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Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO

Far-leftists Sandra Fluke and U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius are all for women’s health. They’re not only for unrestricted abortions, they want us to pay for it.

Not stated by such planners is the end goal: zero population control, a true leftist’s dream and vision for transforming America. That will take place later.

In the land of womb control, just a bit of line is let out at a time. The masses need seducing along the way, especially gullible women. And they seem to be everywhere.

Let’s look at the reality of women’s health locally. Being on the street in front of Planned Parenthood since February, we’ve carefully observed the traffic of young women brought in for abortions (Wednesday being abortion day, and the method of termination is RU 486, known as the “kill pill”). We see them dropped off by parents, boyfriends, husbands and friends, and sometimes they arrive and leave by themselves.

And sometimes they bring their children.

We witnessed a young mother with her toddler on a recent abortion day, attempting to leave the clinic in her van and navigating poorly. Did she receive an abortion? I don’t know. I wasn’t in the room when the abortion pill was ingested, nor would I ever be. What I do know is it was a frightening scene: A woman with a toddler in the back seat with a dazed expression on her face, who rolled down her window to hear my pleas of concern, but who nonetheless simply looked at me blankly before finally driving away.

Where were the Planned Parenthood escorts who prevent even our visual contact with the abortion-bound going in, but now absent when they leave after taking this controversial pill with its potential for killing both mother and child?

The truth is, we who take a stand along with groups like 40 Days for Life (who now span the globe, this year including Uganda) are the ones who, in the face of tremendous adversity, stand and will continue to stand against the big lie: illegitimate women’s health care and our nation’s government-sanctioned seducer: Planned Parenthood.

Betty Scranton

Glenwood Springs

I moved to Aspen in 1960, and over the years watched as Pitkin County struggled with growth and change. Our commissioners worked hard to keep the city of Aspen and Pitkin County a beautiful and charming mountain place. They felt it was important to keep the entrance along Highway 82 free of billboards, commercial gas stations, etc. For the most part, this continued into Eagle and Garfield counties.

I moved to Carbondale about six years ago to be close to my son and his family, and watched as friends of theirs and mine moved downvalley into Garfield County.

I am sure the Garfield County commissioners feel like I do, that maintaining and preserving the beauty of a much-used entrance into the town of Carbondale is important, and that allowing a waste transfer station on the Catherine Store Road would not be in the best long-term interest of our community.

Carbondale is part of Garfield County and has been listed in several national publications as being one of the 10 best places to live in the nation. I know the Garfield County commissioners are proud to have this beautiful, vibrant town in their district. I ask them to please do what they can to protect it.

Mimi Schlumberger


I write in response to Doug Meyers’ letter of Aug. 31.

Members of the Tea Party have paraded themselves on our streets with tea bags hanging from their hats for all to see. Early on the Tea Party movement, if you want to call it that, members used tea bags as their symbol.

Remember back in 2009, when all the rage among Tea Party members was sending tea bags to politicians? Tea Party members have referred to themselves as “tea baggers” since President Obama got elected.

The point I am making is political.

The same people who carry signs that say things like, “Keep government out of my Medicare,” are the ones who self-identify with the term “tea bagger.” It wasn’t until later, after many teenagers snickered, that Tea Party members had finally realized what the term they had coined meant. It was too late, the moniker they chose stuck.

The ironic thing is the Tea Party members don’t seem to understand the history of the Tea Party. The original Boston Tea Party was a protest against corporate tax cuts and unfair foreign competition. Oddly, current Tea Party members believe in corporate tax cuts and support politicians (like Mitt Romney) who favor sending jobs overseas.

But, in the name of civility, if members of the Tea Party don’t like to be called by the name they chose for themselves, then I’ll find another name. Suggestions anyone?

It is a moot point anyway, as the Tea Party is a dying cause. They were not acknowledged, not even once, in the Republican Convention.

