Let’s learn from history
I am compelled to respond to Patrick Hunter’s disturbing letter “Vaccine Refusers Fallacies” published in the Post Independent on January 7th. It is anathema to me that someone would ask our government to set up concentration camps in which to imprison our fellow citizens.
Be careful what you wish for, because you may not always have a government that you agree with or that approves of you, your lifestyle, your faith, or your political beliefs. It may be time to revisit the words of Martin Niemoller, circa 1937, in his poem “First They Came…”
They first came for the communists
And I didn’t speak
Because I was not a communist
Then they came for the socialists
And I didn’t speak
Because I was not a socialist
Then they came for the trade unionists
And I didn’t speak
Because I was not a trade unionist
Then they came for the Jews
And I didn’t speak
Because I was not Jewish
Then they came for me
And there was no one left
To speak for me
Please let us learn from history so that we do NOT repeat it.
(Editor’s note: The January 7 letter referenced above has not been published online due to its questionable and inappropriate content.)
Minor dialing annoyance
On July 16, 2022, local calls in Colorado’s 970 and 719 area codes will need to include dialing from those area codes to call locally. Why? These Colorado area codes, and presumably all other states, have local 988 prefixes that coincide with the new national Suicide Hot Line 988 number.
It’s nice that it’s a three-digit number, easy to remember, but dialing a local call into an area code with a 988 prefix would hit the hotline, unless the area code is also dialed.
So what’s the deal, especially with speed dialing from your phone? The thing is, most calls are familiar calls and don’t need to be searched. The keystrokes and time it takes to access speed dial exceeds the three area code keystrokes it takes to call a friend, so suck it.
On a scale of 1-10, the discomfort is average and will continue to decrease as people get used to it, but it’s a step down in terms of convenience.
I was thrilled to vote for a new Rifle nursing home to be built, and it’s been a long time needed by Rifle seniors.
However, that enthusiasm faded when I learned that the cost of placing someone in this center was $397 per day or $12,000 per month or $144,000.00 per year. Who could afford it for their loved ones?
Voters have been duped into voting for a facility only the wealthy can afford.
(Editor’s note: According to Grand River Health, rates are not set by Grand River, but rather by the State of Colorado, based on the cost of 24-hour medical care, plus room and board. )
Comment for cleaning
Taking responsibility for your actions and cleaning up after yourself are important lessons most of us learn growing up. Unfortunately, these values have not always been part of the oil and gas industry’s work ethic. Across Colorado, there are hundreds of disconnected oil and gas wells that have been abandoned by operators, releasing toxic pollution into our air and threatening to leak crude into our groundwater. If the company doesn’t clean them up, taxpayers have to foot the bill to plug the wells and reclaim the land around them.
The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission is considering rules that would hold oil and gas operators to account. Operators would be required to set aside enough money to clean up their messes before they start drilling and capping wells that are nearing the end of their usefulness. The rules would also define which wells should be cleaned and when so that operators cannot game the system by claiming their wells are still productive.
These regulations are an important step in ensuring that the production of oil and gas in our state is done in the safest and most responsible way possible. Many are actively trying to weaken the proposed rules so that oil and gas operators can continue to do business as usual – which is why our State Commissioners need to hear from you.
Raise your voice and tell the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission that the industry needs to take responsibility and clean up after itself during the January 20-21 public comment period.
Thank you to school board volunteer members
January is School Board Appreciation Month. Each year, Roaring Fork Schools takes this opportunity to publicly thank our Board members for volunteering their time and talent on behalf of our schools. Board members have an incredibly important and challenging job – a job that comes with no pay. Their decisions have a direct impact on our 5,300 students, 1,000 staff and the community as a whole.
School boards across the country have faced unprecedented challenges and particularly contentious times during the pandemic. We appreciate Jasmin Ramirez, Maureen Stepp and Natalie Torres whose tenure as board members has been almost entirely during COVID. They faced every tough moment with poise and grace and enjoyed many successes – including passing 5B – despite chaotic conditions.
We also appreciate our two new board members, Kathryn Kuhlenberg and Kenny Teitler, who joined the board during a pandemic knowing full well that what they would face would not be easy. Thank you for intervening.
Being a board member is never easy, and it certainly hasn’t been during COVID. Thank you to each of our board members. We are grateful for your service and leadership.
If you see a board member, be sure to thank them for all they do for our school community.
On behalf of the Roaring Fork Schools Leadership Team