Friday letters: Glenwood traffic, countering Harcourt, climate change questions
Re: Recent news story about traffic issues in Glenwood Springs (9/7 Post Independent).
Coordinating signals sounds like a good and necessary (for some time now) step. However, I’m having a hard time visualizing how medians could work. Hard as our fine city plowers work, even CDOT is competing with Wendy’s for employees (less pay and harder work hours). For years now, their placement for snow (when we get any) has been down the middle of Grand and other streets.
Along with that, there’s increased traffic and a narrow Grand Ave. How would/could that be worked around?
P. Welch, Glenwood Springs
The speeding on Midland south is out of control. People speed down this road doing 40 to 60 miles per hour at all times of the day.
When the construction phase was going, on I was approached by members of the city council and the school district about our fence height. They said that there’d be school children walking on the new sidewalk that they made 10-foot wide for safety reasons. Our fence they said wouldn’t allow motorists to see the children at the crosswalks. So we lowered our fence for safety reasons.
I asked if the city was going to put in speed bumps and they said that with the narrowing of the road motorists would slow down. Since then I have emailed city council members letting them know that the motorists are not slowing down and if they would consider installing speed bumps for safety. I have not received any response.
The police department did put up a speed check on the road but motorists just fly by it. Motorists speed by while children and citizens are walking on the sidewalk without a care of retribution. I have talked to my neighbors and they voice these concerns as well. Motorists even pass other motorists driving 30 miles per hour in a double yellow line 25 mph zone. People’s safety is at risk.
If they would have had the foresight to install speed bumps when construction was happening the cost would have been minimal. Protect our children, animals and our residents; install speed bumps and make our community safer. Thank you
Chris Crossen, Glenwood Springs
In response to John Harcourt (letters 9/6): I am also a moderate conservative (but unaffiliated with any political party) and am in agreement with a number of your statements.
I also believe in funding and supporting our police, law enforcement (including the FBI), and the military (our current administration has increased funding to hire police).
I also believe in the enforcement of our current laws, including punishing rioters, such as the rioter insurrectionists who stormed the U.S. Capital on Jan. 6, 2021, smashed windows and defaced the Capitol building, severely injuring over 100 police officers.
I also believe that crime is a serious problem in our cities, especially in communities of color, that must be addressed through a multifaceted approach. No one I know, whether liberal or conservative, would disagree with that.
Yes, we have been experiencing some real economic pain with high inflation and high gas prices (as a result of the war in Ukraine and not the administration’s policies). But inflation is easing and gas prices are dropping. I can certainly find many positive things this administration has accomplished that will result in positive economic outcomes: lowering prescription drug prices for seniors, an infrastructure bill, a veterans health care bill and a semiconductor manufacturing bill to name a few.
I am wondering in what specific way the current government is attempting to control everything in your life. If you were a woman, I could see your point since women no longer have full reproductive health autonomy, and in some states are forced to give birth regardless of the circumstances surrounding how they were impregnated or whether it will put their own life in danger.
I do believe that our country is on the wrong track — due to the current threats to our democracy by extremists who would seek to overthrow the government, not due to this administration’s policies.
Electing more extremists to the House and Senate will not make our democracy better off. We need to restore the balance in our government, not increase partisanship.
Laurie Lawrence, Rifle
Is there a climate emergency?
A “World Climate Declaration” was confirmed a few weeks ago by about 1,200 climate scientists and professionals from all over the world, claiming there is no climate change emergency. They stated that all evidence indicates that the increase in carbon dioxide (CO2) and the increase in the temperature of the earth are not harmful. The “cure” to get rid of fossil fuels asap … probably will be far worse than the disease of climate change.
Those fearing the eventual end of human civilization claim that there is over a 99% consensus that there is indeed a crisis and we must reach zero CO2 by 2050. Those supporting the positive “World Climate Declaration” state it is no surprise that we are experiencing a warming that is both natural and man-made. Climate models exaggerate CO2 as a pollutant. CO2 is absolutely not a pollutant; it sustains all life including the greening of our planet. We even exhale CO2 as we breathe.
Geological archives reveal that the Earth’s climate has changed for as long as the planet has existed —10,000 years ago, Chicago was covered with a mile of ice. Where did that 5,000-foot mountain of ice, created by the supremacy of “climate change,” go?
Floyd Diemoz, Glenwood Springs
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