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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

You have probably heard of the Trilateral Commission, right? They are thought to be behind the idea of a one world government probably overseen by the U.N. But have you heard of the Bilderberg Group?

It is a highly secret group of world business and government leaders who meet every year in secret amid very tight security. The group was formed in the ’50s with the idea of turning the UN into a world government with “nation-states” becoming merely geographic references. The European Union, the American Union, the Asian-Pacific Union to be exact.

But who exactly are their members? At their 58th meeting on June 3-6 in Stiges, Spain, the Irish attorney general was there; Richard Holbrooke, special rep to Afghanistan and Pakistan, was there; Henry Kissinger was there; Bill Gates was there; Dick Perle; the Queen of the Netherlands; the editor of the Economist – just to name a few. You get the picture.



They have been able to maintain secrecy because their membership also includes the owners of most of the mass media outlets around the world. Their meetings have only recently come under scrutiny mainly due to exposure on the Internet.

What I found interesting was their agenda this year. Many issues were to be discussed such as technology, security, EU-U.S. relations, global cooling … wait, did he say global cooling? You betcha. With almost every government in the world (and Hal Sundin) committed to combating so called “global warming” these guys are worried about global cooling.



While the global elite had a nice run of warm weather to bolster their argument, the fact is the climate is cooling and a cooler climate is more problematic. Higher fuel costs, higher food costs, etc. So the elites will reposition themselves so that when the “little people” find out they have been duped, they can say “Who? Us? No way. It was just a theory. In the meantime they will figure out another way of taxing our green and controlling our lives.

As the UK Telegraph put it, we need a “Global Warming” Nuremberg.

Bob Anderson

Glenwood Springs

I want to share publicly my exciting experiences on two new, short hikes I did recently in our valley. I thought I had hiked in most local areas in my more than 30 years of living here, but these two places rank up there as “hidden gems” that can only be done safely on foot, in my opinion. The first gem involved snaking up the dramatic, sandstone Seven Castles canyon in the Basalt Mountain Proposed Wilderness Area with Collin, our Wilderness Workshop Guide.

Aron Ralston has described this area as “the red rocks of Utah in our backyard.” Wow, I did feel like I was in a slot canyon in Utah at one point and upon arriving at the first waterfall, I stared in awe while absorbing its pristine beauty. There are more waterfalls past that point if one wants to climb with ropes that are fixed there thus offering more exploring to the adventurous. I did just that and was duly impressed.

The other gem was in an area only about 30 minutes from Carbondale in the Thompson Creek Proposed Wilderness. I had long heard about this scenic, streamside hike with its unique attractions, but was beyond surprised after seeing the large, impressive rock fins reaching up into the sky – many only about a foot wide. After exploring a short side canyon and climbing around a bit on the fins, I felt like the experience I was having was akin to being in a national park with nobody else around.

My point of writing about this is to lend my support for permanently protecting these two relatively small areas in the Roaring Fork Valley, which offer unique hiking experiences such as one finds in the national monuments and parks in Utah and other already protected places in the West.

I invite the hiking public to explore these two areas and hopefully they, like me, will be contacting Rep. John Salazar soon about including them in a wilderness proposal similar to the one just released by Rep. Jared Polis for Eagle/Summit counties.

Katey Buster

Aspen

Did Tresi Houpt write the words on the county’s website that taxpayers can expect to be “left holding a big tab for previously approved bond-issue projects?” After all, she has worked hard to create the conditions that have crippled the $3.2 billion natural gas industry in the Piceance, according to Colorado School of Mines.

She has chosen to ignore the huge benefits to our country and especially to our county from affordable, domestic natural gas. She has chosen to contribute to the loss of jobs (where the same study shows that each oil and gas job generates nearly two others).

So now we have the prospects of higher taxes from the federal government and higher taxes locally. Why would anyone want to grow his business in this environment?

If this is her way of meeting the demands of her supporters along the Highway 82 corridor to allow them to freeze the present at the expense of our future, well, job well done.

