Here it is election season again. That time when we are often expected to choose between candidates brought forth by parties that provide only a choice between the same old names who have already gone to Washington and failed to solve our problems or new radicals out of touch with common sense.

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Young voters, we are better than this. As the new voice of our democracy, we must make our cry to be heard louder than ever — not despite, but because the current leader of this country is unwilling to listen. To echo famous words, “It is what it is.” And here is “what it is” — Trump is led …

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Friday afternoon I attended Sen. Cory Gardner’s campaign rally in Delta. There had to be close to 100 people in attendance but the buzz in the crowd was about the one who was missing. Lauren Boebert was scheduled to attend but didn’t. The handlers of the event cited a scheduling conflict. Th…

I am a resident of Delta County and a regenerative agricultural producer and rancher. I find the very notion of confined animal and intensive animal feeding operations to be offensive to most farm and ranch operators in the county. These confined/ intensive feeding operations are more factor…

I was “taken aback” by the recent opinion by Asta Bowen about how she doesn’t understand the “pressure to return to regular classroom instruction.” If she truly feels “just because you and I had to live through what felt boring and irrelevant in school doesn’t mean our kids and grandkids sho…

Observation by myself and employees working in our county businesses has seen too many disrespectful people refusing to wear a mask while entering a door that states “mask required.” Some of us have heard or seen threats of going to sue the business owners. People, it is the business owners …

In last week's DCI Mr. Maki wrote a sincere letter about the theoretical reasons why we should reject the introduction of wolves, as will be on the ballot this year. He didn't mention the practical reason to reject this measure. Now that hunting season is upon us we are reminded of how impor…

On Aug. 7, 2020, the Washington Post reported that the Western Slope of Colorado and three counties in eastern Utah have warmed double the global average, making it the largest hot spot in the continental United States. Delta County itself has warmed 3.9 degrees fahrenheit over the past 124 …

The Washington Post published an article on Aug. 20 identifying a hot area — stretching from Craig to Moab to Paonia — where temperatures have risen 2°C (3.6°F) over 120 years. According to the article, Henry Kohler, an early pioneer in the Grand Valley, started recording the monthly mean te…

In reply to Stephen Lyons anti-Trump diatribe, I feel compelled to point out that President Donald Trump did not create or cause the current pandemic and, in fact, took much heat for limiting travel to China. The facemask advice was continually contradicted by medical experts prior to reachi…

All over the United States people’s lives are being ruined by the political structure police departments.

Our goal at ACDC is to promote the arts of Delta County, all of them, in every community. We, by working together through advertising, helping in ways the arts and artists, while encouraging more cultural events, entice visitors who pass through our county to stop, find out about what’s happ…

The CAFO Working Group could not arrive at any consensus nor make a recommendation to the county for land use regs. Clearly CAFOs are a controversial topic. For this reason alone, new land use regs must require public input on new developments to ensure compatibility and facilitate communica…

Bob Edwards recently had his arguments for wolf introduction published in the Independent. His advocacy group is located in Denver and Lafayette, Colorado. Mentioned by him was The Center for Human-Carnivore Coexistence, located at CSU in Ft. Collins. Another source, The Journal of Animal Ec…

As a longtime teacher who has heard every complaint under the sun about how horrible school is, how boring, arbitrary, irrelevant and unfair, I find myself somewhat taken aback by the fierce pressure to return to regular classroom instruction.

In the DCI Aug. 12, 2020 article by Lisa Young, Commissioners Mark Roeber and Don Suppes stated incorrect information.

We all would like to give thanks to the Paonia Police Department, Delta County Roads Department, Tony Soto, Community Chorus, Larry Perkins, and KVNF for making the Felix Belmont’s bittersweet goodbye parade a cherished memory. As our valley knows, Felix Belmont is moving to Indiana to be cl…

So, President (Donald) Trump isn't the perfect person for the job and you're going to jump ship. Let's look at his administration. He has been fighting an uphill battle since he took office. Democrats have blocked his every move. You don't have to be an insider to see that. The phony Russian…

Well…that was quick. Less than two months after taking the heat for reporting on a meeting of Delta County Republicans that violated the shelter-in-place orders, you seemingly decided you are all in on our new gun slinging candidate from Rifle. That hardly qualifies as the kind of journalist…

I think the question of whether to wear a mask or not during this coronavirus pandemic depends on the answer to two questions. First, how would you feel about mask wearing if you contracted the virus from someone not wearing a mask?

Delta County homeowners: If Delta County adopts the proposed new land use code, you could have a 300 cow feedlot or a 750 pig feedlot or a barn confining 15,000 chickens located as close as 150 feet from your house (minimum 300 feet with a 50% possible reduction). Other localities keep these…

We are in a pandemic. (President Donald) Trump has repeatedly contradicted and undermined the advice of respected health officials and the CDC. It took six months, and over 140,000 American deaths, before Trump would even encourage mask wearing. We have economic collapse, protests and issues…

In July, Delta County released the first draft of the Delta County Land Use Code. A second draft of the code will follow, and Delta County residents will be able to comment before the final version. I urge everyone to pay attention. The code, as proposed, has serious implications for residents.

In the initial article written about my campaign for Colorado House District 54 by Ms. McKenzie (Moore), she made reference to “extension.” Those of us who are “Aggies” know the CSU Extension Service’s importance to our Western Slope agriculture. All land grant universities have a three-part…

"Decolonize Delta County" has the smell of a summer assignment from a Vermont college prof, to see how easily the rural yokels can be turned toward socialism.

