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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

I applaud Miss Plattner’s well-written letter to the editor for the simple fact that it shows she received a quality education from the Garden School, Crossroads Academy, and other schools she attended previously. Teal is a talented, successful young woman, and we were glad to have worked with her. Unfortunately, the online school of her choice doesn’t immediately recognize this. They seem to need the government to control their admissions requirements. We’ve intentionally chosen not to take this route.

So why would our schools seek to be registered, accredited, or regulated by the state? According to the Gates Foundation only 70 percent of students nationwide are graduating high school. For minority students, it’s 50 percent. (Might as well just flip a coin when a black or Hispanic student starts school.) Again, I ask the question, why would we, a learning community having great success with our model (as Teal’s essay can attest) want to be part of this failing system? Basic logic, something we formally teach, would rule against it.

Hundreds of local families have found the Garden School’s classical Christian program to be a viable option for their children’s education, as well as Crossroads Academy, a high school that is reaching young people that have fallen through the educational cracks. Let me emphasize that graduates of both programs have been accepted into more than 15 nationally recognized colleges and universities in addition to various trade schools and the armed forces. We’re especially proud of four graduates who’ve served our country in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Fun fact: Harvard University isn’t accredited either. Who’s going to do that?

Again, I applaud Teal’s desire to further her education, and I trust she will maneuver this bump in road successfully. I regret the inconvenience. When you chose to step out of the government schools and the government system, it may not always be easy. But you do learn to write well and speak up in a public forum.

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Good luck, Teal. I’d look for a more independent-thinking college to attend, one more like you.

David Miller

guidance counselor, Garden School

director, Crossroads Academy

I read in the May 21 paper that another expansion is going to happen in the Garfield County area, which is fine and dandy, but my question to all involved is: Where will the money be coming from?

As a taxpayer and a resident of the Garfield County area, I know that all costs will trickle down to the taxpayers, and with the recession going on and so many are out of work, how do you think the community is going to be able to pay the rise in taxes? And besides the point, most of the work is farmed out to the Eastern Slope, which in the long run will hurt the area because our committees want to make it cheaper on them but, in the long run, where does the community profit?

Granted we may need to expand our facilities to accommodate the people in the area but how many will be illegal and how many will actually be true residents of the U.S.?

When will our government decide to look at the whole picture and see how this is affecting the people in the area?

Maybe this sounds like I am complaining and maybe I am, but I would like to know the answers to these questions and as a taxpayer I believe I have the right to ask.

Bobi Jo Bergen


To Holy Cross Electric customers:

Your vote determines the values and policies that guide how we use, conserve and obtain the reliable electrical power we enjoy. Utility cooperatives such as Holy Cross Electric are at the nexus between electrical power generation and our productive uses of that power.

Our good common sense teaches us that for electrical service to remain reliable and affordable, our energy uses must evolve with the future we create. Our collective sustainable energy future will be far more efficient than it is today. It will evolve from the digging, drilling, extraction and burning industries that have powered our world economies since the industrial revolution. It will evolve to an abundant and diverse mix of clean, affordable, renewable and conventional energy sources.

Holy Cross members will greatly benefit from Dave Munk’s unique qualifications, experience and leadership skills. He works every day with utilities and energy efficiency programs nationwide. He is well versed in the range of efficiency and sustainable energy programs that utilities all over the country have found to be successful.

Dave has remarkable leadership skills, backed by knowledge and experience. Dave is a team player and strategic thinker. I encourage you to return your ballot to Holy Cross with a vote for Dave Munk. Cast your ballot before the June 4 deadline.

Ken Olson


Letters to the editor in support of Mr. Munk echo a common theme: “He will take a strong leadership position on the Holy Cross Board and has many new ideas that will make the organization much more progressive and forward thinking.” However, these general statements are absent of specific details that one can evaluate.

Holy Cross’ board has strong leadership and pro-active direction. Leadership is not bestowed; it is earned – through collaboration, hard work, longevity and trust. To suggest that one person is going to change the course of Holy Cross overnight is a misguided theory.

Those comments that Holy Cross is “not a progressive company” and is “not looking to the future” are neither fair nor accurate statements.

Holy Cross is actively pursuing renewable energy opportunities including: 1) A 40 kW micro-hydro project in partnership with the town of Basalt; 2) 1.2 MWs of “local” community-owned solar PV in collaboration with the Clean Energy Collective; and 3) Issuance of Request for Proposals for up to one MW of solar PV and up to 10 MWs of nonsolar PV such as biomass or wind.

The buzzword in this election seems to be “green.” Don’t use “green” as the only yardstick by which to measure Holy Cross’ success. Reliability and affordability should also be strongly considered.

The current debate hinges not on Holy Cross being “green,” but if we are as “green” as some people would like. This can only be accomplished by a comprehensive plan executed over a substantial period of time. In 2004, Holy Cross’ strategic vision included the goal of being 20 percent green by 2015; we are well on the way to achieving that goal.

Please consider and evaluate my accomplishments on the board and policies that I have helped implement during my tenure. (My position statement is available by e-mailing me at

Bob Starodoj


Valley View Hospital is on steroids. Glenwood’s City Council has signed on to the hospital’s plan to rebuild and enlarge. The kind of steroid that makes all this building possible is cash. There is a lot of it flowing into the nation’s hospitals. Aspen Valley Hospital is wanting to do the same. St. Mary’s has just put on a wing.

The U.S. Congress spent about a year fooling around with health care. The health industry prevailed by buying off the Congress with campaign donations supplied by legions of highly paid lobbyists. It will be business as usual. That means health care costs will continue to skyrocket and that means that this country – that already spends twice per patient for worse results than other major countries – will go broke trying to pay the bills.

In addition, the U.S. is going broke because of massive expenses for military (including wars), needing to pay back the Social Security Fund (which has been ripped off for years), social programs to keep citizens alive because of shipping jobs out of the country and consolidating every industry (higher “productivity” means fewer jobs), “corporate welfare,” “peak oil” that is driving up energy costs, and disasters resulting from climate change, among other reasons.

All this means that a few years down the road, hospitals like Valley View will die of an “aneurysm” – a bubble that will burst. The current out-of-control overpricing of services that is making all this construction possible will come to a screeching halt. This will be a “hospital bubble” like the “housing bubble.” It won’t be pretty.

Patrick Hunter


Response to letter from Teal Plattner, May 25.

I was dismayed to read the derogatory letter written by Teal, a graduate of Crossroads Academy, disparaging the Garden School. My two children have been enrolled in the Garden School for eight years and are currently benefitting from a classical, academically superior education that is second to none in this valley. I am personally unconcerned about accreditation as Ivy League schools and universities across the country accept high school diplomas from nonaccredited schools. Indeed, Harvard actively recruits students from nonaccredited schools, especially homeschools.

Accredidation has no meaning as far as the quality of education. One has only to look at the state of government schools in our country to attest to that truth. A school has only to agree to abide by the government-recommended methods, standards, political correctness, testing, regulations, etc., and comply with the requisite paperwork to become accredited.

I’m sorry Teal has to get a GED to attend a nameless online school. Perhaps she may want to, instead, thank Dave and Renee Miller for the substantial sacrifices they have made to give her and the students at Crossroads and the Garden School a stellar education. By the way, CU Boulder, Stamford, Mesa State, Yale and most, if not all, major universities across the country all, wisely, accept nonaccredited high school diplomas.

Jacqui Edelmann

Glenwood Springs

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