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Carbondale Middle School students weigh in on issues

These are some of the letters written by students in Lindsay Defrates' Language Arts class at Carbondale Middle School. As she wrote in an email, "Students … were given the task of writing an editorial to a newspaper about a local and current issue as a way of practicing their persuasive writing ability. As their teachers, however, we focused on a lesson we believed was far more important: We encouraged them to realize that their voices carry weight in this world … So really their assignment was to practice 'being heard.'"

Energy issues

I have read Mr. Walcher's column and I think that political figures in Colorado have to stop worrying about politics and start trying to save our environment. I also believe that the Colorado government needs to stop investing in coal and gas and focus on improving energy efficiency and supporting the solar industry. He also stated that the oil and gas industries create jobs and improve America's economy.  Solar power also creates jobs and puts money into the economy.

I care about this topic because I am a student and I have to live and grow up in this world, so I don't want it to be a sprawling wasteland of trash. I have lived in this valley my whole life and when I grow up I want to stay here. Mr. Walcher said that the chemicals in the water are coming from sewage plants, but I would like to know what are the chemicals they use for fracking.

Callum Jenkins

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I think that Colorado Rocky Mountain School (CRMS) should be able to regulate the people on its campus. I have spent my whole life at CRMS and often notice that someone is running or walking through, but most of the time they just hang around.

I feel that too many people walk around and let their dogs run loose. Also I think that the Ross Montessori school bus should not be able to drop off its students on CRMS campus. I feel that staff and visitors should be a little more careful with their pets on the campus.

Thanks for reading this and I hope that you will let it pass.

Toby Meyer

Colorado logo

I'm writing in response to Jane Spaulding's letter regarding her opinion of the recent Colorado State logo change, aka branding initiative.

Sometimes it's very easy for us to attack an idea, an opinion, and others' decisions without correct information and research. We all need to make a better effort to do our homework before sharing public opinion. Before doing research I partially agreed with her editorial and didn't believe the logo change was a very smart investment. After my research I can say my opinion is completely changed.

Firstly, making empty accusations such as "… Hickenlooper is out of control again" does not intelligently address any issue. According to Aaron Kennedy, the state's chief marketing director, the new Colorado logo will be the statewide logo and the universal logo. By eliminating the need to manage all individual Colorado government brands for every department and agency, we will be saving the public money. The logo is predicted to boost Colorado's economy by attracting more people to settle and tourists to visit, according to tourism experts. The logo meets all professional logo design criteria, it's simple, classic and symbolic, and represents Colorado's heart of the mountains.

Secondly, I would prefer that you not encourage the actions and behavior of "…shooting them (road signs with logos) full of bullet holes." This would only give more work to Colorado transportation workers, you might rather want them to spend their time keeping highways and passes safe than spending your tax dollars replacing damaged signs. Consider this and choose wisely.

Thirdly, I do respect your opinion but it "… can't hurt" to do some research before sharing your opinion.

Isabel De La Canal

Dog attack

I'm writing in response to the letter that was published on Feb. 21. I am supporting the author of "Dog attacked, killed my cat."  The reason I am supporting the author is because I believe that dogs should always be on a leash and should not be allowed to run free. I also have  sympathy for this author.

I personally have experienced two dogs that were running, and one dog began to attack the other dog.  The dog that was being attacked was injured, but the injuries were not fatal. This affected me because the dog being attacked was pretty close to me in a personal way. I felt a personal interest in the dog being attacked even though it was not my dog. I would never want to see my dog in this position. I wish I could have helped the dog being attacked but I was in shock and afraid that people would think I was responsible. I can understand why it was difficult for the author of this letter to watch her cat be attacked and killed on her property. This story is another reason to support the fact that there should be a leash law. Dogs should not be allowed to run free.

Kevin Oliva

Minimum wage

Dear Tina Dupuy: I agree with what you had said about raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour because it would benefit everyone in many ways like you have said in the article. Your statement that "$10.10 an hour would mean a person with a full-time job and one dependent child would no longer meet the requirements for food stamps" is a great [point] so we will have more money for food to feed our family, and also we would have enough money for our daily needs. Also it would help the people of the country not struggle with the economy's problem during these hard times.

Another thing you have stated was "nearly 21.3 million U.S. workers (or 16.4 percent of the workforce) would be directly affected by raising the minimum wage to $10.10 by July 2015." [It] would make families happy in many ways.

"The most recent data tells us 10.4 million Americans work and yet can't feed themselves or their families." I know this for a fact because my family is struggling with money, and we sometimes don't have enough money for food and/or gas to travel. People have bills to pay, because nothing is free.

 "Raising the minimum wage to the proposed $10.10 an hour … could effectively get people out of poverty." This could help and benefit thousand families with financial problems, money for groceries, gas money, etc.

Johnny Dolores

Diesel trucks

Diesel trucks passing on Highway 82 on Grand Avenue in Glenwood Springs is [causing] health issues for others. (Column Feb. 19)

The issue of this is not only do those diesel trucks pollute the air, but they are also obtrusive, noisy and incompatible. As you say, Mr. Sundin, this is an issue we should all be concerned about (but which has received too little attention.)

I agree with this. I think diesel trucks do pollute the air, which can be dangerous for us to breath. You list lots of chemicals it contains and that it can cause lung cancer. I agree that people working downtown, kids going to school, and tourists are breathing these harmful chemicals in the air. I think this is a problem downtown but I don't know how to make it better. I'm just writing this letter to you because I agree with you.

Diana Fuentes

More diesels

I also believe that diesel trucks are polluting our air ("The health threat of Grand Avenue," Feb. 19). The exhaust from the trucks is damaging people's lungs and could lead to lung cancer. Hal Sundin states, "Diesel exhaust contains over 40 substances listed by the EPA as health hazards." All diesel truck owners should be warned only once. If maybe they don't listen they should probably be given a ticket from the police department. If it continues, if it goes any further than that, truck makers should probably start thinking about not selling any more diesel trucks. If they get caught with a truck when diesel trucks aren't allowed any more, I believe they should take away their trucks.

This is one stupid problem. People with diesel trucks shouldn't even be around. They should know better, how the exhaust is affecting people's lungs.

Maggie Ordonez Lomeli