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Natural gas is being promoted by the industry as a transition fuel that is cleaner for the environment than oil or coal. Yet the consumption of natural gas still puts greenhouse hydrocarbons including methane into the air, although a little less so than oil or coal. Natural gas does nothing for our climate change problem. Do not let them fool you on this. Then there is the water pollution problem created by natural gas extraction. It takes enormous quantities of water to extract natural gas. This water gets polluted by the chemicals used in the frac’ing process, and whether it stays underground or is brought to the surface, it creates immense water degradation. There are reports from all over the country now that support this claim. Do we want to sacrifice our water for a short-term fix for our energy problem? The extraction of natural gas pollutes large amounts of water. The use of natural gas pollutes our air. The question is do we want to use another polluting fossil fuel as a transition fuel? We have the technology to do nonpolluting fuels such as solar. The best transition fuel is nonpolluting renewable energy. So why are we being encouraged to consume yet another polluting fossil energy? The gas industry is pouring money into lobbying our government at every level throughout the country. Is this just another case of an industry seeking profits while ignoring the public welfare? Robert WarehimeBattlement Mesa

Like you, I fell in love with this valley the day I arrived; most do. The beauty that surrounds us, the environment in which we live, is so rare in this world. I figure just by living here I have a responsibility to keep it that way. That’s why I asked to be on Garfield County P&Z. Right now, we as a community, you as a resident, can decide what Garfield County will look and feel like in 20 years. What kind of place will it be for our kids? What will they see? The document under construction is called the Comprehensive Plan for 2030. It’s asking for your opinion on growth, business, oil and gas, open space, industry, recreation and our environment. What do we value? What needs to change? Where will we grow?This plan drives the ship, eventually resulting in legal changes to our county rules and regulations. What we’re hearing now is that you want a change in course. You value open space and prefer development close to existing towns and infrastructure. Makes sense to me. One problem is, our current Comprehensive Plan doesn’t reflect this opinion.Winston Associates is doing the survey. So far, they say: “This represents a significant change in policies and procedures in how the county manages land use. If this is truly the will of Garfield County residents (city dwellers are also county residents), it will take strong community support to accomplish.”I would ask that you let us hear from you. The easiest way is to take the online survey at garfieldcomprehensiveplan2030. com. Next, come to the meetings, April 5, 6 and 7. There’s one near you, and they are well run. Write a letter, tell a friend, call somebody.Michael SullivanSpring Valley

Isn’t it refreshing to be facing an election that is devoid of party politics? The mayoral election in Carbondale is just that. Whether Stacey Patch Bernot or Ed Cortez is a Republican, Democrat or independent does not matter. The candidates can be judged on the qualities of leadership, character, thoroughness, fairness and experience. Both candidates share the experience of being town trustees. Acting as mayor-pro tem, Stacey has shown her leadership ability in conducting fair, businesslike meetings. Her depth of knowledge on all issues is impressive. Her love and concern for Carbondale and its future is obvious. Stacey Patch Bernot deserves your vote.Nancy KynerCarbondaleTown of Silt doesn’t need to be savedI am always amazed at the tactics of emotionally controlled people. They have some of the greatest stories that exist in this world. However, because their stories are based on their emotions, the facts become so distorted that reality does not exist.A good example of this is the children’s story of “Chicken Little.” The little chicken was under an oak tree and an acorn fell and hit him on the head. Being the youngster that he was, he ran around claiming that the sky is falling.This is a good comparison to a group of people (four) that are going to save the town of Silt. The “SOS” group claims that they can save the town from its problems. These same emotionally bound people have business practices that are condemned by state and federal governments.If you believe that the town needs to be saved, you should vote for “SOS.” But if you wish to see the town continue to progress as it has these last several years, you should vote for those with “Sensible Solutions for Silt.”Upon reading the article by two different previous mayors of the town, people need to understand that our form of government has changed from a statutory status to a home rule town several years ago. Ex-mayor John Evans understands this change occurred. However, ex-mayor John Steele does not. The change of the judge, chief of police and town treasurer being placed under our town administrator occurred approximately one year go. This was done with the knowledge that most of the towns and cities in the state of Colorado are functioning well in this form of hierarchy. Members of the board of trustees are still involved in the hiring process of these crucial and key personnel.Please remember that the sky is not falling, neither does the town of Silt need to be saved. What the town of Silt needs is for its rational people to cast their votes in this crucial election.Bobby J. Hays, trusteeSiltThe bubble burst, time to work for a normal wageI need a contractor and crew willing to build for about $100 per square foot for a simple 700-square-foot house addition with some inside remodel work for maybe $25 per square foot.Is that crazy? Here is what is crazy:It’s crazy that the county assessor has set my property value and taxes 60 percent higher over the last two cycles (four years).It’s crazy when a while back I took a some floor plans for a house addition to an architect and they said it would cost $250 per square foot to build locally. And crazier yet back then trying to find anyone interested in a small project.What’s really crazy has been the real estate / construction gravy train, pie in the sky bubble that has been going up and up and up.Pop. Bubble burst, hello recession. Now, a lot of people have little or no work at all.Everyone complains about the high cost of health care. Well, I work in health care, have a five-year college degree as hard as any engineer or architect degree, have 30 years experience, and make $30 an hour. Is that crazy? No, it’s normal for the health care field. Normal for workers that people trust with their health and lives.What is crazy is for the construction industry to complain there is no work but not be willing to adjust to the burst bubble and work for a normal wage.Is it crazy for me to want the county assessor to tell me my assessment and taxes are back down 60 percent?Crazy to seek a contractor who will set the market for modest middle class construction at $100 per square foot? (That’s 60 percent less than $250.)Crazy to find engineers, architects, excavators, etc., willing to work for $50 per hour (that’s 60 percent less than $125.)Well, if I’m not crazy and anyone is interested, please contact me at garfi@sopris.net with the subject line “want to work.”Gary PaxCarbondale



