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The fatal logging truck skidmarks have not yet faded at the Buffalo Valley traffic light, but new ones appear over the top of them daily as puckered people panic-stop for this obviously dangerous light.

With curves limiting sight distance in both directions, this is clearly the most dangerous light on Highway 82. CDOT should be ashamed for creating such a death trap for unfamiliar drivers.

Warning lights that flash when the light is about to turn bloody red could be placed at the highway approaches to the light to alert speeding, cell-phone distracted drivers to prepare to stop or die.



An alternate, lower-cost solution would be to lower the speed limit to 45 through the Buffalo Valley curve and intersection. Local custom is 10-over-the-limit and the curve itself can be dangerous at 65, with left turn lanes making a center barrier impractical and the Holy Cross entrance adding even more potential for mayhem.

Drivers either need to be slowed down to 55 to give them time to react when the light turns red, or they need some warning the light is going to change. This also applies to the other CR 154 intersections at Orrison’s and the CMC turn.



In the meantime, drivers accessing Highway 82 should remember to “look before you leap.” Doing this recently saved me from certain death while crossing the highway at the CMC light when a cellphone-distracted downvalley driver of a lowboy hauling a large excavator blew through the red light at full speed with his horn blaring, just as my light turned green. It is still “Killer 82,” and people need to be careful out there.

In closing, I also want to emphasize two simple rules of the road I see being broken all the time: Slower Traffic Keep Right, and Hang Up and Drive.

Tom Westhoff

Glenwood Springs

I suppose it is because we as homeowners and property owners are an easy target that we are expected to bear the burden of every budget shortfall that comes down the pike. There should be a more even tax collection system that would distribute the pain more evenly, such as a sales tax increase.

At a time when most families are struggling to get by, we as property owners are asked once again to cough up the money. If I remember correctly, the property owners voted for $100 million in school improvements from Aspen to New Castle in the last decade. Not to mention CMC and the fire districts. When is enough, enough?

These folks who ask for property tax increases have never once asked their legislators to increase the general population’s taxes to fund all of these ridiculous wars we are involved in. At the onset of the Libya involvement, the U.S. fired 200 cruise missiles at $1 million apiece. I keep thinking they could have given 200 school districts $1 million apiece. Do you see where this is going?

I’m sorry, but the answer is no on any property tax increase.

Ken Fry

Glenwood Springs

I miss Husband Head. I mourn the loss of those articles, soaked with my tears of hysterical laughter, which I would lovingly place on my husband’s desk or mail to my father. We need humor in this day and age. Bring back Heidi Rice.

Kathryn Pototsky

Rifle


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