Letters to the Editor

Ineptitude in roadwork

September 17, 2014 — 

I recently witnessed the greatest ineptitude in roadwork I have ever seen. I’ve been a traffic control supervisor on major interstate projects, so I know what I am talking about when I say you never funnel a two-lane interstate onto a shoulder during rush hour. And on top of that, the signage was totally inadequate.

Thanks to some idiot, there were a couple of thousand commuters in a two-lane, several-mile-long parking lot on I-70 between Silt and New Castle eastbound.

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What can be done about climate change

September 17, 2014 — 

It surprised me that my recent letter bringing up global climate change in relation to the rejection of a solar array in New Castle elicited no replies. A little web-surfing revealed to me a probable cause:

“There seem to be parallel modes of processing information, a rational mode and an emotional mode. The experiential predisposition of the individual processing the information strongly influences the degree and direction of the predominant emotional response.”

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Letter: Thanks for Thompson Divide editorial

September 16, 2014 — 

I want to thank the Post Independent for taking a stand against industry’s efforts to drill in the Thompson Divide area, and for your support of a balanced approach to development on the Western Slope.

For many Western Slope communities, the Thompson Divide supports a thriving rural economy based on ranching, hunting, recreation and tourism. The editorial stated plainly, “Let’s protect agriculture and enhance recreational uses and the jobs that go with them — jobs that would be threatened merely by the publicity that would accompany drilling.”

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Letter: Condoms aren’t that costly

September 16, 2014 — 

In reference to Carole Hershey’s letter printed September 4, 2014, so typical of liberals to place the blame elsewhere (Garfield County commissioners, conservatives). Most people know how pregnancy occurs. They need to step up and take responsibility for their actions. Or, better yet, take steps to prevent pregnancy (condoms aren’t that costly).

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Letter: Enforce highway rules, fuel taxes

September 16, 2014 — 

On behalf of many “road warriors” and damage to our vehicles, I want to share pertinent excerpts from Colorado Revised Statute (42-4-1407) about “covered loads.”

“(2.5 a) No vehicle shall be driven or moved on any highway for a distance of more than two miles if the vehicle is transporting aggregate material with a diameter of one inch or less unless:

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Changes in calculating water bills

September 16, 2014 — 

The water rate increase just OK’d by the city is misleading at best. Up to about 15 years ago, the base fee was for up to 10,000 gallons per month, then you paid extra for each 1,000 gallons of use. Then it changed to 5,000 gallons per month base.

Now it is to go to 2,000 gallons per month, then extra charges for water and sewer. Get ready for a 50 percent increase.

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Letter: Changes in calculating water bills

September 16, 2014 — 

The water rate increase just OK’d by the city is misleading at best. Up to about 15 years ago, the base fee was for up to 10,000 gallons per month, then you paid extra for each 1,000 gallons of use. Then it changed to 5,000 gallons per month base.

Now it is to go to 2,000 gallons per month, then extra charges for water and sewer. Get ready for a 50 percent increase.

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Letter: Thanks for helping save dog

September 16, 2014 — 

My daughter’s mini Australian Shepherd recently got out of my back yard and went on a frantic run for four and a half days. The various developments in Battlement are well spread out and separated by gullies where coyotes prowl.

The fliers that we posted all over — against covenant rules — did prove to be what alerted so many people. I have new respect for the instant response from people, who put our numbers into their cell phones. A lady out walking with a stroller spotted Katie and immediately called. My daughter was in the process of packing up to go home to Glenwood — trying to accept that her dog was gone.

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Letter: What can be done about climate change?

September 15, 2014 — 

It surprised me that my recent letter bringing up global climate change in relation to the rejection of a solar array in New Castle elicited no replies. A little web-surfing revealed to me a probable cause:

“There seem to be parallel modes of processing information, a rational mode and an emotional mode. The experiential predisposition of the individual processing the information strongly influences the degree and direction of the predominant emotional response.”

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Letter: Not a life anyone should have to live

September 15, 2014 — 

Many of us live in denial when it comes to abuse.

It can be seen and felt in many ways, but with few exceptions, in cases of direct physical abuse in the home between spouses, it is the male who dominates. It can lead to domineering attitudes and humbling the other party, forcing them to live in a state of controlled fear.

