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This is the administration the media sold us in 2020 —“the adults are in charge again,” “return to normalcy,” blah, blah, blah. It was all a gigantic lie of course, and it only took Biden a few months to prove it. Biden's military fled in a disorderly panic from a weaker enemy without notice…

Can all thinking people please acknowledge that Lauren Boebert's explanation that she “just plain forgot” that her husband was paid more than $400,000 a year as an energy consultant in 2019 and 2020 is so “the dog ate my homework”? I don't know about you folks out there in District 3 but if …

A 10 mile trek uphill to the Cedaredge Fire Station, that my sister did with me. It took us just over two-and-a-half hours. The run was to honor all those that we lost on 9/11 to terrorists, and a fundraiser for baby Sawyer. The run started at 8 a.m., the morning was cool. We started at the …

From the February 17, 2021, addition of the Delta Independent we learned about the so-called “rebranding” of Delta County Memorial Hospital and associated clinics to Delta Health. The “price tag” of CEO Matt Heyn’s and the hospital board’s re-imagining would cost “roughly half-million dollar…

I listened in to the City Council meeting last night, Tuesday Sept. 7th, and there was extensive discussion about the proposed mural at the Pocket Park. With the Grand Opening of the West Legacy Park and the addition of a mural depicting history of the sugar beet industry in Delta, discussio…

On a recent backpacking trip near Mendicant Ridge, two friends and I were greeted by the wild scenery I always hoped for on this kind of trip. For three days we had the pleasure of hiking along Curecanti Creek, traversing wild meadows, and hunting for views of the West Elks. Gazing into the …

Recently, a friend of mine experienced an accident on Highway 133 on his way to work. As a result, I went to visit the owner of the business closest to the location of the accident.

Ironically, every two years we are inundated with new friends. They call themselves candidates for some elected office. With one hand they shake your hand, and with the other hand, they are digging into your pocketbook. Then when the smoke clears from the manipulation of the vote counting, w…

I wonder how many of us are grateful to live in a country founded on a Judeo/Christian basis. If we would think about it, we may feel fortunate. We enjoy freedoms other nations just dream about. Unfortunately, these freedoms are slipping away due to a regime that wants total power and they'r…

I read a letter published last week about how a mask and vaccine are infringing on your rights as an American. When you think about your rights, you also need to think about how your rights have been protected by men and women, throughout history, who have sacrificed for the good of our coun…

August 26 marks the 101st anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution by which women won the right to vote.

Trying to "force" others to think like you or behave like you, (wear a mask/get a vax) … it's completely wasted energy. The second we're born, our Creator breathes into each and every little soul, the God given gifts of life, liberty/freedom and happiness. These three things can never be tak…

I want to sincerely thank John Allen and the Road Crew who have kept the North Fork roads safe during this past month of unusually powerful monsoons.

In the matter of the Shafer’s vs the owners of RV Horizons/Impact managing over 250 parks in 30 states. We have been living in a cesspool environment since March 18, 2020, in violation of the Colorado MHP act that became effective in June of 2020. From that act addressing the warranty landlo…

As we all know by now, a person’s chance of contracting COVID-19 is far greater if that person is not immunized. And, we now know that children under 12, who are not yet able to be immunized, are able to contract the disease from unvaccinated adults. So, there is more than enough reason to g…

I welcome the occasional letter writer who challenges my opinions. Unfortunately, few make any attempt to refute my statements but rather attack me personally (call me a liar, accuse me of being divisive, or say I am “gaslighting.” So, I don't give them much credibility.

The spread of disease threatens everyone’s right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. If you are not fully vaccinated you are likely to infect others with the COVID virus even if you have no symptoms. This is a clear violation of the rights of others in your community. As yet there…

Enough is enough anti-vaxers and anti-maskers! I believe one person's rights end where another person's rights begin. Yes, you have a right to not wear a mask or get vaccinated; but you do not have a right to expose other people, or send your children to school to expose other people’s child…

Whatever happened to the work program at the Delta Correctional Center? You used to see them everywhere working, helping different entities all over the Western Slope. Now they are nowhere in evidence, so much of the work they used to do no longer gets done because entities can’t afford to p…

Marx taught that workers (the proletariat) would overthrow the owners of capital (capitalists) and establish communism – a “workers' paradise.” Unfortunately, Marx wrote nothing about how this “utopia” actually works. History gives us a very clear and simple answer: It doesn't work — period.…

Someone recently said that climate benefits from more trees, not fewer. This is not always correct.

