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Letter: Don’t eliminate flight for life helicopter

I am absolutely appalled and dismayed that there is an option on the table that would take away the ability to service and fuel our flight for life helicopter. Clearly, whoever thought of that has never had a loved one flown in an attempt to save their life. I have.
We need our local airport to ensure the ability to provide life-saving services to our community. Figure out another way to solve our housing issues, but not on the backs of those in dire need of life-saving medical care.
Katie Fischer Mosquera
Glenwood Springs

Letter: I hate taxes, but…

The proposed ¾-cent sales tax, earmarked for the reconstruction of existing streets and underlying utilities, will benefit the majority of the citizens of Glenwood. If you look at the city’s list of streets to be impacted, you will find your street. Go to www.fixourstreetsnow.com.
It is very easy to be against taxes. The cons just flow out. The city may not spend their money responsibly, taxes are too high, the ½-cent tax we already have is enough, etc. It is a lot harder to make a case in favor of the tax, so here goes:
My neighborhood streets and utilities will be reconstructed. Cedar Crest was annexed to the city about 30 years ago at which time nearly all the infrastructure was substandard, but now it is about average for a Glenwood neighborhood road: terrible!
73 percent of the tax collected will come from people and entities that are not city residents.
The city has not squandered the existing ½-cent sales tax over the past 15 years. This tax is for snow removal, striping, crack sealing, signage, traffic calming, street sweeping, etc. — not just maintenance and reconstruction. Some of the money was spent on Vista Drive, Sopris Avenue, Donegan Road, Mt. Sopris Drive, Eighth Street connection and the city’s portion ($3 million) of the Grand Avenue Bridge project. All the chip sealing you saw last year was done to extend the life of roads until a proper repair could be done, trying to prevent an expensive rebuild. The existing ½-cent tax cannot catch us up! When we are caught up the tax goes away, or in 2039, whichever occurs first.
I am a skeptical member of the city’s transportation commission and had the opportunity to ask the hard questions of the staff and City Council about how committed they are to this project. I believe this money will be spent as efficiently as possible. A very encouraging recent development is the appointment of Matthew Langhorst as Glenwood’s new Public Works Director. Please consider voting for the tax. It’s good for Glenwood and the majority.
Sandy Lowell,
Glenwood Springs

Letter: Vanian can be trusted to make wise decisions

It’s in the air, the zeitgeist, it’s the time in this perilous era, it’s actually past time, to be electing women to positions of leadership. We see the impact in Congress of the women elected recently. There’s a vibrancy and freshness there — not business as usual. Women are connected to the future as we bear the children who inherit the world in which we leave them.
I’m thankful for capable people stepping forward to lead our country and community. But now, when given a choice, it’s time to give a nod toward women. Lord knows it’s gone the other way for time immemorial. Could that possibly have something to do with the turmoil and conflict proliferating through society?
My vote this year for City Council in ward 3 is Jennifer Vanian. She’s lived here for 42 years, raised her children here, and has been active in really important aspects of improving our community. With no financial backing, she’s an underdog. When the odds are against you, you work that much harder. I feel Jennifer can be trusted to make the wise decisions promoting financial opportunities balanced with stewardship of our priceless environment and resources.
Here’s an enthusiastic nod as well to Erika Gibson, Paula Stepp and Ksana Oglesby.
Susan Wilmot,
Glenwood Springs

Letter: City’s streets should reflect that we care

Seems like there are two factors that create a sense of urgency to get these streets fixed and fixed well. The first one is that construction costs go up an average of 5 percent a year. The other is that streets that are in fair condition will continue to deteriorate into a poor or failing condition requiring much more costly upgrade reconstruction. This has already happened on my street.
Having lived on my street for eight years it has gone from needing a good bit of work to now needing to be replaced. I’d like my street and our city’s streets to reflect that we care about where we live. The only choice is whether we do it now or when it will cost much more. Now is already so much more than it would have been if my street had been done when it needed it 10 years ago. It is my hope that we would stop kicking this responsibility down the street any farther. We have already done that enough to our own detriment. Let’s get it done now, without skimping and so it will last! Vote to fix the streets!
Charley Hill,
Glenwood Springs