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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

I am writing this letter to introduce and endorse Dave Munk to Holy Cross members who may not already know him. I have known Dave for more than 20 years and can speak without hesitation regarding his judgment and values.

Dave approaches his work with passion and energy, and his career in energy efficiency has prepared him well for this position with Holy Cross. His work with other utilities in various parts of the country has expanded his knowledge of best practices, which will benefit our communities. Efficiency is a key virtue in business and in energy, and Dave has built his career on this aspect of the energy utility business

I have resided in Glenwood Springs for more than 60 years, and have been active in banking and related businesses for more than 50 years. Since I live within the city limits of Glenwood Springs, I can not be a member of Holy Cross. However, I know the importance of having knowledgeable and capable individuals in decision making roles in energy-providing entities through my association with the Glenwood Springs Electrical Department while mayor of Glenwood Springs.

Although I cannot vote in this election, I know that Dave Munk will be a tremendously valuable asset to the Holy Cross board of directors, and the region overall.

I also know that Dave is a solid family man as he is my son in law. I am very proud of his accomplishments in the energy field.

Donald L. Vanderhoof

Glenwood Springs

You walk into a room and flip the light switch so that you can sit back and read the ballot for the upcoming board of directors election that just showed up in the mail. Do you know where those electrons are coming from? If you get your electricity from Holy Cross Energy, your electrons are coming from a combination of renewable and nonrenewable energy sources. I am a customer and member of Holy Cross Energy. I feel lucky to be a member of an organization that has taken a lead in a long-term commitment to renewable sources for electricity generation and would like to see them continue and expand this commitment.

Please vote for Dave Munk for the board position for the Southern District. Dave will provide the leadership and insight needed to help Holy Cross continue and strengthen its stand for utilizing renewable energy sources to generate electricity. To learn more about Dave and his background in renewable energy and electricity generation check out his website,

There is also a question on the ballot regarding changes in how directors are elected. Please vote no on this question so that all members can continue to elect the board.

Thanks for taking the time to participate in your electric co-op.

Susy Ellison


I feel it necessary to respond to Ms. Reinisch’s response to my last letter.

She makes it sound like I am against having a cancer center at the hospital; that is not what I am saying. I think Valley View Hospital is a wonderful facility, and I welcome a new cancer center.

My issue is not with what is in the 91-foot-tall building, but the building it self. I feel it is wrong to give special treatment to a business solely because of what business they provide for the community. If you do give out special treatment, then you have to give it to everyone under the same circumstances. A company comes to town and wants to build a 100-foot-tall nursing home, you have to be sympathetic to the elderly people and say yes. You start a precedent that as long as your project is in the medical field, you will be allowed not to follow local codes.

I also have been informed that due to the existing footprint of the hospital, up is the only way they can go. I would have to say that the people that designed the new hospital should of planned better for the future and their cancer center, rather than assuming that they would get a variance.

As a lot of you know from having visited or been admitted to VVH it is like walking into a 4-star hotel – it is very beautiful. But who do you think is paying for all this extravagance? Well, take a look at your hospital bill. Do we need our hospital to be this extravagant? Or would you rather have a less extravagant building and a lower bill when you check out?

It is unfortunate that the planners of the hospital did not plan better to make more efficient use of the building site they have. So now they want the community to change their rules for their short sightedness. Rules should be for all, even businesses that save lives.

John Korrie

Glenwood Springs

Bob Anderson’s letter “Earth is gonna be just fine” quoted Harvard professor Ross on the subject of global warming, saying “freeze or fry, the problem is always industrial capitalism, and the solution is always international socialism.” Ross might have said that to encourage Obama in his accelerated rush into socialism. One hopes that Ross knows that socialism is civilization destructive and the solution, as always, should be industrial capitalism as practiced in America guided by our declaration of independence and controlled by our Constitution, as Abraham Lincoln would have expected.

Sundin’s May 7 “Which Tea Party” attempts to make the current Tea Party’s battle cry “Less government, lower taxes” appear unrealistic by listing the largest federal expenditures totaling 85 percent including defense down to interest on national debt. The remaining 15 percent of all government functions include education, veteran’s benefits, science and technology, transportation, natural resources and environment, justice and general government.

Education should be the function of states, local school boards and industry, science and technology must remain with private industry, states and the feds recognizing that the feds are inferior to industry or states otherwise the fate of the late U.S. Bureau of Mines awaits them, and the excellent U.S. Geological Survey could become the US Ecological Survey. Natural resources alone (agriculture, mining and petroleum industries) can restore America to world leadership if not handicapped by Democrats and their accomplices, the radical environmentalists of the Sierra Club and Hidden Gems ilk, as they have Arizona, Alaska, Colorado and Nevada.

Basic production is so valuable to the nation, so rare and widely spaced, and regulated that it should be encouraged to operate wherever it occurs, and serves national interests.

One has to experience the process of starting a mine after spending hundreds of thousands of dollars in discovery, then follows the environmental impact studies and feasibility studies.

Mining will begin if all is favorable including prices and politics. Up to 1,000 men might be employed at a mine and 3,000 involved in service and supply by community, state and nation.

Such mines can continue for 100 years plus or minus.


Dooley P. Wheeler, Jr.


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