This is not love and it is not a life anyone should have to live. When the time comes that reason and understanding can no longer resolve the issue and it turns to physical abuse, then love is lost. Today, however, many couples live in this hell, and its secrets eventually begin to leak out.

There are no excuses, and when it becomes known it devastates everyone involved. When it is a sports star or a celebrity it can destroy a lucrative career as well as their family life. Such is the case with Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice and his then-fiancée who is now his wife. Was it unconditional love, money or an attempt to help him recover from the incident, saving his career that she caved into marriage? Perhaps all of the above, but it doesn’t stop there.

The NFL and its failure to act decisively has a part in this story. Now they are forced to act, but how do they think his fiancée got knocked out to begin with? Did it take another video to open their eyes? Yes, an elevator ride that changed the young man and his wife’s lives forever.

Jim Childers

New Castle

Letter: Vote with the Kochs and fear for children

September 15, 2014 — 

According to Colorado Public Radio, groups linked to the billionaire Koch brothers are spending millions to run ads on Colorado TV. They include: Freedom Partners (almost $1.2 million), Generation Opportunity ($648,000), Americans for Prosperity ($382,000) and American Energy Alliance (almost $160,000). This is the first time I can remember (73 years old) that anyone blatantly attempted to buy an entire election in the United States.

FYI, the Koch brothers (two people), have put up more money to influence this election than all (both parties) other sources combined (almost $300 million). They don’t have to say who they really are in the ads. These ads are full of lies and half-truths and most are negative attack ads intended to sow doubt in the electorate. One of the Colorado candidates they support, Cory Gardner, is a proven corporate shill.

Observing elections around the country suffering from Koch money will show that they are only involved in close races that could change the party balance in the Senate (fewer than 10), boosting the fraud of the Keystone Pipeline and attacking Obamacare. The candidates they offer are often clones of Cory Gardner.

This is perhaps the most dangerous election the U.S. will ever see. This one could turn the country over to the wealthy and the corporations and their hold will be very difficult to break. The Republican Party is currently completely possessed by the wealthy, whose sole purpose is total control/more wealth. The real masters simply use and ignore their lunatic fringe (tea party and Christian fundamentalists) and forge on to fascism and the ever-growing kleptocracy. The 1 percent now have 40 percent of the money. Give them this election and live in fear for the quality of life and freedom of your children and grandchildren.

You have already seen the fraudulent attacks on education, environmental protection, voting rights, immigration and personal freedom. Vote in the slaves of the oligarchs and you will see more of the same. Among other things, expect complete government paralysis to continue for the following two years.

R.W. Boyle

New Castle

Letter: Unusual interpretation of states’ rights

September 15, 2014 — 

Columnist Talbott has presented a novel interpretation of the doctrine of states’ rights: that the purpose of those rights is for the states to compete against each other. He suggests that this competition results in innovations in agriculture and industry, resorts and lower taxes.

When it comes to ski resorts, Colorado has sure kicked Kansas’ butt. I’m not sure that Colorado has not been holding its own in resource production. You can’t walk out of your house in western Garfield County and not trip over a gas well.

Apparently we have so much natural gas it’s time to sell it overseas. I guess the sooner we can get rid of it the better. I mean, what would be the point of keeping some natural gas around; heat our houses?

Still, in the competition between newspaper columns, this one has the best line ever: “You may not realize it, but I was headed somewhere.”

Pat Hunter

Carbondale

Letter: Neighbors: Housing right for old library site

September 11, 2014 — 

Yes, I fully agree with Kathy Trauger’s recommendation (as outlined in her excellent column in the Post Independent) that the best use for the old library parcel is the construction of new housing. Kathy makes a convincing case that new housing will be the best and optimum use of this parcel for our community and our newly beautified downtown core.

Here’s our perspective:

Marja and I have lived for 16 years in the historic, beautiful home directly across from the old library. And, in truth, we love living here even more today that than on the day that we moved here from Denver. The conveniences of living within walking or biking distance of our favorite restaurants, stores and parks and public and medical services are a daily source of pleasure and gratitude.

