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We now have one of the best trail systems in the country and love ’em or hate ’em we have also generated a society of cyclers. Now we must manage the rules of the trail and road for cyclers, pedestrians, strollers and bladers. We also must manage to integrate the cyclers and the cars, ’cause everyone knows the trails won’t take you everywhere. We have flourished money on these projects at the urging of elected officials and eager environmentalists at the expense of a rational transportation plan, but I digress. We now need to get civility into the system.

I was appalled at the letter to the editor last week, in one of our valley papers: They related a story of an elderly cycler being run off the road by a younger aggressive group. They were riding shoulder to shoulder and would not give way for the elderly rider coming the other way. A local citizen witnessed the scene and noted an arrogant attitude within the offending group and a following group. It seems the pack mentality kept them from offering aid to the gentleman. Thanks to the noncycling witness, the gentleman was dusted off and was able to continue.

My point is this. There is a prevalent attitude of ownership among ardent cyclers, they curse at pedestrians and particularly strollers and bladers. There needs to be a control on the outlaw offenders. These offenders are not easily identified. I offer this solution. Let’s require license plates on all the bicycles, and then we can easily ID any offenders. We could charge a fee and the government would not need to increase RFTA fees. We will need patrol officers armed with radios to enforce the rules of the road and write citations, another source of government income. Of course each bicycle would then need to be insured. Every mode of transportation needs to pay its way and be accountable.

While we are at it we might integrate some of the bicycle customs into automobile rules. You know a car uses a lot of energy stopping and starting at stop signs, we could save a lot of energy if we adopted the bicycle method and just slow at each intersection then go like hell and hope someone isn’t watching.

Steve Damm

Glenwood Springs

As an individual concerned with the health of the planet, I want to highlight the recent release of the ground-breaking government science report titled “Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States,” which presents a clear picture of global warming’s threats to Colorado. Among other concerns, decreasing snowpack and water availability are both highlighted as major climate-related impacts to our region. Yet, despite the report’s dire predictions for a warming world, I believe this is a much-needed wake up call and an important opportunity for all of us to take action with timely solutions for both our planet and economy.

Already, the negative repercussions of climate change can be seen in our beloved Colorado Rockies, where changing precipitation patterns have reduced snowmelt and runoff. As snowpack decreases, Colorado’s water supply will face increasing shortages, placing agricultural, community and recreational needs in competition with each other, particularly in late summer.

In view of these impacts on our economy and beautiful landscape, I encourage our representatives to act now. Congress will soon vote on a historic bill, the American Clean Energy and Security Act, that will help protect our communities and natural resources from the effects of global warming. That is why we need Rep. Salazar to support this effort to protect Colorado for future generations by reducing carbon pollution, creating new green jobs and preserving our state’s natural beauty and the benefits they provide. Our future depends on it.

Steve Smith


Does everyone in this valley know that Senator Michael Bennet does not think that E-verify works. If someone has stolen your identity, he doesn’t care. He wants to run for the Senate again. If you check out his voting record you will see that he has not voted for anything in the Senate that pertains to Colorado citizens.

Why Gov. Ritter wanted him in there is beyond me. He took an oath to protect the citizens of Colorado and the United States. He is just collecting wages and doing nothing else.

Please don’t vote for him next time.

Jane Spaulding


There were two items that caught our attention in the Friday, June 19, edition of your publication.

The first item was Mr. Sundin’s impassioned plea for “civility and concern for the safety of our current administration.” Where was his voice when the like of Michael Moore and Ariana Huffington were spewing forth their daily hatred of the previous administration? (Actually, they’re still doing it!) I guess that is all right (excuse me, all left), so they were just exercising their 1st Amendment rights (oops, there’s that word again, sorry).

Secondly, for Mr. Girardot: way too much “Sound of Music” (Rodgers/Hammerstein). Try some “Victory at Sea” (Rodgers/Bennett); in other words: fantasy versus reality (speaking euphemistically, of course). How was that for a “non-terroristic ” approach to disagreement from two Republicans?

Thank you for your time. (Oh, Mr. Sundin, your last paragraph was a wonderfully obsequious insurance policy.)

Yours very truly,

Tom and Jane Ashworth


It should surprise us not one bit that Mr. Herbst made little effort to dispute the scriptural references I alluded to in my previous letter. To be fair, how could he? I am not inventing this stuff; this is how your Bible reads. Nor do I have some kind of sinister, secret agenda as he suggested. I think it only fair that if the likes of Mr. Herbst feel free to pull out their soapboxes and poison us with ignorance, they should certainly be aware of the fiction they’re spewing forth.

Perhaps more disappointing about this relentless and tiring debate is the fact that Mr. Herbst has yet to answer the most important question I originally asked: Who made this omniscient “watchmaker,” as per his earlier letter? Admittedly he has done the wise thing by avoiding the issue as the argument leaves both parties in the paradox of irreducible complexity. In other words, if we suppose that something complex must have had a designer to design it, then we must likewise assume that this designer must be considerably more complex than that which it is alleged to have made, and so on. As ridiculous as the entire subject is, this is the nonsense that theologians have been bantering about for centuries without coming close to making any coherent sense. What an utter waste of time and resources!

There is a complete lack of evidence of an all-powerful, omnipresent, invisible giant in the clouds that is responsible for our creation. And should that really come as a surprise? Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.

Where, Mr. Herbst, is your evidence, not counting your thoroughly fallible holy book?

Ryan Legg


Your recent decision to remove The Aspen Times from the news stands in Carbondale is deplorable. Thankfully, the Aspen Daily News continues to be delivered valleywide. Thankfully, because David Frey consistently covers events in this part of the valley better than the Post Independent. I am sure that readership of the Aspen Daily News will skyrocket as a result of your stupid decision. As Laurie Loeb has pointed out elsewhere, eliminating distribution of The Aspen Times in the valley below Catherine Store is entirely arbitrary. It only shows to all of us who live here and are literate how out of touch you are with our community, thereby hastening what you are obviously anxious to avoid, namely: the death of the Post Independent. Goodbye.

James Breasted


This is concerning all of the new changes made in paper.

First off, Aspen has a newspaper, so let them advertise and post job listings in their paper. Glenwood Springs and Aspen are two separate mountain towns. I am tired of seeing ads for that chic mountain town. What about Glenwood? Is there not enough to offer here?

And please, listen to the people. Bring back Garfield.

Kekoa Schlesinger

Glenwood Springs

I was recently visiting Glenwood Springs and was fortunate to attend your ballet version of Alice in Wonderland on Saturday evening. The performance was outstanding. These young ladies and their instructors should be commended for their ballet training, grace, and poise on stage. The young ladies who were chosen for the premier ballet schools should be proud. I have seen many performances, and this was right at the top. I was impressed by what I saw, and you and your community should be proud of this talented dance company.


Bridget Lucas

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