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The Glenwood Springs Post Independent’s article on Shayne Rippy’s condition, following his accident, was appreciated for its information so the community could support the Rippy family in this difficult time. But the value of the informative content was overshadowed by the inclusion of the irrelevant last paragraph which tied Shayne’s situation to an unfortunate accident one of his brothers was in a few years ago.

The Rippy family has been a part of this valley for generations. Their contributions to our community as public servants, volunteers and donors are overlooked time and time again.

Including the last paragraph was a low blow to the Rippy family and the Post Independent should be ashamed for stooping to National Enquirer standards in their reporting.



Bill Wentzel

New Castle



I suggest we close Glenwood Canyon to semi-trailers carrying 38-foot-long steel pipes.

I was not in one of the seven vehicles struck by the pipes on Saturday, Nov. 29. I was not one of the three people sent to the hospital with broken bones, internal injuries and head wounds. Nor was I in the semi-trailer which was “filleted” by the pipes last April. Last April, I only read about the 21-year-old woman who was crushed to death by a pipe as her fiancee helplessly watched.

I was stopped last April because a steel pipe 3-4 feet in diameter and 38-feet long blocked the bike path. The ridged pipe extended all the way up the hill. Despite it’s drop from the westbound highway many feet above, the pipe was only slightly battered. On its way down, it had destroyed guardrails and crushed trees. With help, I crawled over it. Then, I didn’t know what it was. Now I know. It’s a killer. These accidents don’t just affect two lanes of traffic and the bike path. They don’t just inconvenience holiday travel. They affect our whole community.

These deaths and injuries are unnecessary. The rate of these accidents is increasing and will continue to increase, because the pipes are needed for oil and gas west of here. Glenwood Canyon is narrow, winding and dangerous. There are safer roads for these pipes ” less convenient, more costly, but safer. How many more deaths and injuries will it take before we decide the cost is too high? These semis carry a hazardous material. We need to close the canyon to semis carrying 38-foot steel pipes.

Sue Lavin

Glenwood Springs

As I was walking out of the doctor’s office today, I saw a vehicle with an appalling bumper sticker on it. This bumper sticker said, in effect, “Don’t confuse dying over oil with fighting for freedom.” Who would even have the audacity to put something like that on their car? Don’t you have any respect for our troops? These men and women have died for freedom for you and me. You don’t have any respect for them. The person who has this bumper sticker needs to consider sometimes war is the only solution.

You know what Bin Laden would do if you went over there with your “love, peace, save the trees and whales” garbage? He’d laugh as he was shooting you in the face.

What were you thinking when you put that on the back of your car? Do you know we are free and have the privilege of living in this great nation because of war? The only reason you can drive your little hippie car with that ridiculous bumper sticker is because men and women have died to give you that right.

Now, I’ve never been to Arlington, I’ve only seen pictures of it. But, just seeing pictures of it are overwhelming to me. Overwhelming to the point that I’m driven to tears thinking about what those people gave up to give us what we have today.

Which we all take for granted sometimes.

So Mr. or Ms. yuppie-liberal-left-winger with that outrageous bumper sticker: When I think of people like you, I’m reminded of a different bumper sticker: “War never solved anything … except slavery, oppression, genocide, communism, fascism, and nazism.” Now you can add terrorism to that. Because that’s what we’re at war for.

Find a picture of Arlington and take a look at all those headstones. If you’re not proud to be an American and if you’re not thankful to God because of men and women who gave their lives for this great nation, you need to move to Iraq.

You want to protest the war? Do it over there.

Jason Whitcomb

New Castle


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