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I am enjoying my new subscription to the DCI and look forward to being better informed on what is happening in the area. I consider Delta my “home town,” even though I only lived there during junior and senior high school (Class of '65) plus four summers while attending college.

Outdoor recreation on our public lands plays an important role in the lives of everyone who lives in Colorado. In 2019 alone, hunting contributed $15 million to the local economies of Delta and Gunnison counties. Public lands support our local communities by providing the clean air and water…

The Colorado River District is humbled and grateful for the support voters in our 15 counties showed for protecting Western Colorado water. Measure 7A passed with a district-wide 72% approval. That so many of you agreed with our mission and aspirations went beyond our most hoped-for expectat…

I spoke to a well-read woman the other day about the protests against the access road that West Elk Coal Mine needs to build through a wilderness area and did not realize that the necessity of the road was not to antagonize the populace but to give coal miners a chance to breathe!

During the weeks leading up to and through this election four of us volunteered as election judges at the courthouse — two Republicans and two Democrats — one was a newbie and the other three had prior election experience. As we worked, we found we shared similar feelings about how impressed…

Well, Election Day is over, but determining the results may go on for a while. I would like to remind readers that the 'hanging chad' recount and legal battles in just one state, Florida, went on for 37 days before Al Gore conceded to GW Bush in 2000. We all, I hope, want to have not just a …

Regarding Proposition 115 and Mr. Kropp’s question “Really Colorado?” There is a very simple answer — Yes….really.

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The Colorado hemp industry is in disarray. The number of acres planted in 2020 were down 56% from the record year of 2019. The state’s hemp management plan has not been approved by masters at the USDA. And with the ongoing delay of the full approval of the 2018 enabling federal legislation f…

Last Tuesday voters had the opportunity with Proposition 115 to protect unborn children beginning at 22 weeks of pregnancy. But voters chose abortion over life allowing the unimaginable slaughter of our tiniest Coloradans. Many people still refuse to believe just how horribly bloody, gory an…

It has been a very contentious election, not to mention the years leading up to this election day. But Americans still identify this country as a democracy where we believe in the power of the people to make their voice heard through their vote. That is what I was taught at my public school …

RE: "Delta County 911 dispatchers receive first responder status." This about the picture submitted with the story. I am thrilled that our local leaders are setting such a great example of social distancing and mask use. I'm sure everyone in the picture has had a negative COVID test that mor…

For each election season I don my turban, look into my crystal ball and predict the outcome. Between COVID-19 and the election I like most are mentally exhausted. November 4 is here and it couldn’t have arrived soon enough. I wrote this column on Sunday so hopefully by the time you read this…

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Faced with COVID-19 and the collapse of Wyoming’s coal industry, Republican Gov. Mark Gordon said recently that the state might have to start abandoning small towns because there’s not enough money to maintain their sewers and streets.

As our contentious election season winds to a close, there are many issues that we as voters have been tasked to decide. In addition to our Presidential election, US Senate, State House, and County Commissioner races, we have been asked to fund a tax increase called “Back the Badge” to suppo…

Dear Fellow Citizens, I am writing this as an individual citizen and not in any way representing the Town of Paonia where I serve as a trustee. A Republican friend this week described defacing of a brand new Suburban in Telluride that had Texas plates and a Trump bumper sticker. Here in Paon…

I wanted a tough leader, not a sheep that follows the herd.

I take issue with Anne Janik’s article on wolf reintroduction in last week’s Independent:

It should be obvious the county sheriff’s office and all cities within Delta County are desperately short of money to operate safely. Sheriff Mark Taylor ran on the Republican ticket so I will assume the Democrats or the Socialists felt the need to try and cause as much disruption for Taylor…

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Thursday afternoon I attended my grandson’s middle school football game in Gunnison. The team didn’t fare so well, but it’s always fun to see the kids play and cheer for them.

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I have participated (voted) in every election since I was first eligible in 1964. I have voted for some winners and some losers. I have never been deeply emotional about my voting tasks and have worked diligently at being as pragmatic as possible. In this election season, I am sorely taxed t…

I read the piece in the DCI where you, and I quote, say “are there racially charged incidents? Probably so.” And you go on to say that in all of your time here you have never seen discrimination in the schools! I would like to share with you a few of my experiences with racism and why your a…

I will vote for “Back the Badge” when Delta cops stop driving around behind blacked-out windows, the county has two or three pot shops, “right to farm” means the right to grow weed commercially and legally like any other crop and not the right to pollute our air and water, and when the power…

Proponents of reintroduction of gray wolves into Colorado have placed Proposition 114 on the ballot for the 2020 general election. It is obvious that this is an emotionally-charged issue, dealing with a complicated set of circumstances, with passionate arguments being made to either move the…

We need a representative who can work across the aisle to represent western Colorado. I will choose a proven pragmatist, Diane Mitch Bush, who cares about our health care system, not an inexperienced demagogue who will simply posture, and get nothing done. Please vote.

