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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Stan Zaremba questions the ‘NIMBY’ attitude of the Thompson Divide Coalition and argues that limited, environmentally sensitive gas development can occur while allowing for continued recreation, grazing, and other uses. In reality, the feeding frenzy of oil and gas development we have witnessed over the last few years illustrates the degradation and disregard to the environment that we are currently subjected to.

National forests are based on multiple use. When one use jeopardizes other uses, there is a huge cost. Local towns lose tourism dollars. Bikers cannot enjoy back roads when big trucks are pushing them off the edges. Hikers and fisherman find meadows and streams inundated with noise and dust. Cattle are constantly pushed in varying directions by truck traffic, making it hard to gain weight. As a rancher, the permittees on our range currently share the road with logging trucks. It is an inconvenience to both the cattlemen and the truck drivers when our cows are slogging up a steep hill on a hot summer day and a truck is trying to maneuver through them. Inconvenience becomes impossibility when oil rigs dominate the road. Game is pushed off. Hunting is dependent on undisturbed habitat. The communities of Carbondale and Glenwood Springs are dependent on all these users.

Historically, our horizons were sharp and clear. Today our local air is hazy with pollution. Poisoned wells are reported frequently. Individuals get sick and society pays the bill while the oil companies rake in record profits. Like the banks, the tax payer props up the oil companies at the expense of health and an increase in required social services.



How can it be unpatriotic to desire clean air and water for our community and our country? My solution is to use any resource frugally and to continue developing new resources while demanding that companies keep the air and water clean. I support wind, solar, and conservation.

We all use energy, but it is not possible to develop every ounce of oil and gas and maintain the quality of the landscape that benefits our communities.



Marj Perry

Carbondale

It appears as if Colorado Ethics Watch got it right this time in its complaint against Colorado League of Taxpayers, after its phony trumped up attempt to trash Rep Mike Coffman with an illegitimate complaint for activities while Coffman was Colorado Secretary of State. It is somewhat surprising you would give it page 1 coverage, but maybe that represents the sad state of affairs in print media today, and why readership is on the downhill slope. Overstatements and misrepresentations are typical in politics, unfortunately, although it is speculation that CLT fliers during the 2008 Garfield County commissioner race unhinged the campaigns of the Democratic candidates, one of whom I voted for, to the point of their defeat.

At least GSPI did not go to the extremes of a recent edition of The Denver Post, the wrong Denver paper to survive. Among its Section A stories on 04-28-09 were those with the following headlines: TRANSGENDER WORLD SEES HOPE; IOWA HOSTS SAME-SEX NUPTIALS; and DISCOVERY MAY LEAD TO HIV-RESISTANT CREAM. Now while I acknowledge these subjects are undoubtedly of interest to some, I doubt they are of general interest sufficient to warrant the attention provided by the Post Independent.

Jim Larson

Glenwood Springs


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