Turn it off
First, I would like to thank Cindy Madsen Buck (“Too much zeal by officer,” Letters to the Editor, Nov. 30, 2011) for recycling and taking the extra effort to recycle cardboard. Secondly, I really appreciate a Basalt police officer enforcing the idling limit in Basalt and asking Buck to turn her car off.
Obviously the price of gas in this country is cheap. For proof, witness the size of cars being driven: Escalades, Denalis, Suburbans and those oversized diesel pickups mainly used to transport someone and his cellphone to job sites. Notice the idling cars with people in them playing with their cellphones and other electronic devices or going through their mail as they sit in front of the post office. Others will leave their vehicles idling while they go into the coffee shop, leaving them unattended, which is a violation of state law.
All of this results in the unnecessary waste of gas. While cheap, gas probably would be cheaper still if so much weren’t wasted. There are wars fought so we can waste gas. However, the price is not reflected in the gas but in the taxes we pay for a bloated military. The behavior of some results in costs to many.
I’m always surprised when someone will take the time to recycle but won’t flick their wrist to turn the car off. The gas used to restart a car is equivalent to the gas used in 10 seconds of idling. Idling a vehicle is either an unconscious behavior or an uncaring one. I want to think it’s the former. Please turn it off.
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