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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Congratulations to the young person (in my view, less than 50 years old) for expressing their interest in politics and taking the time to consider the consequences (see Jan. 5 edition). A couple of clarifications may be of help in forming and enhancing the writer’s views.

The time period in which the founding fathers wrote the Constitution, was during the reign of George III. England remained an absolute monarchy until the middle of the 17th century, when a parliamentary system was established in part as a result of the English Civil War. While the war was primarily a religious war, the outcome reduced the absolute power of the monarchy and established a parliamentary system.

Socialism didn’t come to England until the 19th century but with retention of the previous established parliamentary structure. Up until that time there were a variety of socialist groups in England, including Christian Socialists, Libertarian Socialists, Marxists Socialists, and State Socialists. In addition, in the United States, during much of the 19th century, individual groups existed around socialist ideals, often committed to particular religious teachings and often having end-of-world predictions.



In the United States, public schools are under the control of the local government, state or community, dependent on the individual state. To say that the federal government has no involvement would be erroneous. Federal involvement is through the deliberations and legislation of our elected representatives and senators.

RE: Social Security: When Social Security was established in 1935, the current demographics could not have been predicted. Since the ’60s era and to-date, the U.S. birthrate has declined and, as a result, has produced fewer workers to pay into the system. Therefore the funds to pay into the Social Security Trust Fund, is predicted to fall short of future demands/obligations. It is predicted that in 2020 there will be three current workers supporting each retiree as compared to the five workers at the present. There are a number of solutions being proposed for this “shortfall,” but whatever solutions that will be chosen will be made by the representative members of the U.S. Congress.



Sincerely,

Gary Hershoren

Glenwood Springs

In response to the cover story of Jan. 4 regarding gas drilling on Silt Mesa

It is amazing and discouraging to see the local paper provide such an openly biased platform for “one of the most vocal critics” of gas drilling on Silt Mesa.

While a sick child is a terrible thing to deal with, this article convicts the gas industry without any legitimate medical proof other than what is provided by a Holistic and Alternative Medicine doctor from Grand Junction. Further, unfounded statements concerning the water and air quality appear to be written as facts and not as one person’s biased opinion.

As a Silt Mesa resident with a gas well a few hundred feet from my property line, I, too, am watching. However, I see a different view.

I have witnessed the tanker trucks obeying the rules of the road and in fact, courteously stopping while waiting for bicyclists to ride past. I see well- planned access roads and well pads that have been neatly constructed along with the well water and spring water being willingly tested by a reputable third party company and paid for by drilling company.

Yes, land is disturbed to gain access to this natural resource; however, I appreciate the fact that Antero Resources (among others in the region) are attempting to extract this resource from our area.

Dave Hillbrand

Silt Mesa

I am trying to gather as many French and English books as possible to send to a small school/orphanage in the earthquake ravaged area of Haiti. A friend and colleague, through her work with SunEnergy Power International (SunEPI), helped provide (solar) lights to a this small, under-resourced school after the earthquake. While there she noticed that the entire school of 300+ students (grades 1st to 9th) had very little access to books. We have since established a relationship with the headmaster of the school and better understand their needs (listed below).

My hope is to gather a pallet of books to send from our generous community. The request is unique as it is for French and English “textbooks” that are needed the most. However, they also need English grammar and dictionaries. However, keep in mind that any and all books that are written in French would be appreciated by these children, so please don’t think a donation must be limited to the following. Most of the money we have raised will be used for shipping, so the donation of any book(s) is greatly appreciated. If you are interested in donating, please contact me directly at (970) 618-0690.

I am available to come and pick up any donations and would be happy to provide additional information about the project.

The book list sent by the headmaster includes math from first to ninth grade, science, biology, chemistry, French for reading, history (general), stories, physics, geology, experimental sciences, literature, economics, planets, and pictures for developing sight

Thank you for your support.

Cheers,

Rachel Connor

Glenwood Springs

John Colson’s article, “Decrease in drilling leads to blame game” on Jan. 5, illustrates the continued, unjustified whining by the gas industry concerning the rules put in place by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC). Clearly the industry does not want to have any rules regarding their drilling operations. However, the COGCC rules, were approved unanimously by a balanced commission that included industry reps as well as government, ranchers, engineers, conservationists, wildlife experts, ecologists and public health representatives. These rules were crafted to balance tourism, recreation, quality of life and wildlife protection with energy development. Even the Colorado Oil and Gas Association has made it clear that the industry can live with these rules.

The comments in Colson’s article by industry attorney Scott Balcomb clearly ignore the facts behind the downturn in the gas industry. Economic experts agree that the slowdown was the result of the economic recession, a glut of natural gas and low gas prices (and not the COGCC regulations). Even in spite of the regulations, 2010 turned out to be the third biggest year ever for drilling permits in Colorado. This was even 75 percent more than those issued in Wyoming.

In contrast to Balcomb’s opinion, Garfield County does have the right to assure that our air, land and water is protected. The necessity for this is seen from the recent spills, and contamination of air and ground water from drilling operations in the county. Energy development must proceed in a balanced fashion along with adequate protection of our health, air, water and environment.

Bob Millette

conservation chair, Roaring Fork Sierra Club Group


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