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A marijuana co-op would benefit Crawford

We know that in the Garden of Eden, God gave us all of the seed-bearing plants on earth to use... "And God saw that it was good." Genesis 1:12. We also know that the Food and Drug Administration approved the medical use of THC in 1992, 25 years ago.

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Fracking puts our watershed at risk

David Ludlam's recent opinion piece (Eco-snobbery reveals contradictions and false choices) in the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel could be parody if not for real consequences that fracking, drilling and transport pose to the North Fork. Today it's our small farming community that is the sacrifice zone; tomorrow it might be your child's playground or a retirement community.

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We're lucky to have DCMH

How lucky we are to have an outstanding hospital right here at home in Delta County! I recently had a new knee replacement there.

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Accentuate the positive

We don't have to look very far these days to see all of the negativity in our society. Just turn on the TV or pick up a newspaper and we are confronted with negative happenings each and every day.

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Unequal treatment is still an issue in Paonia

I would like to share my opinion on a recent episode in the history of the Paonia Town Council. Five members of the Town of Paonia's upper management recently joined in a complaint against a trustee.

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Nullifying estate tax will further consolidate wealth

Repealing the estate tax is a heinous ploy to once and for all consolidate most all the wealth and resources of the planet into the consortium blood line of the very few. Wake up people.

Explain to me how doing away with the estate tax benefits the masses.

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'Business as usual' costs property owner

Well, the City of Delta has done it again. They are one of the poorest cities in one of the poorest counties in the state of Colorado and yet they are very unfriendly to business.

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Why does the county hold so much in reserve?

Over the past year, I've listened as representatives from many worthwhile organizations delivered their pitch for financial help to Delta County's Commissioners. Most have walked away with the same response, "Sorry, we don't have the funds."

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Arts are at risk in Delta County

I am dismayed by the lack of interest in Arts Coalition of Delta County!

On Monday evening, Dec. 11, the Arts Coalition of Delta County board of directors will meet to decide if we will continue as a nonprofit organization.

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Military ball was a fitting tribute to veterans

My name is Cathy Meskel. I hosted the Stars and Stripes Military Ball on Veterans Day.

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Clothing choice is not an invitation

In response to an old fogey's viewpoint I would like to comment. And as a women approaching 70, I probably fall into old fogey category myself, so this comment comes from looking back over clothing choices covering a 50-year period.

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Thanks to peace officers

I just want to send out a big thank you to a couple of our peace officers in Delta County. Unfortunately I do not know their names but one is a member of the Cedaredge Police and the other is with the sheriff's office (actually the only female deputy I know of) for the help and support they gave my son when his car had the transmission go out in Cedaredge on Thursday night.

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'Business as usual' is not sustainable

I recently submitted my official affidavit to run for city council in Delta. I will seek the at-large seat in the April 2018 elections.

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Vote assures high-quality emergency response

As the wife of a Delta County Ambulance District employee, I would like to thank everyone who recently voted in favor of approving a mill levy for the Delta County Ambulance District (DCAD). Thank you to all the citizens who took time out of your busy schedules to attend the informative meetings presented by Kirby Clock, the DCAD manager.

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An 'old fogey' expresses his viewpoint

Let me say I do not condone any improper sexual conduct. I am not a prude by any means ... but are not the women of today's society, and I mean the last 50 years, inviting/enticing this conduct?

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Kudos to U.S. postal employees

The next time you see you local mail person give them a thank you for all they go through to deliver your mail -- from the daily lifting of 70-pound tubs full of mail, dodging dogs, driving postal vehicles in every weather condition imaginable, and praying not to get rear ended each time they pull up next to your mail box on all the busy highways out there.

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Fact checking

It's clear from his recent letter regarding the Bull Mountain oil and gas development plan that Mike Roberts desperately needs a fact checker and some remedial lessons on science and government.

For starters, the proposed fracking project he supports is actually located in Gunnison County, not Delta County.

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Craft fair proceeds go to local nonprofits

Thank you Mckenzie Moore and the Delta County Independent for showcasing the All Saints Lutheran Church annual craft fair. A couple of interesting facts were not included in the article.

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A forgotten good neighbor policy

A couple of years ago, the Cedaredge town manager, golf pro and golf course maintenance manager asked to speak with representatives of the two homeowner associations that surround the Cedaredge Golf Course.

The subject was the creation of a "good neighbor policy."

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Well done, election officials

I was privileged to attend the Nov. 7 election vote count as a watcher at the Delta County elections office. Having been a voter for 44 years, I really didn't have a clue as to how the counting process was carried out.

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A word of thanks from the amb. district

We would like to thank the citizens of the Delta County Ambulance District for your vote of confidence Nov. 7. We are thrilled that you have placed your confidence in us.

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Thinking about water problems

Another dry summer has passed. It appears that there will be no end to the increasing water demands of the Front Range cities.

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The fight has just begun

Bike trails in the Dominguez Escalante NCA -- I can't believe that the BLM is considering this proposal. I recently applied for a right-of-way with the BLM to place a properly lit and properly displayed flag pole for an American flag at the Highway 50 Christmas tree site and was turned down.

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Commissioners foster the county's 'new economy'

After reading the DCI article on the grant awarded by the Economic Development Administration (EDA) to Delta County for the ENGAGE project, I want to thank our county commissioners for supporting this effort. As commissioner Doug Atchley was quoted as saying: "ENGAGE will be a game changer for Delta County" and will put "Delta County on the map as the place to grow great ideas and businesses."

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Delta has been a great place to raise kids

Years ago, before Vally and I had any children, we took a couple of days away from college and explored western Colorado. We stopped for the night in Delta, both having the thought that this would be a cool place to live.

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Help veterans organizations continue their mission

Veterans Day is Nov. 11, when we remember and honor those who have served and the 0.5 percent of the U.S. population now serving in the armed services. Currently they all volunteer and do so for many reasons but all know they are risking their lives to do what their country asks of them and to keep the battle from coming here.

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Ambulance district request is a 'no-brainer'

We at the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce are just coming off of a very successful AppleFest celebration, and thankfully, we only had one very minor injury during the weekend. A little boy scraped his finger at the playground and desperately needed a bandaid.

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Affordable Care Act fails to address rising costs

First, a reminder to all who are eligible to seek insurance coverage through Colorado Connect for Health, the sign up period began on Nov. 1 and will continue through Jan. 12 (in Colorado). Due to insurance company contracts being in place through 2018, subsidized insurance (and expanded Medicaid) is still available for lower income people for the coming year.

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DCAD provides a valuable service

The last time the vote came up to finance the continuation of our Delta ambulance service, I voted for it because I thought it was necessary and would maybe save someone's life. Now I KNOW it's necessary.

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Step up and vote yes for DCAD

Once again, I find myself writing a letter to the editor to encourage local residents to vote in favor of a mill levy increase to help pay for the operation of the Delta County Ambulance District (DCAD). Nothing much has changed since my letter of last year, except that the DCAD is struggling even harder to maintain reliable service to our community.

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NFL national anthem protest is despicable

I read the letter from Robert Laitres who stood up for the NFL players who refused to stand up for the national anthem and I then read a letter in another publication from a lady who lost her Marine stepson in Iraq. The fact that the NFL players "think" they have a right to protest any grievance, real or imagined, before an NFL game while on the payroll of the NFL owners is nothing short of despicable.

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Our flag deserves homage

In reply to Mr. Laitres, who commented on Mr. Dana Harvey's pleasure in seeing high school football players show respect for our flag. Why not?

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Assistance appreciated

I would like to thank the man in Delta who helped me up off the sidewalk when I fell last Saturday.

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Subsidies and the ACA

After reading last week's letter to the editor, and reading it again, I cannot believe a person claiming to be a news reporter, claiming un-biased reporting of the news, while maintaining complete objectivity, would write such a biased, non-factual letter concerning Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act.

It is true that the president canceled subsidies in the ACA.

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Hospital supports mill levy increase

On behalf of the Delta County Memorial Hospital board and the administrative team I would like to announce our support of the mill levy increase for the Delta County Ambulance District (DCAD). The hospital and ambulance have a strong partnership that has led to improved access to high quality care in our county.

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Support 5A to maintain emergency services

Support Ballot Issue 5A -- the life you save may be yours! Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States has a heart attack.

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Passing on the recognition

Our Delta Health and Wellness Center - Family Clinic is very appreciative of our recognition (in last week's paper) for quality in the health services and the way we do business. As the administrator and provider, I can say with confidence that the recognition is because of our fine staff and incredible board of directors.

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NFL players have a reason to demonstrate

Mr. Dana Harvey was impressed with a picture of high school football players showing "respect for the flag," as it left him with a nice warm and "fuzzy" feeling. Perhaps Mr. Harvey would be less impressed if he paid closer attention to what brought about the demonstrations by some NFL players, instead of doing what far too many do, bury their heads in the sand.

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Bull Mountain approval is long overdue

You know something has the marking of elitist environmentalists when an oil and gas development plan in a remote area of Delta County takes a decade to get approved. I can't even begin to imagine the amount of tax dollars that have been lost with this drawn-out and ambiguous process.

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Demand release of health care subsidy

The president of the United States has declared war on the health of the citizens of the nation and our very lives are at risk.

This past week the president of the United States in effect told a good portion of the residents of the North Fork Valley, county and nation that he did not care if they died prematurely, and/or had to declare bankruptcy, plunging their families into poverty.

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There's more to the OC audit than meets the eye

You may have read the article in the DCI several weeks ago about the Orchard City audit and that it was quite positive. But as a retired CPA, I can tell you the inside story of the audit.

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Vote yes to ensure EMS response

The North Fork Ambulance Association fully supports a property tax increase to adequately fund the Delta County Ambulance District. We strongly encourage the residents of Delta, Cedaredge and Orchard City to pass this ballot measure for the safety and well-being of their community.

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City of Delta: Stay out of taxpayers' pocketbooks

I fully support the positions that the Delta Fire Protection District and the Delta County Mosquito Control District have taken in regards to the City of Delta and the Delta Urban Renewal Authority (DURA) -- they should not be able to demand taxpayer funds for projects that the City of Delta council members wish to fund.

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We the people?

Delta County Commissioners have made an interesting addition to their public meeting agenda. If you follow these things, you know there is a regular agenda item called "constituent time," the time that "we the people" bring issues to the board.

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Special session inaction hurts Western Slope

On Oct. 2, the Western Slope Democratic caucus converged on Denver to join our colleagues at the state capitol for the first special legislative session held since 2012. The six of us arrived united in our resolve to help correct a mistake that, left unaddressed, will have negative consequences for many hard-working people in rural Colorado.

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Students' pride in the flag is heartwarming

After seeing the picture of the Delta High football team in last week's DCI all standing in line hand over heart and helmets at their feet for the national anthem, I had to write and congratulate the players, parents, coaches and school officials. In this day and age all we hear about our youth is the bad things, but I have renewed faith in the future of this great country by the actions of a small but dignified group of players.

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Crawford voters, consider your ballot carefully

Crawford residents recently received a flyer in the mail for "Notice of Election to Increase Taxes" in Crawford, from Teri Stephenson, Delta County clerk and recorder. It contained summaries filed by persons FOR the issue, and summaries by persons AGAINST the issue.

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Citizens' health, safety at risk

The Delta County Mosquito Control District No. 1 (DCMCD#1) agrees with the fire department that the City of Delta and the Delta Urban Renewal Authority (DURA) should not be able to demand taxpayer funds for projects for their benefit. They are demanding taxpayer funds earmarked for health and emergency services for the next 25 years!

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Throw 'em all out

The Democrat Party should be ashamed. Its members have enacted programs that reduce personal initiative. They are harming this country with illegal immigration, handouts to able-bodied people, a "health insurance" program that greatly increased rates, deductibles, regulations, and costs, taxpayer-funded payouts to cronies (Solyndra plus), expensive, unconsitutitional legislation, and so much more.

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Have we forgotten how to stand together?

Where are the NFL players that I remember after 9/11 who stood proud with police officers and firefighters holding American flags over their hearts, many with tears streaming down their faces when the national anthem as played?

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Taking a knee

World War I - 53,402 known U.S. military deaths; World War II - 291,557 known U.S. military deaths. Known total of 344,959

I do not disagree with the right for peaceful protest; however, those military members gave their lives so we can have the right for peaceful protest as well as all of our other freedoms!

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Marijuana can be beneficial

I believe that Sara Rapp has been misinformed about the effects of marijuana (letter to the editor, Sept. 20). It is NOT a "gateway drug" in any way, no more than drinking Coke is a gateway drug to liquor.

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Red rock surface is ideal for cross country runners

Don and I have been involved with nearly every high school cross country race run on the exceptional red rock trails in Confluence Park.

Consequently, we've been watching the recent discussions regarding improvements with great interest.

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Sepsis is a real danger

We were very happy to see that DCMH is honoring September as Sepsis Awareness Month. Since losing our mother, Ruth to sepsis last November, we have encountered a number of other people impacted by this condition.

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Support for Hostetlers appreciated

Back in time I wrote to the editor about the Farm Bureau's support of the Hostetler family. Today another thank you goes out to the Delta County Livestock Association.

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Delta Fire District condemns shakedown by DURA

The Delta County Fire Protection District #1 condemns the actions of the Delta Urban Renewal Authority (DURA). DURA, which is nothing more than a cash-grabbing front for the City of Delta, is aggressively siphoning tax dollars from special districts to fund the development of a proposed, high-end riverfront hotel -- all without a public mandate.

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When the world is traumatic

Hurricanes. Earthquakes. Devastating fires and floods. Political strife. Racial division. Immigrants and refugees. War. School and workplace violence.

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Fort is becoming a premier attraction

Congratulations to Chris Miller and all involved in Saturday's Mexican Heritage Day and dedication at Fort Uncompahgre!

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Don't let Delta go to pot

Regarding the marijuana petition circulating in Delta, I beg all of you: Don't let our beautiful town go to pot.

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City has benefited from Reardon's expertise

In response to Pat Sunderland's article, "City of Delta's building inspector draws fire," page A3 of the Sept. 13 issue of the DCI, please note the numerous times we obediently honor and recognize the "rules of the road" while driving around our fair city.

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Reardon is polite, professional

Dan Reardon is doing his job. He does not make up the regulations, just enforces the requirements of the building codes. He has inspected our two-car garage with a shop, our remodel and our master suite addition.

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Why are citizens being kept in the dark?

Delta and Gunnison counties held a joint work session in Delta on Wednesday, Aug. 30, regarding several issues that were of interest to many of us: the North Fork Methane Work Group, the Gunnison Public Lands Initiative, trail connections between Paonia and Crawford to the Gunnison Area, the ICELab/Business Development/EDA Grant, outdoor recreation industry opportunities, the Gunnison sage grouse, and oil and gas updates. In spite of this fact and in spite of the open meeting Sunshine Laws of the State of Colorado, Delta County did not give proper 24-hour notice of this meeting.

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It's best to prevent problems

One can very clearly see the difference in perspective if one compares the contents of my previous letter demanding condemnation of white supremacists and fascists openly demonstrating in our city streets, proclaiming white supremacy, advocating fascism, advocating antisemitism, and Mr. Locke's irritation at NFL football players "taking the knee" during the national anthem.

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Thieves caught on camera

I built a bench and put it on the corner of Austin Road and 2100 Road, next to the Orchard City Town Hall, for school kids to sit on while waiting for the school bus. Wednesday night it was stolen.

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Orchard City parks, town hall are wonderful assets

I am writing this letter to say thank you to all the hardworking folks who created two beautiful parks in Orchard City and a fine town hall. Oh, how I wish that my husband, Walt Johnson, could have lived to see the finished product because he dreamed of doing things like that when we moved to Orchard City in 1989.

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Praise for historical society, city

In the midst of a complex yet inevitable decision to remove the upper portion of the aged 215-year-old Ute Council Tree, I applaud the actions taken by the good people of our Delta County Historical Society.

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Property owners know what's best for their land

I get so tired of reading all the damage fracking has or will cause and why it shouldn't be allowed. Another guy, a lawyer or big shot with environmental groups, has a different excuse every time he writes a letter.

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Thoughts on the Cedaredge Golf Course

There have been several letters lately about the Cedaredge Golf Course. I'd like to add a few thoughts.

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Disappointing turnout

We attended the "right to farm" victory celebration on Saturday, Aug. 26, on H​ansen Mesa in Hotchkiss.

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The climate changes on a regular basis

The "Chicken Little" letters to your publication that the sky is falling or the climate is changing seem to arrive on a more or less regular basis, so perhaps a response is appropriate.

Of course, the climate is changing.

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Common sense should be applied to building regs

I purchased a 2.75-acre lot in North Delta with a manufactured home on it. The home was in ill repair but after some fresh paint, new flooring, new appliances, new cabinets and a new roof and carport, the place looks really beautiful.

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Fracking doesn't work for Delta County

Our county government should consider more the interest and welfare of its citizens and itself. Our commissioners support the fracking development that has recently surged, but they did no cost/benefit analysis or assessment of risks and costs.

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There's a better way to make a difference

For those NFL football players that want to take a knee during our national anthem, I suggest since they are highly educated college graduates, they can better serve their communities by being a member of a local service club -- Lions, Elks, Kiwanis, Rotary etc.

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WCC seems opposed to all oil/gas development

This past week Western Colorado Congress took several individuals, members of the community and media to the skies to survey the proposed land for the Fram Whitewater oil development project. I find it ironic that a group which continually protests and tries to block responsible oil and gas development projects in our region hopped in an airplane and burned 100 gallons of gas in an effort to battle yet another economic driver in our area.

