Letters to the Editor
Vail CO, Colorado
More needs to be done
Almost all of us understand the threat of global warming and so we are changing light bulbs, putting up windmills, and driving more slowly. Without any doubt, all of those are steps in the right direction, but unfortunately they will not solve the problem! They help, but the problem is much too severe.
Our government must mandate cars that get at least 45 miles to the gallon and mandate (or at least, strongly encourage) our public utilities to build nuclear power plants.
Regarding the latter ” there was a fine article in the Denver Post on Aug. 18. It highlighted several points. First that in 1974 the French Government decreed that all new power plants would be nuclear. As a result, 78 percent of their electric power (versus our 20 percent) is now provided by nuclear reactors and their “carbon footprint” is the very least of any major industrial nation.
They also “recycle” the spent fuel, which reduces the volume of nuclear waste by 90 percent, and they have had no major problem in either recycling or safely storing the 10 percent that remains.
Incidentally, coal-fired electric power plants are the largest source of human-generated greenhouse gases.
Then, after getting our own house in order we must lead a worldwide effort in order to inspire all other countries to reduce their emissions. There can be no culprits!
Yes, I know, “I need an SUV.” and “I’m still not sure about nuclear waste.” I kid you not, those problems pale into insignificance when measured against the havoc that will result from global warming.
I can only suggest that for the good of our own country and of planet Earth that we become willing to accept some inconveniences and compromises.
David Le Vine
Don’t soften smoking ban
It was with great disappointment that I read Thursday’s article in the paper regarding a possible repeal of the Avon smoking law enacted last year.
Eagle County voters have already spoken clearly and decisively on this subject in 2005 when 72 percent of our population overwhelmingly supported strong smoking restrictions in our county.
If anything, those opinions have become even stronger as all evidence continues to support in absolute terms the known dangers of second-hand smoke.
Thus, it was also with great strength that the Avon Town Council followed the will of our residents by enacting our local law.
It has always been beyond me why smokers believe they have any right whatsoever to inflict their decision to smoke a known cancerous agent on other unwilling recipients of secondhand smoke.
In our society, it is illegal to kill another person. Why then, do smokers feel they have any right to force secondhand smoke and its documented cancer-causing characteristics on other people? It makes no difference at all whether you are 15, 25 or 5,000 feet from any public building, or even if you are in the middle of a wilderness area, period.
I offer these comments to the Avon Town Council as a person who has been through the horrible situation of seeing my wife’s father die from lung cancer after an eight-month battle. As one of three family members who was there when he was disconnected from his ventilator, and then watched him die, I have a right to live in a smoke-free society just as the rest of our residents and visitors do.
The Avon Town Council needs to keep these types of terrible cases squarely in front of them when they decide on this issue.
Further, they need to envision what it would be like to do that with one of their own immediate family members, and then perhaps they might understand the issue even more clearly.
Unfortunately, this is too often lost on the minds of a smoker or local bar owner.
I see no valid reason at all that has been offered to support repeal of this law given the overwhelming, landslide support of clean air by our residents.
I also have no remorse what so ever for bar owners who lament the fact that it costs them money to enforce a law enacted for the protection of everyone.
Clearly there is only one decision that can be made at this point, and that is to not override the opinion of the clear majority of our counties residents.
Thanks you for your consideration of this critical issue in our society.
Sometimes we don’t imagine what could happen would happen, yet we need to.
I learned the easy, yet terrifying way what really can happen. A dog really can and will jump out of a car on a freeway. My chocolate lab dog McCarthy, 14 months old, had the gumption to jump out of the back window of my Honda Civic while riding along the highway.
I was amazingly lucky, only a few flesh wounds to my dog, a handful of stitches and no broken bones.
When I contemplate what the result could have been, it is horrifying.
So please take this caution to heart, dog owners: Keep your car windows high enough so there is no way that your dog could jump out, even if they were silly enough to want to.