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Letter: Detention centers are not concentration camps

Words are powerful — be careful how you use them. The lead photo on the front page of the July 13 Post Independent shows a gentleman holding a sign reading “END U.S. CONCENTRATION CAMPS”. The term concentration camp has been repeated often, ever since Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y used the term and then followed it up with saying “never again.”In doing so, she was referring to the camps in Nazi occupied territories during WWII, and by using it as a reference to the detention centers in the United States demeaned the millions upon millions of people who were purposely and systematically starved, enslaved, killed and disposed of by the Nazis. To compare these detention centers to the concentration camps used by the Nazis during WWII is not being honest, sincere or truthful.

Upon reading the article, Colin Wilhelm, a local attorney, is also quoted using the term “concentration camps.” Mr. Wilhelm is a highly educated individual, a member of the Colorado State Bar Association, but I wonder what he would say to any of the Holocaust survivors who are still alive. They are reminded every day by the number tattooed on their forearm what a concentration camp really is. I challenge anyone who uses the term “concentration camps” when describing detention centers to utilize Google and look at the photos of real concentration camps and read what transpired in them.

One of the very best benefits of living in the United States of America is our right to say whatever we want to, whenever we want to. It is important that people of different opinions have open discussions with each other, but remember that words are powerful — be careful how you use them.

Marc Adler,
Glenwood Springs

Letter: We must speak for animals

I’m glad Officer Dawn Neely is educating the public about an often deadly issue for pets. The dog in Rifle was left in a closed car with AC running until the motor shut off for an hour and forty-five minutes while its owner “visited someone.”

State law does give immunity to anyone forcibly entering a locked vehicle to assist an at-risk person or animal. I’ve paged owners when there is time — the dog is only rapidly panting, not yet on the floor. When time is short I immediately call dispatch with model, color and license of vehicle. Owners have returned, yelled/cursed, told me their dog “is fine” and to “f-off.” I attempt to tell them there is no judgment here, only concern for the dog. Police say to not confront an offender, let the officer do this; I agree, but sometimes limited confrontation is inevitable. I’ll never hesitate to speak for an animal. An abused child can tell a teacher, a neighbor, a sitter. We must speak for animals. After these tragic events we think “How can someone just forget their child or pet?” Sadly, it happens every year.

I’ve seen dogs in cars returned to by elderly owners seemingly oblivious to the heat and to the fact their dog is wearing a fur coat. Too many visitors to high altitude mountain towns think it’s OK to leave dogs in vehicles because “it’s the mountains.” Animal control officers, in the fall season at 9,500 feet, have found dead dogs in cars at trail heads. It’s bad enough they don’t get to hike, outrageous they’re left in cars to wait (and die).

When I hear a constantly barking dog, I find its situation. Often the silent ones have retreated to the floor to seek shade and cooler air. We cannot canvass an entire lot, but we can listen, look and report the ones clearly in distress. A constantly barking dog anywhere is not getting its needs met.

Retailers, please post signs at entry doors that say “No Dogs or Kids Left In Cars.” A dog tied in the shade of its owner’s car is safer than inside it.

Nancy Morey,
Glenwood Springs

Letter: Slow down and save a life!

We live on 100 road in Carbondale above Catherine Store. In the past two years we have requested and received a traffic counter and speed record placed on this road because we have been and are highly concerned for life, either a person, specifically children or the numerous wildlife that we are fortunate to live with. There’ are seven children that live on our side of the road, in a half mile stretch.

The posted speed limit is 25. The results of the count was approximately 10,000 trips per week and 99% of the vehicles were speeding. The highest speed was 75 miles per hour!

Earlier this spring we believe a lady was speeding (there were three separate vehicles that observed her speed) and she struck and killed a deer that was pregnant.

Today two separate incidents happened to make me generate this letter. The first one was another female deer struck and killed, leaving two fawns without their mother. Unless Colorado Parks and Wildlife can catch them, the chances of their survival is slim to none.

The second incident (there is construction right now) was a distracted and it appeared speeding driver went right past a flagger holding a stop sign, hit the skids and backed up! Thank goodness the flagger or other workers weren’t struck and killed!

What life is worth your getting home two minutes earlier or to your desired location? Speed limits are set for safety reasons so please slow down!

Mary James,
Carbondale

Letter: Historical Grand Avenue building has no architectural merit

One would think that most decisions could be made using critical data … “there’s an app for that.” It’s especially true in business and banking. So if a bank is to be built, it would be looked upon as critically as it would for the use of money for a home-buyer. Second guessing the decision for a bank to build a bank is therefore redundant. The only question that remains is if it’s built in a compromising location.

Two things come to mind with ANB Bank’s proposed location in the 900 block of Grand Avenue in Glenwood Springs. Will it destroy a landmark and will it hurt the character of the area? No on both counts. True, that building does appear in historic photos of Grand Avenue, but it has no significant architectural merit, as does the Federal building next door.

In the 1950s it was Baker’s Ford Garage. It’s nice that it has been successfully repurposed. Unfortunately, the types of businesses it attracts now are of a small and fleeting character. Don’t believe that commuter and commercial traffic must stop for tchotchkes, tattoos and T-shirts. Besides, if a bank fails or moves on, it will leave a more worthy building in its wake to be repurposed.

Fred Stewart,
Grand Junction

Letter: Take a Minute, Slow Down in Town

Have you noticed all of the green and white signs around town urging drivers to slow down in town? It seems like a lot of drivers are paying attention. Thank you. The side streets in downtown Glenwood are very pleasant. Please be respectful of our neighborhoods and keep an eye out for school kids, bicycle commuters, dog walkers and wheel chairs. And, by the way, it is much easier to pay attention to your driving if you are not on your cell phone!

