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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

I want to commend you on your front page coverage of the Glenwood Springs grassroots tax day tea party. One week later and the national attendance numbers are astonishing, 550,000 plus.

I felt very fortunate to be able to attend the protest in Denver on the state Capitol steps along with my husband and 13-year-old son.

Unfortunately, I heard quite a bit of negative coverage from the top national news networks, and I heard something very disheartening today. Actress Jeanine Garofalo called the tea-party protesters racists. That has got to be the farthest thing from the truth.

I would like to explain exactly what these protests meant to the majority of the patriot citizens who attended. We are tired of the reckless spending our government (Democrats and Republicans) have been doing over the years, and we have sat back and watched our representatives spend our hard-earned tax dollars. We are upset with both parties and want our government servants to listen to the public and act accordingly. The government officials work for us, we don’t work for them.

One more thing, you have not heard the last from the national tea parties, we will not be silent any longer.

Jane Till

Carbondale

I have worked in one of Glenwood’s family restaurants for six years, and have noticed a trend growing among our patrons that is completely baffling: breast-feeding in public. Before all proud breast-feeding mothers pass judgment on my previous statement, allow me to clarify. I am not referring to those of you who attempt to keep private the needs of your baby by using a blanket to cover up, or use of any other form of privacy. Rather, I speak of those mothers who blatantly breast-feed. I’d like to describe an experience I survived recently.

While tending bar one afternoon, a family chose to sit at my crowded bar counter. After sitting, the mother lifted up her shirt, and out flopped her boob. She then passed her infant son from right to left breast for 30 minutes. Shocked, my customers and myself were bewildered this mother felt empowered enough to do such a thing, and that the father wasn’t bothered by the teenage boy sitting close by who was more than excited to check out his wife’s boobs. The situation was so uncomfortable two of my regular diners left in a hurry without even finishing their brews.

Looking back, I wonder if I should have said something to this mother, but the point is I shouldn’t have had to. Amazingly, this wasn’t the only similar experience my co-workers and I endured.

I am not aware of this trend being accepted as proper social etiquette in American society. I may not be a mother, but I understand social boundaries. I commend all those parents who value traditional forms of nourishment.

But when was the value of respect for one’s neighbor lost? Many of my co-workers, customers and friends, who, like me, are baffled by this trend, commented on the subject. One, might I add, is happily married, the father of four women and grandfather to two baby girls. I believe he put it best in saying, “Public breast-feeding is acceptable, public exposure is not.”

Rachel Younger

Glenwood Springs

It’s time for someone to extend appropriate apologies ” since no one from the Obama administration perceives the need.

So I will, on behalf of all fellow Americans who are as proud of this country as I am, who love it as much as I do and who resent being demeaned.

Apologies are in order for the un-American manner in which President Barack Hussein Obama is representing this great nation following his election. There is no justification for his continual references to our nation’s failures and shortcomings, negativities he’s expressing both here and abroad.

It’s unprecedented and un-presidential for our president to not be proud of his country, let alone to go on a world tour bowing down to foreign regimes, expressing unwarranted apologies, and especially for making reference to our nation as “arrogant.” To accuse this country of arrogance requires infinite personal arrogance.

What nation has demonstrated more courage, displayed more compassion, defended more allies, rebuilt more war ravaged countries, fed more of the disadvantaged, aided more worldwide disasters, and contributed more to world security than the USA? Mr. President, could we have accomplished all this even without being a Christian nation?

With appropriate consideration, President Obama’s administration also needs some apologies on their behalf: Vice President Biden’s incessant political blunders; Treasury Secretary Geithner, a documented tax cheat; Attorney General Holder’s past role in pardoning Mark Rich; and Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano’s department’s implication that war-hero-veterans be suspected as “right-wing extremists.”

If this kind gesture meets with disapproval from any Obama worshippers or left-wing extremists, I offer no apology to the whining crybabies whom I’ve offended.

God bless America.

Richard Doran

Parachute

I present the ironies of Earth Day. According to an Associated Press story on Monday, Exxon-Mobil announced their new record profit of $45 billion surpassing Wal-Mart as the No. 1 most profitable company in the United States. The same article reported Chevron jumped to No. 3. The only green in our economy shows up in the pockets of the oil barons and Wal-Mart. Shocker. How ironic our nation continues to allow these companies to pillage and plunder our environment and the earth for record profits. Wal-Mart and its suppliers continue to destroy millions of acres of rain forests all over the world so they can fill their stores with cheap products for people to consume (Source-GREEN,INC.). Look for most of these Wal-Mart products in our landfills this week.

How ironic is it citizens of Colorado are trying very hard to be green and be good stewards of this beautiful state, while our state (the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission) and federal government allows coal and gas industries to expand at record levels? Coal cannot be clean, now or ever. The gas companies are currently exempted from the Safe Drinking Water Act (part of the Energy Policy of 2005), so they can use their hazardous chemicals in their fracturing process when drilling for natural gas. How ironic is it that the gas companies continue to inject poisonous chemicals into our land and water supplies on a daily basis in Colorado? Methane gas (extremely toxic), carbon dioxide, and other chemicals continue to be released into the air during gas drilling activities. These industries increase global warming tremendously.

Please contact your local, state, and federal elected officials to stop this environmental holocaust. Help save Mother Earth now and for future generations.

Randy Fricke, interim president

Grand Valley Citizens Alliance

New Castle


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