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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

By now, Holy Cross Energy customers should have received the Holy Cross Energy newsletter and voting materials to elect board members. Please don’t discard them. Your vote is important.

As a board candidate and having attended several Holy Cross board meetings, I understand their approach to providing reliable, affordable power consistent with sound environmental practices. This involves wind turbines, solar panels, hydro and biomass for renewable energy, and conventional power generation for reliability and economy. I fully support this balanced approach.

I’m a graduate engineer and a 40-year resident, and as such will contribute a background of related experience in the energy industry and numerous years of serving on a variety of local boards. I’ll appreciate your vote and will be honored to serve the community.

Dave Mott


Last year, 187 people got into a vehicle in Colorado and died after they neglected to do something that may have saved their lives – buckle their seat belts. Of those 187 people, seven died in Garfield County.

Admittedly, some crashes are not survivable, but most are thanks in part to new roadway engineering and vehicle safety improvements that are continuing to increase the odds of surviving a crash.

Despite these advances, technology’s role is limited, and human behavior must make up the difference if Colorado is to continue to see a decline in the number of people killed on our state’s roadways.

That is why the Colorado Department of Transportation and Colorado State Patrol are asking everyone to take two seconds to buckle up and make sure children are properly protected in an appropriate child safety seat – every trip, every time.

This request comes at a time when there will be overtime enforcement of the state’s seat belt and child passenger safety laws as part of the national Click It or Ticket campaign from May 21 to June 3.

Since Click It or Ticket enforcement began in Colorado 10 years ago, the number of people killed unbuckled in crashes has declined by 50 percent. While that news is positive, we know it provides no comfort to the families and friends of the 187 people who died last year without seat belts. Here in Garfield County, seven drivers and passengers lost their lives, and four of them may have survived the accidents had they worn their seat belt.

Perhaps a seat belt ticket or the risk of getting one will be enough to convince more people to buckle up and save lives. While getting a $65 seat belt ticket will anger some people, it may be a lifesaving reminder that will prevent them from putting their loved ones through a loss that may have been prevented with one simple click.

Major Barry Bratt, District 4 Commander, Colorado State Patrol

David Eller, Region 3 Transportation Director, Colorado Department of Transportation

It was with some incredulity that I read Dick Fitzgerald’s May 23 response to my letter of May 10. Granted, some of the “fat cats” are job makers, such as Warren Buffett. Sadly, most fat cats are only devoted to lining their own pockets. The Koch brothers and Mitt Romney come to mind.

Contrary to Mr. Fitzgerald’s letter, Mitt Romney did not start with “nothing.” His father was president of American Motors, former governor of Michigan and a one-time candidate for president. Thus, Mitt and his three siblings had a very large pot to split.

I lived through World War II and greatly appreciate how U.S. industry turned its factories to the war effort. However, the fat cats got a lot more out of the war than $1; the U.S. taxpayers rebuilt and expanded their factories and funded many new projects, which further lined the fat cats’ pockets.

President Obama inherited one of the biggest messes imaginable, created by the previous (Republican) administration and Congress. As to “food stamps,” I direct the reader’s attention to an excellent commentary on PBS’s Need To Know ( to know) of Feb. 17, 2012: Jeff Greenfield points out that during G.W. Bush’s reign, 15 billion were on food stamps and the number has dropped by 1 billion since Barack Obama took office. Furthermore, working families outnumber the unemployed now using the EBT food cards.

Gee, Mr. Fitzgerald, I never noticed that President Obama has “Congress on his side.” Thanks so much for calling our attention to that; here I was thinking that the main goal of the Tea Party, Boehner and McConnell had the defeat of our president as Goal No. 1, rather than participating in effective and collegial legislation.

Google is a beautiful aid in writing accurate letters to the editor. I heartily commend its use.

Jan Girardot

Glenwood Springs

For too long, power plants have pumped unlimited amounts of dangerous carbon pollution into our air. This pollution fuels global warming, which threatens our health with more of the unhealthy air days that contribute to thousands of asthma attacks and other fatal diseases, and threatens our safety with more mild winters, heat waves, and droughts that have left climatologists worried about Colorado’s water supply.

Many Coloradans have noticed that our weather has seemed a bit weird lately. Unfortunately, scientists in Colorado and across the U.S. warn that if we keep polluting the way we are now, global warming will bring even more weird and extreme weather, along with more dangerous smog pollution and even the extinction of some of Colorado’s plants and animals.

Right now, President Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency are working to fix this. They’ve proposed the first-ever carbon pollution standards for new power plants – a truly historic step towards cleaning up the largest single source of carbon pollution.

