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Since I’m unaware of any response, I must assume that no one took the bait contained in my April 5 letter. While I always appreciate feedback, I’ve never intentionally baited a letter to get response until my commentary on controlled burns by the Forest Service, in which I asked the question, “What national or state government bureau or department operates with proficiency or even adequacy regarding the responsibilities for which it is charged?”

I fully expected to get an reply on my challenge to “name one.” So I am going to fulfill my aim by taking my own bait and naming not one, but several that deserve special recognition and praise.

The military services are the exceptions of government entities that do operate with proficiency in their performance.



The Air Force, Army, Marine Corps and Navy under the Department of Defense and the Coast Guard under the Department of Homeland Security are to be commended for the outstanding successes that they have recorded throughout the history of our country.

These organizations have protected our freedoms and represented our nation courageously, in spite of the many instances when support by Congress is lacking and leadership by the Commander in Chief is feeble or nonexistent. (For the record, “corps” is pronounced “core,” not “corpse” despite being mispronounced twice by a prominent, yet uniformed, public figure.)



It’s unfortunate that other federal departments and agencies fail to meet the challenges and opportunities in the same diligent manner as our military services.

So, I say to all our airmen and airwomen, soldiers, marines, sailors, coast guardsmen and coast guardswomen, thank you for your service to our country.

And to the readers of the Post Independent, thanks for this opportunity for me to express my gratitude to the nation’s true patriots.

Richard Doran

Parachute

Rather than just reprinting stories from AP about inactive voters, why doesn’t a reporter from the Post Independent contact the Garfield County Clerk and Recorder, Jean Alberico, and find out who is an inactive voter. These people have already been mailed postcards informing them of their status and asking them to take steps to change their status.

Sending ballots to inactive voters is an open invitation to voter fraud. If the inactive voter hasn’t cared about voting in previous elections, why should they be empowered now?

Why are Democrats not supportive of the one-person, one-vote idea that was a cornerstone of the civil rights fight? The liberals’ fight against voter ID laws and in support of inactive voters makes me wonder why they are protesting so loudly. Could it be that the Chicago machine would lose if these laws were put in place? Could it be that they will be caught red-handed doing something that they say doesn’t occur?

I would suggest that if readers wonder about voter fraud, check the shenanigans that occurred in Minnesota when U.S. Sen. Al Franken was elected. Numerous precincts had over 100 percent voter turn-out. This sounds like an election in Cuba.

Sharon Brenner

Carbondale

I am appalled by the Garfield County Commissioners’ recent decision to oppose the BLM’s preferred alternative plan, which reduces the number of acres available for oil shale and tar sands development.

First, their rejection of this plan does not represent the interest of the majority of Garfield County residents. On the contrary, it appears that the commissioners’ rejection of this plan is simply a catering to industry interest.

In addition, the BLM’s alternative plan is based on a comprehensive study that considers the impact that oil shale and tar sands would have on the environment and communities, as well as its current feasibility. What authority, expertise or credentials does the BOCC have in opposing this decision?

Many studies on the water demands of oil shale have been conducted. According to the analysis completed by the Western Resource Advocates, oil shale production would require more than 378,000 acre feet of water annually – water that is critical to agriculture and communities in the arid West.

Additionally, adverse air quality and wildlife impacts, as well as greenhouse gas emissions and the degradation of public lands used for recreation, are all considerations of the preferred alternative plan.

The reduced acreage and increased environmental analysis requirements of the BLM’s alternative plan were carefully devised to offer a more responsible approach to energy development.

Residents of our county understand the need for energy development. However, we expect and demand that such development will be done in a responsible manner that considers and minimizes negative impacts on our land, water and communities.

The role of the county commissioners is to represent the citizens of our county. Their uninformed opposition to the BLM’s preferred alternative plan, therefore, is a gross and unacceptable misuse of their position. I urge the commissioners to reconsider their opposition to responsible energy development.

Maggie Romance

Rifle

Aren’t the county commissioners supposed to represent the will of the people? Why did they hold an open forum asking for citizen input, and then totally disregard it?

On Monday, April 9, the Garfield Board of County Commissioners heard citizen input on the commissioners’ resolution opposing the BLM plan to reduce the Colorado acreage that can be leased for experimental oil shale and tar sands development.

For more than two hours, citizens in support of the lower-acreage BLM plan asked the commissioners not to pass the resolution, citing environmental impact and potential damage to businesses that rely on the environment, such as hunting and fishing. Of all the input, two citizens supported the resolution, and the rest, 20 to 30, did not.

Commissioner Tom Jankovsky stated at the outset, before citizen comments, that he would present his thoughts at the end that people would not like. A citizen suggested that he keep an open mind and consider the citizen input.

It was also suggested the commissioners hold meetings in other areas of the county to get a broad spectrum of opinions. Commissioner Mike Samson stated that if the meeting were held in west Garfield County, the input would be supportive of the resolution. How could he be sure without holding the meeting?

When the time came to vote on the resolution, Commissioner Samson was asked if he would like to hold another meeting to gather additional citizen input. Mr. Samson said nothing and waited until Mr. Jankovsky made a motion to accept the resolution with a few minor changes. That ended it.

What happened? It was clear the commissioners had their minds made up before the meeting. They disregarded the overwhelming citizen input and ignored the suggestion to hold other meetings to gain more information from their constituents. We just witnessed a three-headed autocracy “representing” the will of the people.

One good thing: There were many caring, thoughtful citizens who studied the resolution and spent time preparing their comments. If I see their names on the ballot, I’m voting for and financially supporting them for county commissioner.

Sheryl Doll

Glenwood Springs


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