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I am writing to express my disappointment in the Garfield Board of County Commissioners’ unanimous decision to pass the resolution that designates BLM land for oil shale development in Garfield County.

Yes, I am from Carbondale, a place where we feel a connection to our environment and act as caretakers of the land; Carbondale, a town where citizens are educated on local issues and actually vote; Carbondale, where we participate in the democratic process by attending public hearings where issues are decided that impact the future of our town, our county, and neighboring counties; Carbondale, where we make connections between scientific studies on water usage and the health of our rivers and impact statements from the BLM.

In Carbondale, we are creating conscious change. This dream places clean air, clean water and land for all living things at its center, along with the human need for energy, where creativity flows in many forms, and everyone will have a sustainable job that fulfills them and gives them a sense of purpose.



Yes, I am a teacher from Carbondale, and I speak for the trees. I have read my Dr. Seuss books and embrace his message. I read them to my students.

As for adult reading, Dr. Ervin Laszlo has written an interesting book, “World Shift 2012: Making Green Business, New Politics, and Higher Consciousness Work Together.” Or visit the website http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org, the vision of which is to create a world where all people have access to enough affordable, healthy and wholesome food and clean water to meet their basic needs and where governments are accountable to their citizens and manage essential resources in a sustainable manner.



It is never too late to participate in the sustainable transformation and conscious evolution that is happening now. I ask Mr. Martin, Mr. Samson and Mr. Jankovsky to reconsider the model of success that they are operating in that calls for more development.

We do not need growth, which in this case means the extraction of more resources with potentially harmful consequences, to be successful. We need models that embrace sustainable practices.

Diana Alcantara

Carbondale

Please take time to read the Constitution, paying particular attention to what our government is not supposed to involve itself in. There is no “war on women,” but there is a war against our Constitution.

No citizen should be forced through taxation to pay for something that is a private and personal matter. Of course, women can have their contraceptives or abortions, they just shouldn’t ask everybody else to pay for them. There are those with legitimate objections – religion-based or not – and nowhere in our governing document does it say that the entire country owes a person money for their health care.

Our legislators also have no business whatsoever promoting alternate lifestyles, nor changing the definition of marriage.

Both sides of the political aisle are to blame for malaise in not defending our fundamental freedoms. The Constitution is a document that was thoughtfully and beautifully drafted to include safeguards to protect intrusion into our private lives and to provide Americans with the greatest freedom possible.

Carol Abbott

Parachute

The Post Independent front page article on April 15 was a story about two explorers who were wondering where the mighty Colorado River runs dry. It tells of an awesome adventure for these two men who challenged the elements over four months following the river, beginning in the Wind River Range of Wyoming on the Green River, a Western tributary that runs into the Colorado River in Utah.

Their interest, of course, was the fact that such a mighty river that roars through Glenwood Springs could possibly be used up before it ever reaches the ocean.

Our fresh water today is in serious jeopardy of being overused. A diversion mentioned in the article will divert water from the Green River to the Front Range in Colorado, depleting the river more.

The search for water, especially fresh water, has become more serious than most people understand. It is hard to look at our mountain streams and rivers in Colorado and believe we have water problems. There have always been water issues and concerns with ranchers in the past, but it has now spread like a cancer upon the land.

This is one of the major concerns over the construction of the Keystone pipeline in Nebraska over the giant underground freshwater aquifer that supplies numerous states with their fresh water.

Drilling companies also require a tremendous amount of water for drilling and fracking procedures.

This is why I was a little concerned when I read Randy Fricke’s letter in the opinion section of the same paper. He mentioned the decision our county commissioners made concerning their endorsed approval of a proposed 2 million acres for oil shale development.

In the middle of a successful natural gas boom and drilling extravaganza, they have decided to promote a plan that will divert resources for a half-century-old, failed program. Oil shale extraction will require a large amount of water in many of its experimental programs, which so far financially have proven to be failures. Why would our county commissioners do this? Who are they representing? Not us, for sure.

Jim Childers

New Castle

The following interactions happened when I attended the Grand Avenue Bridge open house at the Glenwood Springs Community Center.

First, a woman whose nametag identified her as a member of the Project Leadership Team told me nothing was happening to Sixth Street, the project was only about the bridge. I disagreed, saying Sixth Street was involved; she assured me that it was just the bridge. She added she didn’t know about the “technical issues.”

