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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

We were happy to go to St. Barnabas Episcopal Church on Easter and take part in the service and flowering of the cross afterwards.

However, when it came time for the Easter Egg Hunt, we were extremely disappointed to learn that someone had chosen to sneak onto church grounds during the 10 a.m. service and steal almost all of the eggs that had been so carefully loaded up with goodies and hidden just that morning.

If the thieves in question had only showed up for the service or even just the Hunt, we would have gladly shared our good fortune with them.

We hope those who stole the eggs will somehow learn their lesson.

The Children of St. Barnabas

Don’t stand in the way of gas development

There have been a couple of articles in the paper recently concerning the possible development of gas leases in the Carbondale/Glenwood Springs area.

It sounds like the local “no on everything bunch” has already formed a new group to stop any possible development. The so-called Thompson Divide Coalition said their goal is “to find a way to eliminate the leases.” I’ve got news for the group: Leases are constitutionally protected private contract/property rights. They cannot just be “eliminated.”

Furthermore, leases do not necessarily mean development will occur. If the gas company desires to develop the leases in the future, the project must go through rigorous environmental analysis and public processes before it is approved. Long before a well is drilled, the public will have a chance to voice its opinions and present suggestions to the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service.

We have to be able to access our domestic energy supplies like natural gas to ensure a bright economic future and an energy future free from reliance on foreign sources. The natural gas cannot be moved. It lies under Colorado soil. Using current technologies, we can extract this important resource in an environmentally responsible manner, and that is exactly what we should do.

Norm Chandler

Silt

About one year ago, I adopted a wonderful dog, George, through our incredible Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF). George had a bad sore on his leg I paid no attention to. This wound did not heal even though many rounds of antibiotics were administered and an exploratory surgery was performed, which ARF helped me pay for. I was referred to Dr. Melissa McPherron, who is a veterinary surgeon. Dr. McPherron performed the surgery and discovered the problem, and now George is a happy energetic, loving pet.

There is another extraordinary part of this story. I was concerned as I could not pay for the surgery, yet George would probably have become permanently crippled without it. There is a fund, called the Simba Fund, which was started by Dr. McPherron because she refused to euthanize any animal for financial reasons when it was a fixable problem. This fund helps defray the costs of medical and surgical procedures for rescue animals, and for pets whose owners find themselves in need of financial assistance. The services are provided by loving doctors who agree to provide their services at a discounted price.

These doctors and hospitals still need to be paid, and that’s where you all come in. With your help, the Simba Fund will make sure pets and owners are able to stay together.

There are no words to express my gratitude to the Simba Fund and to ARF. George is such an important part of my life, and would not be here without the assistance of the Simba Fund and ARF. I am asking all of you who love animals to please support both. To make a donation or learn more about the Simba Fund, contact Dr. Melissa McPherron at 379-8743, or to make a donation and learn more about ARF call 963-4562.

Ro Mead

Carbondale

When languages are mixed, and religious foundations are undermined ” as well as values and institutions ” chaos results.

It does not work. E pluribus unum or the “melting pot” concept is valid and should be defended. Immigrants in the past became Americans in spirit and patriotism. We need a home culture to hold us together. It is also a psychological need to have a cultural identity. We must be strong and patriotic or be conquered. This world is not set up for … “Why don’t we all just get along.” There is evil, and we are facing the greatest challenge to save this country ever. So many liberal thinkers just don’t get it. The Islamic Jihad has no conscience about lopping off heads or using nuclear weapons. They are on the march. China and North Korea lie in wait. We do have enemies. Thomas Jefferson said that our worst danger is not from abroad if we are strong; but from decay and destruction within. The leadership in Washington, D.C., seems willing to sacrifice us for their socialist dream of power and total control. The piggies are flocking to the government trough and do not notice the fence under construction.

Carol Abbot

Parachute

Today I had the misfortune of witnessing the abuse of the First Amendment on the lawn of the Garfield County Courthouse. A small group of protesters, all with an obvious surplus of time on their hands and lacking the minimal necessary literary skills to correctly spell the word “socialist,” were dancing about and making a general nuisance of themselves to anyone that cared to listen.

We can safely assume that those involved in the march are the same that averted their eyes when Bush Jr. stole the 2000 election. They have selectively forgotten the war that Bush bamboozled them into with his imaginary weapons of mass destruction. They have omitted from memory the victims of Hurricane Katrina that were given the cold shoulder as their lives washed to sea and the presidency ignored their plights. We do not know where Osama bin Laden is hiding ” why? Because while he was burrowing back into whatever cave he originally crawled out of before 9/11, Bush was trying to settle an irrelevant score with Saddam Hussein. The marchers probably voted for Bush during the second election, having swallowed completely his terrifying claims of further attacks ” they were frightened into re-electing a worst-case scenario that Washington has still not been able to recover from.

These people refuse to admit that conservative reluctance to take appropriate economic action when things began to crumble is the reason our country is now responsible for an unprecedented global recession. If you are reading this and were present at the protest then likely you are unemployed. How else would you have the time to engage in such misguided idiocy? Did you ever once stop to think why you are unemployed? It isn’t just because you’d rather spend your day prancing around with grammatically inept placards. It is due to Republican mismanagement, not because of the current administration.

In closing, I suggest you grab a pen and record the following: S-O-C-I-A-L-I-S-T. Now find a dictionary, what with all the spare time you have, and look it up.

Ryan Legg

Rifle

I have not read “Liberty and Tyranny,” but I can tell you after working for three multinational corporations, a large NYC medical center and as an investigator for the federal government where I inspected more than 400 companies, we need government regulations to assure our food supply and other products are safe.

Many of us have seen our retirement savings cut in half.

Would it not have been nice if regulations existed that would have prevented financial institutions from investing in unsound products or prevented them from being available?

I agree our country is in chaos today as a result of greed, the lack of regulation and enforcement of regulations of our financial institutions. Currently, and for some time now the government has been run by large corporations for the benefit of large corporations.

There are some 30,000 lobbyists in Washington, who, as a result of their campaign contributions, get the ears of our government officials. We need a return of government for the people by the people. We need government to build and maintain roads, enforce laws, protect from fire, help in disasters, educate, help the disabled, etc.

We need to call our representatives and the White House (202) 456-1111 and tell them what we want and support public financing of elections.

Cathleen Krahe

Carbondale


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