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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

With the sequester approaching, why would the GOP think they have any credibility on balanced budgets, when the last Republican president to balance the budget was Dwight D. Eisenhower 57 years ago?

Carl Heck


John Colson’s article “Grandberry bound over for trial on drug charges” in the March 5 issue of the Post Independent I found to be a rather reckless piece of journalism.

No one is a bigger supporter of First Amendment Rights than I – we would be nothing as a country without our free press – but with every freedom comes responsibility.

In Mr. Colson’s article he identifies an undercover narcotics officer not only by first and last name but includes a physical description of him as well, completely irresponsible journalism in my opinion. The last of the five W’s of journalism is “Why,” so may I ask, why was that information pertinent to the article?

It was not pertinent information at all and by disclosing this man’s name and a physical description of him you very well may have put him in harm’s way, you have made it that much more difficult for him to do his job and may very well have endangered his loved one’s lives as well.

There is nothing good that can come out of the distribution of illegal drugs in our valley, nothing. We should support the work of law enforcement to rid the area of this undesirable drug activity, not “out” them in the newspaper.

I am sadly disappointed that this article was written as it was; I truly hope you take this opportunity to review your editorial policy on disclosure of undercover law enforcement officer’s names and descriptions in the future. This was very reckless on the Post Independent’s part.

David R. Jones

New Castle

The size and width of the CDOT (proposed) new Grand Avenue bridge is out of scale with our historic downtown. Repeatedly, city-funded studies have concluded that citizens want a pedestrian friendly downtown with vibrant, small, boutique businesses. Walkable. Shopable. Parkable.

Past city councils have worked diligently to provide beautiful streetscapes, benches, flowers and trees. And a walkable downtown. Even the Glenwood Springs Post Independent chose to move downtown. And the Chamber of Commerce. Many restaurants have opened on Seventh Street, now affectionately called “restaurant row.”

Many other buildings have been beautifully restored, like the Amtrak station on Seventh. And we are fortunate to have the wonderful Springs Theater. The spectacular new library in the heart of downtown estimates 200,000 visits per year.

So much progress.

Yet, the new bridge would negatively impact all of the businesses on Grand between Seventh and Eighth. Even the trees between Seventh and Eighth would be cut down to allow room for the new “highway friendly” bridge. The sidewalk cafes would be eliminated. Pedestrians could no longer cross at Eighth. Or 10th. The Access Control Plan would impede access to the new library. CDOT has no plan for cyclists crossing the Colorado River.

I respect the difficult decisions that the current City Council needs to make, as I recently served one term on council. Please remember the people who live here and call this their hometown. Preserve our businesses and the livability of our downtown.

Can we collectively say “no” to CDOT? Yes, we can.

Thank you,

Kristen Chadwick

Glenwood Springs

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