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Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO

Because of my work, lifestyle and experience, people constantly express concerns regarding severe emergencies and ask for advice. Their impetuses range from 9/11 to Hurricane Katrina, rockslides and fires closing I-70 to worldwide financial collapse, societal breakdown to violence from gas or food shortages.

I tell them what I tell my children, family, friends, and students: “If ye are prepared, ye shall not fear.”

Whether you choose to admit it or not, everyone reading this letter would use violence and even kill other human beings to get food or stay alive. Instead of pretending you are exempt or immune from this historically-factual inevitability, I would exhort you to plan accordingly.

I call it “The 7 G’s.” God, Guns, Grub, Gold, Gas, Ground and Gumption.

God: Your conscience or moral compass; ethics, virtue, spirituality, selflessness, service, humility, charity, benevolence, love for God, love for your fellow man, love for yourself.

Guns: Defense and hunting; protection from those who become most violent in chaos. Consider firearms like: 9mm and .22 pistols, bolt-action .308 or .30-06 rifles, semi-automatic M4-type .223 and .22 rifles, and pump-action 12 gauge shotguns. Choose brands and models that use commonly available NATO ammunition and that are battle-proven, durable, reliable and accurate. These will be effective from rabbits to elk, grouse to turkey, bears to bad guys.

Grub: Food, water, supplies: Canned foods packed in their own liquids that don’t require cooking. Meal example: stew, green beans, peaches; include five-gallon bottles of water, bleach for purifying more; seeds, vitamins, medications, antibiotics.

Gold: Financial strength and security. One- and five-dollar bills for power outages when stores won’t break large bills. Gold and silver coins.

Gas: Five-gallon gas can, propane, lanterns, oils, candles, matches, firewood. Vehicle’s tank always at least half full in case your family gets stranded away from home.

Ground: Home or land that you own; a place to hunt or grow food or even make a stand and defend your family.

Gumption: Initiative, resourcefulness, courage, proper training, education, practice, experience, wisdom, skill, strength, courage and endurance.

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Edward Wilks


This past week I went to the movie, “2016 Obama’s America.” I personally recommend this as a must see, to everyone that believes in America, even if you are not planning to vote in the coming election. If you are eligible to vote, I believe it will help you to decide on how you will vote.

Regardless of your age group or your political affiliation and especially if you believe in America and how you will live your life, this movie will make you think. It does not matter what party you believe in.

I know that it has changed some of my thinking. I have just been going along with the flow and just accepting most things. But I have also been criticizing some other things. At 88 years old I am a little slow in making up my mind.

If you need a little help, then I recommend that you see this movie. It is over an hour, it is entertaining and gives you something to think about.

Do you remember how our parents insisted that we go to school to become better educated? See the show, enjoy it. To me it is a must-see movie. It is still playing at the local theaters.

John B. Scalzo


I write in an effort to clarify numbers for those who refuse to see the obvious. According to the government’s Census and unemployment websites, we have a total work force of approximately 154 million.

There are 19.4 million employed (part-time and full-time) in the state and local government. Additionally, there are approximately 4.5 million in federal government. That means that there is somewhere around 23.9 million directly employed by some level of government, or 15.5 percent of the total workforce.

Under the Obama administration, according to the Census Bureau, there has been a slight increase in federal employees and a slight decrease in state and local employees.

But this is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to direct government influence on a household income and potential votes. According to a Wall Street Journal article published May 26, 2012, the percentage of the U.S. population living in a household receiving some sort of government benefit drastically rose and is now in excess of 49 percent.

An even bigger contributor to government influence is the large and unaccounted millions of public sector jobs that are a direct result of government contracts (think stimulus package trillions). At virtually every level of government, much of the work is a direct result of jobs that are categorized as public sector but receives benefits from tax-funded government coffers.

With this in mind, it is easy to see how we are indeed, as Ross Talbott asserted in his Sept. 11 column, in a precarious place in which the words of Alexis de Tocqueville seem ever more poignant: “A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse (gifts) from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been 200 years.”

Russell Talbott

New Castle

I agree with Sandra Fluke and Kathleen Sebelius. Women’s health is very important, both physical and mental. Planned Parenthood is a very important part of living a healthy life.

Since when should one person have the right to tell another what they can or cannot do with their own bodies? I do not feel government should finance abortions, but standard health care physicians can issue birth control pills paid for by insurance.

Should women be denied access to the pills because others feel they know better what is needed in their life?

Sexuality is a built-in part of the human body. It can be a very strong feeling at times and control goes out the window. For example, teens at a woodsy. Suppose a teen is there and gets carried away. Who would be willing to take the outcome and raise a baby because the teen is too young to do it, be it the boy or the girl responsible for the accident? Wouldn’t getting the morning-after pill (not known if a wee one is growing yet) and encourage the teens to use caution in the future, as there are strong consequences, be better?

Think of the one who doesn’t want a child, maybe she already has three or four, gives birth to a delightful baby and is so frustrated and overworked when the baby cries she shakes it hard and then hits it. The little one dies and she buries it in the irrigation ditch and says good riddance.

Wouldn’t it have been better in the first trimester to take one of the “oops” pills offered at the clinic that is so opposed?

Late-term abortions should not happen except for drastic reasons.

Refrain from standing in front of Planned Parenthood and trust the ones going in to take care of themselves without interference. If one must interfere in someone’s life, tell the woman in the red dress she can’t wear that one and must choose green. Inflict stress on something else or find something else to stay busy with. Being a volunteer is always rewarding.

E. J. Walker


Garfield County Commissioner John Martin’s answers to the Post Independent’s questions, published Sept. 19, are sad in my opinion. Unfortunately, many county residents haven’t dealt with him directly, but as one who has, I urge voters to call directly and ask him questions that are on your mind. Working with him as an employee and advisor certainly gave me insights about his abilities.

When Tom Jankovsky was elected, the commissioners went off to a junket – “retreat” as they called it – in Gateway, and came back saying their No. 1 priority was economic development. They got rid of the Oil and Gas Department and ordered the evisceration of the county land use regulations.

They appointed a citizen’s committee to oversee this, but I would suggest asking Mr. Martin how they qualified those appointments.

They were going to keep the oil and gas industry here and create jobs by holding a conference that no one signed up for.

It’s almost two years later, and where are all those jobs? Where are all the rigs? Why were there 20 rigs drilling in the county when I was on duty in 2011 and now only 10? What’s their new oil and gas liaison doing to boost that rig count?

I also proposed an energy center, modeled after the one in Weld County, where we would invest some of the county’s $100 million surplus in a more diversified economy that won’t cause so much boom and bust. The county staff didn’t do anything with that.

And here we sit, with Commissioner Mike Samson saying they’ll hire a community development coordinator to fix all our problems now that he’s been asked about it. Too little too late.

In 2010 I listened to Mr. Samson swoon at a meeting with Encana’s Don McClure, thanking him so much for staying in Garfield County. We need commissioners who understand that buying dinner for wealthy industry employees at EAB meetings and kissing their feet doesn’t create jobs. Real world experience, a sense of duty to the residents and a realistic, thoughtful plan developed by intelligent, visionary employees, advisors and interested citizens, who genuinely care about this community will.

Judy Jordan

New Castle

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