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Today is Tuesday, April 24, 2018

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Mayor's farewell message

My second and final term as mayor of Hotchkiss is now complete. I have been honored to serve our community, and I thank you for your support all these years.

Orchard City voters have spoken

The Orchard City election results are in -- our voice was loud and clear. Orchard City Master Plan 2016 (last paragraph) "Use of Citizen Committees: Orchard City could expand citizen involvement to bring additional energy, ideas and resources to bear on specific issues.

AC/DC is committed to the arts in Delta County

Arts Coalition of Delta County met Monday, April 9, with three visitors and three board members in attendance. Our guests were there to support AC/DC in starting a Delta County theatrical group and also the art side of our emphasis.

A breath of fresh air

What a breath of fresh air to see younger people interested in running for positions in our local governments. This is a welcome change that many of us have discussed for a long time and yet little has been done until recently.

County Master Plan should protect ag, water

The Delta County Master Plan is a dream, mostly good but not fulfilled yet. However, there are many more ideas to consider.

Concert series is an incredible value

I'm writing to recognize a remarkable achievement by the Delta-Montrose Community Concert Association (DMCCA) -- 70 years of providing outstanding family entertainment to both Delta and Montrose Counties. Since 1948, the Community Concert series has brought to this area all manner of highly talented professional performers with national and international reputations.

Commissioners are a bull in a china shop

At the March 19 commissioner meeting, dozens of residents were present to question the recent decision to eliminate the Upper North Fork seat to the Delta County Planning Commission (PC).

Several simply wanted Jen Sanborn, who had held the seat for more than three years, reinstated.

Find out what you've been missing

In the past I have written letters complimenting and praising Delta-Montrose Community Concerts for the excellent talent and entertainment they have provided to the residents of Delta. I am aware that this special opportunity for our residents is in danger without new blood and new resident members willing to support the musical arts in our community by joining and purchasing annual memberships.

Hats off to letter writer

Hats off to Wayne Talmage!

There is hope in the world

"Jesus Christ offers hope" was the start of Lisa Martinez' letter. What a refreshing letter.

It's time to face facts

Recent reports of surge in coal production in the Appalachian coal fields. Amazing how fast a horse can run when you stop jerking on the reins.

Empty pews

There are lots of empty seats in our churches today. Christians who should be sitting in those pews are absent.

Marijuana is in keeping with our ag heritage

I have two, no three reactions, to the article "Timeline details marijuana votes and regulations" by Matt Soper (DCI, March 1). First the majority of the article is correct as it relates to the timeline of events and what occurred.

A big victory for the West

The Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule that was issued by the Obama Administration was one of the most onerous federal water and land grabs in history -- it undermined state water law and priority-based systems, inserted federal control over western water rights, and put decisions about our water in the hands of Washington bureaucrats.

Tipton urged to focus efforts on renewable energy

I am writing to ask you to withdraw your co-sponsorship and support for HR 167, Stopping EPA Overreach Act of 2017, and instead concentrate your efforts on stopping global warming by bringing renewable, non-polluting sources of energy online as quickly as possible.

Energy policy and America First

Since the OPEC oil embargo in the 1970s, America's energy policy has appropriately (though ineffectively) been focused on energy independence for decades. Now, with the fracking boom providing abundant natural gas (NG) resources plus some oil on top of it, the United States finally has the opportunity to, if not completely achieve, come close to achieving energy independence.

Politics and friends

There have been many articles lately by people who disdain our current president. That doesn't bother me a bit.

The deliberate corruption of climate science

What a travesty that the public at large has been deceived, yes deceived beyond comprehension by masterful propaganda. Unfortunately, this has been essentially a worldwide scheme backed by huge monetary gifts and orchestrated by a very successful but small number of politicians and scientists.

Ambulance service is vital to our community

There seems to be quite the debate lately regarding our local ambulance service. I was very disappointed when our community failed to vote in favor of a mill levy for the ambulance personnel.

Tipton's presence surprising; his answers familiar

Saturday I went to the town hall meeting in Paonia. Hopefully this report will be of interest to a few readers. What interested me was the following:

This is no time for complacency

I hope the public will wake up to see that the misguided Republican party agenda is to cut taxes for the wealthy and eliminate much-needed services for the public and the planet. Choosing this agenda equates to the public shooting themselves in the foot.

Tax exemption should be transferable

I'm responding to your article (Feb. 15) "Seniors, disabled vets eligible for property tax exemption." One problem -- even if you have lived in and owned your home for 10 years you can NOT transfer that exemption to a new or different home.

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