Over the years we have become friends with many members of our greater community up and down the Roaring Fork Valley. And many friends, especially in retirement and professional circles have told us:

“We envy you as you live so close to downtown. We would love to live there as well but for the lack of comfortable, attractive housing.”

Well, the construction of one or two quality and attractive housing units may just be the catalyst to bring more residents into the downtown core, with all the resulting benefits for downtown restaurants and businesses.

Gerry VanderBeek

Glenwood Springs

Letter: Bring back spring bear hunt

September 11, 2014 — 

Do bears poop in the road?

Yes they do. I observed the pile from our local bear on Donegan today. Not only do they do the duty in the road, they mutilate all trash cans resistant and not resistant. Bears tear down fences, break limbs from trees and, worst of all, break into houses in search of food.

Whose fault is it? Ours, of course. Back in the day (1992) Colorado voters decided to eliminate the spring bear hunt. Since then there has been an ever-increasing population of bears. I have lived in rural Colorado all my life, and the first live bear I ever saw in the woods was in 1968. They were very elusive and wary of humans. As the population increased the available habitat was decreased both from other bears protecting territory and human intervention.

Now we have a problem: too many bears. The first bear to venture into town taught the next and the next and so on. Now the bears have developed a pattern. There is no way to unteach them so we must hunt them. Is it kinder for a sportsman to take a bear or a CDW officer to euthanize it? Both seem brutal to people not accustomed to the brutality of the animal kingdom. Economically speaking, to hunt them is better. We sell hunting licenses, food, accommodations and firearms to hunters. CDW generates no income and consumes resources that could otherwise benefit their cause.

Previously we used dogs and baiting to enhance the spring bear hunt. I don’t advocate those methods, but a few good spring hunts could solve the problem.

Steve Damm

Glenwood Springs

Letter: Let’s agree to disagree about new bridge

September 8, 2014 — 

In response to Dean Moffatt’s Aug. 29 letter: I’m still willing to be friends, Dean. I’m even trying to keep an open mind regarding the feasibility of building a new Highway 82 route through Glenwood Springs.

I like your suggestion, for instance, of a “small, slow and quiet” bypass that removes traffic from Grand Avenue, enhances recreation and restores the river, along with our community’s health. I’m not sure how to reconcile those seemingly conflicting objectives, but I’m eager to see the plans.

You’re also correct that it’s possible, if we set our minds to it, to shoehorn additional lanes of highway into our narrow valley community. It’s not my vision of what’s best for the Roaring Fork River corridor, but the Glenwood Canyon I-70 project does indeed show what skilled engineers and nearly unlimited funds can accomplish.

The crucial question, however, is whether it’s worth the huge expense, the inevitable environmental and social impacts, and the foregone opportunities to preserve and protect the river corridor, while redeveloping the confluence area and improving local traffic circulation.

Meanwhile, can we agree that a decade of efforts to block the replacement of the outdated Grand Avenue bridge have done little, thus far, to revive plans for a bypass?

Let’s agree to disagree about the new bridge. You see it as misspent funds that could help to jump-start a bypass. While it’s clearly a compromise design, I think it’ll be much safer and more functional. I also think CDOT deserves thanks for considering community input during the planning process.

Lastly, how about conceding that downtown Glenwood Springs is not actually dying a horrible, traffic-choked death? When I’m downtown these days I see a restaurant renaissance along Seventh Street. I see convenient new parking that makes it easy to get out of your car and walk. I see a bustling farmers market, a beautiful new library, expanded CMC offices and new businesses along Cooper Avenue. If traffic, and the prospect of a new bridge, is killing the downtown, you certainly wouldn’t know it from all the activity and new investment.

Russ Arensman

Glenwood Springs

Letter: How to preserve the ‘small town’ of Glenwood

September 7, 2014 — 

The city of Glenwood Springs spent taxpayer money to create a Comprehensive Plan. The plan states that the city would like to preserve the “small-town” character of Glenwood — while at the same time, promote and encourage growth. Below is a quote from the plan:

“The key objective is to allow, even encourage, growth but to manage it to preserve essential characteristics, maximize its positive impacts, and minimize its negative impacts.”

Two questions come to mind: 1) Who here in Glenwood — other than the city leaders — thinks that growth in Glenwood will preserve small-town character, and 2) What positive impacts arise from growth?

