Monday Letters: 480 Donegan, teacher thanks, Ukraine, Carbondale admin endorsements

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480 questions Donegan

I attended a zoom meeting on March 1 that was sponsored by the Glenwood Springs Lions Club. Participants were representatives from Project 480 Donegan and Glenwood Springs Citizens for Sensible Development.

During the meeting, Mr. Rosenberg said that the maximum density for Project 480 Donegan would be 600 people. This statement raised several questions: 1. Do children matter? 2. How will this maximum number be monitored and enforced? 3. Do townhouse owners count towards this total?



I was unable to find the exact number of studio, one, two and three bedroom units on the 480 Donigan website. One would assume that the studios and one-bedroom units could accommodate one to two people. Two-bedroom units could accommodate three to four people. The three-bedroom units could accommodate four to six people.

These figures add up to more than 600 people.



There are several other questions that I haven’t seen answered. Is there a requirement that townhouses be owner occupied? Are townhouse owners allowed to rent out their units or use them as a VRBO?

Cindy Ryman

Glenwood Springs

school mill royalty thank you

The Roaring Fork Community Education Association would like to express its immense gratitude to the community for recognizing the value of public education and overwhelmingly supporting the Mill Levy Override last November. The vote provided a huge boost to morale in what have otherwise been two very difficult years for faculty and staff at the school.

Since the election, the RFCEA and school district leaders have been working out the details of the distribution of the new funds. Now that the school board has approved the plan, district employees will soon experience the promised economic benefits. In the few days since the release of the new wage figures, we have already heard many stories of hardship that will be mitigated by the wage increase. Teachers and other staff are better able to pay medical bills and long-standing student loans, send their kids to college debt-free, and transition from renting to owning.

But more importantly, students will reap the benefits of a more stable learning environment, and the community now has a stronger foundation to build on. Paying educators a competitive professional salary means that students receive a high-quality education from experienced teachers who can afford a career here, instead of high turnover rates leading to a high percentage of staff who won’t stay on enough. long to take root in the community. More competitive salaries for support staff means students benefit from a safer and more efficient school system that also opens up more opportunities for community interaction with our facilities.

While there is still work to be done to address education funding issues at the state level, RFCEA is pleased to know that we have the support of our local community and will continue to work hard to ensure that all our students receive the excellent education they deserve. .

Rob Norville

RFCEA President

GSHS science teacher

“Yes” to the repeal of annexation

I understand that the Glenwood Springs City Council wants the developers of 480 Donegan to have an evacuation plan, but not necessarily the infrastructure in place, before residents can start moving into the new buildings.

More than 60 years ago, the City of Glenwood Springs purchased the Midland Avenue Corridor with the intention of turning it into a bypass away from downtown. What happened was that the city also allowed more construction in the area before the plan could come to fruition.

Before history repeats itself, Glenwood Springs should ensure the plan is complete and operational before construction begins.

Lucy Maggard

Glenwood Springs

Comparisons between Ukraine and the Iraq War

I can’t help but notice that Russia’s current invasion of Ukraine bears striking similarities to the unwarranted US invasion of Iraq 19 years ago this Saturday (3/19).

The Russian people were lied about the reason for Putin’s invasion, just as our leaders lied about the justifications for Bush’s attack on Iraq. The horrific scenes of destruction, corpses and children mutilated by bombs are kept out of the Russian media, just as they have been kept out of the American media. Iraq war protesters in the United States have been arrested, as well as ridiculed by the general public for their “treason”.

Yes, there are differences between the war in Ukraine and the war in Iraq, but not for the victims. Innocent Iraqi civilians who were maimed, lost loved ones, or left homeless by US bombs deserved our compassion no less than the Ukrainians. But 19 years ago, there was no global outcry of sympathy and support for the Iraqi people. Because this war was engineered and fought by “the good guys”, supposedly fighting evil terrorists.

But Russian citizens also see themselves as “the good guys” and believe that their army is fighting the Nazis in Ukraine. So the next time the United States prepares to destroy another country with justifications of being the force of good against evil, take a closer look at what’s really going on. You might be as surprised as Russian citizens will be when they find out what really happened in Ukraine.

Sue Gray

Carbondale

Vote for Zane

When my ballot arrives this week, I will be voting for Zane Kessler for the Carbondale Board of Directors. Even in a crowded field with many household names, Zane stands out. He is a committed public servant, with a long history of working in support of Carbondale’s community, land, water and economy.

His leadership in protecting the Thompson Divide – where I plan to one day teach my daughter to ski – has helped ensure Carbondale’s backyard remains a safe place to live, raise, play and explore for generations. And his role with the Colorado River District shows an understanding of how to get things done and work with people of different ideologies at all levels of government. He is ready to be an effective administrator from day one.

I’ve lived all over Colorado and out west, and there’s nowhere like Carbondale. Communities like this don’t happen by accident; they take leadership, vision, hard work and collaboration. Our city faces opportunities and challenges that could have a profound impact on the home where I am so happy to raise my family. I trust Zane to help address these issues thoughtfully and in a way that protects this place we call home.

Noah Koerper

Carbondale

Pray for peace in Ukraine

Here we go again for another life-threatening crisis. I would so much rather have fun, but somehow the prospect of nuclear war with Russia compels me to write this warning. Yes, what is happening in Ukraine right now is horrible and our hearts and tears are with these poor people, but please step back for a minute.

What are you led to believe by the mainstream? What I see portrayed is that the President of Ukraine is a hero, fighting valiantly for his country and now begging an adoring American Congress to not just supply arms, but to initiate a “no-fly zone” in over Ukraine. If that happens, we will almost certainly be walking off the cliff into World War III.

War with a nuclear power? It will certainly not help the Ukrainians. And why? So NATO and the US can park even more weapons and biological labs on Russia’s doorstep? Putin is certainly not a good guy in this, it’s horrible what he does, but you have to ask yourself: “What would our country do if a world power encroached on our borders? (read the follow-up note to the Minsk Agreement). That’s no excuse for the bloodshed, just another missing part of the equation.

The situation is extremely complex and there are few good players in this latest game of chess, only innocent political pawns…the Ukrainian people.

Yes, the images are heartbreaking, but we must insist that the United States does not escalate this cauldron of disaster! Please call and write your members of Congress. Have we learned nothing from our most notable liberal commentators like Chomsky in his book “Manufacturing Consent”?

Do not be manipulated in war! Pray for peace and get informed instead!

Jackie Chenoweth

Carbondale

Re-elect Erica for Carbondale

I am writing to urge the residents of Carbondale to re-elect Erica Sparhawk as City Administrator. She has led our community on important local issues, such as the successful effort to make it harder for young people to buy tobacco products.

My area of ​​expertise, however, is climate, and I can say unequivocally that Erica has one of the best track records in climate protection.

Erica served as president of Colorado Communities for Climate Action, a large organization made up of local governments that has become very influential in supporting smart climate policies. At the state level, Erica has testified on our behalf on numerous climate bills, including advocating for stricter rules for oil and gas operations designed to reduce methane and ozone emissions from wells. , storage tanks and other infrastructure.

I worked professionally for five years on the successful effort to reduce methane emissions from Colorado’s oil and gas sector. Our state now has some of the strictest rules in the country governing oil and gas emissions thanks to the work of many people, including our Administrator Erica Sparhawk.

I want my trustees to lead the policies that make Carbondale a better place to live and protect the climate and environment in which we live. Erica has proven that she works to do both.

Please vote for Erica Sparhawk for city administrator.

Allyn Harvey

Carbondale

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