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Slow down

Dear Editor:As a 20-year resident of the Roaring Fork Valley, I’d like to make a plea to our newcomers.We welcome the growth and all the opportunities it brings. There are just a couple of issues I’d like to address as a taxpayer and fellow resident.Slow down!!! I assume your relocation to our beautiful valley was for a better quality of life. The only thing it seems you have not left behind is your insane driving habits. Highway 82, the only road we must all share, is not the L.A. freeway, Florida’s A1A or the lawless city streets and highways of Mexico. Our highway was dubbed “Killer 82” long before most of you arrived. Thanks to state funding, we have a very efficient highway, making it safer for all of us, but they have no control over your inherent bad driving habits.Please be responsible, as you are now the reason it will remain “Killer 82.” I realize we all have deadlines, commitments and families; let’s ensure we all safely reach them. It’s maniacal just driving to the market; I won’t even get into the parking lot insanity. Lastly, we do not toss trash out of our windows, into our neighbors’ yards or anywhere other than into a receptacle, which you will find plentiful everywhere in the valley. Try a City Market bag in your car. When it gets full, empty it into a Dumpster. It really works.If you are still crazy enough to be throwing lit cigarettes out of your window, I don’t even need to explain that hazard. Use common sense.Kelly MichelEl Jebel