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My fellow Americans, between now and November we have to scrutinize all the candidates running for office at the county, state and federal level. We have to vote for fiscal conservatives. They can be Republican or Democrat, but the key is fiscal conservatives.

They have to also want to uphold the Constitution, which is what separates the United States from the rest of the world. We cannot afford hardcore leftist liberals and progressives into office to represent our states and country, their policies are hurting the country and jeopardize our freedom and national security.

We have to do our homework on candidates we are thinking about voting on, because the media has no credibility, it is biased as shown by the coverage it gives Obama compared to his opponents.



We need to make the House and Senate put term limits of two terms and that’s it. Congress also needs to have their luxury benefits stripped from them and get plans in line with the America people. Why should they get excellent benefits, vote themselves pay raises, exempt from paying into Social Security all at the taxpayers’ expense; they work for us not the other way around.

The American people have been too complacent for too long but have been awakened with the way Congress and the White House have ignored the will of the people and have tried to rule against their demands.



I am deeply concerned with the direction the country is heading right now, and it’s not good for the American people.

If we don’t guard the Constitution and what it lays out for us then we will forever lose what our founders gave us. Power corrupts people and makes them evil minded, and our founders saw this, that is why they put checks and balances in place, and it’s our duty to make sure the elected officials adhere to them.

My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.

– Thomas Jefferson

Curt Hanson

Parachute

I just read in total disbelief, a letter to the editor in regards to a lack of need for a bypass through Glenwood.

You see I grew up in Glenwood, as did my mother and three generations before her.

I’ve seen a great deal of growth and changes in Glenwood (as well as the Roaring Fork Valley) and would like to relate just one story. In my mother’s childhood there was so little traffic on Grand Avenue her dog would actually sleep in on the middle line of Eighth and Grand. This amazingly worked for him for many years. Sad to say, eventually he was hit by a car and killed. I can’t tell you if this driver was passing through and traveling to one of the three primary communities beyond (maybe even Highway 133), or by “local traffic,” but he was a victim of his own inability to realize how precarious his situation was.

My point is, that if even all 100 percent of the traffic passing through the core of Glenwood is “Glenwood” traffic (which it’s not, 82 is a highway), the ability to lessen traffic through the middle of the entire town has to be addressed now, because nothing stays the same. Glenwood is dangerously close to getting run over by change, just like that sweet, charming, but naïve little dog.

Alicia Smith

Redstone

Jeanne Golay has extended a bravo to Mayor Christensen for his stand that the railroad corridor cannot be used for a relocation of SH 82, thereby condemning Grand Avenue to ever rising volumes of dump trucks, gasoline tankers, and bumper to bumper cars spewing out volumes of noxious fumes.

And for what reasons? An environmental assessment might cost $3 million. She should ask her husband, Ralph Trapani, what the environmental clearances cost for the Aspen end of SH 82. Is Aspen worth it, but Glenwood Springs is not?

An honest assessment should result in a finding of “no significant impact,” since most of the right of way required is owned by the city, noise can be mitigated by sound walls or earthen mounds, and encroachment into the river would only require about 10 pier columns spaced at 100 feet in a manner similar to I-70 in Glenwood Canyon. Fish love to congregate around bridge piers.

The “most recent traffic study” cited consisted of counting license plates to conclude that a new route was not needed because most traffic was generated within the city. Partly true. Traffic from the middle school in west Glenwood to homes up Three Mile or Four Mile, or people out in that area wanting to shop at Wal-Mart, City Market, doctors offices near the hospital, or Safeway, and traffic from the south end of town wanting to go to a movie or shop at K-Mart in the mall, or go to the hot springs pool all is internally generated, but still clogs up Grand Avenue. The often cited “traffic study” failed to factor in diversion to a less congested, smoother flowing facility. You know the adage “build a new freeway and it will soon be filled with traffic.”

The next time you are stopped in bumper to bumper traffic on Grand Avenue, think of the professional traffic engineer who knows more than you do.

Passing resolutions will not solve anything. Dozens have been passed in Aspen and they still don’t have a solution to their traffic problem.

Dick Prosence

Meeker

In response to Ms. Golay’s letter. I just can’t believe that 3 out of 4 trips on Grand are “local.” Local to Basalt and Aspen, now that rings true. And all those 18 wheelers going 55 down/up Grand can’t be local. You’ve got to show me some figures, like, on paper. You should try hitching a ride sometime at 23rd and Grand. I can get a ride to Aspen/Snowmass in 10 to 20 minutes.

Donie Grange

Glenwood Springs

The Glenwood Dance Academy is pleased to announce that for the second year in a row, three of our dance students have been selected by some of the most prestigious dance schools in the country to attend their summer intensive dance programs.

Addie Tapp was selected with scholarships at Boston Ballet School, Pacific Northwest Ballet School (which she attended last year) and Kirov Ballet School.

She was also accepted without scholarships at the American Ballet Theatre School and the School of American Ballet (which is the New York City Ballet school). Addie has decided to attend the NYC ballet school this summer.

Nicole Zinn was accepted at the American Ballet Theatre School (which she attended last year) and was invited to audition in April for the North Carolina School of the Arts.

Kate McMahon was also accepted at the American Ballet Theatre School.

These students, along with many of their peers at GDA, work so very hard to perfect their chosen craft. The owners and staff of the academy are very proud of them. We wish them all good luck this summer.

If you wish to help these young ladies with some of their expenses this summer, you may donate to our “Adopt a Dancer” fund. Send or bring your donation to the academy, 100 Midland Ave., Suite 230, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601 or call 945-2717 with your credit card number.

If you wish to see these and other dancers in action, come to our performance with the Danse Arts Theatre Company at Glenwood Springs High School on June 5 at 7 p.m. and/or June 6 at 2 p.m.

Robert and DeAnna Anderson

Glenwood Springs


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