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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Some bicyclists just don’t get it, and some do.

The fallacy in some bicyclists’ minds is that they think pedestrians can hear them approaching from behind. Without any warning, a pedestrian could unexpectedly step into the path of a very silent and/or overzealous cyclist.

Very serious consequences could occur to the cyclist and the pedestrian.

Considerate cyclists understand this and make an audible sound with a bike bell or a loud “On your left,” said well before passing the walker.

Rude, discourteous cyclists give all the rest of us cyclists a bad name.

Colorado Statute 42-4-1412 (10) (a) requires an audible signal from a cyclist before overtaking and passing a pedestrian. Please, let’s all be generous with our audible signals on the trail.

Ron Carr

Glenwood Springs

Mr. Downey’s letter in the March 6 paper shows just how misinformed most people are about oil and gas from oil shale.

Even if an efficient way to recover it was invented yesterday, it would be years before any of it got in anybody’s gas tank. Moreover, even recently modified estimates of water required to process the shale indicate there’s not enough to satisfy every need in the West.

A gallon of water or a gallon of gas. It might come down to that.

Donie Grange

Glenwood Springs

March 14-18 is National MS Awareness Week. Colorado has one of the highest incidences of this disease in the nation. One in every 550 Coloradans has MS.

We encourage you to become aware of what MS is, so that you can understand the challenges your friends and relatives who are living with MS experience every day.

MS is a disease of the central nervous system, therefore it can affect any part of the human body, internally and externally. For this reason, it is rare to find two people who have MS who exhibit the same symptoms and have the same disabilities.

We learned this firsthand from the four members of our family, including our son, who have been diagnosed with MS. While MS is certainly not contagious, it does appear that there is a genetic component, and, as in our family, 75 percent of the people with MS are females.

Twenty-five years ago, a diagnosis of MS came with empathy from the physician, but nothing else. Today there are six different drugs on the market to slow the progression of the disease. While these are all injectibles, the first oral drug is in the final stages of approval by the FDA. A cure is still not within reach, but enormous amounts of research worldwide is striving to, eventually, make a world free of MS.

Knowledge is power. To learn more about MS call (800) FightMS or (800) 344-4867, or stop by one of the MS information tables at our local health fairs: April 2 at Grand River Hospital District, April 9 at Coal Ridge High School, April 16 at Roaring Fork High School, and April at 30 Valley View Hospital.

Tillie and Rolly Fischer

Glenwood Springs


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