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A fortunate warning

Dear Editor:

As one mother to another, I would hope that Ms. Clapper is able to appreciate the wonderful gift that she has been given by U.S. Forest Service law enforcement officers.

As a result of a traffic stop, Ms. Clapper became aware of the fact that her 20-year old daughter was apparently speeding along Highway 82 without her seat belt on, and with beer cans and drug paraphernalia in her car. Many parents do not get the luxury of a wake-up call; instead they get the call from law enforcement to tell them that their child has been involved in a horrific car accident and that excessive speed, drugs, alcohol, and the lack of a seat belt were all factors in their child’s demise.

Instead of trying to kill the messenger, perhaps listening to the message would be more productive. There seem to be some serious warning signs of potential underage drinking, illegal drug use and engaging in the reckless and risky behaviors of speeding and not wearing a seat belt.

Instead of demanding an apology from the Forest Service, perhaps a simple thank you might be in order. Particularly since her daughter received only a warning, and no ticket was issued for the apparent offenses.

Denise Malcolm

Aspen


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