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Dear Editor,I was a member of the Glenwood City Council at the time CDOT proposed replacing the Grand Avenue bridge. First of all, engineers from CDOT assured us that the present Grand Avenue bridge was safe, and the reason for the replacement was not a safety concern, but to improve traffic flow through our city.The CDOT plan called for replacing the present bridge with a much larger structure. The new bridge would have been widened to he edge of the sidewalks. You could have almost touched the buildings on each side of the bridge. The proposed structure would have been several feet higher than the present bridge, and would not have touched down until almost Eighth Street. This configuration would have destroyed the seven hundred block of Grand Ave. I do not believe any retail business would have survived if the new bridge had been approved.We, of course, would have liked to have seen traffic congestion improved. However, some traffic experts claimed that you actually can cause more congestion if you put an improvement in the middle of a problem area without taking care of problems on each end of the improvement. It was my contention that extending Midland Avenue west to Exit 114 was a better plan. I believe that this has proven to be the case.The primary concern of CDOT is to move traffic from point A to point B as quickly and safely as possible. City Council has the obligation to look at proposals presented by CDOT as to how they will affect the city as a whole. Don VanderhoofGlenwood SpringsTradition continuesDear Editor,In a refreshing front page article, the community is reminded that the tradition of Re-1 administrators continues, and that students and community comments are cavalierly first patronized and then ignored. Certainly, we must maintain tradition. What a relief to know the school district and the community operate completely independently of each other.Cheryl CainGlenwood Springs

Dear Editor,In a refreshing front page article, the community is reminded that the tradition of Re-1 administrators continues, and that students and community comments are cavalierly first patronized and then ignored. Certainly, we must maintain tradition. What a relief to know the school district and the community operate completely independently of each other.Cheryl CainGlenwood Springs

Dear Editor,This is a response to Illegals are getting a bad rap, August 16. His first paragraph may help Mr. Macinas see. He says, the illegals are portrayed as criminals. First I point out the word illegals, and ask, what part of illegal is not comprehensible? The act of entering countries illegally is illegal, period. Some Americans fought for rights of legal citizens and probably would again.Mr. Macinas, consider that point. Visit any U.S. courtroom and count the percentage of Hispanics. Astounding, more than 75 percent, traffic or criminal. Of our total populace, they are less than 35 percent. And all have their own interpreter and attorney, which taxes pay for, but they pay no taxes. Break any countrys laws entering illegally, you have no rights, you are illegal, period. But not in the good old U.S.A. If they truly are hardworking, good people, wishing to better their lives, let them first respect the laws of the country they wish to immigrate to by entering legally.Its a great country and all are welcome, when legal. Those who are not legal are not welcome. I dont belittle those who wish to better their lives, I applaud them. That is, if they do not take advantage of a caring, giving society who pardon border sneaks time after time. Burdening their country because these illegal aliens take advantage of every program this society offers its citizens. But have the audacity to complain when they read that some of the legal citizens are offended by supporting these illegals and the chaos they cause. Sorry illegals, what it says.Picture some poorly-educated Anglo U.S. citizen applying for every aid program offered, not paying taxes, no social security card but collecting some, driving better cars than most people on credit most cant get, costing courts thousands daily supplying his interpreters and attorneys, speaking only cowboy and his nonexistent rights are being violated. He wants no citizenship and to have his race of people, not American but cowboyanic, speaking only cowboy. Does that sound asinine? Sorry, no pity.Randy SmithGlenwood Springs


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