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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

In regards to Mr. Chisesi’s letter to the editor of Feb. 3, he states the difference between liberal and conservative thinking.

He describes liberal thinking as “tolerant and open minded.”

But then he refers to conservative thinking as “opposed to change, moderate and cautious.”

What an intolerant and close-minded evaluation!

Eddie Piker


Once again the issue of abortion is being discussed in Washington, D.C., and I just can’t figure out what the problem is.

A fetus is a life, a human life. I believe a person is a human being whether they are a week old or 100 years old.

It has always boggled my mind how some people will raise a fuss when a plant or animal is harmed, but somehow have no problem with a baby being killed. Their argument is that a tree is a living thing, and that animals are innocent.

Aren’t babies alive? Aren’t they innocent?

They justify it by saying that the baby is not a human being, just tissue or a bunch of cells. But when asked if that tissue is alive, they say yes. Well, if it is alive, then what kind of life is it? Plant life? Animal? It is human life.

When a man plants his seed in a woman it creates a human being, just like planting a columbine seed will produce a columbine flower. That baby is alive just like the flower we protect.

I don’t see the problem with this. Life is life.

It is not property of the mother. It is a living soul. If it is property, then at what time is it eligible for constitutional rights? If a woman owns her child, how long does she own it for? Does the seed sower own a share in it? What about grandparents?

Since there would be no baby without the first baby, then how much say do they have?

I think it is at least worth looking at this issue a little more, just to really see what is at the heart of our views.

Mitchell Kuklok

Glenwood Springs

In the Saturday, Feb. 5 edition, Jack Blankenship, referring to the 13 million barrels of diesel fuel that gas companies have been accused of injecting into the earth, asks, “How many times was the recovered fluid re-injected and tallied in the 13 million quote.” (See note below.)

So his contention is that if it’s injected and removed, it’s okay because the fluid is recycled. Now that’s environmentally friendly, eh?

I assume the toxic diesel fuel does not get more and more deadly with each use. Oh, I guess that’s okay because it’s less than 1,300,000 barrels (54,600,000 gallons). Sounds like a bad idea to me!

The gas industry has a lot of parallels to the nuclear power industry. It’s a great source of energy if you don’t calculate the waste products in the equation.

Laura Van Dyne


Editor’s note: Mr. Blankenship’s letter referred to 13 million barrels of diesel fuel used in fracking. However, the congressional report counted 32 million gallons of diesel fuel nationwide, including 1.3 million gallons in Colorado. We didn’t notice the error in Mr. Blankenship’s letter, but are correcting it here.

Regarding the Garfield Board of County Commissioner meetings:

Pray continue.

It’s freedom of speech.

It isn’t freedom from speech.

It’s freedom of religion.

It isn’t freedom from religion.

Betty Scranton

Glenwood Springs

Unfortunately there are far too many people like Larry Green of New Castle in this world who hear the word “wilderness” and say, “Sign me up.”

The motorized community that is against this proposal is not advocating to build any new roads. We just don’t want to lose any existing roads and historic recreation areas. When are people like Larry and the Wilderness Workshop going to get that?

Take these areas out and you will have community-wide support.

I am not against wilderness designation when applied properly, but there are other land designations that will keep oil and gas out and still allow for responsible recreation.

I was born and raised in this valley and shared many similar experiences with Larry in wilderness areas and still do. But I’ve also seen numerous roads closed and opportunities for motorized recreation diminish.

I find it very odd that numerous letters in the last couple of weeks, with the same punch line as Larry’s hunting theme, say that after an area previously devastated was closed for a short period of time, wildlife returned and flourished.

Joseph Hultquist


In response to Dan Brown’s letter on the SkiCo/Lee Mulcahy saga, you are very right.

I have taught skiing at Sunlight for 10 years or so, and I have actually applied to work at Buttermilk. When interviewed, they let you know what the pay scale is.

They base your pay off of hours of time (experience) in teaching skiing or snowboarding.

Therefore, with all my hours, I would have started at a higher pay then someone who just moved here and has never taught professionally before.

As well as your certification level, there are three levels of certification in snowboarding and skiing. If you have a ton of hours but no certification, you are going to start at a lower rate then someone with certification.

As in the rest of business, the more experience you have the more you make.

This business is also a seasonal employment, and if you expect to be a millionaire for teaching skiing, you need to find a new profession. Teaching skiing is an opportunity. If you can live on smaller wages it is a wonderful experience. No matter where you teach, you are not going to be paid greatly and you are not going to get 40 hours a week.

If there is no one to teach, there are no hours to make any money. That is the reality of the job.

So just like Dan Brown says, Lee, move on or just enjoy your job and realize that SkiCo cannot just hand out high paying positions for inexperienced teachers.

Vanessa Porterfield

Glenwood Springs

Having toured the new Burning Mountains Fire District New Castle fire station recently, I was truly amazed at the facility. Chief McLin and firefighter Jerry Seifert, who served as the owner’s rep, did an outstanding job in the design and construction of this facility.

Attention to training needs, both classroom and hands-on, are incorporated into this building in a no-wasted-space, user-friendly fashion.

Functional ability, as well as meeting criteria suggested by Homeland Security and other entities, came together to provide safety and security both for the firefighters and, in case of catastrophic event, the citizens of the area.

The ability to function “off the grid” creates an outstanding “shelter” for those displaced by wildfire, flood, earthquake, mass power outage or any of the myriad of disasters that the citizens have encountered throughout the years.

Its location will serve the residents and firefighters well for years to come.

Please take the time to tour this fire station, training facilities, staffing quarters, and work areas that aid firefighters in preparation to answering calls for service.

Remember, almost all the firefighters who serve you are volunteers, spending several hundred hours each year on training and calls while providing a needed and welcome service.

Stuart K. Cerise

Assistant Chief (retired)

West Valley, Utah

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