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Because Tresi Houpt continues to try to discount the job creation generated by entrepreneurs like Tom Jankovsky by equating her work with the county to that of running a business, some distinctions need to be made.

An entrepreneur commits all he or she has to pursue a vision, and after paying the banker, the lawyer, the landlord, the tax collector (i.e. Tresi), the insurance company and the employees, might be lucky to have realized his or her vision by having something left, all despite horrible odds.

This is called capitalism, and, though imperfect, this system has driven the highest standard of living civilization has ever known.

How are social services funded? Roads? Health clinics? Law enforcement? These important social services are not paid by government, the funds for them are merely collected and distributed by government. They are paid by the likes of Tom Jankovsky and everyone else who works in the competitive arena known as “markets.”

Just as she relies on a personal benefactor to run her campaign, so too does she rely on taxpayers, both businesses and households, to run her “business.”

Until Ms. Houpt can claim to have personally assumed any of these risks and burdens, her claims of “running the business” of Garfield County rings hollow.

Really, is there anyone more suited to do more to lift our region from the economic tar pit than the job creator? And who understands better how to do that? The job creator or the regulator reliant on the benefactor and taxpayer? A vote for Tom J. is a vote to rebuild Garfield County.

Thomas Lloyd


I heard through the grapevine this week that a very talented blues guitarist, by the name of Sonny Landreth, was in town over the weekend of Sept. 24-26, and played at the Glenwood Springs Community Center.

I am really curious why this was not more highly promoted. I am always looking at music posters to see who’s playing where and when, and saw nothing of this … didn’t hear anything on the radio, and didn’t see anything in the paper. What the heck?

Sonny has played with a lot of great musicians such as Clapton, John Hiatt, Bonnie Raitt, John Mayall and Mark Knopfler, and this is a short list. He’s an amazing blues legend, from Breaux Bridge, La.

I sure hope there was a great turnout for his show. And I also hope the next time a show happens in Glenwood, like this one, we hear some news about it before it happens, rather than after, because what a shame to keep this a secret.

Laurie Sutliff

New Castle

Childhood obesity has tripled in the last 30 years. Schools should put a limit on selling junk food and sweets.

Childhood obesity is on the rise and needs to stop. This is dangerous because obesity can cause type two diabetes. Obese children can also get sleep apnea, which can keep your child from getting the rest they need.

Junk food and sweets have a lack of nutrition, and can give your child less energy. Kids need lots of energy for playing or just being a kid. Children also need this energy for school to be able to think.

Being obese or eating too much unhealthy food can even cause heath problems in the future. You could get cancer or cardiovascular disease. These are both dangerous and life-threatening.

I think this should be decided at the school level, because they know what is best for their students. Schools can limit the sale of junk food by replacing some of it with healthy foods. That way students can eat healthy foods and still have a little treat every once in a while.

A problem would be that schools might need to sell junk food or sweets for fundraisers. A solution to this problem would be to sell muffins or healthier products.

If you want a healthier future for kids around the U.S, then limit the sale of junk food in schools today.

Luke Patch

sixth-grade student

Glenwood Springs Middle School

I was pleased to read that our Congressman, Rep. John Salazar, has signed on to the Conyers-Grijalva letter. This letter urges other congressmen and congresswomen to take cuts or changes to Social Security “off the table.” Thank you, Mr. Salazar.

Despite the right-wing rhetoric there is no Social Security crisis. It runs a big surplus, and can’t contribute one penny to the deficit. By 2023 Social Security will have a $4.3 trillion surplus. And, it’s legally prohibited from adding to the deficit.

Jan Girardot

Glenwood Springs

My thanks go to John Colson for his very informative article published Sept. 29. He told us about the state of Garfield County’s future tax collection. There are a couple of points I’d like to add or clarify about the complex issues Mr. Colson tackled.

Most of us know that the value of real estate here has dropped 20-40 percent from the peak values in 2008.

However, for taxation, by law, the assessor’s 2010 value stays the same as 2009 for residential and commercial properties, which are re-appraised every odd numbered year. Assessors across the state, for 2009 and 2010, must reflect the level of value as of June 30, 2008. Tax bills for 2009 and 2010 are delivered to us all by the treasurer in January 2010 and January 2011, respectively.

Next year, on May1, the assessor’s office will send a new “Notice of Value,” which will give the value of our property as of the new value date (appraisal date) – June 30, 2010. Most homeowners will see a significant drop in value depending on the neighborhood where the property sits. The new value will be applied for tax years 2011 and 2012.

With new lower values for 2011 and 2012, our tax bills will be reduced, mirroring the reduction in value but not exactly. In most districts, the small portion of our total tax bill expressed in the Bond Issue Mill Levies will have to increase so that the collected amount is still enough to pay the bond payments.

Please come into our office or call 945-9134 if you have any questions or comments. You may also call me directly on my cell at 948-0613.

John Gorman

Garfield County assessor

Last week The Wall Street Journal put a spotlight on the negative effects of the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed new standard for ozone levels.

As WSJ reporter Stephen Power noted, the EPA itself projects that lowering the ozone level from 75 parts per billion (ppb) to 60 “could cost businesses as much as $90 billion annually in 2020.”

Even the EPA – by its own omission – stated there isn’t any defensible science that shows the 60 ppb standard would save the number of lives it claims it would.

$90 billion is a lot of money to spend annually for marginal improvements in air quality. To spend that kind of money for tiny benefits that are highly speculative is positively obscene.

It may be hard for the average person to grasp the impact of a figure that large, especially when it’s described as a cost to business. It’s important to bear in mind that burdens imposed on businesses are also imposed on consumers, employees, and communities, too – in the form of higher prices for products and services, lower wages and reduced job opportunities, and diminished revenues for state and local governments.

At least 13 Colorado counties will be unable to meet this more stringent standard, with the result that the nine counties surrounding the Denver metro area and El Paso, Mesa, Montezuma and La Plata counties are likely to be penalized by restrictions on new facilities and the loss of federal highway dollars. Our gross regional product is likely to decline by more than $4 billion, our personal disposable income by nearly $2 billion, and more than 45,000 Coloradans are likely to lose their jobs.

This is too high a price to pay even when times are good. During a period of economic turmoil, it’s simply indefensible.

Becky Sinclair

Grand Junction

Antero Resources would like to address the article in the Sept. 26 Post Independent regarding concerns about the impact of its natural gas drilling operations on community water sources.

Antero continually monitors the effect of its operations on groundwater resources in the area of its operations and takes active steps to protect those resources. In fact, Antero has adopted voluntary best management practices with respect to the protection of groundwater resources that are not mandated by federal, state or local law. For example, prior to drilling any well, Antero tests all groundwater sources within one half of a mile of the well site. Antero performs the same tests again following hydraulic fracture stimulation operations.

Antero conducted baseline testing for ground water sources in the Silt Mesa area in July 2010 and provided the results of those tests to owners of local water wells in September 2010. The results of the tests conducted by Antero show, among other things, that no volatile organic compounds (including benzene) were present in the groundwater samples.

Protecting groundwater resources has always been a top priority for Antero. Antero continues to cooperate with the community to minimize the impact of its operations and safeguard natural resources.

Jon Black

operations manager, Antero Resources

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