Here are my answers: 1) Nobody I know, and 2) There are no positive impacts that arise from growth, unless you perceive more traffic, congestion, crime and frustration to be positive impacts.

The only way to preserve small-town character is to remain small. It’s not a difficult concept. You cannot be small and continue to grow… it’s physically impossible. So if the city leaders want to preserve small-town values and experiences, they need to get out of the growth business. Period. If it would make the city leaders feel any better about adopting this magical concept, I suggest they pretend it was derived by a rocket scientist. Maybe then it would sink in.

Let’s assume Glenwood does remain small. What is the worst that could happen? My guess is that property values increase. But that’s expected when people want to live in fantastic place — like the fantastic small town of Glenwood.

Note to self: “fantastic” has a price. Houston and Wichita — in my opinion — are not fantastic, and the housing prices reflect this evaluation. Want a cheap house? There are plenty of locations across this nation — like Houston or Wichita, for example. Want a cheap house in a fantastic location? They don’t exist. Go figure.

So if Glenwood remains small, the location remains fantastic, and the kicker is — the city leaders make more money (their real true reason for wanting growth). They acquire more money off of higher real estate prices — and without spending a dime on new infrastructure, fire or police. Yes, some people won’t be able to live here — but that is already the case for any “fantastic” place to live such as Aspen or Malibu.

If you haven’t noticed yet, all towns downstream from Aspen have had their real estate prices balloon beyond the affordable. Basalt and Carbondale are far pricier than Glenwood, and the prices just keep going higher.

But guess which town is next in line for higher real estate prices? Hint: it’s downstream from Carbondale. That is … unless the city leaders grow this town right out of its small character. Then we all might as well live on the Front Range or similar, and kiss this small town of Glenwood Springs goodbye.

Dave Heyliger

Glenwood Springs

Letter: Let’s have a vote on bridge options

September 7, 2014 — 

The message we have been getting recently from the state Department of Transportation, local officials and the Post Independent is we just need to accept the Grand Avenue Bridge, based on some feeling that we should take what is being offered and be happy with it. Local officials keep referring to lack of consensus, though it seems pretty rare to see any government act on the basis of perceived consensus. Unfortunately, this so-called consensus has in fact turned into acquiescence. It saves us from making the tough decisions.

There is really a very straightforward solution to the bridge dilemma: have a formal Glenwood Springs vote by all the electorate. Propose four specific alternatives:

A. Replace the Grand Avenue Bridge.

B. Build a bypass on Midland Avenue through the city, requiring a new bridge from I-70.

C. Build a bypass on the railroad/trail corridor, again requiring a new bridge from I-70.

D. Do nothing. (Yes, that is an option. Aspen did that with the Maroon Creek bridge for many years.)

If none of the options receives a majority of the vote, we can have a runoff election on the two highest vote getters. In the end, at least the city of Glenwood Springs will be sure whatever actions taken reflect the will of the people.

Steve Swanson

Glenwood Springs

Letter: Midland, downtown or the rail corridor?

September 7, 2014 — 

Development of a transportation corridor through Glenwood Springs has been on the plate since the ’70s and before. Many of the same problems existed 40 years ago as they do today; however only two of the variables have significantly changed: cost and population density of those areas affected by any of the given solutions. There is no single “best” answer that will appease everyone. Someone/many will “suffer and be unhappy” regardless of any viable solution. In the meantime, only those who travel through Glenwood will suffer every day.

How about utilizing all three corridors? Midland as a passenger vehicle corridor, the rail corridor as a greater-than 15,000 gross vehicle weight corridor and downtown as a historic, shopping, dining byway?

The truck traffic is contained, workers can flow up and down valley with limited hindrance, downtown commerce is saved through quiet flow, better access and visitor-based development. By breaking traffic patterns into three distinct options, no one corridor will bear the brunt of the change. Yes, all three will see change and impact issues.

Midland would by far see the greatest impact, yet it could be engineered to protect the majority of those who reside in those beautiful neighborhoods.