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Kudos to the Delta hospital

I recently had surgery and was in the Delta County Memorial Hospital for six days. I would like for everyone to know what a wonderful facility it is and how fortunate we are to have it.

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Hats off to the Delta County Planning Commission

What does a county's planning commission do when county commissioners take them out of the loop?

If they're worth their salt, they band together and ask commissioners for a little respect.

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Paonia Care is a great place to live

My name is Claressa Fletcher. I have lived at Paonia Care & Rehabilitation Center for nearly 11 years.

I would like to thank the administrative staff, nurses, CNAs, kitchen staff, activities, housekeeping, laundry, maintenance, all volunteers and my friends, the other residents.

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Racism demands condemnation

There are some things which not only require, but actually demand, condemnation just by their nature. One of those is racism.

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Climate change is here

Climate change is here now. For Colorado that means impacts to our forests, our farms, our snow, and our water supplies.

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OC water rates too prohibitive for marijuana

Why all the concern about legalizing recreational marijuana sales in Orchard City? Water rates in Orchard City are so high (no pun intended) it would be difficult to keep your plants watered.

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Oil/gas development does not equal school funding

As a former educator, I am well aware of how convoluted and difficult it is to parse public education funding. I am also aware of the frequent promise made by oil and gas operators that increased development will improve our schools and increase funding.

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Orchard City water rate increase hits hard

Some good news and some bad news out of Orchard City. First, the good: Duane of Orchard City staff detected a significant water leak somewhere on my property.

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Paonia can pride itself on civility

Our Town of Paonia council meeting on Aug. 8 was so civil that was a pleasure to attend. Much of the time was spent on the approval of All Hemp Trading which had attendees on opposing sides of the issue.

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Citizens should understand cost/benefit of oil/gas

The public is being asked to absorb the environmental and public health risks associated with oil and gas development, based on promised economic benefits. Unfortunately, Delta County, like many other counties, supports oil and gas projects without conducting a cost-benefit analysis, and most importantly without a public debate on perceived costs and benefits.

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Rebuttal to criticism of Cedaredge Golf Course

This letter is in response to an opinion piece written by Ed and Peggy Baxter on July 12, 2017, titled "Cedaredge continues to rob Peter to pay Paul."

I have lived in a residence on the golf course for 12 years and I am a member of the Cedaredge Golf Club Men's Club.

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Cedaredge back nine is a western Colorado jewel

Cedaredge doesn't have a golf course problem. Cedaredge has a problem communicating with its citizens about the value of this community asset.

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Transparency missing in trustee appointment

At the Crawford Town Council meeting of July 12, Cameron Clark resigned as a trustee. There was no official publication of this vacancy by the Town of Crawford either in local news media, town website, or town marquee.

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Military members are citizens too

In response to Robert I. Laitres' letter, referencing service members contacting their senators and representatives. As a retired USAF NCO, I can say unequivocally that there is NO prohibition on them being able to contact their senators and representatives.

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Trump's immigration rules lack awareness

The Trump administration has proposed legislation which would limit legal immigration and award immigration points based on ability to speak English, high-paying job offers, age, record of achievement, and entrepreneurial initiative. Really? How many swindlers can you think of that that describes?

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Cannabis warrants a close look

I attended the last meeting of the Orchard City Town Council at which cannabis was discussed. I mentioned the medical benefits of cannabis and recommended that all interested parties watch a 15-minute CNN report on the internet by Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

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Following the 'letter of the law' is not sufficient

The DCI ran a "clarification" in last week's issue confirming that the county revised its agenda for the July 17 commissioner public meeting and made it accessible to the public after the meeting had begun. In the article, Robbie LeValley, the county's administrator, reported "the revision was posted on the administration bulletin board at the county courthouse on Saturday, July 15 ...

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Trump is politicizing the military

While playing around with this or that, some fundamentals get ignored. One of those things was a recent request by Trump to have those on active duty in the military become involved in domestic politics by calling their senators and representatives.

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Orchard City trustees aren't listening

In response to last week's letter from Mr. Thomas Huerkamp, I would like to point out the following:

First, Mr. Huerkamp accuses reporter Hank Lohmeyer of reporting his "personal agenda in crafting" events at many of the trustee meetings.

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Modern Appliance has helped make Delta great

Congratulations to Modern Appliance for 68 great years.

In July 1949 John Sukle and his wife opened an appliance sales and repair shop out of their home at 144 Main.

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Rock on!

Support Kid Rock's running for the Senate effort by voting out every one of those old swamp creatures in 2018 and replace each one with a "deplorable."

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Get the facts on air emissions

While most of the coverage of air emissions issues tends to focus on the more densely populated Denver Metro area, we on the Western Slope have a great deal of familiarity on the issue given our history of oil and gas development.

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Orchard City coverage is misleading

It is regrettable that your publication basically avoids editorial comment, pro or con, on local issues. Yet you have no problem letting your reporter, Hank Lohmeyer, use his personal agenda in crafting what happened in many meetings over the years and misleading the reader about what really happened.

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CBD oil reduces muscle spasms, alleviates pain

In the July 19 Delta County Independent's article, "Orchard City citizens speak out on pot plan," it was stated that I have a "muscle disorder." In fact, I said I have multiple sclerosis, which is a neurological disorder.

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Stop the bleeding

I read the Baxters' letter in the July 12 DCI. It points out that all residents who use Cedaredge water and sewer will find themselves paying close to double the current amount for that service.

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Show Orchard City Town Council you care

Tonight after dropping my 7-year-old twins off at vacation Bible school I decided to go to the Orchard City Town Council meeting. Wow, was I surprised by the attitudes!

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Is America first, or is it coming in last?

I noticed a fellow at Cherry Days, Paonia who was wearing a T-shirt that stated "TRUMP IS MY PRESIDENT." I thought about that and had to agree!

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Sorry to lose Steve Glammeyer

Of all the individuals to lose from City of Delta payroll, the last I could wish would be Steve Glammeyer. I have had occasion over the years to work with any number of the city's staff.

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North Fork of the Gunnison gets a B-

Conservation Colorado has just released its first-ever Rivers Report Card (https://conservationco.org/2017/07/conservation-colorado-releases-report-card-colorado-rivers/). It included the North Fork of the Gunnison River, and gave it an overall grade of B-.

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Every Student Succeeds Act gauges nonacademic traits

President Bush signed the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) into law in 2001. Since that time Colorado has tested students and used the tests and other assessments to evaluate the effectiveness of the K-12 school system.

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Brunner makes a case for transparency, fairness

The Paonia town attorney, working from incomplete facts, has concluded I violated several laws and the other Paonia trustees violated none. I disagree.

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Call for independent study by county

At a recent commissioner meeting, staff from Citizen's for a Healthy Community (CHC), a Paonia-based anti-fracking nonprofit, presented their report examining the financial cons behind oil and gas development in the area.

The county was strangely prepared. During constituent time and following a dramatically revised agenda that was posted to the county website at 8:12 a.m. for a meeting that began at 8 a.m.

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Debate comes to a head

The debate over health care coverage will likely come to a head in the U.S. Senate this week. As I write this, it's still a close call whether the Senate will vote, as did the House, to throw millions of Americans off the health care coverage that has dramatically improved their lives.

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Wetzel has done much to keep Delta's history alive

Jim Wetzel has been an outstanding museum director/curator and will be deeply missed. I remember when Jim came on board. His love of history, combined with his eccentric and academic nature, has been tremendous assets.

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Cedaredge continues to rob Peter to pay Paul

In the most recent newsletter from the Town of Cedaredge, it was stated that the DCI misrepresents the town's issues with the golf course. It is ironic that the town would blame the DCI for the same offense we believe the town is guilty of committing, especially after reading about the huge increases in water rates!

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DURA: The cons outweigh the pros

I applaud Laura Earley for wanting to see our community thrive and prosper. However, I respectfully disagree that the Delta Urban Renewal Authority (DURA) will be the vessel to achieve this goal. When you weigh the pros and cons, it's more than apparent where the scale tips.

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County's executive sessions make one wonder

Americans have a love-hate relationship with secrecy. They (secretly) love it when they're on the inside and hate it when they're not.

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Senator Gardner has some explaining to do

I just had to write this letter when I read what Cory Gardner said about the Senate version of a health care bill. Senator Gardner said on Tuesday, June 27, that "I am beginning to review it."

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Beyond the church walls

Please let me take a moment to thank all the people of Delta and the surrounding communities who contributed to our Food for Thought food drive we hosted at Walmart June 27-29. Food for Thought continues to provide meals for children in need over the weekends during the school year.

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DURA commitment means a brighter future for all

After reading the front page DURA article in last week's DCI, I feel the need to clarify Delta County Libraries reasons and thought process for signing the IGA with the DURA board. In 2013, we tried to increase our mill levy due to the decreasing funding from much reduced property tax values.

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GOP health care bill leaves questions unanswered

In my work, I attempt to involve as many stakeholders as possible so as to solicit as many good ideas as possible. In the case of overhauling the nation's health care infrastructure, the number of stakeholders is about equal to the population of the United States.

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Will history repeat itself?

In regard to the urban renewal proposal described in last week's paper, it seems that Delta leaders should have learned a good history lesson with the golf course considering, the excessive projection of economic impact from visitors playing. And we are still paying for the debt and operations.

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A wonderful place to call home

We write to you about the wonderful place we call home -- the valley of the North Fork of the Gunnison River and the surrounding countryside. What makes this place wonderful?

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Big government strikes (out) again

Once people are in Washington for a while, they get the impression they are smarter than the people who actually work for a living. Now Rep. Tipton has introduced HR 2907, requiring a federal agency to predict our energy needs over the next 30 years and create a four-year plan for meeting those needs.

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Community support is unmatched

On behalf of our Zeta Omicron ESA sorority I want to say thank you to the Delta County Independent and to the wonderfully supportive community in which we live. We just completed our 45th annual Edge of the Cedars Art show.

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'Whistle blower' resigns from Paonia council

I have resigned from the Paonia Town Council in protest. I have lost all respect for the majority of the board.

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Libertarians support Mark Levin's change of use

In anticipation of the June 21 joint meeting of the Delta County Planning Commission and the North Fork Area Planning Advisory Committee, the Libertarian Party of Delta County would like to express its support of Mark Levin's application of land use change for the parcels in question. LPDCO also encourages all advocates of private property rights to attend this meeting, which takes place on June 21 at the Paonia Town Hall, and speak on Levin's behalf.

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SB 17-267 supports cornerstones of our economy

The passing of SB 17-267, Sustainability of Rural Colorado, marks a significant moment in Colorado history. This bill -- in addition to other components designed to support rural Colorado through transportation and education funding -- will move the hospital provider fee into a separate enterprise, protecting Colorado's hospitals from a half-billion-dollar budget cut.

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Health care access is in jeopardy

As Republicans attempt to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act (ACA), they often claim that insurer withdrawals from health exchanges prove that the ACA has failed. And yet, the Republicans' actions are directly contributing to those withdrawals.

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Neighbor against neighbor

I was so disappointed when I heard that Susan Raymond had lost her civil suit against the Hostetlers. But I was even more disappointed to watch people turn against each other where this issue is concerned.

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Join the march for fair, transparent government

In response to the firing of FBI Director James Comey, who was heading an active investigation regarding Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election, a March for Truth is scheduled in Grand Junction for Saturday, June 3. Western Coloradans will be marching that day along with citizens in more than 100 cities nationwide.

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Deeply appreciative

We write to thank the Paonia Town Council and staff -- and especially town clerk Corinne Ferguson -- for their very fine work in processing the liquor license application for Rio Bravo Restaurant.

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Bowie Resources must honor its commitment

I am a pro-business, pro-private property rights retired CPA. I work as the lead business counselor for Region 10 Small Business Development Corporation helping North Fork Valley residents start or expand businesses.

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Jordan Cove is a win-win

Kudos to the Trump administration for reviving the Jordan Cove Project and vowing to make the project a priority. It's refreshing to have an administration that supports energy development and is excited about stimulating our country's economy while contributing to our independence.

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Paonia citizens must demand accountability

This is my account of the issues behind the recent discord at Paonia Town Council meetings. Earlier this year the town reached an agreement with the residents of Hawk's Haven over access and ownership of the gravel road, now closed to traffic, that should link Creek Vista with Pan American Avenue.

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Rural communities will not be forgotten

I have been a candidate for governor for just over two weeks now. When I entered the race, I received the strongest reaction from folks living in rural Colorado. Their message was remarkably consistent -- "Don't forget about us."

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Where are the defenders of our republic?

I am 58 years old. I lived through Watergate, Iran-Contra, and the Clinton impeachment. We are now in the most serious crisis this nation has faced in my life.

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Help needed to fill in the blanks

The Cedaredge Animal Shelter was dedicated on March 2, 2002. The shelter was made possible by a partnership between the Town of Cedaredge, many hardworking and dedicated volunteers and lots of donors.

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Communication is the key to trust

On May 2, Delta County Commissioners appointed two new members to the Delta County Planning Commission. These are important appointments especially during the master plan update project, which officially kicked off this past week.

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Facebook post was not funny

So, to "celebrate" Earth Day, an employee of the Delta County Health Department thought it would be cute to post on his Facebook page encouraging people to burn a tire. At least he did not say you should invite your neighbors and your grandkids to roast marshmallows over the glowing embers filled with noxious gasses.

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Event name is offensive

Once again we read the "Did you know?" Cedaredge newsletter expecting better and were disappointed.

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Senator disappoints constituent

As a retired naval officer who views active citizenship as a key value of democracy, I wrote to Senator Cory Gardner voicing my opposition to using Congressional Review Authority (CRA) to reverse the BLM methane capture regulation put in place during the Obama administration.

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Public employees deserve recognition

Across the country and in communities like ours, government employees serve and protect us every day. Throughout the year, but especially during Public Service Recognition Week, May 7-13, we should gratefully acknowledge their service.

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We're increasingly disconnected from nature

Wild child: As we reflect on the past, we tend to ask ourselves what things have changed since I was a kid? Was nature deficit disorder even a thing 20 years ago? Fifty years ago?

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Remember Tipton's vote

It is critical that every resident in Colorado District 3 knows what "our" representative, Scott Tipton voted for in Washington. He voted to take health care away from all the working poor currently covered under the Medicaid expansion (149,000 Colorado families).

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American Health Care Act protects people with pre-existing conditions

One of my top priorities is to pass legislation to replace the broken healthcare system created by the so-called Affordable Care Act (ACA), with one that makes health care affordable and accessible for Coloradans. Too many people who are insured have premiums that exceed their mortgage payments and deductibles north of $6,500 that have to be met before their insurance even kicks in.

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A salute to correctional, parole officers

They are the largest group of underappreciated, under recognized, yet largest unsung heroes we have in our state. Every moment of every single day they place themselves in harm's way for the citizens of the State of Colorado.

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Grateful for quick response

On Wednesday, April 26, one of our townhouse units had a fire. We thank the first responders of the City of Delta for their quick answer to our 911 call.

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Rowells have no plans to leave Paonia

In 1981, Deb and I purchased the dry cleaners which was located on Grand Avenue in Paonia. A year later we bought the Washboard Laundry in the old Palmer Building on Second Street.

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Thanks for outstanding care

In April, I accompanied a friend who was admitting her mother to Horizons. The admission process was outstanding.

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Celebrate National Drug Court Month May 8

Drug Free Delta County would like to invite the community to share in its celebration of National Drug Court Month with two Family Treatment Court graduations on Monday, May 8, at 4 p.m. in Judge Steven Schultz's courtroom in the Delta County Courthouse. We hope you'll enjoy seeing the graduations and stay after to share in refreshments to support the new graduates and other drug court clients, their families, the treatment court team and volunteers.

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Paonia will be a poorer place without the Rowells

The Sentinel article (April 17, 2017) on the North Fork Valley's efforts to create new economies in the wake of the decline in coal mining was first rate. It gave a sense of how much pain people experience when the economy shifts beneath them.

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Hanging Lake closure not justified

The April 19 Daily Sentinel's first page story about "Vandals ruining it for everybody" is not correct. It's the Forest Service that is ruining it for everybody.

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Walk intended to raise suicide awareness

I am so fortunate to go to work every day at Grand Junction High School where I am surrounded by a remarkable group of students and staff. The rash of suicides throughout this valley, but especially within our high school, has made this school year indescribably difficult.

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Who were those rowdies at Tipton's town hall?

Who were those people at Congressman Tipton's town hall meeting in Montrose -- shouting, interrupting, stomping their feet, booing, waving signs and generally acting like the cheering squad at a hometown basketball game? And why were they so ill-mannered as to badger our elected U.S. congressman in this unseemly fashion?

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DCMH town hall proved to be very informative

On Thursday evening, April 13, more than 60 people attended an informative and cordial town hall meeting with Delta County Memorial Hospital (DCMH) CEO Jason Cleckler. Many thanks to Mr. Cleckler for his articulate and illuminating presentation on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), its impact on health care in Delta county, the current state of DCMH and plans for the primary care clinic in Hotchkiss and the urgent care center in Paonia.

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Would you recognize elder abuse if you saw it?

Financial exploitation targeting older adults is a major problem in the United States. As many as five million older adults fall victim to financial abuse each year at an estimated cost of $3 billion annually.

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Testing, testing, 1-2-3

It's spring and with it comes the time for testing. For many this is a dreaded time of year, but for all a time to take sample online practice tests and put on the thinking cap.

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Street repairs are a priority for Cedaredge residents

Here's the story as I see it. The Town of Cedaredge (TOC) is once again thinking of a sales tax increase.

