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I was overwhelmed to see the Secretary of State attention given to the issue. However one has to consider this is a state office under the direction of a “Left Wing” administration, beginning with the governor. We only have to be aware of these articles in the future and understand the “Left…

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But there’s a lot of shame in being a sore loser. President Donald Trump’s words and actions since Nov. 3 expose him as the sore loser he is. I don’t fault him for using our Constitutional process to challenge the results. I do however fault him for his baseless challenges and frivolous laws…

In November, the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission (AQCC) ruled that several coal and gas plants must be retired no later than Dec. 31, 2028 — earlier than the initially planned date. According to EPA calculations, early retirement of the Craig 3, Nixon, and Rawhide coal plants could e…

As my husband and I are about to move to Delta in about two weeks, I'm so glad to see (and in last week's edition also) some letters from people who believe in truth, facts, common sense and/or demanding a certain little Miss (Rep. Lauren) Boebert get to work and take care of her constituenc…

As many of you may know, the Delta County Sheriff (Mark Taylor) took badly needed time away at the end of the year, and away from the daily grind. Taylor probably has his thumb on the needs of the citizens of Delta County better than any other person.

I guess there's no point in rehashing the heinous, traitorous violence committed at the U.S. Capitol to our national lawmakers last Wednesday. (President) Donald Trump started it, encouraged it and said "we love you, you're very special" to the traitors. It was like he was talking to third g…

America is back! It is time to “Make America Great Again.” Now that our Disrupter-in-Chief is on the way out the door, we can re-engage with the world again, demonstrating leadership, re-engaging alliances, addressing world-wide problems, and regaining world-wide respect among nations.

America has succumbed to an all time low. Our division has led to an assault on our leaders. It also led to the censure of our president. When Twitter can deny access because they don't believe his ways, aren't we next? If our president can be denied freedom of speech, we aren't far behind. …

During a pandemic, Delta County Treasurer requires me to pay my property taxes with a cashiers check. I am currently out of State and in quarantine. I can not walk into my bank and get a cashiers check because my bank is out of my area and I must stay at home. This is another example of Delt…

Wow! Reading the LTE's in a Montrose Daily Press paper requires one to write an opinion contrary to those expressed by Mr. Ed Henrie and Ms. Longwell. None of what Henrie expressed in his letter is factual. His accusations have been proven false, i.e. the violation of First Amendment rights …

Is Brad Raffensperger, Georgia's secretary of state, for speaking truth to power. He stood up for our democracy by refusing to cower to the pressure by Mr. Donald Trump and Mr. Mark Meadows to overturn Georgia's election results.

With the “year of COVID” barely behind us, we look forward to the New Year and the customary resolutions: reduce personal weight, reduce time on social media, and reduce consumption of animal foods.

In a guest column published recently in the DCI, high school student Travis Cantonwine suggests that we should all educate ourselves in the intentions of the organization, Decolonizing Delta County Schools. He includes Harriet Beecher Stowe in a group of what he says are African American aut…

I was touched last week by Diane Webster’s letter about gratitude. I, too, have been compiling a gratitude list to keep my spirits up; it is a pandemic for goodness sakes. And I’m sure that I’m grateful for all of the things she named, but there is one thing on her list that Diane and I do n…

No such thing — abortion is a moral issue. In answer to “Yes really Colorado by Sally Kane, my first comment is that the United States is not a Democracy, but a Constitutional Republic. Also, please point out just where in our Constitution does it stated there is “separation of Church and St…

Today I overheard two customers in Walmart chatting about wearing masks. One had a mask dangling under her chin; the other had no mask. Both were in close proximity to the employee checking them out. One of the customers indicated people just needed to stay home if they felt sick, and stated…

During my time as a human in a short seventeen years, I have only learned one thing about myself that shocked me: I can really get under a grown man’s skin. I wrote an article in the Delta County Independent and Montrose Press criticizing publisher Dennis Anderson for his comments about an e…

The first controlled flight to break the speed of sound — also known as Mach 1 — took place Oct. 14, 1947, when test pilot Chuck Yeager breached the sound-barrier piloting Glamorous Glennis, a Bell X-1 aircraft.

