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Dear Editor,Tom Beard’s death comes as a profound shock and marks a great loss for Garfield County and the community of Battlement Mesa. In his position as chair of the Garfield County Republican Party, Tom and I were friendly adversaries. He demonstrated a strong belief in the political process. He will be missed.Dana Barkerchair, Garfield County Democratic PartyParachute

Dear Editor,I am writing in response to a letter that appeared in the Tuesday, Feb. 28, edition, titled “Drilling really hasn’t changed the area.” I would have to disagree. I, too, am a native of Colorado, and if memory serves me correctly, you never used to see illuminated towers penetrating the night skies. I remember days of hunting in the Rocky Mountains and not being disturbed by convoys of semis and heavy equipment. Glorious days of silence and solitude in the high country, not the aberrant pounding of a rig. I, as a native, see these changes; it’s more than obvious when you look toward Grand Junction and see the ominous “brown cloud” that has taken up residence in our valley. Rising gas prices in an area of abundant natural resources should make you realize the obvious exploitation of our beautiful environment. If you can’t see the changes, maybe you need to open your eyes. Robert Burns Silt

Dear Editor,Kudos to the entire high school at Alpine Christian Academy. We had a delightful evening this weekend during their amazing performance at the Waldorf School. Humor, good acting and a little bit of drama can be seen in many plays, but to then capture a good message and make sure the context of the entire night was truly a blessing to the audience and fit all ages – fantastic.There is a difference between being “talented” and being “anointed.” Tara, Rachael, Juliana, Chloe, Amy Jo, Maren, Carlie, Jason, Louie, Jerilynn, Justin and you, too, Mr. Badgett, are truly anointed! Alisa TillungAlpine Christian Academy parent



Dear Editor,This is an update on my “water” charges with CMD in Battlement Mesa. In December, I was home two weeks and I was charged for more than 10,000 gallons of water. In January, I was home for three weeks and charged for more than 12,000 gallons of water. In February, I was home all month and was charged for 4,750 gallons. We had a water leak in the street in front of our home, actually two leaks. They were in no hurry to fix the leaks. The second one, I was told by the repair people, was coming from the connection to our house before the water meter. CMD says no, it was not. I do leave a slow drip in one bathroom when it is cold. CMD agreed it was a slow drip. I have done this every year for the past seven years. Now I am being told that the drip uses more water then the washing machine, dishwasher, shower, etc. Being home and using water caused my water usage to go down almost 250 percent. I asked how one person, not being home much, could use this much. I was informed by CMD that they already talked to me about this and will not discuss it anymore. I strongly suspect that regardless of what CMD says, I am paying for the water leak. Lamora Roberts Battlement Mesa

Dear Editor,I would like to ask the city of Glenwood Springs to repaint the stripes on the bridge into town. It seems the tourists just don’t understand there are two lanes. Thanks. Willow Lepanto Glenwood Springs


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