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I am writing in response to Esther J. Cepeda’s disturbing column titled “Why Latinos stick with Obama.” I found it very disheartening and disturbing that she opted to play the same old blame game about Obama’s immigration reform strategies and at the same time insulting the intelligence of the majority of Latino voters.

Like a chameleon that changes color, you can’t figure out where she stands on this issue because in the whole column, (which takes up nearly half of a newspaper page) not once does she mention a single logical concept in dealing with immigration policy. I can’t even tell what party affiliation she is because she says that Obama’s reform plan is “enforcement, enforcement, enforcement,” but isn’t that the GOP plan as well?

Also, she insults Latinos that voted for Obama by inferring that they’re “dumb,” “stupid,” “aren’t thinking clearly” and finally saying “it isn’t just gullibility, it’s tragedy.”

Yet, she doesn’t even mention who Latinos should have voted for and why they should have. By the end of the article, because she doesn’t come up with any ideas or solutions, she tries to leave you with the feeling of hopelessness.

I believe that the Latino vote did make a statement in regards to creating a pathway to citizenship. Now both parties are working to make it possible for illegals to find a way to become citizens, while, at the same time, securing our borders.

One aspect I believe will work is allowing the young people from undocumented families to have an opportunity to go to college or to join the military. A path to citizenship just makes sense because it is impossible to ship 12-20 million people back to their home countries in one fell swoop now that they have a chance.

Damion A. Gallegos

Glenwood Springs

This is in response to the article in regards to the Ride Glenwood fare and ridership decrease.

I used to ride the bus a lot before the cost went to $1 each way. But that was not the only reason: There is no longer service to Cardiff Glen, and if I want to go to West Glenwood I have to be home before 7:30 p.m. So people are not having a way back to town unless they walk the dark road back to town.

I do not understand why on earth Cardiff Glenn and West Glenwood were changed – there are a lot of houses and schools in both areas. If you check your research, the ridership was up to both places before the changes.

I think putting on a cost of $1 was just fine, but not cutting service at the same time. The city really shot themselves in the foot by the way they did it.

I ride RFTA and will continue to do so in the future. It is the only way I can get home at 8 p.m. and go to the mall and get home.

Charging $1 round trip serves no purpose if a passenger cannot get home because of the bus stopping at 7:30 p.m.

As a final note I would just like to say maybe you should ride the bus more often before you decide where and when it goes.

Michelle Vogel

Glenwood Springs

After living almost my entire adult life in Southern California, I recently moved to Glenwood Springs. I attended the community meeting to discuss the plans for the bridge and Grand Avenue. The first few poster boards were about the bridge, and they showed these long, curvy lines going over the Colorado River that represented the new bridge. Those curvy lines look just like a Los Angeles freeway offramp. And I thought to myself, “Is this what our new bridge is going to be? A Los Angeles freeway offramp?”

A consultant mentioned that the bridge needed to be redone because it was old and in a state of disrepair. I get that. But he didn’t really explain why the new bridge needed to look like an LA freeway offramp. I recalled bridges I had seen in Europe that were hundreds of years old. Those bridges had been repaired and renovated over the years but the design and charm of the original bridges had been retained. You don’t see a bunch of LA offramps crossing the Seine or the Danube. Why do we have to have one crossing the Colorado?

The remaining poster boards dealt with the Grand Avenue traffic plan, and showed the elimination of certain stoplights and crosswalks. Glenwood Springs is a fragile environment. Seemingly small changes can wreak havoc. We have come to realize this about natural ecosystems – animals and birds and fish; it’s time we thought the same way about fragile human environments, because ours is a wonderful and delicate environment, too.

If CDOT alters the traffic flow through Glenwood Springs just to get the traffic up to Aspen quicker, it could be an unintended fatal blow to our human environment.

Isn’t it strange: if you want to take exception to a development you need to challenge it on behalf of the birds and fish and animals. The EPA will explore it for years. But what if that development might have negative consequences to humans? I think Glenwood Springs citizens need to stand up for ourselves to preserve our wonderful and fragile human environment.

Jim Ingraham

Glenwood Springs

We would like your help in spreading the buzz of owning your own home. Habitat for Humanity of the Roaring Fork Valley is looking for three more families interested and ready to own homes (one for Carbondale and two families for Silt).

Habitat for Humanity is a homeownership program that empowers families to build a new life for themselves through the stability and security of owning their own home.

We are looking for families that due to various circumstances cannot obtain conventional financing for a home – this can be due to low income, poor credit, no credit, etc. Families who are living and working in our valley, have a steady income between $20,000 and $57,000 (from employment, disability, etc.), do not own their own home, have a housing need, are willing to work with Habitat for Humanity to build their own home alongside volunteers and are legal residents.

Habitat homes are not given away but are sold to families who qualify and are willing to make a down payment, put in hundreds of hours of sweat equity labor, and are willing to make a monthly mortgage payment. Habitat homes are affordable because Habitat does not make a profit, the homes are sold with a no-interest loan, and the homes are built by volunteers. It’s a program that works: A Hand Up, Not A Handout. In the end our families are homeowners and pay property taxes.

Homeownership can be frightening, so we encourage our community to have an active role with Habitat and volunteer on our Family Selection Committee as well as being a family advocate. Each family is paired with advocates who become their sounding board through the construction process giving tools to becoming a proud homeowner.

Do you know of someone else who could use a hand up, some stability for their family, or a simply a simple decent place to call home? Please contact me at 309-3088 for more info or go online to: Application deadline is March 15.


Geneva Farr, Habitat For Humanity Family Services director

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