Dear Editor:

I just heard that Germany is now bringing coronavirus patients from France and Italy into their country for care. They have enough extra ICU beds to care for these people while still reserving some for their own citizens. 

Dear Editor:

Families of friends do not require lies, nor would an America filled with friends need politicians. Where love is there is unity in distinction.

Unity is directly against the will of controllers. 

Dear Editor:

I was on the Chaffee County Health Department site and saw a comment of concern for essential workers and home safety. If people are coming home, they need a plan to keep their homes and family safe. 

Officials now taking COVID-19 seriously

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With increased collective anxiety about the spread of COVID-19, several local attorneys are encouraging residents to speak with professionals to fill out their wills instead of using online templates.

With time on my hands, I began to sift through my collection of fly rods, sorting them in order of utility for the spring fishing season, checking the condition of reels, lines and leaders.

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Last week, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. This package is primarily aimed at helping the economy weather the recession triggered by our “social distancing” in response to COVID-19.

Dear Editor:

In this time of unilateral focus on the health and well-being of our community and the world at large, some things slip through the cracks. I want to call attention to an event that occurred March 20 and acknowledge with great regret what the community has lost in the closing of Salida’s Simple Foods Market on that day.

Dear Editor:

I just read that Trump’s campaign has sent a cease-and-desist letter to Democrats claiming that their campaign commercial is “patently false, misleading and deceptive.” Does anyone else see the irony in that?

Dan Thomas,


I am writing this edition here at home where I can see the antique regulator clock on the wall. The pendulum swings back and forth ticking off the seconds of another day. I realize, in spite of all mankind’s efforts to control and/or predict it, time keeps moving on. 

Dear Editor:

This is a very tough, troubling and dark time we are living in. With little to no chance of social interaction, at least not safely, it can be very trying on many if not all of us. 

Dear Editor:

I want to second the request of “Be kind to grocery store employees.” 

Thursday I was in Walmart picking up a few things for my neighbors and myself. There was a young man with his two kids and his wife checking out in one of the “checker” lanes (not self-checkout). 

Salidans have been faced with serious challenges during the past few weeks. 

Challenges that have impacted us physically, psychologically, emotionally and financially. 

And we all need to be ready for the coronavirus to get worse over the next few weeks before we see signs of it abating. 

Dear Editor:

My heart is broken over this virus that is devastating our world. However, my secondary heartache is making it even more sorrowful. 

When the epidemic began, my mind and heart were reeling with thoughts of where all of this is headed. However, I began to think not only of the dire possibilities, but also the good that might come of it. 

Dear Editor:

On behalf of the board of directors of The Grainery Ministry we want to extend our sincere thanks to the individuals, families and businesses of the Salida community for their generous support of The Grainery at this unprecedented time. 

by Susan Matthews

Salida Regional Library

Where do we stand? What are we doing? How can we help you?

These are the questions we at Salida Regional Library are asking ourselves on a daily basis.

Where do we stand? Currently we are following state guidelines: having a modified staffing schedule, reducing the number of and staggering work times of staff to get some of our essential functions taken care of. 

by Carrie Classon

Joe’s red truck is parked behind his house. It hasn’t moved in days. 

Joe gets in his red truck every morning and drives around. He’s a member of every fraternal organization, a regular at the brewpub and has friends in every corner of town. Joe picks up a coffee and spends most mornings greeting people out the window of his red pickup. 

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by Joy Jackson

Salida Regional Library

World War I pulled in with a tide of death and destruction; when it pulled back, a deadlier tide of influenza washed over the entire world.

The convergence of WWI with one of the deadliest pandemics on record had one bright note: The American Red Cross was at its strongest, reinforced by a large cadre of volunteer nurses. Here in Salida the Tuesday Evening Club, who were the founders of the library, started a Red Cross chapter in an effort to support troops who were headed overseas.

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by Heather McFadden

Early Childhood Council

Research shows that children, even infants and toddlers, can pick up on tension. Children are watching, and your calm presence provides reassurance that things will be OK. 

Here are five strategies to remind you to focus on taking care of yourself as an important way to care for your child: 

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One good thing I have noticed happening with the coronavirus issue is that people being confined to home are spending more time with their families and going back to things they may not have done for awhile, like cooking, working on hobbies, cleaning closets and cupboards, reading, etc.

Wilderness. A word that has been a functional part of our vocabulary for many years. But recent fires and flooding here in the Upper Arkansas Valley have caused me to consider this word with a slightly different view.

Dear Editor:

This letter is directed to those motorists who drive alongside the Poncha Boulevard bicycle/walking trail and those who also walk or use the trail, particularly with their unleashed dogs.

Help’s on the way

The $2.2 trillion stimulus package approved by Congress on Friday will bring a measure of help to millions of Americans.