Can President Donald Trump be even more childish and dangerous than throwing the Republican Party, American citizens and his administration under the bus? Only if he decides to throw a burning match in the White House foyer as he walks out on Jan. 20.

Why? Because Americans have become way too easy to fool so my work at the Deep State is no longer challenging. It used to be harder to get people to believe wacky, crazy stuff but in the last five to seven years it has only gotten easier.

Congratulations to the Watkins of Delta on the birth of their daughter, Alainah. She, nor probably her parents realize she now owes $83,199 in U.S. debt. Her parents and we as taxpayers, owe $220,130 each, mostly borrowed and spent on our behalf by our government. (U.S. Debt clock)

I am disturbed by the many strong opinions being expressed in the letters to the editor. Let's remember that everyone has an opinion. It doesn't make it real or true. Believing opinions that are proven to be untrue is dangerous and divisive. Taking information from Donald J Trump and believi…

In my earlier article regarding “The truth about COVID-19,” I decided to do additional research through the “U.S. Farm Report” writer. These facts he shared with me; the leading causes of death in the U.S. are as follows:

If you were to prepare to board an airline flight, and the agent informed you that they were expecting to lose 3,000 souls a day, would you board the aircraft? There would be something "not quite right about that." Please help to extinguish this awful virus.

To those of us who desire freedom of speech, religion, Second Amendment and my own choices to do “social distancing” in a responsible way; I say I don’t need any two faced, phony, “do as I say and I will do as I please” politician telling me what to do and how to live. Liberal government get…

I note with interest the display ad placed by Orval Proctor last week which appeared in the DCI. The ad addressed the issue of “saving the former Municipal Light and Power Building” which now sits mothballed at the south entrance to Delta’s Main Street. The City of Delta has, for several yea…

I truly respect your right to not wear a protective mask, just as I truly hope you respect my choice to wear one when out in public. In these very divisive and volatile times, it is even more important to embrace commonalities and honor differences.

The long-anticipated Christmas holiday is nearly upon us. It conjures visions of happy families gathered by a warm fireplace, opening presents, sharing their love, and... feasting on ham and turkey. It's the happiest time of the year, but not for the animals.

Outside of D.C., Americans have common sense and that common sense tells us that the current presidential election is a sham. When half of America's voters believe that Joe Biden's lead is fraudulent, you don't have a conspiracy theory — you have a general consensus. A recent report showed t…

I was recently asked to make a list of all the things I was grateful for. I thought, "Oh, man. This is going to be a short list." But it wasn't. Not when I got started. Not when I thought about it.

I am curious why we have not yet seen the world-wide pandemic as World War III. Is it because 73 million Americans perceive the pandemic as a conspiracy? To make us wear masks? Do we not even wonder who has such incredible influence, as to perpetrate this massive, deadly hoax, in all the cou…

Let's look at some statistics. These come from the CDC website (CDC.gov) and are never publicized in the media. Going back to 2015-2020 (as of Dec. 5) total deaths per year from all causes:

The Republican Party has lost its way. Donald Trump serves no one but himself, even to the very end.

As I listen to the reports of voter fraud, I listen with tears in my eyes. As a vet, I did not serve to see our nation dominated by those who would use any means available to win in order to gain the power they so desire. My mind dwells on the media who unabashedly reports positively for the…

If Joe Biden is inaugurated president of the United States, within days we’re going to need a scorecard to keep track of abandoned federal investigations, cancelled grand juries and promises of pardons. Many of these legal pursuits will simply disappear as if they never existed. What we’ll s…

As an author for the U.S. Farm Report so eloquently noted “COVID-19” doesn’t kill anyone. Many aren’t aware; since we started expressing concern about COVID-19 twice as many have died from influenza, which initially has like symptoms. There are a high number of health issues that factor into…

The year 2020 has been very challenging for many of our members, businesses, nonprofits and charities; the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce is no exception. We, too, were greatly affected financially with the pandemic. With the cancellation of Applefest this year, we have had to take a har…

The Fruitland Mesa Club would like to thank everyone who was part of the Crawford’s annual parade of lights. It was a great success because of you.

