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Monday letters: Boebert, Trump, D.C. violence, politics, new hope

Responsible parties

This was the darkest day this nation has seen since I was born in 1983. Far darker than any foreign attack, this was the culmination of Trump’s attempt to stay in power through his lies and combative rhetoric.

We all saw an attack on the citadel of democracy. This was an insurrection, a failed coup d’état. Make no mistake, Trump has lied to the American public. We are all shocked, but none of us should be very surprised; a small part of each of us saw something like this coming.

His desire to stay in power is so strong that, since Nov. 3, he has lied about winning the election, and his language while perpetuating this lie has gotten increasingly combative. Worse, he is not alone. While the president and his lackeys were fanning the flames and whipping a crowd of thousands into a vengeful mob in D.C, some members of the House and Senate were agreeing with this lie throughout the soon-to-be-invaded halls of Congress. At that same time, one of Colorado’s representatives was pledging that this day was the new 1776.

In some of the far reaches of the internet, on message boards and the social media app Parler, calls for revolution and violence have grown since Trump lost his re-election. This was no surprise.

What was surprising was to learn that many people calling for a revolt to keep Trump in office were claiming “this is the new 1776” or “a 1776 moment.”

When she signed a 1776 pledge that morning, I believe our congresswoman knew what that meant to Trump supporters. She was openly asking for an insurrection. What may be worse is, after the violence, she, unlike the eight other delegates from Colorado, continued to perpetuate Trump’s massive lie by voting to object to certification of the Electoral College.

Our congresswoman and the president are directly responsible for what happened on Jan. 6, 2021. We know Trump will be leaving office in two weeks, and our congresswoman should save us all some trouble, acknowledge what she has done and resign her seat.

Colin Wilhelm

Glenwood Springs

Condemn the violence

The violence on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, Jan. 6, should be condemned. It is very clear that there can be no peace in America until the Democratic and Republican parties are gone.

This violence is the first step toward a civil war started by both the Democratic and Republican parties. All of their corruption, monetary greed and election rigging has brought us to this dangerous point. Look at all of the billions of dollars spent on these elections.

The spending is way out of control. All of this money was wasted on two corrupt political parties during this time when millions of Americans are suffering. Legally, these two political parties are mere political clubs fighting for control of America’s election system. They have no legal right to control America’s election system. Election reform can only come from nonpartisan open elections managed by independent nonpartisan election commissions.

Neither of these two parties care about the American people. While these two parties debated for nine months over how little money to give to the American people, they had no problem giving their corporate sponsors billions of corporate welfare.

Apparently, the American people are not worth much, according to these two parties. It is our money, not theirs.

These two parties are dangerous to America and to the American people. Nothing good can come of their continued existence. Their continued existence can only escalate into more violence and civil war.

With only two skimpy survival checks, the violence of 2020, and now the attack on Capitol Hill, the Democratic and Republican parties have written their own political obituaries for 2022, for 2024, and hopefully forever.

Randy Fricke

National Election Reform Committee/Independent Voting

New Castle

Flipping the game board

The Jan. 6 insurrection, ordered by Trump and sons, grabbed me with the thought that we’re waging sedition against Congress, over a vote, despite it following the rules and procedures set out in the constitution.

We stormed the halls, in the name of the Constitution, while flying a confederate flag. Dang, it’s like flipping the monopoly board because everybody’s playing fair.

Seems to me it’s a demonstration of the cognitive dissonance that is daily broadcast to and absorbed by a third of our population. Information from the nonscience, alternate fact universe, where cellphones are made like lollipops.

John Hoffmann


Awaiting new chapter

Another terrible day in Washington, D.C. — Jan. 6, 2021 — unfolded as our current president held a rally and told his supporters/protesters that they should march to the Capitol. He also said, “You will never take back our country with weakness.”

In America, we all know that peaceful protesters are allowed to voice their opinions. Many of these protesters sadly transformed into a violent mob. The attack on our U.S. Capitol left four people dead, many injured and much property damage.

In the Bible (Galatians), it says, “You reap what you sow.” The current president has told the American people so many lies that many find it hard to know what is true. All American citizens have the right to vote, but if they don’t vote for “you,” they are enemies.

