Monday letters: Glenwood’s Comprehensive Plan, Caitlin Carey for county commissioner, election deniers, the meaning of equity

Glenwood Springs’ comprehensive plan more than just theoretical

Responding to January 24 front page article on the charter change and Comprehensive Plan. The City took the careful steps to spend somewhere around $100.000 and approximately 16 months. Scores of peoples time and energy, pulling from every City entity that would be helpful, impacted, or of use in some way. An official public document, the Comprehensive Plan was created. 

The documents intended use is as a practical guiding document for developers to refer to when implementing the land use vision and policy of the City.

Hannah Klausman, (Planner and Economic Developer for the City), responds to the use of the City’s document by saying, “It’s just a theoretical planning exercise.” As if it’s an abstract and not practical.
When Gould Construction purchased the last 191 acres of land on Four Mile Road for $6 million in 2020, that purchase seemingly assures development. Maybe the city is presently having no conversation about annexing Four Mile. Typically the lid is kept on, when ideas are simmering, however the conversation is happening somewhere, contingent on the new South Bridge.

Finally the people who live here will have a fair say in land use policy because they will get out and vote on the special election on April 23. 

Jennifer Vanian, Glenwood Springs

Caitlin Carey: The county commissioner we need

It’s time for Garfield County to move forward, for us to address our challenges with collaborative and creative solutions. As our next Garfield County Commissioner, Caitlin Carey is the ideal person to provide the positive energy, vision and leadership necessary to meet these challenges. Caitlin has a proven track record of hard work and collaboration. As a member of New Castle’s Town Council she has gained valuable insight into the needs of Garfield County and its communities. Public service is not a part-time job for Caitlin, it is a full-time responsibility to which she dedicates herself with wisdom and enthusiasm.

Garfield County cannot continue to try to function in isolation, separate from the surrounding region, ignoring changing demographics and economics, as has been the strategy of the current commissioners. Our residents may live here, but many find it necessary to commute to surrounding counties for work, and many who work here find it necessary to live far from their employment because of economic constraints. We all breathe the same air, drink the same water, travel the same roads and live under the same wildfire threats. Economic stability, attainable housing and the environment are just some of the critical issues that Caitlin is prepared to address collaboratively and in good faith with our regional partners.

We need commissioners who are accessible to all of us and to our diverse needs. We need commissioners who are willing to look to our future well-being in this rapidly changing world, not who are desperately trying to hold on to a past that never really existed.

Caitlin Carey will be the county commissioner we need and can count on.

Carole O’Brien, New Castle

It’s time to put the Big Lie to rest

Last month I raised the issue of election denying with our county commissioners and received quite a bit of pushback. To date, however, not one elected official, candidate or leader of our local Republican party has been willing to publicly debunk the claim that the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump. Here’s why this matters:

It is the lie about massive voter fraud in the 2020 election that has led to a spike in political violence and threats of violence across our nation — from the bludgeoning of police officers at the Jan. 6 insurrection to recent death threats against FBI agents, county clerks and election workers.

It is this lie that has paved the way for people to reject future election results and accept physical violence as a means to determine who gets to govern our nation.

It is this lie that is leading some Americans to doubt the importance of democracy and believe that an authoritarian dictator may be just what our country needs.

As the Republican-dominated Colorado County Clerk Association recently reminded us, “all evidence and testimony from Trump’s own legal team completely reject the claim that the election was stolen.”

Nevertheless, Trump and other Republican leaders continue to push this Big Lie. It is Republican leaders who could, instead, put this Big Lie to rest.

This is not about Garfield County’s election system, which we all agree is trustworthy. It’s about rooting out the Big Lie wherever it continues to fester, including in Garfield County.

If you are an elected official, candidate or leader of our county Republican party, I call upon you to help debunk the Big Lie by stating publicly that you, personally, do not believe there was massive voter fraud in 2020.

As the Colorado County Clerk Association clearly states in their December letter to our elected officials, “If you are someone who continues to support the same lies that [Trump’s own attorneys] Powell, Ellis, and Meadows once peddled and have now rejected, you are undermining our Constitution.”

Debbie Stone Bruell, Carbondale

Who defines “equity”?

Voces Unidas Director Alex Sanchez says the RE-1 school district must address “equity … issues” (Feb. 2, 2024 GPI).

My question for Sanchez is this: Who decides so-called “equity”? Most liberals and Democrats accept the concept of “equity” without out question. Conservatives and GOP’ers not so much.

Are there more conservatives than liberals in the RE-1 school district? I don’t know. In any case, a good percent of conservatives don’t accept an “equity”-based approach to running the district. I wouldn’t be surprised if a fair percentage of Democrats don’t accept the “equity” notion as well. Which group is the biggest: “Equity” believers or equality believers? Hard to tell.

In any case, the question for Sanchez remains. Who decides what’s equitable?

Lynn “Jake” Burton, Glenwood Springs

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