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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Please, this November, make an informed decision on who you vote for, instead of listening to the tingling feelings that go up and down your spine, or the same regurgitated talking points President Obama spits out (or Carl Heck’s one liner letters).

Look at the facts. This president, if you want to call him that, has done nothing but ruin this country.

Mr. Heck, some people need jobs and want jobs, and some people want welfare and food stamps. Personally, on Nov. 6 I’m voting for the job creator, not the destroyer. I encourage everyone else to do the same.

Scott Palm


The 2012 election is wrapping up. For those who are undecided about the race for House District 57 – a newly drawn district that includes Rio Blanco, Moffat and Garfield counties – I wholeheartedly suggest casting your ballot for Jo Ann Baxter.

Ms. Baxter has many assets we need at the state Legislature. Above all, she listens and understands those issues that are dear to those of us who choose to live in this region of the state.

She has lived, worked and raised a family here. She has a network of connections through out the state and easily garners respect from others. She is real and cares about the real people of this district and truly understands how to work well with others.

Be sure to vote, and know that Jo Ann Baxter is the best choice for voters of House District 57.

Lois Wymore


On Jan. 2, 2007, under the leadership of George Bush:

The Dow Jones closed at 12,621,77

The GDP for the previous quarter was 3.5 percent

The unemployment rate was 4.6 percent

The United States’ credit rating was AAA

George Bush’s economic policy set a record of 52 straight months of job growth.

The day the Democrats took over was not on Jan. 22, 2009, it was on Jan. 3, 2007, the day both Houses of Congress were controlled by Democrats, the start of the 110th Congress. For those of you listening to the liberal propaganda and fallacy that everything was Bush’s fault, remember this date of Jan. 3, 2007.

Our economic crisis and havoc was already being put into place shortly after the convening of the 110th Congress. Barney Frank took over the House Financial Services Committee and Chris Dodd took over the Senate Banking Committee. The economic meltdown that happened 15 months later was in what part of the economy? The banking and financial services sector, resulting in the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac fiascoes. Bush tried 17 times to eliminate the power of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, but was outgunned by the Democratic Congress, in which Obama resided. Sen. Reid and Rep. Pelosi proposed the huge omnibus bill to keep the country running and making way for Obama to become president, costing us millions.

Compare the above figures under President Bush to the figures posted by President Obama for the past four years. Unemployment has been teetering at 8 percent or above, the Dow has been likened to a roller coaster, we inherited a trillion dollar failed stimulus package, the U.S. credit rating has been downgraded to below AAA, and we have a $16 trillion debt, a $5 trillion increase in the past four years under Obama.

On Friday, Oct. 26, this biased paper, the Post Independent, urged us to vote for Obama in the upcoming election. Why would anyone vote for a presidential candidate with a record like Obama has presented to the country?

In my opinion, a vote for Obama is a vote against the United States of America.

G. C. Marshall


The Garfield County commissioners play a hugely important role in gas development regulations, and the relations they engage with the companies and the public tell the story.

Right now the upvalley portion of the county is looking at the first impacts from what has been for years a downvalley problem.

I urge all voting citizens to take a good, hard look at the track record of Mike Samson and John Martin when it comes to the way they have paved the way for the gas companies to trump the landowners in Garfield County, at almost every turn. Time and time again they parrot the wishes of the companies, and of the Colorado Oil and Gas Commission, and vote as such. Impacted landowners get lip service at best.

In light of SG Interests filing an application with the BLM on Oct. 17, 2012, for a permit to drill (APD) on 2,000 acres near Four Mile Park, and a mile and a half southeast from Sunlight Mountain Resort, it is time for Garfield County upvalley to be very aware of the potential impacts that may loom with upcoming gas development efforts.

Across this country, gas development is booming. It is a market-driven economy, and the drive to drill a lease before it expires is a known fact. The pressure is on Garfield County.

If readers want to know what drilling does to communities, I urge you to watch the two Emmy award winning documentaries, “Gasland” and “Split Estate.”

Please join me in supporting Sonja Linman and Alex Briedis, who pledge to keep a level playing field as gas development continues in Garfield County.

This letter to the editor is written in memory of Chris Mobaldi (formerly of Rulison), who died two years ago after suffering horrific health impacts that fit the profile of those living near areas with air and water impacts from poorly done gas development.

Tara Meixsell

New Castle

It’s rare to be able to vote on legislation that has immediate, positive benefits for our community. Question 1A, the Ranchlands, Rivers, and Recreation Economy measure, is that piece of legislation.

