Letters to the Editor Views on FedEx, recent PI articles and more
FedEx Double Talk
The current landlord in Carbondale indicated he wanted FedEx to stay put.
But FedEx declared that Ross Montessori in Carbondale (that is in the process of being moved) poses a concern because if they stay located in Carbondale, delivery trucks must cross a pedestrian and bike path that is full of students.
I guess that means that the (new) proposed Midland access (in Glenwood) does not have a pedestrian/bike path that they have to cross. Oh, but it does: the crosswalk at Mountain Market, and the crosswalks at the 27th Street roundabout. I also recall that the City of Glenwood Springs was, at one time, considering constructing an elevated pedestrian walkway at the Mountain Market intersection due to all the pedestrian traffic. In addition, the vehicle and pedestrian traffic during drop-off and pick-up at Sopris Elementary via Midland is far worse than the traffic at Ross. So I say FedEx is going from the frying pan into the fire with its proposed move.
And then – in the same article in the PI — FedEx states that the company would prefer not have delivery vans and larger transport trucks passing through residential neighborhoods. Huh… I guess that means the Midland does not pass through residential neighborhoods. Could have fooled me.
Does this make any sense to any citizen of Carbondale and/or Glenwood? My guess is nope.
Learn proper flag etiquette
Concerning the article in the Nov. 12 paper, “Farewell to the Flag,” the caption reads, “Everyone stands to attention as the flag burns.” The caption does not seem to fit the picture.
I see three people with their hands and arms folded looking like they would rather be somewhere else. I also see the children in the foreground have not been taught proper flag etiquette.
A lot of young men and women have lost arms, legs and even their lives so that the folks in the picture could gather and witness the retiring of the flag.
Maybe Glenwood Springs Elementary should do a class on what the flag stands for and why we stand for the flag.
God bless America.
Henry Hendrickson, property manager at Apple Tree Park
Cesark’s inspirational work
Oftentimes you can’t find it when you’re looking. Oftentimes it finds you where you least expect it.
I certainly wasn’t looking for or expecting it when I walked into 802 Grand Ave. through the chamber office and into the intimate CMC Art Share Gallery.
There it was: K Rhynus Cesark’s “Floating Compression”; purely inspirational. Her ability to transform abstract architectural concepts into beautiful tangible works of art is amazingly inspirational. This “opportunivore” can make art out of any material. Not sure? Go see her solo exhibition and be prepared for an inspirational experience. Go now and be prepared to take some of it home.
Loafers or boots?
War is always the last resort for any country to take. Iraq has had gains and losses. Our wounded and lost soldiers are the proof. Now that more troops are headed to Iraq, there are more questions than answers.
The troops are going to be helping in an advisory position. If that is true, the troops will be going over with laptops, suits and loafers. If the troops are equipped with camouflage, bulletproof vests, guns and combat boots, they are in a war.
The troops and their families need our support and a lot of prayers.
Boland’s column on college
struck a chord
I love Mary Boland. Her thoughtful column on the “absurdly high cost of college” really struck a chord. I have three teenagers, and the financial challenge of sending them to college really keeps me up nights.
I was wondering recently, is the cost of tuition so much higher now compared to what it was in my day simply because of inflation? So I did a little calculation. I went to college from 1975 until 1979. Tuition was $2,500 per year. If tuition had followed the Consumer Price Index all these years, the price would have inflated 3.8 percent per year, on average. My alma mater should cost $11,000 per year in 2015.
But guess what? The actual cost today is $43,500. Gee, that sure must provide for some generous administrative salaries and perks. And then they have the unbelievable gall to offer four-year degrees in psychology, sociology, communications, etc. Trust me, there are a lot of disillusioned young adults in their 20s and 30s right now, with back-breaking student loan debt, who wish a counselor had given them some practical advice.
Parents, please show Ms. Boland’s column to your teenagers. They will thank you in the long run.
Article didn’t convey test bullying
On Nov. 13, an article was published in the Post Independent about the CMAS testing, and seniors opting out. The article stated that students are not allowed to opt out of this test, and the repercussions that come from not taking this test, even when opted out. Students who missed the test would be given an unexcused absence mark on their record. Mr. Paul Freeman, principal at GSHS, stated, “We’ve tried to be firm but friendly,” with regards to telling students they cannot opt out.
What this article forgot to mention was that the “firm but friendly” approach included bullying and blackmailing the students into taking the test. Individually, students were called out of class and essentially bullied into submission with threats. Students were told that if they didn’t take the test they wouldn’t be allowed to walk at graduation, even if their parents opted them out, or called to excuse their absences.
Furthermore, seniors in athletic programs were told that they would not be allowed to participate in playoff games if they did not take the CMAS test. As a witness to this bullying, I also heard Mr. Craig Denney, athletic director, state to a student, “I opt you out of things, not Mommy and Daddy.” Also, students have been marked truant instead of unexcused. In cases of unexcused absences and truancies the school calls the parents to report them, but with truancies regarding the CMAS test, there have been no phone calls home to inform the parents. Why?
Along with the bullying, classes containing seniors have been told to stop learning new material, and that has not happened. Every single one of my classes has moved on, and students who were taking the CMAS test are left in the dust. When the administration was noted of this, they did nothing to help the students.
I understand the fact that the school must take this test, but the actions that the administration is taking is over and above unacceptable. That is what the article is missing. The truth.
Editor’s note: Glenwood Springs High School officials have denied the allegations in this letter.
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