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The recent decision by Jeff Hecksel, city manager of Glenwood Springs, to spare pigeons that are creating problems for some store owners is commendable (Glenwood Springs says poisoning pigeons would violate ordinance, June 10, 2008). There are better ways to deal with conflicts between people and pigeons, and Hecksel notes one: a contraceptive that prevents pigeon eggs from hatching.

The pest control company argues that Avitrol is necessary to protect people and structures from pigeon droppings. What they did not mention is that Avitrol is dangerous to more than just the pigeons. It is highly toxic to most birds, mammals and other animals. It kills raptors, dogs, cats and other predators and scavengers who eat pigeons with undigested poison in their crops, as well as any animal that eats poison bait left or scattered by the pigeons. And it is not humane. It causes birds who consume it to suffer convulsions, fly erratically sometimes striking structures, vocalize repeatedly and eventually die.

Avitrol is most definitely not the way to deal with the pigeon situation. Contraception, limiting food availability, and altering surfaces so pigeons cannot roost are humane and effective solutions.



Maggie Brasted, director

Urban Wildlife Conflict Resolution



The Humane Society of the United States

“You’re looking at the new design of Glenwood Springs Post Independent website. Better, worse, the same?”

You do realize, of course, that you have violated a fundamental law of the universe possibly more important than the Second Law of Thermodynamics.

That other law states in equally terse terms: “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.”

Your online edition, including the mirror of the printed paper, was not broke in any way, but you fixed them, and both are certainly broken now. The first, simple version, no longer exists or at least can no longer be found, and the second complicated mirror version doesn’t work.

Feel proud of yourselves, for as long as you can before the universe bites you for misbehaving.

Or maybe it has already.

D.J. Gulliford

Silt

Barack Hussein Obama made a speech the other day, where he said he wanted to change the past-failed energy policies.

I’m not sure what he meant, since he fails to go into any detail on what his changes would be. I assume he would change the policy of not drilling in Alaska, not drilling off the coasts of California, Florida, Texas or in Colorado; not building any new refineries; or not building nuclear power plants. But since he’s failed to offer those details, I will wait to see what he proposes.

In the meantime, I do know one change he’s clear on ” he will raise taxes.

Ken Kriz

Glenwood Springs

“You matter because of who you are. You matter to the last moment of your life, and we will do all we can, not only to help you die peacefully, but also to live until you die.”

” Dame Cicely Saunders

Just as the Whos called out to Horton, Roaring Fork Hospice is calling out to every Horton in the Roaring Fork Valley who believes in the hospice philosophy ” who recognizes that death is the final stage of life, but continues to seek to enable individuals to continue an alert, pain-free life and to manage other symptoms so that last days may be spent with dignity and quality, surrounded by loved ones.

No, our society does not relish talking about death ” but it comes to us all, and we cannot allow this precious valley resource to close. Valley View Hospital, thank you for working so hard all these years to keep this valuable resource available, but please do not close it Wednesday, June 25, leaving the community without this dignified choice.

Let all of us who believe that we cannot lose that option, that we must have a provider for humane and compassionate care for all in the last phases of incurable disease so that they may live as fully and comfortably as possible, raise your voices. Valley View Hospital, please allow this caring community to find and form community partnerships that will resolve any problems that you face to keep Roaring Fork Hospice’s doors open.

Use your voice. Speak up now, today, to save this organization our community simply cannot afford to lose.

Cheryl Cain

Glenwood Springs

I worked for Valley View Hospital for 10 years.

Valley View Hospital is not telling the truth about the closing of their hospice program. It is about money! I realize that a hospital has to make enough money to cover expenses in order to be able to provide services to patients, but they overspent on their fancy facility. It looks nice, but when people are sick they don’t care about fancy brick, tile, architecture, etc. What they care about is getting good quality care.

The hospital did need to expand its facilities, but they built to put on a show to compete with Aspen, Vail, etc.

Who suffers for the mistakes that the administration made? The patients, the citizens of the Roaring Fork Valley, that’s who!

Elizabeth Camp-Richey

Glenwood Springs


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