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An olio of thoughts

1. Rick Spalenka's Feb. 22 letter, "Taking the women's marchers to task," was great! Thanks for making lots of excellent points and bringing common sense into the arena.

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Greening of the planet is due to increased CO2

I am responding to the out and out falsehoods in last week's DCI "We must demand climate action." The author repeats the usual fear-mongering panic-stricken claims to get people to vote to hurt themselves.

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Marchers demand Trump release his tax returns

We want the president to release his tax returns and come clean about his business dealings. We need to know what he is hiding.

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We must demand climate action

The headline in the Guardian "Climate change: 'human fingerprint' found on global extreme weather" recaps the science on global warming and so-called "climate weirding," the effect climate change is having on the planet's weather.

And while attributing cause to any single event is difficult, the impacts of climate change are being seen in global weather patterns from floods and deluge to wildfire and drought.

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Rural hospitals provide essential services

I am a director on the board of the Delta County Memorial Hospital and I am, again, attempting to persuade our senators and representatives to take action protecting the ongoing viability of rural hospitals.

Please don't assume that people in need of medical services in Delta County, Montrose County, Gunnison County or even in Mesa County have the financial ability and/or the physical ability to travel many miles, like to Denver or even Grand Junction, for medical services.

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Colorado coal communities saved from costly power plan

Many Americans have already forgotten about the Clean Power Plan (CPP), the Obama administration's signature effort to reduce carbon emissions from the nation's power plants. But not the nation's coal communities.

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County needs cohesive strategy for recreation

At a March 20 public meeting, I spoke with county commissioners about $480,000 of lottery funds being held in the county's Conservation Trust Fund account. I asked that the commissioners consider the creation of a community commission to help strategize the use of those funds.

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Grateful for care at DCMH

This letter concerns the Delta County Memorial Hospital. In February, Dave (Dr. Gallob at the Crawford Veterinary Clinic) had some serious surgery followed by a heck of a long hospital stay (33 days).

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Hospital provider fee should be an enterprise fund

Attached is my letter to state legislators expressing my concern for supporting, promoting and maintaining the rural hospitals of Colorado, even in the face of TABOR limitations and demands for financing roads, schools, etc.


It saddens me to write this letter but will scare the hell out of me if I don't.

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Orchard City rate hike is too steep, too sudden

I read in the DCI of Orchard City's doubling of water rates on March 8, just hours after the actual hearing and vote. If the town trustees had publicized their rate hike scheme well in advance and held public forums in advance of their approval vote, there would have been far more than two town residents present to object.

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Make your thoughts known

If you use Highway 92 to get from Hotchkiss to Delta, you must have an opinion about driving across Rogers Mesa. Do you enjoy stopping for people turning left into driveways?

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Where does your food come from?

If you're like many Americans, the answer is the grocery store. And frankly, that disturbs me.

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'Improved' health coverage will cost seniors

Here is a statistic on the proposed health care replacement that I find hard to ignore:

A 64-year-old making $26,500 a year currently pays approximately $1,700 in premiums.

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Missing Delta County's clean air

Delta and Montrose county farmers --ENOUGH!

I can't breathe!!! Cough, cough, cough, wheeze.

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Help make Delta a better place to live, visit

Have you heard of Arts Coalition of Delta County, or AC/DC?

Do you know of what they are about or what they could do for you?

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Large lottery fund remains unspent

Delta County has received between $100,000 and $123,000 each year since, at least, 2010. These funds are maintained in a Conservation Trust Fund (CTF) as required by the state and year-end reports are filed by the county to show funds received and how they've been spent.

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Let's level the playing field

How could a small start-up business in rural Colorado compete globally? A big part of the answer is through high-speed internet access, which is generally assumed to be fiber-optic cable.

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Methane rule reduces waste, increases revenue

As a longtime resident of the Western Slope, I taught in the public schools which requires salvaging and not wasting materials. I had up to 350 students a week on a budget of $1 per child; waste is not an option.

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Learn what 'access control' means

All Rogers Mesa residents, whether or not you live on SH92, need to see the plans to ADD roads through prime agricultural land that is not near the highway. Serious changes are being proposed.

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Proud of 4-H'ers, FFA members

May I say how very refreshing it is to open the paper and see the article on FFA Week, the pictures of each chapter and their stories. A huge shout-out to the members, their parents, their advisors and teachers, all of the businesses and individuals who support agricultural education and anyone actively involved.

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Energy policy and America First

Since the OPEC oil embargo in the 1970s, America's energy policy has appropriately (though ineffectively) been focused on energy independence for decades. Now, with the fracking boom providing abundant natural gas (NG) resources plus some oil on top of it, the United States finally has the opportunity to, if not completely achieve, come close to achieving energy independence.

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Tipton urged to focus efforts on renewable energy

I am writing to ask you to withdraw your co-sponsorship and support for HR 167, Stopping EPA Overreach Act of 2017, and instead concentrate your efforts on stopping global warming by bringing renewable, non-polluting sources of energy online as quickly as possible.

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A big victory for the West

The Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule that was issued by the Obama Administration was one of the most onerous federal water and land grabs in history -- it undermined state water law and priority-based systems, inserted federal control over western water rights, and put decisions about our water in the hands of Washington bureaucrats.

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Marijuana is in keeping with our ag heritage

I have two, no three reactions, to the article "Timeline details marijuana votes and regulations" by Matt Soper (DCI, March 1). First the majority of the article is correct as it relates to the timeline of events and what occurred.

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Empty pews

There are lots of empty seats in our churches today. Christians who should be sitting in those pews are absent.

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It's time to face facts

Recent reports of surge in coal production in the Appalachian coal fields. Amazing how fast a horse can run when you stop jerking on the reins.

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Tax exemption should be transferable

I'm responding to your article (Feb. 15) "Seniors, disabled vets eligible for property tax exemption." One problem -- even if you have lived in and owned your home for 10 years you can NOT transfer that exemption to a new or different home.

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This is no time for complacency

I hope the public will wake up to see that the misguided Republican party agenda is to cut taxes for the wealthy and eliminate much-needed services for the public and the planet. Choosing this agenda equates to the public shooting themselves in the foot.

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Tipton's presence surprising; his answers familiar

Saturday I went to the town hall meeting in Paonia. Hopefully this report will be of interest to a few readers. What interested me was the following:

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Ambulance service is vital to our community

There seems to be quite the debate lately regarding our local ambulance service. I was very disappointed when our community failed to vote in favor of a mill levy for the ambulance personnel.

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The deliberate corruption of climate science

What a travesty that the public at large has been deceived, yes deceived beyond comprehension by masterful propaganda. Unfortunately, this has been essentially a worldwide scheme backed by huge monetary gifts and orchestrated by a very successful but small number of politicians and scientists.

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Politics and friends

There have been many articles lately by people who disdain our current president. That doesn't bother me a bit.

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Contempt order is still hard to understand

I want to set the record straight. The Delta County Independent misquoted me when they said that the courts had little concern for us (Appeals court upholds ruling on pesticide drift, page A3, Feb. 15).

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Wearing pink with pride

I am a very senior citizen, sharing why I attended the rally on Jan. 21 in Cedaredge, its version of the women's march.

I went because I needed desperately to connect with other women for moral support because I am very afraid of the world situation, because of this last election.

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Businesses should provide their own 'space to create'

Is it government's job to help provide a "space to create" for would-be entrepreneurs? That was a topic at the Paonia Town Council meeting on Feb. 14.

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Taking the women's marchers to task

Reading the Feb. 15 opinion letters blasting President Trump, I feel four letters from Cedaredge is not coincidental. Was it the result of some Democrat coffee clutch where liberal Kool-Aid was served instead of coffee?

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Boy Scouts pleased to be of service

We are Boy Scouts and we would like to inform you about Boy Scouts in Delta. You might know about us already which is what we hope.

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Methane rule warrants support

Like many landowners in western Colorado we grow hay and a large vegetable garden. It is hard work, but being outside has its rewards.

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Because we can

You may march for stricter gun control, but you march in this country because you can. You may march for a right to free and affordable birth control, but you march in this country because you can.

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How to destroy a republic

How to destroy a republic:

Method A -- Take command of the armed forces and stage a military coup.

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Trump limits our right to know

We take our freedom for granted and believe that it will continue to exist. President Trump has just taken the first of many actions to limit free ability for us to know what he has decided what our national government agencies can do.

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It's not the losing; it's the person who won

After reading and hearing so many comments about how all the protesters are just whiny, childish sore losers and need to get over it, I feel I must say this:

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True community

I would like to thank all the citizens of Crawford for their recent participation in our local government process. Statistics from the recall election mirror more or less, the divisiveness seen at the national level.

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Women's march was not a pro-abortion rally

I appreciate Jakki Taylor's letter in the Feb. 8 DCI, especially her well-crafted statement that she can't read the minds of the Women's March marchers but she can read their signs. I don't claim to read hearts or minds, either, so we probably have a lot in common.

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Student seeks help with class project

Hello! My name is Daniel A. I am a fifth grade student at Harlan Intermediate School in Harlan, Iowa.

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Why I march

After reading several letters to the editor concerning confusion about The Women's March on Washington and writers' confusion on why a march was deemed necessary, I reflected on my own reasons for resisting this president and his administration.

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Devil's Thumb has been a failure from the get-go

A few weeks ago, I shared some unsettling figures related to the Devil's Thumb Golf Course. It turns out that I only scratched the surface of the problem.

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Immigrants have given much for this country

I feel compelled by Margaret and Verity to speak; by Margaret, who died just before Obama was elected, who spent most of her adult life working for our democracy through the League of Women Voters.

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Selling public lands is a terrible idea

With a 9x9, palmated, the elk staring down my grandfather when he was 15 turned into legend. Grandpa was with his father, hunting on our public lands, when they met our family's monarch.

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Call for women's rights difficult to understand

Congratulations to John Heckman on his desire to proudly wear a "pussy hat" as he finds fellow progressives to march with under the guise of women's rights while participating in a thinly disguised anti-Trump, pro-abortion rally. Oh, yes, that is exactly what those demonstration were about.

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Show of support lacked unity

I commend Hank Lohmeyer's balanced reporting covering the women's march-affiliated gathering in Cedaredge, Jan. 21.

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Sheriff's office reaches out to those in need

It is hard to express the gratitude we have for everybody who has helped us after the life-changing news on Nov. 18. We want to give special thanks to Sheriff Fred McKee, Undersheriff Mark Taylor and all of the employees of the Delta County government.

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Our public lands are not for sale

Congress just declared open season on federal lands, our national forests, national parks and BLM lands in their first move to attempt to sell off or transfer these lands to the states. They basically put a value on these lands of $0.

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Climate change must be taken seriously

A front page article in a Jan. 19 edition of the Grand Junction Sentinel titled "Earth sets hottest record in 2016 for third consecutive time," indicates that climate change is occurring at a rapidly accelerating rate. Data separately compiled by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, National Air and Space Agency and England's Tyndall Center for Climate Research show that 2016 was the warmest year ever recorded on a global level.

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Transparency in government

I was very disappointed to hear the county commissioners decline my request to add the county website to the official posting place for public notices. In a digital age where so many of us rely on cloud-based information, this seems to me to be a missed opportunity on the part of our county commissioners.

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Paonia Care creates homey atmosphere

My brother Richard "Dick" Proctor, was at Paonia Care Center just short of four years. I wish to thank each and every staff member, past and present, for the wonderful care he received.

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A promise to do better

The Cedaredge High School newspaper is a journalistic newspaper run by students. In the last issue of Bruin Tracks, we made an error in quality and in facts.

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Crawford citizens are right to demand openness


Congratulations to those in Crawford seeking openness from their local government. My condolences to Tammy Broughton for her decision to resign.

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Food bank relies on volunteers, Town of Cedaredge

Surface Creek Community Services wishes to thank the Town of Cedaredge for allowing us to use town facilities. We would not be able to help the many people we are providing food for here in the Surface Creek Valley without the town's help.

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Veteran appreciates help

I want to thank the young man who stopped his white SUV in the middle of Sunrise Drive last Wednesday to help me when I suffered a terrible fall.

I tripped and fell face down on the sidewalk, then rolled onto my back.

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Existing businesses need help too

Responding to the article on the Jump Start program in the Dec. 28 Delta County Independent:

When the program was established by the Colorado State Legislature I doubt established businesses in Delta County and other counties that have provided services to our community, have struggled, paid taxes, employed personnel, were ever considered during the extreme decline in our county.

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Women's rights are human rights

We participated in the Women's March in Grand Junction on Saturday, and it was great!

People in the thousands (says the GJ Sentinel) assembled at 8th and Grand then marched down to Main Street and on to the Convention Center.

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What's really on the Crawford ballot

After the last national election ballot that included multiple candidates and confusing issues, you would think the ballot for recall of Mayor Wanda Gofforth would be a simple "yes" or "no." However, Colorado State Election Law allows Mayor Gofforth a response to reasons for her recall.

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Surface Creek generously supports food bank

The board of directors of Surface Creek Community Services would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the people of this community for the wonderful response to our Christmas box distribution this year. Donations have been pouring in and we have received enough to cover all of the 250 Christmas boxes we made up for our annual distribution.

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Still good people out there

On Jan. 6 when we had that big snowstorm, I was going to work around 1 p.m. I came up 1550 Road to the highway and got stuck. I could not move.

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Calling all Town of Crawford voters

Up until Feb. 7, Town of Crawford residents have the opportunity to be heard and have their mail-in ballot counted. Please don't assume that someone else's vote will be enough.

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Crawford, let's pull together

It greatly saddens me to be witnessing the current situation in Crawford. In a town that has been my home for nearly 35 years, I have cherished and admired the willingness and ability of our citizens to pull together and work together for the welfare and benefit of the town and citizens in spite of differences of attitude, age or economics.

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It's time to privatize Delta County's golf courses

Last week, Angie Many of Eckert expressed an interest in a financial analysis of Delta County's golf courses.

I can't speak with much confidence about the Cedaredge golf course, because I haven't looked over the figures quite yet.

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What does 'opting out' mean?

At Delta County Memorial Hospital we will be "opting out" of Colorado's End-of-Life Options Act (Proposition 106) but what does that mean?

Let us explain what that will mean to our community:

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Consider the term 'great'

Arguing in abstracts and superlatives is not something that is at all convincing to some of us, as it is all too frequently used to conceal very base, selfish and self-serving motives. Two of those terms encountered are "hero" and "great."

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Taxes, taxes, taxes!

Recent letters have discussed taxing internet purchases, funding ambulance services, the financial drain of golf courses, etc. So of course I want to put my two-cents' worth in!

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Kind souls made Christmas joyful

I wanted to express my heartfelt thanks to all the kind souls who stopped to offer help, or agreed to make phone calls for me when my car broke down on McClure Pass on Christmas Eve,

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Work is more rewarding than a handout

I left home with a suitcase and a sleeping bag one day after graduation. No one helped me nor did I expect help -- even from my parents (who did NOT help me).

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Who's the foolish one?

The City of Delta spent some $30 million on an overpass so that ambulances would not have to wait at the railroad crossing. The voters turned down an ambulance district request for additional funding so there would be no additional delays in ambulance response to an emergency.

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Volunteers, sponsors made dinners possible

I would personally like to thank the many volunteers who helped serve Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners to over 280 members of the North Fork Valley. With your help and support you made many people very happy.

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It's a privilege to serve the Surface Creek Valley

We would like to thank everyone for their support during 2016. This year, through November, we have rehomed 52 dogs and 89 dogs have been returned to their owners.

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Sales tax revenues fund essential services

I am really having mixed emotions about the letter from Debbie Schum in your Dec. 14 edition. On one hand I am somewhat faltered that she apparently thinks I am some kind of community leader and therefore should be taken to task.

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There's some delusional thinking in Crawford

Webster's Dictionary defines the word delusion as a "false conception, especially one persistent and opposed to reason." It saddens me to realize how many of my neighbors in Crawford are starting to exhibit behaviors that fit this description.

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Fight to keep our public lands public

There is language in the GOP platform and several bills before Congress to turn vast quantities of federal lands over to the states for resale to oil, gas and coal mining, as well as timber and other industries. We need to stand together to FIGHT and keep our public lands, public.

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Bullies don't embody Crawford's values

Politics in the small town of Crawford has become a travesty of political bullying brought on by two individuals that show behavior that is not carefully considered nor sensible. Do they want a pot shop in Crawford?

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Why is more taxation always the answer?

As usual, Tom Huerkamp makes an emergency out of nothing (Dec. 7 letter wanting to tax internet purchases). How does collecting more sales taxes help or protect "traditional brick and mortar retail"?

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Truth in politics

During the past six months I've written several letters to this editorial page regarding issues I've had with the Town of Crawford and its mayor. None of those letters sought to disparage, assassinate anyone's character, or destroy their careers.

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Sales tax crisis is looming on the horizon

A crisis is looming for local governments that are dependent on sales taxes and it will come crashing down in the near future. Traditional brick and mortar retail is entering its final struggle against certain death.

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Fight for our Medicare

President-elect Trump and Ryan are going after our Medicare. They want a voucher system.

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Don't let bullying triumph over majority rule

I would like to say this on behalf of Crawford Mayor Wanda Gofforth and town clerk Cally Gallegos. Mayor Gofforth as a council woman and later as mayor had knowledge of Carl Page's bad behavior toward town clerks prior to the request for the restraining order.

