Citizen Telegram Letters to the Editor – July 3, 2014 |

Citizen Telegram Letters to the Editor – July 3, 2014

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Not feeling sorry for Swallow

I am so tired of hearing a grown man whine [“Low gas prices lead to layoffs,” The Citizen Telegram, June 26, 2014], especially one who probably has more and owns more than most of us here in Rifle will ever own. I was so very, very sorry to hear that people have been laid off.

I have lived in Rifle for over 50 years and it reminded me of a lot of the people here who had to drive upvalley to find work for years and years, and having the highest gas prices around. They have gouged us and gouged us. I remember some of the men here trying to form a gas co-op; it didn’t work so we went on being gouged.

Then Kum & Go came in; oh boy, we were going to have a little gas competition. Didn’t happen; collusion is hard to prove, but a lot of us felt that it was happening.

He then had the big shot gas and oil people write letters. This was certainly a bad idea. They not only slammed someone’s personality (whatever happened to fighting the issue and not the person? I guess these big shots have not heard of this. She did a great job of defending herself), they also insulted all of the people of Rifle. They seem to believe that none of us have heard of “big box” stores. Bad, nasty letters.

Two summers ago, we took a vacation out west. Each and every state we went through had lower gas prices than Rifle. The only place I saw higher prices was in Death Valley, Calif. Go figure.

I have watched City Market let many, many organizations have bake sales in their store. God bless you, City Market. I never thought we would have lower gas prices. I don’t feel a bit sorry for him.

Sharon Kivisto


Diverting attention

President Obama has opened up a campaign supporting the fallacy of human-caused global warming in an attempt to divert attention from the many scandals spewing from his administration including:

Fast and furious. Has anyone been arrested or fired?

Obamacare. Have the designers of the ill-fated software been fired?

Benghazi. Why has only one of the attackers been arrested after Obama assured us that all would be pursued and prosecuted?

IRS. Why is Mrs. Lerner not being prosecuted by Attorney General Holder? Since she took the “Fifth,” she obviously broke the law. Why have no IRS staff members been fired and charged with crimes?

Veterans Administration. Why were administrative shortcomings allowed to continue far into the Obama presidency?

The failure of Holder to prosecute obvious cases of voter intimidation. Why wasn’t someone arrested?

The release of five terrorists from Guantanamo Bay without consulting Congress.

Numerous instances of creating executive orders, a form of legislation, not intended as such by the Constitution.

Obama hopes that the smokescreen of human-caused global warming will make voters forget all of the above. For a true reading of climate change, visit Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow, These researchers have the true facts.

Dick Prosence


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