Dan Bokenko

Glenwood Springs

In the wake of a powerful Democratic convention, bitter Republicans are scratching for feed, and clucking over the perceived matched response level of the Democrat’s yeahs and nays to the right-pressured, re-introduction of references to God and Jerusalem back into their platform. The fact that the Democrats succumbed to this pressure and called a verbal vote on this measure was silly. But happily, some Democrats verbalized our founders’ true intent regarding separation of church and state.

Our Constitution is written specifically to guarantee both freedom of religion, as well as freedom from religion. Republican insistence that the founders intended to mandate a belief in God, or Christianity as the national religion, like the rest of their “not dictated by fact-checkers” information, is the antithesis of the founders’ intent.

Jefferson was clear and profuse in this regard, but word-count restricts me to two quotes:

“Every one must act according to the dictates of his own reason, and mine tells me that civil powers alone have been given to the President of the U S. and no authority to direct the religious exercises of his constituents.” (Letter to Rev. Samuel Miller, Jan. 23, 1808.)

“I never told my own religion, nor scrutinized that of another. I never attempted to make a convert, nor wished to change another’s creed. I have ever judged of the religion of others by their lives. … For it is in our lives, and not from our words, that our religion must be read. But this does not satisfy the priesthood. They must have a positive, a declared assent to all their interested absurdities.

“My opinion is that there never would have been an infidel, if there had never been a priest. The artificial structures they have built on the purest of moral systems, for the purpose of deriving from it pence and power, revolt those who think for themselves, and who read in that system only what is really there. These, therefore, they brand with such nick names as their enmity chooses gratuitously to impute”. (Letter to Mrs. M. Harrison Smith, Aug. 6, 1816.)

I rest my case. I guess some things never change.

PJ Breslin


It’s not news that the Post Independent’s pseudo-journalist Ross Talbott dislikes government, and unfortunately, it’s no longer surprising that the newspaper provides a still somewhat respected platform for his rants. In his most recent column of Sept. 11, Mr. Talbott asserted, “Over half of the entire workforce in the U.S. is in some government employment.”

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, all levels of government combined employ about 18 million Americans (plus 2 million military personnel). The civilian labor force is about 155 million.

I’d ask Mr. Talbott to do the math, but he apparently has difficulty in that area, so I’ll do it for him. About 10.5 percent of us work for some form of government. Add in 15 million or so private contractors and you’re still below 20 percent. Over half? Not hardly.

Government keeps growing, says the sage from New Castle, and he’s pessimistic about reversing that. But according to the conservative website Business Insider, “There are about the same number of state and local employees as a percent of total U.S. employees as there have been for the last 40 years.”

And, as a percent of population, federal employment is now nearing an all-time low.

During the Nixon years, the federal government employed 14.4 people per 1,000 population. Forty years later, during President Obama’s term, the number is just over 8.4 federal workers per 1,000 population. That’s a reduction of about 41 percent. This reduction has been slow, steady and consistent under all Republican and Democratic presidents excepting George H.W. Bush, when there was a small increase.

Letter writers with sufficiently low moral standards often make up (and probably believe) their own facts, but Ross Talbott is not a letter writer. He’s your man. You don’t have to agree with his opinions, but his so-called journalism represents your newspaper.

Readers have a right to a semblance of factual accuracy from columnists. Moreover Mr. Talbott frequently cites Christianity as the basis for his moral code. So where, it is fair to ask, is his regard for the ninth commandment?

Ron Kokish


On Sept. 9 I left my car at the east end of the Orchard Plaza parking lot (the El Jebel business center along Highway 82) to ride with a friend for a gorgeous hike up Independence Pass, with a plan to do my grocery shopping when I returned. Imagine my surprise to find my car booted when I returned.

Apparently there are signs posted at the entrances to the parking lots, but they can’t be very noticeable as I have not seen them since this practice started in January with the agreement of all the businesses in the complex.

Especially with the competition of Whole Foods, I cannot understand why these businesses would agree to this practice. I will never patronize any business in that complex again. Is this customer service? Can’t they give one notice, or say no overnight parking? In a valley that emphasizes friendliness and courtesy to all, this practice makes absolutely no sense.