Tilt up concrete panels and landscaping to shield traffic noise, development of ingress/egress into neighborhoods, and development of pedestrian corridors. Restriction of heavy trucks to another “shielded” route would ease both downtown and Midland. Downtown would create a safe, fun place to shop, explore and congregate for locals and tourists alike. But they would have to grow, change and develop new marketing strategies including consumer attraction and retention and development of a friendly physical atmosphere.

Cost, you ask? It would be the highest of all, but no less than the 40-year struggle we have already seen. A narrow valley does not leave many options without significant impact for all. I almost forgot the other option: bicker, argue and fight for another 40 years. It will be someone else’s problem then.

Stuart Cerise

West Valley, Utah

Letter: Use Midland for trucks

September 7, 2014 — 

Before the Grand Avenue bridge reconstruction, or destruction of downtown, the idea of getting truck traffic off Grand has been going on since the invention of the internal combustion engine. Back in 1985 when I moved here there were probably one-third the current 30,000 cars per day. The solution then was the same as the solution is today.

I think three lanes of traffic through town is totally stupid. The route studied and acted on then is still the solution. Before Meadows was a twinkle in someone’s blind eye, we went under the railroad tracks at exit 114 and built a new road to Eighth Street. Then Midland was upgraded with new utilities and sidewalks and fencing. That was a two-year project. Then Eighth Street upgrades and finally the roundabout at 27th. Then the half-done roundabout at Four Mile needs finished. The grade at Four Mile was done with the Red Feather debacle. Now build the south bridge like was to be done 30 years ago and you have the truck bypass that is needed. Get the trucks off Grand Avenue and be done with it. Our whole town is residence.

There will be pain, but why wait till we have 40,000 units per day on Grand? Save downtown now.

Ron Myers

Glenwood Springs

Letter: Rail corridor could be used for bypass

September 7, 2014 — 

In response to Ted Edmonds’ letter printed on Aug. 22, I would offer the following:

During 2005 I prepared a design concept on my dining room table in Phoenix for relocating SH 82 onto the railroad corridor on topographic mapping furnished to me by Floyd Diemoz at a scale of 1 inch = 200 ft. The last I saw of this drawing was on Floyd’s office in West Glenwood. Incorporated into this design was provision for the railroad running adjacent to the relocated highway. So contrary to Ted’s assertion, the railroad would still be “banked’ even though it will probably never be built.

It is true that RFTA has jurisdiction over the old railroad right of way, but the board of directors is made up of citizens of the valley who should recognize that huge traffic volumes on Grand Avenue are bad for friends and neighbors living in Glenwood Springs. Additionally, my design concept shows a relocated bike/pedestrian path along the edge of the river bluff, a far superior location than that of the existing pathway. Resting areas could be provided, with steps down to the river for fishing or rock-throwing access.

Why would the RFTA board oppose trading for the better facility? The corridor from 23rd Street to the river could be turned into a greenbelt.

Of course, none of this will happen if CDOT spends over $100 million on the new bridge.

Dick Prosence

Meeker

Letter: Leadership from CDOT sadly lacking

September 1, 2014 — 

I found it surprising that CDOT chief Don Hunt came to Glenwood Springs recently, if only to say that a badly needed highway improvement in Glenwood Springs was pretty well a “pipe dream” instead of offering to sit down with town citizens and discussing options for getting high traffic volumes off of Grand Avenue. I say “surprising” since getting the CDOT chiefs out into our part of the state is not easy. I begged Don for weeks to tour SH 13 from Rifle to Meeker with me and discuss mistakes that have been made, and he finally did send his chief engineer out to meet with me, resulting in a fruitful exchange.

Leadership by CDOT has been sadly lacking during recent years. As transportation experts, CDOT should be telling the city what needs to be done about SH 82 traffic in order to save this beautiful city. Instead they push a bridge replacement project that will lock 40,000-50,000 vehicles onto the single city boulevard, forever destroying the city’s vitality and image.

That is why the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act should be followed.

Dick Prosence

Meeker

Letter: Hickenlooper’s many shortcomings

September 1, 2014 — 

We need a change in our governor’s office. Hickenlooper is too busy being in charge of the Hispanics in our state and doesn’t seem to care what else happens. What has happened on his watch as governor: We now have recreational pot. On his watch, we have higher taxes, and he is wanting more money for taxes for schools. I can’t see more tax money for schools, when the only ones we are educating are the Hispanics. He is allowing the Hispanics to claim up to and including eight dependents.