Glenn and Kris Chadwick,
Glenwood Springs

Letter: Represent citizens’ desire for livable city, not more commerce, high end housing

I agree with Bob Durand that the Confluence area would be best as a park/open space free of development.

We need to look at how we got to the place we are now, concerning the three particular plans under consideration. These three plans are left over from our old council, a council comprised largely of real estate interests, and builders and developers.

The three plans were culled from a total of seven. The criteria for the plans that made it for final consideration were not made public, as far as I know. Surely some financial stability was one, but other than that it is unclear. City departments and staff made the cuts, along with the Downtown Development Authority. We have to know how the old council directed their staff and who made the final decisions, and why.

Our new council needs to put out bids with the stated criteria of park and open space design with river banks preserved and a building only possible if distant from the river. This will not be met with the same enthusiasm as was the idea that Glenwood Springs Colorado might be willing to let private companies swoop in on some prime real estate. But we might get some graceful, green ideas. This council represents the change we voted for and I trust they will add better ideas to the table — ideas that represent citizens’ desire for a livable city, not more commerce or high end housing. There is no more riverfront property being made.

Barb Coddington,
Glenwood Springs

Letter: Preserve our historical character before it is to late

Please help us protect the future of our downtown. I am writing to encourage concerned residents of our community to please come and join us on Tuesday July 23 at 6 p.m. at City Hall in the Council Chambers for the next Planning and Zoning meeting to discuss our concerns for the proposed ANB bank development on Grand Avenue.

We do not want to see the city block be destroyed by one cooperate entity. We want to encourage small, independent businesses that make our town unique, quaint and a destination for travelers from all around the world. As time evolves and traffic is ever increasing, we as an entire community need to come up with a vision for our beautiful town and the direction we wish to see our local government take.

We need planning and zoning to reconsider the requirements in our downtown core. I propose a moratorium on any more banks, real estate offices or corporate organizations. They have a place in our community, but they do not need to be in the heart of our town. It is vital for us to say something and help preserve our historical character before it is to late.

Laura Speck,
Glenwood Springs

Letter: Safeway suggestion

What to do with the old Safeway building? One suggestion is to utilize the building as a indoor ice skating rink or a roller skating rink or both, if space allows. This would be a great addition to Glenwood Springs, a place where families can go on a regular basis (family time) and would be a great attraction to our visitors/guests. As great as Glenwood Springs is, there are limited places where families can go together often. Moms, Dads, Kids. All ages will benefit with this. The city would benefit as it would produce tax revenue, as well.

Harold Carnal

Silt

Letter: Storm King 14 thanks

As the Mother of Tami Bickett (Storm King 14 fallen firefighter–1994), I would like to thank the community of Glenwood Springs, the U.S. Forest Service, BLM, Glenwood Springs Fire Department, Garfield County Sheriff’s Office and Garfield County Fire and Rescue, the Colorado River Fire Rescue, Josh Tibbitts, Marlinde Jacks, Jim Roth, the Colorado and the Wildland Firefighter Foundations, Hotshots from Prineville, Redding and Fulton, McCall Smokejumpers, Alpine Bank, American Tower, Miles Gurtler and the Storm King trail workers, the city of Glenwood Springs for keeping up the grounds around the monument, and the Canyon Creek Estates for maintaining the Memorial Park and placing flags along the access road and so many others that honored the commitment, “We Will Not Forget.”

Please forgive me as I am sure I have missed some valuable players in providing for the 25th anniversary of those who perished on Storm King Mountain.

The tram rides provided by Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park were enjoyed by our group of 27 folks. Also, thanks to the Glenwood Canyon Brewery for donating money for each beer sold to the Storm King 14 Scholarship.

The barbecue dinner was delicious and enjoyed by the families, friends and firefighters. The New Creation Church was very generous in hosting the area for the dinner, as well as for shuttles to the trailhead on July 6.

I would also like to thank Greg Little who has been our sponsor, mentor and friend for the past 25 years. He has given the Bickett family so much love and support throughout this time.

The community of Glenwood Springs is so appreciated by the survivors and families of the 14 fallen firefighters, and most of these folks try to visit the area often.

Jan Diamantine

Mother of Tami Bickett: May 24, 1969 —July 6, 1994

Lebanon, Oregon

Letter: ‘We’ are the heart of community

From new bridges to the bumps in the road, from the corporate banks to the local boutiques, from the Californians to the born and raised, we are Garfield County. 

Whether you’re in Rifle, New Castle, Glenwood, Aspen, Eagle, Gypsum or Carbondale, we are community. This valley is the biggest town with the smallest of worlds. 

The Roaring Fork Valley is a tight-knit family, yet has a local Facebook selling group of over 30,900 members. 

With everything on social media these days, I question my home town, I question the community that raised me. I do believe that Glenwood could truly be a real home town that we can all be proud of again, but watching it from a distance makes me wonder if we are going in the right direction. 

I’ve never seen a community quite like the one we had during the Lake Christine Fire, so put aside your politics, your beliefs and your arguments. We are the heart of the community. 

Quit complaining about the valley, stop following the lead of big cities, government and news, because in order to rehabilitate the valley we must start with us, the people. 

If we focus on us instead of making the valley toxic with the rest of the world, we can make our world better.

Shelby Stephens

Glenwood Springs