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“Is it safe?” That line from the 1970s movie “Marathon Man” asks in three words a question that is pondered by humanity. (A good movie that made me anxious for the rest my life about going to the dentist!)

Dear Editor:

Way to go, Salida and Poncha Springs, and welcome to Colorado Mountain College as full-fledged district members of CMC. For the time being, I will be the Colorado Mountain College Board of Trustees member who will be representing Salida and Poncha Springs. 

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A proposal to all the smiling, happy 5A “yes” voters who all wanted higher taxes: 17 cents per day, that’s $5.10 per month, donated to a property tax increase relief fund, to be used to assist us poverty-line- or-below, low-income citizens, who started early, worked hard, sacrificed for years, who are now lucky enough to own a home – or maybe that’s become unlucky now?

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With Christmas right around the corner, many of us have begun accumulating gifts and decorations so we may enjoy this time of year with our friends and family. It’s an opportunity to reflect on the many blessings in our lives, give thanks to those around us and care for others who aren’t as …

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I would like to say thank you to the city of Salida for the newly resurfaced basketball courts at Alpine Park. 

I grew up here and loved playing basketball at Alpine. Now with two boys of my own, I love that they can enjoy playing at the same park I did. 

“I’ve paid more than $10 billion in taxes. I’ve paid more than anyone in taxes,” Bill Gates told journalist Andrew Ross Sorkin. “But when you say I should pay $100 billion, OK, then I’m starting to do a little math about what I have left over.”

Dear Editor:

In Sandy Farrell’s letter to the editor “Honestly assess Donald Trump,” she states, “The United States has never had a businessman in the Oval Office …” In this age of Trumpian alternative facts, that might be true. However, since 1900, there have been a number of presidents who were businessmen. 

Dear Editor:

I read the recent Loyal Duke’s column by Victor Aziz with great interest. To hear that so many people from out of town are concerned and complain about the lack of areas for dogs to enjoy their time here in Salida with their humans is, unfortunately, not a surprise. It is, though, extremely unfortunate.

My husband, Peter, and I are spending a month in Spain, and we have left our worries behind. As a result, we have had to come up with new, temporary worries to occupy us until we get back home.

We’re so excited to invite you to our open house today for the unveiling of our new addition. After a lot of planning and work, it is finally done.

The Senate Budget Committee approved on Nov. 6 its first bipartisan package of budget process reform proposals in nearly 30 years. The proposal is co-sponsored by Chairman Mike Enzi (R.-Wyo.) and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D.-R.I.)

Dear Editor:

Regarding Mark Hillman’s guest opinion on Christians and Donald Trump:

I would add that no one can be certain of another’s faith. For me a genuine Christian (saint) is one who trusts in Jesus alone for salvation based on his payment for sin on the cross as attested by his bodily resurrection. (No works are required.)

Dear Editor:

Before moving to Colorado, I was against hunting. I didn’t know anything about it really, except that a beautiful wild animal was to be killed. 

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Rex Kindall was an intelligent, kind and helpful man. He did his job well for our community. He will be missed.

Dear Editor:

I am greatly disappointed by Tuesday’s editorial (“Inquiry not same as impeachment”) and its use of inflammatory language and false statements. 

Here is a fact: The inquiry is being held under rules approved by a Republican majority in 2015. 

One of the most important traits of a good feedlot manager is the ability to assign blame. That is the reason they often employ consulting vets and nutritionists. It keeps them from having to fire regular employees.

The moniker “Poet of the Rockies” is a bold stamp to place upon a writer, one that some would not be able to live up to. It would take an education within the ranks of the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad before Cy Warman could be honored with this title.

Dear Editor:

Foodshed Alliance would like to thank the many community members who came together to have another successful Farmers Market season in Salida and Buena Vista. 

‘Inquiry’ not same as impeachment

Dear Editor:

The Salida Community Center serves the greater Salida community in numerous ways. The first Wednesday of every month, food is distributed to income-eligible seniors and families at the center, 305 F St.

Earlier this week, we witnessed a historic act: For the first time since 1981, a new community has voted to join the Colorado Mountain College special taxing district, while simultaneously the existing CMC district has invited them in with open arms (nearly 80 percent voted yes).

