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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Please note in your news paper that I, Alya Howe, am opposed to the Bedrock crushing plant next to the wonderful organic farm Eagle Springs. At a time when supporting a local food business is prudent this is madness to allow this operation to destroy a local food-growing concern.

Thank you for voicing my opinion to a broader population.

Alya Howe


Hi, I’m Sandy Iglehart. My daughter died by suicide in May 2009. I wish Courtney had believed that suicide is never the solution to any problem. I miss her deeply.

September is Suicide Prevention Month, and the Aspen Hope Center invites you to attend several events to help you learn to save a life. Once again, the Hope Center will partner with the Garfield County Suicide Prevention Coalition to provide suicide prevention trainings from Aspen to Rifle on Tuesdays in September. The Hope Center is also featuring a special guest speaker who will share his story on Thursday, Sept. 6.

A young man named Kevin Hines tried to take his life by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge. He survived and will speak about his thoughts as he fell. He will also share his inspiring story to mental wellness.

Join us to hear his compelling story at 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, at the Paepcke Auditorium. Tickets are $10 for students, $25 for adults and $75 for a fundraising reception after the talk. Please call the Aspen Valley Medical Foundation for reservations at 544-1298.

Sandy Iglehart


I attended the film “2016” Friday evening. I walked away from the film with a lot of questions answered about this president and where and why he, in just three and a half years, has nearly destroyed our economy. The question I have after seeing this film is this. Why hasn’t the news media picked up and questioned his association with the mentors and associates he mentions in his own book and documented in this film?

His father was a confirmed socialist by his own writings. His mother abandoned him in Hawaii at the age of 16. He made friends with Frank Marshall Davis, a former Chicagoan and card-carrying communist, who mentored him until he went to Occidental College in 1971. In his book “Dreams From My Father” Frank Davis is mentioned many times as Frank. In 1951, Davis had been accused by the House of Anti-American Activities of being involved in several communist front organizations.

Alice Palmer was Obama’s predecessor in the Illinois State Senate. She introduced him to Bill Ayers and other radical elite leftists in Ayers’ living room in 1985. The FBI notes that Palmer served on the board of the U.S Peace Council, a front organization for the Soviet Union and attended the 27th Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.

Gregory Galluzo and Mike Kruglik of the Gamaliel Foundation trained Obama on the methods of indoctrination used by Saul Alinsky. Professor John L. McKnight, of Northwestern University and member of the Gamaliel Foundation, tutored Obama and wrote a letter of recommendation for him when he applied to Harvard Law School. Obama wrote in his memoirs that being tutored by these three men was “the best education I ever had, better than anything I got at Harvard Law School.”

The Rev. Jeremiah Wright, well-known America- and white-hater does not need to be explained. The 20 years of friendship by the president does need explanation.

If Romney or Ryan had been associated with even one of these people the media would have been all over it. Why not President Obama?

Norm Shroll

Glenwood Springs

The cloak of secrecy has been pulled, and the mineral extraction industry’s partisan puppets – Garfield County Commissioners Samson, Martin and Jankovsky – have shown the public who and what they represent on our dime. Despite claims to the contrary, closed-door private meetings to write public policy without the public does not serve public interests.

Like thieves in the night, the commissioners have stolen individual voice, and replaced it with a corporate voice that speaks for profit, not the public. Folks, our county, state and nation are experiencing a corporate takeover of democracy.

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is a corporate cancer in democracy, hijacking existing citizen non-profit groups, to work as a unified corporate voice. It is circumventing transparency and accountability under the auspices of private rights – rights that translate to private “corporate” rights when interpreting public policy locally, statewide and nationally.

In Garfield County, we know these groups as the Western Slope Oil and Gas Association, Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado and Club 20. Add Federal Mineral Lease District (FMLD) funding with partisan appointments, and questionable contract activities between affiliated group members and municipalities, and the collusion involved is alarming. If there are financial ties to the extraction industry, you can guarantee there are connections to ALEC affiliates, lobbyists and legislators.

When the commissioners fired key staff members, they stated collectively that the staff reductions were cost control related. So, why did the commissioners approve increasing the county budget, and hire staff and consultants with direct ties to the mineral extraction industries? Surely dismantling our county’s entire managerial structure and shelving the comprehensive plan has not been forgotten.

The commissioners are political pawns for national and international private industries that want to dictate the terms of local policy under partisan terms. Democracy, which was once the realm of people from all political affiliations, is being replaced with corporate interests to change a governing system that was created for the people, by the people.

Without voter intervention this election cycle, public voice, like the sage grouse, will become an endangered species.

Anita Sherman

Glenwood Springs

In the Aug. 30 edition of the Post Independent Mr. Tom Rutledge wrote an interesting travelogue starting at Seatac Airport and I assume ending up in Glenwood Springs.

During his trip Mr. Rutledge praised all the facilities his government provided to ease and make safe his travels. He admired airports, streets, highways, aviation personnel, etc. Fascinating.

What he failed to mention was that “government” did not build anything without taxing wage earners and people who were successful business owners. No mention was made of the companies that bid and received contracts to do the actual building, paving and landscaping that so captivated him. There was no mention of the construction companies’ risk in investing in equipment to apply and install products manufactured. That was done by individuals and companies that took a risk to stock and supply concrete, steel and all the other things that go into the facilities he so admires.

The idea I got from reading Mr. Rutledge’s letter is that he is a liberal and is hooked on the current President’s mantra of, “You didn’t do that. Government did.”

We have reached the level where individual initiative and labor is believed by some to be due to the almighty federal, state and local governments. We have a segment of the population that believes government must provide for them cradle to grave. This attitude has to change with the trend the nation is on. We can restore pride in individual accomplishment. Voting is the only way a Republic like the United States can do that.

Jack E. Blankenship

Battlement Mesa

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