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Not a mag fan

Dear Editor,

I am having a problem with the way that Highway 82 is being maintained. At least from Basalt to Aspen. My property taxes have been increased by about 40 percent this year and I see no better service; in fact, on the only truly snowy day of the year the highway is lethal, there is 1/4 to 1/2 inches of hard pack/ice on the road. I do not want to die.

I have lived in Colorado for 23 years and I was here when Glenwood Canyon was two lanes and the roads worked. Today the roads are not working, mag chloride (MC) does not work! If there is too much snow or if there is too much ice or if it is too cold, gee, MC doesn’t work. But do you know that pumice works. Sand works. I am not going to die from the dust produced by sand or pumice, but my lungs hurt from the dust kicked up by MC.



Another thing at night my car lights and everyone else’s car lights do not work. They do in the summer after the MC has been washed off into the river by the rain. In other words, the beam of light from my headlights does not refract off of the surface of the road, the MC absorbs the light beam and I cannot effectively see where I am going. Can you please tell me how I can drive at night and see the road, because you all drive these roads at night and must have a way to see.

I would like something done about this situation, please let me know what remedies the state has figured out. Or are we just another insurance statistic and until enough people die or the toxic effect of MC shows up, nothing will be done?



Thank you. Can someone please respond.

Jeffrey Birnbaum, N.D.

Aspen


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