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Alternative 5 (Old Cardiff Bridge Road Area) is a bad option and should not be considered for an environmental assessment wasting taxpayers’ money.

Here are several reasons why Alternative 5 creates more problems than solves problems:

1. It will require four new traffic controls or intersections to enter/exit Highway 82 compared to one with Alternatives 10A and 10B.



2. It has high residential impact, and it does not move traffic south of town away from fire danger areas identified with Four Mile and Three Mile drainages. This location actually pushes traffic north, back toward a potential fire zone.

3. It is near an active rock and mud slide zone from cliffs north of the Three Mile drainage above Midland Avenue.



4. The bridge and new intersection on Midland Avenue would be located in a high traffic congestion area during school times/rush hour since it is located less than five blocks from the Sopris Elementary School turn.

5. Alternative 5 puts a bridge over the new city-developed river pedestrian trail (Atkins Ditch Trail) that is tranquil with no traffic noise and has significant use by outdoor and trail enthusiasts. This peaceful environment will be ruined and result in lost money spent on the development of the trail.

6. Alternative 5 does not end on Highway 82 but ends on South Grand Avenue.

7. Alternative 5 requires the moving of several grave sites (bodies) at Rose Bud Cemetery in order to construct another road to intersect onto Highway 82.

8. Alternative 5’s proposed intersection of Highway 82 places it in a highly congested area near Wal-Mart and multiple other businesses.

Alternatives 10A and 10B: Good choices. They require only one new traffic control to enter/exit Highway 82, with easy alignment onto Highway 82 and much lower residential impact. They are not in a rock/mud slide zone. Alternatives 10A and 10B move traffic south of town away from the fire danger areas of Three Mile and Four Mile drainage and away from existing traffic congestion on Midland Avenue.

Furthermore, the entry onto Highway 82 is in a less congested area.

Timothy Burns

Glenwood Springs

“He said it with such authority and such oratorical magnificence, that only after you’ve thought it through do you grasp its full insignificance.”

What a fitting salutation to Mr. Talbott’s charge that “When England banned Al Gore’s book because it had so many lies, you should have begun to question.”

As suggested by Mr. Talbott, I did question the preceding statement.

The ruling to which Mr. Talbott refers was in response to a suit brought by a Kent school governor to ban Al Gore’s film from secondary schools, in England of course.

As reported by BBC, “Mr. Justice Burton said he had no complaint about Gore’s central thesis that climate change was happening and was driven by emissions from humans. However, the judge said nine statements in the film were not supported by mainstream scientific consensus. In his final verdict, the judge said the film could be shown as long as updated guidelines were followed. These say teachers should point out the controversial or disputed sections.

“The government has sent the film to all secondary schools in England, and the administrations in Wales and Scotland have done the same.”

Seems to be a far cry from banning a book in England.

One does not necessarily practice what one preaches.

Jack Sebesta

Carbondale

Tired of hearing about out of town auto dealers.

These guys give car people a very bad name. Grand Junction in particular.

Sales at malls, sales in Junction, please be careful, these guys promise the world but are not to be found after the fact. I hear it over and over again.

Support your local dealer whom you know will check their vehicles out and back them after the fact. Look at the support Bighorn Toyota puts back in to this community.

It’s a jungle out there.

Sincerely,

Charlie Wirth

Glenwood Springs

Originally addressed to Chuck Steiner, concerning a letter published Oct. 28.

Sadly, your xenophobic views are widely prevalent, yet a closer look at how communities evolve might help you to appreciate how diversity invigorates and creates positive change.

I know of many young people bringing their education, ideas and energy to Glenwood Springs. They are environmental scientists studying the effects of gas and oil drilling on our environment; they are volunteers working to protect our wonderful, vibrant outdoors; and they are nonprofit workers struggling to pay rent so they can serve the needs of the people who have lived in Garfield County for generations.

The problem is not, exclusively, population growth – the problem is a lack of planning, which leads to unmanageable growth. Growth and change are inevitable, and fear is a natural outgrowth of change (no one likes change, and everyone romanticizes the past). We need to come together as a community to solve today’s challenges while planning for tomorrow’s questions. This is an opportunity.

Andrea L. Richardson

Glenwood Springs

Senior Matters is a nonprofit organization committed to providing diverse educational and social programs for seniors of all ages. Our facility is located in the Third Street Center in Carbondale (the old elementary school).

We are seeking new board members as well as additional program participants. Our board meets the morning of the third Wednesday of every month, with an occasional additional working meeting, and our programs are diverse and numerous throughout the month. We are sustained by fundraising events, grants and donations from private parties and businesses.

If you feel you have the interest, and/or any special knowledge or skill that would enhance our organization, we would welcome hearing from you. Please contact Diane at 963-2536 for additional information. You can also visit our website, www. seniormatters1@sopris.net.

As our nation’s population is aging at an accelerated rate we have an increased need for opportunities and programs that reach out to our seniors. Please, consider how you might enhance not only your life, but the lives of seniors, as Seniors Matter.

Jan Senne

board member, Senior Matters

For those of you who have never gone on the Ghost Walk during Halloween, you are missing an unbelievable storytelling adventure.

I believe this event is sold out every year so you have to get your tickets early. This was my second year to attend. Last year was excellent, but this year was even more so.

The real life characters who portrayed the people who once lived here in Glenwood were amazing. They were so much a part of their character in their heart and voice that it brought tears to my eyes. I wanted to reach out and hug them, and tell them they are safe now, etc.

This year they added the Grave Diggers, and the story that was told of how things were done was amazing.

Thank you all so much for your decision to volunteer as a storyteller for this event, and thank you to the Historical Society for continuing to do so much for Glenwood Springs.

With much gratitude,

Pamela Whittington

Glenwood Springs


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