Let us hope on Jan. 20 we can start a new chapter of our history — All Americans working together to get through a difficult time.

Nancy Hess

Glenwood Springs

Accept responsibility

How ironic that the poll in Wednesday’s paper asked what we thought should be the No. 1 area of focus for Rep. Boebert.

I’m sure my thoughts are not one of the options provided, but here’s what I would suggest: Ms. Boebert — as I know that you advocate personal responsibility, I request that you accept your personal responsibility for the events at the Capitol on Wednesday, including the loss of five lives.

One of those people died trying to protect you from a mob, and I would hope that you would consider donating at least half of your congressional salary to a fund for the benefit of that officer’s family, as well as the other officers injured in the melee.

Most other members of Congress, from both parties, have acknowledged that what happened was not “patriotism” or “protest.” I also suggest serious study of the Constitution, every article and every amendment.

Sharon McLin

New Castle

Investigate hate groups

Rep. Boebert, please use your position and power to investigate white supremacy groups. They were on full display Wednesday at the U.S. Capitol where five people were killed and many more police officers were wounded.

The Southern Poverty Law Center reported in 2019 that there are 1,020 U.S. hate groups and that they have increased 30% since 2016.

As a child, I crouched under school desks during nuclear attack drills, but I am far more fearful today of white supremacy groups. They meet in secret locations like public forests to practice military drills, they are heavily armed, and they use symbols I do not understand, like the Nazis did in Germany before World War II.

I am very worried that if we do not investigate and root out these secret paramilitary groups, they will proliferate and assault free speech and ultimately cause our open society in America to close.

Ken Ransford


Boebert reference out of context

Separate but equal. Poorly written rhetoric or dog whistle?

I just couldn’t let it go. Our elected officials need to have integrity. The insurrection at the Capitol was heartbreaking, humiliating and horrifying. It was indefensible.

Then, I listened to our representative, Lauren Boebert’s, speech on the House floor. I take no issue with the necessity of civilized debate. That is what she was sent to Washington to do. She stated she had a “separate but equal” obligation to object.

Huh? Separate but equal was the Supreme Court doctrine circa 1954 that upheld legal segregation. Those three words strung together were out of context in Rep. Boebert’s speech.

On that day, at that time, those are the words that were carefully chosen to express her duty? The knot that had been in my stomach moved to my throat, and I couldn’t let it go. It must have been poorly written rhetoric, a beginner’s mistake.

Rep. Boebert came out with an ad earlier in the week, “Why I’m carrying my Glock to Congress.” In the ad she is shown walking the empty streets of D.C. (allegedly) with her Glock. She did not have her Glock with her on Jan. 6, according to an interview Rep. Fallon (Texas) gave to Chris Salcedo on Newsmax on Jan. 6. This is because Rep. Boebert has not been carrying her Glock to Congress, according to a statement her spokesperson Ben Goldey gave to the Washington Post.

Again, I am giving our newest representative the benefit of the doubt. Our elected officials need to have integrity, be honest. That is why I couldn’t let it go. Rep. Boebert represents the constituents she left in western Colorado, not just the ones outside the Capitol with her on Wednesday. My hope for 2021 is that we all focus more on the facts, the issues and working together.

Not so thinly veiled racist rhetoric was not the message southern and western Colorado should have sent to the world. I hope that was not the message the world received. That is why I couldn’t let it go.

Heather Beattie


A way out of the darkness

Everyone is unhappy these days. We are living under a cloud of suffering. Most Americans, and I believe citizens of the world, feel a certain level of frustration, fear, anxiety, anger and powerlessness.

Our leaders have failed us on both sides of the aisle. Their self-serving interests are there to divide and conquer the human spirit.

I have news for those “leaders,” you may be able to rule the limited human ego through fear. But you can never vanquish the human spirit. It is what gets us through the tough times, including the predicament we find ourselves in today.

The only thing more powerful than the fear being tossed about is the light of love that exists within the heart of every human.

We will never solve the problems we face with more of the same negative energy.

This is no time to hide in the shadows and fester in the wrongs of the past. Use your past to fuel your present and harness your inner power.

It is time for us to take responsibility for our own lives, to stop making excuses, beating ourselves up, blaming and clean up our inner attitudes.

