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Post IndependentGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Can anybody please enlighten me! I still do not understand the purpose of the “Hidden Gems”. As is, Hidden Gems creates more problems, than solves problems. And then to throw Hay Park in at this late date … Well this whole package reminds me of what is in the little green packages that everyone leaves on the Red Hill/Mushroom Rock Trail. In fact, in honor of this I will now call Mushroom Rock, the “Hidden Gems” trail.I had an epiphany as I was riding the bike path, two riders coming down valley, brazenly rode two abreast past me (should have dropped a shoulder). It seems, in our society the rules are for people who can’t afford the hassle of breaking them.We should be increasing instead of decreasing access. In this day and age there is a better way to protect our public land and the rules that govern it. People love using their cameras, look at you-tube. Here is the solution: Make the laws. Most are in place but increase fines for littering, going off trail, private enterprise neglecting their responsibilities, (my impression is that the whole Hidden Gems package is designed to prevent drilling in areas), and create fines for things like leaving doggy … hidden gems, on the trail. (Why even put it in the bag if you are going to leave it?)Tell people about the laws, make more public awareness of what is wrong and what to look for. Give us access to all drilling roads so that the public can pay attention to what is going on.Enforce the law. Let people reap the benefits of self-policing. Reward people with half of the fine for turning in violators. Take a picture and send it to the proper authorities.I believe that there are enough people in Colorado that care about our lands, who love access to our public lands who would relish in the responsibility of protecting our public lands. Maybe this way we could catch idiots like the ones who dumped their snowblower, tires, 2 couches and dishwasher in the Red Canyon drainage.Brett MorrisonGlenwood Springs

As an avid mountain biker, rock climber, caver, hunter, 4-wheel drive enthusiast, mountain dweller, dog owner and 4th generation Colorado Native, I find the Hidden Gems Proposal totally unacceptable. I live in an area surrounded by wilderness, and spend much of my free time on the trails that wind through it. Horses can cause much more damage than mountain bikes. As an example, if you take a hike up North Lost Trail Creek, the trail has turned to basically a ditch full of manure. Many places in the Hidden Gems proposal include historic roads that provide access to real wilderness opportunities as well as being recreational themselves. Some examples are the Flattops, Huntsman’s Ridge, Schofield Pass, Taylor Pass, Pearl Pass, Basalt Mountain – just to name a few of the more popular ones.Several local community organizations have tried to get a representative from the Wilderness Workshop regarding this outlandish proposal. Yet they have not even received a phone call! Make no mistake, the Hidden Gems proposal is an attack on our freedom and the freedom of future generations!I have included information that the Wilderness Workshop and Hidden Gems people don’t care to provide – the names and phone numbers of your representatives and Senators. Please take the time to call and remind them that they are elected and can be replaced. Voice your opposition to this proposal, or risk being locked out of the places you love!Senator Michael F. Bennet – 202-224-5852; Senator Mark Udall – 202-224-5941; Representative Diana DeGette – 303-225-4431; Representative Doug Lamborn – 303-225-4422; Representative Betsy Markey – 303-225-4676; Representative Ed Perl mutter – 303-225-2645; Representative Jared Polis – 303-225-2161; Representative John Salazar – 303-225-4761; Representative Mike Coffman – 303-225-7882.No to Hidden Gems. We have enough Wilderness!Sincerely,Mike YellicoMarble

Now the Internet companies want us to pay for our bandwidth use. The Internet is no longer a privilege, it’s a necessity. In a society with nearly a generation of personal individual growth on and with the Internet, the fastest access of information in history, would it ever make sense to go in reverse? Limits that cause the individual to pay out of pocket for the broadband they use will, among other things, do the same thing we as a country fought so hard to prevent happening; segregation. That’s right! You see, finally after years and years of watching the rich – the 1 percent – have all the fun, the average person can gain universal understanding. Not only that, but each of us has the opportunity to do it in our individual way at an individual pace. It feels like simple greed and fear is driving these companies to even go down this road. It is what it is, an utter insult to the average man that keeps companies like this in business in the first place. Just try to survive on 1 percent of your current income.They want Skype and other such companies to cease their activity so people will install phone lines in their homes. That simply won’t happen; if they have Skype they have it for a reason. Grandparents like to see their grandchildren; in this day and age the best way to do that on a consistent basis would definitely be a web cam. Pretty good idea to take that option away; the senior citizens are on a fixed income, how do you expect them to pay for such a thing?And then there’s the on-line gamers; they already pay for the access to the Internet and a fee to the game company. How many on-line gamers do you think make up the current American population? I’ll bet it’s more than 1 percent! Maybe there is a solution everyone can live with, but my question is: Why are we going down this path at all?John WeldenParachute

I can not help but respond to the article Wilderness Alliance: Dust on snow coming from Utah. Some things are totally ridiculous. I wondered where the red dust on the snow came from at least some 60 to 65 years ago when I was growing up in this country. I have lived on the Western Slope of Colorado all of my live and have seen much red dust on the snows in the spring of the year when the wind blew, long before there was any such thing as an off-road vehicle or drilling in the area. Elizabeth (Liz) LewisRifle

This letter is written to the Post Independent to publicly recognize the fundamental and unalienable First Amendment rights of Mr. John Evans of Silt, Colorado to petition the government with grievances and file with the Town Clerk a “request for recount” of the recent Silt mayoral election results.On the evening of Feb. 22, 2010, at Silt Town Hall; my wife Karen and I exercised our First Amendment rights to petition the government with grievances. Moments after I finished my petition; Silt Trustee Nicky Leigh stated over the Silt public TV channel that “I have no First Amendment rights”. Silt Trustee Bobby Hays immediately followed Trustee Leigh and stated that I should be “Investigated by law enforcement”. This clear and unequivocal threat to our First Amendment rights was replayed over the Silt public TV channel four times per day for the next two weeks. A viewer to this TV event later described the actions of Silt Trustees Nicky Leigh and Bobby Hays as: “Hugo Chavez tactics.”On July 4, 1776 our Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence and pledged “Their Lives, Their Fortunes and Their Sacred Honor” to give every American the Unalienable Right to speak freely and to petition the government with grievances without the threat of being turned over to law enforcement for an investigation.Their desecration of our Constitution, (on public television), by Trustees Nicky Leigh and Bobby Hays, spoke volumes to the citizens of Silt: Caution: If you disagree with the way your town is being managed and exercise your First Amendment rights and speak your mind at Silt Town Hall, you may end up being investigated by the police.We fully support Mr. Evans in exercising his God-given right to formally “Request a recount”.Carl & Karen McWilliamsSilt

The Welcoming Colorado Initiative wishes to thank our speakers and all those who came to Centennial Park on the overcast evening of Monday, April 5, to hear some moving testimonials to the U.S. immigrant experience. The Glenwood Springs launch was in tandem with pilot community events in Aurora, Boulder/Longmont and Grand Junction.While turnout was modest, 2009 Athena Award recipient Alexandra Yajko and Ramada Inn Manager Chuck Bawden spoke persuasively of the need for immigrant and receiving communities alike to challenge their common myths and stereotypes, share experiences and build mutual trust and understanding. The question & answer session exposed the sharp conflicts and emotions immigration can spark, showcasing a need to elevate the tone with broader, more diverse community participation. In the coming months, the Welcoming Colorado Glenwood Springs Core Team will seek to enlist funds and volunteers to develop creative programs that generate respectful, open dialogue, melt barriers, correct misinformation and forge relationships to help achieve a less fearful, more cohesive and more neighborly Roaring Fork Valley.Kind Regards,Jim CoombsWelcoming Colorado Glenwood Springs

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