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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

The Democrats constantly chant, “Osama is dead and GM is alive.”

However, this summer the U.S. Treasury Department quietly adjusted the amount of taxpayer dollars lost in the GM bailout from $3.3 billion to $25 billion. Moreover, the increase in GM sales they tout is due largely to the entire federal fleet of cars and trucks for the past year, 115,000, being awarded to GM.

In fact, it was reported that in June 2012, 79 percent of all GM sales were government purchases.

In contrast, Ford refused the bailout, restructured their company to be competitive and in 2010 earned $6.6 billion, doubling their 2009 profit of $2.9 billion, and their U.S. sales surged 20 percent.

In Colorado on Aug. 10, President Obama stated, “Now I want to do the same thing with manufacturing jobs, not just in the auto industry, but in every industry.” We taxpayers can’t afford this template for American industry.

Larry A. Smith

Colorado Springs

Anyone remember the Summitville disaster? The people of Rio Grande County do. Twenty years ago, the Canadian mining operation at Summitville declared bankruptcy and walked off, leaving a moonscape with piles of cyanide-treated rubble draining acidic, mineral and cyanide-laden water into streams and groundwater, rendering the Alamosa River lifeless and the downstream users and well owners out of luck.

Now, $250 million in taxpayer dollars later, the site is somewhat remediated. A $16 million water treatment plant provided by the 2009 stimulus bill is allowing the river to recover, a process the EPA estimates will require 100 years.

The mining company paid not one penny of the $250 million in gold it extracted to the citizens of the United States, thanks to the archaic Mining Law of 1872. Under this law, mining proposals cannot be denied, and provisions of the Clean Water Act do not apply. Some environmental review does remain in the permitting process.

Now comes U.S. House Resolution 4402. Masquerading as a “strategic and critical minerals” (like sand and gravel) bill, it effectively eliminates environmental review and greatly limits recourse available to mining- impacted communities. U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, sponsored this bill. Why? The environment should not stand in the way of private profit. This is progress, and those downstream users should know that.

An amendment was offered to the bill that would provide for a small royalty, the proceeds to be set aside for the cost of future inevitable cleanups. Rep. Tipton voted no. Why? Privatize the profit and socialize the damage. Government is bad; he signed Grover Norquist’s pledge to starve the beast, and the National Mining Association has been good to him.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a congressman who represents his constituents instead of his extreme ideology? Sal Pace will represent the people of the Third Congressional District with moderation and rational thought, not ideology. Get acquainted at

Christopher Isensee


This is going to tick off a majority of readers, but I am having a hard time wrapping my head around this. The proposed center on Catherine’s Store Road outside of Carbondale to deal with the trash and recycling this area creates is not a bad idea, it’s a necessary evil.

This trash is our trash and recycling, produced by the citizens of Carbondale and neighboring towns. If we don’t create the ability to deal with our trash locally, where should we? Is it OK that our trash be sent somewhere else to deal with?

This stinks to high heaven of NIMBYism. There is no “away.”

Want to really stop a place where trash and recycling has to go? Stop making it. Reduce, reuse, then recycle. Stop making trash. Really. It’s simple.

I don’t want a trash and recycle center close to me either, but I’m willing to own what waste I create. We need to see just how much of a hassle it is to deal with trash and then maybe then we’ll see the light and stop creating the mess in the first place.

Mark Burrows


It was disappointing to me to read my doctor’s letter of Sept. 12. Greg Feinsinger is probably one of the most concerned doctors in Colorado, but his favorable comments in regard to the Affordable Care Act are true only so far as what we have been led to believe by certain politicians.

His belief in prevention rather than merely taking care of the sick is admirable, but obviously he did not read the entire bill. I have only read excerpts, but enough to scare the devil out of me almost as much as having the same president for four more years.

A number of my doctor friends have told me that replacing what we already have is a big mistake. Additionally, there are many parts of the package that have nothing to do with health care, such as reservations, restrictions, controls and a ton of taxes.

What does a new tax on the sale of your home and/or second home or a tax on investment properties have to do with health care? There is also a new Medicare tax.

Naturally, those in Congress who voted for the bill have no concern since they do not have to worry about health care or future income since they are taken care of for the rest of their lives. But you can’t blame them too much since they did not read the bill before it was passed, at the suggestion of Nancy Pelosi.

Among a few of Bill Clinton’s lies during his speech at the Democratic National Convention was that insurance rates are going down. Mine went up 13 percent this month and one of my wife’s necessary drugs is no longer covered by Humana. Ninety percent of my Canadian friends hoped that we would not be in the same situation in which they are faced.

My only concern is for our country and our children. Our president is the wrong person to bring us back up.

Dick Fitzgerald


September is National Suicide Awareness Month.

Many of us have been affected by the death of a family member, partner, friend or co-worker due to suicide.

In fact, 31,000 people die each year nationally. There are an average of 2,831 suicide attempts in Colorado per year. Colorado is sixth in the nation for suicide deaths. We all know that there are far too many suicides in our small valley.

The Aspen Hope Center along with Garfield County Suicide Prevention Coalition, of which I’m a member, is holding QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) trainings throughout the valley this month. Check the calendar listings of the Post Independent for the location and time of training each week.

Suicide is preventable. Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. Please make time in your busy schedule to attend a QPR presentation to learn how to save a life.

Deborah VanCott


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