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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

If you are a Holy Cross customer, your election ballot for the Holy Cross Energy Board of Directors should have hit your mailbox this week. As a local architect who also does work in surrounding communities, I have been very impressed with how much of a leader Holy Cross Energy is as compared to other electric utilities in terms of saving energy, reducing green house gasses and promoting renewable energy, while still providing reliable cost effective electricity.

Please take a moment to vote in this important election, where there are three open board seats, to ensure that the future board of directors continue the excellent work that Holy Cross Energy has achieved.

If, like me, you care about saving energy, reducing green house gases and promoting renewable energy, place your vote for Kristen Bertuglia as well as Adam Palmer for the two Northern District seats (Gypsum to Vail).



Adam Palmer is an incumbent and has served on the Holy Cross board for the past three years. He’s helped increase renewable energy supply to meet and exceed a voluntary goal of 15 percent by 2015, and develop and launch Holy Cross’ energy efficiency plan. In the future, he plans to expand our renewable energy portfolio which includes solar, wind, hydro, and soon, coal mine methane and biomass from Gypsum utilizing wood waste and beetle kill pine. He also wants to launch an on-bill financing program that will allow members like us to pay for energy saving improvements over time on our electric bill, where we’ll realize the actual savings.

Kristen will use her experience as sustainability coordinator for the Town of Vail and manager of the town’s recent $3.2 million energy efficiency overhaul to continue to establish Holy Cross as a leader in energy efficiency, clean power and innovative programs. She is experienced in commercial and residential energy efficiency and biomass, and will ensure long-term price stability and smart investment in renewable energy.



Hans Berglund

Edwards

I completely understood the president when he said his idea of gay marriage was evolving. I too went through the evolution. It is an idea that was difficult for me to understand because I couldn’t imagine marrying a man.

But I do love being married and I love the ceremony of marriage because it really takes a leap of faith and commitment for two people to take this step.

I mentally went the whole route of civil unions, but thought that it was too complicated and really didn’t mean the same thing.

I was so proud of Joe Biden for clarifying the concept in such simple terms: “You should marry the person you love.” This was very difficult for President Obama, but it was the right thing to do.

The Colorado General Assembly should “evolve” and stand up for their gay constituents’ civil rights. This is not a question of religious belief.

Thomas E. Rutledge

Glenwood Springs

It seems like every day I read the Post Independent, the town of Carbondale is trying to get a grant or monies from the county, state or federal governments. The town is currently likely to receive $45,000 for a community garden. That seems like a lot of money for a garden. This should be one fine community garden at the taxpayers’ expense.

And a week before, the Post Independent reported the town wants energy impact funds from the state. This coming from the town that absolutely does not want any kind of energy development around their town and does not have any drilling in the area. The only impact I see that the town of Carbondale has from the energy industry is the fine people in the industry spend their hard-earned money in the town. Can you say hippie hypocrite?

Trent Kite

Silt

The total cost of suburban living is too seldom clear to home buyers. The frequently asked question is, “Why should I spend more for a downtown home than a suburban house?” The partial answer is that the real dollar costs of suburban living are significantly higher than in downtown neighborhoods.

The Federal Transportation Administration calculated the owner’s average cost of owning and operating an automobile at $1.13 per mile (not including the car purchase price), though individual costs may vary depending on a number of variables. The point is that the farther the work commute, the higher the real costs become for suburban living, as the following demonstrates.

Based on 18 commuting days per month, the cost of a five-mile commute (each way) is $203 a month. A 19-mile commute costs $772 a month, and a 30-mile commute costs $1,220 a month.

The average commute time in the U.S. is 48 minutes, which is probably typical of our region. This is for work commuting only, which constitutes just 18 percent of total auto trips.

The national average for other suburban car trips is 17 percent family and personal business, 14 percent shopping, 16 percent social and recreation purposes and the remainder, 35 percent, everything else.

Living downtown allows walking, biking or transiting to work, school, recreation, etc. If just one half the trips are eliminated, that’s about $6,000 saved, which translates to about $75,000 in additional mortgage capacity. Home buyers would be well advised to calculate these costs when considering the commute they’re willing to accept along with the value of an extra hour or two at home.

Finally, recent real estate sales indicate that downtown property values (adjusted for demographic variability) appreciated more than suburban counterparts with less price decline during recessions. The stated reasons were appreciation advantage, growing suburban cost awareness, disheartening car dependence, commute distress, traffic congestion and lack of stimulating activities.

It makes you wonder why more people don’t live downtown. I know of no better location for downtown housing in Glenwood Springs than the confluence lands.

Don Ensign

Carbondale

I am appalled that the people of Colorado were hoodwinked into property tax. After a person works hard, pays income and other taxes on his earnings, does without, saves and eventually gets to purchase a home with his very diminished after-tax dollars, the government of Colorado comes into their home and demands payment for use of state property.

Yes, that is right. The only way that the state can demand you pay to use an asset is because they are the de facto owners of that asset. All thinking people know that it is immoral and unethical to take what fairly and justly belongs to someone else.

But the state can demand payment, enter to inspect without warrant or just cause, and evict you if you don’t make the appropriate lease payment.

The people of Colorado were led like sheep by the emotional “baa-baa-baa schools, baa-baa fire departments, baa-baa children” manipulation game.

It is way past time we stopped being so gullible and easily manipulated by the deeply embedded ticks of bureaucracy. It is past time we revolted against the fascist-socialist concept of state ownership of homes, farms and the tools we use to make a living to pay legitimate taxes.

Let us work to restore private property rights and allow people to truly own their own homes and farms. It is time we demanded a drastically simplified and ethically just tax system.

R. Mark Talbott

Parachute


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