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I will never know if this letter is printed in your paper, as you have concluded that we are no longer a part of the community of Garfield County. We already are aware that our county commissioners feel that way and visit only at election time. I am 72 years old and will not be reading the paper on the computer. Many others here in Battlement Mesa will not be reading the paper either. I am saddened and disappointed at your action.

For reasons I’m not even sure of, I kept my records of major purchases we have made in Glenwood Spring in the past. We, and others in the community, have added lots of money to the community. To be shunned does not seem fair. Below is a list of a few of the things we purchased in Glenwood Springs.

• Coltons Furniture (now out of business): living room sofa and love seat, bedroom furniture, bar stools.

• Roaring Fork Furniture: dining room set and buffet.

• American Furniture Warehouse: couch and chairs for our family room and bedroom furniture for the two guest rooms.

• Warehouse Furniture and Bedding Co.: computer desk unit and bookcases.

• Budget Blinds: blinds for the living and dining rooms.

• Advanced Overhead Door: repairs our garage door when needed.

We bought a Dodge pickup truck in Glenwood Springs, and our current Subaru.

We shop in Glenwood Springs at both malls. We are often at Petco and Vitamin Cottage, Target, Penny’s and all the other stores. There are many people here that once lived in Glenwood Springs, still have family in Glenwood Springs, and shop there often. We dine out, go to the Hot Springs and stay overnight.

Many of us feel that you have clearly said, “The people in Parachute/Battlement Mesa don’t count.” This at a time when we are concerned about new drilling in the area, drilling around the Rulison Project and many other things affecting Garfield County. I hope you reconsider your decision.


Jane Washburn


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