Letter: A healthy, happy Glenwood in 2024
The 2024 Glenwood Springs tourist advertisement as I hope it would read:
Some people call Glenwood Springs a speed bump on the way to Aspen. But we think it is one of the healthiest and happiest places in Colorado. So stop and have our amazing grass-fed beef as a steak, hamburger or world famous chili. Stop by Jill’s Vegan Palace for renowned vegan food freshly prepared from all organic non-GMO ingredients. Drink some great Colorado wine or fresh-brewed beer and ale or just milk and cinnamon rolls. Maybe roll a joint if you are so inclined.
Read a great book that is new or used or just scan the large selection of periodicals at the Glenwood Library while having a latte. Enjoy a local shopping experience by thrifting and score a great deal at our multiple thrift stores.
Charge your Tesla or other EV vehicle free downtown while you cruise some of the many unique shops. Remember the energy you use here is 80 percent from renewables since 90 percent of our business and housing are on the grid, producing electricity from roof top solar or solar farms.
Take a tour of a wind farm or our incinerators that burn our local trash to produce electricity or visit our recyclers who turn metals, glass and plastic into raw materials for our local manufacturing sites.
Renew yourself at the hot springs or even do a little spiritual renewal at the nearby Trappist Monastery or just watch the Roaring Fork roll along as it empties into the Colorado near the new conference hall and IMAX theatre complex. Renew your mind at the annual “Make a Difference” conference.
Take a helicopter tour of the Flat Tops, ski, climb a mountain or get thrilled by some of the world famous rides at Adventureland. Fish, ride a bike to Aspen, or golf in our 18-hole course that stretches along the Colorado River.
Happiness is a way of life here because even though the citizens are taxed they experience some of the best schools, hospitals and municipal services.
Come to Glenwood Springs for a healthy happy renewal.
Thomas E. Rutledge
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