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This letter has nothing to do with Mike Vidakovich. OK I just lied, this letter is about him. I turn to the sports page of the Post Independent expecting to find sports columns. Then I see one entitled “This column has nothing to do with Sarah Palin” so I read it and what are the first four paragraphs about? Politics and Sarah Palin. What is this column doing in the sports section? The sports section is nice because it gets me away from all the liberal garbage in this paper. But what do I find on the sports page? Mike’s article (i.e. liberal garbage). You know, Mike, there is a section in this paper specifically for opinions. I’m not too sure if you were aware of that, but that’s where your article that wasn’t about Palin but actually was about Palin should be. Take out those first four paragraphs and the last four and it’d have been fine on the sports page.

Here are a few tips: don’t put all your eggs in one basket, don’t poop where you eat, and don’t mix sports with politics.

Sports have a hard enough time, with all the drug scandals and whatever else pro athletes get involved in (i.e. Mike Vick). Don’t corrupt sports with politics. Politics are a huge interest of mine as well as sports, and this election is important but if you want to comment on both write two separate articles next time. I’m not a hunter but friends of mine are and much to your dismay it’s a sport. If you don’t believe it is take a walk in the woods wearing no orange and a helmet that has antlers glued to it. Now that would be a sport. Enjoy the fall colors Mike.



Jason Whitcomb

New Castle



Mike Samson was my teacher and helped give me an independent voice. That is why today I am supporting Samson for Garfield County Commissioner. Mike Samson was a teacher and administrator in Garfield County for his entire career working hard to educate the next generation of business owners. He touched the lives of thousands of students and I invite others to join me in representing the students and teachers who support Mike Samson. Vote Mike Samson and help give Garfield County the independent voice we deserve.

Jenna Pollard

Silt

Hurricane Ike hits Texas on Saturday morning with the announcement that gas prices might rise and can you believe it, just that quickly they did in Rifle, up $.26 from $3.99 to $4.25. If you drove into Silt they were still at $3.96 and also in New Castle.

Glenwood Springs also was less at $4.19. There was an article in the paper from one supplier who said it was due to supply and demand in Rifle. I am wondering if the supply and demand was that great from Friday night to Saturday morning or is it just the same case of price gouging that is continuous in Rifle. I am sure I am not the only one who notices and is infuriated by this act of “because we can” we will continue to rip off the people who buy gas in Rifle. I say boycott all gas in Rifle if at all possible.

Cheryl Embrey

Rifle

The Glenwood Springs Energy Efficiency Ad Hoc Committee is proud to present the Glenwood Springs Energy and Climate Action Plan to City Council this evening. The work session discussion on the plan is scheduled for 5 p.m. at city hall.

We encourage everyone interested in energy, climate protection and the city’s role in these issues to attend the meeting. Council members won’t take public comment, but those attending can hear the committee’s presentation and the comments of council members.

The 23-page plan is available for download on the city’s web site. Click on the “Climate Action Plan” link on the council agenda.

The plan offers 180 recommendations related to smart growth, open space, landscaping, transportation, energy efficiency, renewable energy and waste management. The top five recommendations are: Provide rebates for installation of solar photovoltaic and solar thermal systems; Increase the share of clean energy in the city’s purchased power portfolio; Appoint a staff person and commit significant resources to coordinate energy issues for the city government and the community; Pursue a renewable energy project to heat the community center swimming pool and building space; and study potential uses of geothermal energy for heating, cooling and power generation, including a geothermal energy district.

This plan represents more than a year of work by committee members. We encourage everyone to learn about the exciting and sensible ideas that we propose.

George Wear; Ann Hopkinson; Hugh MacPherson; Greg Jeung; Hugh Plant; Heather McGregor; Don Gorman; Russ Arensman, Glenwood Springs City Council; Robin Unsworth, Glenwood Springs City Clerk

While reading the story about the new El Jebel preschool in Sunday’s paper I came across a quote that discouraged me: “It’s just insane right now to find a place in childcare.” Some time ago two letters were also printed, stating ” … finding quality area day care can be challenging” and ” … we have a serious childcare problem in Silt, Rifle, New Castle …”

Well, I’m a day-care provider in New Castle. I have four openings that I can’t fill. Last week I called several providers in the area and found they, too, are not faring well. All had openings. Two women were considering quitting because they only had one or two children. All of us have put up flyers and business cards only to have them ripped down almost immediately. We fill out forms for KidsFirst Resource letting them know how many openings we have and then wait. And wait. I have only had one call through KidsFirst in six months. Yes, some daycares are thriving..but I feel those numbers are dropping.

Something’s wrong here. We can’t find the parents who need us and they can’t find us. There is quality childcare available here ” but why can’t we make that connection? As stated in Sunday’s article some families are actually leaving the area because of “lack” of daycare.

I suggest KidsFirst launch an aggressive campaign to make their program more visible. Place flyers everywhere stating their purpose-schools, lift-ups, CMC…put regular ads or inserts in the paper..give information to realtors… surely the county can foot the cost.

