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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Earth Day means something different to each of us. For some, it means planting a tree, or taking that favorite hike to that special place, or helping your child with a special school project.

For those of us who appreciate the many attributes of the area identified by the Thompson Divide Coalition for protection from industrial exploration and development in order to protect the natural and recreational attributes of the area, Earth Day has special meaning.

Our watersheds (five major watersheds provide for both municipal and agricultural needs); our wildlife (habitat, calving areas, migration routes for elk and deer; cutthroat trout; mid-elevation species); our ski areas (Sunlight Peak and Spring Gulch); our hiking and biking trails; rock climbing opportunities; summer grazing necessities for the valley’s ranchers; our sanctuary; our wild lands – these attributes make this the unique place for which we must be appropriate and active stewards of the land.



Protection of our air and water quality and of the quality of life we all enjoy requires dedication, commitment and work. The Thompson Divide Coalition works to inform, educate and represent all those who have extended their support for this cause.

Representatives of the oil and gas industry with leases in the area of concern have been contacted, and the coalition is working with industry, affected agencies and elected officials to resolve our issues and protect this special place for all to appreciate and enjoy.



Dorothea Farris

Carbondale

In 2006, the Democrats screamed bloody murder over the high price of gas. They said this proved Bush and Cheney were corrupt. They used this on their platform to gain control of the House and Senate and ultimately the presidency.

The Democrats were saying that what we were seeing was a government run for the oil companies. Nancy Pelosi said everyone was paying a heavy price because the Bush administration failed to enact a comprehensive energy strategy.

When Pelosi and her gang took control of the House and Senate, gas prices were $2.38 a gallon. In 2008, Obama on the campaign trail said he felt everyone’s pain at the gas pump. He said he knew how bad people were hurting. When Obama became president, gas was $1.87 a gallon. Does he still feel our pain?

Now he jokes about it. “Keep your tires aired and drive the speed limit.”

Does Obama think we’re all that dumb?

How does our illustrious media feel and report about high gas prices in the news? They’re saying high gas prices are a blessing in disguise, creating a big jump in the number of jobs. They’re optimistic because it’s forcing us to search for alternative energy, and the reduction in driving saves lives.

It seems high gas prices were bad when Bush was president but good during Obama’s presidency. What a country. Go figure. The Democrats, in cahoots with the mainstream media, are nothing but a bunch of hypocrites.

Still thinking of voting for Obama come the November elections? I saw a bumper sticker on a car recently that said it all: “That Obama sticker on your car might as well say, “Yes, I’m Stupid.”

Stan Rachesky

Glenwood Springs


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