Letters to the Editor
From the week of August 17
Let's See What Develops
Golden opportunities: Stuart Steers's "Forbidden Fruit," in the August 10 issue, was extremely informative. As a Golden resident, I have wondered why Arvada Mayor Ken Fellman has been such proponent of building a west C-470 loop along highway 93 when his neighbors -- Golden, Westminster, Boulder -- have all agreed that it is unnecessary and have opposed it. It is clear that Arvada (with support from the Colorado Department of Transportation's Tom Norton) wishes to build this road to attract major corporations to its proposed Vauxmont development. This "build it and they will come" mentality is based on greed, not need, and it gives no thought to the consequences to their neighbors. This project is inappropriate for this contaminated area, will lead to unwanted sprawl, and should be fought by all citizens in the northwest metro quadrant.
One hot market: Great article on Arvada wanting to build on Rocky Flats. We have been involved with fighting the growth problem for years and haven't had any luck on even slowing it down. The entire Rocky Flats series, starting with Eileen Welsome's "From Cold War to Hot Property," has been great. Keep up the good work. This is stuff that everyone needs to know.
Chuck St. John
The cold shoulder: I was very disappointed in the "From Cold War to Hot Property" series by Eileen Welsome, which concluded in the August 3 issue. There are very serious issues, both technically and politically, but these issues were not addressed correctly, nor was there any suggestion for remedies. I found her knowledge of the subject very spotty at best and her physics knowledge less than that. Example: If the ground around Rocky Flats has 200 times the normal amount of plutonium in Colorado, then why did we make it when we could have just mined it? A nanocurie is a billionth of a curie, not a gram.
Enough of pickiness: I feel she has a vendetta against not only the Flats, but anyone who might disagree with her. We do not need doomsday, but rather workable, reasonable and effective ideas. If there are problems or perceived problems, maybe through a rational exchange of ideas, we could come up with solutions to these problems.
Rio Rancho, NM
Little radioactive house on the prairie: I am a rock climber who spends the majority of his free time in Eldorado Canyon (northwest of Rocky Flats). I also spend time climbing in the Lookout Mountain area. These areas are my escape from the daily Denver doldrums. Before reading the recent Westword articles, I was researching the purchase of a home in one of these places. Now I think it is safer to live near Chernobyl.
As I type this, spread before me is a topographical map of the Front Range. Because of the articles on both Rocky Flats and Lookout Mountain, I have circled sixteen residential areas to be eliminated from my list of possible residences. Some of them are entire towns.
1) How can the Colorado community learn more about the potential health threats surrounding both Rocky Flats and Lookout Mountain? Will it be objective information?
2) How can concerned citizens rally against these supposed atrocities?
3) Where on the Front Range can I purchase a home with relatively quick access to rock climbing, social gatherings and business centers and not die of tumors!?
Thank you to Eileen Welsome for her well-researched articles on the radioactive quagmire known as Rocky Flats. I would also like to thank Paula Elofson-Gardine, the Executive Director of the Environmental Information Network, for her research and opinions.
John P. Dubrawski