We are paying extra for health care that was supposed to be affordable; it’s not. Seems like the Western Slope is getting the short end of the proverbial stick. He flies into Aspen and then acts like, “Oh, you’re still mad about the gun issue.” Yes, we are still mad about the guns, the pot, the roads, the taxes and most of all we are tired of being left out.

He flip-flopped on the gun Issue. He thought the tax money on the pot would take care of everything, and instead it’s a costly error. If you think that Obama declaring amnesty is the end of the cost for them, think again. It will require millions of dollars to make them citizens, and they won’t have to lift a finger, nor pay for it. Look into it. It will cost every man, woman and child thousands of dollars just to make them a citizen. Background checks, immunizations, paperwork and a lot of checks and balances.

Don’t worry, neither Hickenlooper nor Obama will ever pay one thing for them, its all up to the U.S. citizen. They have to learn English, which very few have done. Books will need to be printed in Spanish in the schools. We will need a huge influx of Spanish-speaking teachers. Would Mexico do that for us? Not on your life.

He has been so short-sighted on everything and is an Obama supporter to boot. It matters not how high taxes are as long as he get the money in his hot little hand. Time for a change. Please vote for somebody else. Obama delivered to Hickenlooper at least $10 million for his campaign. Let’s hope he didn’t buy the election with it. Elections should be honest, and his honesty is in question.

Jane Spaulding

Carbondale

Letter: Please, please secure garbage, save bears

September 1, 2014 — 

I am probably preaching to the choir, but please, if you have an outside garbage pail (and who doesn’t?), please, please secure it so bears won’t be killed.

I witnessed a bear in a cage recently in the 700 block of Blake Avenue. It had been rummaging through the garbage in the alley, and because it had already had two strikes against it, it was being taken away to be euthanized.

Bears are hungry now. Please don’t contribute to their deaths by leaving your garbage unsecured. I am still sad and angry by what I witnessed, and it didn’t have to happen.

Joan Isenberg

Glenwood Springs

Letter: Beware, bears, of fickle humans

September 1, 2014 — 

So a bear peacefully sleeping off its feast broke the three-strike rule and had to be euthanized?

Unfortunately, the only rules the bear apparently learned before its demise is that humans leave food out and are not a threat. Little did it know how unpredictable we were and how we could turn on it.

Craig Kafura

Carbondale

Letter: Another vision for downtown traffic

September 1, 2014 — 

Eric McCafferty, it would be wonderful to turn our backs and focus on cleaning up the alleys, give them purpose other than a place to park dumpsters, but this isn’t feasible. Most shops along Grand would take expensive remodeling to accommodate back-door commerce. Plus, what do we do with all those dumpsters necessary for businesses to thrive?

There is yet no money for this much concrete, but if we really want to turn Grand into a pedestrian mecca, the best solution is simply keeping the new bridge elevated until it meets the hill at just before 10th street, giving that initial left turn direct access to the new parking garage. This eliminates cross-traffic congestion on Eighth and Ninth streets so the planned realignment of Midland and Eighth disperses traffic evenly across those streets currently half-heartedly designed to be secondary arterials (Colorado and Copper and Blake) to be used for access rather than bypassing Grand Avenue congestion.

Best of all, this will make the whole of the Grand Avenue core a covered pedestrian space. A roofed park that is large enough to handle all kinds of events such as concerts, car shows, farmers markets, brewfests, art festivals, and whatever wonders the business community can dream up. Eighth and Ninth cross-traffic becomes minimal, with nobody turning onto Grand.

If we are imaginative enough to embrace this idea there is no need to leave the bridge looking like a bridge – or the Aspen Art Museum for that matter — because facades can be designed to integrate into surrounding architecture. Covering the structure with brickwork mimicking blocks of various smaller buildings, fitting within the scale of the town, can make such a huge structure congruent to small town values and 21st century economics.

Eric, what it is time to turn our backs on is this idea a bypass and access cannot be one and the same. The one option left off the table.

