Summit Daily letters: Its time for a Hoosier Pass bike path connecting Alma, Breckenridge
August 19, 2017
It's time for a Hoosier Pass bike path
As a 24-year resident of Park and Summit counties I have commuted Highway 9 over Hoosier Pass to Breckenridge for work countless times. Most days the drive is sweet. Sometimes "the Speedway" gets crowded and can even be deadly. Last Saturday was no exception. The cars parked around the Quandary Peak trailhead were so numerous they had to park up and down both sides of the highway. Not only were there cars lining the highway everywhere, there were those poor souls who decided the bike tour through there as well. I was embarrassed to witness this. Now I love my biking maybe more than some, but biking the 16-mile stretch of Highway 9 between Breckenridge and Alma is downright dangerous. Ask any local. We just don't ride it! My question is why the close local "biking" town stands for this? I believe that we have been very lucky not to have anyone get hit on this stretch. Please CDOT, Breckenridge, Alma, Summit and Park counties — let's realize a bike path over Hoosier Pass is needed before someone gets hurt.
The Confederacy in Colorado
Around the country there is a hysteria against anything to do with the Civil War South. In Lexington, Kentucky, there is a great deal of excitement about removing statues of two men from Kentucky's civil war days. One is John C. Breckinridge. In Colorado, the town of Breckenridge, was named in honor of said John C. Breckinridge as he was the vice president of the United States at the time the town was founded in 1859. The spelling of the name of the town was changed in 1861 due to the fact that Mr. Breckinridge defected to the Confederacy. It is interesting that only the spelling of the name of the town was changed, not the name.
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Is there going to be an effort to change the name of the town of Breckenridge to avoid connection with the unpopularity of Confederacy?
In Dillon, consider who you vote for
Even in the small communities we live in, we need to remember to ask certain questions prior to electing a person to office. One question often overlooked is, "if elected to office, will you listen to the people or just act according to your own beliefs?" You see many people elected to office feel that once elected, they should no longer listen to the people. They feel that they were elected to office by those people to act as they feel fit, regardless of further input from the very people that elected them into office. The town of Dillon seem to have elected people into office that have that type of mindset. The mayor and council members of Dillon have yet again ignored the people's wishes. They have once again moved on their "bigger is better" attitude by unanimously voting approval for a building that will dwarf it neighbors. The input from those neighbors, as well as other members of the community were ignored. While I feel much of what is said during an election is untrue, I will be certain to ask that question prior to backing, or voting for another politician.
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