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Ride’s male-female ratio shows need to get more women involved

Editor:

My legs are sore, my mind is clear and my heart is happy. … I again finished the Triple Bypass, riding through 120 miles of our beautiful Colorado mountains!

Riding from our home in Evergreen to the start at the base of Squaw Pass in near darkness, watching as the sun began to cast its faint light and Mount Evans began to glow, my husband and I were soon joined by many other bikers from our surrounding mountain communities, as well as riders from throughout the greater Denver area, the rest of Colorado and dozens of states and countries.

Greeting us at the top of Juniper Pass was a multitude of volunteers from many of our nonprofit organizations — some in PJs, some bundled against the early-morning chill, all welcoming us with snacks, water and enthusiastic encouragement. The volunteer response throughout the ride at each aid station was similar: enthusiasm, caring assistance and the provisions of much needed sustenance to keep us going to the finish line. The state and local police safely guided our way throughout the day.

The way that our people pull together to make events like this happen embodies the spirit of our mountain communities. The creator and organizer of this incredible journey for the past 26 years, Team Evergreen, deserves enormous thanks, as do all of the great sponsors!

Riding alongside a new friend for a mile or so, I remarked that there were few women on the course. She said the statistics were 20 percent women (I later learned that 18 was the official percentage) and 80 percent men. Having many more miles to go, I had plenty of time to reflect on how it would be great to get more women involved in this adventure and how imperative it is to get more girls and women involved in so many areas dominated by men: STEM classes and careers, executive management of businesses, higher education, and politics.

Women bring different and necessary perspectives to all of these ventures and a collaborative and consensus-building orientation. That is why I am running to be the next state representative for House District 25: the start and finish host of the Triple Bypass.

Janet Doyle, House District 25 candidate

Short-term rentals, brew-pubs don’t fit in residential areas

Editor:

I do not understand the heady activity of trying to rezone to make short-term rentals possible or to establish brew-pubs. Most of us who live here do so because of a lovely, healthy environment, and we bought our houses to live in.

As the residential aspect of the area is pushed to become something else, it will lose the very reasons why we are here.

Mrs. Dale Patterson, Evergreen