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Pure symbolism

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Dear Editor:I was shocked to read that the RFTA board has summarily dismissed a proposal to open the valleywide trail while recycling obsolete rail, at a profit. Please let us not forget that the Rio Grande Trail from Aspen to Woody Creek was similarly created 30 years ago at no cost by a rail salvage operation. This trail now dramatically enhances the quality of life in the valley. Were the tracks from Woody Creek to Aspen still there, rail would be no closer and this valley would be much poorer. I cannot believe that an entity such as RFTA, that is struggling to prove its worth, would summarily dismiss the needs of its public over pure symbolism. I certainly hope this is not the end of the discussion on this topic.Dale L. WilldirectorPitkin County Open Space and Trails

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