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I would like to think those involved with government and big business represent the brightest minds in our land. I wish it were so. Flash-back “

Before we rushed to War with Iraq, there was debate about if it was the right thing to do. A common argument was that the government must know things we do not, so we must trust them. In retrospect, they did not know more than us, there was treachery and deceit fostered upon the American people.

More recently, the high prices of fuel seemed to surprise everyone. The auto industry had been rolling along as usual. Based on the fire-sale they seem to be having, I think they were caught off guard. A billion-dollar industry did not have a strategic plan and did not see this coming.

Now we have Wall Street and a full-court press by government/business to pass the largest taxpayer subsidy/aid in history without much discussion.

Our government and business leaders are not smarter than us; with all of their resources they have not made good choices, have not offered good leadership. They have offered “knee-jerk response” leadership. No strategic planning, no vision for the future. Instead they offer us petty partisan politics.

They govern without vision for the future.

This financial system is failing. A society based on mass consuming (especially on credit) is not sustainable. Consumerism has become a hungry beast, devouring all it can.

We must look to the future, plan and prepare for it. We must use this time as we seek solutions to the challenges we face to create a more sustainable life, not just for us, but for everyone sharing this planet.

We must.

Rick Davis

Glenwood Springs

Our votes for Garfield County Commissioner go to Stephen Bershenyi and Steve Carter. They are the candidates who show the best judgment in protecting our environment, safeguarding the health of citizens affected by gas drilling, and planning for affordable housing and public transportation.

With deep roots in the area, Stephen Bershenyi’s maternal great-grandparents arrived in the Roaring Fork Valley in 1870. Steve Carter, an attorney and retired judge, has been a resident of Garfield County for over 35 years. Together they understand the qualities and values that make our county special.

Linda and George Austin-Martin

Glenwood Springs

Rather than bail out Wall Street with $700,000,000,000 of taxpayer money, why not bail out every one of our 310,000,000 American citizens with a $2,258 bonus, or every man, woman, and child on our planet with a $100-plus bonus?

If the suggestion seems ridiculous, the fact our national debt is already $8,000,000,000,000 and this new expenditure would raise if to $11,300,000,000,000 is beyond ridiculous.

Keep the pressure on your representatives to say no to the bailout, even if it’s up for a vote again at a “bargain” price of half-a-trillion.

Enough is enough.

Clay Boland Jr.


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