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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Residents of Glenwood Springs:

You are invited to participate in the City of Glenwood Springs Comprehensive Plan Update

Over the next ten months or so the City of Glenwood Springs will be seeking the community’s input on various issues that affect the future of our city. At the end of the process we will have a written comprehensive plan that expresses the community’s values and visions. The document will contain goals, policies and guidelines that we will use to direct the city’s growth and redevelopment for the next 10 years.

Our first public meeting is Tuesday, June 9th from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Community Center. I encourage you to attend. The meeting should prove to be both fun and informative.

Our current comprehensive plan was written in 1998. At that time, the City engaged in a similar process to seek public opinion and from that process the citizens of this community created a vision statement and eight principles that have guided staff, and elected and appointed officials over the past 11 years. Are they still valid?

The 1998 vision statement:

The City of Glenwood Springs desires to maintain its small town character and preserve its cultural and natural resources – by implementing a proactive plan – to achieve directed and balanced development, social and economic diversity and address its transportation needs.

The guiding principles:

•Maintain small town character

•Achieve social diversity

•Balance development

•Preserve natural resources

•Preserve cultural resources

•Direct development

•Achieve economic diversity

•Address transportation needs

As you know, we’ve seen a lot of changes since 1998. Highway 82 is still an issue. Many people feel that housing is a lot less affordable than it used to be. Some demographers predict that Glenwood Springs is going to continue to grow, but where are we going to house everyone? Has Glenwood Springs changed so much that it is no longer a small town? How are we going to preserve the character of our neighborhoods? How does Glenwood Springs strengthen its position as a commercial center with ever-increasing competition from “down valley” communities?

These are just a few of the issues that I see confronting Glenwood Springs. What are your issues? Participate in the comprehensive plan update process. Your opinions do matter. Again, the first public meeting is Tuesday, June 9th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Community Center. I hope to see you there.

Gretchen Ricehill

Senior Planner,

City of Glenwood Springs

Mr. Rachesky, I would like a chance to respond to your letter and answer with an emphatic yes, I do care whether or not The United States of America tortures suspected terrorists.

Maybe you can explain how that makes me a liberal. Maybe you can explain how defying the Geneva Convention and acting in whatever way we see fit, regardless of international law, makes the USA anything more than terrorists ourselves. Maybe you can explain how torture makes the USA safer or protects our civil liberties.

In reality, playing by the terrorists’ rules is a collective regression into backwards thinking, the very thinking we are fighting against. Liberal? No. Patriotic? Yes.

So, thank you for reminding us we are at war. Indeed we are. Even more of a reason to stick to our ideals. Yet you would have us treat the detainees captured in war in a manner inconsistent with international law regarding prisoners of war?

Maybe you, like our former president, will say terrorists are not prisoners of war in the same breath you say we are at war. Can you spot the faulty logic?

Don’t lower yourself to the level of your enemy. Rise above them. The United States of America should not participate in torture, and we should be proud of that.

Joshua Wilson

Glenwood Springs

I just read the article about RFTA considering cutting the Hogback Service. I think that instead of cutting the service they should consider a minimal charge for all the “FREE” rides they offer. Those of us who live all the way “Downvalley” are paying for our rides, while many riders in Glenwood and Snowmass and Aspen are riding free. How about charging those riders a dollar, it might just save the Hogback!

Lori Quinlan

Rifle

I was in Mexico during the H1N1 crisis. Now that it is over, it almost seems it was exaggerated or overblown. However, the quick response of the Mexican government, especially in Mexico City but elsewhere too, in shutting down all gathering places likely stopped the epidemic from being worse than it was and gave it time to dissipate. We should give credit to them for doing what was needed, even if their economy was devastated. It saved the greater community.

The theory is that it started in Veracruz with one child living near a U.S. citizen owned pig farm. The farm had a long history of terrible smells, overcrowded pens, and putrefied runoff and was unresponsive to criticism from the local people whom really resented the effects, such as on their groundwater. It was a place ready for an epidemic to happen. The owner had no ties to the local community and the company seems presently driven only by profits.

We have past the time where benefits of an economy can be evaluated by simple capitalism. People planning developments and projects, such as housing developments, oil and gas wells, pig farms, etc. cannot be allowed to continue without recognizing, and dealing with the effects of their propositions in the short and long terms. I think of the gas wells leaking benzene (a horrible carcinogen) into our water table as an example of past collateral damage politics.

We desperately need people in government (especially local) who can hold these people accountable before they begin, not after. We need local control and input into government projects that lie within our community.

Just because we have NAFTA, shouldn’t mean someone is allowed to put in a pig farm without environmental controls (and sell the meat for less in the U.S. than in Mexico). Even if short term profits are affected by environmental controls, we should still demand that these are built into the project plans.

The effects of poor planning can be devastating for us and our children. How many of these crises do we need to wake up?

Alice Gustafson

Glenwood Springs


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