I believe that Steve Smith is sincere in his dedication to reducing Grand Avenue traffic, as expressed in his March 3 letter "Grand Ave. bypass notion is foolish," but I think his position needs to be tempered by the realities of the situation.
As long as people continue to move into this valley, they will need convenient transportation from their homes to where they wish to go, in which they can carry goods they need to move. That means there will be more autos and trucks to deliver the products needed by the residents of this valley. Less traffic is but a dream. Sort of like King Canute trying to stop the tide.
Increasing traffic can be prevented only by stopping more people from coming here. It's the same with our schools. We wouldn't have to keep building more schools if people didn't keep coming here with their kids.
Slowing traffic, as Steve advises, will not reduce Grand Avenue traffic - it will only lengthen the time it takes to get through town, seriously worsening air pollution.
The CDOT, as its name implies, is in the transportation business, and will not, or cannot, require transferring partial loads from semi-trucks to smaller trucks, as Steve suggests.
A valley rail line is financially impossible, costing as much as a half a billion dollars. Furthermore, there would not be enough riders to come anywhere near covering its operating and maintenance costs. The Ride Glenwood bus service we now have costs several hundred thousand dollars a year to operate, and drew significant ridership only when it was free.
Finally, it is incorrect to state that the Citizens to Save Grand Avenue is prompting a "bypass." Our objective is to relocate Highway 82 so Glenwood Springs can take back its downtown, so it can once again be a place that residents and visitors can enjoy.
John Haines, chairman, Citizens to Save Grand Avenue
I was sure Mitt would win the election, but those pesky cardinals at the Vatican passed him up for Jorge Mario Bergoglio from Argentina?
Before someone accuses someone else of slander they may want to make sure what they are talking about.
Generally speaking, defamation or slander is "the issuance of a false statement about another person, which causes that person to suffer harm." So with that being said I would like any of the liberal hypocrites I spoke of in my last letter to show proof that they were not acting in a hypocritical way before my letter. They cannot.
I also would like one of these folks to show me one single instance where I wrote a letter claiming Obama was trashing the Constitution, where I wrote a letter complaining about the Obama administration's support of the Patriot Act, or even where I complained about the Obama administration planning on using drones to kill Americans suspected of being terrorists. To be fair, some people may have assumed that I was doing this in my last letter, but we all know what happens when people assume.
So just a suggestion to the Post Independent and its immediate reaction to have a one of their local liberal hypocrites cry foul, make sure if they want to call someone else out for being a hypocrite they should actually have some evidence of that claim.