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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

A hit tune applies to those misleading you on illegal alien problems in our country. On May 21, this paper had four letters defending poor “illegal” immigrants.

Wrong, our ancestors did come here legally. If you have children living in the valley, pray none are out of work. Two of our sons deal with it. One in Washington can’t get work for $13 an hour, made $28 here. Makes it hard feeding a family. He’s not sharing a house with six other families, so his costs are normal. Spends his pay here in America, too.

One a contractor in the Denver area, cusses the “uninsured, unlicensed illegals” bidding so low on jobs he cannot compete, he pays scale. They live in separate housing, raising families, paying taxes.

Illegals only taking jobs American’s won’t: bunk. Our sons take any work to feed their children and pay bills. If pay for work won’t do that, then what?

Only taking jobs Anglos won’t: bunk. Like the belief we’re hurting the poor illegals. “What one achieves too easily, one esteems too lightly.” Our programs allow them retirement, simple.

Allowing breaking of immigration laws, a great example to set for “someday citizens,” right? Lessons you taught your young? Laws are for the “whole of society.”

Harsh on illegals: bunk. In Mexico how many signs or government books are printed in English. We’ve pampered illegals for so long, a greater percentage of Americans speak Spanish now, than ever, of necessity. Mexicans coming here don’t feel they need to learn English, as our ancestors did.

You think schools, courts, hospitals aren’t impacted. Visit County Court: Count interpreters “taxpayers” supply daily for illegal aliens. Hospitals, they don’t have to pay bills there, either; you do.

Count Spanish speakers grades 1 through 7 in schools we support, more than 68 percent. Try to find whose parents are legal: can’t. Then show me what part of illegal aliens nonfiled taxes ever come back to our county. Could that be why there’s no border protection today? What part of the word “illegal” escapes you?

Randy Smith

Glenwood Springs

The Wilderness Act was to establish a wilderness preservation system for the permanent good of the whole people and other purposes.

I am a firm believer of mulit-use and what it stands for.

The additional proposals for more wilderness will lock up our public land for a limited few.

Soon our public lands will be rather than a “Land of Many” uses one of “No trespassing.”

The roadless and wilderness will place a greater strain on Western economics, limit recreation opportunities and further endanger forest ecosystems threatened by insects and wildfire.

Please, Congressmen, don’t ignore forest management plans and the citizens who love the outdoors.

Concerned citizens should try and attend the upcoming public forums: Tuesday, June 1, from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Boulder Public Library; Thursday, June 3, from 5:30-7 p.m. at Battle Mountain High School in Edwards; Friday, June 4, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the CMC Breckenridge campus.

It’s vital that we all attend; time is running out.

A.C. Robinson

Rifle

I’m writing today to express my support for the Hidden Gems Wilderness proposal.

I have lived, worked and raised a family in Eagle and Garfield counties. The wilderness areas or the White River National Forest have been an important part of our lives and will continue to be.

The Hidden Gems Wilderness proposal has been in the works – and reported on by your paper – for a very long time. Proponents have been taking people on hikes to the areas they want to protect. They have met with many people of diverse interests and who have a stake in how the forest is managed. They’ve listened and made adjustments. The Hidden Gems folks have done their homework and put together a good proposal. They have earned my support, and I think they deserve yours, too.

Colorado is a beautiful place. We’re lucky to live here. We owe it to ourselves and to future generations to keep it that way. Wilderness is one of the most significant legacies we can leave our children. There is too little as it is.

Please take this opportunity and write to Congressman Polis in support of Hidden Gems. His e-mail address is: feedback.polis @mail.house.gov. Attend one of his meetings on Hidden Gems: June 1 in Boulder, June 3 in Edwards or June 4 in Breckenridge. You can get information about the meetings and the Hidden Gems at http://www.whiteriverwild.org.

Ken Neubecker

Carbondale


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