As for the why:
In an effort to understand the City Council's support of the Grand Avenue bridge proposal and CDOT's Access Control Plan, I see as the main driving force, the expenditure of some $59 million in and around our economy. In a time of recession that figure looks most enticing no matter the long-term economic and social costs. These costs will be born by the downtown neighborhoods and the central business district.
As for the where:
Where are the public discussions with the Garfield County commissioners who are responsible for protecting the public's investment and easy access to the county courthouse and administrative offices, as well as emergency access for the sheriff and county emergency teams?
Where are the public discussions with other governmental agencies such as the Post Office, the school system and its student transportation plan, the fire department and emergency medical teams and their routes?
Where are the discussions with RFTA and its mission for public transport?
Where are the public discussions with the downtown neighborhoods, residents, business and property owners revealing what's in store for them and their sacrifices?
Where are those citizens who have some respect for our historic downtown as the center of our community?
Where is the Chamber of Commerce in supporting the downtown business members who have supported their organization for many years?
Where are the public discussions concerning the new parking facilities and CMC's new downtown center, as well as the expanded hospital and its access?
All the above plus the ability of the restaurants and other businesses to receive their supplies and remove their waste. Where are the discussions with the other counties and cities whose citizens must access the interstate highway through Glenwood Springs?
This is a regional problem that requires a regional solution. The city council has the power over us that we give it. We can take it back and solve this problem in the court of public opinion where the people's power resides.
As for the when:
The Grand Avenue bridge is still sound, this is not an emergency. We have time to develop a regional solution. Take some action.
Thanks for printing some letters from people in the valley that have an opinion regarding the drilling up Thompson Divide and other opinions regarding RFTA.
Gosh, it's so nice to get somebody's opinion other than we can't do this, we can't do that.
I think these letters put things in a different perspective.
It's funny how some of these people think their opinions are only worthy of being printed because they just agree with every environmentalist in Aspen and elsewhere in this valley.
It is really refreshing to see letters printed by some of the people that have lived here in this valley for longer than a few years. I always found it amazing that so many of what I would call "newcomers" come to an area and immediately decide that their Ideas are more important than those of us that have lived here for more than 50 years.
It goes to show that some of the old-timers are getting fed up with the new Ideology that has been accepted just by the fact that perhaps some of us would like to disagree with you, but don't feel we have much say in the matter. Perhaps others might have similar opinions, but feel like the New Age is so perfect? Funny, we got along just fine without their input in our lives for years.
Thanks for printing them.