Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Regarding Ross Talbott’s 12/19 letter:
Ross, the conclusion of your letter has nothing to do with your condemnation of the economic stresses your neighbors are going through. Nor does it have anything to do with the response of the “Bearcat” to your Apple Tree Park. Once again you have demonstrated a sub-standard ability to present a chain of thought from beginning to end.
What, exactly, is your point? That economic downturns have led to an increase in stress levels in the Roaring Fork Valley? That you love the “Bearcat”? That you object to the perceptions some of your fellow citizens have regarding the occasional goings-on in that park you own? Or is it really that you’re irritated because some people give us their opinions using a “handle” or “nickname” when posting comments in these Op-ed pages, thus making it harder for you to identify them? Get over yourself. You don’t get to know everything about everybody all the time. It’s part of that whole “Freedom of Speech” concept. We are who we are, we think what we think, and we get to say so – out loud.
I don’t think you are really interested in hearing honest – even if untraceable – responses to your columns. I simply think you don’t like online comments because you want everyone to use our real names for retribution’s sake.
So here I am, condemning you for lousy writing skills and less-than-stellar contributions to the public dialogue. Dare I hope you will deign to take a remedial-English writing class at CMC? They’re not that expensive, or time-consuming. I triple-dog-dare you to get better at the column-writing (and letter-writing) we get to read so regularly. You opine so much; it’s the least you could do. Look, I’m signing my name, too. Satisfied?
It’s Christmas time in Washington
The presents have been wrapped with care
While Mr. Scrooge and his chums are rejoicing
All the Bob Cratchets should beware
Joy to the World, from Washington
From those with a distorted world view
With so much need for so many
The gifts will benefit but a few
The ghosts of Christmas did not come calling to Washington
Hearts remained cold to Human need
The Story that is told is the Story of old
A story of suffering and Greed
Perhaps in the sky a new star will appear
A new champion of the people will arise
One who will stand against the oppressors
And wipe these tears from our eyes
This is the season of joy, remember?
The Angels sang from above
Cheer and goodwill to all mankind
Peace and Harmony and Love
Gather friends and family near you
Be grateful and thankful and kind
And hold to the thought it’s not the presents you bought
But presence that makes it so fine.
In a PI Voices letter on Dec. 23 Mr. Straight writes that he thinks the Antero statement, “… it is never the job of the regulated to prove that the regulators’ rules are adequate.” Comprehensive reading skills are apparently not one of Mr. Straight’s best talents when he states the regulated are the County citizens.
Mr. Straight, the regulated are the oil companies on national, state and county levels. The statement by Antero means its not their job to prove a negative or judge the regulations controlling their activities. However, companies will dispute unwarranted proposed rules. Think about it, Sir.
The most offensive letter in Voices recently was authored by Mr. Jonathan Angelo. Without giving factual data he accused our Garfield County Commissioners with being … “bought off by the oil companies.” I doubt the county will do it, but Mr. Angelo has slandered elected officials and could be sued. It would probably be like squeezing juice out of a raisin so the end wouldn’t warrant the pursuit.
Fear not, oh ye of little faith! Gas drilling operations are for our benefit. As an alternative we could get a ballot item to approve legalized gambling for the Mesa and Parachute. If passed, we acquire a substitute for current taxable property and production income.
Happy New Year!
Jack E. Blankenship
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