Dear Sen. Salazar |

Dear Sen. Salazar

My husband drives a bus for the Summit Stage. He just called to tell me that the Dam Road will be closed permanently because of fear of a possible terrorist threat. Not that there is or has been a threat, just because they are afraid there possibly could be one.

This is insane. We only have three east/west roads available to us in Summit County.

Interstate 70, Swan Mountain Road and the Dam Road. Many times I-70 is closed in winter and our best alternate is the Dam Road. Swan Mountain Road is a mountain road and it is miles out of the way for most people. For me to travel to Frisco from Silverthorne by way of Swan Mountain Road will take me 40 minutes in good weather.

By way of I-70 it takes me 10 minutes. By way of the Dam Road it takes 15 minutes.

I hadn’t heard that Summit County was a terrorist hotbed. When did this happen? I don’t think it did. The Republicans are afraid that Colorado will go Democratic in the election this fall. George Bush was elected for a second term based upon hyped up terrorist fear they trumped up. Now they are doing it again and it will cause great inconvenience to everyone who lives in Summit County.

So what sort of a threat is all of the beetle killed trees in our national forest up here? Wouldn’t it be a whole lot easier to go into the dead woods and torch some trees and start the biggest fire ever seen in the United States? A fire up here would make the big Yellowstone fire look small. Yet Washington seems unconcerned about the loss or safety of our vast forest.

So, will they permanently close the Eisenhower tunnel, too? Then we can all take Loveland Pass in the dead of winter?

Short of putting some barriers up, no security is ever seen on the Dam Road. Being simply “uncomfortable” with the dam security is not a good enough reason because there is no security. If the Dam Road is important enough to be closed, then it is important enough to post guards on the dam. Give Summit County residents a pass and let them use it.

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