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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

I have found a way to get free money from the Garfield County commissioners. All you have to do is request it as a non-profit business. You don’t even have to request the money in front of the commissioners.

How, you ask? Planned Parenthood does it every year through Garfield County Human Services and the Garfield County commissioners. This is a business that charges $500 to $800 for the abortion pill and it is a non-profit?

When a person calls Planned Parenthood, they have two choices: press 1 for questions, press 2 to make an appointment for an abortion.



I’d like them to add “press 3 for adoption options and press 4 for grief counseling after an abortion.

If Planned Parenthood needs money so badly, why doesn’t it have fundraisers like other non-profits? Car washes are one form of raising money. Church youth groups and high school cheerleaders do them all the time, and I mean no disrespect to these groups. What about selling raffle tickets, with prizes such as free condoms for a year?



I don’t see how $3,000-plus a year is needed when there are are are other ways to raise extra money, rather than by using our county tax dollars.

Their check has not been issued till August, so there is still time to object in front of our county commissioners. They are giving away tax money without taxpayers’ knowledge or permission.

Planned Parenthood would be better served to change its name to Un-Planned Parenthood, since their main goal is to end pregnancies through abortions.

I will watch my mail daily for my $3,000-plus check from the Garfield County commissioners and Garfield County Human Services, because you don’t even have to show up to request the free money.

I would prefer to donate to a worthy cause of my choice, rather than giving it to Planned Parenthood.

Judy Campbell

New Castle

I’ve had a week’s time to think about whether a letter was in order and decided that yes, I think it is in order.

My birthday was July 21. I was at Chili’s with my family celebrating. I went to give money to my mom and realized I somehow dropped a Wells Fargo envelope with my entire paycheck in cash, with my pay stub in it. I hadn’t even opened it. Wow, happy birthday to me.

I just want the person who found my paycheck and decided to keep it to know I suppose this person must have needed it more then I did. It baffles me to know how many dishonest people are in this world. It’s less all the time.

I had hoped that someone would either return it to Chili’s or call my employer to return it. I worked hard for that paycheck, but I’m glad that I was able to help whomever took it in whatever way it was spent on. I hope that person had fun and bought something nice.

Am I mad? Yes, I was then. I just chalked it up to another lesson learned, that some people just don’t care.

Chamaigne Lyons

Rifle

Let’s build the bypass. I used to be a proponent of running traffic down Grand Avenue, but now that the bridge has to be rebuilt, the parameters have changed.

I invite readers to hike up Red Mountain and overlook the town. With the treatment plant removed, the logical path for traffic is the bypass up the railroad corridor. Minimal property would need to be acquired, the bypass could be built with minimal interference to the traffic flow, the new bridge can line up with the existing intersection or at the Pitkin Iron property west of Two Rivers Park.

As a community, are we going to be happy with two years of highway construction, detours and stops? By that time, the natural flow of traffic will be changed anyhow. Have you ever seen how dangerous it can be when traffic is backed up in the right lane of I-70 in the canyon?

With the destination that Glenwood Springs has become, no longer do we have to worry about loss of Aspen tourists, and in fact the downtown corridor could be enhanced with less traffic flow. The route from Two Rivers Park to Safeway can be enhanced with pocket parks, the bike path could be rerouted to extend from the Three Mile bike path or even be rerouted down Grand Avenue, since all four lanes would not be needed.

We could even have center diagonal parking like Fort Collins. The downtown bridge could be closed to two lanes to accommodate bikes and pedestrians. Good examples of what could be are in Golden, Lodo, Salida to an extent, and Durango as far as the riverbank and bridges.

Another thing, whose idea was it to suggest that downtown workers park an extra block away, while the parking garages are being built as a solution? It is not a solution. It only creates a worse parking problem for those of us who live downtown.

Ride a bike. If this is an example of responsible traffic solutions, I am glad I live south of the Grand Avenue Bridge if and when that construction goes on.

Brett Morrison

Glenwood Springs

While I have supported Habitat for Humanity, I cannot support their current plan to build a cluster of 12 low-income homes in the center of Keator Grove.

When their plans were announced in the paper, neighbors asked for more information. One Habitat board member, Carolyn Meadowcroft, refused to meet stating that they had not made plans, yet their board president, Scott Gilbert, said that he had been working on this for two years and that they finally had the opportunity to obtain land from Alpine Bank through foreclosure.

As a Carbondale resident, I ask Habitat to open its doors to local input into decisions and planning. If Habitat has been working on this for two years, why haven’t the town or any future neighbors been in on the conversation? Why won’t they meet with us now?

The Roaring Fork Habitat for Humanity website states that it aims to change the living situations for the many families that “live in dangerous, unhealthy housing and struggle each day just to survive.” Is building a new and different high-density low-income neighborhood the answer? The practice of many Habitat groups is to go into communities and restore current communities and homes and place new homes within already existing neighborhoods (i.e. creating diversity and opportunity).

I ask the community to contact the Roaring Fork Habitat for Humanity board members and the president of Alpine Bank to express opposition and concern re: plans for Keator Grove. Tell them that a new dense low-income cluster of homes is not good for home values in a community the size of Carbondale.

Tell them that we love Carbondale as a diverse community; that we don’t want to see an “opportunity-by-foreclosure” to build a new low-income neighborhood overtaking an already small development.

Finally, I ask Alpine Bank to reconsider the sale of this property in the heart of Keator Grove and the future of our community. Please don’t do that to us.

Maria Bagby

Carbondale

I would like to say thank you to the guys who mow the grass and do all of the ground maintenance for Gregory Park here in West Glenwood. Not only is the park clean and neat, but the men are friendly and not afraid to go beyond their normal work parameters to help out the locals.

I had a green trash truck pull in front of my home to take advantage of the shade provided by the trees and have lunch. The driver paid no attention to the low limbs hanging down, breaking several off and damaging a lot more.

The next day I got the tools and ladder out and cleaned the trees up the best I could. I had loaded the limbs into the back of my truck and was going to head for the dump when one of the men came over and asked what happened. He shook his head and said that they would take the branches back to the yard for me and dump it in their comp pile. Two of them helped me unload it into their truck and hauled them off for me. This happened on Wednesday, Aug. 1. I forgot their names but wanted to thank them for helping me out.

Thanks again for all their help and keeping our park in such good condition. The park is used every day by the kids and nearly every weekend for parties and picnics and I have never seen it dirty or not manicured. I just wanted to let their supervisors know how great a crew they have and tell the men how much I appreciated their help.

Norm Shroll

Glenwood Springs


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