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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

In a recent letter to the editor, I was called a liar and a plagiarist because I wrote about how bad our economy is doing since Obama became president.

The info I put in the letter came from a newsletter I pay for and receive daily. The newsletter publisher noted that the author of the original was anonymous. I used the information only after I checked the accuracy of the data.

The data is available at the Energy Information Administration, Wall Street Journal, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Census Bureau, Department of Labor, Heritage Foundation, Federal Reserve, U.S. Treasury and others.

What is truly interesting is that rather than comment on the data and what it indicates, my accuser totally ignored the message, preferring to attack the messenger instead. In fact the only comment on the data was to blame President Bush for the price of gasoline going up when he was in office, ignoring the fact that I was comparing data from January 2009 to January 2011. Bush is not president anymore.

In fact since he brought that up, I recall U.S. Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass., raging about the price of a barrel of oil going from the $30 range to the $40 range in 2005, and claiming that it was because Bush was in the pocket of the Saudis. Interestingly the price of a barrel of oil has gone from the $40 range to over $100 since Obama came to power, yet the writer and the left is conspicuously silent about that.

Finally, my antagonist insisted on adding his own interpretation of a Thomas Jefferson quote. So be it. For his and your pleasure, here are a few more quotes from Mr. Jefferson:

“Educate and inform the whole mass of the people. … They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.”

“Errors of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it.”

And my favorite, “Advertisements contain the only truths to be relied on in a newspaper.”

Bob Anderson

Glenwood Springs

I read with interest the method that Chevron uses to encase their whole gas well with concrete in the March 1 Post Independent article. It genuinely sounds like a prudent and responsible thing to do, and a potential solution to fears associated with fracking and wells in general.

I was also glad to read in the March 8 Post Independent that Colorado is considering new rules to retroactively require this procedure on all gas wells.

Not being an expert by any means, I then got to thinking about all the concrete at my house. It eventually cracks. In a sincere effort to understand this process more clearly, how often does the concrete that seals these wells crack? Won’t it eventually crack and unseal the well? Is it really effective and worth spending the money on, or is it an illusion that will make me feel better to think that all the wells are sealed?

Carol Turtle

Glenwood Springs

What is more important, the long term quality of our downtown or preserving an area that has been occupied by a mortuary, sewage plant and commercial rail siding for decades?

In my opinion, getting the traffic off of Grand Avenue should be the first priority for this community. And as Rod Savoye stated in his March 8 letter to the editor, “Making this decision is going to take political courage.” So I hope our new council members will make a positive decision on the bypass, where past councils have either opposed it, or delayed a decision by continued to study the issue decade after decade.

Glenn Vawter

Glenwood Springs

With respect to Mary Boland’s letter on education cuts, I wish to state that while I support funding for education, I can find no factual basis for Colorado being 48th in primary and secondary education funding.

The best information I can find is the report “Public Education Finances – 2008” published by the U.S. Census Bureau in June 2010. It is an excellent report detailing all manner of federal, state and local revenues and expenditures across the nation.

In Figure 4, page xiii, Colorado’s per pupil expenditures of $9,079 ranks at 35th, 6.5 percent below the median state expenditure of $9,675. I might point out that the range from $9,000 per pupil to $10,000 per pupil is relatively flat, with 18 states being in that range.

While we would all like to be the best, I’m not sure that many of us would aspire to send our children to the top spending states of New York, New Jersey, Alaska or Washington, D.C., all of which had per-pupil expenditures ranging from $14,300 to $17,100. It is obvious that money is not the primary determiner of the quality of education. That comes from a dedicated and caring staff in a supportive community.

David Merritt

Glenwood Springs

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