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A ‘smart and safe’ 4th

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Back in my guiding days I had a regular client who over the years became a friend, and who every time we met asked a question that never failed to bring a smile to my face along with a rueful shake of my head.

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The coronavirus pandemic has certainly caused havoc and concern for many people, particularly in regard to their health and their finances – and these two areas intersect in estate planning. 

Recent news reports are filled with increases in coronavirus transmission in areas that rushed to reopen, and in areas where residents and visitors have not complied with the basic Public Health safe practice strategies. 

Dear Editor:

First, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Maggie and I live on the occupied land of the Ute and Cheyenne indigenous peoples. 

I am building a career as a Montessori educator in Salida where I also own a home. 

Dear Editor:

Salida Youth Baseball would like to thank all of our 2020 sponsors for supporting our local youth baseball program this Summer. 

We realize that this has been a tough year with the COVID and having your financial support is very much appreciated. 

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Why Tuesday-Friday?

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Many years ago this month, I was invited to the 75th annual Southwestern Saskatchewan Sheep and Woolgrowers/Stockdog Trials in Maple Creek, Saskatchewan.

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Two finches have made a nest in our roof. Much to my husband’s chagrin, I had already named them Larry and Joan and noted that they probably had eggs up there and he was not to touch the nest.

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The baseball fields at Marvin Park have a new facility for the community to use: a new batting cage under construction that should be finished this week.

This moment in our nation’s history is marked by pain and uprising.

Infections and deaths from the coronavirus are occurring at heartbreaking rates. 

Cities and small towns are on fire, figuratively and literally, as police brutality against black people has finally reached a tipping point.

A recent letter to the editor justified the “movement to defund and dismantle police.”

The author wrote that “law enforcement’s nature is to protect property, not individuals,” and that “the largest looters are corporations, the leader of which is government.”

I pay tribute to a past legendary life, Colorado’s Helen Hunt Jackson, activist for Native Americans and novelist. 

Her life was from Oct. 15, 1830, to Aug. 12, 1885.

Some soon-to-be-released dog-centered books include two in the ever-popular Andy Carpenter mystery series by David Rosenfelt.

No. 21, to be released July 7, is “Muzzled.” A murder victim in an explosion “contacts” Andy’s wife for help in getting his dog returned.

The first rays of light angled up the mountainside, bathing the trunks of the pines in a golden hue. On a level patch of ground we paused to admire the sunrise and drink from water bottles, then pressed on uphill.

Hope for some summer normalcy is in the air. 

Your business may be open, community members are getting back to work, summer is here with the beautiful great outdoors, and students and youth are on the move.

Dear Editor:

By now we should know that President Donald J. Trump stands up for American individualism. 

On Memorial Day the president and his staff laid a wreath, and he did not wear a mask despite others in his party who did wear a mask. 

Dear Editor:

The board of directors of Monarch Community Outreach recently accepted the resignation of Gregg Wolfgang as president. Gregg was one of the founding members of MCO and served for the past 16 years as the first and only president of the board. 

Dear Editor:

As of July 1, Colorado Parks and Wildlife will require all users of state wildlife areas to have in their possession either a valid hunting license or fishing license.

The Chaffee County Shooting Complex is a state wildlife area and falls under this requirement.

I know what you are thinking, “You are crazy turning on that 350-degree oven and baking a batch of cookies in this heat.” And I would say you are absolutely right.

One of the most frightening moments in my life was losing my miniature schnauzer, Destiny. I was packing my SUV for my move to Colorado. I had been careful to try to keep Destiny calm and secure, but my precautions failed.

Did you know? Salida Parks and Recreation Department has reopened play structures, pavilions and shade structures and public restrooms. 

To ensure these amenities remain open and we’re able to lift restrictions and open other facilities, we must rely on users to take personal responsibility and necessary safety precautions. 

by Rep. Jim Wilson

The second session of the 72nd General Assembly is in the books. A little after 5 p.m. June 15, it was “Turn out the lights – the party’s over” on the floor of the Colorado House of Representatives. 

