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Legal issues with dog bite

Dear Editor,To those who are in argument over the hurricane dog. Whether or not this dog is in turmoil because of the hurricane is not the issue. This dog bit a human being for no apparent reason. Colorado Animal Rescue is doing nothing but what it is legally obligated to do by keeping that dog in quarantine. This dog is under CARE’s ownership; the shelter is legally responsible for anything the dog does, while the dog is in its care and even after they adopt an animal out (this goes for all animals they take in). If CARE was to release Buster to be adopted, it would be responsible for anything the dog did and under any other circumstances, the public would be furious to let that dog go into public after biting someone so viciously. What people also don’t understand is that owner may still be around, or may have trained that dog to be an attack dog. No one will ever know – after all, we cannot read the minds of animals. I support CARE in its decision to quarantine the dog and hold him until the deadline arises for the owners to claim him, and then, based on the circumstances, decide how best to handle Buster. But until then, people need to understand the legal issues CARE faces as well as everything else the shelter does for the community. Don’t let one woman’s emotional attachments to a dog ruin CARE’s reputation. Lindsay NashGlenwood Springs

Dear Editor,In response to the letter from Dick Prosence of Meeker:Let me see if I have this right – a 17-year-old is driving under suspension (infraction 1) with a carload of friends (based on Colorado’s new laws, infraction 2), impaired by too many beers (DUI and MIP, infractions 3 and 4), speeding (infraction 5), hits one of the planters on Midland (infraction 6). Several young people are hurt (infractions 7-11, assuming there are at least four others in the car with him), and one 17-year-old girl is thrown out of the vehicle and becomes a paraplegic (no seat belt, infraction 12). And you say this is the city’s fault? That must mean if I decide to drive down Grand Avenue with a blood alcohol level of 0.30 and I drive up on the sidewalk and plow down some old man who was window shopping, it was the old man’s fault because he was a roadside hazard and shouldn’t have been where I could have driven! Or if I pass someone on the right side going 90 mph down the interstate and run full-on into a telephone pole and kill my passenger, it must be the phone company’s fault for putting that deadly roadside hazard pole where I could hit it. God forbid that it is my fault.Get real, people. You are accountable for your actions and how you drive, no matter what. Pay attention. Stupid people should not drive, and people should not drive stupid.Becky AntonelliRifle

Dear Editor,Here in District Three (Eagle County) we are nothing short of lucky to have such an outstanding candidate for the Home Rule Charter Commission: Jacque Whitsitt.One of the purposes of initiating Home Rule for Eagle County would be to achieve a political voice for the Roaring Fork Valley portion of the county. So how could we do better than to put someone on the writing commission who had been or currently is: chairperson of the Roaring Fork Transit Authority, director of the Colorado Association of Ski Towns, chairperson of the MidValley Trails Committee, on the CMC Board of Directors, and an active, influential Basalt Councilwoman?And those are only Jacque Whitsitt’s leadership roles. She has had her hand in just about everything important to our valley. The fact that she keeps getting asked back testifies to the good job she does. Time is short. If you don’t get your ballot in the mail before Nov. 1, we might lose this opportunity to put Jacque into the lineup on our side.Brenda SternBasalt



Dear Editor,I sympathize with city officials and residents who seek to elicit voluntary compliance with the speed limits on Midland Avenue. Its a worthy goal.I also agree with those who evaluate the Flower Box Solution as basically frustrating and a hazard to navigation. As currently installed, night time visibility is clearly inadequate. Even in the daytime, the boxes put a premium on careful steering and are unforgiving of the inevitable human lapses of concentration. The street is too narrow for insertion of any impediments and pedestrian safety is too important to take any unnecessary risks.My solution: Install one or two camera-equipped, speed-measuring visual feedback signs to inform motorists of their current speed with an accompanying sign notifying speeders will be photographed. Police cannot currently use these photographs for enforcement actions but they are at liberty to caution those who own or operate vehicles that exceed the speed limit. A personal visit by an officer can be a powerful deterrent; an official written notice may be equally effective.Michael LarimeGlenwood SpringsCardiff Glen needs a rideDear Editor, Please forward this message, as it has been impossible to get a hold of any one claiming to be in charge of the Glenwood Shuttle. Question: There are a lot of new homes, a school, a market, a gas station an airport and much more, back near Cardiff Glen on Midland Avenue in Glenwood Springs. Why is there not a bus?Request: Glenwood Shuttle, please consider sending at least one bus back that way, which will take riders to at least Wal-Mart so we can connect to a regular bus route. The road is long and scary for anyone trying to get to the Wal-Mart shopping center. We are willing to pay. Marion DabneyGlenwood Springs

Dear Editor,I just have to laugh about the story regarding the district attorney candidates stating how short the time frame is to gather signatures for the petition. What did they think this was going to be, a cake walk? You bet the standard is high thats what we expect of our elected officials. If they start calling foul and throwing salvos now, before they even take office (if the recall election goes their way) what type of district attorneys will they be? Be careful when you blame incumbents who dont want to be recalled, who are writing the laws, who make it difficult for the average citizen like you or me to get on the ballot if things go your way, you will then be the incumbent and those words may come back and haunt you. Face it, the race for the district attorney position is tough, the office is obviously tough to keep, and the process of collecting signatures is a tough process that is intended to weed out the whiners. Come on now, you guys all were quick to taste blood, now its your turn to be in the spotlight. Get used to it. I refuse to lower the standard on my (possibly) elected officials. Carolyn DuganNew Castle



Dear Editor, Please forward this message, as it has been impossible to get a hold of any one claiming to be in charge of the Glenwood Shuttle. Question: There are a lot of new homes, a school, a market, a gas station an airport and much more, back near Cardiff Glen on Midland Avenue in Glenwood Springs. Why is there not a bus?Request: Glenwood Shuttle, please consider sending at least one bus back that way, which will take riders to at least Wal-Mart so we can connect to a regular bus route. The road is long and scary for anyone trying to get to the Wal-Mart shopping center. We are willing to pay. Marion DabneyGlenwood Springs


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