President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial brought us to a stark realization: there are two diametrically opposed factions within the Republican party. Seven Republican senators voted with Democrats to convict Trump of incitement of insurrection. And more Republican senators, who did not vot…

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Your Feb. 10 editorial "The Boebert effect" started with a false premise and got worse from there. (Rep.) Lauren Boebert has not "made herself a polarizing figure" nor has state and national media "bought into her "antics.”

With all levels of government working to do more with less, you’d expect a heightened interest in improving cooperation among government organizations. It stands to reason that better cooperation and savvy negotiation, could provide better service to the public at a reduced cost.

Not again! More wilderness from the Congress lady from the Eastern Slope of Colorado, plus they also want to install wolves on the Western Slope. The United States has 111,687,310 million acres already designated in 44 states including Puerto Rico.

Half a million dollars used for creating a new image seems a bit much in an area that has a poverty rate beyond the average for the state. Is this a step toward affordable health care? It appears that there are some policy changes as well. Are the clinicians at the clinics employees of the h…

Colorado, one of the top five states in the nation for EV ownership, has historically passed several nationally significant bills relating to clean transportation. Unfortunately, our state has also witnessed multiple failed attempts to raise new transportation revenue via legislation and the…

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According to Vegnews.com, Governor Jared Polis will declare March 20, 2021, as MeatOut Day as a way to promote meatless diets to his constituents. I’m not anti-vegan, but declaring such a day pokes at one of our most important industries in Colorado. According to the story, Polis will be joi…

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There is a big difference between Bill Gates and me — I mean besides all that money — and that is that I have worked with his product, a lot, and understand it. I have also endured the stress of using his company’s bug-ridden software over the decades. He, on the other hand, has perhaps eate…

The Washington Post reports that during his presidency, (President Donald) Trump lied or falsely misled the public 30,573 times, i.e., Trump lied or misled the public at a rate of 23.3 lies per day every day of his presidency. By doing so, he accomplished his greatest achievement – he disori…

Yes, many Trump supporters believe there was election fraud. When election procedures were changed by Secretaries of State and election officials instead of by state legislatures, as mandated by the U.S. Constitution; when ballot signatures did not have to match those on file; when mail ball…

Thank You Mr. (Dennis) Anderson for keeping our U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert on the front pages and in the headlines of your newspaper. You say that you are tired of all the media coverage that she has drawn to herself, but are you not part of the "media" that keeps her in the news?

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In a recent Delta County Commissioners meeting, Commissioner Don Suppes’ frustration with what appears to be an unfair equibilte COVID-19 vaccine delivery system boiled over. Suppes stated that he believes the distribution by county looks to be politically motivated. In his opinion, it appea…

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I know, I’m going to step in it. But I’ve stepped in it before — I just shuffled my boots through the dirt and I was good. So here goes.

I just wanted to commend the Delta County hospital on the efficient and well managed procedures in administering the covid vaccine. We received our shots this past week and were impressed by the nurses and volunteers who were working so hard at the hospital location.

In discussing not lowering fees for marijuana stores, Cedaredge Town Attorney Carol Viner “joked” — “You guys, I’m not cutting breaks on sins. Sins are where you make money for the town, for the betterment of the town. This is not a food bank.”

Democrats, I know that some of you believe we have a “climate crisis.” So why stop work on the Keystone Pipeline, which would deliver fuels without using carbon-burning trains or barges? Biden did this knowing that thousands would be immediately disemployed at a time when COVID restrictions …

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Eckert rancher Hugh Sanburg will chair the national Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion & Research Board (CBB) after the election held during the group’s winter meeting. The board is responsible for providing direction for the national Beef Checkoff program during 2021. Sanburg was vice-chair last year.

Last week, as the doctor who gave me the first shot of Moderna vaccine against COVID-19 said, "The more people we get vaccinated, the more vaccine we get from the state." So there was definitely a feeling of "get 'er done" at the Delta County Health Department when I arrived. The doctor who …

As a business owner and goat farmer in the North Fork Valley, the Biden Administration’s executive order pausing new leasing on federal lands is a breath of fresh air. In the Valley, we have been fighting oil and gas development for years. The near-constant threat of drilling creates a great…

It has been going on for centuries. The earliest known incident was Socrates, who was forced to drink a poisoned potent because he was too smart. There have been numerous others, through the centuries, the latest known being (President) Donald Trump. It seems people must cut great people dow…

Living in Western Colorado amongst such striking mountain landscapes, beautiful rivers and scenic wide open spaces, I take every opportunity to head out to our nearby public lands to hike, float and simply soak in and otherwise enjoy the natural world around us.

Since the media is incapable of actually covering (President Joe) Biden rather than fawning over him, I have some comments regarding how his presidency will affect Americans.

The authors of the book “The Real Wolf,” Ted Lyon and Will Graves, spent the better part of five years compiling factual information from Idaho, Montana, Washington, Oregon and Wyoming. The former governor of Idaho, C.L. Otter, spent considerable time and effort not only in Congress, but loc…

The threat of water and airborne pollution from fracking has haunted the North Fork Valley for the last decade. As a long-established agricultural community, many of our livelihoods are tied directly or indirectly to the health of the land on which we live. The Biden Administration's recent …

I enjoy reading through the Grand Junction Sentinel six days a week. It isn't exactly the New York Times, but neither are Delta and Mesa counties… thank God! I was blown away by the number of “Letters to the Editor” that appeared in your Jan. 27 edition, and especially so to see the number o…

In last week's Delta County Independent, you printed six letters from members of our community that I feel tend to be pushed to the side more often than not. Mr. Howe, KBradbury, Mr. Robinson, Ms. Cook, Mr. Henrie and Ms. Petersen. Thank you for taking the time to write them, they were wonde…

The front page of your Jan. 20 issue blares out “Delta County COVID-19 woes continue” and “Cedaredge High School closes for 10 days” due to students contracted COVID-19. Also on that same front page, there are photos of two county commissioners being sworn in with nary a facemask in sight. A…

I miss Mardi Gras. I miss being in crowds on Fat Tuesday. I’m hoping for a speedy recovery from the pandemic so we can all congregate again.

