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January 31, 2013
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Why should you care and be informed about the Grand Avenue bridge project, the Access Control Plan, and the alternate route/bypass conversation?

If you ever have or ever will drive on Grand Avenue, if you find turning right and left off Grand makes it easier for you to get around town, if you are impacted by city coffers that pay for any service from sales tax revenues, if you feel pedestrian and bike traffic should both increase and be safer, if you would like more crossings over Grand Avenue instead of fewer, if you find it convenient or charming that you can buy goods and services from business owners who are neighbors in our community and you want their businesses to prosper, if you value community ambiance and safety over fast mass transit through town - and this is the short list - then care, show up, engage in community discussions, and let your voice be heard. Now.

Citizens to Save Grand Avenue is simply a group that feels a bit like Horton trying to save the Whos. We want an EIS study to finally and clearly identify another route to move commercial traffic differently through our community.

We want a bridge improvement program that does not preclude any different route. We want that other route for crossing the Colorado to be in place before the Grand Avenue Bridge is closed for two months (minimum) to offer another river crossing option instead of community-deadening traffic gridlock.

We oppose the Access Control Plan as entirely too restrictive and one that threatens both short- and long-term business efficacy.

We want our entire transportation issue to be comprehensively planned and thoughtfully visioned with stakeholders from our community, including those from Aspen to Parachute who will also be fundamentally affected, at the dialogue table to create and build both short- and long-term solutions for our community. Glenwood Springs is the crossroads of transportation in the Roaring Fork Valley and a charming, vital community that we want to thrive today and long after we are gone.

Join us. Speak now.

Cheryl Cain

Glenwood Springs

At a time when many people remain challenged by the economy, Colorado's nonprofit organizations are working diligently to continue providing services to communities throughout the state, and the need is greater than ever.

Once again, Coloradans can make a gift of support using Checkoff Colorado, the program that allows taxpayers to make voluntary contributions to their favorite charitable organizations when they file their state income tax return. This year, taxpayers can donate to 15 funds listed on the 2012 Colorado 104 individual income tax form.

The Colorado Multiple Sclerosis Fund is one of the funds eligible for check-off donations this year, which supports the vital work of the Colorado-Wyoming Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society.

Colorado has one of the highest prevalence of MS in the nation, and as president of the Colorado-Wyoming Chapter of the National MS Society, I encourage our generous community to check line 46 on their tax forms. These donations will help provide one-on-one assistance, resource connections, educational programs and financial assistance that make a significant impact on the lives of the 95,000-plus Colorado residents affected by MS. Thank you in advance for your support.

Carrie H. Nolan

Denver


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