Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Re: Buz Reed’s May 4th letter, (Keep our free paper free of Rachesky,)
I have to say that I think the Post’s headline for Mr. Reed’s letter was inflammatory and misleading. I agree with Mr. Reed’s position suggesting that Mr. Rachesky’s letters need a new topic. But nowhere did Mr. Reed suggest that Mr. Rachesky should no longer get to have his opinions published as any other citizen’s would be.
Do I agree with Mr. Rachesky? I absolutely do not. In fact, I have written my own letters to the editor opining about some of Mr. Rachesky’s statements. At one point I told him (in a letter to the editor) that without alternative suggestions to some of his complaints, he was “…all sound and fury, signifying nothing.”
I still believe that. But even more than that, I believe in the Bill of Rights, and believe that it applies to all the people- even ones that say disagreeable things.
I firmly believe that the First Amendment was not written to protect popular speech, but rather to protect unpopular words and ideas. Besides, Mr. Rachesky is a poster child for the need to teach critical thinking skills in middle and high school, not just college. Without such skills, there’s no telling how many less-than-stellar intellects will accept his statements without challenge.
Nowhere in Mr. Reed’s letter does he make any suggestion or request that the Post Independent censor Mr. Rachesky’s letters. Nor does Mr. Reed offer the idea that Mr. Rachesky’s letters should not be published. Mr. Reed merely requested that Mr. Rachesky stretch his mental muscles and put forth new complaints.
I would hope that in the future the Post Independent would exercise less divisive language in its headlines to submissions it receives for publication.
I currently walk or bike to City Market from my home on North 12th Street several times a week to do my shopping. With the proposed roundabouts and rerouting of traffic flow through town, it’s possible I’ll have to use my car just to drive across the street. How many others will be forced to do the same?
At the risk of pointing out the obvious, signals stop traffic to allow pedestrians to cross a busy highway, roundabouts do not. That would discourage, if not downright prevent, people on the east side of Highway 133 from walking to the Village at Crystal River and the people living in the Village’s 300 residential units from walking into town.
In areas where there is no need to consider pedestrian access, roundabouts are a fine way to keep traffic moving smoothly, but with Carbondale’s growing reputation as an environmentally conscious town, it’s disappointing that our civil servants are more concerned that drivers “not perceive it as a delay,” than with maintaining more pedestrian friendly conditions.
In this age of fuel insecurity and climate change concerns, promoting greater ease of motorized transportation should not be our primary goal.
I hope we can look beyond the “highway corridor master plan that was developed by citizens in the 1990s” when the car was king, and think about options that encourage people to walk and bike more.
I submit the following as oxymorons: Budget/President, Governor, Congress, Legislator. That’s “budget” as in only expending or committing what you have, or can reasonably expect to receive in uncommitted income. Responsible citizens live on that basic principal.
The current federal and state administrations and legislatures are creating a fiscal crisis that will, on a federal level, require implementation of the Pelosi Plan to assess a 15 percent, one-time tax on IRAs and other saving plans.
On a state level, it will be more subterfuge such as freezes, fees and fines. Yes, I am one of those people who are called greedy because I want to keep the money I earned by long hours and hard work for my children, grand- and great-grandchildren.
One hope is organizations like AARP, Tea Party groups and those who actually pay taxes stand up and loudly and vigorously protest.
The flag is still in the window of The Tax Rebel.
Jack E. Blankenship
I’m writing this letter because I think we need to hear about a job well done once in a while.
On Friday, April 24, I was walking home up Cooper Avenue and noticed that the guard rail at the 12th Street ditch was about to collapse, causing a serious, potential hazard.
I called the City Public Works and Engineering phone number at about 3:15 p.m. and spoke to a very friendly woman named Amy. She listened to my description of the situation and said she would call the appropriate people.
I walked past the guard rail on Monday at noon and lo and behold the repair was completed!
I think this a phenomenal response time and our City employees deserve kudos for their effort.
We all too often read and hear complaints and I thought a job well done should be recognized.
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