Dear Editor:

I just got done reading the family-paid-for memorial “Martinez Trash Company Founder Passes, Family Legacy Lives On” about my friend John Martinez. I was very sad to hear of his passing and will always remember him fondly. 

Dear Editor:

I agree completely with Jane Provorse about the tennis courts at Salida Middle School. Not only did we as taxpayers pay for those courts, but the tennis club has paid to maintain them. 

Dear Editor:

“All Lives Matter” is a hypocritical slogan adopted by white Americans who are jealous of all the attention black people are getting, despite decades of oppression, injustice and police brutality. 

Dear Editor:

I have been distressed reading some comments concerning the work being done on the future comprehensive plan for Chaffee County. The suggestions that the data is incomplete or that not every voice was heard or the plan is being rushed are simply not true.

When our opinions get as immovable as a granite outhouse, God has a way of shaking the foundation. 

I was searching for an artist who could lend just the right feeling to a book I was putting together. I found such a person. He lived in a remote mountain town and had no phone. With the help of the local postmistress and several letters, he agreed to illustrate my book.

In sales tax news, a painful reminder

Sales tax revenues for the city of Salida and Chaffee County were up by 12.9 percent and 10.7 percent, surprising local government officials and business observers.

How could sales tax receipts jump in the midst of dozens and dozens of business closures through April, May and into June resulting from the coronavirus and little if any visitor trade?

Dear Editor:

Recently an article published in The Mountain Mail discussed approval of new fees regarding short-term rental registrations in the county. I’m sure some hemmed and hawed about raising the fees to $500 as the sure creep of bureaucracy, but what stood out to me was the note that, according to hired consultants, only 51 of 271 listed short-term rentals were registered. 

Dear Editor:

On behalf of the staff and board of Chaffee County Community Foundation (CCCF), we thank you for your financial support and volunteer time in meeting the needs of our community. 

Dear Editor:

Those for whom the word “socialism” evokes immediate visceral panic should look more closely at the history of this political and economic philosophy in the U.S. and into its meaning in our country today. A more accurate expression for its current manifestation in North America is “social democracy.”

Dear Editor:

June marks the 50th anniversary of my medical practice. Although I will miss the warm interactions with my wonderful patients and co-workers, it’s finally time for me to retire. 

Dear Editor:

In the world we live in where police are insulted and degraded, I’d like to tell you something that shows they serve.

I am an 87-year-old woman who lives with her 14-year-old black poodle (she doesn’t like loud noises). 

Dear Editor:

“Congress shall make no law respecting … the right of the people peaceably to assemble ...”

Some members of Trump’s party (formerly the Republican Party) won’t have the vaguest notion of the origin of these words, but most people will recognize this as language from our Constitution’s First Amendment.

Dear Editor:

I once had a roommate who was a Delta Airlines flight attendant. She was Jamaican, and she told me she has learned to speak in three different dialects, depending on context and whom she is speaking to. 

Dear Editor:

The movement to defund and dismantle police isn’t coming from liberal politicians. It stems from communities who live among corrupt departments. I urge you to not dismiss citizens for which this is a viable solution. Changing regulations relating to police operations is old hat. It does not address systemic racism inherent in policing. 

Dear Editor:

The Pledge of Allegiance to the flag: “I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

Dear Editor:

City council approved the motion for city staff to begin the application process for East Crestone vacation on Oct. 15. The section of land proposed to be vacated in this motion is different from the East Crestone vacation application proposed section of land submitted by city of Salida/Chaffee Housing Trust (CHT). 

These are uncertain, divided times for our nation. Unemployment is at mind-boggling levels, a virus we still don’t fully understand is stifling the course of ordinary life, many businesses are struggling, nationwide protests continue against systemic and deep-seated racism, and local policy makers face rising questions about policing and public safety. 

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