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Crawford is an extraordinary community

Two years ago, we found ourselves in New York City, in a dusky interval between touchdown at La Guardia and departure on a bus for an upstate Navy base. Bustles of Christmas shoppers morphed into throngs as we skirted Madison Square Garden, and, being from western Colorado, we were at once dazzled and overwhelmed.

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Let's consider land transfers

Talk of transferring federal lands to the states has started once more. Some people express opposition because of the costs of wildfire suppression, which was over $2 billion in 2015 and is anticipated to keep increasing.

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Please consider the gift of mentoring

As the holidays approach I'm reminded that, as our parents taught us, it's time to think about giving. I have been involved with the Partners organization for 20 years.

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Crawford residents forced to bear legal fees

I read with interest the various facts, figures, and woes of the Crawford town budget. However, there is an obvious omission of the nearly $8,000 in legal fees approved by Mayor Gofforth and the town trustees.

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Keep your dogs out of the trash
Keep your dogs out of the trash

This is a photo of a problem that has been longstanding on Surface Creek Road. Even with lids on the trash containers, these dogs present problems.

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Keep public lands in public hands

Last week's announcement that the Bureau of Land Management removed a significant portion of oil and gas leases in the Thompson Divide country should be regarded as good news. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and the BLM announced that 25 of the 60 leases would be permanently retired.

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It's time for America to pull together

I feel so sad ... not because of who won and who lost the election and/or the amendments but for all the hate and disrespect of humans on other humans! A ton of what I'm seeing, hearing and reading is filled with so much anger and hate.

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Paonia Care Center provides a caring home

My older brother, Richard "Dick" Proctor has been at Paonia Care Center going on four years now. On Nov. 17, I went to my fourth Thanksgiving dinner.

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Chicken Roost renovation has been an uphill battle

Why did the Chicken Roost restaurant take so long to renovate and open? I purchased the restaurant, formerly known as Gabriela's, in April of this year.

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Don't let the door hit you on the way out

My fellow Americans -- now is the time for citizens who possess real ability and the skills to produce real, tangible, results, to take their rightful place at the table. Love it or leave it has never been more applicable.

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Keep us updated on Yager case


I was very interested to read that Nathan Yager's murder conviction was reversed. I was a member of the jury that convicted him.

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Marijuana revenue could benefit Crawford

I would like to thank the voters of Crawford for an excellent turnout, and I commend those of you who voted against the tax increase. As such, after six months of wasted effort, our town council is once again hosting a public hearing to discuss the town's budget deficit ... a public hearing where certain members of the public are allowed no input.

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Delta boasts a strong business community

My wife Carol and I are getting ready to depart Delta after a very short 2 1/2 years. We have very much enjoyed our time here and wish we could stay longer.

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A second chance for Phoebe

I thought my short story should be told. My name is Phoebe, aka Phoenix, and I am a one-year-old female small black lab who hasn't been able to use her back legs since birth. I have been dragging my hind quarters everywhere to reach my food or doggy room; consequently sores have developed on my derrière.

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Libraries develop strategic plan

Delta County Libraries recently tackled the process of writing a strategic plan that will guide the direction and focus of our libraries for the next three years. The process began in July 2016 and the Library Board adopted a written strategic plan on Wednesday, Sept. 21.

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BLM can't ignore the risks oil/gas development

If we have a car accident, or our house burns down, or we get sick we assume that our insurance company will have the money to reimburse us for the loss. Or pay our bills.

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'H' is a proud, beautiful symbol

Thank you so much for your Back Page story, "An emblem of school pride," about the "H" on the hill southeast of Hotchkiss.

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Trick-or-treaters were very polite

As a mother of four, a grandmother of eight, a great-grandmother of 11 and an elementary school teacher for 35 years, I would like to compliment the parents for raising such well-mannered and thoroughly delightful children who came to our door on Halloween.

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Climate change evidence is clear

Last month, one of your readers' letters was published under a title of "Don't fall for the climate change 'crisis'." In that letter, the writer urges us to "consider all sides" in the study of the climate. This letter is in that spirit.

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Amendment 71 will rob us of our voice

Amendment 71 will impact how and what amendments reach the ballot in the future. It is said that it will offer rural counties such as Delta a voice in the process but after reading the ballot, I have a different opinion.

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This country needs Trump

The media's bias in favor of Hillary is well known. Hopefully, most people are too smart to let the media choose their president.

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Your vote ensures continuing freedom for America

This election will be the most important one this country has experienced since the Civil War. We can vote to preserve the Republic or we can continue to go down a dangerous path to fundamentally transform America.

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Democrats are blind to the corruption in their party

This presidential election has certainly caused a stir among people but the most disgusting part of this election is the media's support of the Democratic Party. I'm so sick of the news reports trashing Trump and turning a blind eye to Hillary's lies.

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Flowers bring joy, beauty

At this time of ugly political hassling, I believe it is time to celebrate something beautiful.

All through the spring and summer the residents of Delta County and people traveling through our lovely area have been treated to the joy and beauty of the flower planters on Main Street in Delta and Cedaredge, as well as the cascading flowers in the planters at Bill Heddles Recreation Center.

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Don't be a pawn for Hillary

I would like to speak to the Hispanic community regarding Donald J. Trump's run for the president of these United States. His stance on our border with Mexico is in your best interest, perhaps even more than the rest of the country's residents.

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Greed underscores actions of Crawford 'bullies'

Crawford is a unique town. It is small enough that one can know one's neighbors, yet large enough that it can provide essential services.

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Taxes will go down, not up

A letter printed in this newspaper, Oct. 26 date, written jointly by a seriously misinformed group, 13 persons altogether, is just too much.

None of the predicted outcomes are likely to take place to anything like the extent predicted by their letter.

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Roeber is the right person with the right skills

A cool head, a firm handshake, a depth of experience, and the confidence in knowing that he means what he says. Attributes that Commissioner Mark Roeber has demonstrated for many years.

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Roeber has a proven track record

Voters, please consider Mark Roeber as your choice for Delta County commissioner. Mark comes from a ranching family located on Lamborn Mesa in Paonia.

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Vote no on property tax increase

Please vote no on Ballot Issue #5 ... the property tax raise for more money for ambulance services.

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Schwartz selflessly works for rural Colorado

As this election day draws nearer, I want to convey my personal experience and contact with our former state senator, Gail Schwartz, who is a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives for Colorado's 3rd Congressional District. This represents my own opinion and not of any organization to which I belong.

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Our health is not negotiable

Apparently our health is negotiable. As health studies continue to come in re: the harms of unconventional oil and gas extraction (fracking) and production, it is time for citizens to get informed and take action.

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League outlines ballot positions

The League of Women Voters works to both educate and advocate. Our educational work provides pros and cons in our widely regarded Ballot Issues pamphlets which are currently available.

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Back door zoning

According to the Delta County Master Plan, the most important county-wide issues are:

1. Preservation of agricultural lands and open space.

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City's fall cleanup is much appreciated

Just wanted to say thank you to the City of Delta for allowing us to get rid of leaves, branches, furniture, and all kinds of junk in its fall cleanup.

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Our dilemma with Donald Trump

Today's voting dilemma with both Trump and Clinton is due to a century of individuals and state legislators failing to fulfill their counterbalance to the central government and their Article V obligation to amend the U.S. Constitution.

Except for the hard core statists, America has never faced such a presidential voting dilemma.

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Hillary's lies are too much to take

Nothing much has changed for us voters. We still are either voting for change or more of the same.

I cannot condone what Trump said several years ago, neither can I condone Hillary's continual lying.

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Air quality knows no boundaries

Air quality knows no boundaries. One of the consequences of oil and gas development is impacts on air quality.

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Crawford mayor responds to accusations

I have been accused by a group of town citizens that I violated the open meeting law, also known as the Sunshine Law. I was first accused in the DCI July 13, 2016.

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Step up and vote yes for ambulance tax increase

I read with interest the article in last week's DCI regarding voter support being needed for the mill levy increase for the Delta County Ambulance District. Although I rarely feel the need to write a letter to the editor, this is one of those times when I consider myself fairly well qualified to comment on this subject.

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Chamber supports DCAD tax increase

The Delta Area Chamber of Commerce supports the Delta County Ambulance District and its request for an increased mill levy.

Quality emergency medical services are essential for a healthy and vibrant community.

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Vote yes to maintain quality EMS

The Cedaredge Women's Literary Club urges voters to support the Delta County Ambulance District by voting YES on Ballot Issue 5A. Our area relies on this group of dedicated women and men in our times of greatest need.

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Roeber understands, respects county's citizens

This upcoming election provides a clear choice in candidates for county commissioner for District 3. The Republican candidate, Mark Roeber, is a lifelong resident of Delta County and a proven commissioner who is campaigning on promoting commerce while preserving our environment, character and culture and actively seeking citizen involvement.

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Roeber's roots run deep

I have spent my entire life living in the Delta County area. During this time there have been many changes -- some good, some not so good.

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'Boys' talk' is ugly, hurtful

"Boys' talk" and "locker room talk" are repellent to many if not most women and at least some men. The nastier and more vulgar it gets, the more reprehensible it is.

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Here's why you should support Amendment 71

I support the "Raise the Bar" Amendment 71 and here's why. Imagine a well-funded special-interest group spending millions of dollars to amend the Colorado constitution to benefit an out-of-state corporation. Ridiculous?

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For the good of Colorado, vote no on Amendment 71

It is perplexing how many people have jumped onto the "power to the government" bandwagon. Amendment 71 is a power transfer from ordinary citizens to government actors who are beholden to lobbyists and special interests.

Whether you love participating in democracy or not, one thing is for sure,

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Neither candidate is fit to lead this great nation

To the two major presidential candidates, the Republican and Democrat party leaders will you please claw your way out of the gutter you have dragged the rest of us into? A game of who can out accuse the other of deceit, crimes, bigotry based on sex, race, religion, gender, marital status, etc., and who is least fit to lead this nation.

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Prop 106 provides options

This November we will have the opportunity to vote on the Colorado End-of-Life Options Act, Prop 106. This is a statutory proposition, not a constitutional amendment, initiated by Coloradans for Coloradans.

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Continued support of North Fork Alternative urged

As citizens and community leaders of Delta County we are writing to thank our county commissioners for their participation in the creation of the North Fork Alternative (NFA). Three years ago the Board of County Commissioners along with a team of community members including the Western Slope Conservation Center, VOGA, the West Elk AVA, CHC, chambers of commerce, realtors and ranchers submitted the North Fork Alternative Plan to the BLM.

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Schwartz is an advocate for Delta County

If the presidential shenanigans are burning you out, please don't get so turned off that you don't vote. We have an opportunity to vote for an energetic, inclusive, and results-oriented congress person this year -- Gail Schwartz.

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Let him who is without sin ...

As I listen to the radio, I'm appalled at the way our current elections have been for so long. It seems the old saying, "What's good for the goose is good for the gander" does not apply to the left.

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Millie Hamner is a voice for our community

This year's election has been dominated by the divisiveness of the presidential race. It is important that we don't lose sight of the functionality that we do see on the state and local level.

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Vote yes on 5A

I normally do not support special district mill levy increases. I feel that these increases levied on property and business owners need to be shared by all users that the special district provides services for.

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Think before voting

Voters: please think hard before marking your ballots. There are important issues at stake.

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Orchard City supports mill levy increase

The Town of Orchard City Board of Trustees appreciate and support Delta County Ambulance District's efforts to provide quality, reliable and professional emergency medical services to Delta County visitors and residents.

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Amendment 69 is bad for business

The Delta County Board of REALTORS® is concerned. REALTORS® believe every Coloradoan should know how Amendment 69 could affect their lives, if passed. Amendment 69 would amend our state's constitution to establish a government agency called ColoradoCare System to collect a 10 percent tax on ALL income to provide health care for all -- 10 percent of all income from whatever source the income is received.

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Change is coming to Delta County

Change is coming to Delta County. We need to get ready for a "new normal."

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Become informed about ambulance tax question

Last April the Delta County Ambulance District's board of directors passed a resolution to put a ballot measure to the voters in the November election. Ballot issue 5A asks district property owners to approve a 3.25 mils increase changing the tax rate from the current 2.25 mills to 5.75 mills.

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Travis Mills, Gail Schwartz make a great team

Working together Gail Schwartz for U.S. Congress and Travis Mills for Delta County Commissioner can make a wonderful team that will promote and protect the North Fork area organic food producers. The North Fork of Delta County is well known in Colorado as being the major area for producing high quality organic produce.

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Tipton's campaign video slanders Delta County

Incumbent Congressman Scott Tipton's YouTube campaign video is titled "Gail Schwartz's War on Coal devastated Delta." At the very end, there is a distant photo of three lonely, seemingly abandoned concrete silos.

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The facts are not all in

With only a few weeks until the end of the BLM's comment period on its Draft Resource Management Plan (RMP), which will guide its decisions for the next 20-30 years, there needs to be more public education about the harms of oil and gas development. I can provide citations for any of the facts I report.

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Trump takes the heat off Clinton

Has anyone considered: Trump has been chummy with and supported the Clintons for years?

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Neglected dogs/cats don't help attract jobs

I was speaking recently with some friends who are involved with Citizens for Animal Welfare and Shelter (CAWS) and they told me that the shelter in Delta, set up and managed by dedicated volunteers and employees in the face of overwhelming and heartbreaking conditions, is facing a serious funding shortfall.

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Family heirloom inadvertently donated

I'm writing this letter because inadvertently I gave a lot of material to hospice and in that box was a P-38 World War 2 plane made out of brass Japanese shells made by my father. Whoever has it or bought it from Heirlooms for Hospice, please this is a family heirloom and I would love to have it back.

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NARFE is strongly opposed to Amendment 69

The National Active and Retired Federal Employee (NARFE) Association represents the interests of almost 100,000 federal employees and retirees in the state of Colorado. ColoradoCare, also known as Amendment 69, would replace the Affordable Care Act (or Obamacare) as a single-payer health care system in Colorado.

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Don't fall for climate change 'crisis'

Last week's DCI featured a letter asking you to consider climate change when voting. Before you charter your space ship to leave this dying planet, maybe you should consider all sides.

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It's up to us to put an end to government overreach

It's never going to stop. Government and radical environmentalists just keep shutting down activities and lands. And we keep letting them.

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Be careful what you ask for

Colorado voters need to be really careful what they ask for. This initiative just rings of "if it sounds too good to be true it probably is."

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Crawford council should treat all with respect

Mr. O'Donnell and others in Crawford are trying to minimize the issues with our town council by focusing on marijuana. The problems are so much more than that.

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Mark Roeber has represented Delta County well

I am a Colorado native and have lived in Delta County for the past 23 years. I have had the privilege of knowing and working with Mark Roeber for the 23 years that I have lived here both as a rangeland specialist for the U.S. Forest Service and as a trustee for the Town of Paonia.

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Music, venue make for a great evening

WANTED Alive in Concert was a wonderful concert presented on Saturday, Sept. 17, to benefit the Surface Creek animal shelter in Cedaredge. Al Smith, Ray Carpenter and the Solar Brothers, Roy Martin and Paul Frazier, entertained a delighted crowd.

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Clinton is experienced, responsible

If it really didn't make any difference which of the big party candidates for president wins, I would agree with people who want to choose idealism over realism and vote third party or not at all.

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Consider climate change when voting

I was taken to the ER at Delta County Memorial Hospital after an accident on Grand Mesa. Upon arriving, I was taken care of in a very timely and professional manner.

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Libertarians offer alternatives

A 2015 Gallup poll found that six in 10 American voters agree that a third major political party is needed to improve the state of politics. If you are one of the many American voters looking for other options, please consider Gary Johnson, his running mate Bill Weld, and the Libertarian Party in 2016.

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Supreme Court is important

Many people are unhappy with our choices for president, but allowing Hillary to become president is the worst choice of all.

Our next president will appoint one or more Supreme Court justices.

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Marijuana in Crawford: The dark side

Jay Ziegler starts his letter to the editor (Sept. 14) on sales of marijuana with how he is appalled about the tax dollars being spent on lawyer fees. I think if the truth was told we would see that the fees are because of his actions and a few others that have an agenda of bringing legal sales of marijuana to Crawford against the will of the people and the town council.

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Are Delta residents paying attention?

We have two wonderful recreational water projects in Delta but now we have another? How much will this cost?

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Never forget our POWs/MIAs

This past Sunday commemorated the 15th anniversary of 9/11. Fifteen years since the Twin Towers fell and planes went down in Pennsylvania and the Pentagon.

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Marijuana sales would cover all Crawford's losses

As a taxpayer, I am appalled at the decision of the Crawford Town Council to waste taxpayer money ... THOUSANDS of dollars of our money, so that Mayor Wanda Goforth could throw a childish tantrum in front of a judge while taking legal action against one of our taxpayers.

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Oil/gas at odds with economic development

Two seemingly unrelated key area events have occurred. First, the Bureau of Land Management's Uncompahgre Field Office (UFO) released the Draft Resource Management Plan (RMP) that will direct management of all BLM land and mineral rights in Delta County for at least the next 20 years. Public comments on the RMP are due Nov. 1, 2016.

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Thanks for refusing to sign anti-fracking petitions

Thank you to everyone who refused to sign proposed ballot initiatives #75 and #78. Despite the hundreds of petitioners out in force throughout the state over the past couple of months the "anti-fracking movement" was unable to collect enough signatures to get their anti-fracking initiatives on the November ballot.

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When facing change, let's make it change for the better

Several months ago I wrote two letters to the editor regarding the changes in our valley and state. Many of these changes are because of the regulations against the coal industry.

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Funding priorities questioned

After 9/11 President Bush wisely froze $150 billion of Iran's money that was being held in our U.S. banks (yeah, we're surprised too). He did that because Iran has always been the biggest supporter of terrorism around the world.

