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Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Do people realize that Garfield County Commissioners Tom Jankovsky, John Martin and Mike Samson are planning on spending $230,000 of your money on an air show this summer? Your three Garfield commissioners actually believe that an air show is economic development, and that spending $230,000 for an air show will stimulate sustainable jobs growth in Garfield County.

If the elected officials of Garfield County want real economic development, then they should attend the Bio-Fuels Symposium on Thursday, March 24, presented by Colorado State University at the Rifle campus of Colorado Mountain College.

Listen to Dr. Calvin Pearson of CSU explain his decades of Research and development into biofuels for Western Colorado. Then cancel the air show and divert the $230,000 into real economic development.

The county should grant $130,000 of the money to Dr. Pearson, CSU and CMC for new research and development into Garfield County landowners growing sugar beets as the feedstock for conversion into biofuel. Grant the remaining $100,000 to the Rifle Economic Development Corp. to attract biofuel start-ups to Garfield County, and don’t hire any consultants.

Furthermore, the “would-be economic developers” of the Garfield County bureaucracy could benefit from reading the “The Third Wave” by Alvin Toffler from 1980. Learn about Toffler’s economic modeling and grasp the difference between Second Wave consumers and Third Wave “prosumers.” Then design the Garfield County economic model by laying Toffler’s Third Wave economic model on top of Garfield County landowners/farmers with an emphasis on biofuels production and consumption.

Carl Mc Williams


I’ve always enjoyed the town of Silt, and I have spent many summers relishing in the simple freedom of being able to ride my bike off into the evening, knowing that the glow of the many street lights would guide me safely home.

I’m home from college for spring break, and I’ve noticed a major problem. It seems as if the town government has been neglecting some of its duties.

While riding through town the other night, I noticed several streets, including West Home Avenue, Seventh Street, Orchard Avenue and Grand Avenue are all without any light at night.

Now, I’m not talking about one or two lights out either, I’m talking all the lights on a few of the streets listed above, and numerous ones around sharp turns and hills.

The streets look deserted, and disconcerting, not to mention it’s a bit creepy to ride around on your bike in the pitch black.

Fortunately, the poles are still there, but no one has bothered to switch out the bulbs. Why not?

This can be extremely dangerous to pedestrians, considering it’s getting warmer and more and more people will be out in the evenings.

How could the town let the streets get this bad? If they need a new project, than this should be it. The safety of the towns streets should be of a higher priority, especially with summer approaching. The town has built some sidewalks and put a few planters out. Now it’s time to turn some lights on, for crying out loud.

Clover Rayne

Grand Junction

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