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In this day and age of divisiveness in our country, there is something that each and every one of us can do to help make our corner of the world a better place. It doesn't matter if you are Liberal or Conservative, Black, White, or Hispanic, male or female or any of the other divisions which…

The Left's talking point that there was no election fraud is just that — a talking point. Democrats believe that a lie repeated numerous times becomes the truth, so they continue lying. Fortunately, most Americans no longer believe the media or once trusted federal agencies. If we can no lon…

We find ourselves in difficult and uncharted times. Spring slowly creeps upon us, as another calving season arrives, the snow slowly melting back from the fields and a faint color of green showing. We find the need for a wisp of new life to justify the endless work and countless hours that w…

Residents of Delta County: Using the common sense, I presume you were born with, or your parents tried to impress upon you? Do you really think everyone should be allowed access to AR-15s? Just Saying.

I really enjoy Michael Cox’s witty, common-sense columns. Thank you, sir!

Our publisher (Dennis Anderson) seems to be obsessed with our representative, Lauren Bobert. He would do well to turn his attention to some of the other representatives in Congress, namely, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlalb, and Betty McCullum, all of whom attended a conference over last Thanksgivin…

While warning of a possible new surge of COVID, the Biden Administration is doing its best to fulfill their prophecy. Their new catch-and-bus policy moves untested foreign migrants from the border into our interior, apparently to make sure those governors continue an economy-destroying shutdown.

Recently, I came across my old elementary school report cards. I thought, what first quarter grades should President Joe Biden receive based on required presidential courses.

I received a text from a family member praising (President Joe) Biden's accomplishments so far. No examples were included, so I'll list a few. Biden created a major crisis at our borders, immediately reversing sane (President Donald) Trump policies and signaling that he has no intention of e…

Another apartment complex is going up in Delta. This time the complex is privately owned versus federally funded. The new apartments are meant to be an affordable housing option that is not geared toward low-income individuals. Great, right? How many of us have looked at the Villas on the Bl…

With‌ ‌so‌ ‌much‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌news‌ ‌about‌ ‌COVID-19‌ ‌and‌ ‌with‌ ‌our‌ ‌society‌ ‌disappearing‌ ‌as‌ ‌we‌ ‌have‌ ‌always‌ ‌known‌ ‌it,‌ ‌with‌ ‌spring‌ ‌approaching,‌ ‌farmers‌ ‌large‌ ‌and‌ ‌small,‌ ‌homes‌ ‌getting‌ ‌ready‌ ‌to‌ ‌put‌ ‌in‌ ‌gardens,‌ ‌I‌ ‌thought‌ ‌this‌ ‌article‌ ‌I‌ ‌…

Thus far, 254 bills have been introduced in, primarily Republican controlled state legislatures, that are designed to suppress the vote of minorities and poor whites to vote. These bills are an answer to the myth that the 2020 election was fraudulent. The Department of Homeland Security decl…

Kudos to Delta County Memorial Hospital, Delta County government and all the volunteers who helped make the vaccination clinic at Delta Middle School on Saturday, March 6, so successful. The entire process was well-organized and smoothly-executed, while maintaining COVID precautions througho…

At our local library is a free item for students entitled, "Celebrate Women word search." I was disgusted and saddened to see there are only liberal women such as AOC, Michelle Obama, Frieda Kahlo and Cher to name a few. Why aren't other women mentioned such as Harriet Tubman, who helped fre…

The U.S. is now over $29 trillion in debt, and now the Democrats and the (President Joe) Biden administrators are pushing to pass an almost $2 trillion ¨COVID relief¨ bill that hardly has anything to do with helping the people and small businesses who have really been hurt by the government …

Have you seen the new DHS Alumni Wall? If you get a chance, swing by Delta High School and take a look. While the wall is marble, brick and concrete, the message delivered by its organizers, donors and contributors is every bit as strong as the materials and carries more weight.