Next I asked Craig Gaskill, the project manager, what had happened at the closed door meeting, which had immediately preceded the public open house. He said it wasn’t a closed door meeting. I said, “Yes, it was.” He said no, it was “by invitation only.” I said that is a closed door meeting. He replied, “Well, if you had really wanted to come, we would have let you in.” I said, “How could I possibly have known that?”

Shortly thereafter, a man whose nametag identified him as someone from CDOT piped up, saying we didn’t have a bypass. I looked at him and said, “Yes, we do.” He replied, “No, you don’t.” I again said, “Yes, we do,” as I pointed toward Midland. He then said, “You have a slow bypass.”

Finally, another man from the team came up and said the dual bridges (or, as I call them, the dueling bridges), would take traffic off Grand Avenue. I said yes, for one or two blocks, until the drivers had to fight to get back on to Grand from Colorado or off Grand and on to Cooper, creating huge backups on Eighth or Ninth. He then said, “Well, I’m new here.”

Looking at the diagrams in person was much clearer than what appeared in the paper. I realized that the project looked like a board game – a combination of Candyland and Chutes and Ladders.

Linda HoIloway

Glenwood Springs

In her April 12 column, “A tale of two hospitalizations,” Mary Boland argues that health care in the United States pales in comparison to Costa Rica’s universal health-care system, which is why the U.S. should welcome Obamacare with open arms.

I couldn’t respectfully disagree more. Plain and simple, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care act is a job killer and unconstitutional.

Ms. Boland mentions that the unemployed in Costa Rica receive free health care coverage at the expense of the employed.

As a member of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), I can assure Ms. Boland that if the government demanded that all small-business owners must provide health care to their employees, there would not be enough employed people to take care of the unemployed. Quite the opposite; many Americans would lose their jobs.

The Congressional Budget Office conducted a report reviewing Obamacare and its impact on employment. The number was staggering. Over the next decade, the CBO found that the bill will cost 650,000 Americans their jobs.

Putting that statistic aside, the unconstitutionality of Obamacare is unprecedented. This would be the first time in our country’s history that Congress could force Americans into a market, so that it can then be regulated. Recognizing this egregious violation against small-business owners’ right to own, operate and grow their business, NFIB filed suit against the government on behalf of all 350,000 of its members.

Tony Gagliardi, Colorado state director

National Federation of Independent Business

Denver

Once again we’re entering the season when city, county and DOW will be reminding us to not feed the bears and other wildlife, and to keep our garbage covered and to not leave groceries or picnic supplies where they have easy access.

These officials tell us bears and other animals become dependent on us to provide easy food all the time. Eventually they lose the incentive to forage in the high country and will die.

Has anyone here made the connection to what our government is to more and more people in this country? Free food, money, things. I’m starting to see ads for food stamps for anyone who wants them. I’ve actually observed someone buy a banana for 11 cents, cash in a $25 food stamp and take the change.

Socialism was tried in this country once before – the first two years the Pilgrims were here. When some realized you didn’t have to work to receive food, the rest stopped working, too. After that experiment failed, they decided to assign parcels of land to families and allow them to keep or barter the extra for themselves. That led to sharing their bounty with the Indians for the first Thanksgiving.

Wake up America, the free rides eventually arrive at the station, and then it’s time to get off.

Ken Kriz

Glenwood Springs

Barack Obama’s “eat the rich” class warfare campaign is a political ploy of the lowest order. If Obama’s extra pound of flesh from the rich was realized, it would extort less than $5 billion anually. The Obama administration presides over a deficit of $1.6 billion annually.

Obama’s solution for record unemployment is to legitimize 11 million to 15 million illegal aliens with a pathway to citizenship, effectively trading 10 million American jobs for the Hispanic vote.

The “food stamp president” has us feeding more people than ever in our history, including millions of illegal aliens. Ditto that with free health care for illegal aliens.

Instead of supporting the American worker who elected him, Obama is worried about 11+ million illegal immigrants.

Yes, sir! Tax and spend and promise them the world. Like Obama told the Russian bigwig, he’ll have a lot more “flexibility” after the election. Here’s hoping Obama has all sorts of flexibility in a new job, outside of government.

Bruno Kirchenwitz

Rifle


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