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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

I was out of town, having enjoyed the Bruce Springsteen concert in Denver on Nov. 19. We all thanked Springsteen (at least mentally) for his support of President Obama during the campaign. Barack had Bruce, Mitt had Kid Rock.

So traveling back on Nov. 20 caused me to miss columnist James Kellogg’s take on the election. I found it on Nov. 24, as I enjoyed reading the lamentations of the right after the Romney victory was ripped from their grasp.

According to Mr. Kellogg, the country is being held under a Svengali-like trance by President Obama and the Democrats. Never mind the fact that Obama won the election by the highest percentage since Ronald Reagan. Forget that the Electoral College margin exceeded all the Republican pundits’ predictions. It was the “gifts” that the president promised that carried the day.

So here is a brief note about Mr. Kellogg and Mr. Romney’s delusion: Starting with the 2000 election, the states that have benefited the most from federal spending have voted Republican. Those that pay the most in taxes per dollar received in spending vote Democratic. This paradox occurs even when controlling for a state’s per-capita income, total population, racial composition, education level and defense spending.

Red states also have more auto fatalities, higher divorce rates, higher obesity and lower education levels. Surveys also show that Fox News viewers are the most uninformed about issues, but hey, that’s just rubbing it in.

What actually prompted this letter was the following paragraph from Mr. Kellogg:

“The coup d’etat was Team Obama’s characterization of Mitt Romney as a corporate felon with disdain for the 47 percent of Americans who are beneficiaries of a vast array of government programs.”

I love it when the right tries to go intellectual on us. Definition: coup d’etat: a sudden and decisive change of government illegally or by force. I’m sure Mr. Kellogg meant coup de grace, a finishing stroke or decisive event, which in reality, this election was.

Final insult for the ironically-challenged GOP was this: 47 percent was the percentage of the vote for Romney. And we did “Keep the Change.”

Craig S. Chisesi


This letter is written to ask some questions related to the shameful treatment by the town of Basalt of its police chief, Roderick O’Connor. I have been reading the news articles trying to determine what the heck is going on in Basalt, for what seems to be an unfair treatment of a dedicated employee.

It appears that this situation is a character assassination of the police chief by some individuals on staff. It also seems to be a takeover attempt by those same employees and is a bit well timed in the fact that the town of Basalt is in a management void.

Have the elected officials from Basalt actually met with Chief O’Connor to discuss these accusations? Has he had a chance to personally respond to any accusations? Nothing like this has been reported in any news article, so I am wondering about the “fair” process going on.

Did the town just dismiss him based on hearsay without any regard for his service or commitment to the town over the last five years? Behind closed doors, is the town pressuring him to resign so that none of the elected officials have to address this serious issue to find the truth?

I do know Chief O’Connor and have served beside him in a management position in a private organization. He is fair, kind and brilliant in his approaches and resolutions to issues that never became problems due to his leadership and direction. I cannot imagine anyone filing a complaint against him unless, of course, they have ulterior motives to slink into his position. I suggest the town of Basalt reinstates Chief O’Connor and place the complainers on leave, and see if the town is better served under that scenario.

In a Nov. 16 editorial, The Aspen Times made a request for action to open the complaint for public scrutiny. That is a process that would serve Basalt better than what is currently going on. I think that is very good advice.

Debbie Ottaviano


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