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Post IndependentGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Ms. Gustafson’s letter printed on May 7 is alarming to say the least. Complete information on the Chernobyl meltdown is readily available and has been studied and restudied by atomic scientists. Safety measures and procedures have been implemented. However, if she has information or suspicion related to other dangers of atomic energy, she owes it to her country to communicate it.We have men and women that have served on atomic powered vessels for years and many are currently serving on these ships. Some sailors are stationed on atomic powered submarines and spend weeks in the depths of the sea.My plea to Ms. Gustafson is that she get in touch with the Navy and defense departments and make her information and suspicions available to them. With proper warning, many valuable lives can be saved. Jack E. BlankenshipBattlement Mesa

There were several items presented at a recent Carbondale Town Trustees meeting regarding the Crystal River Marketplace development which I wish to address. First, any trade off between building height and open space appears to be a false bargain. If a building is too high for the landscape in which it is to be situated, it is too high. No amount of additional open space would mitigate that problem.Second, to say that delays in approval have cost the town additional revenue misses the point of having an approval process and subverts the approval process. I understand that this process has dragged on and some may lose patience, but the process is there for a reason. Can we imagine what we would now have if the trustees had approved a big box (Home Depot) as proposed in the past?Third, I was surprised by the revenue projections for each of the scenarios. The amount of revenue expected appeared to be very small in comparison to the overall environmental impact of the proposal. Certainly, these are hard fiscal times and Carbondale can use additional revenues, but at what price? Also, it would be important to know what the revenue projections would look like if the residential units could not be sold or rented and the commercial properties could not be leased because of the current lack of demand for such space.Regarding the environmental impact of the Crystal River Marketplace Proposal, have there been any estimates of the additional traffic on Highway 133 as a consequence of this project? There are already times of the day when the traffic congestion and consequent air pollution from vehicle exhaust and dust reach objectionable and possibly unhealthy levels. We have, as yet, no local air quality monitoring in place. At what point, will we have to build 133 into a four lane road to deal with the congestion?Steve HesslCarbondale

In regards to Roy Haycock’s complaints about the sod farm by Riverbend, I’d like to offer these comments.First, I’d like to assure him that they did not use “whatever form” to deter the elk from destroying their newly planted sod, they researched causes, learned that the migration was also affected by the developing Glenwood Meadows Shopping Center, contacted the Colorado Division of Wildlife, and obtained legal vouchers to allow limited hunting on the farm during elk season. Some residents also trespass the back farm property & disturb the DOW’s elk calving area. This also causes elk to migrate onto the farm’s investment.The placement of the sod farm is no worse than the placement of homes in Riverbend, or any place in this area. I’m sure historically deer and elk migrated right where our homes exist. Secondly, the property values are certainly affected by a great deal more than the collection of what looks like junk on the farm, not to mention the failing stock market and unemployment issues going on these days.Besides, if we are going to complain about collections of junk, just take a walk around our neighborhoods and count the variety of cars, campers, boats, trailers, snowmobiles, etc., on various properties. If someone prefers to live in a picture perfect neighborhood they can certainly choose to live in a gated community with covenants, and pay the association fees to let them govern these practices. Also, why would someone not go to the individual and ask “why are there all these things out there?” They may have learned that the sod farm owners are only trying to keep these things out of our back yards. More than likely these belongings are property of people who can barely afford a house payment let alone storage rental fees. During these hard economic times we really need to pull together and help one another. So many are struggling to find work and keep food on the table. We have no business complaining unless we are going to be a part of the solution.Kathy BurgmannNew Castle

It’s that time again! The fourth annual Glenwood Springs Ride Of Silence will take place Wednesday, May 19 at Sayer Park.Many of you have participated in the ride previously and we look forward to seeing you again this year. For those who have not, let me explain. The purpose of the Ride of Silence is twofold. First, it is a way we can honor or memorialize our friends who have been injured or killed by a motorist while cycling. Second, it is a great way to raise awareness of motorists’ legal obligation to share the road. Also, school will be out soon and our children will be out riding on our city streets.The ride is world wide, on the same day at the same time. The best part is, it’s free! There is no entrance fee and no merchandise can be sold. Last year the ride was conducted on every continent, in 300 locations with 22,500 riders. There is no other event that covers the Earth like the Ride of Silence.The route is simple. We will ride 9 miles through the streets of Glenwood Springs. All single file, all in silence. Riders are asked to wear black armbands to show support of the cause. Riders who have survived being hit by a motorist are asked to wear red armbands. Please bring your own armband. A strip of black cloth or an innertube will work. I will have a few available. There is no fee associated with this informal event. This is a memorial ride not a fundraiser.Please begin gathering at Sayer Park at 6:30 p.m. on May 19. We will depart promptly at 7 p.m. We will follow a prescribed route and follow all the rules of the road. No rider shall exceed a 12 mile an hour speed limit. We will cover approximately 9 miles of city side streets. The route was chosen not for its scenic qualities. Our hope is to be seen by the greatest number of city residents and motorists. The Glenwood Springs Police Department is aware of our ride and, as in years past, will provide police support in the form of uniformed officers on bicycles.Please pass this on to your friends, neighbors, business associates and anyone with an interest in bicycling safety. The more participants we involve the greater the awareness we can inspire in our community. Please contact me by replying to this email address if you are interested in joining this year’s ride.For more information you can go to the official web site at You will notice there is now Ride Of Silence gear that can be purchased.See you on the 19th!Sincerely,Jeff NeerGlenwood Springs

My goodness, Mr. Korrie, do you really mean what you said (May 7, 2010) about “seeing through the sympathetic cancer curing jargon” and “P& Z got sucked into the whole saving lives sympathy?” I couldn’t have been more proud of the P&Z for giving Valley View Hospital a variance to build the new cancer center addition. To me, that is the perfect use of the word “variance”. To me the hospital is not an apartment building, or a store, or a new house, it IS a place to heal, cure, and yes, Mr. Korrie, to save lives. Surely, you know a number of cancer neighbors who would attest to that affirmation? I can’t think of a more important facility in our wonderful community than Valley View Hospital and I certainly owe my life to the hospital and the staff who work there. Thank you P & Z for your sound decision.Nancy ReinischGlenwood Springs

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