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I read the letter that Janet Bridges wrote concerning the Rifle animal shelter with interest since I volunteer for the shelter a couple of days each week. I instantly perceived Ms. Bridges personal agenda and a number of misstatements about the operations of the shelter. I am taking it on myself to rebut those misstatements on behalf of the shelter.

The mission of the Rifle animal shelter is to provide temporary housing and find “forever homes” for animals in need of them. Among our clients are cats and dogs that are lost, mistreated or surrendered by the humans who are no longer able to care for them. The shelter tries to screen applicants for human caretakers and adopt animals only to those who will be able to provide a stable, loving and sheltered environment for them. Those humans who routinely “lose” their pets or have animals confiscated are not suitable candidates.

When Ms. Bridges became unable to care for her pet, the appropriate response would have been to make arrangements for the pet with someone, or to surrender the animal in the animal’s best interest. Harassment of the shelter staff is an inappropriate way to circumvent this care.

A stay in a “kennel” situation is stressful for an animal and it may lose weight, shed an abnormal amount of hair and show other symptoms of stress. The shelter staff works hard to see that pets do not have to stay for a long time after the five-day claiming period is over. It is because of the warm-hearted people of Rifle and western Colorado that this is so often achieved and lost pets become loved ones in “forever homes.”

Kathy Orr


Ten things you should know about s.3827 “the DREAM Act”:

1. The DREAM Act is not limited to children, and it will be funded on the backs of hard-working, law-abiding Americans.

2. The DREAM Act provides safe harbor for any alien, including criminals, from being removed or deported if they simply submit an application.

3. Certain criminal aliens will be eligible for amnesty under The DREAM Act.

4. Estimates suggest that at least 2.1 million illegal aliens will be eligible for The DREAM Act amnesty. In reality, we have no idea how many illegal aliens will apply.

5. Illegal aliens will get in-state tuition benefits.

6. The DREAM Act does not require that an illegal alien finish any type of degree (vocational, two-year, or bachelor’s degree) as a condition of amnesty.

7. The DREAM Act does not require that an illegal alien serve in the military as a condition for amnesty, and there is already a legal process in place for illegal aliens to obtain U.S. citizenship through military service.

8. Despite their current illegal status, DREAM Act aliens will be given all the rights that legal immigrants receive, including the legal right to sponsor their parents and extended family members for immigration.

9. Current illegal aliens will get federal student loans, federal work study programs, and other forms of federal financial aid.

10. DHS is prohibited from using the information provided by illegal aliens whose DREAM Act amnesty applications are denied to initiate their removal proceedings or investigate or prosecute fraud in the application process.

Please take the time to read it yourself.

What illegal aliens cost taxpayers now:

• Illegal immigration costs U.S. taxpayers approximately $113 billion a year at the federal, state and local level. The bulk of the costs – some $84.2 billion – are absorbed by state and local governments.

• Education for the children of illegal aliens constitutes the single largest cost to taxpayers, at an annual price tag of nearly $52 billion. Nearly all of those costs are absorbed by state and local governments.

Steven Elmore


This is in rebuttal to Damon Gallegos’ letter in the Post Independent.

I think you are missing the point. I sent a letter to the Post Independent stating that it is not just the DREAM Act allowing students to become automatic citizens, the DREAM Act will allow anyone to become an automatic citizen of the U.S. up to and including the age of 35. That is way past a senior in high school age. This is what I am objecting to.

I also am objecting to the fact that the DREAM Act will also allow that young person to sponsor up to 200 of their relatives not yet here in America. I object to that. I see no problem in allowing any student brought here after birth to become a citizen, but within a reasonable age limit. Up to 21 perhaps. Not sure why one of the DREAM Act is also allowing for that young person to sponsor anyone other than their parents.

Our government at present is allowing criminals to come across the border, and little is being done about it. If you have read any part of this DREAM Act and there are two such-called DREAM Acts. Each one is worded differently, don’t be judging me as saying that I am against this bill in its entirety. It is going to depend on which one Reid and Pelosi bring up. If either of the bill’s wording is changed to reflect just high school age or just having graduated, it would stand a better chance.

Jane Spaulding


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