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A super solution

John McBride’s letter of Aug. 15 makes lots of sense as to our using the Eagle airport for already established commercial airline traffic. Our Sardy Field would still be very valuable for smaller, private air traffic and commuter flights.

Our valley just cannot be made safe for large planes. It is too narrow and lacks the space to accommodate large commercial jets. We would be asking for an accident of horrendous proportions, wiping out hundreds of lives both on the ground and from the air (even possibly downtown Aspen).

Cottonwood Pass was once considered for use as a bypass route for Interstate 70, avoiding such through Glenwood Canyon. It would only be a short 40-mile commute from Gypsum to Aspen, the same distance from Aspen to Glenwood today.

A bus route or even a rail route would complete our safe connection to the worldwide established transportation system.

Vail and Aspen would benefit each other, offering vacationers easy access to the two great ski areas of North America, with one major airline destination (also safely).

We must not delay or arbitrarily block this super solution. We cannot afford petty debates. For once, let’s work effectively together with each other and Vail.

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Taylor Gamblin

Aspen

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