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I have a question associated with the Village at Crystal River project in Carbondale that I’ve seen pertaining to placing a sculpture in the middle of a roundabout on Highway 133. I’m wondering if anyone involved with this idea has contacted the Colorado Department of Transportation on this idea, since CDOT will ultimately have the final say in the matter.

My other concern with this project is that this developer lauds the connectivity feature of his project, yet people who live close to the center of Carbondale and our seniors residing in our senior housing complex are currently within easy walking distance to City Market.

The connectivity the developer touts creates his grocery store about one mile down the highway, away from the center of our town. What also concerns me about this relocation plan is, how convenient and safe will it be for all our citizens, young and senior, pedestrians and bicyclists, with or without carriers, and those with disabilities, crossing the highway?



If this vote passes, in the future we might be witnessing a frequent caravan of seniors riding grocery store electric shopping carts heading the one mile back to their housing with their 1 percent PIF groceries.

Oh, yeah, ain’t connectivity great?



Chris Chacos

Carbondale

I am writing in response to Meghan Lehr’s letter of Jan. 24, “Energy development good for job growth.”

Should we really do everything in our power to move projects forward that value economic gain over social equity and environmental integrity? Until such energy development is properly regulated within our counties, securing the health and safety of those in the surrounding areas, it is unjust to support such development.

I would hardly like to think of the BLM as having a “chip on their shoulder” when they are engaging in their civic duty of land management and protection.

There are many adverse affects related to fracking that are occurring all over our nation. In many cases, our country’s residents have experienced an inexplicable loss of life, something we could never understand until it happens to us. Why wait for that?

How can we, the citizens of this nation, not care about this issue? The land is where our animals are grown (well, in some cases) and where our food is produced (also in some cases), so unless you prefer tortured factory farm meat and GMO-produced food, then I recommend you care, too. The health of your family relies more on that than a hefty paycheck. I believe this is why many citizens are concerned, not inept.

Of course, the energy industry employees make more. When the chemicals they work with eat the soles right off their shoes, they have to have enough money coming in to support their newfound boot habit, as well as providing for a family that most of the time is unaware of the dangers of this high-paying profession. Is it really all worth that for a fat paycheck?

It saddens me that we live in a society that values individual materialism and wealth over joint happiness and health. The lack of humane education in our nation has led us away from a society of compassionate and engaged citizens, to residents only concerned with their own quality of being. We are all in this together as a nation, as a whole. We must be more creative for our future.

Lacy King

Glenwood Springs


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