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ColoradoCare raises a lot of questions

With reference to Mr. Erik Nesse's letter to the editor published in the Wednesday, Aug. 24 Delta County Independent. We don't know if Mr. Nesse lives in our rural area or another rural area of Colorado, we don't know if he represents the insurance industry, sits on the board of a hospital or has a title that would distinguish him as a doctor or attorney because his letter came via email with nothing other than his name as an author.

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Fighting opioid addiction must be a health care priority

Over the last few months we have been visiting communities in the Third Congressional District to discuss the opioid abuse epidemic that is sweeping our nation and deeply impacting communities in Colorado. We recently held our fifth roundtable discussion on opioid abuse in my hometown of Cortez.

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Amendment 69: Get the facts

Erik Nesse and others should learn the facts before endorsing ColoradoCare. During a recent visit to Rocky Mountain Orthopaedic Associates of Grand Junction, I picked up these facts:

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Oil and gas is not a threat to our community

I'm a recent graduate of CMU and attended a public meeting hosted by the Sierra Club and Western Colorado Congress regarding what they refer to as the "Oil and Gas Threat Map." I came into the meeting with an open mind, but quickly discovered the threat map can be misleading to the public, and the Sierra Club had no interest in explaining why.

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Rural areas win with ColoradoCare

There are many reasons to live in rural Colorado: plentiful elbow room, tight-knit communities, and gorgeous panoramas, to name a few. But easy access to doctors isn't one of them.

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Proud to stand with those who tell the truth

My response to the letter by Larry Condon Aug. 17:

My parents, too, taught me guilt by association and as a kid not to be in or around those who smoked pot or groups that were drinking. Even if I wasn't partaking, I would be arrested -- guilt by association.

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Public apology is warranted

Because silence is consent, this letter is written in response to the sovereign citizen story. It is very troubling that a city manager and local law enforcement would make assumptions based on their personal beliefs and then act with federal authorities to label local citizens.

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Gail Schwartz is a proven leader

I'm a registered Republican, but I won't be voting for Donald Trump or Scott Tipton in November. Trump is incompetent, and Tipton doesn't seem to understand that being a U.S. representative means he should represent the people of his district, not outside big industries.

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Democrats are setting us up for a catastrophe

So-called global warming and resultant climate change are ostensibly being used to justify the war on coal and energy independence thus funneling trillions of dollars to radical Islamist regimes like Iran that are dedicated to the destruction of Western ideas and culture. But what if there is no global warming and therefore no climate change?

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Sovereign citizens: Guilt by association?

I read the article in the DCI about the "sovereign citizen" label. I do not know any of the organizers of the meeting held on the subject. I do know that I was told as a very young person about "guilt by association."

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Robo calls are getting out of hand

My wife and I were awakened at 7 a.m. Sunday morning by a person telling us our computer was in need of service as it had problems.

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Finnegan family grateful for support

We, the family of Mary Finnegan, from the Eckert-Cory area would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to those who were so ready and willing to help in any way during the 2 1/2 weeks Mary was missing and since she was found.

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Access to Hep C treatment is critical

The CDC reported that deaths from Hepatitis C, the only strain of the virus that is not vaccine-preventable, have hit a record high in recent years. Hep C now kills more Americans than any other infectious disease, including HIV/AIDS.

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RMP is a road map to industrializing the North Fork

The Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) mission is "to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations." They recently released the draft Resource Management Plan (RMP), a 20- to 30-year blueprint for the course of future public land use.

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F rated charity is soliciting in our area

We've received about 20 annoying robo-calls in the past month from Foundation for American Veterans soliciting donations. While we care greatly about our veterans, I was suspicious enough to check online to see if they were a real charitable organization.

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Hooray for rusty old cars

Hooray for old rusty cars​ on Main Street!​

Delt​a's ​new addition​ of a rusty car lot is certainly unique.

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Delta's beautification efforts have paid off

As a former resident of Delta, born and raised, I felt compelled to write to express my thanks to the many residents who have dedicated themselves to the beautification of my hometown. I recently visited while attending my class reunion.

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Thanks for the hospitality

On behalf of the Old Spanish Trail Association, may I express our deep appreciation to all of the wonderful friendly people who hosted us in both Grand Junction and Delta during our recent Old Spanish Trail annual conference!

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Regulations cripple coal

I was sorry to read that the people of Delta County are facing layoffs and economic uncertainty as government red tape strangles coal mining in the North Fork area. Were coal not crippled by over-regulation, it is probable that coal, not natural gas, would be the cheaper option.

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An open letter to the community

As the United States of America struggles with the senseless killing of peace officers and the hostility toward law enforcement officers in many communities, I want to express my thanks to the citizens of Delta County who have reached out to state their appreciation and their thanks to the Delta County Sheriff's Office and to the police departments within Delta County.

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Participation appreciated

I want to thank the churches who came together to present the service in the park as part of Deltarado Days last week, and all who attended. It was a wonderful service, and it was nice to see so many in the community gather and worship together.

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Fatal car crash was senseless

On Thursday, July 21, at around 3:30 p.m., I was returning home from the Cortez area with my wife on Hwy. 550 near Colona. An hour earlier we had gotten in the middle of the traffic backups due to CDOT operations performing cleanup of mudslides across the highway near Sawpit and Placerville.

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School board must stand up to transgender directive

I'm submitting this so the community is aware of what I told the Delta County School Board at its last meeting, July 21, in reference to the Department of Education directive for Safe & Healthy Students concerning so-called transgendered persons using restrooms and locker rooms of their opposite anatomical sex.

You scoff at the ridiculous story of the emperor who was duped into wearing no clothes, and whose trusted ministers followed along, but look at what's happening before your very eyes today!

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We just join together to exert our political will

It has become clear that big corporations have immense power over Congress. We have seen that on many issues where there is a broad consensus in the general population, Congress refuses to act.

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We need a leader who will keep us safe from harm

I just watched a video showing the aftermath of murders in Nice, France. Then I heard our president telling us the world has never been safer.

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We're fortunate to have a facility like DCMH

Big kudos to Delta County Memorial Hospital for being recognized on a national level twice. First to be named to the top 20 rural community hospitals in the entire nation was great.

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DMEA and the job market

After talking with two gentlemen looking over the workings of the new fiber internet, I thought I would write and say, "Thank you, DMEA for bringing jobs to Delta county."

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Delta's Main Street has never looked better

Delta's Main Street has never looked better! Have you noticed?

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At least one nitwit lives among us

Count me among the disappointed: a political sign has been stolen from our front yard.

Having voted in the 15 previous presidential elections, I am undecided about this current 2016 contest.

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Hillary should be held accountable

I am a licensed and insured driver of a motor vehicle. In a scenario of me NOT intending to violate a traffic law by failure to stop at a stop sign but the traffic officer cites me anyway into court to face the charge.

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Research into brain health is more critical than ever

Our priority at the Colorado Gerontological Society is providing seniors with the best care possible, which is why we are joining the community in recognizing June as Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month. One in 10 Coloradan seniors suffers from Alzheimer's, and many more family members and friends are impacted by the illness.

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DPD, drivers should pay more attention at four-way stops

Recently, I've noticed an influx of people not knowing how to operate a four-way stop. TWICE this week I've pulled up to the stop sign, and while waiting for my turn, a vehicle would squeeze in on the right and then turn right.

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There's little difference between alcohol, marijuana

Getting too emotional about any issue will always result in exaggeration and distortion, and the failure to place things in any type of a proper perspective. We even lose track of reality.

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BLM continues to ignore citizen concerns

Advocating for extractive industries at the expense of local communities or living, sustainable ecosystems, a tone-deaf BLM continues its long, outcome-proven tradition of ignoring the concerns of citizens. Releasing its long-awaited Uncompahgre RMP, a document laying out a blueprint for decades of activity in our resource area, the agency has muted citizens' issues regarding oil and gas development on thousands of acres in and around our cherished North Fork Valley.

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It's up to voters to hold government accountable

A special thank you to the persons of Delta County who wholeheartedly carried the message of Roger Bentley in the election effort for county commissioner District 3. Many hours were spent by numerous folks in planning, writing and distributing my message to the Republican voters in Delta County.

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BLM urged to restrict future coal leases

The BLM is currently accepting public comment on the federal coal program, which now has a hold on issuing of new leases for coal mines. You can send your comments to: BLM_WO_Coal_Program_PEIS_Comments@blm.gov. Here are comments I have sent:

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All aspects of coal must be weighed

Who benefits from a transition away from coal? Removing coal from our nation's energy mix, will not be without environmental consequences that must be analyzed in the BLM's ongoing review of the federal coal leasing program.

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Don't risk American lives with mass immigration

What are the objectives of President Obama increasing the rate of Syrian refugee settlement into the USA to as many as possible before he's gone? Hillary also supports it.

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No-leasing alternative is best for the North Fork

Clarification of June 29, 2016 article "BLM open house attracts 150-plus." The BLM's Draft Resource Management Plan and Environmental Impact Study for the Uncompahgre Field Office is a 20- to 30-year management plan for our public lands.

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The silence is deafening

The silence from the Delta County Republican Central Committee and our local elected Republican officials regarding Linda Sorenson is deafening. The only thing we hear is the Ullreys (he is the vice chair of the Central Committee) attempting to convince us that she is not racist which I never implied.

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We must all take a stand for our liberties

Are there racists in Delta County? Sure there are. There are racists and people with prejudices everywhere. However, most people are not.

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Don't sign petitions for Init. #78

The oil and gas industry provides more benefits than we can count to our local community, state and country. But despite all of its benefits environmentalists continue to fight to eliminate the industry with complete disregard for the comforts we receive from this industry:

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Ensuring justice

I am writing a letter to this community to let everyone know that there is a particular timing and wording that needs to be taken when reporting a crime. If you are later than a day in timing or you are vague in your description of what happened, you most likely will lose your case.

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Comments on gun safety

I am responding to the retired Marine's letter in the June 22 DCI. First, I want to sincerely say to him, thank you for your service to our country. There are no sources given for the information presented regarding gun violence.

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Crawford citizens say no to municipal court

After the lofty and lively rhetoric of the Crawford Town Council campaign, its citizens now face the "realpolitiks" of our new mayor and town council. Realpolitiks is defined as "policy based on power, rather than ideals."

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What kind of message is GOP leadership sending?

I am writing to respond to Mr. and Mrs. Vic Ullrey's letter to the editor that was published in the June 15 issue of the Delta County Independent entitled, "Right to free speech is under attack."

Mr. Ullrey, who is committee vice chairman of the Delta County Republican Central Committee, and his wife were writing in strong support of Linda Sorenson, chairwoman of the Delta County Republican Central Committee.

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Too much ado

National establishment Republicans seem to want the party to implode instead of accepting that Trump was chosen by Republican voters. Now it seems that some people are trying to implode the local Republican party.

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Delta County needs to stop going along to get along

For the past six years I have been directly involved in trying to educate our commissioners in Delta, Montrose and Mesa counties on how federal mandates, by and through an agenda called sustainable development, have dwindled our economies and driven businesses out, including but not limited to, logging, mining, ranching, farming and drilling. Our towns are drying up because the economy that made us prosper has been regulated out of business.

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County shows flexibility

I want to commend the Board of County Commissioners for its flexibility and willingness to follow the recommendations of multiple voices, including the area and county planning commission members and DCED, in updating the county's land use regulations. The BoCC at its regular Monday work session approved seeking bids for a planner to revise the Master Plan before making any substantial changes to the Specific Development regulations.

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Evil hearts use any means available to kill

Remember Juli Gonzalez who used matches and gasoline to kill 87 people in a Bronx bar in 1990; hundreds killed or injured by armed Islamic terrorists in Paris, even with France having stricter gun control laws than we have;

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Too many gun owners don't respect life

The Orlando shooting was a terrible thing. We have had too many mass shootings and so many people are being killed in our country due to gun violence.

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Don't let hate have the last word

As the pastor of Community Spirit United Church of Christ in Montrose and as a representative of the Interfaith Alliance of Colorado, both of which are committed to human rights and equality for all people, I want to publicly thank Rev. Cathy Hamrick (Presbyterian Church of Delta), Pastor Carol Rhan (First Methodist Church) and Rev. Tom Seibert (St. Luke Episcopal) for hosting a candlelight vigil at Presbyterian Church of Delta on Tuesday night following the hard and horrible news of the recent mass shooting at a gay dance club in Orlando.

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Roeber's soft-spoken approach has proven effective

Dear Editor:

In the June 1 DCI, Mr. Stucker defined three reasons to direct your vote to Bentley. In the June 8 DCI, Mr. Sutton defined his reasons why your vote should be for Bentley. A closer, logical evaluation of this reasoning would indicate that Mark Roeber is the one for your vote.

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Right to free speech is under attack

Dear Editor:

To have an opinion and voice it or to keep it to yourself -- what would you do?

Our First Amendment right to free speech is under attack in an organized, subtle and clever way.

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Sorenson has given Delta County a black eye

Dear Editor:

I can't imagine how big the pile of sand is that the Delta County Republican Central Committee has its collective head stuck under. Where are elected county leaders who seem to have their lips stitched up tightly? Enough is enough! The damage that Linda Sorenson has done to this county is beyond comprehension.

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Don't label all of Delta County racist

Dear Editor:

Delta County has been the subject of recent news articles stemming from a meme that was posted on Facebook. Linda Sorenson, chair of the Delta County GOP Central Committee, has stated she exercised "bad judgment" in sharing the meme.

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Linda Sorenson is not the victim

Dear Editor:

The fact that Linda Sorenson is "stunned" at the vitriol and hatred directed at her for posting a racist meme on Facebook points to her obvious need to educate herself on the history of civil rights in America. Her suggestion that she is somehow the victim in this incident would be laughable if it wasn't so pathetically sad.

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Teens deserve a pat on the back

Dear Editor:

I've never written before but thought it might be a good time.

Recently in Hotchkiss, a father, husband and great friend was hurt very seriously. His children went to the Paonia school. The kids had a bake sale for this friend and it was awesome to see these teens (high schoolers) do this almost on their own. They raised a very substantial amount of money for Mike Hillman and his family.

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Don't waste money covering ditch

I have just found out that a screwball proposal has been made by Paonia trustee Dave Bradford to cover the park ditch with a sidewalk.

In my opinion this project would be a total misuse of the sidewalk funds especially when there is a sidewalk right-of-way on the south side of the street.

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An exciting addition

Congratulations to the staff of the Delta Library in the exciting new contemporary art exhibit. The installation addresses the importance of reading, and in fact the humanities, in a digital age.

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Olen Lund has proven leadership, experience

I am urging you to vote for Olen Lund, who is running for re-election for the District 3 DMEA board seat. I've known Olen since he was in middle school.

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Stay away from globe willow trees

Warning: This is the kind of letter I wish I'd seen back when my husband I were looking for a retirement home in Delta County in the 1980s, because maybe we would have been aware that some trees that grow in this area should be avoided. If they are not, there can be many regrets.

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NAACP stance is ironic

We think it is interesting that Delta County GOP chairperson Linda Sorenson is being criticized by the NAACP for racial bias against Barack Obama, yet not one peep was made by the NAACP when the left made unprintable racial slurs against the Bush administration's secretary of state, Condoleeza Rice, who is black.

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Vote with your head

By now you have received your ballot in the mail. Before you mark it, think about who you will vote for and why.

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Weighing the differences between Bentley, Roeber

We are fortunate to have two people running in District 3 for county commissioner who have some qualities I wish were evident in races at state and federal levels. That said, this circumstance brings with it a problem I hope Delta County voters will take time to think about seriously.

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Harding thinks outside the box

A couple of years ago I became acquainted with Brad Harding and was most impressed with his knowledge, energy and approachability. I see Mr. Harding is running for a position on Delta-Montrose Electric Association's board.

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'Balanced' RMP is anything but

If you ever had any doubt regarding the extent of the oil and gas industry's influence over the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), I would encourage you to read BLM's draft Resource Management Plan (RMP) that was just released.

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A tale of two valleys

The connections between the Roaring Fork and North Fork Valley run deep. People travel between the two valleys to see friends, climb mountains, eat locally produced food and build businesses.

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Private property rights are at risk

This is an alert to all Delta County property owners.

The county commissioners are attempting to gut the Specific Development Regulations (SDRs).

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Lack of buying power blamed for lost revenue

Every day on the television, the three "big media" business channels harp over and over and over how the Internet and online shopping is responsible for the lost revenue to the large clothing and merchandise outlets that are now threatened with closing their stores. Don't believe it!

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Harding is best choice for DMEA

This letter is to recommend Brad Harding for the DMEA board of directors. During the years I have known Brad, I have seen that he has successfully operated and grown the First Colorado National Bank and has led the Delta County Economic Development, Inc., or DCED.

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Joining the debate on climate change

Greg Walcher's comments on climate change in the GJ Daily Sentinel April 29 finally moved me to comment about the many letters on this subject. Most seem to believe in the greenhouse gas propaganda.

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Liberals have little tolerance

Recently in Denver my truck was "keyed," with a deep, wide scratch down most of the rear quarter panel. I'm sure it was because of my politically conservative bumper stickers.

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Protect the Second Amendment

Why is there a Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution?

It is second only to the First Amendment that guarantees our right to free speech, freedom of religion, right of assembly, right to petition the government and freedom of the press.

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Formula is harmful

Thank you for the article called "When and how to start babies on solid foods" in your 2016 Health Care Guide.

