are pitting two much-needed industries against each other, which is doing nothing but hurting this economy on a local level.

Maybe one day, the activists will wake up and realize that all of this nonsense really just wasted everybody’s time, including yours and mine.

The staff at the Garfield County Building and Planning department do an excellent job with countless hours of research. Nobody could possibly understand how much they work until they have been through this process themselves.

Damian Ellsworth

Rifle

This ought to get readers’ blood boiling.

Last year our federal government, overseen by the Federal Communications Commission, spent $1.6 billion in taxpayer dollars giving out free cell phones and paying the monthly bills for low-income Americans. Two-hundred and seventy-thousand of these nice people were using the system and getting free duplicate cell phones.

What ever happened to the good ol’ land line? It is not a necessity for low-income people to have cell phones, and all free of charge, to them anyway.

Cell phones and the monthly bill that comes along with it, are not a civil right. They are a privilege.

I pay $114 a month ($1,368 a year) for my husband and son to have a cell phone. I do not have one. We work hard to be able to have this luxury.

We as Americans have to wake up and contact our government representatives and tell them to stop the wasteful spending on these ludicrous programs. Taxpayers are paying for this free government program in their monthly phone bill.

Jane Henzel-Till

Carbondale


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