I received a flyer and notice this morning sent to all the clergy leaders in Delta that promotes a “Merry Christmas Trump” Patriotic Christmas Rally on Dec. 5. The message included the following: “Councilman Mark Broome really encourages churches and youth ministries to get on board with to …

Our past election revealed the vast disconnect between the will of the people of Colorado, state-wide, and voters in Delta County. By the slimmest of margins, the introduction of wolves was approved with 50.91% while 75.25% were against it in Delta County. State-wide, 58.99% voted no in limi…

Having just survived to age 83, I have learned enough to know that God does not play favorites, but fate and circumstance have been kind: Love abounding, a road well-traveled, and dreams fulfilled. However, I am not so certain elsewhere: the chasm between Left and Right is so vast and so ter…

How proud we all are with the eloquent guest column written by a Delta High School student. There are many returned Peace Corps members here in Delta County. It's not often that white people in the USA get to live as a minority. Learning to live in an unfamiliar country and welcomed with ope…

While we all eagerly await a COVID-19 vaccine, we must take precautions now so that the severe burden on our healthcare system does not deepen. If we want to weather this winter, we need to take public health guidelines seriously today. The restrictions including personal gatherings of up to…

This week, President Trump will take a break from brooding over his election loss to pardon two turkeys. Every one of us has that same awesome power to pardon an innocent, sentient bird by choosing a plant-based roast for our Thanksgiving dinner.

I am enjoying my new subscription to the DCI and look forward to being better informed on what is happening in the area. I consider Delta my “home town,” even though I only lived there during junior and senior high school (Class of '65) plus four summers while attending college.

Outdoor recreation on our public lands plays an important role in the lives of everyone who lives in Colorado. In 2019 alone, hunting contributed $15 million to the local economies of Delta and Gunnison counties. Public lands support our local communities by providing the clean air and water…

The Colorado River District is humbled and grateful for the support voters in our 15 counties showed for protecting Western Colorado water. Measure 7A passed with a district-wide 72% approval. That so many of you agreed with our mission and aspirations went beyond our most hoped-for expectat…

I spoke to a well-read woman the other day about the protests against the access road that West Elk Coal Mine needs to build through a wilderness area and did not realize that the necessity of the road was not to antagonize the populace but to give coal miners a chance to breathe!

During the weeks leading up to and through this election four of us volunteered as election judges at the courthouse — two Republicans and two Democrats — one was a newbie and the other three had prior election experience. As we worked, we found we shared similar feelings about how impressed…

Well, Election Day is over, but determining the results may go on for a while. I would like to remind readers that the 'hanging chad' recount and legal battles in just one state, Florida, went on for 37 days before Al Gore conceded to GW Bush in 2000. We all, I hope, want to have not just a …

Regarding Proposition 115 and Mr. Kropp’s question “Really Colorado?” There is a very simple answer — Yes….really.

Last Tuesday voters had the opportunity with Proposition 115 to protect unborn children beginning at 22 weeks of pregnancy. But voters chose abortion over life allowing the unimaginable slaughter of our tiniest Coloradans. Many people still refuse to believe just how horribly bloody, gory an…

It has been a very contentious election, not to mention the years leading up to this election day. But Americans still identify this country as a democracy where we believe in the power of the people to make their voice heard through their vote. That is what I was taught at my public school …

RE: "Delta County 911 dispatchers receive first responder status." This about the picture submitted with the story. I am thrilled that our local leaders are setting such a great example of social distancing and mask use. I'm sure everyone in the picture has had a negative COVID test that mor…

As our contentious election season winds to a close, there are many issues that we as voters have been tasked to decide. In addition to our Presidential election, US Senate, State House, and County Commissioner races, we have been asked to fund a tax increase called “Back the Badge” to suppo…

Dear Fellow Citizens, I am writing this as an individual citizen and not in any way representing the Town of Paonia where I serve as a trustee. A Republican friend this week described defacing of a brand new Suburban in Telluride that had Texas plates and a Trump bumper sticker. Here in Paon…

I wanted a tough leader, not a sheep that follows the herd.

I take issue with Anne Janik’s article on wolf reintroduction in last week’s Independent:

It should be obvious the county sheriff’s office and all cities within Delta County are desperately short of money to operate safely. Sheriff Mark Taylor ran on the Republican ticket so I will assume the Democrats or the Socialists felt the need to try and cause as much disruption for Taylor…

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