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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

About 10 years ago, we moved from Glenwood Springs to Battlement Mesa to a home with fewer steps, one to be exact, and assessments to cover lawn care, etc. Nice.

When we moved here there was an enthusiastic community spirit ” neighborhood get-togethers, dances, a Battlement Mesa-sponsored Christmas party, a Sun monthly newspaper, a daily shuttle to take residents to their various appointments. And even a Traveler twice a week to Grand Junction.

All of these perks have been done away with for various reasons.

A school bond passed for a new high school and middle school. What we weren’t told, however, was that the middle school would be far removed from the area where the buses drop most of the children off. Mistake #1. The land for the middle school was donated, which promised the decision to promote housing for two more housing developments. Mistake #2. All that development will bring in more stores, restaurants; the things that are lacking here. Promises!

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The school is built, but homes are not selling, thus no new housing developments. No promises fulfilled.

As much as we enjoy the activity center and our quiet neighborhood, we are thinking not all greed takes place on Wall Street.

We have friends who have been living in the apartments for 10 years. First they were told they had to pay utility bills (which used to be included in the rent). Then each time they signed a lease, the rent went up because they could get so much more money from the gas workers.

Now the gas workers have left Battlement Mesa, so the company is trying to entice the regulars to sign on again with a discount incentive, for awhile anyway. Ha!

The garden the people had at the apartments is also being taken away to build more parking. How much more can you insult longtime renters?

It appears things are going downhill with all the amenities that have been discontinued. No wonder there are so many people leaving the apartments and others leaving their homes.

Patricia A. Tonozzi


Many years ago, the dentist I went to displayed a needlepoint sign on the wall in the examination room. It was placed where patients couldn’t help but see it. It read: “Maybe it will go away: The five most dangerous words in the English language.” Nancy Pelosi foolishly and ignorantly abides by these same words.

Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton blames our country’s illegal drug problem on the United States. She claims the United States has a co-responsibility in the problem of illegal drugs being smuggled into the United States because America’s “insatiable demand” for illegal drugs and narcotics. She has a valid point to her argument. As long as there are drug junkies in need of a demand, they will need a supply.

She wants to help stem the tide of illegal drug trafficking from Mexico by supplying helicopters to assist in patrolling the U.S./Mexico border. She means well and is willing to do something, unlike Nancy Pelosi who lives on the planet Clueless. Only time will tell if Hillary’s helicopter plan will ever get off the ground. Pun fully intended.

However, there is more to this problem than meets the eye. She claims the weapons used by these gangs and cartels are smuggled to Mexico from the United States. That is only partly true. The truth is, many of these weapons are also illegally supplied from Central and South America.

These weapons include grenade launchers, .50 caliber weapons, AK-47 and AR-15 “assault weapons” as the liberal and boorish news media calls them. Drug cartels and gangs have recruited members of the Mexican Army and law enforcement officers to work for them at exorbitant wages.

This war has worked its way to U.S. cities. Phoenix is the kidnapping capital of the country. Border towns in Texas are being targeted by these cartels. It seems stronger immigration enforcement at our southern border is one solution in preventing this malignancy from spreading.

Meanwhile, Nancy Pelosi, apparently totally unaware of this problem, claims enforcing our country’s immigration laws is “un-American.” Well, Nancy, maybe it will go away.

Chris Q. Mecham

Glenwood Springs

Having spent 12 years working with Mick Ireland on issues including budget, legislation, policy direction, personnel, housing needs, population growth, airport, landfill, land use, open space, roads and bridges, (especially, the ‘old railroad bridge’ replacement, for which Mick must be given much credit), housing, taxation policy, and more, I feel qualified to comment on his ability to work in the political, social, legislative, and complex world of governance, both in Pitkin County and on state and national levels.

Because Mick is educated and informed, analytical, smart, dedicated to this community, and able to use words well, he engages in lively and challenging discussions on issues. There is emotion related to that kind of commitment. Our debates on issues were not quiet, nor without a lot of hand-waving on my part. But we always walked away from those discussions knowing more, recognizing the challenges, and respecting our differences, and with a greater understanding of another’s position. Challenges to Mick’s strong defense of community values, such as growth management and the environment, were always met with well thought-out and clearly-stated positions. As I well know, passionately-felt positions do not always sound calm to the challenger!

The balance which must be reached to accommodate one’s beliefs, the policies under which one operates, and the laws which govern any actions are the keys to good governance. For 12 years, I watched Mick operate within those principles. His dedication to this community, his ability to do the essential research, and his ability to bring balance to the decisions are commendable attributes.

We are fortunate to have an individual as capable and as committed as Mick Ireland willing to serve.

Dorothea Farris, Pitkin County Commissioner, 1996-2008


On page 10 of the Wednesday, March 18, edition of your newspaper you printed my letter in which I opine that you are not doing a good job as journalists to our community. Along with my letter you add an Editor’s Note saying that my criticism of the Post Independent means that I am a negative person.

Then, on page 2 in the same edition, in a piece about the Rio Grande Trail, penned by you as editor, you erroneously state the facts pertaining to the purchase of the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad right of way and pertaining to the thinking that prompted the purchase. (And here I will not burden your readers with the facts ” facts which, after all, by virtue either of their distortion or of their omission you have deemed non-essential to your story.)

In your Editor’s Note you go on to suggest that my criticism of your professionalism was intended as an insult. I must say that your knowledge of my motive is as off the mark as your knowledge of the history of the purchase of the railroad right of way. Ignorance appears to be your path of least resistance. You know nothing about me and little if anything about the Rio Grande Trail.

Your defensiveness leads me even further to the conclusion that you clearly are not up to the job of being editor of Glenwood Springs only newspaper. That the Crystal, Roaring Fork and Colorado River valleys are as filled with interesting enterprises, institutions, governments, people, activities and points of view as any place on earth seems to elude you entirely.

That the Hotel Colorado lacks a liquor license (see Wednesday’s front page story) is about as important in the grand scheme of things as the May flies which have begun to appear at the hot springs pool and which, like your “stories,” are soon gone with the wind!

James Breasted


Editor’s Note: I was way off, you’re not negative at all. What I do know about the Rio Grande Trail is that it is a fabulous path enjoyed by thousands who want to get outdoors and soak in the great outdoors. And in the grand scheme of things, there’s nothing like a great spring day here in the Roaring Fork Valley.

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