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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

OK, Mr. Phil Amonette, this is in response to your letter of Nov. 21, asking which side of the fence I am on. I support the side of law enforcement and a peaceful community and I hope you do, too. That is the very thing the sheriff and his staff strive to achieve “every day, all day.” I use that expression instead of “24/7” which has become trite. Sayings and mottos such as that and “to serve and protect” or “to protect and serve” (the latter is more common) get so overused they become trite and are no longer effective. That does not change the vow of the people who will be there for you and your Silt community when you have a need or are lost in the hills.

Now watch for the “Zinger”. The reason I didn’t answer the question about which magazines I read is that it wasn’t on my application. That was just my poor attempt at humor because an earlier writer said it was required.

To satisfy your curiosity as to what I read that periodically comes in the mail: The Shriner’s Hospital in Salt Lake City sends me updates because I am a member of the Shrine and a supporter. The University of Colorado sends me reports because for years I have participated in PLCO research as a volunteer. I receive VFW periodicals because in 1944, I enlisted and served in the South Pacific on ships during W.W.II for two years and did almost one year on a DE in Korea, The Colorado State Veterans Hospital in Rifle sends me schedules of the wonderful activities they provide for their residents. Incidentally, the latter organization welcomes volunteers.

Zinger: Oops, maybe I don’t actually get any magazines. Sir, I have no ambiguity about which side I am on!

Jack E. Blankenship

Battlement Mesa

I’m Bob McConnell, and I’m running for Congress against John Salazar. I think it’s time for John Salazar to retire and I want to help him. I am committed to finding practical solutions to real problems through limited government, lower taxes, free market, a strong national defense, protecting individual rights and developing individual responsibilities.

I’m a retired Colonel, Army Ranger, “recovering” lawyer, ski patroller, and mountain guide. I’ve never run for political office before. I’ve led men in battle and on environmental expeditions on Everest. I’m committed to preserving the amazing beauty of the wilderness in the Third District while being practical about creating jobs through energy resources which are so abundant.

I’d like to invite spirited debate on any relevant issue – and can be reached through my website at – and I thank you for your consideration.

Bob McConnell

Steamboat Springs

Sarah Palin went on the factor, to speak through Bill to the US of A.

She hit a grand slam, way out of the park, She surely deserves a big triple AAA.

Governor Palin is a breath of fresh air, a regular gal we can all understand.

Wherever God leads her to serve in our country, she will be a blessing, throughout this great land.

Jim DeBerge


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