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Dear Editor:

“Hot Spring fees to heat up In summer, cool down in winter.” Am I stupid, or did this sound like there was going to be some kind of break coming next winter in pool prices? Instead, the article explained that winter rates are going to increase and summer rates are going to increase a lot.

Is calling it “Value Season” supposed to soften the blow of another rate hike? And raising prices in “Peak Season” sounds like tourist gouging to me. You’d think the expense of paying more lifeguards would be offset by the fact that the pool stays open every single day in the summer – no cleaning days. It ought to be called “EEK! Season,” as in, “EEK, what’s that floating in the pool?”



Most preposterous is the assertion that the pool is keeping annual passes “at the same low rates to better accommodate our longtime customers.” Pass prices haven’t “accommodated” me, as a single mother, for some time. A pass for one adult and one child is the same as two adults, which is obviously no bargain at all. I thought joining with another single parent was the obvious solution – two adults, two kids – a family, right? But nooo, the pool says a family is a married mom and dad and any number of kids. None of this single mother hooey for them.

I’d like to thank the tram folks for offering a genuinely affordable pass price for a Glenwood attraction.



This summer I’ll be riding the tram and to heck with the pool.

Paula Bergman

No Name

Dear Editor:

About two or three months ago I loaned 12 football referee jerseys to a woman who was doing a theme catering party in Vail. I have spaced her name and phone number. I really need them back, please, A.S.A.P. They will cost me $500 to replace.

She promised to wash and return. It was during the big snowstorm in Denver when the passes were closed and her shipment didn’t come in.

Please, please, please call me at 945-0318.

Thanks.

Scott Zerfoss

Glenwood Springs

Dear Editor:

What part of this don’t you understand? We have the world’s largest hot springs swimming pool right here in town, and the city’s going to build another pool at the community center? How does that generate “stay-overnight tourists?”

We have a fine public golf course right here in town, and several more within 25 miles and the city’s going to build another golf course? How does that generate “stay-overnight tourists?”

We had the Offerles donate a tennis bubble for two courts so we and the tourists could play tennis year-round and give the skiing tourists something else to do and the city turned it down. There’s not another tennis bubble within 40 miles of town.

I understand the city opted to build four outdoor courts, contrary to the choice of 80 percent of the attendees at the public input meeting. I went too, and now they discover they don’t have room for the four courts. In the meantime, the bubble is in storage somewhere and will probably rot before it and the city see the light.

Since I don’t understand this, maybe somebody can explain it to me.

Sincerely,

Ed Burkland

Glenwood Springs

Dear Editor,

The upcoming Red Feather Ridge (RFR) vote will determine the character of Glenwood for years to come.

In a recent news article, Dean Moffatt stated; “We don’t want to be like Aspen. We don’t want to be exclusive in any way.” Strict growth controls made Aspen exclusive. They helped make Aspen more desirable, raised real estate value, and created a commuter work force. Today, 60 percent of Aspen’s homes are second homes vacant much of the year and 60 percent of Aspen’s workers have to commute to work.

In the same article Andrew McGregor, Glenwood’s city planner, said; “Land is a precious commodity. It seems a shame to waste it on 58 two-acre lots.” Glenwood is nearly out of land that can be developed for housing, parks, trails and cemeteries. When we run out of land the only direction to grow is up.

If RFR is sold as two-acre sites our land supply is decreased, real estate prices and values will rise faster, more workers will have to commute. Glenwood Springs will become more “exclusive.” If RFR is sold under the city plan, housing prices will not increase as quickly, more workers can afford to live in town and land will be available for a park and cemetery. Glenwood will be less “exclusive.”

This vote is a big deal. Land use decisions affect real estate values and the very soul of a community. I hope you will express your opinion and vote.

Richard Montrose

Glenwood Springs Realtor

Dear Editor,

I am writing regarding Russ Coletti’s letter in the GSPI. Mr. Coletti suggested that what we need to do to ensure homeland security is “simple”: focus exclusively on those from the Middle East.

First, Mr. Coletti is wrong in his assessment of threats to our safety. As I read his letter, I immediately thought that, prior to Sept. 11, the most devastating terrorist attack committed on U.S. soil was perpetrated in Oklahoma City by two U.S.-born white males. Would the commission of this horrendous act dictate that we profile white males in the manner suggested by Mr. Coletti for those of Middle Eastern dissent?

Second, and equally if not more disturbing, is the fact that the hate and the stereotyping espoused in Mr. Coletti’s letter are no different from the hate that he believes he is targeting, but for the fact that (hopefully) Mr. Coletti has not taken the next step in perpetrating violence toward those he vilifies. The bottom line is that hate and prejudice make it easy to dehumanize the target group of those emotions and to commit violence against any member of that group, whether they possess the hated characteristics or not.

Just as I am not like many of the other white, middle-class soccer moms with whom I may find myself categorized, the differences in opinions and beliefs held by those of Middle Eastern dissent is vast. Laying blame at the feet of millions for the acts of a very small minority gets us nowhere.

Sincerely,

Kristin Taylor Randall

Glenwood Springs


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