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Let us use our imaginations for a few moments, and think about if the community of Rifle decided as a whole that they needed to kill every last person in Gypsum. And the people of Gypsum started toward Rifle and they all met in Glenwood Springs in full force to settle the matter.

In the process of this battle the entire town is burned, many of the men and women are killed, and many more of the women are raped.

Would any of you ever have expected to be caught up in such an event? I just watched a documentary on HBO called Reporter. This was the best thing I have seen produced by the American media in years. Although it is difficult to watch programs like this, it was not just streams of shots of starving, displaced people.

We all seem to want to escape by viewing programs that will keep us from having to think about reality. I am just as guilty as anyone, though I don’t care much for “reality programs.”

Either way, our media will happily shovel it at us over 100 channels, 24 hours a day. I personally do not care to know about the personal issues of the lives of Tiger Woods or Bill Clinton. They both seemed to do reasonably well at their jobs, though.

I do have a suggestion, though. If you receive service from HBO, or have a friend that does, a potluck is a great idea! Have a handful of friends over and have a nice meal together. A nice full stomach will enhance the experience. Then sit down and watch this program and follow it with a nice group discussion, sort of like after the films we all used to watch in school. Afterwards, perhaps some of us might feel like sending a letter to an elected official or two. Of course, some of us might benefit from pretending that the people in the documentary are all caucasian Americans.

Happy viewing,

Greg Sisk

Glenwood Springs

Bravo to Mayor Christensen and the RFTA board for clarifying the unavailability of the rail corridor for a Highway 82 bypass. Perhaps now the city can stop wasting tax dollars studying this alternative ($300,000 on this latest study alone).

The fact that the corridor is unavailable is just one of several fatal flaws which would preclude a highway ever being built there. The alignment would have to pass an environmental assessment (typically $3 million) and would most surely be rejected due to its impacts on the gold medal trout fishing waterway. Also, federal and state agencies require community consensus on an alignment before they will get behind it. Based on the resolutions passed by our River, and Parks and Recreation commissions, the consensus is to protect our parks and neighborhoods by not paving next to the Roaring Fork.

Building a bypass doesn’t make sense. The most recent traffic data states that almost 3 of every 4 trips is local, not through, town. This means that a bypass would take only 1 of every 4 cars off of Highway 82, leaving most of the traffic still on Grand Avenue. Contrary to popular belief, the majority of our traffic circulates within the city limits and is not legions of worker bees passing through town to the resorts.

Please, Mayor Bruce and City Councilors, finish the job by passing a resolution to take this option off the table for good, so that our tax dollars can be directed towards sensible, practical solutions to manage traffic in and through our town.

Jeanne Golay

Glenwood Springs

Congratulations to Coach Rick Gallegos and his team of Grand Valley wrestlers for their achievements at the State Championships. All five qualifiers deserve special recognition.

David Witt’s terrific season often required wrestling more experienced, seasoned opponents. Qualifying for State his sophomore year provided experience from which he’ll derive future benefit.

Jerrod Busch was the “comeback kid.” After a late start following a football injury, he excelled at Regional and finished sixth at State.

Tyler Miles can take pride in compiling a fantastic high school record. On this trip to State, he emerged with a “bronze” to go with his “gold medal.” Spirit and determination are trademarks of his wrestling career.

Jared Tonder had a great year, going 45-1, concluding with yet another “persistent pin” for the championship. His positive approach of “having fun” especially in tough matches was not only key to his success, but also put smiles on the faces of spectators.

Ryan Gallegos finished his senior year undefeated, 41-0, with a well-earned championship after many meaningful years under “dad’s” coaching. Their close association and mutual respect is apparent. Now they can rejoice in sharing Ryan’s triumph as the culmination of their “fantastic journey.”

Coach Gallegos has made an incredible contribution to wrestling at Grand Valley High School, after starting with a pee wee program in the early 1990s. Rick has not only been an inspiration to the many young men that he has coached, but a positive asset to our community, as well.

While wrestling is considered an “individual” sport, there’s plenty of teamwork behind the scenes, so congratulations are extended to all who participated this year at GVHS.

