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Kyle Timmer’s letter about Glenn Beck: To call Glenn Beck a racist and then say you watch him all the time is a glaring contradiction in and of itself. While one may disagree with Beck, there is no question of his lack of bigotry. The videos of the rally in D.C. were inspiring and no political agenda or signs were waved – only U.S. flags.

His heart is sincere, he loves the U.S. – as do all good U.S. citizens. But obviously Kyle Timmer is bigoted against Mormons. I mean, it IS obvious isn’t it? He disagrees with Beck so he must be bigoted against the man’s religion. It only stands to reason – Mr. Timmor’s type of reason.

Ed Williams


Having been a Garfield County resident for many years, I follow closely happenings that affect all our citizenry. I have become more concerned with events that have taken place in the Garfield County Sheriff’s Department. It appears that the positions held by staff have become more self serving as opposed to jobs being held to help our people.

There are not enough words to describe my reasoning for why I look forward to seeing Tom Dalessandri as our next sheriff. He is a man of the people; a guy with high family and moral values and great work ethics.

For the last 5 years, Tom has been a volunteer organizer of 2,500 people who assisted in the cleanup of Pearlington following Katrina. We are more than aware of his accomplishments while he held the sheriff’s office.

I’m looking forward to seeing a man of his caliber in the sheriff’s office.


A Concerned Citizen,

Rusty Burtard


I want to thank the hard-working American people for paying $242,000 (plus a few hundred thousand in additional expenses) for my vacation in Spain. My daughter Sasha, several long-time family friends, my personal staff and various guests had a wonderful time. Honestly, you just haven’t lived until you have stayed in a $2,500 per night suite at a 5-Star luxury hotel. We only booked 70 rooms for our friends, staff and family. Thank you also for the use of Air Force 2 and the 70 Secret Service personnel who tagged along to be sure we were safe and cared for at all times with our 13-vehicle convoy.

Air Force 2 only used 47,500 gallons of jet fuel for this trip and carbon emissions were a mere 1,031 tons of CO2. It costs only $11,500 per hour to operate Air Force 2 and each additional plane for the other members of our party group. These are only rough estimates, but they are close (who’s counting?). That’s quite a carbon footprint as my good friend Al Gore would say, so we must ask the American citizens to drive smaller, more fuel efficient cars and drive less too, so we can lessen our combined carbon footprint.

I know times are hard and millions of you are struggling to put food on the table and trying to make ends meet. I do appreciate your sacrifice and do hope you find work soon. I was really exhausted after Barack took our family on a luxury vacation in Maine a few weeks ago. I just had to get away for a few days. Will write more from Martha’s Vineyard where we will spend our sixth vacation this year with more of our family and friends.

With gratitude, M.O.

Bob Anderson

Glenwood Springs

My letter to the editor concerning John Campbell which appeared in all the newspapers on Wednesday morning, Sept. 8, contains an unfortunate mistake in the link to the Caring Bridge website where up-to-date news about John can be found.

Here is the correct link:

James Breasted


Nobody enjoys paying taxes. But seriously, how is Colorado going to pay for schools, roads, parks, police and other essential public services if we adopt the three short-sighted ballot issues put forward by Douglas Bruce and his anti-tax cronies?

Amendment 60 would amend Colorado’s Constitution to require public school districts to slash their property tax levies in half within 10 years, forcing the state’s general fund to step in to offset an estimated $1.5 billion a year in lost revenue.

This amendment also would repeal all prior votes allowing local governments to retain and spend property taxes above the limits set by the 1992 Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights. Moreover, it would require public universities and colleges to pay property taxes and allow out-of-state property owners to vote anywhere they own land, regardless of their actual residence.

Amendment 61 would bar state government from any borrowing. The ability of local governments and school districts to borrow would be severely limited, and loan terms longer than 10 years would be prohibited.

Proposition 101, the last of the Bruce gang’s proposals, would eliminate taxes and fees on vehicle registration and licenses and on an assortment of telecom services, cutting state revenue by almost $750 million a year.

Tax cuts are certainly appealing during tough economic times, but this goes far beyond the realm of good sense and responsible policy. Under the guise of reining in government, these measures fundamentally disrespect local autonomy by preventing citizens across the state from taxing themselves to support a variety of worthy projects and services.

If passed, they will result in devastating cuts to higher education, highways and prisons. They will cripple both state and local governments’ ability to finance large projects, while saddling state leaders with an impossible tangle of conflicting Constitutional requirements.

If you remember just one thing when voting this fall, please remember this: vote No on 60, 61 and 101.

Russ Arensman

Glenwood Springs

In response to the feature article on gas/oil industry critic and activist, my question to Ms. Meixsell is “what was the fuel source for your transportation to Australia?”

Judith Schwartz


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