It is the first day of the new year, 2008. As I write this I look out my window at the beautiful blue sky and snow on the mountains. What a beautiful place we live in!
It is my morning routine to have a cup of coffee and read The Aspen Times online.
Today, I read a letter to the editor about a family driving in their car that were hit by someone running a red light. I read a letter from Dick Presence from Meeker, who did not have any praises for Highway 82 as it is. The news in brief stated that the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Department responded to 10 car accidents where weather and speed were the cause.
I have made only a few resolutions for 2008. One of them is to do whatever I can to change the laws in Colorado so that it is illegal to text/talk on a cell phone while driving. I will do my best to eliminated the HOV on Highway 82 between Basalt and Aspen. I will go to the highest authorities. (Forget Sheriff Bob, he is still trying to figure out if he is a sheriff or a friend to drug users.)
All of you reading this could make my resolution a lot easier is you would make a resolution yourself to drive the posted speed limit, realize that a yellow light does not mean excelerate, but slow down to stop, use your turn signal so that others know where you are going, and finally, be courteous to others on the road. Don’t drink and drive, so that families and friends like those of JoAnna Morningstar, don’t have to deal with the loss of a precious life.
Happy New Year everyone! Be safe!
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