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More Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor,

Let’s hear from the other “Carbondale Mothers.” The mothers with children under 18 years old. The mothers who work all day, come home to find that one of their children needs some special item for school tomorrow, and then face the decision of either sending the child to school empty-handed or driving all the way to Glenwood to pick up the necessary item. The mothers whose teenagers can’t find work in town and therefore spend the bulk of their “earnings” just paying for the transportation to get to their out-of-town jobs.

These mothers would welcome the addition of those “low-paying” jobs if their teens were able to walk or bike to work to earn the same wages they currently earn elsewhere.

Let’s hear from mothers who don’t have transportation and have to wait for their husbands to get home from work to drive them to Glenwood, where many stores are already closed for the evening.

Let’s hear from mothers who don’t think that the Highway 133 corridor is particularly attractive now and don’t see how adding the Crystal River Marketplace would diminish Carbondale’s character.

Let’s hear from mothers who figure if they have to drive to Glenwood Springs to purchase one or two items, they might as well stay there to do all their shopping. Let’s hear from the mothers who want to see Carbondale prosper, with enough revenues to support its infrastructure.

We urge these Carbondale “Mothers” to vote “yes” for the Crystal River Marketplace.

Robin J. Jackson

Kathy Lechuga


Dear Editor,

I wonder what Carbondale new-comers and visitors think about the Marketplace controversy. It seems pretty immature to me. I have lived in other towns where there was much community togetherness – not so in Carbondale. And I’m not speaking only regarding the Crystal River Marketplace. I never even heard the term NIMBY until after I had lived here a couple of years.

I must say, I applaud Ernest and Carol Gianinetti for speaking out and “telling it like it is!” And, Mildred Baumli, you are a survivor. “Hang in there!”

Many of us have looked forward to convenient and competitive (I hope) shopping for some time. Let’s hope it comes sooner rather than later.

To my friends and acquaintances in the area, especially upvalley, who enjoy our eateries and want convenient shopping, I say, “Keep the Faith!”

To the culprits who keep stealing the signs, whether you are pro or con; it’s not the least bit funny. (What happened to all of those “Mark Whalen” signs?) We need better role models here. I do hope the police get to the bottom of it.

Don’t forget you can vote today through July 11 at Town Hall, as well as the July 15 at polling site.

Theo Bird


Dear Editor,

At 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 10, the Pitkin County Crystal River Caucus will meet at the Redstone Inn to present a proposed Master Plan created by the Caucus Task Force. A second meeting is scheduled for July 17 for further debate, discussion and vote.

Some task force members feel one meeting is sufficient to discuss it and vote. Others and I strongly disagree. This master plan deserves informed and thoughtful consideration, since it will guide the future development in the Crystal River Drainage.

Although the plan as it will be presented at the July 10 meeting was adopted by a task force vote it was far from unanimous. I strongly urge all residents of the caucus to attend this meeting, ask questions, and take time to consider if they want to approve it as presented in full or part, or amend or even reject the proposal.

Copies of the plan are available for reading at the Gordon Cooper Library, Redstone Inn, Redstone General Store and Avalanche Ranch or online at An e-mail copy can be obtained from or

If you care about the future of our beautiful valley take the time to read the survey in Volume 1 and the proposals in Volume 2 and make up your own mind. Then attend the meetings, speak your mind and vote. This is really important!

Lee Beck


Dear Editor,

Hal Sundin presents a good review of the history of Iraq in his column of June 26. His conclusion is that there is little hope for the United States to do any better job in the 21st Century than Britain did in the 20th of developing a viable and responsible government in Iraq.

With this we disagree, but because of a very empowering reason. The United States, its allies and the United Nations have the ability to create the environment in Iraq to stimulate long needed underlying basic changes in the entire Arab world.

Tom Friedman, in his book “Longitudes and Attitudes,” makes his readers aware of the overwhelming decadence and total lack of progress over the last century in most of the Arab countries. He stresses the vital need for education of the younger generations in the modern concepts of business, communication, commerce, finance and technology so that they will be able to compete and become a part of the rest of the modern world.

Democratic forms of government play a most necessary role in the incorporation of this educational reform into a viable governing body. Restructuring of the Arab society to eliminate abject poverty of the masses and balancing Muslim law with modern democratic structure are mandatory before real progress can be made. With this goal of changing the big picture, maybe we can do what the British couldn’t.

Sid and Patti Walker


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