LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: March 26, 2021

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Thanks for vote

Dear Editor:

I would like to thank the commissioners for their 3-0 vote against reappointing Dave Morlan. He was given multiple opportunities to be decent to his staff and when he wasn’t, the commissioners stood by their promises knowing that there may be political consequences. I’m willing to sign a waiver releasing all the information in the executive session I was involved in. I would like to see that Dave Morlan do this as well so the public can see why they made their decision.

Roy Gilbert
Rangely


Support, appreciate county commissioners

Dear Editor:
As members of the Rio Blanco County business and agriculture community, we stand in support of our county commissioners’ efforts to be fiscally responsible and push back against the constant overreach from the state and federal government.

With the continued decline of the fossil fuel industry, which accounts for the overwhelming majority of tax revenue generated in Rio Blanco County, we are experiencing a revenue reduction of over $2.3 million in 2021 alone. There is no reason to think that we will not continue to see additional revenue drops of this magnitude for several years due to the continued negative regulations passing down from the state. In addition, the introduction of the wolf will have a negative impact on our economy. Because of these negative impacts, budgets will be reduced both in the private and government sectors.

As businesspeople, we understand how difficult these decisions are for our commissioners. We appreciate and support our county commissioners who recognize the need to make spending reductions accordingly, no different than we in the private sector must deal with. We are fully aware that if budget cuts are not made consistent with revenue reductions, there will be a need to increase taxes in the future. This would have an even greater negative impact on our already challenging economic outlook.

The financial impact resulting from the COVID-19 virus has been much less in Rio Blanco County than in other counties in Colorado as well as the rest of the country. This is largely due to Rio Blanco County choosing not to enforce the state mandates and to make recommendations only, therefore respecting our rights as individuals, business owners and landowners. We appreciate and support the county commissioner’s efforts to resist government overreach and for allowing us to make decisions for ourselves.

Signed,

Bill Wille, Lee Overton, Steve Overton, Susan Berthelson, Jeff Squire, Bob Coquoz, Jason Coquoz, Wiley Berthelson, David Tipton, Joe E. Brown, Kari D. Brennan, Sharon L. Lyke, Travis Adams, Ed Coryell, Lisa Moffitt, Anderson Horse Shoeing, Doug Overton, Ben Rogers, Perry French, Mike Chintala, Scott Bowman, Wade Cox, Frank Huitt, Elaine Urie, Nancy Owens, Mona Avey, Shawna Eubanks, Mark Scritchfield, Mark Etchart, Arlene Fritzlan, Betsie Thompson, Aaron Weston, Rodger Polley, Justin Yardley, McKale Palacios, Marvin Noel, Rebecca R. Noel, Rita A. Reich, Ron Reich, M.L. Morgan, Paula Morgan, Evers and Jessica Olivas, John and Sandy Payne, Mike Hayes, Melva Woodley, Sam Tolley, Antler Taxidermy, Overton Recycling, Jerry Belland, Sharon Clapper, JBD, Justin Grant, DO, Melinda Parker, Janice McPherson, Terry L. Goedert, Russell Ranch, Cox Livestock, White River Bakery, Elk Mountain Inn, Athlos Life, West Highlands Farms, Belland Builders, Sagebrush Inv. Company, Nichols Store, Hayes Petroleum, Giovanni’s Restaurant, El Agave Restaurant, The Brunch Truck, Yardley Automotive, Rangely True Value, Northwest Auto, Land Owner, Fritzlan Guest Ranch, Etchart Fertilizer, Iron Works, Farm Girl Goats Soaps, Grammies Oven, Sophie Ann Designs, Urie Trucking, Former KR Fishing Rentals


Support our elected officials

Dear Editor:
Our great nation is experiencing a counterproductive political division like no other time in history. The division between the two major political parties is alarming; but even more disturbing, is the Republican Party has suffered a decline of support and trust from its loyal members.
Through the election process, the current Republican officials were voted into office by a majority vote. The people spoke and we must honor their voice by showing our respect and support in accordance with the Republican Principles and Party.

The Rio Blanco GOP Officers recognize it is imperative we, and the Rio Blanco County Central Committee members, publicly support our Republican elected officials, whether it is at the county, state or federal level. We believe this will not only bolster constituent support and trust of elected Republicans but also that of the Republican Party as a strong, patriotic affiliation.

Thank you.
Rio Blanco County GOP Officers
Sam Tolley, Chair
Mona Avey, Vice Chair
Kelly Scott, Secretary/Treasurer


Change my mind

Dear Editor:
I’m vaccinated and have had Covid, I don’t have to wear a mask, change my mind.

Joe Foster
Meeker


Rumor circulating

Dear Editor:
It has been brought to my attention that a story is circulating around Meeker stating that I signed a “Recall Gary Moyer Petition”. That is a LIE!! Gary Moyer is my brother, and I have not and will not sign said petition. I know Gary to be intelligent, informed, hard-working and passionate about the county and community.

I believe the reasons for the discord and division of the citizens in our county are multi-layered. If everyone could stop, be still, and take a step back they would realize that there is enough blame to go around. And, not all of it rests on Gary’s shoulders.

There are kind, prayerful, courageous, dedicated people on both sides of this issue. It troubles me when “Team Recall” claims the moral high ground. I call foul and throw a flag. The before-mentioned rumor is evidence to that false claim.

Let me be clear, I support Gary Moyer as Rio Blanco County Commissioner. Not submitting his name for sainthood, only stating that he is a good man in a tough job.

Respectfully,
Bev Brennan
Meeker


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