Our new vice-president made a visit to Colorado to tout the wonderful accomplishments of the $1.9 Trillion “American Rescue Plan.” The bill provides 53 weeks of federal unemployment benefits after state benefits end. $1400 goes to every individual or person in a household including those una…

Easter is the time when Christians observe the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. As well, during this time of year, the secular world observes Easter by way of Easter baskets filled with colored eggs, a shredded up green plastic, mountains of candy, and yellow marshmallow chicks …

A lot of people donated money, time and effort to build the first hospital on Garnet Mesa and to build the new hospital. That’s why it was named Delta County Memorial Hospital many years ago. Don’t know where the idea of changing the name came from, probably from someone that has no knowledg…

We now have a real opportunity to address the mass disruption done to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) by the movement of its national headquarters out West. (“A thinly veiled effort to gut the agency.”) The rationale, sounding good to many, implemented on one of the most grassroots agenc…

Really? By a one-day meat out proclamation by Gov. (Jared) Polis? One day. I would have thought that Colorado’s meat producers and Mr. (Dennis) Anderson had much thicker skin than that.

As to Marvin Walden´s letter on wolves and wilderness — what if it were the other way around and native wildlife and people got to decide if they wanted to allow us invader folks to stay? Instead we can’t even allow them somewhere to live where mankind doesn´t trample every inch? We've got a…

Several Paonia residents are dismayed by a few political signs on private property that they consider offensive, especially when the signs contain profanity. The insults come from both sides of the political spectrum. But what can be done about it? I'm no constitutional lawyer, but my gut sa…

Thanks to Marvin Walden (“No more wilderness designations”), Gary Cape (“More on Boebert”), and Ivy Rezak (“Lasting support for Trump”) for their great letters in the March 3 DCI.

I don’t care about political calculations. I care about America, its democracy and its people. I don’t want presidents who place themselves above everything else. A peaceful transfer of power should be the only way we change our leaders. I’m glad that after all the efforts to prevent the cha…

If the proposed $2 trillion COVID relief bill was really meant to help American citizens, each man, woman and child would get $6,000. Quick and easy, right? Add income restrictions, and maybe less-wealthy citizens could get $10,000 or more.

California is totally ruled by Democrats and is well on its way to being an insolvent failed state. To stay in power Democrats have bought votes from public employee unions by handing out outrageous retirement benefits without funding them. They spent billions on an unneeded high-speed rail …

Michael Cox has once again asserted his opinion as more valid than facts. His “evidence” that climate change is not a real problem is based 1) on a novel (“Grapes of Wrath”), 2) math that is more complicated than a hypotenuse, and 3) his misunderstanding of volcanic eruptions. The danger of …

Tom Vilsack’s nomination as secretary of agriculture does not belong within President Joe Biden’s progressive agenda.

I applaud Michael Cox’s call not to “let that water off the hill” (DCI, Feb. 24), but if we don’t get a grip on the climate crisis, water will disappear anyway.

Old codgers my age have a hard time finding employment. Long retired I might want to try my hand again at a police department or sheriff’s office. No matter that I have over three decades of experience, once my age is discovered I would be passed over for the job of “rookie” patrol officer a…

I really liked the recent letter from Ivy Resak. Her arguments to a previous letter were right on. What many fail to realize is that the Democratic Party today is not the one of old. Actually, look up their history and you'll find from their beginning they have leaned on the liberal side. No…

I generally like reading Mr. (Dennis) Anderson’s op-ed pieces. I don’t always agree but consider them a good read. The “Meat Out Day” piece, however, should be filed under “that elevator don’t go to the top” nonsense.

In his letter to the editor last week, Marvin Walden made a misguided statement against designating our most special, wild areas as “wilderness.” The benefits of wilderness are numerous and good for all of us. It provides much more than hiking, camping, and horseback riding — it provides a h…

Thank you to all our friends and family that have helped us through a sad and grieving time with the passing of Joyce Raley. You have helped me get through a sad and difficult time in my life. Also, thank you for the beautiful flowers at the service and the food that was provided throughout …

Oxbow operated the Somerset water plant for years; it had to be evident that it would not be forever. Why evoke Bill Koch’s name in a negative tone; just thank Bill Koch for operating the plant for years.

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…

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…

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?

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 …

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.

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