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Jack Blankenship, first of all when I said the government should blow up the pipe, pinch the pipe closed, and/or crush it, I was implying that it would be nice if the government did something, anything, showed some sort of leadership. Everything is crumbling and falling to pieces here in America and around the world but all the administration can do is having a meeting, sweep it under the table and pray to god it just goes away. And flying air force one back and forth for some meeting and then leave Americans in the dark is not exactly what I would call leadership. Plus that dispersant is poison and they still are allowing BP to use it, despite the fact it is making people sick. They are demanding on everything except what matters. They demand clement change, and cry about how the earth is dying. I am not an environmentalist by any means but this just hypocrisy. Obama and his stooges are showing no leadership or even that they have a clue as to what they are doing.

Oh and the Vietnam comment was a stab at Obama. Maybe you should stay up to date in your politics. I was implying that the president is a liar, a fake, do you really think I am that bad at math, Obama is too young to have been in Vietnam. Obama is just like democrat Richard Blumenthal. Do you know about Blumenthal’s Vietnam lie? Mr. Blumenthal said he had served in Vietnam and had felt the pain of an unappreciative nation as he returned. Richard Blumenthal the former Democratic attorney general never served in Vietnam.

And on my part sorry for not being more clear.

Jolene Varley


In every life there comes along a person with a very pure soul. To recognize that presence and value the gift that they are is the trick. We have one of those souls among us here in our valley. Her name is Martha Rideout, one of the veterinarians at Alpine Animal Clinic.

For several years my sweet little dog, Tinker, has had some health issues that required frequent and difficult for all “vet” time under Martha’s loving care. Recently it became increasingly clear that Tinker’s life was coming to a close.

The most difficult and complex decision any animal lover/owner ever has to face and accept responsibility for is whether to euthanize and if so, how to know when. To knowingly and intentionally end the life of a living being is a grave decision and devastating to all involved. Any animal lovers facing this need a great deal of love, support and guidance through the experience. Our beloved animals need that, too. Martha and the staff at Alpine Animal Clinic gave that to Tinker and me.

They all took joy in caring for Tinker and just seeing his sparkly personality. The wisdom, support, gentleness, warmth, compassion all entwined with the expert medical skills and intelligence were present for Tinker and me. Extremely sensitive by nature, Martha did her painfully difficult job while helping me “keep it together.”

Her name “Rideout” fits her well. She joined the journey with Tinker and me and is still “riding it out” with me. That clearly personifies her. Three days after Tinker’s death she came to my home bearing flowers and a sympathy card, and most importantly her heart and willingness to share in my grief. She loved “her little guy,” too.

I know she has graced many lives in our valley, both human and animal. Where does all that heart and enduring strength come from? Wherever it comes from, I see it as a pure and loving gift from an incredible and singularly unique woman who just happens to be a vet. How fortunate our valley is to have many fine vets to care for our animals. Martha shines like a brilliant star among them.

There is a lovely poem titled “The Rainbow Bridge.” It is the story of the souls of animals and those that loved them being united by crossing the Rainbow Bridge to frolic together in a beautiful, flower-laden meadow illuminated by a rainbow. Can’t you just picture it? Martha and the many hundreds of animals and humans she has cared for frolicking in that meadow together. Now that would be a sight to behold. Hundreds of puppy kisses are surely coming her way/ It is with great appreciation that I write this letter. Thank you for being there for all of us in our valley. When “they” wrote the book on the perfect profile of a veterinarian, they used Martha Rideout as the model.

From the hearts of Tinker and Jan Semme


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