As the old adage goes, “If we didn’t have cops, then everyone would have to be one.” But isn’t it remarkable that there are those in our society who feel that life would be better without them, so let’s defund them and replace them with social workers with clipboards? One can run from them w…

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Shame on you (DCI) for the front page of your paper last week making one of Delta County’s most outstanding citizens look like a common criminal and for such an insignificant mistake.

Each week when I pick up the paper to try to be as informed and engaged as I can, I am consistently disheartened to read letter upon letter, by the same handful of folks, who believe that putting other people down and passing on propaganda is somehow their patriotic duty. Yes, your free spee…

On April 9, Paige Pierce was shot and killed when she attempted to kill (Delta County Sheriff’s Office) Deputy Nolen Davis with her car. After an eight-week investigation, Deputy Davis was exonerated by the DA of all charges

Paige Pierce made some unwise decisions. They had consequences. Now her family seeks money from the taxpayers, directly or indirectly, by suing a deputy and the sheriff's office. But who is responsible for her death?

On Thursday, July 22, I arrived for jury duty selection at Delta County Courthouse. The summons stated not to come: 1) If I had been diagnosed with COVID-19; 2) If I'd been in contact with a diagnosed person; 3) If I was experiencing COVID symptoms; or 4) If I was a high-risk individual. Non…

To the person that stole my big flower spike — you can keep the flower spike but please bring back my big flower pot. If you don’t remember the address, it’s 195 E. Seventh St.

Okay, we're up to 10 mass killings now, with more to come. That's a guarantee. As long as Coloradans continue to glorify guns, we can expect to continue as the mass-killing capitol of the country, notwithstanding the nervous tenor of Rep. Lauren Boebert and her defenders.

When my wife and I drove from New York to Colorado to live in 1999, we stopped at a gas station. While there, a woman saw our New York plates. When we told her we were migrating, she told us not to bring New York ways to Colorado. I understood her meaning. We did not bring them. We brought o…

I am a graduate of Delta High School, a former teacher in the district and currently have five grandchildren attending Delta County schools. On June 17 I attended the school board meeting because I have been concerned with all the discourse and lack of complete information I have read in the DCI.

In response to the letter by Bill Babble, the Christmas tree should remain where it is. Man people find it easy to turn in to the tree to put decorations on it at Christmas and other occasions. Many of us have been seeing it and those kind of trees sometimes die when moved and the roots dist…

Reading letters to the editor from conservatives in Montrose is like backwards and forwards, up and down and in and out. If I weren’t so self-assured about my beliefs and my stance in politics

“Not knowing the truth makes you ignorant. Not wanting to know the truth makes you a Democrat.” A few years back I would not have repeated such a harsh statement, but with the reality of Democrats' actions starting with the Obama years and continuing through the present, one has to ask the q…

In the June 30, 2021, issue of the DCI, Mr. Kasman responded to my earlier letter. He indicated in his letter that my estimation of our water supply in May was off by 20 to 30%. Okay, let’s assume he’s correct. This means that instead of our springs supplying 2 million gallons per day they w…

As reported in the June 23rd edition of the Independent, Cedaredge Town Administrator Greg Brinck stated, “unequivocally, the golf course is a priority and should be treated as an incredible asset that drives our local economy.” He also stated, “the Cedaredge Golf Course is in need of long t…

If one was on the subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the U.S. why would one cast a vote against the “Protecting Indian Tribes From Scams Act”? Why would one vote against the Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act allowing grants to tribes and states to install monitors in low income, o…

On June 28 State Rep. Julie McCluskie (D) and State Rep. Matt Soper (R) held a town hall in Hotchkiss. About 50 people showed up, almost evenly split between affiliations. The topics discussed included transportation, health care, water and the fast paced growth of Western Colorado. There we…

Cedaredge lost a wonderful man this past week. Larry Bristol was an earlier member of the then Friends of Cedaredge Animal Control board having served as treasurer in the early 2000's. Larry was always willing to help with animals in any way he could and supported his wife, Ann, during her m…

As a born and bred 50-year-old American, I connect strongly to the words “liberty and justice for all.”