Clarifications of a few points would be beneficial to mothers who might be pregnant and seeking information on safe infant feeding.

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Affordable health care for rural Colorado

No matter your background or your zip code, every Coloradan deserves a fair shot at affording a quality health care plan. Unfortunately, those of us in the high country are all too aware of the ever-rising cost of health care.

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Ordinance prohibiting campers should be changed

Responding to the May 4 letter from Deanne Simmons, Delta, entitled "Camper living should be allowed," I emphatically agree with her every well-stated point. She gives a half dozen excellent reasons for changing the city's official attitude and asks three entities, the mayor, city manager and city council, to change the ordinance against living in a camper (trailer/RV/whatever name one might use) on private property in order to help or be helped by the property owner.

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There is a need for a people's assembly

Please be advised that the Delta County People's Assembly is advertising and recruiting for 25 people to join the assembly. These meetings are similar to town hall meetings, where folks are encouraged to voice opinions on social issues.

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Tipton's lease swap is bad policy

As the former mayor of Paonia, I was dismayed to read about Representative Tipton's lease exchange proposal. Please let me explain. During 2014 and 2015 the leaders of Delta County, Hotchkiss and Paonia met with the staff of Senator Bennet's office to see if we could come up with a win/win proposal reference oil and gas leasing in the North Fork and Thompson Divide areas.

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Help preserve the history of the coal industry

With the slowdown of our coal industry in the valley, my heart aches. Then I hear the trains go by and it brightens my day.

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Thanks from Delta inventor

I would like to express a big thank you for the excellent writing in your paper, also a big thank you for all the stores that made room on the shelves, along with helpful advice, for "The Trap."

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Letter highlights airport's value

In response to the excellent researched letter by Clay McDonald in the April 6 issue of the DCI:

The problem is not indigenous to Colorado.

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Facts are stubborn things

One fact that isn't going away is the folly of anthropogenic climate change. Its adherents typically are delusional Democrats almost to a man.

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National Drug Court Month to be celebrated

Drug Free Delta County would like to invite the community to share in our celebration of National Drug Court Month with a Delta County Adult Treatment Court graduation on Thursday, May 12, at 4 p.m. in Judge Sandra Miller's courtroom in the courthouse. We hope you'll enjoy seeing adult treatment court in action and stay after to share in refreshments to support our new graduate and other drug court clients, their families, our treatment court team and volunteers.

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Don't try to change the North Fork Valley

When I wrote my letter and it was published on March 16, it was in response to Tom Wills' letter the week before. Just as he had every right to say why he wanted the marijuana issues passed in Hotchkiss, I also had the right to defend why I felt they should not be passed.

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Movie rehashes claims, stirs up frenzy

This is in response to the April 27 DCI letter promoting the new climate science denier film put out by the fossil fuel industry-funded denier group CFACT and its notorious director, Marc Morano. According to reviews by those who have seen the film, it is a rehash of standard denier claims and features the usual cast of non-climate scientist-deniers and hucksters.

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Voter finally sees the light

It seems like I am not the only one that realizes, after many, many years and election cycles, that my vote doesn't really matter. The "parties" of both Democrats and Republicans are in fact the ones to actually select who will be the candidate running for office.

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Count your blessings

Each day as I come in contact with other people I am amazed at the many who have no understanding or realization of how blessed they are.

Each morning as I stretch, flex and tweek various parts of my body to get the blood flowing and the muscles warmed up, I am thankful I am able to do so and able to use my five senses.

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Camper living should be allowed

Recently there have been many layoffs in the coal mines and other places. Living with an already high cost of living, this puts many families in dire stress.

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Delta has much to offer

Our county and city have been through a lot recently, with mines and businesses closing. In spite of this, I think we can survive -- even thrive -- if we all make a determined effort to shop and do our business locally.

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Lease exchange proposal is a terrible idea

Representative Tipton has released a "discussion draft" of a proposed lease exchange bill for contested leases in the Thompson Divide with brand new leases of approximately 30,000 acres in the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests. It is a giveaway to two oil companies and a terrible proposal for the North Fork Valley where most of the new leases would occur.

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City creates roadblocks for entrepreneurs

I am writing to convey my feelings about the City of Delta and Community Development.

I bought a restaurant on Main Street that will feature smoked and rotisseried chicken, along with other meats.

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The truth about climate change

Please see the truth about climate change by attending the premiere of "Climate Hustle."

There has been a considerable amount of false information and pseudoscience about climate issues around the world.

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Vote climate deniers out of office

Another study has confirmed that 97 percent of climate scientists agree that humans are contributing to global warming. In addition, at the Paris climate conference (COP21) in December 2015, 195 countries adopted the first-ever universal, legally binding global climate deal.

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Taxpayers could benefit from captured methane

It's April and tax season is here. We might grumble and complain, yet every year tens of millions of dollars of our resources are wasted from inefficient oil and gas operations on public lands. This is real value taken out of the pocket of U.S. taxpayers.

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The citizens of western Colorado deserve better

Representative Tipton, through his proposed "Western Colorado Lease Exchange and Conservation Act of 2016," has chosen to ignore the citizens of western Colorado in favor of a pork barrel giveaway to two Texas oil companies. The proposed act exchanges leases in the Thompson Divide area, leases that are expired or soon to expire and under threat of cancellation by the BLM, for brand new 10-year leases in the North Fork watershed near the Hubbard Park area north of Paonia.

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Keep the oil and gas industry alive

I am a fourth-year student at Colorado Mesa University working toward degrees in land management and business. I had the opportunity to hear Dan Haley of the Colorado Oil and Gas Association speak at the March GJ Chamber energy briefing.

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Hotchkiss voters have spoken

The 2016 Town of Hotchkiss election is complete. I want to thank the citizens and community for their interest and participation.

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A glimpse at the North Fork Valley in 1952

My mother was a keeper. I was going through some of her clippings, pictures, etc. and I came across a paper I had written. It was about 1952 and I would have been in the sixth grade. I thought people might be interested in what life was like in the North Fork Valley back then.

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Clarifying facts about the North Fork airport

There have been some comments by the candidates for the Paonia Board of Trustees and mayor, to the effect that "if the North Fork Valley Airport is not making money, then sell it." As a resident of Delta County, but not of Paonia, I have been closely associated with the North Fork Valley Airport since I moved here almost 17 years ago, and currently have a hangar at the airport.

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Poisoned cat: A sick waste of life

This is an open letter to those who poison animals with antifreeze. It is so easy to put out antifreeze to kill an animal as you turn your back, like it is no big deal. Let me fill you in on what happens to that animal.

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It's your town if you show up and participate

Helen West believes the only people who can call Hotchkiss "our town" or the North Fork Valley "our valley" are those who were born and raised here. Her letter wasn't quite clear about the required number of generations to authenticate membership, but it sounded like at least two or three.

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Please ask for help

Round and round we go. With all the help available in this county for our critters, why won't people in need ask for assistance? Maybe it is too inconvenient.

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Sheriff is obligated to protect our rights

I want to start by saying I have no personal animosity towards Sheriff McKee or the Delta County Sheriff's Office. This letter could be addressed to any sheriff in the U.S. Sheriff McKee just happens to be the sheriff in the state and county where I live.

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There truly is 'nothing new under the sun'

The current assault on the Delta County School District by Western Colorado Atheists and Freethinkers certainly is truly "nothing new under the sun." The effort to discredit Jesus Christ continues to fail, as well-documented in the book, "The Case for Christ" by author Lee Strobel, with a master's degree from Yale Law School, an award-winning journalist for 13 years at the Chicago Tribune and other newspapers -- with a background of atheism.

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April 1 is appropriate day for atheists

Whether by design or chance, it is quite appropriate for the school district administration to have chosen April 1 (All Fools Day) as the date to begin allowing the atheist/satanist coalition to begin displaying their literature in the local schools.

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It's prudent to wager on God

After reading the feature article "Atheists force 50J to defend open forum," that appeared on the front page of the DCI of March 23, I wish to make this comment. This is especially directed to those who profess to be members of the Western Colorado Atheists and Freethinkers organization and "atheists" in general.

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Hotchkiss would benefit from marijuana sales

The citizens of Hotchkiss have an opportunity to help in the economic recovery of Hotchkiss. Ballot measures 2A, 2B, and 2C allow for the well-regulated establishment of the legal marijuana industry in Hotchkiss.

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Consider marijuana vote carefully

Citizens of Hotchkiss -- you have a big decision to vote for on April 5. We are going to vote on permitting marijuana facilities in our town.

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One last argument for marijuana in Hotchkiss

If you are a registered voter in Hotchkiss, by the time you read this you have probably already sent back your mail-in ballot, but just in case it is still lying around the house here is my personal argument on why to vote yes on questions 2A, 2B and 2C, one last time.

Commercial marijuana is legal in Colorado.

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The Donald shines light on politicians, the media

Obviously, there are many reasons why the politicians (on both sides of the aisle) are savagely attacking Donald Trump. The biggest reason we can see is that Donald has pumped up the excitement in "all" of America's voting citizens, so much so, that the "yuge" spotlight that is pointed at him, is now glaringly "zeroed" in on each and every one of them, too.

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Olio of thoughts

1. I hope that Orchard City residents will vote for Jan Gage for mayor. She did a great job as a town trustee, she's energetic, sharp as a tack, and very concerned for the future of Orchard City.

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Carefully consider grocery wine/beer sales

Judging from the number of expensively printed fliers I have received in the last 10 days, it appears that some entity is very serious about promoting the sale of wine and full strength beer in Colorado's grocery stores. Personally, being a very light drinker, I'm not terribly concerned about the convenience of being able to pick up beer in the same store where I get my groceries.

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In full agreement

I'd like to compliment Veronica Minch on her March 9 letter, "Letter illustrates our country's divisiveness." Her letter was as right on as it could be.

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Where does your food come from?

Where does your food come from?

If you're like many Americans, the answer is the grocery store.

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Don't try to change 'our little town' of Hotchkiss

I read both of Tom Wills' letters to the editor in disbelief and disdain. But when I read where he called Hotchkiss "his little town," I knew I also had to write a letter.

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Retail pot shops are not the answer

The future of our valley is beginning to take a turn. I would like to add my opinion that comes from my heart, not some fancy facts. My husband and I are deeply concerned of the ballot issues concerning retail sales of pot and the related industries that it would bring to our area.

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OC mayor stands by his decision

For the last eight years as mayor of Orchard City I have worked to put the lies, bullying and dirty politics behind us. In last week's letter to the editor from former Mayor Tom Huerkamp we were reminded how nice civility is.

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High-speed Internet brings hope for economy

I was thrilled to see DMEA announce they are bringing quality, high-speed Internet to our area. It seems that within a very short time, Delta and Montrose county will conduct business at a competitive pace.

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Exciting news from DMEA

It is exciting to read that DMEA is moving forward to bring high speed Internet to our area. South Montrose County, Paonia and Orchard City appear to be the first recipients of this step into the future.

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We're lucky to have great health care

We have a very nice hospital with a very professional staff. They saved my life.

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Select our leaders wisely

As citizens of western Colorado and Delta County we all have the opportunity to speak our opinions by selecting those who will lead our local government. Especially now we need to take that opportunity very serious.

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Good neighbors: The icing on the cake

Without getting too mushy, I really do want to thank a special neighbor for his willingness to immediately help us with a very sad situation. We lost Freckles, our granddaughter's horse today, and it was unexpected.

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Coal miners represent the best of America

First I'd like to express my deep sadness at the recent news of the idling of the Bowie #2 Mine. Secondly, Deb and I would like to give our best wishes to the affected miners and their families.

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Letter illustrates our country's divisiveness

I was rather alarmed while reading Mr. Laitres' letter a couple of weeks ago to learn that I was such a horrible person, self-centered and egotistical. Actually, the reason I registered as an independent quite a few years ago was that I was totally fed up with the shenanigans of both of our major political parties.

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Marijuana would provide an economic boost

This letter is an attempt to convince the voters of my little town, Hotchkiss, to allow legal, commercial marijuana businesses to locate within the town. To set aside their moral objections and fears and consider what is best for everyone, something I have tried to always do in my 12 years on the Hotchkiss Town Council.

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A shout out to DMEA's board of directors

I want to give a big shout out to the board of directors of Delta Montrose Electric Association (DMEA) and their staff for moving forward rapidly with the fiber-to-premise broadband Internet service. As a resident of Orchard City I am particularly elated that we will be able to sign up in May for this world-class service.

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Delighted to see DMEA stepping up

I am ecstatic that DMEA is ready to install fiber optic broadband! This has been a long-held dream of mine while I was on the DMEA board.

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Mine closures reverberate throughout W. Slope

This letter was sent to Senator Michael Bennet Feb. 29.

Senator Bennet: Well, the current administration along with the help of the U.S. Senate has managed to almost completely kill what little economy remains here in the (Gunnison River) North Fork Valley of Delta County.

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Practice what you preach

Leonardo DiCaprio flying around in a private jet to talk about climate change is like our local outspoken climate change advocates writing letters to the editor promoting Bernie Sanders, while living in a home/business supplied with electricity and driving around with internal combustion engines.

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The real side of Trump

Earlier this year we put a political sign up in front of our house in Crawford, voicing our concerns re: Donald Trump and his attacks on the First Amendment. This obviously didn't sit well with some of his supporters in this area.

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There are two sides to every story

For those of you who don't know us -- there is another side of the story. However, our attorney does not want the case tried in the media.

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Animal shelter gets a huge boost

The Give 'Em Shelter building campaign for the Surface Creek shelter received a huge boost with the success of the Crockpots for Critters on Feb. 13. The event raised almost $8,000 and was so much fun! Volunteers who staff the Shelter Shoppe Boutique Thrift Store which supports the shelter hosted the event.

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Raise your hand for Bernie at the upcoming caucus

On March 1, Delta County Democrats, like all members of the party in the state who affiliated by the Jan. 4 deadline, will hold neighborhood precinct caucuses. The caucuses begin promptly by 7 p.m., but in this year of high interest I would urge all attendees to arrive at 6 p.m. when the doors open.

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Clean energy is good for western Colorado

Our governor, John Hickenlooper, is showing strong leadership in sticking to the goals set forth in the Clean Power Plan.

Although the Supreme Court issued a stay while it considers a lawsuit seeking to block this landmark effort addressing carbon pollution, the Clean Power Plan is only temporarily on hold.

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Hillary Clinton is the best choice for America

With next Tuesday being the Democratic caucus, I wanted to share why I believe that Hillary Clinton is the best choice for America. Former Secretary of State Clinton traveled over a million miles meeting with world leaders and her counterparts to forge strong alliances, support our allies and hold our adversaries accountable.

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All candidates should be heard

I was totally happy to be invited to a training session held by the Republican party. While there, I learned more about the importance of the local caucus and county assembly process.

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An independent voter responds

The letter from Robert Laitres (DCI 2/17) left me feeling both insulted and amused. Initially, he seemed to be aiming his remarks at people who believe independent voters should be allowed to participate in primary elections.

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Pay equity legislation is already in place

The pay equity battle strikes again at the Colorado State Capitol, but don't be fooled by the outdated statistics often presented by those advocating for the unnecessary legislation. Pay equity is an issue of the past, and both men and women alike can see the extraordinary changes that now ensure equal pay for equal work.

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Bentley is a strong leader

We need leaders who can inspire others to be involved in learning about and participating in the process of governing our great nation, from the local to the highest levels.

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Show up or shut up

Many individuals (and only for the sake of appearance) are in favor of allowing those calling themselves "independent" to vote in political party primaries. That is no different than allowing non-members of any organization to participate in voting, whether that is a corporation or even a church.

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In thankful acknowledgement of the DCSRC

As recipients of many of the benefits offered by the Delta County Senior Resource Council, we would like to thankfully acknowledge this organization, as well as its senior coordinator, Leah Lewis.

A great deal of effort, hard work and sincere commitment go into the organizing of the annual events that are made available to the senior citizens of Delta County.

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Never agree with another's opinion

Thanks to Mr. Laitres for his needed and well-deserved instruction on plagiarism coupled with the illustrative example of liberalism and tolerance. Particularly appreciated was the convoluted definition of plagiarism and what it really means.

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Speeders kill more wildlife than hunters

This is to all the speeders that drive down G50 Road and don't care for the wildlife or anything else except to get to where ever they are headed for.

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It's great to have choice

I am a great-grandmother who has been homeschooling for seven years. At first my great-grands were enrolled in the Vision program through public school.

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League of Women Voters celebrates milestone

Feb. 14 marks the 96th anniversary for the national voter's rights group, the League of Women Voters. The League of Women Voters of Montrose and Delta Counties is joining 800 local, state and national league chapters this month in honoring this milestone by celebrating their rich history in the fight for voter equality, as well as pressing forward in combatting current barriers to voting rights.

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Climate change challenges are real

In a letter to the editor last week, Bruce Many stated that those who accept climate change "refuse to use evidence showing that ice ages have alternated with warming periods for eons" because to do so would not support the reality of climate change: we are just in the natural warming period following the last ice age. Actually, the reverse is true.

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Caring citizens are critical to our prosperity

What are the greatest problems facing America? The reply so often heard is, "I don't know" and, "I don't care."

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In support of veterans

I have a 2004 Ford Expedition with a replica of an M-16 on top and a sign that says, "I am a United States Military Veteran: Be advised." I once took a solemn oath to uphold the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic.

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Stop the reproduction of unwanted dogs and cats

February is Spay and Neuter Awareness Month! Yes, it's that time of year and I would like to mention that some of you readers didn't follow through like you promised after last year's awareness notice.