From press reports, provisions in the bill call for:

Dear Editor:

Apparently Colorado has joined other states in determining that medical marijuana dispensaries are just as essential as pharmacies and food stores so that they are not required to close and are allowed to remain open and provide products to citizens who want them. 

Dear Editor:

I have listened to both sides of the proposal to build affordable housing at the intersection of East Crestone Avenue and Third Street, and I understand the issues involved. 

Dear Editor: 

At Donald Trump’s news briefing today, he talked about requests for more ventilators from the governor of New York. The governor of New York needs 26,000 more ventilators. 

Dear Editor:

Will the huge skate park athletic facility which will impact the neighborhood make the people healthy and happy? What is happening with the funds for Centennial Park in Salida? 

“This is preeminently the time to speak the truth, the whole truth, frankly and boldly. Nor need we shrink from honestly facing conditions in our country today. This great Nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper. So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that …

Dear Editor:

Telling the truth, the whole truth, not just the self-serving bits, is a good policy for a leader at any time. It is vital for a nation’s leader in this time of danger, fear and uncertainty. 

Dear Editor:

The construction of residential units on city-owned property near the busy intersection on either side of East Crestone Avenue and West Third Street will result in a traffic safety issue. 

Stick to truth, facts

It’s frustrating, to say the least, to hear widely disparate claims about COVID-19 and how it will play out across the country.

On the one hand, President Donald Trump said this week that, thanks to the federal government’s stimulus programs, “the economy will be roaring” by Easter.

A watery sun struggled to compete with the clouds that smothered the Sangres, fingering down their flanks in a darkening gray. With each gust of upslope wind, flurries of graupel swirled about to patter softly against my jacket and expire into the water with a soft hiss.

As an investor, you constantly want to see your portfolio move just one way – up. But that’s not possible, because the financial markets will always fluctuate. So, if you’re going to invest for many decades, you need to be prepared for many ups and downs.

Dear Editor:

It has been concerning lately to see some citizens of Salida not taking COVID-19 seriously. For the past two weeks I have watched locals arguing with each other on Facebook sites like Salida Swap and Salida Bitch and Moan about whether or not it is a big deal, or whether or not you should stay home.

This is a time of great testing for Congress. As it considers responses to the nation’s health and economic crises, it faces close scrutiny by ordinary Americans, financial markets and businesses large and small across the country. The pressure to move quickly is intense, and it is not an institution built for that purpose.

Dear Editor: 

Regarding our current struggle with the Evil Virus stalking our peaceful mountain communities, stripping us of our tactile lives together while inviting a string of pathological responses, I am thinking this may be a good time for reflecting on our priorities.

Dear Editor;

For the first time, I am on the other side of the “I’m not angry, I’m disappointed in you” discussion.

There are so many older people in town that keep disparaging the youth, especially those who would qualify as a millennial. You hear it on the street, in the store and recently on 92.3. “Why are they working?” “Why are they still doing things?” 

COVID-19 is a real threat here in Colorado, the U.S. and the world. The last major pandemic in the US occurred from April 2009 to April 2010 when A/H1N1 (the swine flu) came to the U.S. via Mexico. 

Dear Editor:

I don’t know about you, but I love “The War of the Worlds.”

Published in 1898 and written by H.G. Wells, it’s a science fiction classic. The novel has never been out of print. It’s been adapted multiple times for multiple media – comic books, radio, TV, film. The 1938 radio broadcast was memorable for causing a public panic.

by Baxter Black, DVM

Butch has a theory about hard-core born-to-rope ropers: as soon as they build a loop and take one swing, it kicks their brain out of gear.

To demonstrate how this theory works he told me about a friend of his. We’ll call him “Chope” for short.

For some reason I have always associated pineapple with Easter and spring, so with spring officially here and Easter just around the corner, today’s recipes focus on pineapple.

by Emy Luebbering

Ark-Valley Humane Society

Our shelter temporarily closed its doors March 14 as a precaution. We are following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations to reduce potential spreading of COVID-19 to more people. Pets are not at risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19.

by Becky Nelson

Salida Regional Library

News of the coronavirus is everywhere, from the front page of all the papers to grocery stores, to playgrounds. Many parents are wondering how to bring up the pandemic in a way that will be reassuring and not make kids more worried than they already may be. 

Dear Editor:

I took a week off work and went back to work this week. I was horrified to hear that my very hardworking co-workers have been treated so horribly by some customers – yelling and screaming at them for not having products on the shelves. 

Dear Editor:

Regarding the editorial on March 20, which hypothesized why a statistically significant number of COVID-19 cases were relatively young people: What is missed is that low-risk population does not mean low risk of acquiring COVID-19. It means lower risk of having medical complications as a result of acquiring COVID-19.

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