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MntMaker, I work in a hospital, I worked Respiratory in and out of the ER for 10 years and have been in the O.R. for the other 8, when on call I am part of the trauma team that is assembled when needed. I personally knew a man who was killed recently, a member of our medical team here at TMH, and have had three friends injured severely because of them, and they are(or were) responsible riders. That example does not even scratch the surface.
That enough for you?
If ATV laws and ordinances were enforced NOW, I might have a different opinion, but they aren't, so I don't...death and disability are not the only reasons.
I make my opinion based on what I see and experience which is why I will never support an ordinance like this, sorry if that is not "credible' enough.
It takes very little to upend and roll these dangerous vehicles, I have witnessed way to many people die right in front of me because of them, some of them I know.
Why...is it solely based on "other towns do it"? What one good reason is there to allow this, one common sense reason?
What we don't need are kid's tearing up and down the streets in t-shirts and sandals with no helmets on, as they do right now in alleyways, on the Sandrocks and in my neighborhood...unenforced. I realize that there are requirements and laws surrounding this ordinance, but they are not followed or enforced currently, what makes one think they would be if it were legal to ride on the surface streets? You all know as well as I do they won't stay off of Victory and Yampa, they have to cross them somewhere..."Oh, I'll just buzz down Victory a couple blocks, it'll be OK". Not. By the time you report them they are long gone and have the ATV garaged or hidden from sight when the law arrives on scene.
I foresee another ensuing tragedy(as if there were not enough already...off road)with this ordinance only designed to appease a select few, the rest of Craig will have to watch out for another object speeding down the already crowded streets.
I would encourage the council to table this ordinance and spare the citizens of Craig, and the associated families affected, from any more tragedy.
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For some reason I doubt that they have "expressed written approval", but I could be wrong. Whatever the case, it's becoming annoying.
Thursday November 12th cannot come quick enough, I never want to set foot in that old place again although occasionally I might have to force myself for business purposes. I do feel some very slight sentiment having spent half of my life in and out of that place, but the time has come to move out of the ancient and into modern health care, which IMO will improve the overall health care in this region.
The comparison is like trading in a 1950 Packard with AM radio, manual roll up windows and a wooden engine block (j/k;) for a brand new 2010 Ford F-150, complete with GPS location and voice guidance system, MP3 player with 10GB hard drive, and fully computerized console that allows you to check e-mail, sports scores, stock market happenings and help run your business utilizing a Windows based platform.
It's built (two months ahead of schedule and on budget), it is getting stocked, and we are all orienting heavily to be ready for the first day, which is closing fast.
After opening day on Thursday, come on up and take a look, it's not private, it belongs to all of us.
My guess on the candy striper thing is that it has been phased out due to lack of interest by our youth and the evolution of HIPPA laws. Teenage kids do not understand privacy laws and the art of keeping their mouth shut, thereby increasing the liability of a medical facility. Some adults have trouble with it as well but are usually more apt to understand the ramifications of telling others about what went on with who during the day. Sadly, it still happens even with the threat of termination and federal prosecution, for those people it is only a matter of time.
Beating your head against a rock will be much less painful than arguing prices with the fuel vendors in Craig, they just don't care and will give you the moldy excuse of transport costs due to our "unique location". I imagine they are raising prices because the hunters will pay regardless, we just get to suffer alongside of them.
Why can't someone open up a station here and charge .20 cents less per gallon? What is preventing that from happening? I realize the power of money but could you imagine the corner of the market that would gain someone? More customers, more profit, less cost to the consumer...makes sense to me.
The pink ladies, to my knowledge, are staying...they just will not be the sole person at the front desk, if that is where they decide to use them. Volunteers are a vital part of any hospital organization and it would be wrong to do away with them completely. Our volunteers have put in countless hours to help staff, guide patients and visitors and run the gift shop...which if I am not mistaken, they own(not the shop but it's contents). I have heard nothing about getting rid of them, just that they are unsure of what tasks they will be performing each day. What they DO need is some younger volunteers, the current pink ladies are getting up there and it is harder for them to get around and perform tasks, arthritis is a bitch. With the security measures in place and the layout of the building, it would be difficult for them to have access and get around. I am always greeted with a smile and a hello no matter what the situation or mood, I cannot see this hospital operating without them in some capacity.
It could be easily modified and straightened out. They did it north of town.
My comments were not necessarily reflecting on the fact that trucks should not be allowed through downtown, it was regarding this one event. Close it for the rest but not for the trick-or-treat event? It's only a matter of time before an accident occurs at this event, which has grown tremendously since it's inception.
I do agree though, the bypass needs completed. Check out any satellite map program, start where old Victory stabs into Hwy 40 just after the electric company and follow it through the fields until it meets up with stock drive. From there it's already built. Just my opinion.
I totally love this event as does my daughter, I think it is very generous of the merchants to put on this show that has grown significantly over the years and I thank them for their time and effort.
However, I have one concern:
If they can shut down the street for Grand Ol' Wet days, parades, car shows, etc..., why can't they shut it down for three hours for this event? With hundreds of our children, some in costumes with limited vision, it would make sense to detour traffic around this growing event before someone gets hurt...or worse. Thankfully that has not happened.
One ripe sheep laden semi, turning north onto Yampa from Victory, forced a whole line of cars to back up(simultaneously stalling two lanes of traffic on westbound Victory)which caused a bit of havoc with kids, parents and traffic maneuvering around it while it sat...waiting for southbound Yampa traffic to get out of it's way.
C'mon CDOT, you shut down the street for all the other events, why not for our most prized and precious possessions?
Not whining, just wondering.
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