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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

I was surprised and appalled at the Carbondale library groundbreaking that neither recognition, nor a speaking spot was given to Marilyn Murphy, the branch manager, while everyone involved in the physical and monetary aspects of the new library spoke.

What happens inside is why we have libraries. Contents and staff are certainly as important as the bricks and glass. (The sketch of the interior of the new library doesn’t show many shelves.)

In addition, I was disturbed that the name has been changed from Gordon Cooper to Carbondale. In our history-deficit society, many people don’t remember how dangerous, experimental and innovative were the initial excursions in space, culminating in the moon landings.

When the original library opened on Main Street, Gordon Cooper, one of the original seven astronauts, was circling the Earth. When we opened the beautiful Augiereno-designed library on Fourth Street, Gordon Cooper was there to dedicate the library, and he frequently dropped in to visit the library whenever he came to see his parents, who lived locally.

While the library is no longer the major community-meeting center since we built Town Hall, the Recreation Center and the Third Street Center, let us hope the library will continue to be at the heart of our town, and its predecessors will not be forgotten or ignored.

Barbara M. Snobble

former branch manager, Gordon Cooper Library


For readers of the Post Independent letters to the editor, it is unmistakable that I find the three Republican Garfield County commissioners, Mike Samson, John Martin and Tom Jankovsky, to have proven themselves, time and again, unfit and unworthy to continue to hold the reins of political power over the public corporation known as Garfield County, Colo., and its more than $100 million per year cash flow and the Garfield County treasury of more than $120 million in cash reserves.

In view of that and because we have entered into the 2012 political season, it is the intent of this particular letter to the editor to publicly ask the 2012 Democratic Party candidates from Garfield County, “Where’s the beef?”

Where’s the beef, Aleks Briedis, Sonja Linman, Emily Tracy and Jo Ann Baxter? Do they have a vision for Garfield County? Do they have a specific economic recovery and development plan that can be implemented at the state and local level?

Clearly the Obama administration’s economic recovery policies are proven anemic and Democratic Gov. Hickenlooper’s bottom-up economic recovery plan is a useless joke. Consequently, what will Mr. Briedis and Ms. Linman, Tracy and Baxter do that is significantly different from the failed economic policies of President Obama and Gov. Hickenlooper?

The saying goes, “It’s the economy, stupid.”

I ask the Democratic candidates to tell us what they will do differently that will convince disgruntled Garfield County Republicans and undecided independent voters to remove Mike Samson and John Martin from office? In 2012 why should the people of Garfield County turn over the reins of political power of our $100 million public corporation to the Democrats?

Where’s the beef, Garfield County Democrats? Where’s the beef?

Carl Mc Williams


I was sitting in the SeaTac Airport, munching on a bagel, and thinking of Mitt Romney’s views of government. Government built SeaTac, supporting an array of businesses from taxis to airlines to bagel companies. I flew home to another government-built airport and I had no fear of crazies taking over the plane because the TSA was checking everything. My pilots were qualified because they were licensed. The FAA worked to prevent any planes from colliding.

I visited my dad over government-funded streets. I traveled over bridges being repaired at considerable expense. I used a rental car built to modern day safety and fuel efficiency standards. My dad, at 91, lives by himself, in great health because his lifestyle and Medicare keep him healthy.

I visited my brother who lives in the Hoh Rain Forest, growing incredible vegetables. He sells wood items throughout the U.S. that he builds in his shop. Fortunately, my brother works in a state that provides great health care insurance to small entrepreneurs.

The government-protected Hoh Rain Forest is magnificent, with trees 1,000 years old, and the rangers were quite knowledgeable. At a marina, part of the Gray’s Harbor Port Authority, I bought fresh salmon directly from the fishermen. I traveled to Seattle, with a vibrant public port established in 1911, rubbing elbows with entrepreneurs of many ethnicities at the Pike Place Market, a public farmer’s market with an astonishing variety of fresh food, flowers and crafts.

I see government as an integral part of my life. I worked 41-plus years, paying many taxes. Gov. Romney thinks I am receiving entitlements as if they were some sort of gift.

Mr. Romney and Paul Ryan have such a distorted image of government. Their negativity towards government and the services it provides will never be acceptable to me.

I want an efficient government as much as the next person, but I don’t want to destroy the beautiful synergy and trust that has been developed over the ages between a people and its government. Romney and Ryan will destroy the trust because they don’t believe in the very government they feel entitled to run.

Tom Rutledge

Glenwood Springs

Following the horrific shooting in Aurora, I committed to donate much of my time, money and energy enlightening and empowering citizens regarding personal protection firearms. With that, and my letters here, I tracked shootings, trends and demand. Here are just some results:

(I am honest and fair. I’ll include the unflattering information, too.)

The Saturday after the tragedy, in just four hours, we sold $10,000 in defensive firearms alone. Every customer mentioned the shooting as their catalyst.

Many citizens, as well as public and elected officials, personally visited and thanked me for my letters.

Anticipating increased demand, we added three extra concealed weapons permit classes. They filled up in a week.

I offered three free classes of 16 students each, promoting them mostly to women. Those 48 slots were filled in two days.

I donated more than $4,000 in firearms, ammunition, equipment and training.

One totally inexperienced and nervous student began crying when it came time to shoot. Working with her personally for two hours, she overcame her fear and scored in the top 5 percent for performance!

One student showed up with alcohol on his breath and was removed from class.

I revoked one 2011 certificate after the student verbally threatened a man and his family. (Comparable to national average of .003 percent.)

Three public, four private, and three free classes certified 104 citizens for their concealed-carry weapons permits. We had zero accidents.

To those who claim that unlike police, citizens are amateurs and make things worse, consider this: The average number of people killed in mass-shootings when stopped by police is 14, but the average number killed when stopped by civilians is two. Average citizens don’t normally spray countless rounds.

Contrast to Friday, New York police officers shot nine innocent bystanders while trying to stop a single criminal.

A pro-gay/anti-Christian armed man walked into Family Research Council and began throwing Chick-fil-A sandwiches and shooting people but was stopped by a man with a gun.

On Aug. 23 in Chicago, where handgun possession is illegal, 19 people were shot by handguns in just one night, 33 for the whole weekend.

Edward Wilks


I hope readers will debate whether the following wording should be adopted by our state Legislature and perhaps even be included in our state Constitution:

“Unfunded spending mandates by state or local governments may not be imposed unless first approved by a vote of the affected publics or their elected representatives.”

Steve Hagerman

Grand Junction

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