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Dear Editor,

This is in response to the letter in the Dec. 18 paper on the fire department. I gave 10 years as a volunteer to the fire department, and I was honored to do so. Our department is great ” the new engines and the rescue workers. But it sickens me to read we don’t have enough manpower to staff our engines in a major fire.

We have to call in help from other departments, which is not good. The old firefighters only used that call-in when we were in severe trouble. Yes, we have the best equipment money can buy, but operating it doesn’t look good.



Why do we have to see one of the trucks running all over our town every day when it is not on a call? Sure, the trucks must be run and started to keep them in top response and ready to serve when needed, but I don’t see why they go by every day. Yes, they should stick to what we said: Two stations should be in honor of Marty Zemlock, Buzz Zancanella and Julie Coll.

I am 60 years old now, but if the need arises I would still be able to fight any fire in Glenwood to help save lives and property.



Yes, I was proud to serve our fire department as a volunteer for those 10 years and always will be proud. So please don’t let old memories for all those firefighters, who are old or gone, be forgotten. We had a great department.

Robert E. McCarthy

Glenwood Springs

Dear Editor,

It is distressing to live in Pitkin County these days. The government is very concerned about regulating, planning and zoning. Although the small size of our county offers an opportunity to design projects appropriate to individual locations, one size fits all is the approach favored by Big Brother.

There are plenty of dollars to check on bear-proof dumpsters, fencing heights for elk, emissions amounts, the number of cars parked at receptions and how and where you should add a room to your house.

Pitkin County is the economic engine driving the great influx of lower-paid workers to our area. Despite this fact, and the time and money available for such stifling supervision, here are the Aspen and county expectations:

1. Carbondale, Glenwood, Rifle, etc. should contribute generously for bus service to Aspen.

2. Re-1 and Re-2 can absorb the difficulties of educating the worker’s children.

3. Downvalley can pay higher taxes for increased law enforcement and social service costs.

4. And now, most shamefully, the limited 12-hour-a-week medical care provided in the midvalley is shoved off to Glenwood. Let Garfield County do it. Aspen gets the employees; downvalley gets the bills. What an upside-down set of priorities!

Pat Fender

Emma

Dear Editor,

Your front-page series on natural-gas exploration, starting Dec. 21, starts with “Soaring demand for natural gas?”

U.S. natural gas consumption has been flat or declining since 1996.

Rocky Mountain gas is stated to be key “as long as the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge … and offshore drilling are off-limits.” But those disputes are almost entirely about oil, not gas.

ANWR is believed to contain no gas (and no economically recoverable oil either, so oil majors aren’t interested). North Slope gas is outside ANWR, abundant, well-known, available for development, but too costly.

The U.S. does have a gas supply and demand imbalance. Its cheapest, fastest solution is not more supply but more efficient use. Because very inefficient gas-fired combustion turbines meet peak electricity loads, shaving those loads by 5 percent would save 9.5 percent of total U.S. gas use, restoring moderate and stable prices for years.

Such electric load management would take a year or two, repay its cost in months, stabilize power markets, avoid costly new powerlines, and save about $55 billion a year.

Other profitable savings in directly used gas, identified by five national labs, total 9 percent of projected gas use by 2010 and 17 percent by 2020, keeping pressure off supplies.

These cheap, fast, clean, and economically stimulative savings face two main obstacles: they’re not on the federal agenda, and 48 states, including ours, reward gas and electric utilities for selling more energy but penalize them for cutting customers’ bills.

The remedies are proven. I hope your AP writer will discuss them.

Amory B. Lovins

Old Snowmass

Dear Editor,

The Glenwood City Council strikes again! The intersection of 8th and Midland is a perfect place for a roundabout! The city engineer seemed to have shot it down all by himself.

It would seem to me that the opinion should come from a qualified traffic engineer who would be more familiar with the impact of tens of thousands of cars sitting with their engines idling, waiting for the light to change, rather than being able to keep moving.

Surely there have been studies made of the proposed traffic increase to the new shopping area, and aren’t the developers supposed to pick up the tab?

A few more dollars spent now will more than pay for themselves in increased traffic flow and fewer exhaust emissions. Since when is the City Council afraid to spend money?

George Chandler

New Castle


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