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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

I am writing, wondering who else thinks a child deserves to be acknowledged and recognized for their accomplishments. I learned today that the children going from kindergarten to first grade at Highland Elementary School in Rifle, will not be graduating this year. This was explained, that for the sake of the students that will not be continuing to first grade, we are not having a graduation! Instead, it will be an end of year celebration. I remember the process being that we graduate kindergarten, fifth or eighth, then high school.

I as a parent, I am astounded that my daughter, who completed and excelled in kinder, will not have this memory of being celebrated for her hard work and dedication. She should have this showing her that her effort is commendable, that giving her all does something.

In Wamsley, last year for preschool at graduation, the teachers presented completion certificates to the students continuing on to kinder and participation awards to the students that would remain in preschool. Everyone was congratulated on their hard work and effort.

Highland Elementary, on the other hand removed graduation, since not all students are to graduate. Mr. Dillon, the principal at Highland, has stated his aim of diversity. Diversity means a state or an instance of difference. However, the different levels of completion are not going to be recognized on May 26.

Food for thought, will we see this in our high schools in our future?

Sallie Moore


America’s current oil spill is a disaster to say the least. Why is the administration not stepping in? It’s time to step in, BP is well … not getting the job done. It is destroying the Gulf and thousands upon thousands of people’s lives, and what about their economy? Most of them probably won’t be able to hold on to their business long enough to get money they deserve from BP. They will most likely have to wait years for some class action law suit settlements.

10 days of spewing gallons of oil in to the Gulf is long enough. The administration should have put their foot down and taken control of the situation. They should have told BP you are losing your oil well, make this oil stop now. They should have made that call and they should still make that call. Crush the pipe, blow it up, pinch the pipe closed, drop a big rock on it, do whatever it takes, stop the leak or at least try to slow the oil leak down.

Evidently Obama is not quite the conservationist he had made himself out to be. I wonder if he was in the Vietnam War, too.

Jolene Varley


Like the vast majority of Coloradans, the Colorado banking industry supports financial reform and is pleased to see certain key reform principles in the recently passed Senate financial regulatory reform bill S.3217. For over a year we’ve encouraged Congress to act on provisions that fill in regulatory gaps, create a systemic risk council, abolish too-big-to-fail protections, and provide an orderly systematic way to get rid of big failing companies will help protect taxpayers and our country’s economy.

However, in addition to the thoughtful provisions, the 1500 plus page Wall Street reform bill contains many politically charged, last minute proposals that have nothing to do with reigning in Wall Street. These proposals, along with the unintended consequences, overshadow the good provisions within the bill and threaten key aspects of our recovering economy. This bill will negatively affect our customers and our ability to strengthen our communities, which is why we take exception.

Legislation that was meant to protect our economy from future bailouts and large unstable companies, in fact put in place numerous hurdles that will undoubtedly make it harder for all our customers – even the most creditworthy – to obtain credit. In some cases it implements a second or third layer of regulation on banks while leaving the unregulated nonbanks, unregulated.

Also, proposals that started with good intentions such as derivative oversight, consumer protection oversight, and safety and soundness requirements took a wrong turn. The Senate was aiming at Wall Street but hit regulated banks on Main Street and the business community. Wall Street was exempted from many consumer oversight protection regulations, while 30 new or increased regulatory burdens were placed directly on Main Street banks. This provides the unregulated markets with additional competitive advantages, driving consumers into those niches and outside the scope of oversight that the Congress was trying to implement.

The bill has numerous good provisions as well as bad ones, but when implementation comes, so will the unintended consequences. Many provisions, we are afraid, will provide no tangible benefit to our country and end up doing more harm than good. We hope this is not the case, but we’re concerned.

Don Childears, Colorado Bankers Association


Remittances are widely recognized as critical to the survival of millions of individual families and the health of many national economies. They estimate 125 million migrant workers worldwide regularly send money to 500 million people in their home countries. Joe, Illegals are not taking jobs no one else wants. The root of that problem is, people are hiring illegals and paying them little to nothing and a legal resident in our community would not be able to live on those wages. The illegals are living together with many people to be able to afford to live here and they are living in unhealthy conditions. There is really no “beef” with people trying to live here to make a better life.

The problem is, our government is giving out money they don’t have. Taxpayers are paying into Medicaid, which illegals are having access to and they are not giving back. Think if we cut down tree after tree and we didn’t plant new tree’s to replace what we took. Well, we would be living in a world without trees at this point, Joe. Remember it’s not personal, it’s business.

We do need remittance and we need a fair playing field before our economy falls through the floor. There is crime, such as starting wildfires, leaving huge amounts of trash, human trafficking, drugs, and gang violence. Please don’t get the wrong idea from me Joe. People from all walks of life have good and bad, but, we need to set some limits to get some sort of control over these issues. God bless you Joe, you have compassion!

Jenell Hilderbrand

Glenwood Springs

Recently I joined the Carbondale Arts Commission, because of my love for the art we have in this town. We are so fortunate to live in a community which recognizes the importance of art in our daily lives and also to live among so many talents artists.

Ten years ago, our Town Trustees had the foresight to establish a Carbondale Public Arts Commission made up of community volunteers to oversee a public arts program which would bring visual arts to Carbondale for the enjoyment of all. To this end the commission started Art aRound Town (ART) which is an annual rotating sculpture program bringing public art to our downtown core for the past 8 years.

However, this very popular and highly appreciated program is in jeopardy as the costs of installing and maintaining the work, soliciting and selecting artists, as well as buying selected works are becoming overwhelming. Therefore the commission has initiated the “Carbondale Cover Up” fundraising drive. Beginning May 28, all of the sculptures will be covered up, preventing the town from enjoying them. With each $500 raised, a sculpture will be uncovered for one year. With a single contribution of $500 or more a plaque will be placed at the sculpture listing the contributor as its “sponsor” for the coming year.

Won’t you please help to continue this popular community based art program by donating $500 or more to uncover our sculptures. Or consider an ongoing pledge to keep the sculptures “Uncovered” for future years. All donations are tax deductible as CPAC is a 170(c)(1) non-profit organization. For more information please call me 618-3333 or mail to CPAC P. O. Box 1501 Carbondale, CO 81623

Stephanie Schilling

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