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From the Gut of Denver

Letter from Robert Ton

Growth – December 2000 – Colorado Central Magazine

Dear Ed and Martha:

I’m a new subscriber to Colorado Central, and wanted you to know that it reads like a breath of fresh air to at least one native of the Front Range ‘burbs.

For the last four years, I’ve taken a week or two out of my artificially busy life to just travel around the state as a curmudgeon on the lam, I suppose. It’s pretty odd to consider that someone could spend 40 years in the Gut of Denver (or, more affectionately, the Gut’D) and never fully realize that rich lives are lived in the hinterlands.

Ours is rarely an honest living at any turn, what with the perceived need for spewts, cell phones and ever bigger shopping malls.

It was interesting to see the signs on Hwy 24 this year, “Say no to Aurora” and further South “Say no to Colorado Springs.” The thought of piping water from the Salida area to Aurora for the purpose of watering lawns just boggles the mind. There must be an evil force at play here; it sure isn’t common sense.

Likewise, the Front Range answer to growth is more lanes for more traffic. I-25 ten lanes wide through the Gut’D is supposed to improve our contentment. (Yeah, right!) With just a bit more misguided technology, I think I might be able to drive two or three cars AT THE SAME TIME!

Well, I don’t want to take too much of your time, but I did want to drop in and say that I really enjoy your efforts. It’s great reading and an education as well. And, for what it’s worth, I’d have never even found the magazine if I didn’t get a little curious about “cozine” one day after years of reading Ed’s articles in the Post.

Keep it up. Please? We need more of this and less of that.

Robert Ton