Thanks, Team Grand Valley, for raising our spirits at a time when our community really needed a lift.

Richard Doran


It has become apparent that the Hidden Gems folks have fallen short of keeping their word again. After repeatedly suggesting they (Sloan Shoemaker and Susie Kincaid) want to engage in dialog with the whole community, they have refused an invitation to present their wilderness proposal to the Garfield County commissioners, planners and residents of our community. This would appear to be the perfect place to openly discuss their proposals.

Does the Wilderness Workshop expect us to sit by why they bypass the Forest Service advice and proven procedure of wilderness designation, plus bypass the studies needed to determine economic and environmental impact? Are we supposed to “look the other way” at the lack of ability to manage our forest? Are we really supposed to sacrifice our community quality of life and economic prosperity for a wilderness proposal that doesn’t even come close to meeting the established wilderness criteria?

While Garfield County has only a small amount of acres in the Hidden Gems proposal, we are surrounded by the acres that are being proposed. I believe we deserve to hear the proposal in its entirety, and I believe we deserve to be heard, as this wilderness designation has the possibility to have a very negative impact on our valley’s economy and on our way of life.

So we ask you again Wilderness Workshop: Please present your wilderness proposal to the Garfield County community.

Nancy Williams

Glenwood Springs

Regarding the blunders of the water well drilling by Garfield County, I offer the following observations.

The remarks by the representative of the Western Slope Gas and Oil Association were very arrogant and insulting to the intelligence of the general public, when he equates the drilling of water wells with the drilling of gas wells. I notice that he did not mention the illegal gas drilling activities of the Williams drilling company in the Battlement Mesa PUD, that were presumably overseen by the state oil and gas regulators that he so much admires, nor did he mention the blunders that were made by the county in favor of Williams in regard to this situation. I would call that “not insignificant.” Apparently he did not notice the media attention that was given to this situation either.

I am curious as to his reaction if the county decides to issue a retroactive Special Use Permit as they did in the Williams case in order to cover their mistakes and continue with the water well drilling.

Since the residents around Silt want the county taxpayers to pay them in perpetuity for the small amounts of water used for monitoring to protect their health, they surely would not object to having the taxpayers pay for the loss of property values of the residents of Battlement Mesa caused by gas drilling in the PUD.

I can hardly wait until McInnis and Penry and their ilk get wind of this and propose to do away with the regulations pertaining to water well drilling as they have gas and oil drilling regulations now that one of their major political campaign contributors has equated both types of drilling to the same level.

Garry Evenson

Battlement Mesa

Drugs of any kind have consequences, and we have to take responsibility for our actions. I believe as parents it’s your job to teach your children the responsibility of handling alcohol. As adults we have more experience in general so we are expected to make good decisions. Not always the case. Depending on your metabolism, you may be more inhibited than you think. The best case scenario, don’t drink and drive.

With marijuana, you smoke not for the taste but for impairment. I do, however, agree with the legalization of marijuana for pain control. The side effects are much less than oxycontin, percocet, morphine, etc.

In fact we are leaving out legalized drugs, which result in addiction and in more cases, death. In hospitals these narcotics are locked up and accounted for every shift and at home these drugs are in your cabinets unaccounted for. These drugs are easy to get and are very addictive. I don’t think we should be promoting drugs of any kind to our youth, but as adults we should be setting the example.

I know that marijuana is naturally grown and can be used for more than just smoking. I know that alcohol is not natural and results in poor judgement and death when not used in moderation. I know that prescription drugs may result in addiction and death and do not “take away” pain, but inhibit our brains to help get through the pain.

I think if we legalize marijuana we could possibly pay our deficit, create jobs and reduce crime. People are going to smoke it whether it’s legal or not. Wouldn’t you rather the money stay in our country?

There is no right or wrong answer and we are so quick to judge others until we are knee deep in it. If you have depression, chronic pain, cancer, aids, or an eating disorder I would recommend eating or smoking marijuana over prescription drugs. If you’re smoking marijuana to get “high” then I recommend getting out and living life to get your high.

Jenell Hilderbrand

Glenwood Springs

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