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Is the Wilderness Workshop bullying people into believing that the entire Western Slope needs to be made into a wilderness area? Is that not the same as pushing an agenda on any group of people or persons who do not have the same belief as you do?

I know that this group truly believes that if you cut down trees that are beetle-killed, if you choose to ride a snowmobile, if you choose to drive to your favorite fishing stream up high, that you are to be banned from ever doing this.

They may be lucky in that they can ride a bike, hike or rock climb.

This group reminds me of a teacher who once tried to show her students that discrimination of anybody is a poor way to try to get what you want. Only students with blue eyes could have a desk and those with brown or green eyes had to sit on the floor. She showed them that this is discrimination.

The Wilderness Workshop is using discrimination to keep only those they feel can use the forests the way they think forests should be used. That is total discrimination.

We are in a horrible drought. We are experiencing a low snowfall, little rain and a chance that most streams may dry up before the first of July. Forest fires are a real threat this year. I held my breath with the lightning strike here in Carbondale this past week.

I know that the Wilderness Workshop tried to ban even the fire departments from responding to any forest fires without the Forest Service’s permission. They overstepped their boundaries, they realized that this was a very poor decision. I think their trying to make everything into a wilderness area is also a bullying tactic and a very poor decision.

Jane Spaulding


My friends are asking, “Why are you running for the Holy Cross Energy board of directors?” Here’s why:

1. I fully support the Holy Cross Energy vision of supplying reliable, economical electric power to its 44,000 members consistent with sound business and environmental practices.

2. I have related experience in electric power generation. As a graduate engineer from Cornell, I was employed in the power industry for 10 years, designing and building large central generating stations. Also, as project engineer for the Beaver Creek development, I was responsible for the design and construction of roads and utilities, which included the electric distribution system.

3. Having lived in Eagle County for 40 years, I have experience serving on numerous boards, including the Board of County Commissioners, county planning commission, school board, Upper Eagle Valley Sanitation District and the Colorado River Water Conservation District. Setting policy and solving problems cooperatively to serve the public interest has been fulfilling.

Holy Cross Energy has been a conscientious steward of natural resources, addressing efficiency, conservation, renewable resources and local power generation. In our world of increased competition for energy and environmental concerns, HCE faces continuing challenges to meet the electrical needs of its members while reducing environmental impacts.

Members will be receiving mail-in ballots soon after May 17. Please take the time to elect three directors to serve for the next three years.

Dave Mott


In the May 10 article entitled, “Third-grade reading scores at all-time high,” the title and first part of the article imply that kids are getting a better education. The chart also appears to be providing an incorrect comparison because it compares CSAP scores, but the article says that in 2012, TCAP was used.

Quote from article:

“Testing this year shifted from the former Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP) tests to the renamed Transitional Colorado Assessment (TCAP) tests. The new tests reflect the state’s transition to a new set of more rigorous standards.”

If the standards are more rigorous, then why are kids setting new records? Anyone else find this ironic? My gut reaction is that the standards were lowered. Either that, or all those third-graders ate their brain food every day. Third-graders do not eat brain food.

Caleb Begly


An article on May 8 in the Canada Free Press written by Doug Hagmann left me literally speechless. In summary, Hagmann claims to have been told by an insider at the Department of Homeland Security that Obama and his czars are planning on a major disruption to our economy and are planning a manufactured insurgency in order to facilitate his re-election in November. “A controlled chaos thing,” he said.

The informer wouldn’t mention names, but said those involved are very high up in the administration and are controlled by Obama.

Here is a link to the article: www. 46516.

This reminds me of the Saul Alinsky theory set forth in his “Rules for Radicals” book. He lays out a system for seizing power in a system such as ours. It all hinges on intimidation. For it to work, the public must be made to feel intimidated, upset, frustrated and hopeless. For the change to happen, the people must feel so frustrated, so defeated, so lost, they are willing to forget the past and be willing to change the future.

For those who won’t go along willingly, they will be attacked.

Alinsky’s rule No. 5 is Ridicule. “It infuriates the opposition, who then react to your advantage. His reaction will be your major strength.” This is exactly what enables a dictator to take control of a country.

Barack Obama said during his campaign for president in 2008 the lessons he learned from Alinsky were “seared into my brain. It was the best education I ever had, better than anything I got at Harvard Law School.”

Alinsky dedicated his book to “the first radical.” He wrote, “Lest we forget at least an over-the-shoulder acknowledgment to the very first radical: from all our legends, mythology, and history (and who is to know where mythology leaves off and history begins), the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom – Lucifer.

Is Obama our Lucifer?

Bob Anderson

Glenwood Springs

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