I am always amazed at the tactics of emotionally controlled people. They have some of the greatest stories that exist in this world. However, because their stories are based on their emotions, the facts become so distorted that reality does not exist.A good example of this is the children’s story of “Chicken Little.” The little chicken was under an oak tree and an acorn fell and hit him on the head. Being the youngster that he was, he ran around claiming that the sky is falling.This is a good comparison to a group of people (four) that are going to save the town of Silt. The “SOS” group claims that they can save the town from its problems. These same emotionally bound people have business practices that are condemned by state and federal governments.If you believe that the town needs to be saved, you should vote for “SOS.” But if you wish to see the town continue to progress as it has these last several years, you should vote for those with “Sensible Solutions for Silt.”Upon reading the article by two different previous mayors of the town, people need to understand that our form of government has changed from a statutory status to a home rule town several years ago. Ex-mayor John Evans understands this change occurred. However, ex-mayor John Steele does not. The change of the judge, chief of police and town treasurer being placed under our town administrator occurred approximately one year go. This was done with the knowledge that most of the towns and cities in the state of Colorado are functioning well in this form of hierarchy. Members of the board of trustees are still involved in the hiring process of these crucial and key personnel.Please remember that the sky is not falling, neither does the town of Silt need to be saved. What the town of Silt needs is for its rational people to cast their votes in this crucial election.Bobby J. Hays, trusteeSilt

I need a contractor and crew willing to build for about $100 per square foot for a simple 700-square-foot house addition with some inside remodel work for maybe $25 per square foot.Is that crazy? Here is what is crazy:It’s crazy that the county assessor has set my property value and taxes 60 percent higher over the last two cycles (four years).It’s crazy when a while back I took a some floor plans for a house addition to an architect and they said it would cost $250 per square foot to build locally. And crazier yet back then trying to find anyone interested in a small project.What’s really crazy has been the real estate / construction gravy train, pie in the sky bubble that has been going up and up and up.Pop. Bubble burst, hello recession. Now, a lot of people have little or no work at all.Everyone complains about the high cost of health care. Well, I work in health care, have a five-year college degree as hard as any engineer or architect degree, have 30 years experience, and make $30 an hour. Is that crazy? No, it’s normal for the health care field. Normal for workers that people trust with their health and lives.What is crazy is for the construction industry to complain there is no work but not be willing to adjust to the burst bubble and work for a normal wage.Is it crazy for me to want the county assessor to tell me my assessment and taxes are back down 60 percent?Crazy to seek a contractor who will set the market for modest middle class construction at $100 per square foot? (That’s 60 percent less than $250.)Crazy to find engineers, architects, excavators, etc., willing to work for $50 per hour (that’s 60 percent less than $125.)Well, if I’m not crazy and anyone is interested, please contact me at garfi@sopris.net with the subject line “want to work.”Gary PaxCarbondale


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