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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

New Zealand’s national education standards allowing children to play “mumblety peg” in the schoolyard is a bad idea, regardless of whether columnist Ross Talbott spent his long-ago recess hours that way and still has all his fingers.

As usual, Mr. Talbott strings together a few random thoughts, provides no sources or anything to support his claims, and writes things that are provably false as if they are unquestioned fact.

Is it too much to ask that even opinion columnists provide content based on reality? If not, then the Post Independent might look elsewhere. If so, then Ross is your guy.



Pete Kolbenschlag

Paonia



I would like to thank the Garfield Board of County Commissioners for doing the right thing and sticking up for Eagle Springs Organic farm and the community it supports.

There is nothing more important to our county than the health of its citizens. As the local food movement gains momentum, the growing consensus is that quality, locally-sourced food for the community is more important than the profits and convenience of a small few. Protecting our food source is a priority, and it’s nice to see our elected officials doing just that.

Michael Gorman

Carbondale

Memo to Craig S. Chisesi: G.W. Bush has been out of office for over three years. He is no longer president. Get over it.

Sgt. Joe Friday of “Dragnet” fame often said, “All we want are the facts.” So do we. So let’s review some.

When Obama took office, the national debt was $10.6 trillion. As of Dec. 31, 2011, it was $15.1 trillion, on its way to over $16 trillion by the end of 2012.

President Bush added $5 trillion to the debt in his eight years in office. Obama will have added almost $6 trillion in his first four years in office.

In fact, the national debt has now exceeded 100 percent of GDP. If one adds in over $100 trillion in unfunded liabilities for Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, the true debt is unbelievable and unsustainable. We are going to be Greece in a very short time.

Gasoline prices were just under $2 a gallon when Obama took office. Today they are approaching $4. In fact, they are already over that number in much of California. Some are predicting $5 a gallon, perhaps even this year.

The extension of the payroll tax cut (which will take money from Social Security, which is already broke) is said to add $40 a month to worker’s paychecks. That $40 will go right into the gas tank. Big deal.

Concerning the Keystone XL pipeline, from TransCanada’s website (the builder of the pipeline), “the pipeline will create more than 20,000 direct jobs and 118,000 spin-off jobs during construction.” The pipeline will not spend one dime of taxpayer money and will in fact contribute $5.2 billion in property tax revenue to communities along the route.

Concerning GM and Chrysler, yes, they should have gone bankrupt. They should have gone through the process, cut their costs (mostly union-related) and emerged as a leaner, meaner entity. The bankruptcy process was created for just such a situation. The taxpayer has no business bailing out car companies, banks or failed solar companies.

Bob Anderson

Glenwood Springs


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