I am a resident of Wide Acres Mobile Home Park just north of the CDOT station on Highway 50. Recently, I was able to adopt an 11 year old, standard, poodle from a lady living up the street from me. He was one of five dogs that she keeps “crated,” 23 hours a day, in her trailer house. His hea…

Being a racist came as news to me because I had long thought I did not have a racist bone in my body. From childhood, I learned we all were created in the spiritual image of God and one’s skin color does not change that. But thanks to new research courtesy of our Democrat-led government and …

On Wednesday, June 16, 2021, Cynthia Coffman when she was attorney general prosecuted Douglas Bruce and put him in prison in Colorado for six months.

Monday morning quarterbacking is a great pastime. Occasionally we all feel we know what’s best for everyone else. However, when confronted with accurate information we usually view things differently.

Thanks to Delta County School Board members for deciding not to incorporate Comprehensive Human Sexuality Education (CHSE) into local curriculum. And thanks to everyone who showed up to oppose this program, but your work is evidently not done. A group is unfortunately demanding this decision…

Matt Soper is well known in this county for representing the farming community and “regular folk” community. He is respected for his representation in the Colorado legislature. He recently apologized for “approving” a downright homophobic and uncalled for statement at CB’s Tavern meeting for…

Regarding Comprehensive Sex Education in our schools, Donna Littlefield's recent letters seem to imply that knowledge at a very young age will prevent abuse. However, the CHSE document begins with "some boys have penises" and "some girls have vaginas." Why the word "some?” This serves to put…

Biden has been president for five months and thinking people are asking “What is going on ?” Everything Biden has done has been detrimental to this country. Are we to explain Biden's actions as simply incompetence ? Based on his performance at the G-7 summit, where he (for example) was immed…

Asian and Pacific Islander Americans are being seriously injured and even killed by people practicing “pandemic scapegoating.” As a white American, I am ashamed to think it is primarily white males committing these atrocious racist acts. How in the blazes can these racists believe these AAPI…

The Bible says that Jesus once admonished religious men that made public shows of their prayer, more about making a display than serving God. I am not sure how that applies to preachers calling down brimstone on kids, but it did come to my mind when I showed up to support Comprehensive Sex H…

I hope all who voted for Biden are happy with the way things have turned out. Fuel over $3 per gallon, thousands suffering such cruelty at our borders, a president whose big thrill is bragging about his chocolate mocha ice cream cone. There's more and it took years to get where we are today.…

With Delta County in exceptional drought, Michael Cox spent his June 2 column bashing climate science, describing normal weather, and proclaiming good news that Kiawah Island is still above sea level and Midwest states are wetter than average. Cox mocked those who believe humans are “more po…

I want to thank the Cedaredge graduating class of 2021 for allowing me to be part of their grad night celebration. As a senior citizen I do not have the opportunity to interact with a large group of 18 year olds. My concept of large groups of young people is what I see in the media. This gra…

Once again the brain trust known as the Town of Orchard City Board has made an egregious error calling for drought rates to begin on May 1, 2021.

I would like to qualify my observations by some background; I am a former Hospital Trustee for a different local hospital, I have spent weeks in UCHealth in Denver undergoing major lung surgery 15 months ago, I am a 100% Disabled Veteran, deaf, and having been caught in a tornado in a rescue…

At a time in the not-so-distant past truth mattered. There was no “I have my truth, and you have yours.” Either something was true or it wasn’t. Truth’s definition: That which is true or in accordance with fact or reality. Can one disagree with the fact that gravity keeps us grounded?

We became accustomed to Democrat lies during the Obama/Biden Administration, and during the years of lies about Trump. The Biden Administration has taken their lies to a whole new level: absurdity. Per Webster: "Absurd - so clearly untrue or unreasonable as to be laughable or ridiculous." Tr…

At the end of your most recent editorial column, you pondered "..what the adults outside of the school district office believed they accomplished on either side."

What a past year this has been for healthcare! I want to start by saying, “thank you,” from your Delta County Memorial Hospital District Board of Directors for stepping up and supporting our healthcare workers during these challenging times by sewing masks, sending food, sending kind words a…

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