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I actually cut that letter out of the Glenwood Springs Post Independent and put it into my scrapbook. I was amazed. Amazed at how far the policy has gone to give the illegals everything. Why doesn’t the Garfield County deputy just sign over his paycheck, too? He’s supposed to uphold the law. Not policy.

What happened to freedom of speech? Isn’t Basalt in Colorado, in America? Or has it gone completely Nazi? I thought Hitler and his regime were whipped in the 1940s. Perhaps not.

Let’s look at the policy (not law) for the illegals. How many illegals are there in America? Eighteen million or more, perhaps less. How many times have they been offered citizenship? Eight times. At what cost? Thirty-six million dollars, each time.



Guess what? They don’t want citizenship. They want what that green card guarantees them. Free schooling, food stamps, citizenship for their children born in America, no income taxes or F.I.C.A. taken out of their paychecks, and help from our (yes, our) Social Services because they speak no English. In most cases, almost free housing.

Time to change policy, folks. We still have freedom of speech, so write, call or yell at your congressman. Enact the laws on the books. We’re losing our country to illegals.



What is ethnic intimidation, anyway?

Vivian L. Fisher

Rifle

Did you know that in the year 2010, the qualifications for being a preschool teacher will change, making it harder and more costly for parents to get child care?

The new changes require teachers to go back to school to met these new state requirements, therefore inflating the cost of enrollment for preschoolers, further adding to the financial burden that is already becoming more and more impossible to overcome. With both parents needing to work to live in this valley, the need for preschool is high.

As a community, how are we addressing these issues with county commissioners and our state Senate? Are we telling them that we need to make changes and support the need for early childhood education?

I feel it is very important not only as a teacher but also as a parent, and a grandparent, that we have early childhood education. The first five years of a child’s life are important. During this time, a child learns to interact socially and emotionally, and develop physical and cognitive skills. These skills are important to enable a child to be ready to enter school.

Cherie Chavez

Glenwood Springs

The Garfield County commissioner race article in the Aug. 7 edition of the Glenwood Springs Post Independent outlined a plan by candidate Mike Samson whereby a representative group from the towns and cities in the county would meet quarterly with the commissioners. The purpose would be to express concerns affecting their municipalities and present ideas to address the problems. This is an excellent proposal.

We need this in Garfield County. However, Battlement Mesa should also be represented. Although Battlement Mesa is unincorporated, it has a large population and seems to receive little attention from Garfield County commissioners and departments such as Roads and Bridges. Also, maybe we could get support to change state rules which prohibit Battlement Mesa from getting a share of the extraction industry taxes although smaller communities get large sums of money to address a lesser impact from gas drilling and production. Someone even suggested we rename Battlement Mesa “Dirty White Truck Town.”

Candidate Samson’s proposal would give Battlement Mesa an opportunity to participate more fully in Garfield County commissioners’ decisions. Sometimes, it seems to all communities west of Rifle that we are the last priority for action.

Jack E. Blankenship

Battlement Mesa


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