The EPA is accepting public comments on the standards until June 25, and it is critical that Coloradans show support for this historic step for public health and our environment.

Jack Stokan


The May 19 letter from Zell Zordell contained a few facts but very little truth. The 47,000-plus deaths Mr. Zordell attributes to drugs are the result of the Mexican war on drugs. It’s a war forced on Mexico by our government with conditional foreign aid.

Any drug use in and of itself is generally nonviolent. The violence is due to the extreme profitability in the drug trade. The drug trade is so obscenely lucrative due to the black market created by our counter-productive drug laws. Drug laws act like price supports for drug production and distribution.

When alcohol was illegal, the exact same violence occurred in this country as we see in Mexico today. Unfortunately, those who don’t learn from the past are doomed to repeat it.

The war on drugs is a 40-year, trillion dollar bust. If the risk of losing one’s health, job, family, and ultimately one’s life does not dissuade drug use, then what good does our lost drug war accomplish?

This country got along just fine for over a century and a half without any drug laws, and we’d be better off without them now.

Bruno Kirchenwitz


In regards to those people who are complaining about the Garfield County commissioners attending a meeting in Vernal, I would ask who should they talk to about the problems created by the federal government’s proposed restrictive plan?

Why should they talk to Wilderness Workshop, when we know that organization is against any concept of multiple use of federal lands, especially for mineral extraction.

Apparently these people who are against the meeting are also against warm homes and the good-paying jobs that do not require taxpayer money, such as Solyndra and Evergreen Solar.

As far as the false claims of “air pollution” and polluted water wells, I wonder what the air pollution levels are next to interstate highways, especially interchanges? Everything pollutes the air, including wild animals.

There has been no proof of water well contamination. The incident on Silt Mesa was in a seep and the gas producer was held accountable. As a matter of fact, the highly publicized events in Pavillion, Wyo., were released by the administration before being peer reviewed.

Further, the flaming faucet portrayed in “Gasland” was happening before any fracking occurred in the area. There are coal beds in this area that are producing methane, which gets into the water table. Natural gas wells are cased and cemented for several thousand feet, so this smear job that is portrayed in this film does not occur.

It is long past time for us to get over the fear of “it could/might happen so we can’t do it.” If this had happened 100 years ago, we would not have airplanes, computers, arthroscopic surgery, etc. I would suggest that the Luddites hang up their worthless ethnic and gender study degrees and get some real education so they can understand the science behind this.

Sharon Brenner


I write in response to the May 11 Post Independent article “Basalt woman fights on two fronts to stay in U.S.”

Might I remind legal U.S. citizens as well as the millions of illegal immigrants in this country that Norma Galindo Gonzales lived in this country for 14 years illegally before she “borrowed” someone else’s identification to obtain a state ID card. I call that “stealing.” She stole from our government and U.S. citizens the privilege of living in this country all those years and since then as well.

I have been unemployed for a year now and have been diligently seeking work, and am tired of reading help wanted ads in the paper that prefer bilingual applicants and even go so far as to offer a $5,000 bonus for such applicants. Many of these people are getting the jobs I am qualified for and have ample experience doing.

On a recent visit to the closing day sale at K-Mart in Glenwood Springs, a saleswoman could not speak English and completely ignored my attempt to ask her for assistance as she waited on Spanish-speaking individuals instead. There is no excuse for this. This is America, folks. If I were applying for a job in Mexico, I would be more than happy to learn to read and write Spanish.

My grandfather came here from Italy as a very young man in the early 1900s. He went to school to learn the English language and went through the legal process of becoming an American citizen.

It seems like everyone is more interested in being politically correct today than standing up for what is being taken away from them at an alarming rate.

I truly do not blame immigrants for wanting to live in the most blessed country in the world, but there are rules and guidelines in place for a reason. If a driver goes through a red light at 40 mph instead of 60 mph, is it any less illegal?

Kathy Buettner


What part of “illegal” do people not understand? No matter what you say or how you slice it, illegal is illegal.

With 15 million illegals in this country, nobody can sit there and say they are doing only the jobs Americans won’t do. They want to turn it into a race issue. That way, the fact that they are illegal gets swept under the rug.

If they weren’t heading straight for social services to get what is free to them but something many American people can’t get, I would be more understanding.

Here’s the bottom line. Stop pointing the finger at Americans who don’t want illegal immigrants here and calling them racist, and start pointing it at the immigrants’ own countries. If they can’t fix their own country, then why should they be able to drag the U.S. down to their country’s level?

Don’t be persuaded into believing it’s a race issue. It’s not. It’s an issue of 15 million people illegally in the country.

Michael Birdsley

New Castle

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