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Post IndependentGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

On Monday, Aug. 31, your paper printed a political cartoon depicting anti Obama health care people going into a town hall meeting as a lynch mob. I take offense of this and believe you and all associated with this should publicly apologize and retract the cartoon. I also believe that this kind of propaganda does nothing but invoke anger and promote even more distrust on both sides of this issue. This may be intentional with the left wing zealots hoping to discourage anti health care people from attending meetings in fear of mob action. There are no limits when it comes to stopping the anti Obama people from exercising there constitutional rights.One example, which you will never see on national news or left wing papers, happened in Skokie, Illinois. A pro Obama henchman was filmed coaching supporters on how to shut up any close-by opposition. He told them to stand up immediately if they have a person close by opposing their view and drown them out with support health care shouts. No one reported the bus loads of people brought to the Grand Junction Obama meeting from the Denver area. The meeting was filled with Obama supporters allowing very few seats to the opposition. Some people who had tickets where told to go home because there was no more room.There is a growing distrust for this presidency proven by his falling approval ratings. The oath he took to defend the Constitution of the United States of America means nothing. He proved that by his takeover of General Motors and then forcefully inserting his own man to run the company. His health care bill is nothing more than forced participation paid for by businesses and tax payers. With unemployment high and spending down how can we afford this? One way for employers to fight back would be when you have to lay off more people, go to the parking lot and check for Obama bumper stickers. Lay the ones off that voted for him first. Give them the change they voted for.Norm ShrollGlenwood Springs

There are a lot of scare tactics out there about what will happen to seniors on Medicare if President Obama’s healthcare reform bill passes.Reform is designed to help seniors because it will strengthen Medicare. Reform will improve Medicare’s quality of care by cutting down on paperwork, focusing on wellness and prevention, and rewarding doctors for the care they provide instead of how many procedures they do. This all adds up to more choices and better care.It will not cut Medicare benefits. President Obama has clearly said, “nobody is talking about cutting Medicare benefits.” And AARP agrees that reform will simply eliminate billions in giveaways via the Medicare Advantage program that boosts insurance company profits – but don’t help seniors.It will actually save money. Reform will close the loop hole in Medicare Part D that’s costing people so much money for prescription drugs, and eliminate co-pays for preventative care like cancer screenings and immunizations.It will save Medicare in the long run. If we do nothing, costs will keep rising and the Medicare trust fund will be at risk of going broke within a decade. Reform will save Medicare from bankruptcy and ensure seniors get the care they need for years to come.It will help our loved ones. Reform will extend coverage for young people, stop insurance companies from charging women more or cutting care when you need it most. And reform will make it illegal to deny coverage because of a pre-existing condition.I hope these words will encourage seniors in the valley to support President Obama’s healthcare reform.Barbara PalmerGlenwood Springs

Mark Twain once said, “The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” The same can be said of the rumors being spread around town about the demise of the Glenwood Dance Academy. These sort of attempts to influence some of our customers to leave our program and go elsewhere are of course, not illegal. But they certainly do bring into question the ethical standards of the individuals spreading these lies. The Academy has actually expanded our class curriculum this fall. We offer the best ballet, jazz and tap instructors in the area. We offer classes in modern, hip-hop and a new ballet/gym class for students of the Kids-Plex gymnastics center. Coming soon will be classes in belly dancing and Flamenco dance. On Oct. 24, Mr. David Taylor, adjunct professor with the CSU dance department, and Mr. Brian Young, director of jazz dance at Colorado Ballet will teach master classes at our studio. Mr. Taylor and Mr. Young will also be back in June of 2010 for a full week of master classes. As one can see, we have no intention of closing our doors. We have an exceptionally talented staff, most of whom were at one time professional dancers. Our pre-ballet tap & jazz program for 3-to 6-year-olds is without parallel. We hope those who have heard these rumors and did not bother to check the facts are reassured by this letter. We hope those who are spreading these falsehoods will take a good hard look in the mirror and consider the consequences of spreading these lies. Another Mark Twain quote, “Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.” Robert & DeAnna Anderson Glenwood Dance Academy