Many of you in the town of Crawford, did not realize that the Needlerock Family Health Clinic was yours. It was built as a nonprofit, had papers drawn a long time ago in Las Vegas, so that one day the town could own its own health clinic.

The North Fork Water Conservancy District Board of Directors voted unanimously to support Question 7A on November’s ballot. 7A will allow the Colorado River District to continue fighting to protect West Slope water and to help water users upgrade their delivery systems.

The following was not written by me, but I think it’s important for all to read.

It’s time to cut to the chase with regard to the race for Colorado’s 3rd district’s U.S. Congressional seat. The simple fact is that Diane Mitsch-Bush is supremely qualified to be our representative while Lauren Boebert is completely unqualified.

The Montrose County League of Women Voters recently invited local youth 16 to 21 to participate in poster and essay contests, to write about and/or represent the importance of voting. Two winners were selected, and awarded prizes for their entries. They represented a welcome enthusiasm and t…

A “Yes” vote on Colorado Proposition 113 ratifies National Popular Vote for Colorado. What National Popular Vote does is count all votes before awarding electors, replacing the winner-take-all rule.

The main argument against the NPV is that it will make rural American’s votes meaningless. Why even vote if you’re a conservative rural American, when the election will be decided by liberals in the nation’s population centers? I would flip that argument and ask why a majority of Americans, …

Having been involved with jail and recovery ministry for 18 years, I am disgusted with Diane Misch Busch's new televised ad citing Lauren Boebert's past. Boebert has since helped many troubled young women. She has gone into the jails herself to talk to them and has given several decent jobs.…

Voters in liberty loving Delta County can make history by casting their vote for Kim McGahey, Republican candidate for HD61. Delta County alone can take back this seat from a radical leftist.

I grew up on the Western Slope of Colorado hunting, fishing and working in the Gunnison Valley. I have, for the most part been an independent voter, choosing the person and what they have to offer in support of my household or community. I have met Diane Mitsch-Bush a few times and liked her…

Colorado’s third congressional district covers a huge swath of Colorado and its population is remarkably diverse. Approximately 65% of the population lives in urban areas and the remainder in a rural setting. Even in the rural areas, the diversity is large, including communities that are dep…

Election Day is almost here, and political ads are flying back and forth. Most people will be glad when it’s all over and the newspaper and airwaves are back to normal, whatever ‘normal’ is in today’s world!

The Sept. 30 issue of DCI included a letter to the editor blaming environmentalists for the unprecedented forest fires that scorched over 4 million acres, destroyed several small towns, and killed nearly three dozen people. The letter blamed environmentalists for shutting down logging and le…

I mostly agree with Louise Benson's letter regarding changing the parking configuration and traffic flow of Paonia's Grand Avenue. The current layout is both practical, and is part of the city's charm.

The citizens of Congressional District 3 need a principled, effective Representative in Congress. Diane Mitsch Bush is exactly that person. A representative must be able to work with others, including those from the other party. She did this in the Colorado House. Her website clearly states …

I have never publicly supported a candidate until now. I am tired of the status quo. I feel like the frog in the frying pan. The heat is becoming too much, I finally recognize the need to jump out. I am voting for Boebert because 1. She is a patriot not a politician. 2. She is a business own…

I do not need a pop up demonstration on Paonia's Grand Avenue to know that it is a really dumb idea to have a one way street and parallel parking. This will reduce the number of parking spaces and increase traffic and congestion on neighboring streets, not to mention most people have forgott…

I am delighted that we have a wave of smart, dedicated people running to work on Colorado councils. I’ve always admired Pitkin County’s Francie Jacober, the family she raised and the organizations she has nurtured. The same with Dianne Mitch-Bush, I’ve watched her helping the land, water and…

It has been a couple of months since the Fourth of July and the Delta Fire Department is starting to gear up to start talking about next year’s Fourth of July show. The Delta Fire Department would like to let our community know how wonderful they are and thank them for all their support they…

I would like to publicly recognize the Abraham Connection for being willing to respond to the community as a whole when the pandemic started. In March, as things were closing down, the public restrooms were locked. Realizing that the public restrooms would be a necessity, especially during t…

One of the biggest changes this zoning plan will make is, that in most cases, people making significant changes to structures and activities on their properties will no longer be asked to talk to their neighbors about it. This has been at the heart of the land use system here for decades. In…

Everyone needs to look at facts, not lies, to make your decision on Nov. 3. Will you base it on propaganda from the far left fake news media? Never has there been an election that could forever change the way we live. Let's start with facts. Most Americans agree on the basic issues: we need …

I recently retired after a 45 year career as a registered nurse. Ten of those years as a nurse educator for Delta-Montrose Technical College and Colorado Mesa University. I have been yelled at by most of the physicians in Delta County, a couple of physicians in Mesa County and one in Texas. …

Water is a serious issue on the Western Slope, as it is in most of Colorado. Any idea or proposal that appears to threaten our water rights would get a lot of resistance, and rightly so!

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