New home construction products coupled with synthetic furnishings have significantly increased fire risk in new homes. I implore all to search the Internet using "lightweight construction fire safety," which will produce more than 1 million sites that truly describe the fire safety problem in new construction, notwithstanding home builder rhetoric.
It is because of the significantly shortened fire escape time and the propensity for early structure collapse that all the national model construction and safety codes require new homes to be fire sprinkler protected.
Is the consumer given the choice of lightweight construction or legacy products? Should the consumer be given the option of 14 gauge or 24 gauge wire for 15 amp electrical circuits? The issue on the table is a construction code application issue, and those without technical expertise are at a disadvantage in the "let the consumer decide" process.
If one portion of the interlinked construction code is ignored, action must be taken to offset the added risk. Thus, if fire sprinklers are removed from the codes, so should lightweight construction products such as engineered wood, finger gusset plates used for structural support, fire-rated ceilings in basements, greatroom size limits and the many other fire risk features be addressed in the construction process.
One will quickly realize the national model code decision to require fire sprinklers was the least-cost option to address the fire safety concern clearly described in the 1 million plus sites from an Internet search.
And the fire sprinkler prices suggested will have the force and effect of causing fire sprinkler contractors to relocate to Colorado - more contractors will lower the price. When the national average is $1.61 per square foot and the most expensive example in a national study that came from Colorado that included expensive exposed copper pipe was $3.30 per square foot, the suggested prices for fire sprinklers has no merit.
I trust Glenwood Springs will make the correct decision, protecting the interest of the public over special interest profit margin increases. Removing sprinklers does not remove homebuilder liability.
Buddy Dewar, vice president
National Fire Sprinkler Association
Continuing to develop Colorado's infrastructure is a win- win activity. It provides jobs that cannot be outsourced, it provides services to the current taxpayers, and it encourages companies to locate in Colorado. Glenwood Springs is experiencing a renaissance with a new library, wastewater treatment center, and a new bridge over the Colorado River.
There are those who see government projects as a weakness, a tax burden. I see them as strengthening our foundations of roads and bridges, water distribution, education, health and recreation. All of this greatly increases our nonexportable jobs, plus companies love to establish themselves in areas that attract the best talent. Talented employees want to raise their children in areas with clean air and water and a great education system.
There is a candidate who understands the need for infrastructure development and management in Colorado and its impact on economic growth and quality of life. Emily Tracy is running for the state Senate in District 8. I have talked with her and heard her clear vision on the future of Colorado.
Ms. Tracy understands that water is one of the most threatened resources for the Western Slope since there are already 45 transmountain diversions in Colorado. All infrastructure development and growth must take into account both the quantity and quality impact on Western Slope water.
Emily Tracy is prepared to deal with the three challenges facing our Western Slope water resources.
One: increased competition for a limited overappropriated resource.
Two: increasing population in Colorado areas that are increasing the demand for Western Slope water.
Three: proposed ballot initiatives that, if approved, could bring major changes to Colorado water law, turning our appropriation system on its head.
Emily Tracy has been a great servant for Colorado, protecting our children by designing and implementing Colorado's foster care review system. She is a stateswoman who understands the problems and the solutions needed for the Western Slope, and she has the ability to work through different views to come to a viable outcome.
For these reasons, I support Ms. Tracy for District 8 state Senate.
In the 2012 Roaring Fork Conservancy Voter's Guide to Water Issues, Sonja Linman states that she listens tirelessly to the people of Garfield County, has pored over maps, researched a variety of unbiased and reliable sources and continues to gather data regarding the issues facing local, regional and global water supply, economic options and long-term environmental sustainability.
Ms. Linman then continues to explain that Garfield County stretches from Carbondale to the Utah "boarder" (with that spelling, maybe she was thinking of a snow boarder) and that the waters flow from the watersheds of Garfield County to the Gulf of Mexico.
Would that not be the Gulf of California and the Sea of Cortez? Ms. Linman presents herself as an accomplished educator, yet fails to spell correctly and does not even have the knowledge of basic geography.
A person who cannot get their facts straight on elementary issues should not be representing Garfield County as a county commissioner.
After watching the hammering Barack Obama received in the Oct. 3 presidential debate, I have a couple of comments and questions. Al Gore responded by saying that the fact Mitt Romney showed up a day or two earlier to the elevation of Denver than Barack Obama gave Romney an advantage, since Obama didn't get a chance to acclimate to the altitude.
For once, I must agree. As a former college chemistry major, I can understand the science behind this particular theory.
The air pressure inside does not equal the air pressure outside, therefore, something has to give.
That simple fact being stated, I have but one question: When this dangerous greenhouse gas is expelled into our fragile atmosphere, who gets the carbon credit? Al Gore or Barack Obama?