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In the April 18 Post Independent, I came across a shocking photo. When I got the nerve to look closer at the man duct-taped to a pole with a stool supporting him, until they decided to remove it and leave him hanging there, I read that this was the principal of the Carbondale Community Charter School.

As a reward to the elementary children for raising almighty dollars, they were forced to witness him having his head shaved and then sit at attention while other “adults” duct-taped him to a pole.

When I went to the website of the school to get its phone number and some info about the school, there was a gruesome photo of him just hanging there from the pole. As soon as I called to protest, it was removed from the site. Is it possible someone at the school thought they were doing something wrong?

The school’s mission is stated as “to promote empathy, respect and service to others” and to act “as an incubator for future leaders.” God help us with leaders like this.

Parents, do not put your children into schools that do this type of thing. First of all, it exposes them to trauma. Secondly, what type of learning is this? Do you want them to be doing this to each other in the backyard?

Those looking for clues for the rise of bullying need look no further than TV, its ads and sitcoms, and to movies in which people are being ridiculed and mistreated. The media tells us that schools are trying to prevent bullying. One wonders how they are approaching it when we see something going on like this.

I am grateful that this type of thing was not going on in the schools when I attended, nor was it going on when my children attended. My grandchildren are being home schooled, not for religious reasons, but because their parents don’t want them subjected to this type of idiocy. One questions what the teachers and administrators are learning in their educational process.

Sally Mehalek

Glenwood Springs

Will someone please explain to me what is going on with Colorado Mountain College? The trustees just voted 4-3 to increase the tuition, even though they had a substantial surplus, substantial enough to commit to building a parking garage in Glenwood Springs.

Will someone please explain to me why my Pitkin County real estate taxes that are allocated to CMC (the third largest mill levy on my tax bill, just below the city of Aspen and the Aspen School District) should be used to build a parking garage in Glenwood Springs on the corner of Eighth and Cooper?

Also will someone please explain to me the justification CMC used in offering to lease part of the Spring Valley Campus to SourceGas for a noisy compressor plant?

During these very difficult financial times when families are exploring alternatives to sending their children to four-year colleges, one would think that CMC’s main priority would be seeing to the welfare of its students by using its substantial surplus toward lowering tuition and assuring a quiet learning environment in the pristine Spring Valley, instead of building monuments to themselves in wealthy Garfield County.

Peg McGavock


John Colson’s April 23 article, “Defense attorney questions DA’s eligibility for re-election,” questions whether current District Attorney Martin Beeson, who stepped up and filled the remaining partial term of a recalled DA, can run for a second term of office due to term limits.

The article refers to a legal opinion by Attorney General Ken Salazar that states that term limits “have no application to partial terms of office, but rather apply only to full terms.”

Salazar’s ruling states term limits don’t apply to partial terms?

Ken Salazar, a Democrat, is a past Attorney General. His ruling is not a favorable ruling by a similar political party member in favor of his party’s politician, as Beeson is a Republican and Democrat Salazar’s opinion was made years ago in 2000.

If the Post Independent is going to give voice to attorney Tom Silverman’s personal and partisan opinion, it needs to do some investigative reporting by studying Salazar’s opinion. Also, how about asking the current attorney general’s office for its opinion on Salazar’s previous ruling on this matter and reporting that?

AG Salazar’s ruling makes practical sense and is not a partisan issue, as it applies equally to both parties’ candidates serving any partial term of any office.

How would we get anyone to fill a partial term vacancy in any office if filling a short-term vacancy for a few months would prevent that same person from legally running for that office for the full term – in this case, four years. The taxpayers would be the losers, as most short-term vacancies would sit empty for the remaining term until the next election cycle.

Term limits are a good thing. But filling a partial-term vacancy should not count against that person’s ability to run for his own full term of office. The person stepping up to fill the vacancy did not create the vacancy in the first place. We need people to fill partial term vacancies. Partial terms should not count against that person’s ability to serve his own full elected terms.

Robert Jenkins

Woody Creek

The April 24 opinion page had some rather interesting things going on.

First, the “Stand Your Ground” poll question seemed a little silly, considering we have the nation’s model law in this regard. The “Make My Day” law enacted last century was one of the first in the nation to address self-defense. From reading the press regarding Florida’s law, I believe we have a much better written piece of legislation here in Colorado. Please do an article on our own law so as not to have confused and misinformed readers.

In regards to Ross Talbott’s “Out On A Limb” column about genocide, it is unfortunate that so many Jewish Holocaust survivors are dying on the landscape. But we do have plenty of Cambodian Americans who can tell a warning tale about the subject. Actually, here in Colorado we can have the remaining locals from the reservation tell us about the issues of heavy-handed big government. However, that might be a smack in the face to the myths of the principles this country was built on. Thanks to the Bible, though, for reminding us of God’s will in regards to genocide in the books of Joshua and Deuteronomy, to name a few.

William Laemmel


Reading and interpreting the law is a logical process. It should be as logical as adding 1 + 1 + 1 to get 3. Apparently, things get a little complicated when it comes to election cycles and what constitutes a term to our seated Republican District Attorney, Martin Beeson.

Mr. Beeson’s first term wasn’t by appointment, it was by a recall election. Either way, Mr. Beeson entered into the recall election willingly. He was aware of the reduced term when he entered that election, and served based on the term of that cycle. The world of elections don’t adjust, based on ignorance to the law. Beeson won that election, and served his first term accordingly.

The next election cycle had the voters choosing him for election term No. 2. If we add 1 + 1, we get 2. I’m fairly confident the voters, regardless of party affiliation, can add. It’s certainly a leap of faith for a seated DA to come forward to defend 1+1+1 equaling 2.

In the bigger picture, Mr. Beeson’s DA record isn’t much better than his fuzzy math. Based on Beeson’s mistrials, and the cost to taxpayers, we can’t afford Beeson’s fuzzy math, or fuzzy logic interpreting the law. We have a choice in November. Let’s choose competence.

David Mead


What a wonderful surprise it was to see someone as qualified as Sonja Linman challenging John Martin for his Garfield Board of County Commissioners seat in November. I personally have been waiting a long time to see someone rise up who could bump John Martin out of this career he has created for himself. I think we have found it in Sonja Linman.

Once again we have seen an elected official turn his job into a career. How can we expect to have new ideas and creative thinking with the same old people? Now that the deck is stacked with three Republicans, I don’t think we will see that. It’s time for a change; it’s time to give someone else a chance. Let’s put Mr. Martin on his horse and send him off into the sunset. And thank you, Ms. Linman, for running.

Ken Fry

Glenwood Springs

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