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Dear Editor,Christmas leads me to ponder the teachings and values of Christ. He blesses the poor in spirit, those who mourn, who hunger for truth and justice, the meek, the merciful, the pure of heart and those persecuted for standing up for truth, justice and his teachings. When pressed, he gives us two laws, to love God with our entire mind, heart and body, and to love our neighbors as ourselves. Simple as they are the laws challenge us daily and are clarified by examples in his life. He honors and obeys women. He never denies his own deity and called every person his brother. The only time he becomes angry is at people profiting from religion. Christs most powerful lesson lay within his humiliation, torture and death. He accepted the attacks fearlessly, retaliating with only love and forgiveness. In the Course in Miracles Christ shows us other ways to think. His book begins with, The opposite of love is fear but what is all encompassing cannot have an opposite. He sums the book up with Nothing real can be threatened; nothing unreal exists. Herein lies the peace of God. We are shown that there are only two human emotions, fear and love, and that only the love is real. My favorite lesson is, If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you dont bring forth what is within you what you dont bring forth will destroy you.Merry Christmas,John HoffmannCarbondale

Dear Editor,This Christmas we find our homes safe, warm and cozy. Lights, Christmas trees and presents everywhere. Id like to remind my friends, brothers and sisters, that the rest of the world isnt so lucky: There are many people without water, electricity, medicine and food.Every drop of gasoline you use contributes to their suffering and demise. Every bit of waste you produce adds to their suffering.Americas greed is not appropriate if you care about life, each life Use this season to show and remember the love in you heart. Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.Willow LePantoGlenwood Springs

Dear Editor,We would really have to be in the holiday spirit to welcome Bill Barretts return to Garfield County as an oil and gas operator.The same Bill Barrett, a principal stockholder in Grand Valley Gathering, failed to report to Garfield County the actual value of the gathering system. An undisclosed initial investment of approximately $7,000 went unreported for six years. A negotiated settlement was reached minutes before a hearing was to begin at the State Board of Appeals. Taxes, without interest, were recovered for the prior six years.It was also discovered that Barrett had been reporting a lower gas price to the county than they were reporting to the Oil & Gas Commission. Unsubstantiated deductions for transportation charges were being applied at the county level. A settlement was negotiated at the same State Board of Appeals level as mentioned above. The transportation charge was lowered and Garfield County recovered taxes for the prior six years.This same county issue that Barrett had made unlawful deductions in computing transportation charges has been proven in two recent court cases brought by mineral owners Joan Savage and Bill Clough. Both cases were awarded damages for the prior six years.The Post Independent caption read, Barrett must win the trust of county residents. Apparently Barrett believes that upon their return to Garfield County that building trust will be limited to environmental issues only without consideration of their past financial dealings.Ken Call Glenwood Springs

Dear Editor,Your Dec. 17 article on affordable housing perpetuates a myth about deed restrictions. Chris McGovern says that caps on price increases prevent homeowners from building equity. I would think that a realtor like Chris would understand that, in fact, the opposite is true.Affordable housing prices are typically capped at an annual increase of 3 to 5 percent. Using an average of 4 percent, a $200,000 home could sell for $238,651 after five years. Including equity built by that part of each mortgage payment which goes towards principal, that family has built over $40,000 of equity in five years.Then consider that affordable homes usually require a smaller down payment than free market units, often 5 percent compared to the usual 10 percent. A 5 percent down payment on that $200,000 home was $10,000, so the familys $40,000 equity increase is a whopping 400 percent return on their investment. After five years, they have a total of $50,000 for a down payment on a new home.Without deed restrictions, that same home would probably sell for about $300,000. A 10 percent down payment would be about $30,000, putting it forever out of reach of most families. So that same family, instead of building a tidy nest egg, stays in rental housing and builds absolutely no equity.Nancy SmithCarbondale


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