Colorado driv­ers are ...

The Denver Post - - OPINION -

Re: “Colorado’s ugly road­side man­ner,” June 12 let­ter to the ed­i­tor

As a Colorado res­i­dent, I take ex­cep­tion to this let­ter. My guess is that the driv­ers who were en­coun­tered weren’t all “Colorado driv­ers,” but driv­ers trans­planted from other parts of the coun­try: Min­nesota driv­ers who wait to pass slower ve­hi­cles un­til you are close be­hind them; Iowans who en­ter the free­way at 40 miles per hour; Bos­to­ni­ans who drive with their horn and mid­dle fin­ger; Tex­ans who speed at any sign of an open road; Florid­i­ans who stop and turn with no warn­ing; and yes, Coloradans who pull into a full in­ter­sec­tion as the light turns am­ber, bring­ing traf­fic to a stop.

And peo­ple from ev­ery­where who are more in­tent on tex­ting than driv­ing.

Peo­ple move here with driv­ing idio­syn­cra­sies from where they last lived. Per­haps if each of us showed one kind­ness to one other driver, the traf­fic, while still bad, would feel a lit­tle bet­ter. Daniel Kry­gowski, Golden

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First of all, wel­come to Colorado, eas­ily the most beau­ti­ful state this side of the Hud­son. I hope you have im­me­di­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties to ex­plore it, es­pe­cially Mesa Verde, Estes Park, Boul­der, Steam­boat Springs, Sal­ida and the Cherry Cricket.

Se­condly, we are lousy on the high­ways. If you were hop­ing the land­scape would pro­vide some aes­thetic re­minder to mo­tor through the state with grace, you won’t find it here.

We are — mostly — obliv­i­ous and self-ab­sorbed. We love to tail­gate, tweet, text, phone, preen, fail to sig­nal, ex­ceed the lo­cal lim­its and run red lights.

As Bob Dy­lan said, “The high­way is for gam­blers; bet­ter use your sense.”

But, in­deed, the state it­self is per­fec­tion. Craig Mar­shall Smith, High­lands Ranch

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