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Speak out against Denver Peak proposal

Dear Editor:

The proposal and petition with 500 names to make John Denver the name of one of the two summits of Mount Sopris is being sent in by the sponsor from Littleton to the U.S. Board on Geographic Names, according to an Aspen Times and Post Independent article on Aug. 2, 2011.

Even though the article cites two local polls with Aspen and Carbondale 74 percent against this proposal, the sponsor states, “Some people aren’t listening. It’s like they have their mind made up before thinking about it.”

Duh, is the sponsor listening? I personally like the idea, but the sponsor needs to admit they picked the wrong mountain and get on with their commemorative campaign to honor John Denver. As they are proceeding anyway, we the 74 percent can stop them by being the vocal majority.

The U.S. Board on Geographic Names rules state:

“Names for features already established in spoken or written form among local citizens … are given priority.”

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Furthermore, “Board review of a proposal will be expedited if the proposer furnishes some evidence of local support for a proposed name … in the form of:

“Newspaper clippings of letters to the editor showing public awareness and endorsement of the proposed name.”

What is good for the goose is good for the gander. If anyone wrote a letter to the editor against this idea, make it count by faxing it to (703) 648-4165, or send it to Executive Secretary for Domestic Geographic Names, U.S. Geological Survey, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, VA 20191-0523. Reference Pitkin County, CO, Mount Sopris.

The website is geonames.usgs.gov/

domestic/index.html

Otherwise, get motivated and send a simple note to the above, or be prepared to live with “My, what a lovely view of John Denver you have.” Spare us all from that, please.

Also, search Wikipedia for “Mount Sopris” for historical and map references.

Gary Pax

Carbondale

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