Letters to the Editor
So called “pork barrel” projects are usually beneficial to at least a select group. An unfortunate aspect is these projects are not subjected to the same public discussion and prioritization process required of projects funded in the normal way.
Thus it would have made more sense for Rep. McInnis to have requested special funds for the construction of Highway 133 from Highway 82 into Carbondale, which has the highest priority as established by the Intermountain Transportation Planning Region, a panel composed of citizens residing in the area.
If the bridge south of Glenwood Springs had been put up against all of the other worthwhile highway projects in the area and had won the top priority, then the action by Mr. McInnis would have been appropriate.
Phoenix and Meeker
This Earth Day, what with all the rollbacks of environmental regulations, bad energy policies, inaction on global warming, etc., it’s almost like we should be holding a wake instead of a celebration.
But there is at least one thing to celebrate. This year is the 40th anniversary of the passage of the Wilderness Act.
When President Johnson signed the act into law, he created the first 9 million acres of designated wilderness. In the 40 years since, federally protected wilderness has grown to 106 million acres. That’s progress.
And the process of securing permanent wilderness protection for other roadless areas continues, despite the temporary glitch of an unsympathetic administration in Washington: Wilderness bills for five states are currently before Congress.
Colorado is one of the five with congressional bills, and it’s also the subject of a much more ambitious citizens’ proposal that includes new wilderness areas or extensions in the Roaring Fork watershed, notably on Red Table Mountain, Basalt Mountain and Thompson Creek.
The network of wilderness established in the past four decades is an incredible gift to us from an earlier generation of farsighted conservationists. We owe it to future generations to add to their legacy.
I have been part of the soccer community in this valley for 18 years. I have coached, refereed, served on soccer boards, helped to build Gates Soccer Complex and volunteered in many ways.
All my children play, as well as my husband and myself. Soccer has become an integral part of our family and with it we have grown to understand sportsmanship, competitiveness, teamwork, fairness and commitment.
Recent developments in Glenwood Springs High School soccer program have resulted in my daughters resigning from the soccer team.
I ask that you realize there are always many sides to any conflict. Each person involved in an event has their own truths and reactions; no one is innocent of making mistakes.
And although this has affected many, my daughters stood up for what they believed to be unfair. Please do not stand in judgment, but instead offer understanding.
I will no longer be running the scoreboard, nor will my husband paint the field. This is not because of lack of commitment, but a show of support of our daughters.
I want to thank the soccer community for the memories!
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