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During the past 100 years we in the U.S. have enjoyed the luxury of cheap energy generated by the burning of fossil fuels such as coal and oil, but no longer can we count on this being the case.

As the developing world expands, the competition for the world’s energy resources intensifies, and energy prices are increasing dramatically.

What can each of us do to keep the lid on energy expenses and reduce emissions to the atmosphere? Conservation is the key.



1. Transportation is 25 percent of the emissions problem. Upgrading your car for a more efficient vehicle will help, but if that’s not affordable, improving driving habits is even better. Rapid acceleration and high speed driving guzzles gas. Drivers will be surprised at how gas mileage will improve by accelerating gradually and staying below the speed limit.

2. Forty percent of emissions come from power plants that generate electricity. As populations grow and power-hungry high-tech devices mushroom, electrical demand rises.



Holy Cross Energy customers can help buck this trend by using more efficient light bulbs and appliances, turning them off when not needed, and participating in the “We Care” and “Green” programs offered by Holy Cross energy. Go to http://www.holycrossenergy.com for specifics.

What is government doing? Coal-fired power plants are being phased out and more renewables, such as wind, solar, hydro and biomass are being required to reduce emissions. This helps the environment, but will translate into more expensive energy.

Doing our part to conserve is the primary way to control energy bills. Small changes in our lifestyle can yield meaningful results.

Dave Mott

Wolcott

Ninth Judicial District Attorney and Republican incumbent candidate Martin Beeson is evading the rule of term limits and making a mockery out of our democratic election process.

The implied term is the time between elections. Any time served between election cycles is a term. Mr. Beeson’s first term was an appointment by vacancy. The vacancy fills the term of the publicly elected predecessor.

Elections are not an etch-a-sketch process, just because the players change. If Mr. Beeson wanted two full terms, he should have declined to fill the vacancy.

Mr. Beeson is deliberately creating the illusion that partial terms exist in the cycle of state district elections. Apparently, the only place a partial term exists is in Mr. Beeson’s mind, and the Republican caucus that nominated him. Maybe it’s time for the Republican party to follow its own penchant for term limits, and start policing their own.

Shame on the Republican Party for not finding a suitable replacement, and backing a term-limited candidate.

It’s no wonder our judicial district’s taxpayers are spending ridiculous amounts of money on Mr. Beeson’s mistrials. If Mr. Beeson has a difficult time interpreting the term limits of an election cycle, it’s certainly a public indicator of the filters he uses to interpret law.

It’s time for Garfield, Pitkin, and Rio Blanco counties to have a competent district attorney who doesn’t interpret the law within the context of a distorted personal agenda.

Anita Sherman

Glenwood Springs


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