Thanks to the volunteers and nurses that are administering vaccines at the hospital. There were balloons at the entrance, stations to sign up, well-organized system for giving shots and gifts as well as wellness information at the end. It only took 20 minutes, when relatives in other states …

I was wondering if I’m the only one in Cedaredge that has a problem with the cellular service? My husband just got on a heart monitor and we are having a hard time keeping the phone monitor on. I know you can go to WIFI for our own cell phones, but you can’t on a heart monitor. (At least I d…

Growing up in Hotchkiss, and now having returned here to establish my business, I have always felt deeply connected to the North Fork Valley. It has been hard to see my home continually under the threat of oil and gas development over the years. My business is closely tied to the health of t…

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Look out, Yellowstone and Longmire, here comes Tyson vs. Easterday.

You do not speak for me. You do not speak for literally tens of thousands of CD 3 voters. I am not your constituent because you have chosen to align yourself with a radical fringe movement that neither understands nor upholds the Constitution of the United States. Your speech on the house fl…

I was extremely happy today as I received my first COVID-19 injection at the Delta County Department of Health. Every person I met was professional, and friendly. The word “Hero” comes to mind because these folks are saving lives. Yes, I know it's their jobs, but like all first responders th…

In the Jan. 7 DCI, there was an editorial "Boebert needs to lose her stick." Basically it stated (Rep. Lauren) Boebert needs to focus on more than the Second Amendment. Today, as she addressed other members of the House, I saw the reason I voted for her: she is a fighter. Furthermore, I have…

I have already had enough of our newly elected congresswoman, (Rep.) Lauren Boebert. I have had enough of conspiracy theories and right-wing antics and have not seen from Boebert any attempt to rein in her support of these theories. Colorado’s 3rd District needs a level headed representative…

Bravo to guest columnist Michael Mazenko from a long-time conservative independent. He outlined the definition of what it means to be conservative, both historically and actually. And quite frankly, over the past year, I have found no distinction between the Radical Left and the Radical Right.

I was dismayed and frankly very disappointed to read almost a full page op/ed article written by someone who does not live in this area. Mr. (Michael) Mazenko, a school administrator in suburban Denver, has apparently been moved by his superior intellect and knowledge, to lecture the constit…

In writing a guest column about (Rep.) Lauren Boebert, Michael Mazenko, spends three pages saying that Boebert does not have any conservative qualities. He points-out in two places that conservativism is not a list of slogans, yet the only thing for which he has chosen to criticize Boebert f…

A-hundred-and-sixty years ago, the USA divided itself into the blue and the grey, and a terrible war was the result. Now we are dividing into the blue and the red, hoping our divisions stop short of civil war. How can we prevent another catastrophe when our differences are so vast? Is there …

On his first day, President Joe Biden signed into law 17 executive orders, many to reverse those of President (Donald) Trump. One returned us to that thrilling day of yesteryear when the Obama Administration declared that Biblical authority must take a back seat to radical activism. “…male a…

Supporters and friends of the Surface Creek Animal Shelter in Cedaredge were saddened last week to learn of the death of one of our long time board members, Marj Johnson. Marj was a local activist, contributing significantly to Orchard City and Delta County. As a board member of Friends of C…

As H.R. McMaster concludes in his book, “Battlegrounds: The Fight to Defend the Free World,” an observation by Zachary Stone "The greatest source of national strength, is an educated populace." It has been my observation, over the course of many years, that the level of disinformation dissem…

We are facing the most explosive national conspiracy theory of all time. The “Who Killed JFK” conspiracy ran berserk within our media for 40 years. Wikipedia’s coverage of that assination and resultant related conspiracy theories contains over 30,000 words – that’s more than the novel, “The …

Lauren Boebert, US Representative for the Third Congressional District of Colorado, demonstrates not only a commitment to many constituents, but also commitment to principles of honor and honesty. Boebert´s comments, condemning the break-in at the Capitol, reveal her honorable position again…

In 2016, Republican voters dismayed at having their voices continually ignored elected businessman Donald J. Trump as their president. However, the Washington elite, congressional Democrats, Republicans and the media, marshalled their resources in a blitzkrieg of resistance to remove this ou…

Wow! Where has (Wayne) Quade been the last four years? In the basement with (President Joe) Biden or in bed with China? (President Donald) Trump has had the best economic comeback in 60 years. Or maybe more. Trump did peace accords with countries nobody thought would ever come together. Trum…

I chuckle when a liberal is challenged, and three sentences in they lose all credibility. An example is a well written conservative letter pointing out the hypocrisy of liberals now talking about unity after four years of hatred from the left. A liberal responded, not by challenging the fact…

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We've all seen the pictures on television of the riot at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., but the reporting of this event has largely been another attack on our President (Donald Trump) to discredit him. The fact is that ANTIFA and BLM were bus loaded in with the D.C. cops escorting them. Of…

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