I was crossing Grand Ave. at 9th Street heading west (on the south side of 9th). A RFTA bus was pulled up at the corner – ready to turn (intersection is clearly marked no turn on red with pedestrians present). This was 5:12 p.m. on Sept. 3.The pedestrian light (my light) was still blinking. It had not even turned steady, when the bus driver turned onto Grand Ave. while I was in the crosswalk. It was a long RFTA bus marked Not In Service.Fortunately I can still jump – because my jumping from the street … almost to the curb… was the only thing that kept me from being hit by the bus. The bus driver was oblivious of the near miss.I called RFTA. RFTA dispatch thinks that it may have been a “maintenance person” “shuffling” a bus up to the Jazz concerts. Does Glenwood Springs have to be the “catch-all” for Aspen’s events and for Aspen’s services?RFTA runs way too many buses through Glenwood. RFTA runs them for all sorts of reasons. There is way too much potential for pedestrian-bus conflicts due to the overwhelming presence of the RFTA deadhead buses & RFTA under-utilized routes.RFTA really needs to get a bus barn in Carbondale or Snowmass & get out of Glenwood Springs. The Glenwood residents want their town back. I want my town back.Chris McGovernGlenwood Springs

I was shocked when I saw Silt’s sculpture on the front page of the paper. I find it disgusting to realize something like this will be displayed at the entrance to such a nice town. I am glad I do not live in Silt. I would be outraged at money having been spent on this.It is ridiculous to compare what is obviously a naked human to a “naked animal”. Animals do not wear clothing to cover up body parts, nor do they concern themselves with other “niceties” when pursuing their sexual drives. That is why they are “animals”, and those humans who don’t observe modesty, respect, decorum, etc. are often referred to as animals. If small children see the sculpture as a naked man, that must be what it appears to be to the innocent. We should be concerned about that. A semblance of clothing would certainly not have hurt the sculpture at all. Mr. Peters exhibits the talent to have added a pair of shorts/britches to the sculpture and avoided all this offense. What have we come to, if we laugh at other’s – especially children’s – offense about something so ongoing and public? Something on which public money was spent? Isn’t it amazing that the liberals can be so hostile to a prayer offered at public gatherings, and scream freedom from religion (when it is “of” not from), but if someone finds this suggestion of nudity offensive, they “have no sense of humor or have too much free time on their hands”? Nudity does not belong in public. I am also disappointed that any Christian could find the controversy amusing when we are mandated to avoid the appearance of evil, and offending others (except for the cause of Christ). Other parts may be interesting and well done, it is just too bad this part was not done as well. I am not referring to the skill involved, but I have yet to see a naked mountain climber. Ugh.Juanita R. Williams Parachute

I love the new art work in Silt. As a resident for three years – thirty-seven in Garfield County – I say let it remain. I think it is a wonderful piece of art, and find nothing offensive about it at all. In fact what I do find offensive in Silt is all the run down buildings and homes that apparently have no one caring for them. Growing up in Glenwood Springs, the gem of the Rockies, makes it hard to find a lot that is pleasing in downtown Silt. Granted people have tried, there are new buildings with no one in them which makes Silt look like a ghost town. I love the flowers, the rock climber, the wonderful flower shop, the beautiful post office with their wonderful employees. I love the little coffee shop with the motorcycle shop next door. There is a cute little salon, and a Kum-n-Go (talk about offensive). The people at Hy-Way Feed are very helpful. I love Minors Claim and the nice liquor store is great, too! But let’s admit it folks, Silt is not all that beautiful when you’re just passing through! OK, so some kids on the bus laughed at a butt, give me a break, they laugh at anything they can remotely call offensive including themselves. I remember the totem pole in Glenwood when it first went up, you want to talk offensive I almost wrecked, then laughed and went about my day. Let’s grow a little bit Silt and express our openness to new things.Lori Anderson ThompsonSilt

Oh, come on people, it is a dang rock and ugly at that. This thing in Silt has no value as art! Butt crack or not, it should be removed! Not because it is a nude but because it is ugly!Susie HarrisNew Castle

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