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A hill of a stupid place to develop

Dear Editor,

Glenwood’s city fathers, in the insatiable quest for sales tax revenues, seem ready to annex the proposed development known as Glenwood Meadows. This was one of the sites of the recent wildfire. I think the first order of business is to rename this development, say, to “Glenwood Charcoal.”

Ed Quillen did a column recently in the Denver Post called “Stupid Zones.” He pointed out that people continue to develop and build in areas that are subject to all kinds of natural disasters. That includes wildfires, mudslides, sinkholes, avalanches and floods. It becomes just a matter of time before the inevitable catastrophe takes place. Not only is that stupid on the face of it, but what is even more stupid is making the taxpayers pay for the protection and repairs.

Quillen’s idea is that special “Stupid Zones” be created that allow people to build in these areas, but with no government services. They are on their own!

The highest and best use for “Glenwood Charcoal” may be a designated fire break. Or, with the next heavy rain, look out for a major league mudslide. Judging by the lay of that slope, it won’t be the first mudslide to come off that hill.

Patrick Hunter

Carbondale


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