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Dear Editor,The moose picture reminded me that I have been meaning to write some time about Kelley Cox, who I think is the best wildlife photographer around. I hope you are paying her plenty. Hugh WarderNew Castle

Dear Editor,In the Feb. 10, article about EnCana’s Q&A session held in Rifle, I find the words of Tim Baer astonishing. I have personally filed two complaints with Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. One was in December for three large earthen berm flares conducted from Dec. 15-21 or later on High Mesa above Battlement. The other was a stack flare than began as early as Jan. 16 and to date hasn’t been confirmed by EnCana’s Sher Long to be shut down.Why the lies? Do they think we don’t see all the flaring going on each night nor feel the effects of breathing toxins? Are we to believe their words and disbelieve our own eyes?Greed is a terrible illness with many faces and voices in our valley.Susan HaireParachute

Dear Editor,The 24 Hours of Sunlight was a special and inspiring event. Your coverage on Monday gave much credit where it was due. However, as you probably took most of your data from the Granny Gear Web site, one of the sponsors of the event, some of their data is incorrect and incomplete. For some reason, it was correct at the site of the event, but not online. They have been informed of this inconsistency.Placing third behind the amazing Greg Hill and Jimmy Faust were the Highlanders, so named as they are members of the Aspen Highlands Ski Patrol, Brian Johnson and Tim Grogan, entered in the Duo/Pro category. In addition, they were the only entrants who did 33 laps, not the 31 you reported, the final lap being done together. Their accomplishment was acknowledged at the awards ceremony. Neither of them has participated in an event of this sort before, and I want them to receive all the credit that they deserve. They represented Aspen proudly.Carol P. KleinCarbondale



Dear Editor,Regarding Mr. Blankenship’s question about how much money it takes to help the poor with their heating bills, he is correct. His math is way off. If his figures are truly $34 million and 105,000 people, then the amount of assistance is $322. That’s hundreds of dollars, not hundreds of thousands of dollars. If you are worried about how much money is being spent by our government, how do you feel about the $400,000,000,000 (that’s $400 billion) on a misdirected war? With a population of approximately 297 billion people in the United States, (July 2005 estimate) we are spending $1,346 for every man woman and child in this country. Makes you feel all warm and fuzzy, doesn’t it? More than four times the amount than for subsistence. I am not a politician, but maybe this is an answer to your question, Jack. Sometimes people need help to pay for basic needs. Other times they just need to be bombed. Craig S. ChisesiRifle

Dear Editor, In the Feb. 13 Post Independent, you featured a review of the film, “Brokeback Mountain,” by Dennis Hinkamp, which I would like to forward to various people. I was unable to find it on your Web site. Am I incompetent, or did you not post it? (Alternatively, perhaps you are incompetent and did not post it.) James Breasted CarbondaleEditor’s note: Thanks for your letter. The column about the movie “Brokeback Mountain” was from the syndicated group Writers on the Range. We only post local items to the Web site; we do not post syndicated columns.



Dear Editor,That poor old guy unfortunate enough to go hunting with Dick Cheney should count his blessings. If the tide had turned and he had “accidentally peppered” the Vice Prez with bird shot he would have been dead before he even hit the ground. Pity the Secret Service doesn’t pay that close attention to those walking near the VP with a loaded gun. And then the report that the (wounded) gentleman had suffered a mild heart attack. If the guy doesn’t make it – where I come from that’s not a “hunting accident,” it’s manslaughter II. Now, there are rumors that the reason it took almost a full day to disclose the event was so Cheney could sober up enough to talk to the cops. Maybe if Cheney hadn’t received those five deferments from service in Vietnam he might have learned how to shoot straight. Dana AndersenNew Castle

Dear Editor,When the Senators Ken Salazar and Wayne Allard vote on the Fairness in Asbestos Injury Resolution (FAIR) Act they should remember how vitally important the bill is for veterans. Asbestos was used by the military as recently as the late 1970s when the government acknowledged it used the lethal material for reasons related to national defense. Under current law, veterans who were exposed to this material and got sick as a result, are barred from suing their old employer (the federal government) for compensation. For the first time – thanks to the FAIR Act – veterans could easily receive compensation through a victims trust fund financed by defendant companies and their insurers. Senators Salazar and Allard can’t let this opportunity to relieve suffering veterans pass them by. Especially with our troops serving in both Iraq and Afghanistan, we must remember our commitment to provide for all men and women who serve in our armed services, both while they are in service and when they come back home. James “Larry” MitchellPast State CommanderColorado VFWSouth Fork, Colo.

Dear Editor,I just finished reading the article by Amanda Holt Miller on my study of gas drilling and mule deer in western Garfield County. She is one of the few reporters by whom I have been interviewed who got most of the facts straight.I would like to clarify two points. Otherwise, you will be getting a lot of letters to the editor from biologists. First, the article states that the deer in western Garfield County spend their lives within a square-mile area. This is incorrect. The article should have stated that some deer live year-round in small areas, while an unknown number of deer spend parts of the spring, summer, and fall in the high country (e.g. Roan Plateau). Second, I chose the control area near DeBeque because of terrain similar to the drilling area, but this was only one of a number of reasons. I also wanted a control area geographically close to drilling sites. In addition, I wanted a control area that had a proportion of Division of Wildlife-mapped crucial deer winter range that was similar to the drilling areas. Even if the control area were excluded from consideration, I contend that my conclusions would still be valid.Kirk H. Beattie, Ph.D.Beattie Wildlife Consulting Inc.Rifle

Dear Editor,Democrats and Republicans who believe that the Coretta Scott King funeral was other than a political circus should have their heads examined. At least, President Bush, who dared not attend, acted presidential. Jimmy Carter, the humanitarian, made a fool out of himself, and the two Clintons, who never seem to tire of campaigning, acted liked they were in hog heaven.Richard F. ProudParachute


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