When I moved to Glenwood Springs, I was astounded at the natural beauty and quality of life here. This is a place with a rich heritage of working, and recreating in the land around us. We need to ensure that the places where we earn a living, as well as the places we play, are protected.

The Ranchlands, Rivers, and Recreation Economy measure will protect Garfield County’s agricultural business by conserving working ranches. It will boost the local outdoor recreation economy by creating new parks, trails, and river access. Open space will continue to attract new residents, who will further invest in communities throughout Garfield County.

This legislation is fair to landowners, as the conservation easement they are paid for is completely voluntary. It is fair to taxpayers, as the increase in sales tax is only 25 cents for every $100 spent. I’m happy to spend that much to keep this county’s character and heritage intact.

Private citizens, ranch associations, conservation groups, and oil and gas companies are all passionate about their causes, but often at odds over what to do with this land. However, representatives from all of these groups are showing solidarity around this great idea.

I encourage everyone to do the same on Nov. 6, and vote yes on question 1A.

Zac Sutherland

Glenwood Springs

Here are some things to think about, if you’re still thinking about whom to elect president. One of Mitt Romney’s criticisms about the president is the loss of certain “green” businesses that the administration backed. Of those receiving funds, about 8 percent went into bankruptcy.

The Wall Street Journal, aiming for a comprehensive assessment, examined 77 businesses Bain invested in while Mr. Romney led the firm from its 1984 start until early 1999, to see how they fared during Bain’s involvement and shortly afterward. Among the Journal’s findings: 22 percent either filed for bankruptcy reorganization or closed their doors by the end of the eighth year after Bain first invested, sometimes with substantial job losses. An additional 8 percent ran into so much trouble that all of the money Bain invested was lost.

So much for business acumen.

Romney’s claim of saving the Olympics neglects to mention the $1.5 billion in federal funds he requested. Romney’s claim about turning around Massachusetts fails to mention its 47th place ranking in job creation, or his 38 percent approval rating.

But if you’re still undecided, based on documented speeches and policy statements, a vote for the GOP will (in no particular order, except for Day One): eliminate the EPA, FEMA, departments of Energy and Education. ObamaCare will be thrown out, as will Dodd-Frank (Wall Street regulations) and pesky drilling regulations. You will get the Bush-Cheney advisors, as 17 of the top 24 Romney advisors are from the Bush administration.

Despite their claims, women’s rights, gay rights, worker’s rights will all be under attack. Paul Ryan is against all contraception and abortion. Mitt Romney is against the minimum wage. Romney said there are too many teachers, firefighters and police.

Vote for Romney and Ryan if you agree that more war and military spending is a good thing. Or if you believe Iran is landlocked. Vote for Romney if you feel converting Parisians to Mormonism qualifies as serving your country. Or that Romney’s five sons should all have avoided the service.

Vote for President Obama because you understand that we are headed in the right direction. Because we are.

Craig S. Chisesi


I am asking for your vote to be your state representative. Redistricting has opened this seat to the possibility of having a long time resident of this area to represent you on matters of education funding, water resource management, economic development and the environment.

My opponent and I have very different values on a number of issues important to this district. With education funding, for instance, I am a strong supporter of our public schools and will work hard to find ways to bolster the state’s financial support for education. My opponent, on the other hand, has called for committing your tax dollars toward vouchers for private schools.

On energy, economic development and the environment, I am committed to help our diverse communities and economies thrive. I support traditional and alternative energy development, but am intensely aware of the need to protect our environment and economic activities such as agriculture, outfitting, tourism and recreation that depend on a healthy backcountry and access to clean water. I will work hard to find a balance that benefits residents throughout the district.

I am a native Coloradan and 38-year resident of Moffat County. I raised my family here, taught school for many years and was elected twice to the Moffat County Board of Education. Gov. Hickenlooper recently re-appointed me to the State Council for Educator Effectiveness. I love this part of the state and I understand the issues that are important to people in this area.

I am a Democrat who has a strong record of collaboration with people with different political views. I have worked hard to collaborate with my fellow board members and teachers over the years, and understand the need to take different views into account when setting policy and making decisions.

I believe participation matters, that government matters and that democracy matters and that is why I am running to be your representative.

For more information about me and my stand on several issues, please visit my website: I would appreciate your vote on Nov. 6.

Jo Ann Baxter


We are endorsing John Martin for county commissioner for another four years for the following reasons:

As homeowners and mineral rights owners in Peach Valley, we appreciate that John Martin listened to all sides of the drilling issue and decided that he could not deny the mineral rights owners of any potential income. After carefully observing the drilling procedures and precautions put in place by Antero, he saw that they were considerate of all residents in the area and saw no reason to deny their right to drill in this area. Our property is adjacent to this well site, and never once were we disturbed or distressed by the drilling.

