Wednesday Letters: Electric Bikes, Traffic Officers, Climate Vote, Strawberry Days

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Respect e-bikers

In a recent local newspaper article, Lorenzo Semple said the following:

“You won’t find me on my e-bike on our hallowed single track trails. If you want to ride the “good stuff”, you have to do the work. Some things are still sacred.

This puts the finger on the head of the selfish heads-up attitude towards e-bikes on single-track trails.



I am a 72 year old disabled veteran with Parkinson’s disease from exposure to Agent Orange in Vietnam.

There are many other people, not necessarily just the elderly either, with physical limitations that prevent us from enjoying the “good things”.



The vast majority of single track trails in our region are on public land and were built with public funds.

So listen to the commissioners of Pitkin County, City Council, and Aspen Parks and Recreation, as well as trustees of the BLM and White River National Forest; stop kicking the streets and make a decision yourselves, don’t wait for other authorities to do it (the excuse being used constantly).

Stop denying the right of use to so many people just because we need electrical assistance to help us enjoy public equipment.

Gary Pax

Carbondale

yes to the traffic cop

At a recent Glenwood Springs City Council meeting, Police Chief Deras requested a dedicated traffic officer for the city. This happened after many citizens expressed concerns about speed and danger to pedestrians.

Why not give the chief of police what he’s asking for if it helps address a legitimate concern. Outraged. with the number of speeders on Grand Avenue, the position could very well pay for itself.

Joe Mollica

Glenwood Springs

Take the climate into account when voting

Fires, floods, annual increase in wind speed and mega drought! How can you deny climate change?

And since 99% of atmospheric scientists around the world say that burning fossil fuels is a major cause, why aren’t we serious about phasing it out?

Nothing, not the economy, not abortion, not guns, not immigration, not race relations – when everything has to be worked on – is as important as saving the ecosystems of this Earth.

Drinking water, food and shelter, that’s all. Money won’t buy them once they’re gone.

Everything will go down the tubes if we don’t tackle climate change and mitigate its causes.

Think about it when you vote.

Catherine Delanoy

Eagle

Veterinary event thank you

The Western Slope Veterans Coalition would like to extend a big thank you to everyone who came out to participate in the second annual Veterans Golf Tournament.

Thanks to the support of our many sponsors, players, volunteers and many donations from the business community, this year’s event raised over $30,000 to provide much-needed assistance to veterans in the area.

We would also like to thank all of the staff at Lakota Links Golf Club, New Castle, for their hard work in making the tournament possible. Thank you all for giving back to those who have given so much to our country.

Howard Leavitt

On behalf of the Western Slope Veterans Coalition Board

Glenwood Springs

Talk to the elders

When I first came to this valley (in 1976) to work in the mines, I had older mentors who knew things about the “old days” that I respected and listened to. One of them was my owner, Chic Casteel. Another was Eloise and Jack. Eloise was born in Aspen and her father worked in the mines.

These elderly people taught me a lot about the history of this region. This story is forgotten. Chic was telling me, and I saw for myself, how the valley was becoming a tourist trap. Do you remember the days when you could walk to Hanging Lake, see 12 other people and say it was busy? Or the pretty little Grizzly Creek park, above the little cabins and gas station? Or just drive to the Bells and pitch a tent?

Now it seems the valley has filled with many people with their hands outstretched, determined to love her to death. Give me ranchers and miners, three movie theaters and a drive-in than what we have today. I guess my wife and I got here in no time and were ready to sweat our dues to buy our $75,000 home, which is now worth 10 times that amount!

But maybe I’ve become an old kook myself, for remembering a quiet main street at 9 o’clock at night. Or maybe it’s time to switch to Mack. The writers in this valley better talk to some of these old people before they die.

Michael W. Horst

Carbondale

looking for direction

In light of the water situation as intensified by relentless climate change, the City of Glenwood needs a growth initiative that limits growth to a certain sustainable percentage within a year. This backdrop of water, fire and climate change will change and only go in one direction. Let’s go slow enough to measure, project and meet the needs of an uncertain future.

Also, we certainly don’t need more promotion of Glenwood Springs as a tourist destination. The chamber would better serve businesses and people who want to live here, urging the council to promote green spaces, parks, trees and what makes a destination desirable. Everyone could focus on the “greening” of Glenwood. The city controls the spaces for this to happen. People and their dollars are already arriving, and more are on the way.

Barb Coddington

Glenwood Springs

here but gone

My mother has Alzheimer’s disease and she is at the end of her life. For those who have witnessed this difficult decline, you know the experience can be surreal. We will be sitting across from each other, looking each other in the eye.

My mother is there… but she is also gone.

In no way do I intend this to sound funny or flippant. It is my truth. Over the past five years, I have endured very similar grief. The loss of my hometown. I look around and see Red Mountain, Glenwood Canyon, Hanging Lake, Hot Springs Pool, Sunlight…. They too, in many ways, turned into something different. Please don’t get me wrong.

We are blessed to live in what I believe to be the most magical place in the world. Yes, there are additional downsides and the crowds sometimes drown out the feeling of joy that has always captured my soul.

It can be a challenge to touch that joy on some days.

It’s no longer just there, flooding me like the rains that fell every afternoon when I was a child. He’s still there, but he’s also gone.

With Strawberry Days 2022 behind us, I pause to reflect on all the immense changes in our valley. It may seem that I and many of my fellow community members (I can’t speak for all) are disappointed or even angry with the decisions made by the Chamber or the City regarding Strawberry Days.

I believe we deserve the same sense of pause from those leading these changes. It hurts to hold something precious, so close to your heart, and then watch it take you away. It’s not just about Strawberry Days. I have made many sacrifices to live in this wonderful place that I call home. It is not easy. Glenwood Springs is my family.

There are two things I meditate on daily – patience and acceptance – not only for my mother’s condition, but also for my home. I ask that we all take the time to do the same.

Tracey Yajko

Glenwood Springs

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