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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Has anyone had a heart attack from looking at your 2009 notice of property valuation for this year?

Our home, which is a manufactured home, built in the 1960s, has gone up almost $100,000? Might be fine if you are planning on selling, but we aren’t at the present.

The papers have been reporting that people will be rocked by the new valuation; that is an understatement.



If you are on a fixed income, and we are, you are looking at going back to work just to pay taxes. Our tax-and-spend governor has taken off the homestead exemption, so you no longer have that no matter who you are.

If you are on SS, there will be no cost of living adjustment for the next two years, that was on TV this morning. So our tax-and-spend governor is going to balance Colorado’s budget on the backs of senior citizens and vets. Don’t you just love him?



If you have e-mail, write him. He has a website to protest this. If you can write the members of Colorado Congress, do so to protest this action he has taken.

Remember he hired 2,600 new employees over a year ago, and he only cut 429 from his budget. I don’t see him cutting his wages anytime soon.

I would like to know where seniors are supposed to get extra money to pay for their taxes. I was told by Garfield County that you know they are not due until next year? Lot of good that will do. We don’t even know what the mill levy will be, so how much staring do we need to do between now and then? Gas prices are going up again. I don’t think any of this is fair.

I have e-mailed the governor, though he could care less. How long do we have to be taxed to death before we impeach these bums?

Jane Spaulding

Carbondale

It boggles the mind when partisans such as Ryan Legg chose to selectively remember the past. I suppose it is convenient to forget that Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, and Ted Kennedy were warning about a “deadly arsenal of weapons of mass destruction in his (Saddam Hussein’s) hands.” Was the intelligence faulty? It appears so, but that doesn’t make them George Bush’s “imaginary weapons.”

Perhaps Ryan would have a different view if he remembered that in a 2002 budget request, George Bush warned that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were a potential problem, a problem that was upgraded to a “system risk” in 2003. In fall 2003 the Bush administration pushed hard for a federal agency to regulate Fannie and Freddie. John Snow, the treasury secretary testified, “We need a strong world-class regulatory agency to oversee the prudential operations of the GSE’s (Government Sponsored Enterprise), and the safety and the soundness of their activities.” Barney Frank testified that “the more people exaggerate the threat of safety and soundness, the more people conjure up the possibility of serious financial losses to the treasury, which I do not see. I think we see entities that are financially sound fundamentally.” The legislation was blocked.

In 2005 Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan added his warning: “If we fail to strengthen GSE regulation, we increase the possibility of insolvency and crisis.” Charles Schummer defended Fannie and Freddie, and no legislation was passed.

In 2006 John McCain sponsored legislation for regulation saying, “The sheer magnitude of these companies and the role they plan in the housing market, the GES’s need to be reformed without delay.” The Democrats voted along the party line and opposed the bill.

It is tough to believe that opposing government deficits, unaccountable bureaucratic power, and a sense that the government is too willing to prop up those who engaged in corporate malfeasance and mortgage fraud is “misguided idiocy.” Perhaps it is Ryan who should “look it up” …

Joe Blanc

Silt

So now CDOT had to repair Williams Production’s sloppy engineering of a gas pipeline cut under Interstate 70 to the inconvenience and danger of the travelling public.

Now Williams offers to mitigate further sinkholes for the entire length of the pipeline. Where were the federal, state and county engineers and inspectors, not to mention those with Williams?

Techniques for insuring solid and enduring backfill and then testing for integrity are well known. Fatal accidents could have occurred on the highway. “Heads” should roll somewhere.

Larry Soderberg

Parachute


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