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I write in response to the May 7 Post Independent article, “Three towns disagree with county on oil shale.”

I’ve listened quietly and carefully to the debate on oil and gas and oil shale exploration and drilling on our public lands. I might note, they are public lands.

I disagree with the change in approach over these last few years. Why is no one in our local political arena willing to stand up and say “balance”? Why the “slow approach” now?



We were the envy of the nation with a booming economy. I applaud Garfield County for supporting wise use of public land. Obviously the commissioners realize it’s public land, it’s ours. Using it in a balanced way to boost our economy is win-win for all of us.

Exploration can be done in a way that balances the pristine Rockies we love with an economic benefit we all enjoy(ed). Come on, Rifle and New Castle, get your backbone back up, realize you work in our interest and stop following the politically correct mob in Washington, Denver and yes, Carbondale.



My wife and I were forced to close one of the most viable ways to put people back to work, a preschool that served as many as 155 children a day. If parents lose safe, effective child care for their kids, they can’t go to work and move on. We aren’t victims of a bust. We’re suffering from a “push out.”

Local governments should stop coddling pet projects that entertain their fancy and bring back the oil business. Stop predicting that oil shale now equates to the boom and bust of the 1980s. We’ve learned a lot since then.

Local governments’ implementation of restrictions “way over the top” have pushed balanced natural resource exploration into states smart enough to see the challenges and advantages of balanced exploration and use of resources. At least they should let the people vote on the issue instead of constantly implementing without our consent what they feel is best.

This bust isn’t as bad as the 1980s because we citizens learned from it. Town councils should show us they have, too, and encourage wise exploration by easing restrictions.

Don Wagner

Rifle

I am searching for my dog, Hazel. She is like a child to me, and it grieves me to be without her.

While I was in the hospital convalescing, my ex put an ad in the paper and gave her away. I did not discover this until she had already been given away.

She is a sweet and affectionate pug-dachshund mix weighing around 20 pounds.

I hope she is in a loving home and beseech the family that adopted her to reunite her with me. I would gladly compensate whatever costs were spent on her.

She is irreplaceable to me, and all I want is to have her lick my face again.

Please, if anyone knows anything of her whereabouts or the person who adopted her, I implore you to help me. I can be reached at crystinmin@gmail.com.

Crystin Min

Glenwood Springs

This is in response to Debbie Centeno’s letter of May 8. I don’t think it’s the color of a person’s attire at the Strawberry Days festival or their ethnicity that will attract police attention. My suggestion would be to not have an outstanding warrant or possess drug paraphernalia while attending the festival. Also, maybe don’t carry a forged instrument – just a suggestion.

Wendy Hobbs

Silt

I am amazed that our high quality newspaper, the Post Independent, continues to publish the erroneous nonsense of Ross Talbott. His May 8 column shows a profound lack of understanding of basic biology and geology. Just because he cannot comprehend the marvels of diversity of organisms on this planet does not negate the validity of the theory of evolution.

His statement that “oil is not a fossil fuel and there is some process deep within our planet that is producing it” is preposterous! I wonder, just what is that mysterious deep process that our geologists have missed through decades of scientific observation? How does he think the organic matter of oil was created? Where does the carbon “deep within our planet” come from?

He further states: “The concept of evolution is an effort to demonstrate that there is no God.” Evolution has nothing to do with religion. It is based on science – centuries of scientific observation – to explain the biological diversity of our world.

I hope that our elementary, middle and high school students get a strong foundation in the sciences, especially biology, geology, physics and chemistry, so that they are able to discriminate between fact and fancy.

Bob Millette

Glenwood Springs


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