John Martin also made a wise decision not to interfere in the Antero pipeline controversy south of the Colorado River. By letting Antero work out the problem on their own, Antero was able to correct the subcontractor quality control on the pipeline and settle with the landowner satisfactorily. This spared Garfield County any expense in a potential lawsuit.

As to the Battlement Mesa drilling controversy, we were present at the commissioners’ meeting the day the residents asked for another health study on air quality. After patiently listening to each and every resident, it was decided that all attempts to seek another study would be futile, as previous studies had not shown harmful evidence. As Mr. Martin stated, “What is the point in repeating the same thing, expecting a different outcome?”

The commissioners have been much maligned for the so called “secret” meeting they had in Vernal, Utah. It was discussed at length in one of the recent public meetings that the county clerk was given the information to publish the notification of the meeting and she neglected to do so. She stated that she did not publish the notice because the information did not include the street address and complete agenda. But, for some reason, she did not go to the commissioners and ask for that information. Thus, the meeting notice was not published. There was no purposeful intent by the commissioners to have a “secret” meeting.

John Martin has listened to our concerns as our representative in local government. He has worked diligently to do the best job he could do for the citizens of Garfield County. It is rare to find a politician today who has his wisdom, integrity and experience.

Fred and Linda Kuersten

Peach Valley

Please join me in supporting 1A, to protect our Ranchlands, Rivers and Recreation Economy, and to create a funded and voluntary open lands program for Garfield County that will support our agricultural economy, safeguard our rivers, and protect wildlife habitat and the areas we enjoy for recreation.

For an average of only $3 a month per family, we can help protect the important open spaces that make our county so special. We know we need agricultural lands for food production, but private lands along the valley floor also provide crucial winter habitat and migration corridors for wildlife that can’t survive solely on our primarily high elevation public lands.

Five years ago my family left this valley for a year, living in some very different places. Our travels reminded us how lucky we are to live in this amazingly beautiful county.

We decided to remind ourselves of this every day by sharing something we are thankful for every night at dinner. I can’t count the number of times that our kids (now 9 and 11) have looked at all the great things in their lives and found themselves to be most thankful for living in such a beautiful place.

We are so grateful to the private landowners who haven’t developed their land – maintaining it as ranchland or wildlife habitat. With funding from 1A, the county will be able to help these landowners make that commitment last forever and ensure that our children’s children can enjoy the same beautiful valley that we all cherish today.

Shannon, Dave, Toby and Cassidy Meyer


I only have one important thing to say for myself this week.

I voted.

I did not take this step lightly, nor did I frivolously fill out the ballot as a paint-by-number exercise. I took the time to read the whole thing and made my decisions with deliberation.

Of course a lady would never disclose her voting record, it would be unseemly. However, I am willing to confide that I did not vote for the Roseanne Barr-Cindy Sheehan ticket, no matter how perversely delightful I think such a “swearing in” would be.

Yes, it would have been funny. More importantly, if I had voted for such a ticket, I would have done so because I believed in them, and strongly supported their points of view.

Really, that’s the whole point of the voting process. Inform yourselves. Decide who you can trust, or who is the lesser of two evils, if you must think of it that way. Then do your most sacred civic duty as an American, not as a member of any particular group, affiliation, tribe or mindset. Think about this most trivialized of activities and take it back from the money-mongers and nameless influences.

Find out your facts and then vote as your brain and your heart guide you. But most importantly, please vote.

Becky Penn

Glenwood Springs

I recently attended Rifle’s “Tour de Downtown” event, where conceptual designs for a variety of small projects to attract development and investment in the downtown were on display at the library. One idea looked at expanding Centennial Park by creating a trail on the east side of Rifle Creek. Ideas presented earlier this spring included adding trails to connect our downtown to residential areas, the Colorado River and the historic (unused) bridge, which fits well with plans to create a new boat ramp and trails on the south side of the river.

As I consider these projects and Rifle’s future, two things strike me. One, they will all take money to build. Two, Question 1A provides an obvious source of funding for these and similar projects if it is passed by the voters this fall.

The Ranchlands, Rivers, and Recreation Economy Sales Tax would create a county-wide fund to: (1) purchase development rights from willing landowners, providing an incentive for preserving agricultural land and wildlife habitat while keeping private lands in private hands; and (2) provide grants to municipalities or the county to purchase land from willing landowners to create parks, trails and other public recreation projects.

