Monday letters: pumpkin surprise, 480 Donegan, religious exemption unconstitutional

Pumpkin shock

On a travel to Ruedi Reservoir today, we were marveled by the surroundings, golden trees and the magnificence of our mountains.

But what obtained our interest and manufactured us smile all over the journey were all the pumpkins positioned in the most fascinating places along the highway. We may have seen 25-30 pumpkins of different measurements and styles all the way to the reservoir. Some positioned in demanding places.

We puzzled if this is a relatives tradition or a local community effort and hard work to make a attractive travel into a “Let’s locate the Pumpkins” outing. It is a perfect adventure for kids.

Thank you so significantly for this sort of a wonderful, welcoming and sort way to say howdy to your neighbors. We need individuals gestures, now, more than at any time.

Silvia Barbera

Glenwood Springs

Halt West Glenwood improvement

We really like West Glenwood. It has been our property for a extremely prolonged time. You know all the reasons this challenge need to be denied — security, site visitors nightmares, insufficient infrastructure, no escape when the fires come, our welfare, our top quality of everyday living, lights and sounds, water, waste drinking water, universities, massive gridlock, strains everywhere you go and so on.

There are unquestionably no positives to this enhancement. We all know that household improvement fees us taxpayers way extra than it makes. A different thousand people today with autos would damage us. Remember to deny this application. Our safety, our welfare and our top quality of lifestyle demand from customers this.

Michael Hoban

Glenwood Springs

Religious exemption unconstitutional

There is a deeper trouble with delivering only spiritual objectors with distinctive legal rights to steer clear of having vaccinated or to stay away from masks.

The religion clauses of the Very first Amendment were meant to be certain that believers and nonbelievers had been equivalent before the law. If the legal method delivers particular legal rights for only individuals with spiritual objections to prevent complying with usually commonly relevant guidelines, then the govt is unconstitutionally favoring believers over nonbelievers.

Even if spiritual objectors had a elementary appropriate to a mask or vaccine exemption, which they really don’t, that appropriate could even now be defeat by a persuasive federal government interest. These a persuasive curiosity plainly exists as the federal government fervently tries to eradicate the pandemic by requiring schoolchildren to wear masks, or to get vaccinated.

One’s faith should not enable a particular person to contribute to the distribute of a virus that jeopardizes community overall health.

Steve McQuiston


To the contrary

I just take umbrage with the depiction of “a dozen” West Glenwood Springers “loudly complaining” about the hold off to vote on irrespective of whether to deny annexation of the 480 Donegan proposal at the Oct. 7 Metropolis Council conference.

Several of the persons in the home ended up there for the 1st time, getting only a short while ago uncovered out what is happening with the town that they adore. Phrase is acquiring out, so new people today are in the space at Metropolis Council conferences and assumed there was likely to be a vote, as the PI headlined in its Wednesday version.

Soon after we have been ushered outside the house, some of us explained to these newer people that it was a superior factor that Councilman Willman selected to delay the vote so that Paula Stepp could be present. We are delighted with his motion.

And FYI, there had been extra than a dozen individuals there as there have been people today in the overflow space as perfectly. I definitely hope the Put up Independent isn’t subjectively painting Glenwood Springers as rowdy, demanding people. We’re superior citizens who are really concerned not only about the future footprint of West Glenwood Springs and the impression it will have on the complete corridor — but we are fearful that we’ll be sitting down ducks in a wildfire, that we will not have ample water, and that the infrastructure simply just are unable to get some 700 excess people today 480 Donegan would incorporate.

The PI is our beloved regional newspaper: Please report the news objectively.

Annie Uyehara

Glenwood Springs