For six months I worked at Heart of the Rockies Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center in Salida. Working at the Visitors Center in Salida was enjoyable. Being a first contact and reference for many of the people who come into Salida was quite an honor.

The biggest … perhaps I should say “the grandest” question that mankind has to ask must be “is there a God?”

Earlier this week, we witnessed a historic act: For the first time since 1981, a new community has voted to join the Colorado Mountain College special taxing district, while simultaneously the existing CMC district has invited them in with open arms (nearly 80 percent voted yes).

Dear Editor:

Our county commissioners are being lobbied to consider reducing the number of members that sit on our Chaffee County Planning Commission. I believe this effort is self-serving and does not represent the opinions and will of the majority of our community.

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Salida Council for the Arts wants to thank the following businesses for hosting our successful summer of fundraising events. Also, thank you to our community members for coming out to attend these benefits.

Preserving TABOR

Once again, voters across Colorado stated they wished to retain the tax protections provided by the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights.

By a 55-45 percent margin, voters statewide said they wished to have the state refund excess revenues back to taxpayers.

One of the not-so-small gifts of living in a representative democracy is that you can’t accomplish things alone. Whether you’re trying to get a stop sign put up on a dangerous corner or to change U.S. policy on greenhouse gas emissions, you have to reach out to others.

Two years ago in Dallas I met an 85-year-old woman and her 65-year-old son. Both were very hungry with almost no food in their fridge or in their cupboards. After they had paid their bills, their meager monthly income from Social Security was dwindling.

If your employer offers a 401(k) or similar plan, you’ve got a powerful retirement-savings tool at your disposal. And yet, how well you do with your 401(k) depends greatly on your choices and actions. What steps can you take to maximize the benefits of your plan?

The river below me reflected the blood red of a dawn sky, the countryside through which it flowed still a formless indigo.

One of the not-so-small gifts of living in a representative democracy is that you can’t accomplish things alone. Whether you’re trying to get a stop sign put up on a dangerous corner or to change U.S. policy on greenhouse gas emissions, you have to reach out to others. 

It’s a question thrown about frequently in social media debates: “How can anyone who claims to be a Christian vote for Donald Trump?”

The questioner usually recites examples of Trump’s obviously sinful behavior: adultery, vulgarity and profanity, sleazy business practices, gratuitous mocking of his foes and critics and his statement that he doesn’t need forgiveness.

Dear Editor:

On Oct. 24, the Bureau of Land Management Royal Gorge Field Office, U.S. Forest Service Salida and Leadville Districts and Colorado Mountain Club held a Volunteer Open House and Appreciation event at the community center in Buena Vista. 

Dear Editor:

Today, Republicans face an ethical dilemma as they weigh their political futures, legacies and allegiance to a president who holds them captive under the threat of recourse if they are disloyal to him.

I am writing this on Halloween, night of ghosts, goblins, trick-or-treaters and black cats.

Our ebony felines often receive a bad reputation because they are associated with Halloween, superstitions of the Middle Ages, witches and bad luck. It is an unfair bad rap, a wicked outlook with which many disagree.

My husband, Peter, and I have settled into the little house we are calling home for a month in southern Spain. The house is old and quirky – but I’ve come to believe that all homes are quirky in their own way.

The holidays are fast approaching. Families and friends will come together for food, fun and festivities. The kids will be excited to have time off from school, and parents will hopefully be able to spend a little more quality time with their children. 

It is a well-known fact that Chaffee County, along with the entire state of Colorado, is experiencing a challenge in providing all residents with safe, secure and affordable housing. 

Dear Editor:

The Latin phrase quid pro quo has been much in the news of late. It literally means “something for something” or, in other words, “I’ll scratch your back if you scratch my back first.” 

The sea level is rising. We are in an “interglacial period” within the Pleistocene Ice Age, according to the learned. It has been melting ice for the last 10,000 years. So, we miniscule earthlings are fighting an uphill battle.

BLM, USFS seek Browns’ comments

The Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service recently published a draft resource management plan and environmental impact statement for Browns Canyon National Monument listing three alternatives.

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