Costing the average household $3.25 per month, about as much as fancy coffee, 1A will make investments that diversify our economy and enhance our quality of life. Western Garfield County in particular has much to gain from 1A. In addition to expanding opportunities in Rifle, 1A could fund projects and amenities in communities throughout the county.

Invest in our future, our economy and our quality of life. Vote yes on Question 1A.

Skye Sieber


I, as others do, would like to be able to afford school in the future, even though I can’t borrow money from my parents. I really do feel blessed to have the opportunity to attend school and to better my life, thanks to Pell grants and student loans.

This election being so close has me a bit scared for the future of our country and for those of us who aren’t as fortunate as the few. We are not looking for handouts, we are looking for an opportunity to better ourselves. We work night shifts, overtime, weekends, holidays, birthdays. We are the working class and we keep the wheels turning.

Ask yourself this, friends: Which of the two candidates (and their constituents) stands to make a profit from winning this election?

People are up in arms about spending in Washington, but it’s the borrowing from China (think Afghanistan and Iraq) by the Bush administration that severely increased our debt. Where was the Tea Party then? Hiding from the latest magenta terror alert, no doubt.

Obama, on the other hand, is spending money reinvesting in things that needed it, such as education, infrastructure, bringing manufacturing back, retraining the work force and renewable energy, to state a few. He cut most of our taxes in the past couple years, making weathering a bad recession less painful. He is helping the middle class progress (think the 90s), not catering to the upper crust.

We are a great country with an amazing amount of progressive potential. We are blessed with good teachers, firefighters, cops, city workers and health care professionals. Let’s keep giving opportunities to those who need and deserve them. Let’s invest in tomorrow’s doctors, community leaders and educators, not in stock brokers, lobbyists and bankers.

Cutting Pell grants and PBS funding isn’t going to fix America. Let’s keep Big Bird in our living rooms. Let’s let women figure out their own reproductive rights and what’s best for them. I encourage you to stop by your local political office, and sign up to walk around your neighborhood and inform your neighbors. Let’s keep pushing forward, friends.

David Weidner

Glenwood Springs

Earlier, I shared my personal ideology, the 7 G’s: God, Guns, Grub, Gold, Gas, Ground, Gumption. I briefly discussed principles which prove themselves useful, even crucial, in times of emergency or disaster. Many have asked that I elaborate, so I will try to cover one each in seven letters.

Grub: Do you have food for a month? A week? After three days without food, the “human” is switched off and the “animal” goes into full survival mode. Chaos flourishes. Governments cannot help.

Whether you choose to admit it or not, everyone reading this letter would use violence and even kill other human beings to get food. Remember Hurricane Katrina? Good, honest church-going Christians turned violent for food and water, while police officers looted businesses and stole cars.

Consider our local disaster history of snow, rockslides, and fires closing I-70. Remember when New Castle Police Department shut down I-70 because of fire, then mudslide, then another fire? Do you recognize how quickly grocery stores are emptied? Instead of pretending you’re exempt or immune, I would exhort readers to plan accordingly.

Start with pre-cooked canned foods in their own liquids not requiring water, electricity, fuel, or fire (which may reveal your location). Meal examples: stew, green beans, peaches. Start buying three cans of food each trip to the market.

Add freeze-dried foods with a 20-30 year shelf life (humans can live on just rice and beans if needed), five gallon bottles of water, bleach for purifying more, generational seeds, vitamins, medications, antibiotics, health supplies and dog food. (Your animals need to eat, and it’ll keep you alive, too.)

Learn about and become proficient in gardening and hunting. Do you know the best time to plant, cull and harvest? Where do you shoot a deer? What months should you avoid hunting and eating rabbits? Do you know how to skin animals and dehydrate meat? Can you build a solar still?

Practice now and be a force for good when an emergency comes. Inspire family and friends. Live!

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Edward Wilks


The end is near. As long and arduous as this election season has been, it will be done next Tuesday. Now is the time for some last-minute thoughts and hopes for the future.

1A, the ballot measure to protect our Ranchlands, Rivers and Recreation Economy, is important for Garfield County. The program has been designed with care and concern for the citizens, landowners and tourists who come to Garfield County.

We live in an incredible place and now we have the ability to look to the future and vote yes in favor of this proposal.

A yes vote:

• Works with willing landowners to preserve the county’s water, wildlife and working lands.

• Provides landowners a viable financial option for preservation.

• Affords communities the ability to fund projects of their own (trails, parks, boat ramps) and leverage millions in other funds in the process.

• Makes good economic sense to invest in the economic stability and continued growth and health of Garfield County.

Vote yes on 1A. Vote for the future. Vote today.

Mary Noone

Glenwood Springs

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