Well, Ms. Tibbetts, it was my father who died a good number of years ago, and that left me to carry the family name forward. I’m well over not making it onto the board of trustees in Silt, and after Monday’s meeting even more so. That was ugly. So I spoke for those who voted for me and likely were seeing things as I do or trusted me to the degree they did.Let me say I am grateful for the trust your vote placed in me, and I appreciate what the entire experience gave me.And it must be God who asked me to be the spokesperson for Silt. It was a loud booming voice I heard, and God is the only one using that tone and volume I know of. We all know God forgives everyone. And besides, the paper called me, for the record.I can only speak for myself and those I know who felt crushed by the actions at the last board meeting. I was not surprised in the least, only disappointed the route taken was less than sensible and gave no real solutions. As anyone knows, a wound, especially a deep one, takes longer to heal and usually leaves a scar that you then have to explain the rest of your life. I know I have one. And from my perspective Silt now has a big wound, too, and we can see it.Where exactly are we going as far as a community? I have no idea. Any action no matter what should always take into consideration the ecology of its consequences. For instance if someone says they love something to death, that says a lot. You can’t have both love and death in the same sentence and expect the outcome to be beneficial. Everyone has a different map of the world to guide us through our life. And until you understand what someone else’s map looks like, you can never really understand their actions. May we all can begin to take the time to consider that.Most sincerely, Mark RinehartchairpersonSilt Planning & Zoning CommissionSilt
In celebration of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day let’s look at some of the predictions made 40 years ago. We all need to remember these predictions were made by many of the same people predicting the end of the earth if we do not pass the “Cap and Trade” and stop so-called global warming. We also must remember that “Cap and Trade” is nothing more than a tax to make current and former politicians, especially Al Gore and his cronies, trillions of dollars doing the same thing that the evil Enron was doing when they cost thousands their life savings.”We have about five more years at the outside to do something.” • Kenneth Watt, ecologist”Civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.” • George Wald, Harvard biologist “It is already too late to avoid mass starvation.” • Denis Hayes, chief organizer for Earth Day”Scientists have solid experimental and theoretical evidence to support … the following predictions: In a decade, urban dwellers will have to wear gas masks to survive air pollution … by 1985 air pollution will have reduced the amount of sunlight reaching earth by one half …” • Life Magazine, January 1970″It is already too late to avoid mass starvation.” And my favorite:”The world has been chilling sharply for about 20 years. If present trends continue, the world will be about four degrees colder for the global mean temperature in 1990, but eleven degrees colder in the year 2000. This is about twice what it would take to put us into an ice age.”• Kenneth Watt, ecologistKeep these predictions in mind when you hear the dire predictions made today. The same alarmists have been making the same predictions for 40 years. And they will continue making them forever or until they tax the middle class into poverty.In closing, 40 years later and the economy sucks, thanks BO, and in fact this planet is doing a lot better than the planet on which those green alarmists live.Doug MeyersGlenwood Springs
During the regular town of Silt meeting Monday night (April 26), we witnessed the actions of the newly sworn Save Our Silt group (SOS), in what we consider an obvious “railroad job” that took the high road to insolence. For those citizens who have not seem the proceedings we urge you to please take the opportunity to watch it for yourselves.At this point in time we wish to commend Trustee Nicky Leigh and pastor Jim Legg, who demonstrated courage in the midst of adversity to provide voices of reason to do the right thing and follow a more ethical procedure. Unfortunately, SOS disregarded this counsel and continued with their preset nonpublicized agenda. As for SOS, they can expect to hear our comments during the next available public hearing.Sincerely,Bill and Susan HardingSilt
Rifle citizens have lost another outstanding citizen in the loss of Orval Sowder. It was fitting that he was taken on Eastertime as he was instrumental in getting the first Easter egg hunt started for the children of Rifle at Heinze Park around 1956 and only about 8-10 kids showed up. Can you believe that? He was also the one who got the children to decorate their bikes to have a parade. He was a good businessman, a good family man and good friend. At Fair Day time when you saw Orval coming down the street, you knew the parade was near. A terrific individual. He may be gone but he’s not forgotten.Rose McLearnRifle
Many awards are handed out each year, and I am sure they are richly desired. But I do think we need some new ones. Here are some examples: Color Blind Award – who approved the color scheme for the new Inns at Meadows; Humps not Bumps Award – poor Midland Avenue is still not calm; When in Doubt Hire a Consultant Award – it would be great to know how much has been spent on consultants in Glenwood Springs and Garfield County in the last five years.I could go on and on, but I hope you get the idea, and if not, wake up and look around.R.L. RoseGlenwood Springs
Since Hal Sundin has decided to play scientist, I see nothing wrong if I play scientist as well. Hal is a global warming believer. I am a proud global warming denier. BTW, Hal, you need to update your terminology. The great and all powerful AlGoracle no longer uses global warming, as it clearly did not fit reality. So he shifted to the vague and ambiguous use of climate change. Apparently you did not get that memo from the climate change fan club. I love the fact that the term was changed and the followers never blinked an eye, and, except Hal, immediately shifted to the new wording. This should have given pause to rational thinkers. Wait a minute! If this is all about global warming and all the scientists are in complete unwavering agreement and the science is settled, why the change? Could it be global warming is not really happening and there are scientists that do not subscribe to the belief of it, so there was a need to change the argument? So it was better to change to terminology that is more difficult to argue against? The climate is changing all the time and always has. Sometimes for the better, sometime not. The key issue is if humans are to blame for the so-called climate change of the last roughly 150 years since accurate records have been kept. Now considering that 150 years in the overall scheme of things is not even a nanosecond, this is difficult to believe by us deniers. Silly us. Every atom has a heat/thermal capacity. Oxygen 0.9 Nitrogen 1.0 CO2 0.8. At 387ppm ratio of CO2 to overall composition of air, it is impossible for CO2 to be driving up the temperature of the atmosphere. At the beginning of the Industrial Revolution the CO2 level was 299ppm, so there has only been an increase of 88ppm in that time. 387parts out of 1,000,000 parts is meaningless because it is such a minute fraction of the composition of air. But let’s not argue with Hal, he has it figured out, and I’m just a denier. Lee PerkinsGlenwood Springs
Marion Wells is under attack for doing the right thing for her land, for her neighbors and friends, and for her community. She has been the lone voice telling the story of real, adverse impacts on many in Garfield County. The recent EAB meeting and letter to the commissioners demonstrate just how threatened the industry is. Since when does the truth create toxicity or the factual report of incidents become vicious attacks on industry? Ms. Wells has reported what really happens in Garfield County since before 2007. She has reported incidents for many who are impacted but can’t or won’t put themselves through the intimidating, dismissive and demeaning response of EAB. She is doing the job no one else is doing: publicly reporting the real impacts of oil and gas development on citizens and landowners. That is the stated mission of the EAB, the forum the commissioners established to hear those issues.What is the real travesty is the obvious intent to publicly denounce Ms. Wells, damage her credibility and destroy her reputation. She speaks the truth backed by facts. Her questions aren’t answered. Where is the peer pressure to do the right thing the board has professed? Yet in the recent industry letters to the commissioners and behavior at the EAB, stonewalling and name-calling has replaced real response to real issues. Where is the respectful, productive, proactive communication and accountability of the EAB in that?Sandy SekeresRifle
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