If childcare homes can’t find kids there will be no childcare homes. We can’t exist on income from two children. I’ve been told for two years this day-care drought is “merely a cycle” and will end soon. Well, it’s gone on long enough ” let’s end it now.

Susan Mountjoy

Glenwood Springs

Mike Samson is in agreement with yesterday’s letter writer. The letter writer proclaimed Garfield County needs an improved transportation policy. That is the reason Mike Samson proposed the Garfield County forum and a County transportation delegation to the Colorado Transportation Commission to highlight the road and bridge challenges our county faces. Recently, Samson wrote a letter to Senators Wayne Allard and Ken Salazar asking them to continue their efforts to insure that Anvil Points Trust fund dollars go directly to the impacted communities-not the state bureaucracy. Mike Samson proposed these dollars, when released, would go directly towards projects like the South Glenwood bridge by using the money to get additional dollars from the energy impact fund. Samson’s proposals are good first steps in creating a sound transportation policy.

Gary Leonard

Battlement Mesa

The GOP is spinning things

I grew up in a small town, and for the past 16 years have lived in Glenwood Springs. Through community participation I have a fair understanding of small towns.

Rural communities have a diversity of opinions and interests as rich as any population center. Small town America/ small town values are the newest examples of oversimplification and the Republican campaign machine marketing to us. They peddle war, security, values-concepts and ideas as if they were a burger or Coca Cola.

Admittedly, this branding of our lifestyle is not original, but the McCain campaign has adopted this pitch full force and is running with it. Nowhere is this more evident than the choice and promotion of Sarah Palin. Given the lack of due diligence, it is not a reach to conclude that the choice was based on packaging and presentation.

Like all good ad blitzes, slogans are needed and often times they are misleading and outright lies. Palin’s bridge to nowhere “thanks but no thanks” stance is the most egregious example (but not nearly the only). From the beginning she supported the bridge and did so all the way through her 2006 gubernatorial campaign. She abandoned the idea only after it became nationally infamous. She did not save U.S. taxpayers a penny. The $233 million was still distributed and utilized for other projects. As mayor she requested and received $27 million in earmarks for Wasilla, Alaska. She entered her term as mayor with a surplus and left it with a deficit. The Alaska state jet was not sold on ebay-nor was it sold for a profit. It was sold in a traditional, uninteresting manner (at a $600,000 loss) subsequent to trying ebay.

Small town America does not translate to small minded America or easily duped America. Where’s the beef?

Greg Albrecht

Glenwood Springs

How about some anti-GOP bumper stickers

In the interest of voter education, a touch of humor, and a warning to the “apolitical”; I offer a few suggestions for bumper stickers or yard signs. One nice thing is that these are even shorter than “sound bites” which are, of course, way shorter than the analysis. Feel free to use.

Nukes in Your Backyard ” Vote Republican; Pit Bulls with Lipstick ” Vote Republican; Want Your Vote Counted? ” Vote Republican; Drill, Baby, Drill”Pay, Baby, Pay ” Vote Republican; Outsource Your Life ” Vote Republican.

Patrick Hunter

Carbondale

I grew up in a small town, and for the past 16 years have lived in Glenwood Springs. Through community participation I have a fair understanding of small towns.

Rural communities have a diversity of opinions and interests as rich as any population center. Small town America/ small town values are the newest examples of oversimplification and the Republican campaign machine marketing to us. They peddle war, security, values-concepts and ideas as if they were a burger or Coca Cola.

Admittedly, this branding of our lifestyle is not original, but the McCain campaign has adopted this pitch full force and is running with it. Nowhere is this more evident than the choice and promotion of Sarah Palin. Given the lack of due diligence, it is not a reach to conclude that the choice was based on packaging and presentation.

Like all good ad blitzes, slogans are needed and often times they are misleading and outright lies. Palin’s bridge to nowhere “thanks but no thanks” stance is the most egregious example (but not nearly the only). From the beginning she supported the bridge and did so all the way through her 2006 gubernatorial campaign. She abandoned the idea only after it became nationally infamous. She did not save U.S. taxpayers a penny. The $233 million was still distributed and utilized for other projects.

As mayor she requested and received $27 million in earmarks for Wasilla, Alaska. She entered her term as mayor with a surplus and left it with a deficit. The Alaska state jet was not sold on ebay-nor was it sold for a profit. It was sold in a traditional, uninteresting manner (at a $600,000 loss) subsequent to trying ebay.

Small town America does not translate to small minded America or easily duped America. Where’s the beef?

Greg Albrecht

Glenwood Springs

In the interest of voter education, a touch of humor, and a warning to the “apolitical”; I offer a few suggestions for bumper stickers or yard signs. One nice thing is that these are even shorter than “sound bites” which are, of course, way shorter than the analysis. Feel free to use.

Nukes in Your Backyard ” Vote Republican; Pit Bulls with Lipstick ” Vote Republican; Want Your Vote Counted? ” Vote Republican; Drill, Baby, Drill”Pay, Baby, Pay ” Vote Republican; Outsource Your Life ” Vote Republican.

Patrick Hunter

Carbondale


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