Your opinions as Election Day nears |

Your opinions as Election Day nears

The Carbondale Community Food Co-op displays non-GMO food items in a photo taken this week.
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Sullivan would represent District 1

There is a clear choice for Garfield County commissioner this year. Michael Sullivan brings with him not only several years on the County Planning Commission, participation in the writing of the Comprehensive Plan and a solid plan for economic growth (that is compatible with Rep. Rankin’s focus on attracting tech companies to Garfield County), but he brings a different and important perspective to the commission.

District 1 (Roaring Fork Valley) has been underserved over the past four years. During the debate in Glenwood Springs on Oct. 14, Tom focused entirely on Western Garfield County. In fact, he referred to the Thompson Divide as “an area south of I-70 with 65 active leases” never referring to that area as the Thompson Divide. What does that indicate?

Tom ignored the wishes of his constituents in District 1 and supported a waste transfer station located next to homes outside of Carbondale and ignored the wishes of Four Mile Road landowners on recent road construction insisting that a 30-year-old evaluation of County Road 117 was pertinent to today.

Besides not representing his home district, Tom Jankovsky has negatively influenced changes to the land-use code. Besides relaxing all general development requirements, all local oil and gas regulations have been stripped from the code. As a former Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation commissioner, I will tell you that the COGCC does not regulate land use as it relates to oil and gas development. Tom Jankovsky made the argument in the debate that the COGCC handles all regulation as it pertains to development. This is simply not the reality in Colorado. The COGCC has the authority, resources and expertise to regulate the technical side of energy development and the counties have the authority, resources and expertise to regulate the land-use issues. In fact, the COGCC (pursuant to state rules) relies on the county commissions to represent their constituents on land-use issues in active applications. Landowners in Garfield County currently have no representation on oil and gas issues. Let’s change this.

Please join me in supporting Michael Sullivan for District 1 county commissioner.

Trési Houpt

Glenwood Springs

Quest for alternative energy and your yes vote

The purpose of this letter is to ask for the voters’ support of the Silt Water Conservancy District (SWCD) and a “Yes” vote on Ballot Issue 5A. The SWCD operates and maintains Harvey Gap and Rifle Gap reservoirs and delivers water from those reservoirs to farmers and ranchers in the district.

Both reservoirs lend themselves to the utilization of their hydro energy for the production of electrical power. The resulting electricity could be sold and the money used to offset irrigator assessments and taxes currently burdening the district citizens. The SWCD, in seeking to provide an alternative energy supply along with the accompanying revenue source, found itself stymied by TABOR restrictions.

To fund the hydroelectric projects, SWCD would seek grants so as not to burden the district citizens further. But TABOR restrictions have the result of ruling out grants. You see, receiving a grant would result in a significant increase in annual income to the district. TABOR restrictions allow only 10 percent income increases. So now you can see that the SWCD feels stymied and in a dilemma, and as a result has proposed Ballot Issue 5A to correct the situation.

On your ballot, you will find in the text of Issue 5A, the following words “…authorized…to collect, retain, and expend the full revenues derived from any and all lawful revenue source…”

Your “Yes” vote on the ballot issue, along with 50 percent (or more) of the other district voters, will allow the SWCD to proceed with seeking grant money for alternative energy projects. The passing of Ballot Issue 5A will not increase property taxes or sales taxes.

Dick Rhoades


Economic domination by corporations

Republican Cory Gardner is a textbook example: In 1936, Sinclair Lewis warned us they would come, draped in the flag and carrying a cross. Ready to enforce their morality, religion and top-heavy economics on our country. They are here in force. This group is totally homegrown. Born in the creation of a banking monster, fed by the stolen money and labor of the common people to enrich the few and allow them total control of the government. Never before have we seen the negotiations to buy a county so visible. The best deal for the wealthy that money can buy.

I do want address and dismiss the religion part, just as the economic lords of America do. Americans have a hard time distinguishing between religion and patriotism. Most think it’s essentially the same, all rolled into God and country. It definitely isn’t so. As the founding fathers well knew, these two powerful ideas are best nurtured individually. If they are “successfully” combined, as it appears is being attempted in America today, you will eventually create something that looks like a Muslim country under Sharia law with an economic disaster thrown in. Which is why I have stated that the religious component (and the alleged patriotism) in this attempted coup is, in fact, fraudulent and irrelevant to the actual goal, which is simple economic domination by the corporations and their wealthy owners. As all despots know, the people’s interest in religion is but a tool for politicians. You see it well wielded in the current political climate.

