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To promote the peace, safety and well-being of our community is the start of a police slogan, but is it really true?

I am a very concerned citizen being in a community where someone can run over a bike and drive off with no punishment. My friend was riding her bike through the city of Rifle, something she has been doing for more than four years. She is the best bike rider I know. She looks before crossing the road and stops to wait for traffic.

A woman decided to shoot a left turn, crossing into the path of two bike riders. Luckily no one was hit, but it was a very close call. My friend pedaled her bike as fast as she could to catch up to the driver and get her license plate number.



The lady decided to turn around and stop right next to my friend to yell at her. After she was done yelling, she ran over my friend’s bike with her still on it. Not only was my best friend on the bike, but she had her 4-year-old daughter in a trailer behind her.

The Rifle police were called and both parties stayed to speak to police. Once the police did arrive they went straight to the lady in her truck. They got her story, which involved fingerprints on her truck and my friend trying to climb through the window. Once my friend told them her side of the story (the truth) nothing was done. The lady got off with no warning or even paying for the damages to the bike.



My friend was stuck in the middle of town with no way to get home. When she asked the police for a ride, she was told her bike wouldn’t fit into the back of the vehicle. Her friend had to call her dad to take time from his work to pick up the three girls and bring them home.

What a disgrace it is to have officers that don’t promote peace, safety or the well-being of others.

Cat Shreves

Carbondale

Last weekend we received a call from an out-of-state friend telling us that one of his party had died while they were hiking far up East Elk Creek.

We were initially overwhelmed with the logistics that would be required to return his body to town, and the responsibility and trust that his family placed in us to help them.

The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, Burning Mountains Fire District, and Garfield Search and Rescue quickly responded to our call.

What could have been a terrible ordeal was handled efficiently, professionally and compassionately by all of the people who responded. Many of the people were volunteers who gave up their Saturday to help.

Our friends were completely amazed by the generosity of spirit and time that was demonstrated by these wonderful people to help complete strangers. We are reminded of what a great place we live. Our communities are made so much better by the quality of people who live here.

Elizabeth, Walt and Marge Chandler

New Castle

When I was a child, I was fortunate to have a mother who saw talent in me and made sure that I had art supplies and the opportunity to follow my dream. That support was instrumental in my experiencing a long and gratifying career in fine art.

Many students who would be aspiring artists in this area are not so fortunate, and with the cutbacks in the school budgets, much-needed supplies for teaching art have unfortunately been scaled back as well.

There is a nonprofit organization that has been helping to address this very issue in this valley for many years. The Glenwood Springs Art Guild has been, as they like to say, “creating a scene” since 1962. The one and only fundraiser of the guild is the Fall Art Festival, which is this year celebrating its 50th year.

Many readers may have heard of this festival and some may even be patrons, but I wonder how many know why the guild sponsors and, alongside numerous community volunteers, staffs this popular exhibit year after year.

The Fall Art Festival is the largest non-juried exhibit in Colorado, and probably this part of the country. Entries come from across the country and sometimes as far away as Mexico, Poland and South Africa. It is a huge undertaking, and the art guild and community volunteers are willing to take on this challenge for one reason: The proceeds from this festival are what allow the art guild to invest in our community and our children’s future.

Sales from the festival fund our scholarships given to graduating high school seniors, and grants for art supplies to 31 area grade schools, the area youth recovery services, the CMC Mini-College, Mountain Valley Developmental Services and other programs that teach or use art as therapy, such as the Colorado State Veterans Nursing Home and others.

Fall Art Festival dates this year are Sept. 26-30 at the Glenwood Springs Ramada Inn. Interested readers can get more information or find out how to attend the special Artists and Patrons Reception on Tuesday, Sept. 25, by visiting http://www.glenwoodspringsartguild. com.

Cynthia Thomas

Glenwood Springs

I write regarding James Kellogg’s column of Aug. 21, “Trashing private sector won’t sway voters on the economy.”

Thank you, Mr. Kellogg, for explaining the truth as it really is concerning the lies President Obama’s campaign is promoting and the truth about Gov. Romney’s business experience being good for restoring America’s economic situation. It is refreshing to see a media outlet publishing the truth.

Irvin Tilley

Glenwood Springs


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