People might want to consider how user-friendly these business are before patronizing them.

Annie Bickley


What is wrong with the Glenwood Springs Post Independent? If an obituary is submitted via telephone, email, fax or U.S. Mail, it needs to be verified. A quick Google search provides this very basic information that is required prior to publication: name, address, phone number, and the name of the funeral home or cremation society. Omission of any of the prior may delay publication.

All obituaries should be verified with the funeral home before appearing in the newspaper.

I am appalled and disgusted.

Lori Belmont


Citizens of Glenwood Springs should be aware that acceptance of Grand Avenue Bridge Alternative 3, as recommended by the study group, for the permanent entrance to the city, blocks the future use of the railroad corridor for the eventual relocation of Highway 82, and forever and ever locks in gravel trucks, gasoline tankers and other hazardous loads onto the city’s single boulevard, Grand Avenue.

This is planning for the future when 50,000 vehicles will be trying to move through town? Come on. Get real.

Dick Prosence


Sixteen years ago I voted for John Martin for county commissioner. At the time he seemed to me to be what John McCain and Sarah Palin later ascribed themselves to be: “mavericks.”

Many years have passed; I can now see that my initial judgment was incorrect. His laid back demeanor has proved to foretell a commissioner satisfied with the status quo rather than one of thoughtful foresight.

One does not have to live in the western states very long to see evidence of the short- and long-term effects the extraction industry has had on the physical and social environment.

A ride over Red Mountain Pass from Ouray to Durango takes you along a creek that will never recover from past mining operations. A trip to Moab brings us face-to-face with a uranium ore cleanup operation along the Colorado River (similar, though much larger than the one undertaken in Rifle), which has cost taxpayers millions of dollars.

Many of us benefit from the extraction industries. I do. The list of benefits is long. But the cost of some of these undertakings stays with us for years. Industries taking advantage of public and private land need to be held accountable for their actions.

Profit and jobs are important – they are the lifeblood of this and every country. But the individual taxpayer does not have the power to ensure accountability of the large industries that draw financial and political power from the use of our natural resources.

We need to do it collectively and smartly. We need wise, open-minded representation. We need empowerment for our individual voices.

We need Sonja Linman on the board of Garfield County commissioners.

Bryan Zukowski

Glenwood Springs

I have known John Martin for more than 25 years and have high regard for his service to the community, not only as a Glenwood Springs police officer, but most importantly, his leadership as a county commissioner. Mr. Martin has guided Garfield County to a position of financial security that few other counties in the country enjoy.

As current chairman of the Board of County Commissioners, Mr. Martin has worked diligently with his fellow commissioners to streamline our county government.

As a result, departmental budgets are now reviewed line by line, saving taxpayers money. The permitting process for new construction has been simplified in an effort to spur the construction industry. Funding has been provided for numerous projects in our community to create jobs, while still maintaining a healthy reserve for the future.

Please join me in voting for John Martin this November. He is the most qualified candidate to continue to lead us into the future.

Phil Long

Glenwood Springs

While I would like to thank District Attorney Martin Beeson for finally taking the time to review the file and carefully count the number of contacts his office had with me, he refused to return my telephone calls during the case and to speak with me directly, but now he has waited to respond until an election year – in the paper – still with no direct contact to me.

The fact is that he did not return my telephone calls when they mattered.

Additionally, he claims that justice was done because there was a conviction and restitution ordered.

I called Mr. Beeson directly multiple times during the case to request help with his staff; I was not important enough to acknowledge while my case was active; only now that I have written the editor while he is running for re-election have I warranted contact, albeit indirect, from Mr. Beeson.

I received approximately 15 percent of the restitution (and nothing in the last two years), with the courts telling me that they cannot help me gain the rest now that the culprit is no longer on probation for this crime. If that is what you call justice I say no thanks, and I am still voting for Sherry Caloia.

Danielle (Cerise) Gillman

Glenwood Springs

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