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Post IndependentGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

I am writing to say that I am very disappointed with Glenwood Springs High School and its administration. My child was bullied and has been bullied since we moved here from Texas. Every single time I brought an issue of harassment they state there is no proof. That just shows me that you are calling my child a liar. So much for zero tolerance on bullying. Wake up, people, look around our country, children being driven by their aggressors to go into depression and much worse. My child was never believed, and I think that administration needs to take a long look at these policies that do not seem to help protect our students. This is why my child will not set foot in this school again. Shame on you.Maria PerezGlenwood Springs

Frequent oil spills, such as the recent and still uncontained oil spill near Parachute, continue to threaten our land, water, air and health. Yet the industry remains protected by myriad exemptions from environmental regulations, such as:The 1987 Water Quality Act and the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPA 2005) amendments to the Clean Water Act don’t require permits for uncontaminated storm water discharges from oil and gas activities defined as “all field activities or operations associated with exploration, production, processing or treatment operations, or transmission facilities, including activities necessary to prepare a site for drilling and for the movement and placement of drilling equipment.” Permits are required for storm water discharges, because storm water can pick up pollutants and move them into waterways, which can kill marine wildlife and destroy aquatic habitat.In the EPA 2005, exemptions added prohibit the Safe Drinking Water Act from regulating underground injections of chemicals in hydraulic fracturing, unless diesel is used.An amendment to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) in the EPA 2005 allows oil and gas development plans to bypass environmental impact statements by designating oil and gas development actions as categorical exclusions, which “do not individually or cumulatively have a significant effect on the human environment.”The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) defines hazardous substances as those listed as hazardous air pollutants under the Clean Air Act (CAA). The CAA lists compounds like benzene and xylene as hazardous. These are components of petroleum and are emitted by oil and gas production. Yet CERCLA exempts oil and gas by stating that the term “hazardous substances” does not include petroleum, crude oil, natural gas, natural gas liquids, liquefied natural gas or synthetic gas usable for fuel, or mixtures of natural gas and such synthetic gas. It is time to close these loopholes and begin shifting towards clean energy. Germany trumps the entire U.S. in solar power, and the U.S. is more than 27 times larger than Germany. It is time to invest in the future, our health, and our priceless landscapes. Go solar.Kristina SolheimBoulder

The taxpayers and fuel and tire consumers are paying for new wildlife fencing along I-70. As one of those individuals, I’m disappointed that the thousands of existing steel “T” fenceposts that were paid for the same way are being bent over and ruined in place to allow for the installation of the new fence. Now, instead of a huge pile of the posts that could be reused or sold for reuse, those posts will be worth a nickel a pound as scrap and will end up going to China so someone there can make money selling the steel back to us through Korea as Kias. You don’t see farmers, ranchers or small business owners treating their assets that way. Does someone at CDOT need help using Craigslist? I’ll volunteer.Anthony ZarlingoSilt

When I read about Mr. Tipton’s recent meeting with our county commissioners, my blood wants to boil.How dare he talk about families and new technologies. They (these particular elected officials) talk out of both sides of their mouths. They are wolves in sheep’s clothing. They are all about the almighty dollar and seek to line their pockets with gold. They do not care about people and the environment. There is a saying: “In the land is the righteousness of the people.” Good people, we need to vote these men out of office and elect those who truly have our interests at heart.Sincerely,Ruth BeldaNew Castle

I hear the G.W. Bush Presidential Library is slated to open on May 1. April 1 would seem to be more apropos. I wonder if they will have the original copy of “My Pet Goat” that he was reading, when informed of the 9/11 attacks?Carl HeckAspen

I have been interested in the idea being floated to the public about a new bridge to handle the increased traffic in the downtown area of Glenwood Springs going to Highway 82. Like many who have had to navigate through the town’s roads to get to Highway 82, there are no easy options, but folks might consider what the community of Rifle did well over 15 years ago when we faced the same issues of heavy truck traffic, congestion in the downtown shopping area and lack of a viable way to route traffic going to and from another major highway.Rifle studied the issue and took a well-thought-out proposal to the voters. The result is the truck bypass west of town, which is used heavily by all types of traffic to avoid the downtown area while trying to get to and from Highway 13. The project was funded via our trust fund money, the city of Rifle and the state of Colorado engineering and construction of the truck bypass.It seems to me that many of the same concerns expressed by Glenwood Springs folks were voiced by those of us who lived in Rifle. Keeping the downtown area as is and the main thoroughfare (Midland Avenue) are comparable with our community’s concerns. One option I would suggest, as a longtime resident of Garfield County, would be to look at the feasibility of using Exit 111 on I-70 West of Glenwood Springs through South Canyon as a bypass route to Highway 82. Using the existing road with a new route to Sunlight Ski Area and an extending route tying into Highway 82 farther south.Whatever the option is I hope it is brought before the community so they can vote on it. John B. ScalzoRifle

Thank you, TransCare Ambulance, for existing in our community with the provision of transports between hospitals and facilities. Thank you, Colorado River Fire Rescue, for emergency response and for becoming an extra resource that is there when our family members, friends and neighbors need medical transport from one facility to another.There are some pieces missing in the ambulance puzzle. TransCare Ambulance’s Allen Hughes should provide the public with an explanation of where his company fell short, resulting in CRFR taking on transports. What, if anything, was lacking? Instead, it seems that TransCare is waging war against an assisting organization. How can TransCare’s owner imply that having extra hands and equipment in our community when needed “does nothing but destroy a regional medical system”? (March 26 Letter to the Editor)As a community, we rely on professional emergency responders during our times of need, regardless of an emergency or a planned, medically monitored transport. Whether TransCare or CRFR is called upon, I, for one, will be thankful for the trained EMTs that hold my life in their hands. It won’t matter if they are wearing a uniform approved by TransCare’s Allen Hughes or CRFR’s Mike Morgan; nor will it matter where I mail my checks to pay the bill for those “no-cost” life-saving services. Lisa WilliamsNew Castle

For all the “strict Constitutionalists,” maintaining the Post Office is written into the Constitution. Further, with rural areas the most affected by a decline in postal services, one would expect congressional members from those areas, largely Republican, to rush to its aid, yet it is the party that rails against regulation that has so laden the Postal Service with regulation that its survival is threatened. And complain as we will over “junk mail,” it comes at a reduced rate to promote business enterprise, much of it small business, so isn’t it time to end the hypocrisy?Robert Porath Boulder


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