Protect city land
The selling or giving away of public land for private development without a city-wide vote is a counterproductive action that goes against the well-being and goals of the city’s own Comprehensive Plan. The city administration was made aware of the potential harm that could come from giving away approximately one-half acre of city owned open space to build a high-density housing project at the busy Eighth and Midland arterial street intersection.
Moreover, the project given the name “Confluence” reflects a lack of discipline missing the careful management needed to avoid the detrimental outcomes of future land use in the greater confluence area. Despite being aware of the risks and consequences, the city administration approved the project well before they allowed public input. This process whereby city-owned land could be sold or given away without the citizens first being made fully aware of all the outcomes affecting quality of life in the city, including the good, bad and ugly should not continue. The citizens’ voices need to be heard.
Glenwood needs to prioritize the preservation and protection of our open space and river corridors in the confluence area as its most important responsibility to maintaining quality of life here. The confluence of two rivers is our greatest natural asset and is at risk of being targeted by overdevelopment. The Comprehensive Plan does not provide the tools needed to resist the pressure for development of high densities in the wrong locations. We need to make sure that our riverbanks are preserved and protected by a wide green line of trees, parks, trails and open space.
Visit the website KeepGlenwoodGlenwood.com to learn more about how you can add your signature to the petition “to change the city charter to give you a vote on annexation and development on our Public Lands.”
David Hauter, Glenwood Springs
Working on shoestring budgets
Let me advise the Board of Garfield County Commissioners, John Martin, Mike Samson, and Tom Jankovsky, after reading “Garfield County Libraries Report: A quick look at GCPLD’s 2024 draft budget” ( Sopris Sun, November 23, 2023, page 4) that the Garfield County Public Library District (GCPLD) Board of Trustees should reduce their advertising and marketing budget simply bumping up their promotions and cultural events publicity efforts by using more Yankee Ingenuity and Beverly Hills’ fabulous Rodeo Drive Committee legacy strategic antics to capture the news media’s and the general public’s imagination for wanting to be there for the spectacular action and dazzling showmanship during one-of-kind moments.
Furthermore, let me suggest the GCPLD board and library staff get busy using their present precious resources to turn mud into rivers of gold. Get busy and read their books. Wonders never cease!
If Mr. Beverly Hills Fred Hayman and the original Rodeo Drive Committee could produce spectacular special events and publicity stunts on shoestring budgets time and time again in yesteryear with little planning, then GCPLD board and the library staff can do it today. Let them use their brains to show everybody they are not educated fools.
In conclusion, I say the same thing to the Aspen Chamber Resort Association, Carbondale Chamber of Commerce, Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association, (Rifle) Colorado River Valley Chamber of Commerce, Basalt Chamber of Commerce, and other unmentioned area business groups.
Emzy Veazy III, Aspen
Gaza Fights for Freedom
Come watch “Gaza Fights for Freedom,” a 2019 documentary about the historic March of Return, a peaceful act of resistance to Israel’s 16-year blockade of Gaza. Beginning in 2018, for 52 weeks, Palestinians marched to the Israeli border in the only form of peaceful expression available to them. Conditions in Gaza were already dire even before President Trump ended funding to the UN’s program for Palestinian refugees.
The unwritten rule of automatic support for Israel’s policies, evident in most of the letters in our local papers and used to shame two city council members, is stifling and coercive.
Americans are complicit in ethnic cleansing in Gaza. The UN has only documented 10,000 civilian deaths in Russia’s 20-month war in Ukraine. Israel’s bombing and invasion has killed an estimated 15,000 innocent people — mostly women and children — in less than two months. Israeli fighters dropped 6,000 bombs on Gaza in the first week of bombing alone. Compare that to the 7,400 bombs the U.S. dropped on Afghanistan in the most intense year of bombing (NBCnews.com, Nov. 20). The World Food Programme now warns hundreds of thousands of Gazans face starvation. The mantra is “Israel has a right to defend itself.” This is not self-defense. Netanyahu called it “mighty vengeance.” Likud politician Ariel Kallner called for a new Nakba, referring to the forced expulsion of 750,000 Palestinians at Israel’s founding in 1948. The claims of their 5.6 million descendants living as refugees to stolen property and a right to return to their homeland have never been addressed in peace negotiations.
“Gaza Fights for Freedom” includes on-the-ground footage from inside Gaza and historical context essential for Americans to understand as their government continues to underwrite atrocities. Dec. 7, Carbondale branch library, 7-9 p.m. Free. RSVP: bit.ly/rfvgaza.
Will Hodges, Hannah Saggau, Cassidy Glad, Carbondale