It is time for our egos to step aside, stop taking things so personally and put our true selves in the driver’s seat.

Only light can change the dark.

That light has to come from within. Refocus on what is good in you, your life, the world. Look for what connects you to others instead of what is different. Choose to give your energy to lifting yourself and the world up through positive thoughts, words and actions.

One person at a time, we must stoke our own inner fire of potent love to overcome the darkness we face.

This is not someone else’s responsibility. It is your responsibility and mine. Will you join me in consciously letting spirit rise up while letting ego sit down?

Now is the time. The world truly needs you.

Mindy Arbuckle

Glenwood Springs

Be responsible, and resign

January 6, 2021, will be remembered as a very sad day by me. Our nation’s Capitol was looted by rioters, domestic terrorists. Five people died. One of them was an Air Force veteran. One, a police officer.

The officer died protecting Rep. Lauren Boebert from the very people she encouraged to be at our Capitol that day, her “constituents,” she called them, while she hid in an undisclosed location.

Is that how you support our law enforcement men and women, Representative? Is that how you “Back the Blue”?

In less than a week on the job, the blood of five dead people is on your hands, Ms. Boebert. I ask you to take responsibility and resign.

Surely, we can find someone that will think about protecting our Constitution and defending our democracy to take your place.

James Gilliam



Wednesday letters: ID check, Black Lives Matter, demise of America, grocery prices, you go commissioners, Biden won, quinine, cure worse than disease

Policy of colors is wrong

The mighty and all-knowing Polis is making a huge mistake. His policy of colors is wrong.

What should be instated instead is an “ID Check” similar to pot and liquor stores. The new rule should be as follows: Anyone older than 60 is restricted. These people will have to get their groceries delivered, and are not allowed to visit any restaurant in person, or any other activity that might present a “social distancing” issue. If they show up to such public places: check their ID and refuse service to those failing the ID Check. Simple.

Everyone else: Go out if you want. Stay home if you want. I know a ton of young 20- and 30-year-olds (and even older) that have had COVID-19, and guess what? In days, they are just fine. Open up the restaurants and bars, and everything else. Sure — still wear a mask — but release the stranglehold. Please.

The current Polis dictatorship is financially killing the young (and healthy and resilient) adults of all of our communities by forcing them out of jobs and productivity. It is also placing massive strain on a ton of mom-and-pop shops to the brink of destruction. And most of this is being done to protect those who fall within the “ID Check” category.

Polis: Open up the communities except for the “ID Check” folks, and our communities will thrive. And commissioners: Thanks for fighting for our young and capable citizens, and the mom-and-pop entrepreneurs.

Dave Heyliger

Glenwood Springs

BLM using churches as cover

BLM is using churches as a cover for their ill intent. Trojan horse. The leadership at BLM is Marxist, and it isn’t Groucho Marx. The Marxist god is the state. Marxist advocates tear down statues of the Virgin Mary and impose BLM banners. Ironic.

Churches or government entities ought to be ashamed for sponsoring their own demise. Stop.

Original sin. It’s just the reverse of that Tom Cruise movie a few years ago where people were convicted of a crime before they committed it. Funny. People are now persecuted for who they were, not what they became.

Christianity works towards redemption. This current type of retribution without compassion is irrational, as Moses implied, and Jesus demonstrated.

Was the clergy asleep in Sunday school?

Fred Stewart

Grand Junction

The demise of America

The reason America is so divided is more than Democrats and Republicans. A major part of it is the lack of God in society. You can trace it back to 1962 when the Supreme Court banned school- sponsored prayer, had the Ten Commandments removed from schools, and took the Bible out of classrooms.

The problems of society started to get worse after that year, and we are seeing the effects of it today. The Democratic party has gone off the rails crazy in the last 20 years with embracement of socialism, Marxism, liberalism, progressivism and social programs that have done great damage to this country.

The Democrats embrace revisionist history. Our children are being taught this and being indoctrinated from kindergarten to college. Donald Trump is not the problem, he is the result of people being sick and tired of politicians and Washington, D.C.

A bloated and out of control government is the problem. No one is being held accountable. Donald Trump is one of very few presidents who has done what he said he was going to do and did not just say it for a campaign slogan.

Democrat policies have failed the American people time and time again, resulting in larger government and a lot of social programs we do not need.

