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Commissioner Houpt thinks it is insensitive to have an air maneuver in August that involves fire, according to the Glenwood Springs Post Independent (July 22, 2008).

She says she “couldn’t support the act when people are holding their breath on a daily basis wondering if there is going to be a wildfire in their backyard.”

Commissioner Houpt either doesn’t have much to do these days, or she is trying to frighten the citizens of Garfield County for some political reason.

I for one am not “holding my breath on a daily basis wondering whether there is going to be a wildfire.” This is fire season in Colorado, as it is every year, and we all need to keep that in mind in our daily activities, but to be “holding our breath on a daily basis,” get serious! We need to be living and enjoying our lives in this wonderful land we live in and simply realize it is fire season.

But there is a good side of Commissioner Houpt spending time dealing with trivia that she doesn’t know anything about. The upside is that she is not spending time trying to shut down our natural gas industry that our county, state and nation depend on to fuel our energy needs. And like it or not, we need oil and gas energy to survive as a nation. Without that energy we will become a third world nation without the resources to develop alternative energy options.

Let’s all enjoy this year’s air show.

Richard Woodrow

Glenwood Springs

Apparently Elizabeth Chandler is a relatively new resident of the county. The county residents did vote on becoming part of the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (RFTA), and this was defeated by at least 2 to 1.

Since more than 90 percent of the businesses are located in municipalities, including grocery stores, county residents are already paying RFTA taxes.

Finally, it took more than two years after the district was formed for RFTA to begin improving service downvalley.

It is time that RFTA started looking closer to home for money, such as ending free transportation within Aspen and charging a nominal fare instead.

Sharon Brenner


Glenwood Springs appears to like to support the consulting industry rather than simply look at our community and take common sense steps to improve and protect it.

Remember, consultants brought us back-in parking on Cooper. They brought massive concrete planters on Midland Avenue. Every penny spent was wasted, and nothing was accomplished.

Here’s an example of what common sense would have us do.

Seventh Street between Blake and Palmer, on the north side, is a disgrace and a fire hazard. Tourists, Amtrak riders and locals park there and throw their trash into the weeds. The weeds are tinder dry and constitute a fire hazard. Cleaning this up would make it more attractive and reduce the fire hazard.

Cutting the weeds twice a year, spring and summer, placement of trash cans and signage is simple and a lot cheaper than the traffic-calming ideas.

There must be many more inexpensive projects that could be done without the expense of consultants. Come on people, look around and get our city to wake up and use common sense, not expensive consultants.

It’s time to start using our brains!

Richard Rose

Glenwood Springs

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