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Dear Editor,I read with interest Dennis Webb’s article about Theo Colborn (“Environmental Concerns Arise Close to Home for Paonia Health Analyst”) in the Aug. 25 Post Independent announcing her speech to the Grand Valley Citizens Alliance (GVCA). But before members of the GVCA, and the general public, accept as facts Ms. Colborn’s views concerning the chemical dangers of the drilling industry, or swallow “hook, line and sinker” the chemical fears enumerated in her 1996 book, “Our Stolen Future,” I suggest they read about other scientific peer studies and reports disputing some of her findings and conclusions, from sources at the American Cancer Society (ACS), the Center for Disease Control (CDC), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), among others. An excellent compendium of these, as well as scientific studies across a broad spectrum of environmental issues and concerns, is lucidly presented in the 2001 book, “The Skeptical Environmentalist,” by Bjorn Lomborg. A case in point, Ms. Colborn alleges in “Our Stolen Future” (1996) that “Since 1940, when the chemical age was dawning, breast cancer deaths have risen steadily at a rate of one percent per year in the United States.” When compounded this would equate to a 75 percent increase in the death rate by year 1996. However, as shown by results of published ACS and CDC studies, republished in Lomborg’s book, age-adjusted breast cancer death rates in the USA per unit of population have in fact declined over 18 percent since 1940. Similar fears raised by Ms. Colborn concerning synthetic (i.e. man-made) hormone disrupters (estrogens, etc.), resulting in declining male sperm counts and other chemical-induced ills, are also challenged by many of the peer scientific study results documented in Mr. Lomborg’s book.In summary, this is not to say that it’s OK to bathe ourselves in the chemicals found in drilling or other industrial fluids, but rather that we should examine the related concerns and issues via a broad spectrum of scientific sources before jumping to conclusions. Mr. Lomborg’s book is an excellent starting point for such an examination.John SargentBattlement Mesa

Dear Editor,On Aug. 7, I was in the company vehicle sitting at the stop light at Eighth and Grand, waiting for my turn to turn onto the bridge to go back to my workplace. As I was waiting patiently and minding my own business, I suddenly heard tapping on the side window, and I turned toward the window to see a lady (a very impatient one), informing me I could proceed. I replied to her, “No, I can’t,” and asked what the sign next to the light signals say. She replied, “No turn on red.” I asked her what the rest of it said, and she replied, “While people are crossing.” I said, “No, it says while people are present.” There was lots of traffic on Grand, so where was I going, anyway? As she walked back to her car behind me, I replied, “I’m sorry you’re illiterate.”The green light came on, and we turned right onto Grand, headed over the bridge. Being upset and impatient, she raced around me, got in front of me and nearly ran down three people crossing on the other side of the bridge. The sad part of it all was there was an American flag in her back window.I didn’t get a license plate number, but the car was a mid-90s Honda Accord. I say to you, lady, chill out and wait your turn.Lyn FixGlenwood Springs

Dear Editor,I read with interest Dana Andersen’s comments of Aug. 22, and appreciate the “homework” he (I assume it is he) has undertaken on our government. But no matter how much research one does, one’s political bias has at least as much bearing on his conclusions as any study can.He makes stunning claims in his letter, some of which are flatly wrong. For instance, he writes that the Bush Administration, by declaring the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks a never-ending emergency (which it does not), has procured “absolute power for the executive branch, bypassing the judicial and legislative ones.”This charge is patently false, and most clear-thinking people realize it. No administration in American history has dared commit such an egregious abuse of power, including the present one. But these are the kinds of reckless allegations that many on the left are fond of manufacturing these days. The executive branch of our government clearly does not possess “absolute power” in the sense that China, Cuba, or even Venezuela does (whose constitution was recently suspended to give its sinister despot, Hugo Chavez, unlimited and possibly perpetual reign). No such travesty of government rule has occurred in this nation, and hopefully never will.Need proof? One need look no further back than Bush’s rulings of two or three years ago, rightly declaring the cruel and horrific practice of partial birth abortion to be illegal. The relief of defenders of innocent life was short-lived, however. Almost immediately, hard-hearted federal judges, abetted by the ACLU (the most diabolical institution in this nation), struck down Bush’s decision (supported by the vast majority of Americans), thereby continuing the dubious legality of that ghastly procedure. This lasted until the recent decision of the Supreme Court, finally declaring it illegal indeed. (This is one of many examples.)The checks and balances of government were in working order, as they are today; another leftist doctrine debunked. (Maybe Mr. Andersen didn’t do enough homework.) Rest assured: martial law won’t be imposed, anytime soon. John Herbst Battlement Mesa



Dear Editor,I was recently informed by a third party that my services as head referee were no longer wanted by the Glenwood Springs Soccer Club. It was one week before the start of the season, and I was very taken aback. To say the least, I was shocked. For 12 years in spring and fall, I have taken on this duty with anticipation. The president of the club, said after I called him, that he meant to call me, but forgot.I had a great time teaching, coaching and playing with the kids. I will miss your children. I had a blast!Scott ZerfossGlenwood Springs


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