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Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Pry open your eyes and look at our beautiful valley again.

It might as well be a photograph. Every day, the shape of a dingy, hunching coat was composed in the same bland colors, which seem to encourage the hurried shoes of busy people to only see the brick wall behind him. The same corner, different trash and one figure. The man might as well be a blue screen, superimposed with smiling anchors or simpering starlets, charmingly unaware of exactly what backdrop they have at the moment and consciously uninterested in it. If there is no wind today, the crumbling mortar from the wall behind him will gently deposit a fine layer of dust on his sloping shoulder, on the tan canvas of weathered polyester. If there is wind tomorrow, the figure will be smaller and the scattered papers and bags and cans will be tastefully re-arranged or clicking against each other, trapped in the same, gray eddy of holiday air.

Lindsay DeFrates

New Castle

I am an employee at the Glenwood Springs 7-Eleven in West Glenwood, and to my misfortune (on Dec. 9) as I was getting ready to head home noticed that someone had thrown a rock through the back window of my vehicle. All I ask of my fellow community is that whoever did this face the consequences for their actions. This incident happened between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. If any of you have any information on this matter please notify us at 7-Eleven in West Glenwood. All of your help will be greatly appreciated, for people like this shouldn’t be roaming our streets with the idea/plan to do this to our vehicles.


Steven Diaz

New Castle

Since we, as Americans are slowly becoming extinct, I thought we should adopt another rule. Let’s make robbing banks OK.

Even though there is a law against it, robbery is the taking of something that does not belong to you and which you have not earned. Why work for it when you can just take it? If you get caught, you just say “sorry” and then you can be free to try again tomorrow. Just because it is illegal has no meaning any more.

What has happened to America? If you want to be an American and be part of the solution and not part of the problem, then look up to the American flag and put your right hand over your heart and say, “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America.”

A thought from Paul Harvey: “We expect our leaders to be better people than we are … and they should be – or why are we following them?

Ron Myers

Glenwood Springs

For 21 years, my children and I had the great luck and absolute pleasure of being neighbors of Diane and Don DeFord.

It was with sadness that I read of his departure from the county attorney position. My sadness is for the residents of Garfield County.

Don possesses the character qualities of courage, integrity and humility. These qualities are of the highest value for a public official and for a private citizen.

It is unfortunate for the county to lose the expertise and diligence possessed by Don DeFord.

It is also unfortunate that two county commissioners displayed such short-sightedness.

The citizens of Garfield County owe Don DeFord a vote of gratitude and support.

A person of this quality does not appear very often. All have benefitted from his stellar courage, his unrivaled integrity and his genuine humility.

Good luck and thanks to you and your family, Don.


Maureen Fox-Willman

Fort Collins

For the past 11 years, the Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program has been teaching youth radio broadcasting. We partner with our community radio station, KDNK, and have trained more than 700 local youth to be volunteer announcers.

Please make an end of the year contribution. Your donation will help us continue teaching youth radio and providing opportunities for young people to make a positive contribution to our community.

For the past three years, we have been teaching a high school radio broadcasting class to students from Aspen, Basalt, Roaring Fork, Bridges, CRMS, Glenwood and Yampah high schools. Students learn marketable skills in communication, teamwork and technology.

Each month, students broadcast a youth public affairs program. This year, some of the topics covered have been homelessness, education, politics and parenting.

Please listen to our broadcasting projects online at, click on Youth Radio. E-mail me for more information at You can send your tax-deductible gift to the Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program, P.O. Box 1945, Carbondale, CO 81623.

Thank you.


Stacy Stein

AZYEP executive director

While the debate over the gas industry continues to be an important topic in our community, it is clear that a major concern is that of the health implications the frac’ing process may elicit. There have been a number of individuals that believe some of their recent illnesses are due to the water supply being contaminated by frac’ing chemicals. Antero holds that each of their operations is closely monitored and carefully executed to ensure that the frac’ing fluid does not reach water wells. But, as safe and careful as Antero may be, there is always the possibility that something could go wrong and that frac’ing fluid could accidentally be released into the groundwater. This possibility creates even more tension between the community and the gas industry.

However, there is a safe and effective alternative to the potentially harmful frac’ing fluid used by the industry today. Ecosphere Technologies ( has developed a more environmentally friendly frac’ing method that eliminates the need for chemical biocides and scale-inhibitors. The system also features technologies to clean and reuse the water utilized in the process to minimize excess water usage. This would be a great solution to the concerns that harmful chemicals are leaking into the water supply.

If Antero and other companies were able to implement these technologies, I believe that it would be a huge step in the right direction in establishing trust and safety between the local community and the gas industry.

Nicholas Villarreal

New Castle

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