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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

I am a citizen of Glenwood Springs and am very concerned about the proliferation of MM dispensaries. I want to say to the citizens, families, and long-established business owners of Glenwood Springs that we can do something about this imposition upon our community.

We can call for a ban of these storefront businesses, growers and infused product manufacturers from our communities for these reasons:

Amendment 20 does not sanction the “dispensing” of marijuana as a storefront business or any other way.

House Bill 1284 has provisions for the banning of dispensaries.

For the preservation of the image of Glenwood Springs.

For the preservation of the successful drug-prevention programs that law enforcement, community leaders, employers, families and schools have engaged in.

Glenwood Springs does not need dispensaries when we have neighboring municipalities that may approve them.

It would not be unconstitutional to ban these dispensaries, growers or infused product manufacturers from our communities, because Amendment 20 does not sanction them. Amendment 20 covers “patients and caregivers” only. Amendment 20 states:

“A patient may engage in the medical use of marijuana, with no more marijuana than is medically necessary to address a debilitating medical condition. A patient’s medical use of marijuana, within the following limits, is lawful:

No more than two ounces of a usable form of marijuana; and

No more than six marijuana plants, with three or fewer being mature, flowering plants that are producing a usable form of marijuana”.

This makes the use of marijuana for medical purposes a personal and private issue, not a public one. It becomes a public issue when MM is presented as a storefront business; and when growers and manufacturers of infused products can set up shop in the homes of our neighborhoods. Patients can grow their own plants for personal consumption in any form in their own homes.

The citizens, families and business owners need to take a stand and say enough is enough; contact your local City Council.

Shannon Winkler

Glenwood Springs

I just finished reading “Glenwood Springs Community Housing Guidelines.” It is 35 pages, single-spaced, and has all the elements of a fine bureaucratic document: sections, subsections, paragraphs, numbered lists, bullet lists, tables, deadlines, formulas, etc. My favorite part, though, is this line, “The Administrator shall also eliminate the top two highest and lowest sales when calculating the median sales prices of homes.” Coincidentally, I have a gently used slide rule for sale, which would be perfect for that calculation. Cheap.

Robert Lewis

Glenwood Springs

Government control of the Internet and censorship. Are you ready?

The Supreme Court ruled against the FCC’s attempt to institute the so-called Net Neutrality on April 6. On May 6, the FCC announced they were going to proclaim the Internet a public utility, circumventing the Supreme Court ruling.

In part, public utility means: “Regulation occurs when the government believes that the operator, left to his own devices, would behave in a way that is contrary to the government’s objectives. Some governments use state-provided utility services to pursue political agendas, as a source of cash flow for funding other government activities, or as a means of obtaining hard currency.” Read taxes and government control.

Quoting in part, The Dear Leader’s commencement speech at Hampton University on May 9:

“You’re coming of age in a 24/7 media environment that bombards us with all kinds of content and exposes us to all kinds of arguments, some of which don’t always rank that high on the truth meter. And with iPods and iPads; and Xboxes and PlayStations … information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment, rather than a tool of empowerment, rather than the means of emancipation. So all of this is not only putting pressure on you; it’s putting new pressure on our country and on our democracy.

“Class of 2010, this is a period of breathtaking change, like few others in our history. We can’t stop these changes, but we can channel them, we can shape them, we can adapt to them.”

His statement is not about iPods and Xboxes; they have little or nothing to do with the free flow of information. He is clearly advocating through government regulation the control and censorship of the Internet, and the free exchange of ideas and information, no matter how controversial.

The First Amendment protects Americans’ right to freedom of speech, even in the modern era of electronic media. But there is a clear attempt on the part of the government to control our right to freedom of speech, with their latest moves regarding the Internet.

Do you really trust this government?

Lee Perkins

Glenwood Springs

“With ninja like speed, efficiency and ruthlessness” (as stated in the papers this week) have been the cries of the community. S.O.S. has created a drama of events that has Garfield County responding with a standing ovation of approval. How refreshing it is to see politicians fulfill their promises in lightning speed. Was there an element of crudeness? Ah … perhaps, but there is nothing graceful about cutting wages or not renewing employee’s contracts.

We witnessed four S.O.S. candidates campaign week after week declaring that they were going to bring the budget out of the red and into the black. The citizens of Silt overwhelmingly and in mammoth proportions approved of this plan. This was demonstrated by the record numbers of voters, sending these men to the City Council with a mandate to balance the budget. Unlike the majority of politicians who run on a platform of promises that are never fulfilled, these men wasted no time in stunning Western Colorado skeptics and critics as they applied the healing balm to the wounds and lacerations of a much scared, broken and bruised Silt.

The communities are buzzing, the paper sales have skyrocketed, and the other towns are looking on with envy as Silt leads the parade of recovery during a comatose economy. We the citizens have been transfixed into the acceptance of mediocrity when it comes to politics. How refreshing and invigorating to see the personification of honesty and integrity all rolled up in a package of town trustees.

I hope that other towns and governments can grab onto the inspiration being exhibited by the S.O.S. platform. My hat is off to these outstanding men who do what they say. If this is an indication of what’s to come, then my advice is to strap on your seat belts, sit back and enjoy.

Good luck and God bless.

Sherree Moore

Silt

To all the employees that recently lost their jobs from the town of Silt, I would like to thank you for the service that you have provided. Do not be dismayed or discouraged. The actions taken against you were harsh, especially since the problems were not created by any of you nor were they a reflection of the work that you performed. The problems were created by those that released you from your employment. These emotionally controlled people are the ones that created the budgetary problems in the beginning. You were only a pawn that they used for their own benefit. They can never accept the fact that their decisions years ago created the problem they dealt with recently. This is the normal behavior of the emotionally controlled people. They can never accept the fact that their actions are the source of the problem. You as employees were unable to change the results of their actions.

These types of people (the SOS group) can never change because they consider themselves superior to others. They will always treat people like slaves and consider others to be their property. Their actions toward opposition will always be with hostility. Mayor Moore has always acted as a supremacist and always had problems dealing with other viewpoints than his own. He cannot accept the possibility that there may be a better course of action than that of brutal force. Acting as a bully is Dave Moore’s manner of dealing with the many types of opposition or problems that he has. He boasts of these types of actions in his subtle talks and writings, such as his “thugs from Chicago.” These writings and comment are true reflections of how he thinks and are not innocent fables that he claims that they are.

So my friend do not be disheartened, do not be discouraged, and may the good Lord guide your path along life’s narrow way.

Bobby J. Hays

Silt

In light of recent events in Silt this spring:

Is there anything worse than arrogance masquerading as authority?

Where do the hummingbirds live?

D.J. Gulliford

Silt


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