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I hear this not by people with a police officer's knee on their neck, but by people complaining about wearing a mask. I've also heard it's too hot, we're breathing carbon dioxide, people are getting acne, they're taking our freedoms away.

COVID-19 heralds some good news for this Independence Day. We won't be facing heavy traffic. And, the scarcity of meat will keep our outdoor grills safe.

At the June 2020 meeting of the Delta County Colorado Republican Central Committee, participants decided to issue a position statement on the ballot issue concerning the reintroduction of wolves to the State of Colorado. After discussion, the members voted unanimously to oppose the reintrodu…

I think the next challenge for our leaders will be to listen to the protesters. Send out the police, but with explicit instructions, to really hear the information that is imparted. Perhaps It’s time to talk to the terrorists too. Ask them, what is the message they wished to impart. Could be…

I would like to know why Delta County Memorial Hospital has “musical chair physicians.” Currently, I am with the sixth family doctor and only one transfer was made because of my own choice. We all know the Delta County Memorial Hospital played a role with some of the family doctors that left…

Vitamins? Water? Come on — COVID-19 is increasing in 19 states. Half the country won't follow guidelines ("government can't tell me what to do"). Maybe you should focus on the consequences of our collective behavior — at least news-wise or even editorially rather than feature/filler.

Thank you, Orchard City Trustees Cook, Gage and Keller for your hard work this past term. I know it was hard to "stay the course" with water rates, budgets and drought when you do not have a majority vote of the board. I am hopeful, this new term, that things can change. I'd like to see the …

I just got through reading Nicholas Orros' opinion in this week's edition about cleaning up the county. Boy, is he right! We were there last week, visiting and with an eye to move there. Driving around the area, I noticed a lot of trashy properties and wondered, why is this allowed to happen…

Senate Bill 217 has reached Gov. Jared Polis' desk and all indications are that he will sign it. The depth of changes in this bill is unprecedented. Among the changes that are set to be enacted starting on Sept. 1, 2020 is that officers are not to use deadly force to apprehend a person who i…

Until the pandemic restricted coal mining to those 60 or younger in Gunnison County in Western Colorado, Gary Brezonick wasn’t thinking about retirement. He’d worked as a coal miner for 49 years, and going underground at the West Elk Coal Mine near the town of Paonia suited him just fine.

The temperature from COVID-19 is rising. I’m not talking about someone with the actual disease. The political climate is at a fever pitch.

Looking forward from these challenging times it is clear that we are in a great position to look after ourselves. We can ensure that the future American economy supports Americans. I encourage all my neighbors to research all companies that they are writing checks to and verify that they are…

At a time in which our country is embroiled in a horrible health crisis, regardless of which side of the political aisle you may sit, one thing we should be able to agree on is the incredible sacrifice some folks are making in order to perform essential services for us. The healthcare worker…

As of this date (04/24/20), 98.4% of infected survive. The 1.6 % (tragic) are over 90%, 80 years old with at least two other serious health complications. # Dr. DAVID KATZ. As of 04/26/2020, California medical doctors and disease statistical experts, using California COVID-19 data, states th…

If I had the power, without infringing danger of punishment for exercising my freedom of speech, I’d share this: COVID-19 is proven nothing to fear. Want proof? Medical experts said it here: coronavirustruths.godaddysites.com/

Even with this virus, we want to go back to work. We also want to live long enough to enjoy our efforts. I, as a retired person, totally understand why everyone wants to go back to work. Families starving, bills unpaid, goals put on hold and plain old idleness driving us mad.

In last week's Delta County Independent (April 29) edition, I scored a hat trick. Three guest column titles contained my name, “Terry O’Brien.” A fourth column mentioned me indirectly as a “disruptive bomb-throwing hothead.” Three columns were negative towards me and one column was positive.…

I don't agree. The support of people everywhere has allowed us to dodge a bullet. Stay put for another week or two rather than risk going through this again.

While I understand the frustration of those who are ready to get the economy started. I don't agree with Delta County Commissioner Don Suppes' no vote on the extension of the local disaster emergency declaration until May 31.

