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Respectfully, I respond to the letter of Beth Mead Brock of Rifle, concerning the deaths of her two beloved pets. I sympathize with you over your loss. Pets are, to most of us, members of the family. They are loved as we would care for our own children.

However, responsible pet owners will keep their beloved pets under their control and not be allowed to run at large. Merely entering the property of a livestock owner is a threat to his/her livestock. Livestock, due to their nature as domesticated beasts, usually perceive dogs as a threat. They may run, foolishly at times, through fences and into obstacles; and because of the perceived threat may experience health issues resultant in weight loss, sickness or even death. If the livestock owner has observed your dog(s) chasing his livestock, he has the right to dispatch them immediately.

The coyotes you state which have frequented the property will meet the same end, should opportunity arise. Perhaps your dog(s) had threatened his livestock on one or more occasion and he was unable to dispatch them due to circumstances … such as he didn’t have a firearm, was unable to get a clear shot or they ran off his property. Perhaps he was unable to ascertain who the owner was, so he didn’t attempt to contact you earlier. Perhaps he did contact you and you continued to allow your pets to roam and run.



I do think a cursory conversation with you may have been a polite thing to do, but it is not required. You allowed your dog(s) to run at large and thereby threaten livestock. You contributed to their demise more than anyone else.

Be grateful you have not found yourself on the business end of a civil lawsuit requesting damages for the loss or damage to livestock. If you opt for more pets, to prevent any similar incidents from happening, keep them kenneled or on a leash. Be a good neighbor as well as pet owner.



Again, my condolences on your loss.

Stuart K. Cerise

West Valley, Utah

Thank you, Craig S. Chisesi, for writing the letter regarding Stan Rachesky’s letter spewing out the hate he has for someone he does not know and certainly has never met. In Stan Rachesky’s next letter on the 15th, he proves beyond any doubt he uninformed.

All one has to do is a little research to find the real causes of today’s financial problem. Of the many things that contributed, one of them was the subprime mortgage market. I assume Mr. Rachesky’s uninformed diatribe is in reference to this.

The errors in Mr. Rachesky’s hate-filled letter go beyond being uninformed. He very obviously has not done any research other than listening to Fox News. (Oh My God, it was Clinton’s fault.)

First, the subprime mortgage problem was less than 5 percent of the mortgage crisis, and it had nothing to do with “Asians, Blacks, or Hispanics.” Americans who had jobs when they got the loans and lost them over the last three years under the Bush

administration were part of the problem. The Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac crisis was less than 20 percent of the crisis, and the same can be said regarding lost jobs. In addition to the subprime, the rest of the 80 percent of the mortgage crisis was because people lost jobs. They had an income, and paid their bills. They lost their jobs, and now will lose their homes. All you have to do is research this, Mr. Rachesky. Go to the library and they can teach you how to research. There might be a Black or an Asian or a Hispanic working there, so be careful. Research, learn the truth. What a concept.

By the way, my heritage is Austrian.

TJ Krest

Basalt

I tried to remain silent this presidential campaign season because other contributors have written eloquently enough I figured my letters would be more of the same. But I reached my limit when I read the Associated Press fluff piece in Saturday’s paper about “ex-radical” William Ayers.

The AP is just one the donkey party’s many advertising agencies. Forget the Madison Avenue advertising agencies, those cost money. Why pay for a greasy-spoon cheeseburger and cold, soggy fries when you can get a filet mignon and hot baked potato for free?

Along with the AP, the donkey party has CNN, (Consistently Nothing New) NBC (Nominate Barack Company) ABC (Absolve Barack Corporation) CBS (Celebrate Barack Service), MSNBC (insert your own joke here, readers) and last but not least, the taxpayer-funded PBS (Praise Barack Service) and NPR (aka “Radio Barack”), in the tank for the Kool-Aid drinking moonbat’s Lord and Savior, Barack Hussein Obama, and his unable-to-count sidekick (jobs has four letters, not three) Joe Biden. Obama’s far-reaching and deep ties to Ayers are being downplayed by the mainstream media.

