Your Letters |

Your Letters

I recently read a story in the Post Independent about the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) investigating the naked man or men on some of the local trails in the Carbondale area. The story profiled an anonymous victim who made a comment about why we haven’t been getting this information out to the public.

We certainly understand her concern and fears. That’s why, since the first reported incidents in 2008, all responses on the part of the GCSO that have warranted an offense report have been provided to the local media via our regular press release process. Further, a Crime Stoppers flyer, complete with a photo taken of a possible suspect, was also provided more than once.

Have you seen any of this information in the local media? The fact is we do provide the information to the media, but the sheriff’s office has no control over what they deem newsworthy.

So, to the victim interviewed in the Post Independent story as well as all of our citizens, please ask the question of our media, “Why aren’t they getting this information out?” The GCSO has been providing it and will continue to provide timely information as this active investigation continues. If anyone would like to receive the same information that we regularly send to the media about all GCSO cases, contact Tanny McGinnis at or go to our website,, for a complete listing of public releases.

As I understand your frustrations, I would like to personally invite every citizen to attend a personal safety meeting to address any concerns. Join us at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15, at the Carbondale Fire House. This will be a 45-minute personal safety presentation followed by a 45-minute open discussion for citizens to voice their concerns.

Lou Vallario

Garfield County Sheriff

Glenwood Springs

Having read Debbie Centeno’s May 8 letter, “Sister worried about gang colors at Strawberry Days,” I feel safe in reassuring Ms. Centeno that if she and her nephews do not have active warrants out for their arrests, are not self-proclaimed Surenos gang members wearing blue bandanna gang colors, do not possess marijuana, drug paraphernalia, nor have forged IDs with another active warrant due to their illegal status in the U.S., and multiple deportations already, they will have a good time at Strawberry Days. And finally, that they do not attempt to flee from police, as her brother David Centeno did in June 2011, for that is a crime as well.

To refresh her memory, please refer to the Glenwood Springs police report published in the Post Independent June 22, 2011. Ideally Ms. Centeno’s brother will be deported once again after he serves his time.

To read about her brother’s extensive criminal background, including multiple felony re-entries into our country following deportation, please read the June 30, 2011 article, “Sheriff: Strawberry Days detainee had gang ties.” It is all about her brother.

I will agree with Ms. Centeno that it is hard to explain to her nephews that their daddy is a federal criminal due to his extensive list of crimes. They now know that their father is not allowed in the United States and never will be, much less attend Strawberry Days with them. Choosing a criminal lifestyle has consequences, as it should.

Marty Lich


In Ross L. Talbott’s May 8 column, “Species diversity refutes evolution,” he puts forth some points that are supposed to prove the theory of evolution is wrong. I would like to look at a few of his arguments.

Most egregious of Mr. Talbott’s arguments is that Hitler used evolution as a philosophical tenant in the deplorable genocide during World War II. Accusations of this manner are insulting to the scientific community and to those who lived through the Nazi Holocaust. Hitler in fact stated in “Mein Kampf” that “the Aryan races’ [supposed] superiority is God-given.”

Talbott also says that evolution presupposes the notion that life came from a nonlife. This is a common misconception.

The theory of evolution explains how species can naturally change over many generations through genetic deviation and natural selection. That is to say, living things changing into other living things. The idea of life from nonlife is called abiogenesis and is a different theory altogether.

Talbott then makes the point that 13 billion to 20 billion years is a relatively short time for evolution to take place. He compares this timeline to the $14 trillion national debt to make his point. While 13 billion years and $14 trillion are both numbers, I don’t see the comparison here.

As far as scale is concerned, imagine that we lay out a measuring tape across the length of a football field to represent the timeline of the universe from the big bang to present day. On that timeline, all of the 8,000 or so years of recorded human history would take up a space on that tape the width of less than half of a human hair.

Mr. Talbott’s article is filled with inaccuracies and logical fallacies. Evolution, as a scientific theory of the diversity of species, has been confirmed countless times through observation, experimentation and genetic research.

Thadius Loar


In a few days Holy Cross Energy customers will be receiving your their board of director ballot. Rather than tossing it, I’m asking them to take a couple minutes to vote in this important election where members will determine the future direction and leadership of our local member-owned cooperative utility.

Over the past three years, it’s been an honor to serve on the Holy Cross board of directors to provide dependable, environmentally friendly, low-cost power to our customers.

Specifically I’ve worked to increase renewable energy supply to meet and exceed our voluntary goal of 15 percent by 2015, develop and launch our energy efficiency plan, improve transparency, maintain a high level of dependability and customer service, and volunteer on the Holy Cross Round Up Foundation board to assist local individuals and organizations in need.

I’ve been able to utilize my experience as environmental policy planner for Eagle County, program manager for Energy Smart Colorado, former director of the Eagle Valley Alliance for Sustainability, former environmental coordinator at Vail Resorts, and service on numerous boards to develop a diversified energy portfolio to meet and exceed our renewable energy goals, help homeowners and businesses save money, and create local jobs while keeping costs low.

In addition, I will work for you to:

• Launch an on-bill financing program that will allow members to pay for energy saving improvements over time on your electric bill (where they’ll be realizing the savings).

• Run the organization efficiently and responsibly, with the highest level of professionalism, safety, ethics and customer service.

• Continue to provide customer information, convenient bill-paying options, and money saving options.

• Expand our renewable energy portfolio to meet and exceed our goals, including solar, wind, hydro, and soon coal mine methane and biomass from Gypsum utilizing wood waste and beetle-kill pine.

I humbly ask for your vote to continue to work toward meeting and exceeding goals and expectations from your member-owned utility, Holy Cross Energy. Please contact me at with any thoughts or feedback.

Adam Palmer


I am writing this letter to the cyclist who came out of the Cattle Creek area at approximately 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 10, barreling across both the down and upvalley lanes of Highway 82 and who nearly collided with my car, which was traveling upvalley.

Was this person crazy? Did they realize how close they came to being a splat on the highway? Was this person aware of how close I came to hitting them?

Thank goodness I saw the cyclist out of the corner of my eye and instinctively began to brake, because had I braked a second later, they would probably be hooked up to life support right about now, and all their fancy schmancy riding gear would not have saved them from their utter recklessness.

Was the cyclist in that much of a hurry, that they chose to come flying in front my car like that? They’re lucky I’m not someone who talks on her cell phone while driving and so was not distracted. This person could have ruined two lives that day.

Laurie Maret


Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Glenwood Springs and Garfield County make the Post Independent’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.


Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User