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So the Democrats lost their majority in the House in the last election cycle. That’s OK, they weren’t doing anything with it anyway.

Now the Republicans have the majority, and have proven they are serious about keeping their campaign promise of jobs by reading the Constitution on the floor of the House, and then submitting a spending cuts bill that will reduce the deficit by $60 billion. The national deficit is about $1.5 trillion right now.

And they are proud of themselves for their courage in slashing the budgets of many of their targets.

Do you like hearing automotive advice from mechanics who have MIT degrees? Too bad, they’ve been axed. Need medical care and don’t have insurance? I don’t know where you can go now, but you can’t get it at one particular local clinic anymore. Funding’s been eliminated.

Want to keep any other rivers from burning like that one in Ohio did? You’re on your own there, too. Actually, you’re on your own on a lot of things under this budget.

But can we talk about the elephant in the room? It’s a big one, which eats up about 50 percent of all of America’s peanuts, and neither party seems wiling to look at it.

It’s called defense spending, and it’s not even being held up for consideration. Do we need defense spending? Of course. Do we still need to be poised to take on the Soviet Union? That country doesn’t exist anymore. So why do we still maintain so many tank farms in Germany?

To boil it down into household economics terms, say you have a family of five, a house, two cars, an RV, an ATV, a couple snowmobiles and a dirt bike. You’re debt is out of control, and you need to make some changes to where your money goes. Is it really helping your budget to stop buying school supplies for your kids? You could at least eliminate the snowmobiles and the dirt bike. The money you save on insurance alone would be more substantial than all you would save on No. 2 pencils in several years.

Becky Penn

Glenwood Springs

Thank you to each of those in the community who have a loving spirit and exhibit comforting attention to those of us who are here to experience all that Glenwood has to offer.

What perhaps draws folks to the area are healing waters and surrounding mountains scenes.

But as we all know, laughter is the best medicine. So soak your body, clear your mind, release your worries, and get yourself ready for the medicine that needs no sugar coating.

Want to celebrate life while managing to reduce your stress? Want to discover your inner joy?

Walk, run, skip, hop, drive or dance your way to the Glenwood Vaudeville Review at the Masonic Lodge. This show ain’t your grandpa’s old soft shoe. These talented writers and performers bring a fresh and comical coat of clever that will appeal to any age.

While visiting your city last summer, the discovery of this group was so charming as they performed hilarious skits near the historic train station. One particular skit seen at the summer evening show still makes laughter bubble up. Did you see those Fan Dancers?

Well this new review is even more. The mastodons nearly broke my funny bone. And the smoking jacket poetry readings will be a lesson in composure. The duet at a local dance fills your head with youthful thoughts. The one-liners! Oh, how I wish I’d brought a pen. And those zany commercial tags, once again brought back memories of a misspent youth.

Don’t you miss this show because the old soft shoe will always bubble up when a klutz in skis crosses my path.

Thank you, John and the gang, for another night of hilarity, fun, release and relaxation. I am now on my way to the pool to soak out the laughter lines and tender ribs.

What a glorious time enjoyed while visiting your wondrous city.

L.L. Lamothe


Thank you for running the two columns in the Feb. 24 edition by James Kellogg and Mary Boland. Both are full of high quality food for thought.

I agree with everything James Kellogg said. We have to switch to natural gas for more energy uses, including the truck fleets and then cars. Besides producing lower emissions and being a plentiful and less expensive source of fuel, it would be a strategic move for our country’s security to provide our own energy.

However, we must get it out of the ground in a conscious way, as was eloquently alluded to in Mary Boland’s column.

My problem with the oil and gas industry was caused by them. They are their own worst enemies when it comes to trusting them. I want to believe them. I want the gas out of the ground. I want the jobs in our communities. What I don’t want is to ruin our beautiful state in the process.

If the oil and gas industry wants us to trust them, then they must release the information needed to determine if it is true that fracking has a 60-year record of success. Saying over and over that fracking is safe does not make it true. Maybe it is true, but you must prove it.

Use scientists from all sides of the debate. If it’s bad news, then maybe all can collaborate to come up with better solutions. Disclose all chemicals and procedures and allow yourselves to be watched and regulated.

Take the needs and fears of those living near the wells into consideration. Follow through on what you promise, or don’t promise.

I don’t think that is too much to ask. Those with nothing to hide, hide nothing.

I believe we need this gas, I believe we are essentially on the same side, if we can get it out safely. There is a better way to do this than lawsuits after the fact. Please come clean, and then my guess is that you can drill and frack all you want. Help us trust you.

Carol Turtle

Glenwood Springs

Interesting article on Thursday, Feb. 24, regarding the New York City law firm meeting with residents about possibly suing someone related to the natural gas activity.

It would appear these attorneys are chasing ambulances with Learjets.

Andy Schwaller


Today’s news would have been different back in the “good old days,” before political correctness, Miranda rights for terrorists and befriending enemies.

It wouldn’t just be about the senseless murders of four law-abiding American citizens; it would also report that “20-some” Somali pirates were killed in a “counter-attack” retaliation after a rocket propelled grenade was fired at our U.S. naval destroyer.

Instead, the 15 to 19 (reports vary) “captured assassins” will be read their Miranda rights, transported to the good old U.S.A., assigned lawyers and given “fair trials,” all at “taxpayer’s expense.” Four pirates met death, relieving us of additional cost.

Early news releases contained many details of the encounter, capture of the pirates, history of hijacking rampages, and an edict from a Muse Abdi that killing hostages “has now become part of our rules.”

Apparently one of the two couples had been sailing around the world distributing Bibles. That fact alone explains why there was limited media coverage of the victims.

Last week, a trial ended with a prison sentence for a Muslim pirate captured in an attack on the U.S. cargo ship Maersk Alabama back in April 2009. How’s that for swift justice under our “pamper the pirates” plan?

Isn’t it probable that these newly captured assassins will be comfortably housed and well fed for at least 12 months at one of our five-star detention facilities? Sure beats eating pirate grub on a grungy sailing vessel.

This slaughter would never have taken place back in the good old days because there would have been no pirates. After a first incident, we would have gone to Somalia and blown all of them off the high seas.

Now, instead, we retaliate with words from our stalwart secretary of state, Hillary – words that include “deplorable act” and “need for the international community to act more decisively together.” To this PC drivel, I say duh?

What has happened to the nation that was once the leader in protecting its citizens and the world against flagrant, unwarranted aggression?

Richard Doran


I am concerned with the news stories the Glenwood Springs Post Independent publishes in its many articles promoting the immense danger the natural gas industry has brought to Garfield County.

I recall journalism’s code of ethics, circa the 1950s, promoting truthfulness, accuracy, objectivity, impartiality and at least fairness.

Pinned to my office wall is a small cutout from a 2005 edition that a Post editor inserted on page 2 of the paper. It reads:

QUOTABLE: “I still believe that if your aim is to change the world, journalism is a more immediate short-term weapon.”

– Tom Stoppard, British playwright 1988.

Your paper, by tilting the scale of fairness dramatically to one side, apparently does not believe the other side of the story merits equal time.

It would be enlightening to find your paper’s code of ethics for the 21st Century permanently printed on the bottom of page 2 in place of the text of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, guaranteeing the press the freedom to point the news in any direction it chooses.

Floyd Diemoz

Glenwood Springs

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