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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Here are a few facts for Edward Hall and others to ponder. On March 31, 2012, the Colorado Secretary of State testified under oath and told the House Administration Committee “that his department’s study identified nearly 12,000 people who were not citizens but were still registered to vote in Colorado.” Scott Gessler went on to say, “Of those non-citizen registered voters, nearly 5,000 took part in the 2010 general election in which Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet narrowly defeated Republican Ken Buck.”

The fact is these are statements made under oath; if the person making these statements lies he can be charged with a crime.

Second, according to an article in the Washington Times dated July 5, 2012, “Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler has been asking Homeland Security officials to check the names of thousands of possibly illegal voters in his state against a federal database. A year later, he still doesn’t know whether about 5,000 registered Colorado voters are actually U.S. citizens. The last time he heard from Homeland Security was in May, when an official told him that the department was still mulling over his request.”

The article also stated, “In separate letters to Homeland Security Secretary Janet A. Napolitano, Mr. Gessler and state Attorney General John Suthers called for the department to cooperate with state officials by entering into a memorandum of understanding on voter verification.” This letter was backed by the top elections officials of 11 other states. Mr. Suthers asked the department to “enter into the agreement no later than July 20, adding that the state was prepared to take legal action.”

The bottom line is, the Obama administration does not care about the Constitution. If it did, it would act upon the request. It also seems that Mr. Hall and others in the valley feel the same way if they think that even one non-citizen voting is okay. I guess as long as the illegal votes are going to who they support it is okay. But if the tables ever turn, the proverbial bowel movement will hit the fan.

Doug Meyers

Glenwood Springs

I love Whole Foods and am glad they are apart of our community, but I am concerned over one particular aspect of the development of the store that appears to have been over looked.

Whole Foods has become the largest contributor to light pollution in the Roaring Fork Valley, south of Glenwood Springs. The interior lights of the store bathe all of Willits in a cool, white glow at night due to the large storefront windows and unusually large, lit signage for the region.

The parking lot lighting appears to have been designed with consideration to protecting our dark night skies, but the effort is lost due to the light emitting from the storefront windows and signage.

I believe dark night skies are one of the key defining characteristics of the Roaring Fork Valley, and hope that as an environmentally-conscientious member of the community, Whole Foods will take action to dim the lighting in its signage and install shades or screens in the windows that can be lowered at night to decrease the amount of light pollution bathing Basalt at night. Other than that, I’m glad they’re here.

Richard J. Stumpf II

Glenwood Springs

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