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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

This letter is in response to the letter by Judy Campbell of New Castle regarding the funding of Planned Parenthood. Ms. Campbell has apparently done no research into the assertions in her letter, which is based upon completely inaccurate information.

As a former board member for the Planned Parenthood chapter in another state, I can assure Ms. Campbell that Planned Parenthood is constantly fundraising, and does not depend solely on any grants or donations from local, state or federal government entities for its funding. In fact, the sole function of the board of each Planned Parenthood chapter is to raise the necessary funding so their chapter can offer the many programs they offer. When I was a board member for Planned Parenthood, we worked all year long on numerous fundraisers. In spite of our efforts, we always depended on governmental grants to bridge the gap between what we could raise, the revenues generated by our clinic operations, and what we needed to continue our programs.

Ms. Campbell also erroneously states that Planned Parenthood’s “main goal is to end pregnancies through abortion.” This could not be further from the truth. Planned Parenthood offers many family planning and women’s heath programs, including counseling, STD, breast cancer and pelvic health screenings and birth control to women who would not otherwise have access to such services. Abortion services represent approximately 3 percent of Planned Parenthood’s revenues.



In our chapter, a woman seeking an abortion was required to receive counseling concerning all available options, including adoption. After counseling, if the client still insisted on an abortion, we referred her to a qualified doctor. Planned Parenthood never advocates abortion, but supports responsible family planning and women’s health. Without the vital services provided by Planned Parenthood, so many women would not have birth control and other vital women’s health services available to them, and those who have an unplanned pregnancy would be relegated to the deadly back alley surgical procedures of the 1950s and earlier.

Brad Sherman



Carbondale

I have to wonder what Mitt Romney is hiding in the tax returns he refuses to release. His 2010 tax return, the only one he has made public, indicates that he uses tax shelters in the tax haven of the Cayman Islands that are unavailable to 99 percent of us, “the people.” He paid 13.9 percent of his 2010 earnings in federal taxes, less than the lowest rate for “people” in the middle class.

These released facts seem damning enough. Why then would he choose to keep secret his other tax returns? Apparently he feels that the information that could be gleaned from those documents would be far more damaging than anything we could imagine from his refusal to come clean. It is probable that the tax breaks Mr. Romney has taken are legal, though highly “aggressive” interpretations of the tax code. I question the spirit of citizenship of an aspirant to the presidency of the United States who engages in shady tax avoidance practices. I will not vote for such a man.

For those who may be interested, the August issue of “Vanity Fair” has an article investigating Mr. Romney’s personal finances.

David Schroeder

New Castle

I am on vacation and coincidentally read the letter by Chamaigne Lyons and must reply.

The day before leaving for vacation I got gas for my lawnmower and unknowingly left my wallet on the trash receptacle at the Shell station on Mel Rey. Two and a half hours later, just after 10 p.m., a couple knocked on my door, holding my wallet, asked my name and if I lost it. I was overwhelmed because I did not know it was missing. I offered a reward but they would not accept saying they were a Christian couple and were only doing what they hoped someone would do for them. My credit cards, driver’s license, and cash were all there. I thanked them profusely but did not get there name, I was just shocked by it all.

Chamaigne, there are a lot of good people out there, don’t lose hope. To prove it, since the genuinely honest couple would not take the reward I will replace the paycheck you lost. Happy birthday! (mine is three days earlier).

Contact Subway in Glenwood, they can reach me. I paid it forward, you do the same someday.

Scott H. Black

Glenwood Springs

Glenwood businesses rely on young people to fill seasonal and ongoing employment needs. In many instances, these youth are involved in Glenwood’s school music programs.

Studies show music directly impacts this workforce by developing the skills necessary for a variety of occupations. Students of music tend to possess the qualities and skills essential to employers: self-discipline, dexterity, coordination, self-esteem, critical thinking, listening, creativity and personal expression.

The same studies show music programs improve student scoring in math and reading, and increase a student’s ability to perform at a higher level by enhancing anticipating, forecasting, recall and concentration techniques.

Glenwood’s music programs have grown by leaps and bounds. In 2007, fewer than 40 students signed up for sixth-grade band. This fall more than 140 have pre-enrolled.

Glenwood Springs has much to be proud of where music is concerned. The Jazz Band has for several years been a regular at Jazz Aspen. The Percussion Ensemble in its six years of existence has never finished lower than fourth in state and regional competitions, has numerous runner-up trophies and a state championship, and two years ago finished in the top six in the world against teams from all over the U.S., Europe and Asia.

Music programs are expensive to maintain. A single instrument can cost several thousand dollars. While the school administration does all it can to support the programs, today’s budget realities suggest the school could use some outside help from the community.

In many ways, support of Glenwood’s school music programs is vital to the continued success of valley businesses.

Since 2008, the Queen’s Charity Golf Classic has provided all its sponsorship proceeds to the schools. Funding has gone for the purchase and replacement of aging equipment, music and in-school scholarships for under-privileged students to attend music clinics.

This year’s event is Aug. 18 at the Glenwood Springs Golf Club. Donations to a silent auction and sponsorships are needed. Sign up to play or sign up your own team. Demonstrate your support for our kids’ future. Contact the Queen at 945-1478, queen@nprweb.org, or visit http://www.gwsmusic.org to register to play or sponsor.

Stan Orr

Glenwood Springs

Wow, NASA sent a spaceship to Mars and slowed it down from 13,000 mph to 280 mph in seven minutes. Sounds just like what Bush and the Republicans did to the U.S. economy four years ago. Maybe they will find Mitt Romney’s secret tax records hidden on Mars?

Carl Heck

Aspen


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