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It is with great pleasure that I share information about how Pam Zentmyer would be an asset to the Carbondale town council if she were elected on April 1. Pam’s skills and qualities have made a significant improvement in our business. Her honesty, intelligence, humor, supportive nature and ability to learn anything quickly are only part of our benefit, as she has also professionally kept our often-confusing financial books straight for three-and-a-half years. Her level of attention to the details, while also keeping in mind the bigger picture, is truly amazing. She offers professional suggestions to cut costs while maintaining the same high quality end result. Due to her ability to listen to others’ points of view with an open mind, she is able to discuss challenging issues without getting mired in limiting “either/or” perspectives. All of these attributes are ones that would be beneficial to the Carbondale town council.

Through numerous conversations with Pam, it is clear that she loves her home town of Carbondale. She is interested in seeing it continue to grow through conscious, well-informed decisions. She is running for the town council office as a way to give back to the town that raised her. All that know Pam would acknowledge that she brings a fresh perspective to any conversation or decision.

Vote for Pam Zentmyer on April 1.

Mary Roland


As a transplant from San Antonio, I have been interested in the recent debate surrounding the east river corridor bypass.

In 1926, the plans for the San Antonio River were to make it into a storm drain for flood control, and build a road over it.

Fortunately, a dreamer named Robert Hugman came along with a different idea. He proposed a riverwalk. The development began in 1939. It has subsequently been expanded numerous times, and is now one of the world’s largest urban linear parks, generating millions of dollars of tourist revenue every year.

The plan by Mr. Leahy published in your paper reminded me of Mr. Hugman and his “crazy” riverwalk idea.

I can’t help but believe that given the choice, the people of Glenwood Springs would prefer a riverwalk/pedestrian park to a highway along the Roaring Fork River.

In 1924, a group in San Antonio called the river “the goose that laid the golden egg,” and pleaded to city leaders to “spare the goose for future use.” I can only hope our city leaders can heed this advice and spare our “goose.”

Jodie Collins

Glenwood Springs

Maiah Bugielski, thank you for the letter honoring the loss of your friend. Your observation about the subject being touchy is true. It is something we can’t predict although we feel someone should have. Auto accident and avalanche deaths, though equally unpredictable, are events in which we don’t have the same sense of guilt. The confusion suicide causes is more quickly swept out of sight. That sense of accusation is so hard to face because we all sense someone should’ve seen it coming.

Or as in the case of school systems, people can’t face how they’ve acquiesced such awareness to institutions, warehousing students, until they are let loose on the world as mindless consumers. The institution may not want to face its complicity in fostering the emptiness that makes suicide one of the top five causes of death among teenagers. In a small town, you face the added denial about being so much influenced by big-city values.

I myself have been there, at your age. What I learned from surviving, the thought was this: It isn’t the losses that bury you, it’s the successes. Because when you’re low enough, your own death looks like upward mobility. You feel so undeserving of even little successes. Maybe I finally survived by years of avoiding prosperity.

I lost a nephew to suicide last spring. He had everything going for him. Nothing wanting. He was an Iraqi veteran, and the suicide rate is abnormally high among soldiers. It could be he took antidepressants that are designed to cause suicidal tendencies. Planned obsolescence at its diabolical best. Creating repeat customers of both its victims and their survivors. It may have been death was preferable to being forced to testify against his father (in a dirt-poor county where “child-stealing” equals county revenue). He could not become complicit in this, thus hurting his siblings. We’ll never know.

Eric Olander

New Castle

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