Ayers is anything but an “ex-radical.” He is, without doubt, an arrogant, repugnant, unrepentant domestic terrorist-turned “distinguished educator,” whose only misgivings about his past conduct are that he “didn’t do enough” when he bombed the Pentagon, the United States Capitol and New York City Police Headquarters. These remarks were made public shortly before and after the September 11, 2001 terrorist (there’s that word again) on our nation. The photo accompanying the “news story” shows the follicle-challenged Ayers in a coastal park in California. Why not show his police mug shot from his bombing days, or perhaps the photo of him defiantly stomping on the American flag in a trashy alley?

His faculty office (“liar’s den?”) at UIC is bedeck with photos of Che Guevara, who was Fidel Castro’s personal hatchet-man/executioner; and Mumia Abu-Jamal, a convicted, self-confessing police officer/murderer. Mumia at one time, had a monthly commentary on “Radio Barack.”

I don’t know about other folks, but I’m disgusted.

Chris Mecham

Glenwood Springs

As another election day draws near, I am reminded of the deep disappointment of losing an extremely close county commissioner race four years ago. I was not the candidate. I am his wife. Countless people approached us in the days after the 2004 election to express their shock at the outcome. “If we’d known it would be so close, we would have voted.” What?

People, please, do not assume anything about this race. This is your right and your responsibility. This is not about party affiliation. It is about a vote of heart. Vote with an informed mind and with a conscientious vision to the future of this beautiful county.

It’s time to turn the tide on the legacy we leave as residents of Western Colorado. After 12 years, it’s time to allow John Martin to tend his beloved orchards in Delta County, and let new voices and new leadership guide us in Garfield County.

I cast my vote to Stephen Bershenyi, and I urge you to do the same.

Sean Jeung

Glenwood Springs

In the Tuesday, Oct. 7th letters to the editor, John Herbst took me to task for my tongue-in-cheek observations about Gov. Palin’s qualifications for vice president.

Allow me to refresh the readers memory: “Regarding Craig Chisesi’s boast that Palin is being investigated for dismissing the public works commissioner for not firing her state trooper brother-in- law, like most liberals, he didn’t give us the whole story ” only what he wants us to know.

Palin wanted the cop fired for at least two glaring reasons. He Tasered an 11-year-old boy, which could have been fatal, and he arrived on duty drunk on at least one occasion. Just a minor oversight by Mr. Chisesi, I’m sure. I’d say she was just doing her job.”

Well, here it is Friday, Oct. 10th, and, son of a gun, in breaking news: ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) ” Sarah Palin unlawfully abused her power as governor by trying to have her former brother-in-law fired as a state trooper, the chief investigator of an Alaska legislative panel concluded Friday. The politically charged inquiry imperiled her reputation as a reformer on John McCain’s Republican ticket. Investigator Stephen Branchflower, in a report by a bipartisan panel that investigated the matter, found Palin in violation of a state ethics law that prohibits public officials from using their office for personal gain.”

Bipartisan, in this instance would be 10 Republicans and 4 Democrats. Oh, say it ain’t so, Sarah. I’m sure Mr. Herbst’s printed apology will appear in the “Letters” any day now.

Craig S. Chisesi

Rifle

A letterwriter to the Glenwood Springs Post Independent writes, “people are trying to dig up dirt” on Sarah Palin, “and we haven’t heard anything from Obama’s investigators yet.” There is no need for Obama to do any investigation ” for the simple reason it’s already been done. A bipartisan committee of the Alaska legislature, predominantly Republican, has come out with an investigative report October 10, condemning Gov. Palin for abuse of power (Matt Apuzzo, news story, the Denver Post, October 12, 23A).

It is no secret the McCain-Palin ticket has done its best to disassociate itself from the Bush Administration’s record. If two of the most salient characteristics of this White House have been “stonewalling” (admitting no error and ignoring or denying bad news) and tautology (“I do what’s right because it’s right, and it’s right because I do it”), changing this fundamental pattern will be paramount for anyone serious about making a difference in Washington.

But since Gov. Palin and Sen. McCain have used tautology and stonewalling as their primary tactics for dealing with the whole trooper-gate investigation, how credible is their claim their administration will signal a dramatic shift from what has been Bush and Cheney’s signature governing style over the past eight years?

Joel Brence

Carbondale


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