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I felt shame as I read the article about Vance Johnson’s troubles. What good did the article do? If the community has any right to know about a fellow citizen’s house price or foreclosure, that information will be posted in the paper’s public notice pages in accordance with the laws. If, however, the newspaper’s intent was to introduce Mr. Johnson’s dilemma for empathy, the Glenwood Springs Post Independent did a poor job, in that it did not cover the man’s family, which includes two living children and a wife.

Nor did it mention the existence of free grief counseling available in our town.

Readers facing similar financial trouble would have found information about foreclosure remedies helpful.

Shallow writing like this does no good to a family trying to make Glenwood Springs home.

Ruth Trowbridge

Glenwood Springs

I had the unique chance to play tourist in Glenwood Springs this past week when my brother and his family from Indiana spent their spring break here.

I have read many letters to the editor on Glenwood’s downtown area being threatened by Highway 82 and the building of Glenwood Meadows.

One evening after a wonderful dinner at the Brew Pub, we walked all around downtown, and, except for a handful of stores, every business was closed. The streets were literally alive with tourists, all window shopping. I couldn’t believe it. My nieces all wanted to go shopping for souvenirs, so we headed over to Glenwood Meadows, where we found a lot more shops open. At the Marble Slab, I counted 20 customers at one time.

I recall this past summer taking my nieces to Estes Park, where we could meander from shop to shop all evening long, with throngs of visitors enjoying the downtown area.

So, Glenwood Springs, how about opening the downtown area to our visitors who are eager to spend money after dinner?

Mary Blichmann


Driving up Four Mile Road late in the afternoon on April 3, I was saddened, angered and disgusted at the sight of a large white pickup parked by the side of the road heading north near Four Mile Ranch. The driver was blatantly chucking cans out his window into the road. As I pulled over to say something to him, he rapidly drove off, leaving at least six cans littering the roadway. This was not a case of something mistakenly flying out the back of a pickup. This was pure, unadulterated, intentional littering.

The amount of trash strewn along Four Mile Road, and throughout the valley, has increased tremendously over the last few years. I don’t know what the fines for littering are in Garfield County, and have not noticed any signs prohibiting littering, although it seems it would be obvious that it is a no-no. While development is inevitable, it seems, and more people produce more trash, we don’t have to put up with or condone the unconscionable acts of turning the landscape into a massive trash can.

Let’s dispose of our refuse properly and in the proper places. Let’s behave like responsible human beings. Let’s preserve the natural beauty that we are so fortunate to have.

Sharon Andersen

Glenwood Springs

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