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What will happen to the trail now?

Dear Editor,

Monday the Garfield County Commissioners refused to fund the Crystal Valley Trail. Carbondale will continue their bike trail to Prince Creek. There is one mile through Garfield County before Pitkin County spends millions to take the trail to Redstone and beyond. Such an incredible deal!

From a $7 million-plus budget, the commissioners were asked for $50,000 and $150,000 of in-kind service. Tresi Houpt was supportive, and said the request was well within the limits that they typically spend for this kind of project. John Martin said voters had indicated they did not want to fund trails, and was reminded that Roaring Fork Valley voters had overwhelmingly supported trails. Larry McCown said that he was not about to fund recreational trails when real roads needed to be built elsewhere. A landowner along the trail tried to convince them that a bike trail is transportation, and putting it along dangerous Highway makes it a health and safety issue, but to no avail.



Now for a double whammy, Pitkin County is applying for a grant from the state. With a hole in the middle, they lose that grant. Do we lose the trail, or do we have bicycles and pedestrians streaming onto Highway 133 for a mile before they are safe again?

Is anyone else at this end of Garfield County sick of getting screwed by shortsighted and west-end-directed Commissioners? This is not the first time that we have lost out.



The final budget is not set until December. I urge anyone who cares to share their views with Mr. McCown and Mr. Martin, to thank Ms. Houpt for her lonely work, and to support the efforts of Carbondale and Pitkin County. We stand to lose a lot if we do not speak up.

Kim Stacey

Carbondale

Dear Editor,

The picture of the 12-year-old trophy hunter was offensive due to the lack of respect shown the dead buck, sacrificed for his five-point rack and meat. This animal should be revered for having given its life so that a predator may eat. The child straddled the dead animal’s neck like she was playing “horsie” ” a rather unconventional posing. A bit Abu Ghraib prison-like, which is most likely why the Post Independent chose to print it.

It does make this reader wonder as to how involved in the entire process the child was. Did she pack out the buck, gut it, skin it and butcher the meat? Or was one or two closely guided shots pretty much the accomplishment?

I, like Bill Kight, have grown to realize the true outdoorsman is a vanishing breed. He or she has been replaced by “shooters.” Respect and common sense is frequently not shown for private property, near-by homes, natural gas well pads, fences, roadless areas, other hunters, and the game animal itself. It is unfortunate. The last thing America needs is further desensitization to death.

Nancy Jacobsen

Silt


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