The pandemic has been something the globalists needed to reset the world economy and seize more power and control. It looks like a feeble Joe Biden and his

ultra-leftist running mate Kamala Harris will be pushing change on America that will do great harm. Elections have consequences. Remember Barack Obama said, “We have to fundamentally transform America”.

“Any society that will give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.”

— Benjamin Franklin

Curt Hanson


Grocery receipt doesn’t add up

I try to keep it short at the grocery store. You know why. Yesterday I picked up a dozen items. I have a good head for numbers, so I remember prices, and I’m a very thrifty shopper.

When I checked out, I noticed I got overcharged $4 for a couple of blocks of cheese. The checker trudged over to the dairy case with me, and she made everything right. Then, as I was heading out the door, I checked my receipt again. This time I noticed that the pomegranate on sale for $4.99 got charged at $5.99.

I caught the manager, who suggested we visit the pomegranate case. “I’ll make this right for you,” he declared when I showed him the price. Next stop: customer service counter. When we got there, no one was on duty. The manager started banging on doors. “Look,” I said. “I’ve only got so much time to hang around for a lousy buck.”

“No,” the manager declared.” I’m going to refund your entire purchase price.”

That sounded fair, but after several more minutes of searching for the customer service clerk, I told him, “You obviously have more problems than I do. Let’s just forget it.”

“Catch me next time, and I’ll pay you,” he assured me as I walked out the door.

End of story? Just the first half. This morning I was pacing the aisles again. This time I wrote down prices as I shopped. Bottom line: Crackers advertised for $1.99 sold for $2.99. Three cans of soup on sale for $.99 rang up at $1.79 each. A box of blueberries advertised at four for $5 cost me $2.50.

Today I didn’t fight it. I wasn’t about to spend my morning chasing five bucks. But if you’re pinching pennies in these challenging times, you might want to look at your checkout receipt.

Ed Colby

New Castle

Thanks, commissioners

The four liberal anti-Trump letters in Friday’s Post Independent peaked in their COVID-19-blaming hysteria with Dean Moffitt’s Pilger pointing blame for COVID-19 deaths at our Garco commissioners.

Liberal zealots know no bounds. Thank the Lord at least locally, sane sensibility is still in charge. Thank you for your service, Mr. Martin, Mr. Sampson and Mr. Jankovsky.

Bruno Kirchenwitz


Biden won

News flash: The 2020 presidential election is over. Joe Biden won, but there are still those who will not accept it. I find this interesting, but if they were all working or had a hobby, or did volunteer work at a hospital, or rearranged their sock drawer at home, these pseudo-Republicans would not be sitting in the front yard of the Secretary of State in Michigan protesting with guns strapped to their sides, while she decorated her Christmas tree with her 4-year-old little girl.

Think of all the money the RNC and the Trump campaign has spent since Nov. 4 contesting an obviously fair election. And, after you do that, please think of all the front-line medical workers who are being paid minimum wage to take care of all the COVID-19-infected people in hospitals right now.

We tend to think of front-line workers as doctors and nurses, but they are the minority. The nurse’s assistants, the EMS personnel, the nursing staff in nursing homes are in need of financial help, yet the Trump administration ignores them. But, when it comes to wasting money on a cause that has no positive outcome for them, there is no end in sight.

We should make Jan. 20, 2021, a national holiday.

The day celebrated because it represents our close brush with the loss of our democracy.

On the chatroom Parler Free Speech Lauren Boebert has been very busy indeed. Putting out disinformation and lies non-stop about our election being rigged. Gee, it is nice to see our new House representatives spending their time wisely.

Can’t make this stuff up folks.

Steven Gluckman

Glenwood Springs

Quinine is the cure

Yes, the Trump administration’s Operation Warp Speed’s COVID-19 vaccines are coming off the pharma-biotech assembly lines with more new manufactured ones to come and the selective mass inoculations have begun.

However, the news reports states that it will be Summer 2021 when the great majority of our American populations will be inoculated for their safekeeping.

What I shall be doing through these coming months to stay well and daily toast my health is to drink the age-old popular wellness carbonated soda that pre-1960 Americans relied upon.

In every supermarket in the soda aisle is tonic water, also called quinine water. It’s my beverage tonic for COVID-19 times.

