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I was glad to see the marijuana DUI standard go down in the state Senate, only because a drug is a drug and we already have (as pointed out in the Post Independent article on March 16) more than a 90 percent conviction rate as it is.

However, on the following page, the paper reported that a jogger died because a driver was using their phone instead of looking at the road. This is the danger on our roads today. We need to stop cell phone use on our roads. It’s literally killing us, and around here it’s a daily occurrence. I fear for my life because of cell phones and texting way more than the “stoner” our government politically fears.

Hilary Long

Glenwood Springs

Sunshine came to us early in April. The ancient red husky had been picked up astray in New Castle and held for the mandatory five days in Ross Talbott’s warehouse, for which the city pays $6.50 per dog per day. Unclaimed dogs are sent to CARE, and Tracey Yajko was dispatched to pick her up. The dog’s condition was shocking.

Lying where she had apparently lain for most of the five days, she was soaked in urine and unable to stand. Old and ill, apparently no one noticed her decline. Tracey carried her to the car, then to High Tails, where we washed her and hand-fed her some canned food, which she eagerly ate, before heading to the vet, but not before a gleam in her eye moved us to call her Sunshine.

Many people joined us in loving her and making her comfortable. CARE’s Thumper Fund covered veterinary care. She enjoyed many good meals and naps in the sun, and happy hours charming her visitors. A forever home was lined up for her, when she suddenly began to lose ground again. But this time, nothing could be done. Euthanasia released her from pain, cradled in loving hands.

New Castle should make better provision for its stray dogs. Shaken by Sunshine’s condition when he released her, the police officer promised to investigate and take action. A subsequent inspection showed the area had been cleaned up, but there is still no one charged with care for the dogs. Although the worker who allowed Sunshine to suffer was fired, and the police pledge more oversight, this still leaves actual care of the dogs to people for whom it is not a priority.

While most New Castle dogs are reclaimed promptly, unfortunates like Sunshine, however few, should never have to lie for days in pain because no one notices their distress. Many in our community would gladly and skillfully care for animals, and count it a privilege. Warehouse workers should not be saddled with responsibility that is neither their job nor their calling. New Castle can and must do better.

Laurie Raymond

Glenwood Springs

On behalf of the Crawford family, I want to thank Tom Turnbull for his longtime service on the Holy Cross Energy board of directors. Throughout his time on the board, Mr. Turnbull maintained a logical and common-sense approach to providing local electric service. He always put the Holy Cross cooperative, its employees, and all of us, the members, first.

Tom, you’re irreplaceable to this board; your level-headed contributions to Holy Cross will be missed by many of us in the valley.

My grandfather Floyd Crawford always spoke highly of Tom.

Robert Hubbell

El Jebel

I certainly agree with the motorists who have to try to watch out for cyclists that do not obey the laws of the road. How many times have I watched a cyclist cut in front of a car? Some do not stop at stop lights or stop signs. How many times have other drivers had to come to a complete stop when the light was green in their direction on Highway 133? Inquiring minds would like to know.

Could their reckless behavior have anything to do with a bill that was passed in the state Legislature a few years back? The bill stated that all cyclists in the state of Colorado should be given at least a 10-foot right of way. Therefore if a driver happens to try to pass one on the highway, the cyclist has a right-of-way and the driver must either slow down and wait until the cyclist deems it necessary to get off the side of the road, or the driver risks getting a ticket for passing a little too close.

Some cyclists feel that they should be able to ride the roads of Colorado without any thought that perhaps they are the intruder.

Now imagine this. We have all of these bicycle paths around town and up the Crystal River, to Glenwood and to Basalt, yet how many of these cyclists are even using them? I propose a pretty simple solution. Cyclists should be using the bike paths. That is why they are there.

If a cyclist is using the road to travel, should they not have to stop at a stop sign? If the light is red, don’t they need to stop as well until they have the right to go on green. I am not referring to kids who ride bikes either, I am talking about the bike riding adult in their fancy wear.

Help keep us all safe. Young kids look at bike riding adults. They should be setting a good example.

Jane Spaulding


Kudos to the city of Glenwood Springs and the Colorado Department of Transportation for partnering to create a Highway 82 access plan. It makes perfect sense since neither entity ever seems to have the funds to implement and complete some genuinely needed road projects.

I hope that when this partnership plans to define future improvements that will provide “safe, effective access onto and off the thoroughfare” of Highway 82, that they address a piece of the puzzle that has been sorely neglected: dealing with what one local aptly called “the byway,” otherwise known as Midland Avenue. I speak specifically of Midland Avenue South because it has no exit route since it ends at the airport. There is no emergency route should there be a wildfire or any other reason.

