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Post IndependentGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

The Garfield County Planning Commission is seeking public input for the Garfield County Comprehensive Plan 2030. Input from the citizenry is integral in decision making regarding the future growth and continued vitality of Garfield County. The next round of public input meetings is being held on the following dates and locations: Feb. 2, Glenwood Springs Community Center and Silt Burning Mountain Fire Station #1, Feb. 3, Rifle Health & Human Services Building and the Carbondale Recreation Center, Feb. 4, Parachute/Battlement Mesa Activity Center and the New Castle Community Center. All meetings will begin at 6 p.m. and run until 8:30 p.m. Your attendance and involvement is critical to this decision-making process and I hope you will be able to attend.Sincerely,Phil VaughanChairmanGarfield County Planning Commission

I want to encourage everyone to support and promote the new Colorado legislation to increase the percent of renewable energy utility companies are required to have. The proposal would move the requirement for 20 to 30 percent. This increase would do a lot for protecting Colorado’s wonderful environment, help protect the health of the residents and stimulate the economy. Renewable energy goes hand in hand with community.Sustainability and community sustainability promotes national security. There are lots of benefits to supporting this proposal. Thanks,Suzanne YoungGlenwood Springs

After reading about Axel Garcia’s prayer for passage of the joke called health care reform, I am elated to see his supplication answered with a resounding “no.”The Massachusetts election of a conservative senator has driven the final nail into the coffin of this pork-laden travesty concocted behind closed doors. Misguided liberal philosophy that embraces socialism while discouraging personal responsibility will be the ruin of our country.It is honorable that Mr. Garcia doesn’t mind “paying for the benefit of others.” But as the theologian Neubuhr said “no one has the right to be unselfish with other people’s interests.”Alex and those of similar generous persuasion can donate to any cause they choose. We have a problem only if I don’t have that same option.May the powers that be, protect us from the naive should who actually believe the election rhetoric of the self-serving sycophants in Washington.Bruno KirchenwitzSilt

I would like to commend the Post Independent for running ads in other languages. The ads are a celebration of the diversity of this area. I am reminded that it took a conglomeration of people from a wide array of language and ethnic backgrounds working together to make America such an amazing nation. Thank you.Julie LanaParachute

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