Another clue worth noting is the open use of fraud, fear mongering and misdirection. The Koch money sponsored fraudulent voter registrations mailed to minority voters in the East and the bizarre ads everywhere, somehow trying to pin Ebola and the responsibility for the ISIS attacks on Democratic candidates. They really do think you are dumb enough to swallow this junk.

You can easily have two more years of dysfunctional government, idiocy and chaos; simply vote Republican.

R.W. Boyle

New Castle

Revulsed by Hickenlooper endorsement

The first headline that grabbed my attention this Sunday morning, Oct. 19, was that of a PI editorial endorsing Gov. John Hickenlooper: “Our View: Hickenlooper is leading us in right direction.”

My vomit reflex struck as lightning, though not literally but figuratively. I was totally and thoroughly revulsed. I said to myself, “To this is what our local paper has descended. To be run by traitors to the founding principles of this country.” Hickenlooper as well as his traitor-in-arms (no pun intended), Sen. Mark Udall, have done their best to eviscerate our Second Amendment rights.

Now this brazen revelation from what now, except for the otherwise honorable impulses that appear on its pages, rightfully deserves the designation of “hometown rag.” Shame is thy name.

Steve Campbell

Glenwood Springs

Don’t yield to scare tactics on 105

The power of no and the power of fear are amazing. I received a mailing from opponents of Proposition 105, which would require the labeling of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in our food. Their outrageous scare tactics claim it would cost millions of dollars and that the proposition is poorly written. In fact, it will cost each Coloradoan 2 cents per year to fund this measure — a measly total of $124,000. Their example of the “poorly” written measure is that animals raised on GMO food won’t have to be labeled as GMOs. They fail to mention that these animals are not genetically modified.

We’d be better off listening to a debate between candidates or reading their beliefs, rather than being bombarded with erroneous literature full of scare tactics and “no.” Reading an overview of proposals is more accurate than scare brochures or commercials. We need to pay attention to who benefits from all this negativity and fear-mongering. Maybe we wouldn’t be quite so negative about our government if we could hear a candidate’s beliefs and goals rather than half-truths and fears from the opposition.

Instead of reading scare tactics, look at who publishes it. The opponents of Proposition 105 are mostly farmers and agribusiness who grow GMOs, along with those they’ve convinced through propaganda. The proponents are citizens worried about their food supply.

Finally, we need to vote. I’m tired of hearing how bad things are from people who won’t make the effort to inform themselves and vote.

Peter Westcott


Jankovsky: A steadfast advocate for growth

As a Garfield County commissioner, Tom Jankovsky has helped steer the county’s economy in a positive direction despite the national economic recession. While it’s currently on the upswing, there is still much work to be done to ensure a long-term, healthy, thriving economic climate. As a leader with a proven record of action, I encourage voters to re-elect Tom J. for a second term.

During his tenure, Tom has been a steadfast advocate for economic growth from Parachute to Carbondale. He streamlined the county’s land use code, making it more relevant, accessible and business-friendly. As a direct result, the developers of Ironbridge Golf Community in Glenwood Springs were able to move forward on projects that have reinvigorated the once-stagnating property.

Under Tom’s leadership, municipal infrastructure projects have created jobs countywide. Through the Gas and Oil Mitigation Fund, each town received $1 million in funds for projects like the roundabout in Carbondale, Seventh Street in Glenwood Springs, a pedestrian bridge in New Castle, improvements to Main Street in Silt, and new interchanges in Rifle and Parachute.

But there’s still more work to be done — work that includes advocating for Garfield County at state and national levels. Upcoming issues include how federal land will be used in the future and how state sales tax funds can and should help support vital county services like emergency communications and the library district. Tom is not only qualified, he understands that the decisions made today will affect the citizens of Garfield County and their families for decades to come.

Keep Garfield County moving in a positive direction, vote to re-elect Tom Jankovsky.

Jill Bullock

Glenwood Springs

The right to choose what I feed my family

My family and I search for, choose and plant seeds labeled as non-GMO in our garden. We expect the same labeling for foods we purchase at a food store. If we do not know whether we are eating genetically modified organisms we may inadvertently be exposing ourselves to allergic responses, and experience other adverse health effects.

As a citizen and a consumer I want the right to choose what I feed my family.

Sara Colburn

Grand Junction

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