Letter to the Editor

Foresight, courage lackingDear Editor:As an immigrant with 10 years of prior experience working for immigration law firms, helping people immigrate to the United States, I would like to respond to your article, “Immigrants want work” (Aspen Times Weekly, June 10).The U.S. population almost quadrupled in the last century. If this country quadruples its population one more time, we’ll have over 1.1 billion people by 2100 – within the lifetimes of today’s children’s children! Should Americans deforest other countries and drill on foreign soil to increase its import of oil and wood to meet the demands of our constantly increasing population?In addition, according to Professor David Pimental, who teaches Environmental Policy at Cornell University, for the last 10 years, each person added to the U.S. population requires one acre of land for urbanization and highways. If the United States continues to lose some 2 million acres of farmland a year to development, where will Americans grow food to feed its exploding population?Foresight, courage and critical thinking are what most American leaders lack.Yeh Ling-Lingexecutive directorDiversity Alliance for a Sustainable AmericaOakland, Calif.Credit for a legacyDear Editor:I wanted to take a moment to acknowledge the hard work, patience and perseverance by two organizations, without which the preservation of the Bair Ranch very likely would not have taken place – the Conservation Fund and the Eagle Valley Land Trust. Protecting this 4,300-acre ranch with its wildlife and riparian habitat and panoramic views from development has been a goal of conservation groups and public agencies for years. A number of times it looked like the deal was dead. But each time, the Conservation Fund and Eagle Valley Land Trust refused to let it die. These two organizations went above and beyond the call of duty by raising more than $650,000 of private money and lining up another $4.5 million in public funds. They also spent countless hours over two years working with the Bair family to make sure the project met the Bairs’ needs while providing significant benefits to the public. When our grandchildren pull off at the rest stop on Interstate 70 and admire the picture postcard view of the ranchland, when they fish in the river and enjoy hikes through what could have become another housing development, when they watch deer, elk, bighorn sheep and other wild creatures, they will have the Conservation Fund and Eagle Valley Land Trust to thank.Thank you for never giving up and leaving this natural legacy to future generations.Will Shafrothexecutive directorColorado Conservation TrustWater down the drainDear Editor:A few weeks ago you opined about the absurdity of watering acres and acres of non-native bluegrass lawns. You were correct, and I agree, as far as it goes. But, after thinking for a while about it, watering grass seems vastly preferable to watering acres and acres of asphalt and concrete like we do whenever we clean our streets and sidewalks.I think it should be illegal to wash our highways and byways with our most precious resource. I just have a real strong feeling that when we’re sitting high and dry, we’ll remember with particular poignancy all that water that we flushed down the gutter and down the drain, not to mention all the water that we flushed down the toilet.Luke NestlerGlenwood Springs’Round and ’roundDear Editor:Commissioner Roy, show me the signage! My take on efficiency works for everyone with common sense. I checked with the Aspen Police Department before I typed my last letter (Aspen Times, June 11). If the guys with the police department say it’s legal – that is, entering in the right lane staying in the right lane through the roundabout and exiting in the right lane – I would assume that it is legal. Am I wrong?Observe the signs and use common sense, and you will get to town without an accident. But most importantly, post signs telling us (the public) the proper use of the roundabout. Obviously there is still a lot of confusion on this issue. You’re a commissioner. Work on getting the signs up.Tim LankinsAspen