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We need leaders who look at the big picture

Another week, another climate denial letter in the DCI. This one, another from Mr. Many who is apparently unaware of what IPCC assessments are and what they are based on; the current status of climate science.

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Energy is not a partisan issue

As the political season heats up as we enter a volatile presidential election year, I hope you have the oil and gas industry on your mind as we select our new leaders.

Traditionally, Republicans and Democrats rarely see eye to eye, but it appears the strength of our country's job-fueling energy industry is where they do find some common ground.

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So-called independent thinkers are anything but

Mr. Sutton, in his most recent letter to this publication, this one on the plagiarism of another individual, is attempting to do nothing more than defend the indefensible. There is never any reason, or excuse, for plagiarism of any type or for any reason.

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There is no Santa Claus

No BLM leases you may be thinking. Don't. This would be somewhat like an event referred to as the subject of this letter.

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Let's put art back in the conversation

Regarding the front-page article in the Jan. 20 DCI on potential grant money for economic development and the article Jan. 21 in the Sentinel, "... how arts bleed into other businesses":

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Climate change alarmists deceive

In my Dec. 30, 2015, letter, I submitted a 1922 AP article stating that the Arctic zone was experiencing temperatures so warm that ice was melting and seals were leaving. Steve Lyons charged that the report represented only a selective area and time.

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Grateful for the sacrifices of our veterans

Last Saturday, my husband Les and I took a motorcycle ride from our home in Montrose to the C&J Restaurant in Delta for lunch.

We met up with five friends of ours from Grand Junction, all who ride with Patriot Guard Riders -- those who protect the honor of our fallen servicemen and women.

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Let's not visit cannabis again

I would like to respond to your article "Hotchkiss, Paonia may see cannabis on the ballot 2016."

Both towns already had a "discussion from the board and from the public" in 2014, and the impact on our communities was very divisive.

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Celebrating our public lands

I would like to thank Senator Donovan for introducing Senate Bill 21 -- the Public Lands Day bill -- into the state legislature recently. This is a great effort to designate a state holiday celebrating our public lands and recognizing all that they provide us as a community and as a state.

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Commit for your children

I read with interest a letter (DCI, 1/20/16) stating that schools should not expect single moms to have time to help their children with homework. I agree that it must be very difficult for single parents to do it all.

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Main Street is key to the future of Delta County

Delta County is faced with many challenges. Our county is a great place to live, but many residents, myself included, see our economic future going downhill and these trends will be difficult to stop without taking action.

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Support for the homeless has been overwhelming

As we begin this new year and reflect on the past year, we remain overwhelmed and overjoyed by the way this community has come together to create a warm, safe place for homeless men, women and families at the brand new facility of The Abraham Connection. More than a building, you have created a sanctuary, a place of hope and faith, a home.

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Schools should be more supportive of single moms

I am sure I am not the only single mom who feels this way:

Recently, my 7-year-old son brought home his second-quarter report card.

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A clear case of liberalism

Regarding the letter in the Jan. 13 issue of DCI written by Robin Nicholoff: It does not move any debate forward to publish a liberal hit piece about someone who happens to agree with many others, but not you.

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It's time to make your voice heard

The time has come to make your voices heard! On the political scene you have more opportunities than just voting on the first Tuesday of November.

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Looking for witnesses

My stepfather passed away recently in a car accident. On Jan. 10 around 5 p.m., heading eastbound on Highway 92, there was a collision right outside of Austin.

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Educational options for your children

Classical Conversations, or what we call CC, is a great option to public school. It gives you a fun, interactive way to teach your children the education you desire them to get to succeed in our ever-changing world.

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Republican voters want conservatives

I'm very glad that the top three Republican presidential candidates are not "establishment" Republicans. Republican voters are finally saying, "We're tired of business as usual. We want a return to conservative principles and smaller government!"

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Does no now mean maybe?

Has the definition of "NO" now been changed to mean "MAYBE"? Since medical marijuana approval in 2000, there have been numerous attempts by fringe minority groups to enlarge the permissive use of marijuana via different tacks.

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An act of patriotism

Recently, I sent in a letter entitled "The American dream has come to an end." I regret to say that this letter, so true in every way, was taken from another article thereby not being of my own creation.

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Citizens have a choice of schools

As Colorado citizens we have the choice between public, private, and home education. Jan. 25-29 is National School Choice Week. I would like to discuss the choice my family made called Classical Conversations (CC).

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BLM urged to cancel leases

The BLM's issuance of 65 Thompson Divide leases was a gross violation of the BLM's mandated responsibility to protect the land and only allow development in appropriate places. And that really is a crime because it favors corporate interests over the community's future and well-being.

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A clear case of plagiarism

Regarding the letter in the Dec. 30 in the DCI supposedly by Gary Herby: it does not move any debate forward to publish rubbish written anonymously and circulated on the Internet since 2012.

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In God we trust

I find it very difficult to accept the fact we have American citizens who are offended by the above title. Apparently they are deluded into believing the United States of America can be separated from God.

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Ag teacher made a lasting impression

I'm writing in regards to some very sad news that I received this morning from my brother, Bill Chick. He had a phone call from a very special man in both of our lives, Mr. Robert Tuttle, our high school vocational agriculture teacher and FFA supervisor.

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A 21st century open records law for Colorado

When was the last time you used microfilm or microfiche to find information? Does the phrase "online bulletin board" bring to mind that screeching noise associated with dial-up connections from 20 years ago?

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Don't be deceived by selective reporting

Last week there was a letter in the DCI titled "Global warming 'news'" that included a newspaper article detailing very warm gulf stream temperatures, melting ice, disappearing glaciers and unheard-of high temperatures in the Arctic. A reader would be led to believe this is all evidence for our present-day global warming.

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Republicans perpetuate climate change deception

The countries of the world have just agreed that mankind has affected the environment since the start of the Industrial Revolution. They have agreed to cut their emissions and contribute to helping developing countries bypass fossil fuels and go straight to renewable energy, as well as help them cope with the current effects caused by, or worsened by, global climate change.

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Rockwell's America is still alive

I've got to hand it to Gary Herby. I can't tell whether his letter ("The American dream has come to an end," 12/30/15) is satire or real.

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Christmas came early for unwanted pups

Christmas came a little early this year for the CAWS Animal Shelter. It started out not so merry.

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Paonia sports is in the news

As one of a declining group who chooses to get the daily news from newspapers, it was amazingly gratifying to read pages 1B and 2B of the Daily Sentinel for Dec. 31, 2015. Three of the top 10 stories for 2015 regional sports dealt with student athletes from Paonia High School.

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Put an end to runaway government

What if single terms removed Congress' preoccupation with electioneering? What if unconstitutional laws passed by Congress could be repealed by two-thirds of the state legislatures?

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ALL local businesses contribute to our economy

I am writing in response to the letter submitted by Mike Drake, president of the Paonia Chamber of Commerce, which appeared in the Dec. 16 issue of the DCI.

Mr. Drake certainly makes some valid points and his general concept of "Collaboration will help strengthen our economy" has valuable merit.

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The American dream has come to an end

The American dream ended on Nov. 6, 2012, in Ohio. The second term of Barack Obama has been the final nail in the coffin for the legacy of the white Christian males who discovered, explored, pioneered, settled and developed the greatest republic in the history of mankind.

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We must all work together to address climate issues

COP21, the "council of parties" that included some 194 nations, has concluded in Paris and agreed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions significantly over the coming decades, with most countries, including the U.S., submitting plans to accomplish this. We are the highest per-capita GHG emitter and second, behind China, in total national emissions.

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Global warming 'news'

From the Associated Press:

"The Arctic Ocean is warming up, icebergs are growing scarcer and in some places the seals are finding the water too hot, according to a report to the Commerce Department from the Consulate, at Bergen, Norway. Reports from fishermen, seal hunters and explorers all point to a radical change in climate conditions and hitherto unheard-of temperatures in the Arctic zone.

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A historic plan for water

Recent weeks marked a moment in Colorado's water history by charting a path to the future with a comprehensive water plan being released to the public. The Colorado Water Plan was delivered to Governor Hickenlooper, and with it, the thoughts and goals of months of work by the basin roundtables.

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Short-term problem?

So Mr. Wills thinks global terrorism is a short-term problem. He needs to explain that to the families of the victims in San Bernardino, Boston, New York, Benghazi, Paris, London, Madrid, Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Iraq, Afganistan, Yemen, Somalia, Malaysia, Philippines, and elsewhere.

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Clean Power Plan ensures sane, safe energy supply

I urge everyone to stand up for themselves in their own lives, and to participate in democratic processes. Be vocal with decision makers and your many representatives.

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Trump is the wrong choice

Donald Trump's base is base. The Republicans dug their own hole when they determined that only those thoughts promulgated by the thought police on the right were to be used by their candidates.

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Changes at A kidZ Clinic

Parents and community members that have supported A kidZ Clinic would want to know that there have been significant changes to the clinic in the last 30 days. The school-based health center (SBHC) has lived in the hearts of many community members for over a decade and was finally made into a reality in July of 2014.

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Both ISIL, climate change must be addressed

In response to the two letters that appeared in the Dec. 9 DCI questioning the urgency of dealing with climate change, I would begin with a couple of statements. One: climate change caused by human-caused global warming, caused in turn mainly by our adding new CO2 to the carbon cycle through the burning of fossil fuels, is the very most important issue of the present and will continue to be so for several generations.

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Support needed for vital asset

There is a huge unrecognized asset that we need to support in our community for our survival in dark times. ISIS, Iran, and other terrorist organizations want to destroy the United States.

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The perfect lie

Several times in world history a simple lie has been widely accepted with earth-shaking results. The flat earth lie is one example.

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A great academic day

Thursday, Dec. 10, was a wonderful day for academics in the Delta County School District.

The morning started with the sixth-eighth grade math competition (Math Counts.)

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Collaboration will help strengthen our economy

Interested in a strong and diverse Delta County economy?

Delta County businesses know that our economy is difficult.

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Like Walters, 'Fum' McGraw was an outstanding athlete

I enjoyed reading the article on the "Back Page" about Taylor Walters and his family. His grandmother and I are second cousins.

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ISIS is the real worry

I listen to those who feel as the president does, that climate change is a more serious threat to us as a nation than the threat of isis coming here to take over. I fail to see how climate change is to blame for everything from isis domination to our out-of-work status.

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Climate change hypocrisy

Yes, climate change exists. It always has.

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Climate change is not the biggest threat

Who do you think he is trying to convince?

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On the road to recovery

On Sept. 13 of this year Ron suffered injuries from a fall at the cleaners building. We would like to take this opportunity to give heartfelt thanks to the North Fork Ambulance, Paonia Fire Department, Delta County Memorial Hospital, Transcare Ambulance, St. Mary's Hospital, Rocky Mountain Orthopedics and Paonia Care and Rehab for professional care and rehabilitation along with continuing therapy.

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Common sense has left us

A new Rasmussen survey shows that over one in four Democrats (27 percent) favor prosecuting those who don't agree with global warming. Only 11 percent of Republicans agree.

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You can do something about climate change

I am incredibly hopeful that the upcoming Paris Climate Conference can bring about a strong commitment among nations to put firm limits on carbon emissions. This is not only a tardy international need, but the harbinger of an improved economy as we transition to renewal energies rather than rely on depletable or non-usable fuels (due to climate change).

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It's best to be prepared

Climate change by nature is acceptable, but weather by the bureaucrats in D.C. is not, to my way of thinking. Science is unpredictable, especially when directed by the New World Order and placed in human hands. Congress is no help.

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Paonia's water woes are self-inflicted

As you read this, Paonia will have adopted a 2016 budget that, in the words of one trustee "is full of padding!" (They think this is good.)

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Generosity of Creekside owners much appreciated

Thank you very much to the owners and staff of the Cedaredge Creekside Café for the wonderful Thanksgiving meal. It was so generous of you to support our community with this free meal.

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In favor of prescription reform

I urge your publication to publish an editorial urging Congress to pass important Medicare Part D and prescription drug bills. Passage of the Medicare Prescription Drug Savings and Choice Act (H.R. 3261 and S. 1884) would create one or more Medicare-administered prescription drug plans to compete with the expensive, privately administered prescription drug plans currently offered under Medicare Part D.

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Action is now the key to Colorado's Water Plan

We should all truly celebrate. Two years after the governor's executive order, we finally have a Colorado Water Plan that lays out measurable objectives and metrics to help guide us toward a secure water future.

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Send the terrorists to Cuba

Perhaps President Obama's buddy, El Presidente Castro of the island prison of Cuba will entertain a proposal from Obama to release the remaining Islamic terrorists at Guantanamo to freedom in Cuba. Castro has run Cuba as a prison for most of the island's people for over a half century, while executing thousands of his own citizens.

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Waking up in another dimension

Imagine living in a very remote location at a very high elevation that doesn't afford TV or radio access, you haven't read the newspapers and have avoided outer human contact for some time. This was my experience some years ago and it became very obvious to me, one of the first times I went in to the nearest town to get supplies, that something very strange was happening.

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Tough oil/gas regulations serve joint interests
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We all bleed red

With all the racial hate and controversy going on in this country, I felt this might be a good time to share some thoughts that came to me which I titled "The Earthly Play":

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Veterans deserve more than lip service

Truly responsible individuals (most actually consider themselves as such) who incur obligations should be not only willing, but should feel themselves obligated to face up to them. That is true of everything, even that which they incurred to those who served in the military.

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The house of cards is beginning to totter

My letter to the editor (Oct. 28) must have touched a few nerves: the following week there were five climate change denial response letters. Bill Sutton felt my comparing the tactics of the tobacco industry to the fossil fuel industry to be unfair because tobacco use was an "individual choice" and petroleum use wasn't.

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It's time to move together toward real solutions

"Human influence on the climate system is clear, and recent anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases are the highest in history. Recent climate changes have had widespread impacts on human and natural systems."

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Climate change: There is hope

There is hope. That is the message being brought forth as we go forth in preparation for the upcoming Paris climate talks in December.

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Controversy continues

Steve Lyons in his Oct. 28 letter makes my point. There is controversy over global warming and climate change (he said, she said).

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The sky is falling

Those who question the validity of global warming are called "climate change deniers." The same should be said about those who cling to the expert opinions of famous scientists Al Gore and Michael Moore.

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Citizen juries are already in place

A group of individuals recently appeared before the Delta County Board of County Commissioners asking for public funds to set up what they called "citizen juries," claiming that the Constitution provides for them.

Were they better informed and intellectually astute, they would have realized that we already have citizen juries.

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Warming schmorming

All the technical talk aside, references are not necessary to analyze global warming. Anyone with a lick of sense understands that it's not happening, never mind what a conservative newspaper's opinion page I regularly read refers to as "climate cluckers" would like to think.

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Keep up the good work, DCI

I am a 1972 graduate of Delta High School. I have been an active coal miner nearly 30 years mostly as a state and federally certified electrician repairman with mine fire boss and mine foreman qualifications.

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Paonia trustees seem to have learned nothing

I would like to add some details to the story of the Paonia trustees' payments to their auditor. While quick to denigrate "past councils" for poor management decisions, the majority of the current trustees seem to have learned nothing.

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Check references; don't cast slurs on half-truths

Once again, as usual, responders to my letter about climate and data misinformation come back with the typical slurs against both individuals and organizations that are trying to educate the populace. Both responses appeared in the DCI on Oct. 28.

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Climate change believers are costing us jobs

Since the climate change believers, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the media have decided carbon dioxide, an essential for life, is a pollutant, coal-fired power plants and coal mines are closing. Delta County has lost hundreds of good paying jobs.

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Help maintain a healthy ag economy

The North Fork Water Conservancy District has a question, #4A, on the ballot for voters residing within the district. Approval of this measure is a win for everyone by helping to keep the ag economy viable and providing for tourism and recreation.

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Ballot Question 4A is a win-win for everyone

The board of directors of the Ragged Mountain Water Users Association (RMWUA) asks property owners in the North Fork Water Conservancy District to vote "YES" on Ballot Question 4A. Approval of the ballot measure will allow the NFWCD to accept State of Colorado grant monies and manage tax revenues with greater financial flexibility and productivity. These benefits will be realized without any increase in tax assessments.

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Check the source for 'climate misinformation'

In his letter to the DCI editor (10/21/15), William H. Snyer expressed concern about "climate misinformation, deception and outright lies." I have the same concern. But I have a different take on where it is coming from.

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I-70 bus expands transportation options

An article in the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel Oct. 22 issue, "Glenwood-to-Denver bus line to add weekend service," has an extremely important caveat included, the possibility of extending the service to Grand Junction. This is an exciting possibility to improve transportation options not only in Mesa County but in neighboring communities, particularly Delta County.

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It's time to renew your ambulance membership

Attention North Fork Valley residents,

Whether you are young, old, or in-between, sometimes the unthinkable happens. When it does, the North Fork Ambulance responds quickly to your emergency.

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Just to be on the safe side

Mr. Mason in his letter denying climate change (10/21/15) talked about the satellite temperature record, but cited no articles. I was able to find some charts online, but none of them agree with Mr. Mason's assertions.

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Vote yes to remove obstacles to broadband

Regarding an opt-out of Colorado Senate Bill 05-152:

As you receive your ballots for the upcoming Nov. 3 election, you will see questions regarding "re-establishing rights to provide all services restricted since 2005 by Title 29, article 27 of the Colorado Revised Statutes."