Sopris Elementary students would be caught with no way out should there be a wildfire. The already highway-level traffic on Midland Avenue at any given time during any given day would cause a bottleneck as all residents/businesses on Midland Avenue South would try to drive to the 27th Street Bridge to access Highway 82.

As it is, even without an emergency scenario, Midland carries an increasing amount of traffic: Parents dropping off and picking up students from SES; sporting events at Glenwood Park and Sopris fields; new and growing communities up Four Mile Road, as well as Sunlight Ski Resort.

If you’re thinking Dry Park Road is a sufficient emergency route, think again. It is inaccessible during the winter and spring (heavy mud), and the traffic again, would cause a bottleneck on such a road as Four Mile and Dry Park Road, which is not equipped for such heavy traffic.

What I am getting at is this: CDOT and the city of Glenwood Springs must build the Glenwood South Bridge the city has been talking about and drawing plans for years, perhaps decades.

It’s time to make it a reality. It can be done and it can be done within a decade. The city and CDOT should include it in their Highway 82 access plans and set aside the funding. It’s well worth the money.

Annie Uyehara

Glenwood Springs

A May 16 story on the front page of the Post Independent detailed a campaign by a group called Colorado Open Space Alliance to raise Garfield County sales taxes to fund their projects.

Uses for the tax, listed on page 7, include conserving working ranches and farms, preserving and enhancing recreation and tourism opportunities, preserving water quality and quantity, creating open land buffers around communities, enhancing trail systems and protecting wildlife habitat and native plants.

All of the above duplicate endeavors are already being adequately covered by federal, state, county or local programs and/or laws. This suggests a desire by the alliance to fund its private agenda and maybe line a few pockets with some taxpayer green.

If this ever comes to a vote, a resounding no is recommended.

Jack E. Blankenship

Battlement Mesa

Regarding Jan Girardot’s May 10 letter, “Romney Would Reward Business Fat Cats,” why do some people hate the fat cats, the job makers? People like Romney deserve our admiration. He started with nothing. Working hard and smart, he became very rich.

FDR bowed down to the Fat Cats, asking them to help out the U.S. He diminished many restrictions, allowing the Fat Cats to produce what was necessary to win World War II. These Fat Cats changed their factories in order to outproduce the entire world in everything needed to win the war. What pay did the Fat Cats receive? One dollar per year.

Barack Obama is on his way to destroying the U.S. Give him four more years and he will have completed the job. Look at his close friends, teachers, preacher and wife, who had never been proud to be an American until Obama was elected.

Please read Obama’s books, “Audacity of Hope” and “Dreams From My Father.” If Obama’s books don’t convince you that he should have nothing to do with governing our country, then consider his statements. He admits, in his writings, he resents the fact that his mother was white, he wants to socialize our country, and he is not proud to be an American.

Please remember, Obama made the statement that he would not raise our national debt “one penny” when, in fact, he set a record which in three years more than doubled that of Bush’s eight years. Some 46 million people are on food stamps, the highest number ever. All of his budgets have been voted down by 100 percent of the Democrats and Republicans. Real unemployment is double that of Mexico. There is constant campaigning on taxpayer’s money. Having Congress on his side, he continues to blame everyone else for his failures. He thanked the armed forces for fighting on his behalf.

“BO” stands for Bad Omen. There are better leaders than Romney, but at least Romney will not ruin our country. Good luck America.

Dick Fitzgerald


Have you ever had the opportunity to actually spend time with a Special Olympian?

A few years ago I had the privilege to attend the Special Olympics Summer Games in Fort Collins as a coach of the Mountain Valley Developmental Services soccer team. In my decades of coaching soccer, it was the most rewarding, satisfying and humbling coaching experience of my life.

With an enthusiastic group of athletes ranging in age from late teens to over 50, we played, laughed, cried and competed together as a team. This group for the most part had never touched a soccer ball a few weeks before the event, but they were a group that felt like they could win the World Cup if only given a chance.

As with all the Special Olympics events, this was their chance to celebrate success in both a physical and emotional arena that sees no limitation. Special Olympic athletes put on their running shoes, soccer cleats, or bowling shoes with the simple ambition to just participate. They don’t have to be the fastest or strongest or most skillful person in an event. They just want to have a chance to challenge themselves to be the best they can be.

To help these special citizens of our community be Special Olympians, please consider supporting the Strawberry Shortcut as a sponsor or volunteer or both. I am writing to encourage readers to bring the joy of this community event a little closer to their heart by “Making the Cut.”

More information is available at

Steve White

Glenwood Springs

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