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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

I was always told when you point one finger, three are pointing back at you. In this case it doesn’t apply, I don’t litter and pick up my trash in a P.C. manner.

I look forward to my daily walks with my dog starting in Glenwood Park, along the river on the walking path, along the outskirts of Park East, then around the small Glenwood airport. I enjoy looking down at the river and seeing various wildlife. As I glanced down, nearing the airport hangers, over my left shoulder was about 2 cases worth of beer cans in a plastic bag. My usual thing would be to bring a trash bag on my next walk and pick up the trash, but, with my current broken back, I am unable to scale the side of a steep slope, so it continues to lay where it is.

Shaking my head, I continue my walk trying to decide whether some teens or some homeless people were the culprits. I round the corner and head back towards Glenwood Park and decide to walk the dirt road along the coke ovens and as I am looking around to observe my surroundings something caught my eye just as I am taking another step. It just so happened to be a used condom. Are you kidding, I’m in shock!



So, I continue on the road and in disbelief I observe car batteries, beer cans, cigarette butts, full bags of garbage tossed about, broken glass, children’s clothing and just as I was so glad to be exiting back to the main road was a pile of used condoms in the middle of the dirt road not far from a line of cars that has not moved in weeks with broken out windows, out of state license plates, clothing strewn about, and rocks under tires. Is this area of town within the city limits of Glenwood? I consider this unsafe!

Jenell Hilderbrand



Glenwood Springs

I spent some time in Alaska and what I found was that to experience or see the true Alaska you have to plan on a big expedition. There are so few roads and everybody is limited to finding recreation off these few roads, so in the summer if the fishing was good, there was always a crowd, and if it was a good trail, there was always a ton of people on it. Hidden Gems is going to do the same here. It’s going to concentrate every one to the few roads that are left. The trails and good fishing spots that are by these roads will be over used and trashed. Sure you’re going to be able to drive to a lot of places still, but it would be a lot less crowded in a city park.

I think the Forest Service is doing a wonderful job managing our forests right now. With the restrictions and education they have provided, our National Forests are in better shape than in the 50s and 60s and more people are enjoying them now than back then.

What nobody is talking about, because nobody wants to reduce this to a money thing, is it’s going to be a huge impact on the economy. Once the areas close to the roads are trashed, we are going to lose a lot of recreation people, from sightseers to hunters, bikers and so on. Why would someone want to come and park at a trail head with 100 other people and spend two or three hours just trying to get away from everyone. These are just two of the issues, there are more, that someone needs to write a book on, (not me). If you are for Hidden Gems please rethink it, thanks to Teddy, it’s not like we don’t have any Wilderness areas already.

Curtis Applegate

Carbondale

In the April 12 edition, Bob Anderson correctly stated that recently enacted Health Care Legislation involves redistributing wealth. This is of course, equally true for any government services, (Armed forces, schools, police, fire mitigation, health inspections, etc.) and is hardly unconstitutional. Always at issue of course, is how much, from whom, to whom, and for what?

Mr. Anderson then asked whether we are nearing a point when there will be insufficient taxpayers to support tax consumers. This oversimplifies reality because we are all tax consumers and virtually all of us are also tax payers. What we need to consider is whether certain groups pay more or less than their fair share.

As of 2007 (the latest data I found) the richest 1 percent of Americans held 34.6 percent of total national wealth and 42.7 percent of cash assets. The next 19 percent shared 50.5 percent of total worth and 50.3 percent of the money. The bottom 80 percent (does that include Mr. Anderson?) shared 15 percent of total worth and 7 percent of the cash. Since most of even the lowly 80 percent have enough to at least survive, one can hardly imagine the immense wealth that has accumulated at the top of our economic system. Mr. Anderson need not be concerned about running out of taxable resources, leastwise at the upper end.

As for fair share, according to a 2008 Wall Street Journal article the richest 1 percent of Americans pay about 40 percent of total taxes – roughly the same as their share of national wealth. Thus, one could argue that the tax burden is fairly distributed. Or, one might argue that since the rich pay no more for bread than the poor, the rich should be taxed at higher rates. In that case, some additional redistribution of wealth seems in order.

Ron Kokish

Carbondale

This letter is to ask Barb Coddington a couple of questions.

What are your answers to the bark beetle? I think you missed the point of my letter. Why do you think the forests are all turning red? They are infected.

Write or call Mark Udall. This is the worst infection that our forests face. It’s not the overuse of the forest, its this infestation. Hidden Gems has no answer for this?

If this infestation is not subdued you’re not saving anything for future generations. In most areas this infestation has to be cut down and hauled away.

That’s what they did on Smuggler Mountain. That is what they have had to do in Steamboat.

The local Fire Department in El Jebel voted against this Hidden Gems proposal.

What if you have a lightening strike and they have to ask permission to go in there to fight a fire? What kind of logic is that? My Dad’s ashes are scattered up by Woods Lake. I can’t walk there. I really think there has not been enough meetings with all the people that this proposal will affect. That is my opinion.

You’re welcome to yours.

Jane Spaulding

Carbondale

Anyone who could not see the paranoid, rabid racism and hate spewed by Mr. Rachesky in his recent letter is most certainly well qualified to join the Tea Party.

R.W. Boyle

New Castle


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