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Green priorities

Dear Editor:

It saddens many local visionaries that the only determining factor in creating or not creating a light-rail system in the Roaring Fork Valley appears to be economic ” when there are more important long-term measuring sticks.

Why not create pride in our valley by greatly reducing the carbon footprint in our neck of the woods? Why not reduce an overwhelming problem that affects literally everyone’s life in the valley as our justification ” not to mention leaving a legacy that preserves our mountainscape from excessive noise and unnecessary air pollution, which diminish the quality of our lives and effectively kills nature and wildlife.

Residents of other towns in this valley (and another city council) have told me they approve light rail as a means of solving lost work hours, congestion, stress, pollution, high gas prices and numerous other problems ” including expensive auto insurance costs!

Why doesn’t Aspen initiate this enlightened solution to so many problems and gain the respect of our neighboring towns? Wayne Dyer and Kevin Costner would say, “Build it and the funds will appear!” But the funds don’t appear until the commitment is made. Just make the commitment and move toward it!

The solution to traffic congestion and a stressed commuter population always was and always will be light rail. Even in this materialistic world we live in, other factors can and should override the economics. Trains used to come to Aspen and they should come again. Light rail is the long-term solution, so just do it!

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Susan O’Neal

Aspen

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