Tonic water has been used for untold decades as a medicine to fight malaria, sweating, chills, fevers and other maladies to restore people’s health or as a preventive.

I am thankful tonic water with quinine in it is still around. Here’s to the older Americans, our old people, when I was growing up in the 1950s.

Emzy Veazy III

Burbank, California

Cure worse than disease

Can people please start looking at the real numbers for all this? Really, do we need to shut down indoor dining and make further restrictions on businesses? Isn’t the cure worse than the disease?

Look at the hospitalizations and deaths, people. This disease is not bad for the majority of people. Can’t people make their own decisions if they want to keep their businesses open, if they dare shop in their local businesses, if they want to sit in a restaurant that chooses to stay open? If you’re scared, feel free to stay at home or to close your business.

Many of us have already had COVID-19 or are not scared of it. Of course we want to keep our elderly and immune-compromised safe, but haven’t you heard of the huge increases in suicides, suicide calls, depression, etc.?

Please turn mainstream media off and calm the fear it is trying to illicit. Check out stopworldcontrol.com/full. Check out the Barrington Declaration. Use Duck Duck Go or an alternative to Google as it’s very hard to find the truth on Google nowadays.

We need our small business owners to survive, and many of us are wanting to be their customers, but government is trying to have way too much control. Wake up everyone before it is too late.

Jennifer Lahti



Council: We share your frustration with 27th Street bridge project

As community leaders, we were frustrated by the continued closure of the 27th Street bridge for the past week and the impacts on those who depend on this facility. This project was scheduled to be complete by Dec. 5, but it has been opposed by extremely challenging topography, an unseasonably wet early summer, early winter storms, and issues with contractor performance. We are excited that the major impacts are now over and the 27th Street bridge is now open for traffic.

This project has greatly impacted all of us and our families as we sat in traffic alongside our neighbors. Getting to work, kids to school, or running errands has required extra planning and patience and we greatly appreciate the community’s support as we pushed through this final closure. South Glenwood is one of the most populous neighborhoods in Glenwood Springs. Many City staff including the city manager, assistant manager, city engineer and the mayor live with the impacts alongside their neighbors that area. While the major impacts are over, we are still committed to getting this project done efficiently with a high standard of quality as final items are worked on over the next several weeks.

The good news for our community is that the work is near completion and all efforts are underway to complete this project as soon as possible. There are minor impacts remaining on this project now that the bridge is open to traffic. These impacts will include periodic traffic holds with alternating lanes during off-peak hours next week and for the first couple weeks of January as striping and punch-list items are completed. Neighbors of the project can expect holidays without construction noise as crews are not permitted to work on the upcoming holidays.

We continue to ask for the community’s patience during this last bit of construction. In the meantime, the contractor has been using every available technique to complete a quality installation of the pavement while suffering with winter conditions. As many of you will recall, CDOT also constructed through three years of winter conditions for the completion of the Grand Avenue Bridge using these same techniques.

During this project, the bridge has been completely offline for a total of 19 days. This falls short of the goals we set for ourselves and the contractor. The city is reviewing the commitments set forth at the beginning of the project and scrutinizing the staffing levels, equipment availability, and proposed project schedule that led to the prolonging of this project.

As elected officials we have sat in numerous open and executive sessions over the last year where we were briefed on the contract, potential remedies, and risks associated with it. We will do everything in our power to make sure that if issues are revealed with this project, regardless of cause, they are dealt with in a manner that puts the interest of the City and its residents first.

Our Glenwood residents are hardy and resilient and city staff are professional and dedicated. While we all would have liked to have this behind us, we have faced challenges before and risen to the occasion. The continued fight against the mine expansion and the 90-day GAB closure are two of the many examples of Glenwood’s strengths. This temporary but prolonged closure of the 27th St. Bridge demonstrates why we need to press forward on the South Bridge. Glenwood Springs and the entire region needs to have better access and circulation to serve the transportation needs of the community.

As city councilors, we would like to thank our residents for their patience during this challenging project.

Glenwood Springs city councilors are Tony Hershey, Paula Stepp, Steve Davis, Jonathan Godes, Shelley Kaup, Rick Vorhees and Charlie Willman.