Letters to the Editor
After working all summer as a lifeguard at the local pool, my daughter decided to reward herself with an iPod. A $299 toy, but every kid’s dream! After she’d had it for about three weeks and loaded up 500 tunes, she was out jogging one day and dropped it. The tunes, we think, are still there, waiting to be released, but the tiny screen, which allows you to access the tunes, is destroyed. So it’s impossible to see which tunes you are going to play.
The Apple Store in Cherry Creek revealed that it would cost $255 to repair it. After a trip from Carbondale to Denver, for a technician’s “evaluation,” we were informed that it would be two hours before anyone could look at it. We left. On a later trip to Denver, I went to the other Apple Store, in Littleton, where they simply shook their heads and pretended that I wasn’t there. A young man did offer an e-mail address where obviously thousands of other iPod disappointees sent their damaged expensive toys for dubious repair.
So, before you jump gleefully into the “surprise-junior-with-an-iPod-for-Christmas” mode, consider the possibilities of “What? My kid actually dropped his iPod!” and remember that the thing is not heavy enough for a doorstop.
It has come to my attention that botox, a commonly used product, has some dangerous secrets.
You see, botox, the leading product in beauty treatments, is tested on mice. The mouse test involves injecting botox or Dysport into a group of mice in sufficient quantities to kill 50 percent of them. The mice that survive are killed and have tests done on them. Figures show a sharp increase in mice used in animal experiments in the last few years. The number of animal experiments rose by 110,000 in 2002, to reach 2.73 million.
The design of I-70 through Glenwood Canyon, while pleasant to look at and managed to save a few trees and win award plaques for the designers, is not only a maintenance nightmare, it is extremely vulnerable to damage due to accidents or Mother Nature. It is only a matter of time till something happens (when not if) that will close the canyon for up to a month or more.
Because closure of the canyon for any length of time has a real cost (not including inconvenience) in lost wages, truck delays, etc. that can be thousands of dollars per hour, the time has come to build an alternative route around the canyon.
The obvious choice for this all-weather route is Cottonwood Pass. The CDOT Web site lists Cottonwood Pass as FR 209, 306 (federal route?) and the fact that CDOT closed the route (as reported by the Post) after the rockslide indicates that the state is responsible for some if not the entire route.
The present route down Cattle Creek would never be adequate to handle the traffic but with realignment to El Jebel, the additional traffic could be accommodated. Such alignment would require approximately five miles of new grade through Association Gulch to Shippees Draw to Cattle Creek to Spring Park Reservoir.
This route would have an additional advantage for those traveling to or from Aspen to the east and could relieve some of the traffic in the lower Roaring Fork. It’s time to build it now.
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Roaring Fork School District Superintendent Rob Stein announced his resignation Friday, effective at the end of the school year, saying he will take “a personal sabbatical” next year.