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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

I wanted to reply, albeit belatedly, to Ms. Krista Cox’s letter and her comments/complaints about the poor local dining experiences in her clever letter to the editor (Jan. 10). Like Ms. Cox, I, too, have been somewhat disappointed in certain local eating establishments. I also agree we need a good food critic (I nominate the articulate and witty Ms. Cox).

However, I think coming from Silt, perhaps Ms. Cox is not aware of some of the better choices to eat in Glenwood Springs. For example if she wants a really good burger, choose one made with charcoal or one from my pal Lucy (always juicy); a much better choice than the “chilly” reception she received. And, when we want great pizza delivered, I always call my uncle or visit my Italian cousins near the high school or at the Meadows (who makes pizza in a hut?). And, if one is looking for great salads (grilled chicken or otherwise) a great choice is to travel. Just go to The French Riviera, to Lucy’s house again, or for a meal near by our many rivers. And don’t forget to eat bread, daily, and chomp down.

Glenwood Springs has lots of great restaurants, you just have to be more selective. We even have some great new ones. I am “pulling for you man,” right across from the train station.



So come back to Glenwood Springs to eat, Ms. Cox – give us another chance, I Double Dog dare you!

Anthony F. Hershey



Glenwood Springs

Dear owners of restaurants:

In the past year I have learned so much about eating out since I was diagnosed with an unknown cause of chronic pancreatitis last February. I have learned that almost every restaurant from Aspen to Grand Junction soaks their meat (yes, all meats) in butter or oil either over night or hours before they open, plus they cook with butter and oil.

When a person has pancreatitis, they cannot have butter or oil, and with me, I cannot have more than 4 grams of fat in one day. So each time I try to go out I call ahead and ask them to please not put one piece of chicken in butter or oil. Sometimes they can do this, while others will not.

Example: I went out to eat last Friday and called ahead and spoke to someone who stated they could help me. We got there and she forgot to tell the cook and he already had all the meats soaking in butter.

It is a shame that in today’s world that first, you would have to soak your meat in butter or oil and second, that you cannot accommodate someone with an illness. People need to know that they are not eating healthy when they order grilled food because that too has been sitting in oil or butter and it is grilled in either oil or butter.

Alane Larison

Rifle

A living wage is a concept central to the Catholic social teaching, which derives its foundation from Rerum Novarum, a papal encyclical by Pope Leo XIII, issued “to combat the excesses of both laissez-faire capitalism on the one hand and communism on the other.” It has tenets in the halakha, the collective body of Jewish law, as well as the teachings of Buddha and Jesus of Nazareth.

In the United States, the state of Maryland and several municipalities have enacted ordinances which set a minimum wage higher than the federal minimum for the purpose of requiring all jobs to meet the living wage for that area. However, San Francisco, Calif. and Santa Fe, N.M., have notably passed very wide-reaching living wage ordinances. U.S. cities with living wage laws include Santa Fe and Albuquerque in New Mexico; San Francisco; and Washington, D.C. Living wage laws typically cover only businesses that receive state assistance or have contracts with the government.

This effort commenced in 1994 when an alliance between a labor union and religious leaders in Baltimore launched a successful campaign requiring city service contractors to pay a living wage. Following this campaign, community advocates have achieved victory with similar laws in cities such as Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and St. Louis. In 2007, there were at least 140 living wage ordinances in cities throughout the United States and more than 100 living wage campaigns under way in cities, counties, states and college campuses.

Lee Mulcahy

Aspen

There is so much conflicting rhetoric in the Voices and news section of the Post Independent and other local news media, it is no wonder drilling for gas on Battlement Mesa and in Silt is so controversial.

Much unwarranted fear abounds where no proven perils exist. For example, I received an unsigned letter stating the writer knew two women that had breast cancer due to gas fumes. I had pointed out in a letter that a fatal malady and others occurred in the absence of drilling operations and production.

One writer suggested that drilling didn’t have to occur in The Battlement PUD or at Silt and could be done elsewhere. It is customary to drill, mine or produce natural resources where they occur. Consider the extraction of salt from the Great Salt Lake and not attempted in the Green River desert.

I haven’t seen pipeline capacity cited as one of the causes of companies going elsewhere. It must be considered along with governmental restrictions.

Demand will increase with the phasing out of coal as a fuel. If supply is not increased in advance, prices we pay will be raised. A middle ground must be found. Demands for expensive and repeated environmental reviews, air tests and other delaying tactics must stop. Company policies to protect the communities are in place and have been repeatedly reviewed.

In addressing another complaint, the title report I received and read when I bought my house specifically revealed I didn’t have any mineral rights and that leases existed on the PUD.

Activists never “go quietly into that good night” because if they do, they lose their 15 minutes of fame.

Jack E. Blankenship

Battlement Mesa

When the message is indefensible (a $69 payment goes to beginning instructors on a product for which SkiCo charges $625), attack the messenger.

Why not solve the problem? Less than 1 percent of lessons occur where instructors are being paid $69 for a full day lesson?

Give that 1 percent a raise. It’s high time for a living wage. Problem solved … and then we can all unite forces to ban bottled water in Aspen and help solve a global problem.

Casey Ornstein

Basalt

As a local who walks everywhere, I would like to send a very sarcastic “thank you” to all those who help maintain the walkways of Glenwood Springs. I invite you all to come take a stroll with me and see how you fare against pedestrian bridges that are literally covered with ice, mounds of frozen crud which have built up across sidewalks and clog drainages, and ponds of muddy ice water mixed with mag. chloride, which accumulate at street crossings that are just waiting to soak your leg half-way up to your knee on a 5-degree day.

I work upvalley and during my commutes I am able to see that other communities do, in fact, manage these problems. This is most likely because their policy makers take more than 10 steps away from their cozy vehicles to get from points A to B to C and beyond. If a life-long local such as myself has this much difficulty getting across town, I would hate to hear what George and Edna from Anytown, USA have to say about their walks from their hotels to downtown and back. Maybe we should try just a little bit harder to live up to the “resort town” image that we promise on our advertisements? Just saying…

regards,

Your walking man

Chet Haltom

Glenwood Springs


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