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One cold, snowy morning in early January, I sat down at my dining room table with a cup of coffee and canceled 62 catalogs that had been delivered to my house during the holidays. I called the number on the back of each catalog, talked to a service representative, and asked them to remove my name from their mailing list. It took countless hours, but I was determined to stop this wasteful delivery.

Yesterday, I found out there is a much easier way to cancel your unwanted catalogs. You simply log on to Catalog Choice at http://www.catalogchoice.org and click away to remove any and all unwanted catalogs. How simple is that!

Over 19 billion catalogs are mailed in the United States each year. That equals 53 million trees. We can save trees, natural resources, and reduce landfill trash by stopping unwanted catalogs. It doesn’t mean we have to quit shopping. It simply means we can shop for those items we want, from our preferred catalogs, in our local stores, or online, and get rid of the catalog spam. It’s my 2008 gift to the environment. Reduce, reuse, recycle, and refuse!



Nancy Reinisch

Glenwood Springs



Ms. Doyle ” ouch! I’m not sure of the need for a personal attack, as I was responding to an editorial by the editor himself, nor am I sure why the Glenwood Springs Post Independent chose to publish such an attack, except that my letter was directly in response to the managing editors.

I’m compelled, however, to respond with the facts, as you obviously know none of them. Fact ” My day begins long before the sun comes up and ends some 17 to 18 hours later (not much free time on my hands here). Fact ” East Elk Creek road is plowed every morning before the sun rises (almost every morning). My own road is plowed, as is the path to my paper box before dawn by yours truly. Fact ” My delivery person is not elderly. When Mr. Vetter delivered years ago, there were seldom any issues. He was elderly. Fact ” I have a life, a great one. I have a loving wife, beautiful children, grandchildren, my own business (which is going on its 21st year), a house I built 26 years ago, livestock, pets, parents, brothers, and many friends. The truth is, I’m not sure how much more life I could take.

The bottom line is that I’m paying for a service that has become sub-par. I complained through the Glenwood Springs Post Independent’s phone system, and then became one of those who were chastised by Mr. Shrull for not just sitting idly by.

Fact ” Since my letter to the editor and attempting to cancel my home delivery, the paper has been delivered bright and early practically every morning. The squeaky wheel gets the grease.

If you’d like, you can try to keep up with me and my “whole lot of extra time.”

Fact ” You don’t know anything about me, and I don’t slow down because there’s a little snow on the road.

Joe Gavito

New Castle

Editor’s Note: Your letter had nothing to do with improved delivery (although our circulation department is very dedicated to doing a great job), so don’t give the squeaky wheel too much credit. Circulation and the duties of the managing editor are completely unrelated. The editor just felt compelled to go to bat for the carriers who hit the road in the wee hours of the morning.

Returning to town, I opened the editorial section of the Glenwood Springs Post Independent with anticipation, only to find another remonstration of faith and righteousness from John Herbst. (Along with Patrick Hunter’s “right on” rejoinder.)

Though not totally devoid of eloquence, I, for one, would like to see John Herbst in the paper associated with the demonstration of good works and charity, which is the mark of virtue among all people of faith and good will. Whether the goal is conversion of non-believers or the declaration of your glorious God, actions speak louder than words.

Barb Coddington

Glenwood Springs


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