Regardless of what the state of the nation might be, the year's end must evolve as an uplifting experience because it includes the celebration of a blessed event - the birth of our lord and savior, Jesus Christ, and our prayers and hopes for the future.
So we should be joyous and rid our minds of concerns and the calamities that face our nation as the new year dawns.
If anyone needs help or encouragement, please consider my approach, outlined below. It's a prescription for enjoying the holidays and welcoming New Year 2013:
Overlook Obama's obligatory "obummercare." It's a done deal.
Forget the Fast and Furious "fiasco." It's already swept under the rug.
Begone with the Benghazi "blunder." Hillary's concussion avoids her testimony.
Fear not the fiscal cliff catastrophe. Another loan from China will bail us out.
Kudos for Kerry as secretary of state. He votes "for" before he votes "against."
Laments to legislative and congressional lapdogs. Forgive them, for they do not know what they do.
Above all, eat, drink and be merry because you can blame your fork for making you fat and the booze bottle for making you inebriated. Oh, yes, and if you happen to be obnoxious or get out of control - it's Bush's fault.
What a blessing for us to be living in a free nation to have allowed all that has happened over the past 200-plus years. Let's hope that the true meaning of freedom as intended by our founders will be accepted and prevail in our nation's future.
Happy New Year and God bless America.
I'm an old guy (going on 89), whose been involved in highway projects for 64 years, and I am puzzled about two things.
First, how could the voters of this country elect President Obama for a second term? And second, how could the Glenwood Springs City Council unanimously approve Alternate 3 as the best solution for crossing the Colorado River and providing access to Grand Avenue, when they know full well that Alternative 3 permanently blocks consideration of the railroad corridor as a place to eventually provide space for relocation of Highway 82?
Almost 43 years ago, a route location study financed by the city and completed by Centennial Engineering came to the conclusion that the railroad corridor was the best eventual location for Highway 82. That was during the days when the railroad was still running to Carbondale, a complicating factor. The recommendation was endorsed by the council. Later studies never found a better solution.
The Roaring Fork Valley will continue to grow in Carbondale, El Jebel, Basalt and Snowmass. Traffic volumes will grow. The 2012 official CDOT traffic volume map shows an average volume on Grand Avenue of 24,000 vehicles each day. Busy days would probably run nearly 30,000. About 10 percent of these counts would be trucks. Projections 20 years hence would likely be in the range of 50,000 vehicles a day.
How can representatives claiming to guard the city's future agree to 50,000 vehicles daily on the main boulevard, including some 5,000 dump trucks, gasoline tankers and other haulers of hazardous loads spewing noxious gases into the heart of the city?
It's time to fight hard for moving Highway 82 off of Grand Avenue.