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After reading Mr. Anderson’s letter about Mexico concerning its imminent collapse, people running in the streets whacking off heads, and para-militaries standing on rooftops picking off tourists, I called a friend. My friend runs a tourist company in San Miguel de Allende. At the moment, he was taking a couple of Americans around to see Atoltinilco, Guanajuato, and Dolores, gorgeous United Nations World Heritage sites.

“Hey, how are things there? I hear Mexico is about to collapse.”

“Don’t pay too much attention to those commentaries.” he said. “That is only in the border towns and a few ocean resorts where Americans come to buy drugs.” He then handed me over to his American clients who proceeded to tell me what a great time they were having in San Miguel. They had been warned, too, but found just the contrary in San Miguel. We then both agreed most of the problems lay with people buying drugs and American-supplied munitions. All of the guns, submachine stuff and the like are produced and purchased right here in good ole’ America.

Additionally, I doubt whether the Lonestar State of Texas really wants to be an armed camp full of Marines who will likely become bored, tired of the bugs and heat, and be the problem we are trying to prevent. Remember Vietnam?

Also, do we want to have an Israeli/Palestinian conflict on our border? My solution is to take the Marines into places where people are known to be the purchasers of drugs. Once we roust out these low-lifes, we can stop the demand side of the drug problem. Remember the economy. When people stop buying, businesses fail.

The Mexican people could give us a lesson or two on how to survive in tough conditions. They have some of the most innovative solutions to problems, and to be honest, also some of the worst. But it is becoming more green than the United States as we speak ” wind, solar, etc. They still know how to farm with oxen (laugh now) and do a good job of that.

Alice Gustafson

Glenwood Springs

First of all, I would like to congratulate the basketball players on their win. Great job, guys.

What I am wondering is, if the basketball players won the game, why are the cheerleaders on the front page? I am not saying anything bad about cheerleaders, I just don’t understand why they got to be on the front page while the team who worked so hard to win the game is just mentioned in the sports section. The cheerleading team is supposed to be at all the games, and I do think they should be mentioned for their hard work, but give the basketball team a chance in the spotlight and put them on the front page.

Corey Gera, Glenwood Springs High School student

Glenwood Springs

Recent fuel price hearings held by Senator White are to be applauded for the attempt to seek the truth and dispel the rumors petroleum marketers are gouging the public in the Valley. Unfortunately, they didn’t find either.

Kirk Swallow of Swallow Oil and Al Butler of Western Petroleum tell us they make six cents per gallon net profit. Kirk allowed he takes delivery on eight loads of fuel per day. He allowed he employs 50 people, and Al complained to compete requires $14 per hour for help. Let’s do some math.

Eight loads at 8,000 gallons each is 64,000 gallons per day. Multiplied by six cents, then again by 365 days, that comes to around $1.4 million per year in receipts to cover all operating expenses.

The math on 50 employees at $12-14 per hour, including payroll taxes, comes to $1.9 million. That does not include workers comp. Nor does it include insurance, vacations, etc., assuming the company provides those benefits.

These men are heroes. Kirk gives to charity, pays a fair wage, and apparently loses at least $600K per year, before even paying other expenses. They probably aren’t even paying themselves, bless their hearts.

The official on-screen presentation contradicted itself and the speakers. When asked, the Colorado Wyoming Petroleum Marketers Association (CWPMA) representative said some numbers were based on old figures. They claim they pay higher wages than the Front Range even though the Colorado Department of Labor says the Front Range has higher average wages. They claim property costs and/or leases are three times higher than the Front Range, even though contradicted by the real estate industry figures.

Can we trust what we are being told? Clearly, we can’t. The CWPMA executive, Mark Lawson, can put all the spin on it he wants with his blustery attacks on the audience in attendance. What the audience was served was a warm plate of horse cookies.

Senator White’s hearing exposed the doublespeak petro-babble coming from this industry. The meeting demonstrated why our country is in the mess it is in ” plain old corporate greed. Let’s hope he will see through the spin and do something about it.

Stan Orr

Glenwood Springs

Every hour someone is diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, MS, a chronic disease of the central nervous system for which there is no cure. Multiple sclerosis interrupts the flow of information between the brain and the body and stops people from moving. Many have trouble imagining what their lives would be without the ability to move, but I know the effects of MS; my stepdaughter’s mother has MS.

MS Awareness Week takes place March 2-8. I encourage people to join the movement to end MS and help people with MS move their lives forward.

It’s easy to get involved. It only takes a few minutes to make a difference in the lives of the millions of people worldwide who live with this disease. I have been lucky to appreciate a healthy active life and would like help those less fortunate.

Some simple things you can do: Visit to learn more about MS. Tell ten people MS Awareness Week is March 2-8 and ask them to tell ten people they know.

Sponsor a walker or cyclist in a Walk MS or Bike MS event, or participate yourself. I am riding the “MS 150” April 19th and 20th. Donations are being accepted or purchase raffle tickets. Raffle prizes will be from Professional Auto Body, Midas, Paradise Day Spa, CtoC Construction, Juicy Lucy’s, Glenwood Chamber, Roaring Fork Liquors, Ski Sunlight, Summit Paint and Decorating, Zheng’s, China Town and more. Raffle tickets may be purchased at Paradise Day Spa, 2520 Grand Ave., Suite 102 Glenwood Springs. Call 928-9782.

“Enhance your looks for MS.” Paradise Day Spa is donating all the profits from new services with Deb, Trish or Magdalena to MS through April 15th. Call 928-9782 for an appointment or free consultation.

Progress on MS can’t wait. Move It during MS Awareness Week and move us closer to a world free of MS.

Deborah Korbel, Paradise Day Spa

Glenwood Springs

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