Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Back when Exxon pulled out of the shale processing in the Rifle area, we saw a rise in domestic problems, businesses closing (including the Rifle bank) and violence due to the rising frustration and desperation due to income loss.
The present depression is again creating frustration and desperation leading to increasing violence.
This past weekend, both Carbondale and Apple Tree had potentially bad incidents.
As far as Apple Tree is concerned, I must say that the Sheriff’s Department handled it extremely well. The impact to the neighbors was minimal, and it seemed to be an appropriate use of the Bearcat.
In conclusion, I believe people who have opinions should have the guts to sign their name.
Ross L. Talbott, president
Talbott Enterprises Inc.
We Americans should all be thankful that Ross Talbott didn’t take part in writing the Constitution of the United States of America. I find it hard to believe he is allowed to write a column in the Post Independent.
Talbott’s narrow mind and limited views are disgusting. If our forefathers were as radical as Ross our country would be kept in the dark ages by the radical religious leaders. Not different than the radical religious Taliban.
Our forefathers may have been religious but they had enough foresight to separate church and state as stated in the First Amendment “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof”
Talbott’s column should be left to someone that can actually write and keep his opinion to 350 words or less like the rest of us.
During a casual conversation, someone asked me “Why do you support the Dream Act? It doesn’t really affect you!” I was at a complete loss for words, because before living in the Roaring Fork valley I may have believed her. She had a point; I do not qualify for the Dream Act. I am an Anglo woman who was born a U.S. citizen. The answer to her question seemed so obvious to me that I didn’t understand why she couldn’t see it. As a high school teacher, I dedicate my life and countless hours every week to helping all students receive the education they need to reach their full potential and realize their dreams.
The Dream Act is a bill to help young people attend college or serve in the military. In order to qualify for the Dream Act, youth must have immigrated here before the age of 16 and have lived in the U.S. for at least five years before the enactment of the Dream Act. The students that will be helped are not new immigrants. They did not choose to come here, but were brought here by relatives. It is not right to punish them by not having the opportunity to pursue their dreams, because of their parents’ decisions.
The recent vote in the House of Representatives on Dec. 8 was an inspiration for many people. It has sparked discussion of the Dream Act from who had thought they would never see it come to pass. The vote has given hope to people that thought their dreams of attending college were over. I thank the House for giving people an opportunity to hope, and encourage the Senate to follow the same path.
I guess my answer to her question is simple. I support the Dream Act as a way of supporting my students. I believe in them regardless of their documentation status. They are all great young people that have a lot to offer our society. In my opinion, I think that we should allow them to go to college or serve our military and be successful.
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Grace Wesseling is an animal lover, a cheerleader of seven years and another soon-to-be graduate of Bridges High School, class of 2021.