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Dear Editor,

According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis (www.bea.gov), in 2004 Colorado had a per capita personal income of $36,109. This PCPI ranked 10th in the United States. Per capita state government taxes were 20 percent below the national average.

Contrasted with the above are other rankings for Colorado: Colorado ranks 46th in welfare spending; 26th for prison spending; 31st for hospital expenditures; and 35th for funding roads and highways.



Colorado ranks 50th for the percentage increase of state funding for higher education over the last two years and ranks 48th in per capita state funding for higher education. In 2004, Colorado ranked 36th in

the percentage of health expenditures used to maintain public health.



Colorado is 44th in the nation in provision of on-time immunizations for children. Colorado ranks 49th in per capita spending on substance abuse and treatment programs. Yet, it is first in the nation for cocaine use, fourth in use of any illegal drug, first for any drug other than marijuana and eighth for marijuana use alone. In 2000-01, Colorado ranked 49th in general government expenditures per $1,000 of personal income. Education Week’s ninth annual national report card on public education spending ranks Colorado 40th in K-12 funding ” $700 less per student than the national average.

Given our income level and light tax burden, are you satisfied with these rankings? If not, join with me in voting “yes” on Referendums C and D for the sake of yourself, your family, your community, and for Colorado.

Dana Barker

Parachute

Dear Editor,

I was interested to read Dick Prosence’s comments on the planter boxes liability. He was the Colorado Department of Transportation’s regional transportation director during my career at CDOT, and I have much respect for his opinion.

I also question how a consultant could recommend placing a hazard in the middle of the road that is contrary to all road safety standards. I think the city and the consultant have no legal grounds to defend against a lawsuit in the event of an accident.

Vehicles swerving to miss the planters are dropping their right wheel off the pavement. This is eroding the shoulder, causing a drop off.

Overcorrecting when pulling the wheel back on to the pavement in the best of conditions can cause the vehicles to cross over into the other lane. When the road is icy, it causes a nasty skid and spinning out of control.

It think it is time to remove the planters, and consider a more effective traffic-calming feature that conforms to road safety standards.

John Ackerman

Glenwood Springs

Dear Editor,

You gotta love those new planters on Midland Avenue. They increase maintenance costs and create a hazard to pedestrians and bicyclists, but they will be beautiful. I’m sure whoever plants the plants in the planters will have good insurance and hazard pay.

All sarcasm aside, I really think it’s a plot by the vast right-wing conspiracy (business people) to get the traffic back into the business district. So much for “bypass.” Come to think of it, that’s the kind of surgery I’ll need from trying to get through Glenwood Springs.

Ross L. Talbott

New Castle


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