Open letter to Walsenburg City Council
On Wednesday, January 9th at 12:50 pm, I came out of the main door of The Museum of Friends. I turned right and started to walk east on the sidewalk of 6th Street. I had gone a few yards when suddenly to my horror, I found I had tripped on something and was heading face first to the concrete sidewalk. The blow I received on the left side of my forehead was tremendous, the worst experience of my life.
I lay there for an unknown amount of time, but I could see what had tripped me. One side of a section of the sidewalk was at least 2 inches out of alignment with its neighbor. My face was bleeding, paper towel was produced and an ambulance was called. A deputy sheriff also attended.
In the emergency room, I was attended by Dr. Dunnam-Smith. My head was given a cat-scan, but was pronounced as having no break. I was kept lying down for recovery time. Eventually, two friends arrived to get me and my car home. This whole episode took five hours before I was home again.
My questions to you are firstly, is it not reasonable to assume that when sidewalks are provided, then these sidewalks should be fit to walk on safely, and secondly, sidewalks should be regularly checked for defects and while waiting for necessary repairs, should be marked in a clear bright color as a warning of danger to pedestrians.
Lastly, if you are now aware of the bad state of Walsenburg sidewalks, why is it that you were not previously aware of these dangers to the public? If I can fall, anybody can.
~ Jack Yule, Gardner, CO
Two interesting articles appear in the January 10, 2019 edition of the World Journal regarding work since the “Spring Fire.” Both writers (Mark Craddock and Eric Mullens) refer to the fire as “Spring Creek,” a name that cropped up prominently in the more urban-area, Front-Range media outlets of Colorado. I suspect that “spring” is more normally used as an adjective and not a noun, especially when referring to something other than a season or part for a car. As far as I know, there are no Spring Creeks in the burn area; Spring Creek occurs south of Cuchara. This opinion may seem nit-picking, but I think it best to use the name that the local officials and fire manager in Huerfano and Costillo counties named the fire in June.
~Loren Hettinger Littleton, CO