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RFTA do rail? Fooled again

Dear Editor:I was startled to see on the front page of your Friday edition the headline, “All aboard in Roaring Fork? Statewide passenger rail effort could bring passenger train to the valley.” I read on to learn, to my dismay, that Bob Briggs, a spokesman for the Rocky Mountain Rail Authority, had made a presentation on Thursday to the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority board of directors and staff in hopes of gaining their support. As an unsuccessful 29-year veteran of the effort to bring rail to the valley, I was horrified to learn that Mr. Briggs was successful in obtaining RFTA support. Poor man! Fooled again by nomenclature. Someone needs to tell him that if he would like to see the Glenwood Canyon bike path extended to Denver, he has come to the right place. Expecting a rail solution from RFTA is like anticipating clean air from George Bush’s “Clear Skies Initiative,” or hoping that his “No Child Left Behind” legislation will result in no child being left behind.And to top it all off, RFTA board member Dorothea Farris has volunteered to serve on the Rocky Mountain Rail Authority Board. This is the kiss of death to any possibility of rail in the valley. The kiss of death is first noticed by watching carefully to see if her lips are beginning to move. Jeffrey Evans must be licking his chops!Jim BreastedCarbondale