I am writing to express solidarity with the recent letters by Angie Many, a sensible person in the face of completely overblown paranoia about COVID-19, which is being manipulated to suit a political agenda. I think mask wearing by most people is unhealthy — not only are you re-breathing you…

I find myself asking that question after Gov. Jared Polis issued a mandatory mask mandate for the State of Colorado. While it appears it increased the use of masks in our area, it also appears that it's starting to relax. Walmart issued its own mask mandate and it was big news when that happ…

Question — Was this pandemic forecast in 1981 by Frank Herbert, author of the novel "God Emperor of Dune"? I quote (and with my added parentheses): "... (the government) may even go so far as introducing a new disease which can only be suppressed by melange (drug). Although this may appear f…

I'm 78 years old. I've smoked pot since I was 22. Now with so many "old age" issues, it helps with everything that hurts. It doesn't stop pain, but you can deal with it, much better and without pills. The CBD is awesome for pain and physical issues. It never became a "gateway" drug for me. I…

I’m grateful we live in an area thus far unaffected by riots and murders. I am especially thankful that we have wonderful, caring, efficient police forces in Delta County. Thank you, officers, for the work that you do every day. I am very sorry that a small, violent group has made law enforc…

As a fan of old Westerns, I remember several where bad guys were coming to take over the town. Citizens ran to the sheriff, demanding: “You’ve got to save us. Our businesses will be looted! Our homes will be burned!”

I was not surprised to see Mr. (Dennis) Anderson's article regarding Ms. (Luaren) Boebert's primary victory over Mr. (Scott) Tipton. As a proud card carrying member of the ACLU, I support free speech, and Mr. Anderson, as publisher of the DCI, has every right to express his opinion. However,…

Editor's note: On July 17, we asked for your thoughts on the statewide mandate to wear masks. The following are comments the DCI has received on this topic.

The numbers are climbing. As of the writing of this letter, the COVID-19 infection rate in Delta County has jumped by four cases in the last five days after two weeks of plateau. And more are likely coming. This is a serious situation.

Our Colorado legislature is patting itself on the back for being the first state to pass laws applicable to policing as a result of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Its aim is to weed out perceived racism and police brutality.

ICE policies, ensure, that our indigenous, Latin brothers, receive racial profiling and fear laden insecurity, dealing with police and governmental administrations.

As I mentioned in my first article about Liberals operating more on emotions than logic, we are seeing it displayed at its optimum today.

I believe that the mandate issued by Gov. Jared Polis is nothing more than an open attack on our constitution and our individual freedoms. Many highly, esteemed doctors have stated that common face coverings are ineffective and actually can cause medical issues for some. If face coverings ar…

According to Governor Polis I am one of those “Stupid” and “Selfish Bastards” living here. Of course he has no way of knowing I risked my life for this country and I was literally “left for dead” as the enemy massed not over 3 miles away. It seems not to have occurred to him that there are p…

No, Just like she said "What part of no didn’t you understand?" The citizens of Delta County said no to this money grab just last year.

As a lifetime (lots of years) dog and cat lover and owner, I have become increasingly dismayed over too long-time issues here in Cedaredge. 1: A neighbor of mine returns home from work and lets her poor dog cry miserably for an hour or two before she finally lets him into the house (everyday…

How can Trump be a threat when he has fought tirelessly for the American people? For example, he has reformed taxes that lead to record low unemployment rates and record highs in Wall Street. In addition, Trump has renegotiated the North American Free Trade Agreement and is currently working…

As a third generation Coloradoan and a resident of Cedaredge for 16 years, I have written to the Cedaredge Town Council asking them to refrain from placing the current marijuana issue on the ballot for voter consideration for the following reasons:

This year of 2020 has been challenging on all aspects: emotionally, financially and physically! We've gone from lockdowns to anarchy in a matter of months with no end in sight! The protest that began with the death of a black man by an officer's knee on his neck has spiraled beyond the injus…

The biggest upset in this past week's primary has to be Rifle's Lauren Boebert's defeat of four-term incumbent Rep. Scott Tipton. It may be an upset to the rest of the world but listening to Boebert, one can feel she’s had the confidence of a winner all along. Boebert has been compared to Sa…

Welcome back Taste of Home fans and Happy Belated Fourth of July! I hope you all had a grand weekend celebrating all that makes America great.

It seems when those on city councils and town trustee boards see dollar signs in their eyes they sometimes become blind to the harm it will bring to a community and fail to consider the consequences. Thinking it will be a cash cow and the next great idea, trustees in the Town of Cedaredge wa…

The Delta County School District has announced three possible plans for resuming school this fall with a focus on offering traditional in-person learning for students. However, the district understands in-person learning does not work for every student and every family, so it is creating pla…

I spent a good portion of my childhood in Augusta, Georgia. Dad was career army in the communication field and was mostly based at Fort Gordon. My parents owned a home less than three miles from Augusta International Speedway. As a family we loved racing. The track opened in 1960 and closed …

The Cedar Mesa Community Club would like to express its sincere gratitude to all of its loyal supporters who came to its Drive-By Edition of our Scholarship Fundraiser. We appreciate your donations that help us give out scholarships to our local students. You are the best!!

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…

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