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Dear Editor,In response to Mr. Lynn Burton’s column, Aug. 22 in the Aspen Daily News.The Library Board did approve an advertising budget of $20,000. The staff hired the firm of Tindall/Jacox because no one on staff had the expertise to conduct the advertising on behalf of our libraries. The decision to advertise rose from the Board’s belief that our libraries were offering many services of which the general public was unaware. One great example was “Your Library Loves You,” an amnesty campaign during the month of February to let our customers know fines would be forgiven when they brought overdue materials back to the library. It was a roaring success.We are in the midst of a search for a new executive director. Our budget for the process is $20,000 which is only 0.7 percent of our 2.97 million dollar budget. I believe the choice of executive director is the most important decision the Library Board will make this year. We hired nationally recognized library consultant Larry Corbus to oversee this process because of his experience and connection in the library world. We will be spending $12,000 for Mr. Corbus’ advice and help. The rest of the money will go toward travel expenses as we host an interview weekend in September for the candidates. The Library Board had neither the expertise nor time to conduct this search. We feel confident we will hire a person who will be able to lead our Library District in our upcoming period of growth as we anticipate building or enlarging all six of our libraries.Library Board meetings are held the first Thursday of the month. Notice of the meetings is advertised in the paper. Notices are posted at each of our branches. Our next meeting is 6 p.m. Sept. 6 at the Rifle branch. Our meetings are open to the public.We who serve on the Board are deeply aware of our responsibilities to the tax payers of our communities. We will continue to make the best possible use of the money we are entrusted with to ensure our libraries are inviting, up-to-date and the heart of our communities.Cheryl CurrierLibrary Board PresidentGarfield County Public Library District

Dear Editor,Re: Bob Richardson Aug. 28 “Constitution is a dead letter.”Bob has it right on. Especially his comments about liberal ranting about what ever happens to suit their agenda.I think I may have stumbled on why this is. I think much of what people and especially the media find wrong with America is because we Americans are spoiled.Why are we so unhappy? We have electricity and water 24 hours a day. Ninety-five percent of us have a job. We have free speech, press and religion that is not possible in many places in the world. We have more food in any supermarket on any given day than some places will see in a year.The majority of us own our own homes. And despite what sicko Michael Moore says, we have the best health care available anywhere.As columnist Craig R. Smith says, “The fact is, we are the largest group of ungrateful, spoiled brats the world has ever seen.” Most of the people in the world (with the possible exception of some radical Islamists) like the U.S. They just hate us, the citizens of this great country. It is difficult for them to understand why the most blessed people on the planet constantly complain about what we don’t have and what we hate about our country, instead of thanking God we live here.Our Constitution is under attack, as Bob said. Multiculturalism, socialism, and pacifism all contribute to the unraveling of that document. As a people, we had better start paying attention to what is happening before it is too late. And if you can’t be constructive and helpful concerning these issues, just shut up and quite complaining. You never had it so good.Bob AndersonGlenwood Springs

Dear Editor,In the summer of 2007, the Missouri Heights community lost two very special friends. Mike Bianco came up to Missouri Heights in 1942 and formed the Virgile Holcomb Ranch consisting of 160 acres. It was located where the Stoner and Tornare ranches are today. In 1943, Mike, his father and brother took over the Prechtell Ranch across from the Missouri Heights Schoolhouse, now owned by the Strang family.Mike and Stella married in 1947 and lived on the ranch until 1957. They came to many parties and dances at the Missouri Heights Schoolhouse and, at our annual summer potluck on July 8, they were there, laughing, chatting with neighbors and enjoying the music. Mike died in Stella’s arms a few days later at a dance at the little red schoolhouse in Canyon Creek. We at the Missouri Heights Schoolhouse will always love and miss you, Mike.Owen Holgate was the son of Fred Holgate, who built the Missouri Heights school in 1917, with the help of surrounding farmers. Owen was raised on the Heights, across from where the Tornare Ranch is today, on Catherine Store Road. He attended class at the schoolhouse, and there is a picture of him in overalls on the schoolhouse wall. The year was 1937.Owen often came to our parties and potlucks. He didn’t care to speak, so we told the history for him. One time, he and his grandson, Steve, rode horses to our annual party. They tied the horses to the fence and came in to eat. It was quite wonderful. We will miss you, dear friend. Rest assured, your family will always be remembered in pictures on the schoolhouse wall.Anita WittThe Missouri Heights Community League



Dear Editor,I had to laugh at your headline, “Volunteer ethic drives longtime planning commissioner,” above your article about real estate broker Cheryl Chandler. Perhaps, “Fox guards hen house” would have been more appropriate. Robert Lewis Glenwood Springs

Dear Editor,In response to Carlton Hubbard’s letter to the editor, I must say I am guilty. I can’t stop! I still say, I still think Glenwood Post. But I am not alone. Try the P.I. test: show “our” paper to somebody, but only for one second. Then ask them the name of our paper. I think I am still in the upper 50 percentile. Well, at least in old-timers!Gary R. MillerRifle


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