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Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

It should be accepted that the RFTA facilities and operations functioning within the City of Glenwood Springs affect all the citizens of the city. It follows then that any use of the old right-of-way [r-o-w] should consider and include the needs and purposes of the citizens of the city.

While the basic purpose of rail service on the r-o-w needs to be respected, that r-o-w purpose does not require that it be restricted to singular or very limited uses, such as trails or open space, when it is known that there are serious needs of the city to be served – including vehicular traffic routes.

Since it will most likely be years and years into the future before train service on the r-o-w might be afforded and initiated, why should that hoped-for distant future use deny and delay accommodating demonstrated immediate need of the citizens of Glenwood Springs (and all those others who just want to easily pass through)?

The RFTA could demonstrate considerable good will and respect for the citizens of Glenwood Springs (and others) by initiating an effort to officially determine jointly and cooperatively with the city and appropriate other entities, how some types of vehicular roadway could be developed within, or partially adjacent to the RFTA r-o-w, and include other needed uses, while respecting the future needs for rail service.

RFTA must consider current needs of Glenwood Springs, rather than shutting the door to others, while waiting for development that might happen in the distant future; and it must be an old steamer!

Thanks for the space,

Mike Blair

Glenwood Springs

Fungi come in many varieties, but mushrooms found in grocery stores are frequently cultivated in a closely controlled environment where they are kept in the dark and fed a lot of manure.

If you have tried to communicate with elected officials in Washington, you may recognize an associated analogy. Their web sites encourage contact, but their replies are so inane that they are an insult. If you don’t believe that, try writing a letter on any topic – national debt, healthcare, education, etc. Then, send the letter via the closely controlled options provided on the official’s web site. As an experiment, I wrote about the waste and fraud involved in a huge outlay of taxpayer dollars for reconstruction in Iraq – filed the post under “taxes” then again under “defense” then again under “war on terrorism.” I subsequently received three separate replies, all “signed” by the same official – one assuring me that he is attempting to lower taxes; one assuring me of his dedication to national defense; and the third assuring me that anti-terrorism is among his highest priorities – all form letters full of glittering generalities. Not one word about Iraq, contractors, fraud, waste, oversight, investigations, or prosecutions. Indeed, nothing implying that my letter was even read.

I’m not naïve enough to believe that these people have time to study and reply to every piece of correspondence, but they do have staff members who can at least read citizen letters and offer appropriate replies. Otherwise, the contact that they encourage might as well be with a vending machine that pops out different “responses” depending on the deposit slot.

I have long been an advocate of citizen communication with our representatives. Other than voting it is one of the few ways of getting involved in “government by the people.” However, I am discouraged about our inability to penetrate the bubble that these people live in once they are elected. They seem to isolate themselves behind barriers that can be penetrated only by moneyed interests. And, they treat the rest of us like mushrooms. I don’t like that.

John Palmer

Glenwood Springs

“I’m going out to clean the pasture spring; I’ll only stop to rake the leaves away (And wait to watch the water clear, I may) I shan’t be gone long; you come too.

I’m going out to fetch the little calf; That’s standing by the mother. It’s so young. It totters when she licks it with her tongue.

I shan’t be gone long; you come too.”

– Robert Frost

Are you calving? Take a much needed break and come hear these delightful, relevant words set in a “mooving” and melodious harmony by Randall Thompson, as part of “Frostiana”, performed by the Aspen and Glenwood Springs Community Choirs, Friday, April 16 at the United Methodist Church in Glenwood; and Saturday, April 17 at the Aspen Chapel. Also on the program, the world premier of “The Poet’s Landscape”, by local composer and music director, Ray Vincent Adams, and the Choral Society String Quartet performing Beethoven’s String Quartet Opus 18 No. 1

Set aside those income tax returns, put down the remote and come support your local choristers. Snow fans, you can hear, “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”; those seeking something more temperate may enjoy, “Ah, Sunflower” or the lively, “A Girl’s Garden”. You won’t be disappointed. Admission is $10 with children under 12 free. Your friends and neighbors have been working hard to put this concert together and offer you the opportunity to relax, welcome Spring and lift your spirits. Please join us!

Nancie Shauger

New Castle

If opponents of Hidden Gems feel like they have been blindsided, that is exactly right. They have a hidden agenda for sure. They certainly want to get this proposal to all of the congressional people possible before anyone or any organization can talk to them regarding their proposal … I have been emailing all congressmen and women to let them know that what they are doing is not what the majority of citizens in this valley want or need and why.

Once the few ranchers negotiated with them and said they would go along with the proposal as it stands (you wonder if everyone is really on the same page). These people only want what they want and everybody’s opinion doesn’t really matter as they are here to save us from (what?)

I would bet that if you were able to read exactly what they have given to Udall, Polis and the rest, you would see that it is different than the picture they paint to the public. They claim that the proposal is just a partial picture. I bet!

Feeling like the minority again. Email your Senators and Reps and tell them your opinion. It never hurts to hear from somebody that really does care about the land and the people.

Jane Spaulding


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