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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

A personal thank you to writers Brown and Abbott; may I call you patriots? I couldn’t agree with your assessment of modern day America more. We’re at a stage I call “Boots on the Ground vs. Boots on the Neck.”

BG’s find a way to survive; they mobilize at a grass roots level, they actively protect their heritage of freedom, they know the difference between group rights and individual rights, that no man or group of men is above the law.

Here’s today’s injustice. We have a president who bypasses Congress in securing his agenda (Want Cap and Trade? Endow the EPA with new powers. Internet regulation? The FCC is the ticket. Need a Debt Commission; try executive order.) Oh, and latent and necessary immigration enforcement: Boots on the Neck comes swiftly to a defenseless state, and an enabling Congress applauds.

We have the same system here in Colorado. Legislators proclaimed voters unnecessary in passing an energy bill in June, then made provisions to set up a shadow government ominously called “The District” that has unbelievable power. (Ya gotta read the bill; I did.)

Here’s where more “BNs” come in: The press gives tacit front page endorsement of our Rep. Kathleen Curry who proudly voted to dismiss voter’s say-so on this bill.

The main sponsor of the bill, Joe (say-it-ain’t-so, Joe!) Miklosi, in an e-mail I sent to him bullet-pointing the series of serfdom-promoting power grabs in the bill, simply told me I was a bully, depriving citizens of their right to spend their “hard-earned money” for green loans.

I simply wanted Joe to read the fine print to Colorado citizens – the “bad news first” -something he simply bypassed as Head BN. (Trust me … it’s bad clear through.)

To all Patriot BGs out there: We do have a chance to get this boot off our neck. Since establishing “The District” requires county commissioner approval (bypassing us once again), you can make sure that Tresi Houpt, Mike Samson and John Martin vote no.

There’s a hill to climb, BGs, but we have the truth on our side. Bully that!

Betty Scranton

Glenwood Springs

In response to the letter submitted by Angela Castle on July 13 regarding dog owners taking responsibility:

If falsely accused, the only response needed is “I did not do it.” We can let all of the false accusations go and focus on the facts. My (registered with the county, vaccinated, micro-chipped, well-cared-for and loved) yellow Lab (River) has not returned home since the night of June 25, 2010. The same night your husband “shot at” a yellow dog. Your husband was charged with animal cruelty for shooting hastily at a dog that, although on your property, was simply too close to your barn. In the Sheriff’s report (which is public record), your husband admitted the dog was not chasing or harming anything, yet when he shot at the dog, it was in fact walking away and posing no threat to your animals.

God knows what really happened, I do not.

I never found the body of my friend and companion for the last six years. I looked for days and have cried until I am sick.

Living on Morrisania Mesa is a blessing in my life because I have always felt safe in where I live. I thought that I had good neighbors, neighbors that were always there in a pinch. The true travesty here is that living in a small community where your neighbor always has had a warm smile followed by a welcoming hello, is different now. It saddens me that we are divided. I can forgive whatever happened to my friend River whether it be a coyote or a bullet, but I will never forget all of the wonderful memories we shared. I miss her dearly.

Holly Binnian


The Garfield County Fair is fast approaching – Aug. 4-6. The Open Class Department would like to encourage all residents of the county to participate in any and all divisions of the fair.

The horticulture classes are for all you gardeners and fruit growers, with special classes for youth such as the vegetable animal class and the fun group classes. The vegetable basket entries can be made from home grown or purchased vegetables and herbs giving everyone the opportunity to show their creativity. Check the Fair Book or the website – – for the rules and regulations, entering days and times.

The Floriculture Division has classes for individual flower entries as well as floral arrangements both for the amateur and the professional. There also are classes for the youth in this division. Again, check the Fair Book or the website.

For the crafters and needlework enthusiasts, there are more than 170 classes covering knitting, crocheting, cross-stitch, embroidery, tatting, quilts, clothing, etc. Crafts include jewelry, silk flower arrangements, holiday items, fly tying, woodwork, stained glass, dolls and many other classes. Youth are judged separately in these categories, and over age 80 has special classes, also.

Fine Arts Department is for all artists young and old and for all those who love photography. This is the only department that features a peoples choice award. Be sure to check the website or Fair Book for special hanging instructions and general rules.

The Food Preservation Department is for all those who love to can, make pickles, jams and jellies. We even have a wine making class and dried products classes. There is a special Canning Display section with cash awards. Once again, see the Fair Book or website for all rules and regulations.

Baked goods – everyone can enter something here. Cookies, quick breads, yeast breads, breads made in a bread machine, cakes, decorated cakes, pies, gingerbread houses, good for your health recipes, candies and check out the Commissioners Cookie Jar Contest and the age-old favorite, Apple Pie Contest.

We hope to see all of you at the fair along with your exhibits in the Open Class Departments. You, the people, make the fair.

Fair Books are available at Garfield County Fairgrounds and Hy-Way Feed in Silt.

For more information call 876-2271.

The Open Class Department

In regard to Mr. Anderson’s letter July 13 letter titled “Obamacare could be nail in coffin of small business”:

With a title like that I expected to read something about small business. Instead Mr. Anderson starts off with a company that employees 10,000 people. Right off I was a little confused but knowing the politics of the issue I fully understood. To cloud the subject is standard political procedure when you wish to confuse someone. Mr. Anderson continues concerning penalties, which I will explain. He explained the company was paying 70 to 90 percent of the premiums. If this then requires the employee to pay 9.5 percent of his household income for his part of the premium, he is either the only one working in his household and on the pay scale of an illegal or the company’s insurance is astronomically expensive.

Actually the scenario for paying a penalty for not providing insurance is: a business with 50 or more full-time employees (excluding seasonal workers, but including part-time employees whose hours have been aggregated into full-time equivalents) must pay a penalty if at least one full-time employee requires a public subsidy for insurance. When an employee must find his own coverage because the company offers none, the penalty is $2,000 for each full-time employee in the company, but with a 30-employee deduction. When the business does offer coverage but an employee turns it down because it is unaffordable (defined by the law as costing more than 9.5 percent of the employee’s household income), the penalty is $3,000 for every employee who buys insurance on the exchange with a subsidy. This penalty is capped at the total penalty the company would pay if it did not offer insurance at all. In these cases it would appear it would be much cheaper to pay the penalty than 70 percent of the insurance premium and allow the employee to get insurance from the exchange, go figure. So it was hard to understand the concern Mr. Anderson was expressing.

The rest of Mr. Anderson’s article was about taxes, fear and a quote from Thomas Jefferson.

Jim Childers

New Castle

Thank for all the hard work you guys put in making the newspapers. It is really nice to know all the things that are going on in town. I like the comics the best because some of them make me smile. Thanks again for all the time you put into the paper.

Tripp Axtell


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