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'Yes' vote will make Delta County more competitive

I am writing to encourage the voters in unincorporated Delta County and the voters in Delta, Cedaredge, Hotchkiss, Paonia and Crawford to vote yes to opt out of the provisions of Senate Bill 152 as it relates to broadband. In no way does this obligate any of these entities to operate or contribute financially to efforts to bring greater Internet speed and reliability to all of Delta County.

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It's déja vu all over again

If Yogi Berra were still with us, he would describe the Delta County and town ballot issues on Internet and cable TV service as "Déjà vu all over again."

It's "all over again" because Delta County fought and won a similar fight when it established Delta-Montrose Electric Association to provide rural parts of the two counties with electricity.

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School district needs a strong, sensible voice

I would like to endorse Jill Jurca for the open seat in District 2 to serve on the school board in Delta. Jill is a graduate of Delta High School and is currently involved with DHS as the mother of two very smart young ladies.

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Question 4A benefits all residents

The board of directors of the Fire Mountain Canal and Reservoir Company urge voters in the North Fork Conservancy District to vote "yes" on Ballot Question 4A. We believe the proposal to allow the conservancy district to accept grant money and manage tax revenues more productively, with no increase in tax assessments, will be beneficial to the entire geographic area.

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Vote yes on Proposition BB

Amendment 64, approved by Colorado voters in 2012, legalized recreational marijuana in Colorado, subject to local control. Proposition AA, approved by Colorado voters in 2013, taxed recreational marijuana, with the lion's share of the proceeds earmarked for school construction and drug abuse prevention programs.

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Vote yes on 1A to increase economic diversification

I urge all Delta County Voters to VOTE YES on Delta County Ballot Question 1A. Delta County Ballot Question 1A asks the basic question to voters, shall the county have a role in bringing improved broadband infrastructure to the entire county.

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Hogwash

Thomas Wills' letter to the editor (10/14/15) didn't cite a single primary data source. He used the usual ad hominem attacks, i.e., climate deniers.

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Climate 'deniers' counter science untruths

This is a response to Thomas Wills and his incorrect remarks regarding both Mike Mason and his views on climate and climate scientists. Mike Mason offered good advice -- check the facts.

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Who stole my autumn friends?

Let me get this straight, I made 20 scarecrows, spent three days putting them together, giving each a lot of thought and time, making each one pretty specific to where they were placed, the cost of around $20 in straw, misc., not counting what the Cedaredge Methodist Thrift Shop and the Shelter Shoppe donated in clothes, my guess at least $100 and someone took them! They were only taken down on Main Street.

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There is no cash crunch for the Town of Paonia

The Paonia management team is on a PR blitz to convince us the town needs more of our money. By their own data, it just isn't true.

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Climate 'deniers' are playing a dangerous game

A response to Mike Mason's global warming science denier letter in the Oct. 7 DCI:

Apparently Mr. Mason should be the most famous acclaimed climate scientist in the world today since he has figured out that global warming isn't happening.

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Speeders put our kids at risk

In Eckert on 2100 Road and Fruitgrowers Road every morning and every afternoon at the same time, a bus stops to pick up children for school. Kids line up to wait for the bus on the side of the road.

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Check the data: There's no such thing as global warming

Concerning the letter, "We need to heed the pope's call to action," in the Sept. 30 DCI: The pope and President Obama are flat out wrong on global warming and climate change.

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We're under attack from regulatory agencies

Once more the federal government seeks to enrich itself on the backs of the citizens. The DCI's Sept. 23 article notes that Cedaredge's obsolete hydro equipment is located on the town's own property.

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Upset by trespassers

I am writing this letter terribly upset.

I have had a huge wasp's nest in my cherry tree that I have been keeping my eye on.

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Reduce your risk of breast cancer

In spite of tremendous breakthroughs in diagnosis and treatment, breast cancer remains the most common cancer, and the second leading cause of cancer death for women in the U.S.

With more than 230,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer and more than 40,000 deaths nationwide last year alone, it is imperative for every woman to know what she can do to protect herself from this terrible disease.

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Is Delta County still safe?

I'm used to the sound of gunfire in my neighborhood as I live near the duck blinds of Sweitzer Lake and the shooting range at the vo-tech school. And I'm not normally an alarmist.

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Chamber request: City of Delta is doing its share

Delta Area Chamber of Commerce requesting additional funding from the city at the last council meeting is like the adult child living at home asking for a bigger allowance. The chamber occupies 301 Main Street, the building is owned by the City of Delta.

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No one should go without health care

I recently received a newsletter from Colorado Health, which is basically a brokerage for those seeking "affordable" health insurance. According to Colorado Health, health insurance rates will increase from 21 to 34 percent this year.

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We need to heed the pope's call to action

On Wednesday, Pope Francis arrived in Washington for a historic visit to the United States. His public remarks staunchly reiterated that climate change is one of the prevailing moral issues of our time.

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BELA provides amazing opportunities for kids

As parents, we see enormous value in providing young children with the opportunity to love education before they even start kindergarten. We are extremely lucky to have BELA (Backpack Early Learning Academy) preschools in Delta County to start our kids on the right foot.

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An old Eagle completes the circle in Paonia

Success -- it always feels like it should happen for both the individual and the team (group). It sure takes both halves to make success be complete and feel as good as it can.

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Gas prices are out of line

The price of unleaded gas in Grand Junction has fallen to $2.40 per gallon. On Monday it was $2.70 per gallon in Delta.

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Grandpa exemplified the meaning of hard work

Labor Day has come and gone. Did anyone even notice, or remember what it once meant?

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Immediate action is needed to save our planet

The reality about corporations is that corporations and their directors are mandated to shareholders to make a profit. They are NOT mandated to protect the long-term health of those who consume their products.

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On coal trains, senior meals and health care

It is so nice to hear the coal trains going through town again -- much more frequently than lately. It gives some credence to the edifice being built at the west end of Rogers Mesa.

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Paonia's financial situation is looking dire

The situation in Paonia has become critical. A new audit of the town's finances has the trustees panicked. There are big changes ahead for people who use the town's water, sewer or trash, get building permits or are charged with infractions of the town's ordinances.

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Laziness, or just lack of courtesy?

What a person truly believes is not to be found in what they say, no matter how noble they claim are their objectives, but rather in what they do or don't do, something which is clearly noticeable to those who have trained themselves to observe and note minutiae. There are many such indicators but two which some of us have noted are observable in supermarket parking lots.

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Join the fun of Girl Scouts

Girl Scouts of Colorado is inviting girls from across the state, along with their families, to join the fun! As a Girl Scout, your girl will make friends, try new things and learn leadership skills through activities like building robots, camping, playing sports and doing her part to make the world a better place.

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Do you call Cedaredge home?

It may not be common knowledge that Sept. 14-20 has been designated as "Colorado Cities and Towns Week." The idea is that during these seven days, every city and town in the state can take the opportunity to show the pride that we have in the special place we call home.

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Let's go meatless on Monday

With the new school year just around the corner, parents' attention is turning to school clothes, supplies and lunches. Yes, school lunches! In past years, USDA had used our nation's schools as a dumping ground for surplus meat and dairy commodities.

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Death penalty should be abolished

In 2006 the League of Women Voters of the United States (LWVUS) adopted its position supporting abolition of the death penalty. The League of Women Voters of Colorado (LWVCO) concurs with this position and supported legislation in 2013 to repeal the death penalty in Colorado. This legislation was not passed.

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Selfless acts of sharing make wonderful story

Your wonderful article on the "Loving Spoonfuls" program gave me great joy (B1, Aug. 26 DCI). The commitment that Ms. Jeanne Gatto had in her idea to put locally produced food to good use, to bring people together in a completely selfless act of sharing,

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Opposed to fracking

I am opposed to fracking. I do not believe that there is a safe and responsible way to produce oil and gas and I support the proposed legislation that will permanently remove a large portion of the previously proposed sale of leases in the North Fork Valley.

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Oil/gas development should be contained

I am disappointed to read that the oil and gas industry continues to oppose commonsense efforts to protect important public lands in the North Fork Valley and the Thompson Divide from future oil and gas development.

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Commissioners are moving in the right direction

My father's ancestors settled and homesteaded in Delta County, mostly in the Tongue Creek area west of Eckert. My family has always farmed in Delta County, and my wife and I own a renewable energy company that installs solar electric systems in the area.

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Don't miss events at The Fort

Fort Uncompahgre on the Old Spanish Trail is open and recently held an historic reenactment of the daily life of a fur trapper in the 1840s. The event was a resounding success with a great turnout by the public.

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Keep your sick child home

I'm writing this in absolute frustration with the parents of this community. If your child is sick, KEEP THEM HOME!

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It's time to dump The Golf Club

All of us Deltoids should congratulate Orchard City on its financial audit report. The town has liquid assets to operate for six years, a remarkable evaluation.

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We asked for it

The current wildfires illustrate that sometimes we get what we ask for.

"We can't put in firebreaks or harvest timber because habitat might be disturbed."

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The haze is an omen

Say, have you noticed the haze in the skies lately? They say this is smoke from forest fires blowing into our beautiful valleys.

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Delta, Gunnison proposal offers a balance

Delta and Gunnison county are both on record stating that for an exchange of national forest oil and gas leases to go through, other important public lands in the area need to be removed from the possibility of future leasing to help ensure a balance of uses of public lands in the valley.

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School board candidate steps forward

Delta County residents, let me introduce myself. I am Jill Jurca, and I am running for the open school board seat for District 2. This position is within the boundaries of the City of Delta, but is still a voice for all residents of the county.

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Cedaredge reunion keeps the memories alive

On Aug. 7 and 8, a group of Cedaredge "Cub" graduates worked hard to put on the first Cedaredge Cub alumni reunion. We had an impromptu get-together for a group three years ago, former grads who just happened to be visiting in the Cedaredge area, and decided that an alumni reunion was long overdue.

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A passion for patients

My practice, Needlerock Family Health Care Clinic in Crawford, is open. My passion has been nursing and my dream for many years has been to serve as a practitioner in the North Fork Valley.

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Tipton's town hall fails to provide answers

Dear Editor:

On Aug 4, I attended a meeting in Delta hosting Rep. Scott Tipton. This letter addresses issues that arose during that meeting -- Mr. Tipton's vote on the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act and his evasive response to the question of whether he believed humans contributed to global climate change.

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Dr. Meilner and his staff are valued

Dear Editor:

I am writing to agree with Jane Poulos' letter on the North Fork Medical Clinic in Paonia. I am a patient of Dr. Meilner, who is one doctor who doesn't discriminate against chronic pain patients. He treats you with respect and he cares deeply for his many patients.

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Hospitals face uncertain times

Dear Editor:

Regardless of whether the reader is a consumer of the DCMH complex of health care or not, I would suggest that you take the time to find out who your representative to the DCMH is and request that they do the job to which they were elected. They seem to be in uninformed blissful ignorance currently.

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Options for North Fork students

Dear Editor:

North Fork School of Integrated Studies (NFSIS) would like to thank the DCI for the front page coverage of the magnet school that is beginning this year in Paonia. It is quite a testament to our district board that they have heard the educational needs of folks in the North Fork Valley and responded with inclusion.

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Embrace change

Dear Editor:

The one constant in human life is change. Since being told, several times in one night, to go back to where I'm from, I'm so confused.

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Thanks for another amazing fair

Dear Editor:

Here we are again at the end of another very successful Delta County Fair. The fair was held at the Delta County Fairgrounds in Hotchkiss.

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Senator welcomes thoughts on coal, the economy

Dear Editor:

One of the many pleasures of serving as state senator is gaining a deeper understanding about the communities that make up our unique part of the state. Last week, I had the opportunity to tour West Elk mine.

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A grateful and heartfelt thank you

Dear Editor:

The families we serve and the staff and board of Haven House wish to express our deep appreciation to all who helped us purchase the property formerly known as the dorm for our transitional housing and child development programs.

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Town of Paonia may have more important items to consider

Dear Editor:

I believe I heard through the grapevine that the mayor of Paonia engaged in a river trip with his family and others canoeing from Delta down to Whitewater this month. Can his trip be interpreted as his endorsement of BLM recreation plans?

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Doggie day is a great idea for North Fork Pool

We are visiting our aunt in Fort Collins and we learned that the Fort Collins City Pool has a doggie day on the last day of the year. The next day the pool is drained till the next summer.

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Clean Power Plan is a step in the right direction

It is understandable that when a business or industry feels threatened, it will do anything it can to counter the threat. Unfortunately, that may include ignoring and distorting facts.

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It is possible to work with oil/gas companies

Delta County recently went on record supporting the withdrawal of important public lands from future oil and gas development so they can be enjoyed and protected for their other uses and values. In addition, Delta County has expressed its intent to use its local authority over development to make sure the community has a voice in shaping how this activity proceeds where it does happen in the county, such as in the "lease exchange" area being sought by Texas-based SG Interests.

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Unite to save our coal mines

Here in northwest Colorado, we would like your help in fighting the EPA and Wild Earth Guardians. The Wild Earth Guardians have sued Colowyo Coal Mine in Craig.

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Paonia council is a kangaroo court

I am writing to state my objection to the Paonia Town Council's lack of process as they pushed through its painted streets policy. On July 14, the Paonia Town Council considered a draft policy.

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Community clinic is essential to the North Fork

Not everyone who lives in Paonia and Hotchkiss wants or is able to drive to see a doctor in Delta. When the hospital took over the management of the North Fork Medical Clinics last year, I hoped that they would provide financial sustainability to keep this infrastructure in place.

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Stepping up to serve

In response to Kathy Svenson's letter, I am stepping up as a school board candidate. I made my decision to become a candidate in early March, and since then I have attended school board meetings, visited schools and with teachers and principals, and listened to voters.

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Delta Senior Center offers many benefits


A friend of mine suggested for me to eat at the Delta Senior Center and I tried it. Now I know all the benefits I am receiving from that and want to share that invitation with all of you in this community or elsewhere.

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Creamery is an asset to artists, students

The Creamery Art Gallery in Hotchkiss hosts superb collections of fine art. Currently work from the Delta Fine Arts Guild is being shown at the Creamery and will be on display until the third week of August.

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Stagger Delta's traffic lights

Following months of letters and complaints regarding the heavy commercial traffic continuing to make Main Street a very noisy and uncomfortable place to shop and socialize, I can't understand why something hasn't been done with regard to the traffic light pattern. As someone with friends who drive big rigs I have heard the one thing that will make the drivers choose the bypass is having to constantly stop and start just to get through town.

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Who will step forward for our future leaders?

To all voting citizens of Delta County Colorado: At this year's November elections you will be voting for two school board members. The two positions on which to be voted are in Cedaredge and Delta.

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An introduction to Bernie Sanders

On the evening of July 29 about 64 supporters of Vermont independent, and Democratic presidential candidate, Senator Bernie Sanders gathered at Memorial Hall in Hotchkiss. The event was part of some 3,500 held across the country with well over 100,000 core supporters of Sanders attending.

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The less new oil/gas drilling the better

I love living in the North Fork Valley -- the scenery, the farms, the ranches, the food and the creative people. This community provides an extraordinary quality of life. I am grateful to have my home and business here.

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David Justice deserves a medal, not prison

On Tuesday July 20, in a packed courtroom David Justice was sentenced after an earlier jury found him guilty of removing an illegal barrier erected across Cushman Creek road by the U.S. federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM). He freely admits the action assisted by 22 other like-minded citizens.

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Fuel ethanol facts

Dave Eckhardt's letter, "Renewable Fuel Standard is working," July 22 DCI, didn't mention certain facts of the matter. Various studies and investigations have established that corn ethanol production consumes much more energy than it delivers.

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Commissioners must remain vigilant

A most sincere and heartfelt "Thank you!" to the Delta County Commissioners and staff for their support of withdrawal of the public lands surrounding the North Fork Valley from future oil and gas development.

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Rural health clinics need support, understanding

There are a lot of questions and concerns in regards to the North Fork clinics with the recent event of the clinics being "handed back to Drs. Hundley and Meilner." Everyone seems excited by this, but most people do not quite understand what it takes to run a clinic and why the hospital stepped in to begin with.

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Closing may open up attitudes

The recently announced closing of the Creamery in Hotchkiss, while sentimental to some, especially on summer days when an ice cream cone is so refreshing, may open doors to a new attitude and opportunities for artists in the area.

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Outstanding emergency response

The evening of July 15 at about 11:45 I was outside and in the distance I saw a fluctuating red light.

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Stop USFS clearcutting

If you go to the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests for recreation, do so now while your visit will still be enjoyable.

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North Fork Valley is worth protecting

My grandparents moved their family to Paonia in 1938 and bought a 110-acre farm at the base of Mt. Lamborn.

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Renewable Fuel Standard is working

The EPA recently snubbed the Renewable Fuel Standard with a revision to the rule that would cut corn ethanol obligations by 3.75 billion gallons over three years -- equivalent to a billion and a half bushels in lost corn demand.

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Beware of government 'freebies'
Beware of government 'freebies'

I read with great interest the DCI article entitled "Piping is changing the rural landscape" (July 8).

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A boondoggle
A boondoggle

We read, with much interest, Pat Sunderland's excellent article about the pipeline (salinity) project.

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Support the Clean Power Plan
Support the Clean Power Plan

Dear Editor:
The woods are my place of solitude, a place where I am at peace and where I feel most alive. Each time I drink the coolness of pristine mountain water or breathe in the fresh sap of sun-laden evergreens, my worries seem to fade away. I feel content and free of all stress.

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Disappointed with fairgrounds
Disappointed with fairgrounds

Dear Editor:
After attending the Ride The Rockies festivities at the Hotchkiss fairgrounds on June 15, we were embarrassed by the condition of the grounds.

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