Email Letters: June 23, 2017

Union Pacific should reconsider action threatening railroad museum

As a resident of the Roaring Fork Valley (Glenwood Springs to Aspen, Colorado) for the past half century, as an active participant in governance activities on the local, state, and national levels, and as a community member with a deep interest in historical preservation and community
character, I find it both surprising and upsetting that the Union Pacific Railroad Company would even consider an action that threatens to destroy and eliminate the existence of the Glenwood Springs Union Pacific Railroad Museum that exists in the historic Rail Station in Glenwood Springs, Colorado.

Even a brief review of the history of this area reflects the national significance of the railroads in the development of our nation. The Union Pacific Railroad Company is significant both in the stories of its past, and in the role it plays in the lives of those who live in and visit our area today.

The Museum not only educates about and reflects that history, it educates all to the significance of the development and use of railroads in the nation’s westward movement. School children, railroad buffs, visitors, the casual tourist, those who wish to know about the significance of the place in which they choose to live, and others – all visit the Museum and learn from the docents and volunteers who manage the Museum for us all. Many of us use the train for travel adventures. We look forward to the train’s daily arrival and departure. Its location near the Museum is significant.

The nearby Colorado Hotel, the Denver Hotel, and the Glenwood Springs Hot Springs Pool, Redstone’s Cleveholm Manor, and numerous other local, historically designated structures have significant connections to the Rail Station. The Station, local home for the California Zephyr, is an appropriate site for the attached Museum. The Museum site, although convenient for its current use, is not suitable for many other uses, for numerous and varied reasons.

I hope Union Pacific officials will reconsider the company’s request for increased monetary gain, a move that will put Glenwood Springs Union Pacific Railroad Museum out of business. Instead, allow those of us who support historic preservation and research to move forward, with both social and monetary support from Union Pacific Railroad Company. Thank you for our reconsideration in this matter.



Recent letter about gentleman entomologist delights reader

I have disagreed with Bud Markos frequently, and sometimes in this space. However, his letter about the gentleman entomologist, Bob Hammon, delighted me greatly. It was my great privilege to have worked with Bob at the CSU Extension office for a number of years. I learned so much from that exposure, for which I will be always grateful. Most of all, I learned to think like a scientist.

Bud, you were by no means the only one to bring in a “brown recluse” sample! All were indeed handled graciously. I learned from that, too.

Thank you Bud, and thank you, Bob!

Grand Junction

Lost wedding ring should have been returned to rightful owner

It’s hard in this day and age to keep a positive attitude, but I try to be courteous, honest, and follow my parents’ teachings.

Thursday I was in Olive Garden at about 11:30 a.m. when I used the restroom. Unfortunately, I left my wedding ring on the vanity counter after washing my hands. The mistake was discovered about 15 minutes later, at which time I ran back to discover, to my dismay, that the ring was gone. The employees in Olive Garden were most concerned, even searching in the trash of the restroom. Now, I’m 72 years old, and that ring was put on my finger 37 years ago by my husband and later after my mother passed away and left me a diamond, that same stone was added to the ring. So, as you’ve probably surmised, the ring means more to me than I can say.

I continue to ask myself what I would have done had I found this ring. Of course I would have immediately turned it into the manager of the restaurant. Someone, however, simply kept my treasure. It’s hard for me to reconcile such behavior. Obviously this person wasn’t given the values I was given. No matter what one’s needs are, should one just go with the “finder’s keepers, loser’s weepers” philosophy?

Hopefully this person will read this and have some conscience and simply take the ring back to Olive Garden. I hope and pray they do, as unlike a lost wallet or stolen automobile, this just can’t be replaced.



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Ms. Rose,

Thanks for your kind comments.

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