Maybe this is her way of making sure she can justify asking for higher amounts of grant money? We are going to need it.

Norman Chandler

Silt

Though many people understand the detrimental effect amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101 will have on their lives, many are angry at having to pay such high license fees for the old heap that rarely leaves the driveway. It is not obvious why the $35 per license fees were initiated so I would like to tell the story of the FASTER Bill put through the Colorado Congress in 2009.

The Federal Highway Trust Fund was established in 1956 to build and maintain the U.S. interstate highway system. By 2007 CDOT was receiving $500 million for maintenance and safety programs from the HTF, but then in 2008 the fund became insolvent due to changes made in 2004 in how the fund could be invested and spent.

CDOT found itself going from week to week, getting capital infusions from the State General Fund to just keep basic services afloat. In 2009, the ARRA Stimulus money became available and CDOT embraced it fully, using it to do any projects that were shovel ready and in the pipeline. But still CDOT needed to find an annual funding source that could replace the $500 million and requested the FASTER legislation from the Colorado Congress. FASTER was projected to supply $225 million yearly. The license fee passed and now affords CDOT $165 million a year for their safety projects. If Proposition 101 takes this away, it will further deteriorate CDOT’s ability to maintain its already dismal schedule of safety upgrades for bridges around the state.

As for Amendment 61, most people understand that the public bonds held by towns and municipal districts will all need to be collapsed from their current 25-30 amortization to 10 years. But few understand that this will include the full 30-year interest accumulation so that a $2 million, 25-year bond with a debt service of $127,000 a year will then be liable for $390,000 a year. This will bring many municipalities, fire, school and library districts, already on tight budgets from the weak economy to a critical juncture.

John Hoffmann

Carbondale

Last week Congressman John Salazar met with members of the Thompson Divide Coalition to receive an update on activities of the coalition and to accept a proposal for the Thompson Divide Withdrawal and Protection Act of 2010.

Rep. John Salazar and his staff have worked closely with the directors of the coalition for the past two years, and the congressman’s commitment to public service led him to respond positively to the request of the TDC board of directors, those who have signed the petitions, the organizations, and the jurisdictions which have supported the proposal.

Rep. John Salazar has set a plan in motion to address the important next steps in the process of obtaining this important legislation. The goal is to retire oil and gas leases for exploration and development on federal lands in the Thompson Divide Area in a fair manner while protecting the existing uses, including agricultural leases, identified recreational uses, natural values, water and air quality, wildlife habitat and needs, scenic beauty and solitude.

The work of the coalition is, in many ways, just beginning. Much work lies ahead. Your continued interest, commitment and support are needed. We must remain Unified for Thompson Divide. My heartfelt thanks to all who helped to make this happen.

Dorothea Farris

board of directors

vice chair, Thompson Divide Coalition

Though I’m not typically a very political person, I feel compelled to voice my opinion on this upcoming race for Garfield County Sheriff. I’m concerned that many locals are not getting the true story in relation to the upcoming election. Sheriff Vallario has taken the initiative to overcome popular political agendas, choosing instead to take on the task of building a professional team to police and protect Garfield County.

Supporters of his opponent say that the AHR team isn’t necessary in Garco. Wow, are they missing the mark there. Being a business person in Garfield County, I’ve seen the sense of urgency and professionalism with which Vallario’s staff responds to the needs of citizens.

Living on the I-70 corridor, we are subject to dangers that very few of us ever think about, only a few of which include transportation of illicit materials, hazardous materials, escapees from justice, and a major route for terrorist activities. I get a very real sense of comfort in knowing that we have a sheriff’s department that can defend my family better that I can do it myself.

We need the vision, professionalism, and business sense that Sheriff Vallario brings to the job. The world is not a safe place to live, but to a large degree, Garfield County is.

Let’s not take a proven professional out of office. Each of us has the responsibility to sort through what’s real as opposed to what the politicals would have us believe. I urge you all to get the facts in regard to what Lou Vallario has done for this county, then vote accordingly.

Scott Collins

Glenwood Springs


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