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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

According to the July 27 Post Independent article, Divide Creek to the west of the proposed Thompson Divide oil and gas development area is a possible truck route to haul fracking chemicals to the drilling area and haul the produced water out.

Because of the outrage by citizens from Glenwood Springs and Carbondale over this unthinkable industrial truck traffic on their public roads, Divide Creek and thus Silt’s roadways are politically a “default solution.” Therefore, if Divide Creek is used instead of downtown Glenwood Springs, the town of Silt will be hammered with overwhelming, industrial-scale truck traffic, and not one dime will be paid by the oil and gas industry directly to Silt for impact mitigation or decreased property values.

The mayor and trustees of Silt have come too far in the last three years towards effective economic development to quietly allow this to take place. Accordingly, the time has arrived for the Silt mayor and trustees to conduct proper due diligence and investigate and report to their constituents the impacts on Silt’s roads should Divide Creek be used as a Thompson Divide default solution by the gas drilling industry, instead of Glenwood Springs and Carbondale roads.



Furthermore, to voters who have decided to vote in November to re-elect Garfield County Commissioners John Martin and Mike Samson, this would be a good time to rethink that decision.

The three Garfield County commissioners continue their goose-stepping at the beckoning of the oil and gas industry and have sent a formal letter to the BLM supporting industrial-scale gas drilling at Thompson Divide. This is a scorched earth policy on the part of Samson, Martin and Jankovsky that will devastate our local hunting and fishing industries in and around the Thompson Divide area.



Samson’s and Martin’s gas drilling policies will also drive down local real estate values and leave for our posterity irreparable scars on Garfield County’s pristine federal lands.

Carl Mc Williams

Silt

I wanted to briefly clarify the July 26 article in the Post Independent, “Charge lowered against teen accused of starting fire in Glenwood Park.” While I will not comment specifically on any juvenile case, I wanted to correct a few misconceptions perpetuated in the article.

First, charges were not “lowered,” because in juvenile court the penalties are the same for most classes of felonies and misdemeanors. Thus, although the reporter outlined the potential penalties and differences between a class 4 and 6 felony for adults, those distinctions do not exist in juvenile court. The penalties for these two level of felonies are exactly the same, as the maximum penalty in juvenile court is identical in most cases for felonies and misdemeanors. So while a different charge was filed, the seriousness of that charged remained the same.

Secondly, the article states that the juvenile and his parents would be “working directly” with the deputy district attorney. That is not a completely accurate description of the process. In juvenile court, as in adult criminal courts, a child and their parents are given the opportunity to discuss their case directly with a deputy D.A. Of course, they have a right to an attorney, but often a satisfactory agreement can be reached. If not, the juvenile (as any criminal defendant) has a constitutional right to counsel.

Tony Hershey, Deputy District Attorney

Glenwood Springs

Many articles and letters to the editor of the Post Independent decry the substantial tax subsidies our federal government provides oil companies.

John Podesta’s Center for American Progress estimates the subsidy to be over $3 billion in 2011 and to be $4 billion per year over the next 20 years. New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez has targeted the subsidies he expects to be $24 billion over the next 10 years, or $2.4 billion per year. President Obama uses the $4 billion-per-year figure.

Our federal government in 2011 spent $3,630 billion, of which $1,560 billion, or 43 percent, was borrowed.

Had all oil companies reimbursed the $4 billion of subsidies in 2011, most taxpayers would have expected the federal government to have increased the year’s spending from $3,630 billion to $3,634 billion. This is not to suggest $4 billion is inconsequential; however, our federal government spends $4 billion in less than 10 hours, as there are 8,760 hours in a year.

A review of the 2011 annual report of only one of the many oil companies, Exxon-Mobil, shows the dollars forwarded to governments as follows: paid and collected sales tax $33 billion, other taxes and duties $40 billion, income taxes $31 billion. A total of $113 billion passed through Exxon’s checkbook to the coffers of many governmental entities. The company’s net income before any dividends were paid to stockholders was $41 billion.

Might those who condemn oil companies for not paying their fair share of taxes be the ones who are not fair?

Floyd Diemoz

Glenwood Springs

The White House just announced that President Obama will not push for stricter gun laws this election year.

Whew, that is a huge relief for those of us who are dedicated proponents of our Second Amendment rights.

Nothing in life builds a person’s confidence and respect more that having a leader with impeccable credibility. And there’s no question that many other conservative American citizens, like me, really would appreciate having a president who’s willing to take a stand, discerns the will of the people, places substance over style, serves our nation with dignity, demonstrates through patriotism his love of country, and above all, a president who relies on his track record to document his performance.

For all you naysayers who fear that Barack Obama may not be true to his word, simply consider this small sample of promises that are well documented:

• I will have the most transparent administration in history.

• I will close Guantanamo within a year.

• I will cut the deficit in half by end of first term

• I don’t take PAC money.

• I don’t have lobbyists.

• I didn’t know Jeremiah Wright was radical.

• I barely know Rezko.

• I will get rid of earmarks.

• I never practiced Islam.

• I was a constitutional lawyer.

Although, the conservative commentary blog TOTUS is my main source, my back-up for confirming facts is Jay Carney, Mr. Obama’s press secretary. Mr. Carney often helps the media by more clearly defining the intent and logic behind the president’s teleprompter of the United States proclamations.

In his press briefing on July 26, Mr. Carney succinctly clarified President Obama’s stand as follows: “We do need to take a broader look at what we can do to reduce violence in America. And it requires a multi-faceted approach that looks at this problem from a variety of angles, and that’s not just legislative and it’s not just about gun laws.”

Since “broader looks, multifaceted approaches and varieties of angles” are essential elements of procrastination, be patient. It may be a while before we hear again from TOTUS.

“If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem.”

– Abraham Lincoln

Richard Doran

Parachute


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