Letters to the Editor
I am sure that everyone is getting tired of my ragging on this housing project that the School District and the Town wants so badly. I just was curious? It seems that the term 12 acres has been flounced around? Is the 12 acres you speaking of, is that including the two old buildings? If it is, then the 12 acres you are referring to cannot be used to describe open ground that will be built upon. Sounds like a lot of ground to me. If you look at the open field and the ground surrounding the old CES building, that is not 12 acres, it’s a lot less. You are talking of putting a 100 plus building on this small amount of land. I cannot envision that. They only put 50 homes on Keator Grove? They must be either a lot smaller than those homes, crammed together, or no grass at all. Just be enough room to walk around the buildings. One thing about it, the people on the east side of all of this mess better take pictures of the Mountains to the west because you won’t see anything when you look out your window, but the next door neighbors home. You certainly won’t have any privacy in your back yards. No more sunsets. I hope you are ready for construction dirt and Noise too.
Such a shame that the School District and the Town could not find a more spacious place to put that many homes.
I wonder where they are going to park cars? Well, maybe cars will be banned and these apartment dwellers can only use bicycles and the walking paths.
Just some thoughts to think about?
In 2007 I wrote a letter to the editor expressing my concern about our 9 trillion dollar national debt. In the two years since then that debt has risen another 3 trillion dollars. In other words, during the past 730 days, our debt has been increasing by about 400 billion dollars per day! Think about that. Our elected officials are spending at a rate that forces us to borrow some 2.8 million dollars per minute, 60 minutes per hour, 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. Serious? Frightening? Irresponsible? Insane? All of the above?
We can blame Bush or Obama, Republicans or Democrats, etc., but ultimately we citizens have to accept a significant portion of the responsibility. A Scotsman named Tytler is often credited with saying “A democracy can only exist until the majority discovers it can vote itself benefits out of the public treasury. After that, the majority always votes for the candidate promising the most benefits with the result that the democracy collapses because of loose fiscal policy.”
If that is not true why do we keep electing people who promise to deliver things we want while they declare that they will not add to the debt, and that it’s the “other folks” who are fiscally irresponsible?
I know from experience that writing my Representative and Senators yields nothing more than a form-letter response containing a pile of inane words having little to do with my concerns. However, I am convinced that we can get their attention if LOTS of people write, and keep writing, promising faithfully to vote them out and to elect someone who will make the hard choices needed to put us on a pay-as-we-go basis.
Getting out of debt, and staying out of debt will be painful. However, if we are not willing to make those sacrifices, and we won’t make the effort to demand change by those we elect, maybe we should simply write letters to our grandchildren, apologizing for leaving them with trillions of dollars of debt, and the potential for a collapsed democracy.
Last week, Pitkin County board of commissioners voted to make a large parking area for snowmobilers at the end of Woody Creek Rd., in Lenado. They did so hastily and against the recommendations of both their own planning and zoning commission and the Woody Creek Caucus. I sat in on this meeting and was both surprised and dismayed by their decision. Thank you Michael Owsley for offering a fair and balanced perspective.
In recently building a small, off-grid, home in Lenado, I had to jump through regulations, ad nauseam. The county made Peters and Delano jump through great regulation to build a much smaller parking area for the 10th Mountain Hut system, than the one just passed. The BOCC blew through this process without proper due diligence. You on the BOCC do not live in Lenado and have significantly affected the lives of those who do.
A note to the snowmobilers, we are not wanting to stop your recreation but rather find the best option for both you and the residents of Lenado. Your fun affects our quality of life. With this change in parking, I now have Howard Vaugner’s 50 snowmobiles parked to the northeast of my property plus all the diesel trucks, trailers and off-loaded snow machines to my southeast and southwest. Pretty close to being surrounded.
On a winter weekend, there are 100 plus 2-stroke snowmobiles, equaling 4000 cars worth of pollution. There has been no air and water quality assessment done. In Yellowstone Park they have regulated snowmobile recreation requiring cleaner burning 4-stroke engines.
On another note, it would be great if people on both sides of the issue could refrain from mud slinging. All opinions are welcome and important as we work together to create a win-win solution. We are all part of the community and must learn to live together, this includes the snowmobilers, hunters, skiers, hikers, bikers, residents and let’s not forget the animals. Each one of us is a guest and a caretaker of this beautiful valley that we get to share for a time.
Very strange wars: Iraq and Afghanistan. Ironically, they are being fought without a conscience or a sense of fairness. If they were being fought to protect all of us from terror, or if they were being fought in behalf of some noble human goals we all believe in, then we should all be involved. And if we were drafting a cross-section of young men and women, the streets would be filled with protesters, and there would be passionate discussions about the morality of it all. Instead we ask a self-selected few to fight our battles and to do so without any direct threat, or involvement, for the rest of us. These are wars by proxy.
Note the reports in nearly all of the media. The problems associated with these two wars are treated as though they were solely political and logistical: “How many troops?” – “How long will they be there?” Our leaders, of all persuasions, just write-off those who have died, or will die, as relatively unimportant numbers in a set of big political games.
Now we are being told to be prepared for “rough times ahead.” And it is usually implied that those who are killed or wounded will be honored by testimonials – or perhaps a special place in heaven. Meanwhile, many of the young people who don’t serve in these proclaimed noble and patriotic adventures are busy playing with their new electronic games and sleeping-in until noon.
May I point out that such a situation is not only unfair and immoral, but also grossly absurd.
Thousands of real human beings (both ours and those of the enemies) will have their lives cut very short or they will be dramatically scarred, physically or mentally. In addition, thousands of parents and family are being devastated by the loss or terrible injuries of their loved ones. These kinds of tolls can’t be fairly represented by numbers. No human should be treated as expendable.
These recent wars represent a special form of madness. Even if you tell me that our security may be at stake, or that freedom to vote is a great thing, I don’t see the justification for sending a self-selected few to do our dirty work. And if you can, tell me why those in battle should give so very much when most Americans are focused on money and how many good times may be lost in the economic downturn.
Isn’t it time to talk of conscience and fairness – and face a future with all the cards on the table?
Stirling Buzz Cooper
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