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Letter: We can do better

A frequently asked question regarding undocumented immigrants is: “Why don’t they get their papers?”

Reality proves this to be very difficult due to the way the system is designed and the current backlog of cases. The four women who have taken sanctuary in Colorado created the “People’s Resolution” in order to seek support in addressing the obstacles that they and thousands of others face.

The People’s Resolution offers Colorado an opportunity to lead the nation in devising sane and humane immigration practices. Please go to http://www.peoplesresolution.org, read the case studies of the four women who authored the Resolution, then sign the People’s Resolution and contact the governor and our legislators requesting that they support it. This is our chance to begin to make our immigration system more humane and for Colorado to lead the way. Our legislators need to hear from us.

Ann Johnson

Carbondale

Consider growth costs

Thanks to Charles Peterson for bringing up the concern of growth for Glenwood Springs (this applies to the whole valley, and beyond).  

There are now 380 new rental units with more under consideration. This raises some very important questions.

Locally, what are the impacts of this growth on the local community? These new people will need the full slate of government services as well as create wear and tear on the existing infrastructure. What are these costs? What are the actual carrying capacities and what will need to be expanded? 

One case in point is the condition of city streets. The city wants to raise money to fix them. Why isn’t the money already available? Shouldn’t there have been an ongoing accumulation of funds from all the growth over the years?  Shouldn’t there be a sinking fund? 

What about the rest of the infrastructure? Is there a backlog of projects without funding? It appears that additional growth is not providing the money for its own impacts.     

There is a fundamental belief in this country that growth is both necessary and inevitable. The state demographer predicts large population increases. Why?  Are these self-fulfilling prophesies? More growth means more stress on the environment. More growth means more stress on each other. Have you been to Denver lately? Climate change is reducing our fresh water supply. We are now short of water. Why add more water users? 

Globally, we continue to add CO2 to the atmosphere at a record pace. Adding more population only adds more emissions. The effects of climate change will grow more severe. The upper Midwest is now under water in an unprecedented way from record rainfall; and spring runoff has yet to come. Wild fires are now year-round.

As Charlie said: “Growth is not a measure of success for our community.”

Patrick Hunter

Carbondale


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