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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

I recently read about a tragedy that was narrowly averted because of the courageous action of just one person. Eight starving horses were wasting away in a field while their owners consistently failed to provide food, water or basic veterinary care. The horses ate bark off trees in a desperate attempt to stave off their hunger, but it wasn’t enough, they were slowly dying.

Thankfully, a neighbor saw the horses suffering and decided she couldn’t look the other way. She called a local veterinarian, which set the wheels in motion for a rescue operation to save the horses. Unfortunately, the rescue came too late for one, but the survivors are now thriving in their new environment.

It is disturbing and even heartbreaking when you witness an act of animal cruelty, but each of us has the power to put a stop to it. Any time you suspect animal abuse, your first call should be to your local humane society, animal control or the police. Get them out there to investigate. Whether it is a neighbor’s pet being treated cruelly, cats and dogs at a local pet store or animals at a breeder’s facility being kept in filthy, crowded conditions, if it is animal abuse, it’s against the law.

In difficult economic times, the most helpless among us are the first to suffer, and in many cases, this includes animals, who are increasingly being abandoned or simply left to starve. I urge the citizens of this community to join with me and speak out against animal abuse wherever and whenever they see it. Innocent animals are depending on us to be their voice.

Visit the website http://www.aldf.org for information about what to do when you witness animal abuse or neglect, how to work effectively with your legislators to improve laws for animals, and more.

Diana Keyser

Basalt

I just read Stan Rachesky’s letter. President Obama is not taking guns away from hunters, ranchers, farmers. Why write a lie when the truth is easier to write? Someone like you running your mouth off makes some people believe you.

People thought Bill Clinton was going to do the same thing. You still have your guns, don’t you? Perhaps President Obama does not care for guns, but that does not mean he will come to your house and say, “Give me your guns.”

As far as freedom of speech goes, it would be a good thing to take off the radio some of those radicals, i.e., Rush Limbaugh. Talk about someone spouting lies, he is the worst, yet someone will believe him. Bet you do.

President Obama would not be president if he is not a natural-born citizen. He has already done more to help America than Bush had done in eight years. The only reason Congress gave Bush the OK to go to war was his lie ” “weapons of mass destruction.” Probably Dick Cheney told him, that’s when Cheney was giving him “instructions.” Bush had no idea what to do as president.

Bush is now living high on the taxpayers’ $400,000 for the rest of his life. The Republicans voted that in as soon as Bush was “elected.” So put that in “your pipe and smoke it.”

Mildred Baumli

Carbondale

The Thompson Divide Coalition (TDC) has decided to oppose oil and gas development on more than 220,000 acres southwest of Carbondale. I have several questions regarding the blanket opposition to development that is being espoused by this group.

Does anyone in TDC enjoy the benefits of natural gas, specifically heat and electricity? This is clearly another case of “not in my backyard.” Yes, TDC members want affordable, readily-obtainable energy; however, they want it to be imported from other states, better yet other countries, so they are not temporarily inconvenienced by the sight of a drilling rig.

Would TDC be opposed to wind power being developed on this acreage? Windmills are permanent fixtures, as are solar panels. Both require heavy equipment to construct and maintain the site. Would TDC stand in the way of the Governor’s New Energy Economy, because they believe their piece of the world is unique, and therefore, above contributing to the well-being of their fellow citizens by supplying energy?

TDC argues this area is “too special to be leased and developed for natural gas.” This argument assumes any development would destroy the natural character of the area. This is a false choice. Limited, environmentally sensitive natural gas development can occur while allowing for continued recreation, grazing and other uses. The area will never be an “industrial zone” as suggested by TDC.

It is easy to fight and complain about every development issue that is proposed. It takes real effort and energy to come up with solutions.

Stan Zaremba

DeBeque

Also addressed: Hello Friends of Colorado Animal Rescue

Support your local animal shelter and vote for us at http://www.theanimalrescuesite.com and we could win $20,000 to help so many animals in need.

The Animal Rescue Site is hosting a special challenge for eligible Petfinder.com member shelter and rescue groups. The grand prize is a $20,000 grant, and they will be awarding many other grants to rescue groups with the most votes ” a total of $100,000 in grants for animal welfare organizations.

Think how many animals Colorado Animal Rescue could help for $20,000.

Help us win! All you have to do is visit http://www.theanimalrescuesite.com, find the Shelter Challenge tab and enter Colorado Animal Rescue as your favorite shelter and then vote in The Animal Rescue Site $100,000 Shelter+ Challenge. Both of these actions are absolutely free. You can vote once a day, every day, now through July 26. Every time you vote, or tell a friend to vote, you are making a huge difference for us. Visit http://www.theanimalrescuesite.com.

Colorado Animal Rescue has served Garfield County for nearly nine years, and in that time we have taken on more than 6,300 animals. We specialize in animal sheltering and adoptions; reuniting lost animals with their owners; spay/neuter assistance; micro-chipping; and so much more. For more information about Colorado Animal Rescue and the many animals we have looking for new homes at http://www.coloradoanimalrescue.

org.

Remember to vote for us each and every day. It is quick and simple, and it is one way to help the animals of Garfield County.

Leslie Rockey, executive director

Colorado Animal Rescue


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