I do not need to be lectured at by the Pitkin County Commissioners concerning open space.Garfield County three times defeated development proposals at Sanders Ranch/Cattle Creek Crossing. Pitkin County has allowed the monstrosity that is Base Village in Snowmass. Garfield County residents are aggressively fighting oil and gas development in Thompson Creek and the Roan Plateau. Pitkin allows its streams to be sucked up for snow making so wealthy tourists can ski two weeks earlier.I organized the open space ballot in Garfield. Hundreds worked to get it passed and thousands voted in favor. To deny the Sutey/Sopris exchange is to punish those in Garfield who are open space, environmental advocates because of the votes of those who are not. Unlike Sarah Palin, who can see Russia from her back yard, 99% of Pitkin County residents can not see Mount Sopris. Those who can, have not voiced opposition to the land exchange. And they are the ones who are most familiar with the advantages and disadvantages of the exchange. Pitkin County is not going to lose revenue as a result of the exchange. The Sutey property will be anesthetized from development, and the Sopris property will be put in a conservation easement.It is a financial reality that Mr. Wexner will not donate, nor should he, the Sutey property. And it is a political reality that Garfield will not have an open space program any time soon. However, Pitkin County’s decision should not be based on criticisms of the wealthy or political entities over which it has no control. The decision needs to be based on the benefits and detriments of the land exchange. Are the political leaders of the Roaring Fork Valley going to start making decisions based on the merits of a proposal? Or shall we continue to have turf wars where commissioners continue to refuse to cooperate based on the perception that the other has not done enough?I urge the Pitkin County Commissioners to recommend approval of the land exchange.Calvin LeeCarbondale
I would like to ask the public just why do you feel that it is necessary to be mad at us and then call us very bad names? Do you honestly think that we close lanes, shut down streets and roads and redirect you with detours to upset you? We have a job to do just like you! We just happen to be the ones on the highways, streets and roads, yes we are the flaggers that protect the construction crews from getting run over by motorists, and yes to help you the traveling public, including bicyclists and pedestrians. I understand that when you are traveling the roadway systems that when you come upon a work area you have to slow down and it is an inconvenience. Guess what, if you slow down it may save a life, heck maybe even your own! It also gives you, the traveling public, a chance to read the signing. We do not close lanes or place detours just to make you angry! And guess what, the driver that hit the bridge didn’t do this on purpose, it was an accident. I just cannot believe that you drive by us and tell us that we have our heads where the sun does not shine and that we should go “F” ourselves or worse. We have guidelines that we have to follow in placing these signs and flaggers that direct you as to where you need to drive safely. I am sorry but we cannot sign every street and driveway, we have to be brief and to the point. All we ask is that you give us a break, maybe even a smile and friendly wave, we just might return the favor.Cal D. WhitmanV.P./ Co-OwnerA-1 Traffic Control & Barricade, Inc.Silt
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