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On the first anniversary of President Barack Obama, let’s see what happened over the past year.

In terms of the economy, many of us did not like the bank bailouts although they seemed to have started working. This infusion of money coupled with low interest rates has allowed many people to refinance their homes. This has allowed them to save and pay down other bills, or invest or spend thus creating new jobs. Many of the banks have been paying back their loans with interest to the Fed. All of this has slowly built confidence in the economy and stocks have climbed from a low of 6,500 last March to almost 11,000.

In terms of the war, another mess that he inherited from the former president, Obama is keeping his pledge and is slowly ending the war in Iraq. He is also aggressively attacking al-Qaida in Afghanistan and Pakistan as he promised.

As for health care at least Obama is trying to fix this problem. For years it was neglected until it mutated into the mess we have now. Many of us have seen our insurance rates double in just seven years, and they still don’t pay for all that much.

Obama’s approval of “Cap and Trade” has effectively shut down the old polluting power plants and transferred their carbon rights to cleaner plants with less pollution.

Obama has also gotten rid of the ban on stem cell research so that scientists can use them to find cures for many terrible diseases.

There is a lot more work to be done especially in terms of immigration reform. Some people will once again scream and yell, call him names, etc. They are the pathetic ones.

In the end what they forget is that 54 percent of the American people voted for this president, and they voted for change. Change isn’t always easy, but sometimes it is needed.

Good job, Mr. President, keep up the good work and keep your polite composure. You are a great example for our young people.

Thanks for listening.

Joe Mollica

Glenwood Springs

On Thursday, Jan. 7, there was an article about school lunch programs on the front page with some glaring inaccuracies.

Halfway into the article there was a statement, “And, lunches at the district’s three high schools are also now prepared on site, rather than being carted over from one of the local elementary or middle schools as they were before, she said,” as stated by Michelle Hammond, District Food Service director.

Is there another high school in our district that the students of GSHS don’t know about? Because our new high school in Glenwood has a “top of the line, cream of the crop” commercial kitchen, and there is currently absolutely no one making lunches for our students here.

I want to know if Michelle has tried to enter the “lunch room” at GSHS and tried to heat up her lunch during the 40-minute allotted lunch break. Maybe Ms. Hammond needs to bring a Ramen Noodle soup cup for lunch, all she needs is hot water – she will have to go to the bathroom to get water, which of course is barely lukewarm. Then she can wait in line for the use of the single microwave.

Let me reiterate that there is one microwave for 700 students and no other lunch provided.

If each student heats up their lunch for a minute or a minute and a half – you do the math, maybe there is time for 30 students to heat up their lunch.

Let me see – around 700 students in our high school, 670 of them are forced to leave the school campus to find a hot meal.

Yes, of course kids can and do bring sandwiches, but our district facilities should be providing outstanding, kid friendly, nutritional meals at affordable prices.

Yes, some students live close enough to go home, some (juniors and seniors) drive to fast food restaurants, some bombard the local grocery store to eat, and some just choose not to eat at all (as my son tells me there just isn’t enough time to wait in line for the taste of microwave food.)

Recently I called the other two high schools in this district. Both schools (Carbondale with 315 students and Basalt with 450 students) have full hot lunch programs and two microwaves in the cafeteria for the students to use.

Please, Ms. Hammond and the rest of the school district, do the math here.

I see some big discrepancies in services provided in the district. In these financially bad economic times, why are you forcing parents and/or students to spend hard earned money on processed fast food? I feel our high school students need an update to the “lunch program” at GSHS immediately. Minimum requirements should be at least five microwaves and an “instant hot water” faucet. A full lunch program would be better.

It’s a travesty that this school has spent a huge amount of taxpayers’ money on a star quality commercial kitchen that is sitting wasted and our children are forced to scrounge for adequate lunch supplies.

Lynda Brent

Glenwood Springs

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