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Dear Editor,The September 2007 AARP Bulletin features the article “Street Smart,” which focuses on the need for improving the streets in America’s towns to allow and encourage more access for all members of the public and all forms of transportation – cars, bicycles and walking.While our town of Glenwood Springs has pieces of a trail system, it still lacks a “complete” and usable sidewalk system. While we have a local bus transport system (The Ride), we have not identified and addressed the “barriers” to its use, which include lack of easy and safe access to the pickup and drop-off points.In developments such as the Meadows, pedestrian and bicycle access both to/from and within the (so far) commercial development is neither functional nor convenient. Increasingly, we have seen our town develop into relatively insular areas with only motorized vehicle access. Cases in point: a walk from Seventh Street to City Market involves sidewalks that vary from 22 inches to 5 feet; walking from W. 12th down Walz Ave. (only 2-3 blocks) and then to the W. 10th crossing of Midland involves areas of no sidewalks in several places, and steep side-sloping sidewalks (I’d not recommend using a wheelchair or walker), and the only “marked” pedestrian crossing is that on Midland. In other areas it is better or worse, but there has been no complete “accessibility” analysis nor consistent policy and practice to improve this situation. With the increasing problems from traffic congestion, I think that the new City Council should take a close look at both existing conditions and proposed developments (as well as changes in ongoing ones) with a sharp eye to improving access for non-motorized alternatives – those that would make our growing community more “livable.” John W. BarbeeGlenwood Springs

Dear Editor,Personally, I find the recent letters about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints a great beginning to helping non-members gain a better understanding about the LDS religion.Once again, I would like to take this opportunity to clarify some misconceptions about the LDS religion stated in previous letters. The practice of polygamy in the church ended in 1890, and any member who engages in polygamy is excommunicated from the church. Polygamy was started to fulfill a specific need at the time, and only a select group of men were permitted to engage in the practice.We, as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, use the King James Version of the Bible, along with The Book of Mormon, The Pearl of Great Price, and The Doctrine and Covenants. On the front of The Book of Mormon it reads, “The Book of Mormon Another Testament of Jesus Christ.”Quite a bit has been mentioned about whether or not we are saved by works or grace. James 2: 14-16, 20, 24 states very clearly we must have both. James 2: 24 reads, “Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.”The third of 13 Articles of Faith of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints reads: “3. We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.”I would like to extend an invitation to attend our Sunday meetings to anyone who has questions about the LDS Church, or contact our missionaries who will be happy to meet with you.Janet B. HolleyGlenwood Springs


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