Letters to the Editor
Dear Editor,My name is Debbie Stone Bruell, and I am running for a seat on the Re-1 School Board because I am passionate about creating outstanding public schools in our district. The Roaring Fork Valley is a unique place, filled with abundant evidence of the power of people working together for the good of us all, particularly in the environmental arena. We need this kind of vision and energy focused on our public schools. It is through a collaboration of students, teachers, administrators, parents and the community that we can create exemplary schools that benefit all students and promote the broader social good. My focus on the school board will be: encouraging parents’ participation in the schools and drawing on parents’ energy and ideas; leveraging the expertise of the district’s greatest resource, its teachers; directly addressing issues of “flight” and demographic imbalances in our schools; and addressing issues and concerns immediately and proactively, dealing with small “bumps in the road” before they have a chance to grow into large roadblocks.The teachers are the ones in the classrooms with our children, and their perspectives are invaluable, helping to shape more effective curriculum and instruction.As an active volunteer in the RFSD schools for the last seven years, I have successfully collaborated with the district to create positive changes at the schools. I have also experienced frustration at times as I have tried to work with the school district. If elected, I plan to make it easier for interested parents, teachers and community members to express their views, and will welcome their creative contributions to the improvement of the education we provide for our children. I look forward to being an open-minded, responsive and effective school board member.Please vote Bruell for Re-1 School Board.Debbie Stone BruellCarbondale
Dear Editor,Ms. Chandler, joined by the executive board of the Grand Valley Citizens Alliance, in the Post Independent on Sept. 27, expressed her extreme concerns about living in Garfield County with gas wells emitting volatile organic compounds and (boo hoo), wanted to know, “What are we doing to our children…?”With Ms Chandler’s and the executive board’s deeply held, though unwarranted, concerns, it would seem they are remiss in risking their own and their children’s health by staying in this area of well-regulated development of natural gas fields by responsible companies monitored by the COGCC. Maybe a move to brown-cloud areas like Denver or Salt Lake City would cure their anxiety. In Denver, they would be closer to COGCC headquarters, and wouldn’t burn so much fuel going to meetings. Or is the Garfield County air cleaner and purer because of a regulated industry?Harassment of the personnel of production companies and the COGCC seem to be standard procedure with the GVCA. It appears no amount of studies, published information or chemical analysis will be enough, not even chemical content of material posted on rigs as it is on their vitamin bottle.Jack E. BlankenshipBattlement Mesa
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