As of today, the 26 of April, over 25% of the world’s deaths from Covid-19 have occurred in the U.S. By the time a vaccine is available to put an end to this pandemic, we will probably have half or more of all worldwide deaths. Why? Because so many of us refuse to do one simple thing. We ref…

I read your paper because I grew up in Delta in the early ’60s and have a lot of great memories.

The Earth Day 50 celebration has given myself and many others in our country an opportunity to reflect on the global challenges we all face. Although the coronavirus pandemic may only be a forerunner of greater challenges in the future due to the climate crisis, it can serve as a wake-up cal…

In this unprecedented time, the staff of Delta County Memorial Hospital have done a commendable job in preparing to react to the risk of the COVID-19 pandemic. At the same time, DCMH, like most other rural hospitals, has been under financial stress in recent years. With a 75% Medicare/Medica…

Please let me get this straight, those of us who have businesses must get permission and display what amounts to a license to operate subject to the whim of unelected bureaucrats whose pay and livelihoods are totally exempt from the consequences of their actions? Did I get that right?? Pleas…

I was interested to read Gary Hubbell's recent real estate column addressing how the current pandemic affects the local real estate market. His comment astounded me: "CoVid-19 has caused a disruption at least as significant as the Great Recession of 2008, but in some ways, it looks a lot mor…

Casting a vote in favor of electing Terry O'Brien to a position on the board of directors of Delta County Memorial Hospital would give an opportunity for the hospital district to retain an internal, certified CPA monitoring the fiscal health of the institution and suggesting monetary directi…

A heart-felt "Thank You" goes out to all who participated in the welcome home drive-by parade for Shad Lewis. Organized by one of his good friends and carried out by countless wonderful family, friends, neighbors, the Olathe and Delta first responders! Thank you for making this community by …

Not allowing large groups to congregate in city parks is a reasonable and appropriate move. But closing parks to any use is ridiculous, in my opinion. Recently, a father was handcuffed by police in Brighton, Colorado, for playing T-ball with his daughter in a park. They were the only ones th…

I was truly dismayed that a letter was published in the DCI on April 15, titled “Elderly Sacrifices.” This article stated that President Donald Trump as well as the Lt. Gov of Texas “believed the elderly should sacrifice themselves for the good of capitalism,” adding “then perhaps they need …

Mr. Terry O'Brien's guest column in the April 8 DCI worries me. He favors immediate enforcement of top-down, one-size-fits-all policies. He seems to think we all need New York City or Chinese computer-based discipline imposed in the open air of Delta County. He is one of those executives who…

We have been viewing Socialism work, at its finest. Rapidly destroying our rights and

In this strange time in our society it becomes more and more apparent why we live in our wonderful area of Colorado.

A friend of mine wrote a great response to a 4/15 letter. It was not published. In fact, the 4/22 DCI had no letters to the editor.

I read a meme on social media the other day. A man was on a job interview. The interviewers asked, “Can you perform under pressure?” The interviewee answered, “No but I can try Bohemian Rhapsody.” If you’re a fan of the iconic band Queen, you’ll get it.

Ty Gallenbeck performed for the City of Delta and the surrounding area his brand of magic on Friday evening. Ty has been performing magic for some 15 years. About 11 years ago Ty and I coached a 15 and younger boys Babe Ruth All-Star team. The championship tournament was held that year in By…

My wife, Melissa, had to make a trip to Walmart this past weekend to pick up a prescription. Walmart nationally has made the decision to not let more than five people enter the store per 1,000 square feet. Orange traffic cones and caution tape leads customers into a door on one side of the b…

Every heartbeat is precious. Each beat encompasses a fleeting moment of unrelenting life and beauty, so delicate and natural that they may pass us by without a moment’s notice. They drift away unseen.

Within a matter of days, many of our lives changed drastically. Tragedy has visited our communities as we have lost friends to COVID-19. This all feels intensified in the mountains and the Western Slope. Our small towns are woven together in a way that makes this feel closer, heavier. You or…

I was asked Sunday by a younger colleague if I remember a time like this in my past. I scanned my memory for a comparison. I was at our newspaper office in Wasilla, Alaska, when a 7.2-magnitude earthquake shook our community. In that case, we were in recovery mode. No time for a holding pattern.

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