Colorado drivers are ...
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
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