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I would like to take issue with the remarks made by John Harpole, president of Littleton-based Mercator Energy, at last Thursday’s U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s Northwest Colorado Resource Council meeting in Glenwood Springs. Mr. Harpole is promoting drilling on the Roan Plateau to offset what he claims to be an approaching national natural gas shortage. The majority of the American public now knows that the gas companies, like the oil companies, create their own shortages and manipulate the pricing of natural gas. The public should be very skeptical of these types of scarcity tactics employed by the gas companies. The Roan Plateau is vital and precious resource to this part of Colorado. The gas companies need to stay off the Roan Plateau. They already have been issued too many drilling permits. The BLM has been giving away too many land leases to the gas companies. The gas companies have more than enough permits and leases to drill gas in Colorado. They do not need the Roan Plateau. The requests by thousands of Colorado citizens to keep gas drilling off the Roan Plateau continue to be ignored by the BLM and other governmental agencies. It is evident that the BLM, the U.S. Forest Service, and the DOW have totally disregarded any need for environmental impact studies. The Roan Plateau is a vital pristine natural habitat for fish, vegetation, and wildlife. It is a fact that drilling on the Roan Plateau will cause considerable physical damage that cannot be repaired. Governor Ritter and U.S. Senator Ken Salazar are considering this issue right now. Write or call them, and ask them to deny drilling on the Roan Plateau. Let’s see if any of our local and state elected officials will step up and aggressively lobby against drilling on the Roan. Another election is approaching next year. Let us remember which side of this issue our elected representatives stood. Let’s see where the gas money goes!Randy Fricke, Basalt

In response to Josh White, Nov. 21, I totally agree with him 100 percent.If the editors would quit “editing” my letters to the editor and print what I have fully said in all my past letters, Josh would have the answer to his comment about the Bible. But the “editors” only want the truth about illegal immigrants and pit bulls printed, with no truth about God.The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) have 13 articles of Faith that explain what they believe about God. Article 1: We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost. Article 8: We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God.The Book of Mormon is a second witness (the Bible being the first) to the life of Jesus Christ and His ministry to the people here on the western continent (South America and North America). Josh, if you or anyone else wants to know what The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) really believe, then hear it from them, and not from the “experts” who don’t even know The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons). Anyone can access a Web site, which is specifically set up to answer these and many more questions. Irvin Tilley,Glenwood Springs


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