Eric Olander

Glenwood Springs

Free Press Letter: Fracking not as safe as we think

August 31, 2014 — 

In response to Ken Johnson’s fracking column last month:

Watch what happens when some people get the idea that they’re being prevented from making piles of money. The pro-fracking folks are the people to observe right now. They’ve been busy as of late with a campaign of telling Coloradoans how wonderful the fracking process is for our state. I kind of want to believe the lovely, high-paid actress in the TV commercials when she gushes about how much she adores that petroleum-production process.

Then we have our locals that claim they want to talk “facts,” but can only manage to regurgitate the same old drilling industry talking points, and conveniently omit certain bits of information that doesn’t portray fracking as the greatest thing ever. Their latest approach is to say the process has been “used for over 45 years.” Perhaps that is true, but that doesn’t mean that type of extraction has ever been environmentally safe for all those years. They also like to cite how the chemicals used in fracking only make up five percent of the pumping solution. That would mean that of a thousand gallons of water pumped into the ground, 50 gallons of that is a highly toxic concoction. Put a couple of drops those secret chemicals into a 32-ounce bottle of water and give it a shake, and I’ll bet you won’t like what you see and you sure wouldn’t want to drink it.

The “fracking is wonderful” folks like to point fingers, call people concerned about safe drinking water “green gangsters,” and portray them as “emotional” environmentalists, but take careful notice of how emotional and terribly upset the people supporting the drilling industry get if they believe anyone is standing in their way of making a fast buck off of this planet’s resources.

J.C. Winters

Grand Junction, Colo.

Letter: Fix the bridge — build a bypass

August 28, 2014 — 

This is in response to Russ Arensman’s PI letter of Aug. 21. If you don’t know Russ, he is intelligent, thoughtful and was pretty good in his short City Council tenure. But he is way off base concerning a Glenwood bypass.

At the risk of losing his friendship, I think he is a self-appointed spokesman for the Red Mountain Gang, which has successfully killed all past attempts for a bypass near their neighborhood. Russ is essentially saying, we couldn’t get it then, it’s pie in the sky now, so future generations of Glenwood, suck it up and live with the congested highway through town, forever.

For me, this is deja vu of the I-70/Glenwood Canyon experience. Back then, the state insisted what’s there now couldn’t be done. They had already built the disgusting first stretch to No Name. It then took a handful of locals to present visions of what could be done, and it came to be.

The same experience is possible for a bypass. It need not be a big, ugly concrete swath destroying the river and slicing through neighborhoods. It can be small and slow and quiet, and it can bring with it river restoration, recreational amenities and, most of all, health to our community for generations by reducing what is already killing us and has no end in sight.

Dean Moffatt

Glenwood Springs

Letter: The 1 percent is exploiting us all

August 28, 2014 — 

All American workers, both legal and sans documents, have to start paying attention. What passed in the Senate as “comprehensive immigration reform” would comprehensively screw all U.S. workers.

Until now the 1 percent have destroyed the bottom of the wage scale by abusing way over 11 million illegals at the expense of the U.S. citizens. The Senate bill allows our legal immigration rate to more than triple the present-day million plus per year.

And we’re definitely not talking about extra laborers. Nope, all you college grads with the huge loan debt can look forward to competing with half-price foreign nationals who have access to an unlimited supply of work visas.

The world’s biggest problem is overpopulation. This country’s workers and their quality of life need not be jeopardized by illegal or legal immigration.

It’s time the 1 percent stopped bending over the worker and calling it reform.

Bruno Kirchenwitz

Rifle

Letter: Letter reached a new low

August 28, 2014 — 

I’ve read a lot of very stupid, inflammatory statements in letters to the editor printed in the Glenwood Post Independent over the last 35 years. I even wrote some of them.

I don’t think anyone will reach a higher level then the chairman of Citizen (yeah... there’s no “s” for a reason) to Save Grand reached in his letter of Aug. 18 with his intellectual sinkhole of an analogy.

There should be a prize.

Brad Gates

New Castle

Letter: Grand Avenue bridge plan is sheer madness

August 25, 2014 — 

Further to the question of the proposed new Highway 82 bridge over the Colorado River, I submit that funneling all the valley’s traffic through downtown Glenwood Springs would be like running I-70 down Colfax Avenue in Denver. Sheer madness. Don’t do it.

Jim Breasted

Carbondale

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