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Dear Editor,Amidst the extensive media coverage of the international fund-raising and rescue efforts in the wake of the tsunami cataclysm, a notable exception stands out. There has been scarcely any mention made of the fact that Israel was one of the very first to offer substantial aid and send medical rescue missions to the stricken areas. Within hours, planeloads of well-trained, experienced Israeli rescue personnel and trauma doctors were on their way, as well as many planeloads of medical supplies, tents, food, blankets, and even baby diapers. While other, much larger, much richer nations were still rubbing their eyes in disbelief, Israel, one of the tiniest nations on earth with a population far less than that of many cities, was setting up aid stations in the worst hit areas. Per capita, Israel’s contribution in manpower, equipment, supplies and money was the highest in the world.Why the lack of media attention to such an admirable humanitarian effort? A great many media sources have become major players in the process of demonizing Israel. Granting recognition to the Jewish State for unselfishly offering her immediate aid to the predominantly Muslim nations hit by the tsunami, would go against the pervasive current trend of depicting Israel only from a negative perspective. The public is thereby kept unaware of such a generous act of the only democracy in the Middle East even as she navigates her way through perilous circumstances and anguished choices. Judith KingGlenwood Springs Judy S. KavaSnowmass Village

Dear Editor,Two closely related SH 82 stories ran on Jan. 25. In one, a traffic consultant apparently concluded that congestion on Grand Avenue was currently acceptable, but would deteriorate to gridlock in 10 to 17 years. Any untrained eye parked in stop-and-go traffic from 19th Street to the Colorado River could argue gridlock is already here. One does not have to be a traffic engineer to arrive at that conclusion. The subject of hazardous materials traveling through the heart of Glenwood Springs was not mentioned, since it likely was not to be addressed by the study, but it is an important issue.The second story discussed the I-70 Mountain Corridor PEIS, a document that includes reconstruction of the main I-70/SH 82 interchange due to safety issues and obsolescence. When funds for that work become available, having an accepted location for “new SH 82” will be critically important. Without that decision, the interchange project could be set back for years.Action needed by the City Council is contracting for a Design Concept Report which would examine alternatives, develop an Environmental Assessment, and produce a sufficiently detailed design resulting in an estimate of cost and other details. Waiting for others to initiate action will narrow the 10- to 17-year window leading to gridlock.A starting point is a feasible alternative drawn to scale in the possession of Floyd Diemoz.Dick ProsenceMeeker


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