Mattel executives say they’re worried about girls developing “self-limiting beliefs,” resulting in a “dream gap” with boys. 

So the giant toymaker rolled out an extensive line of “Career Dolls,” including Barbie pilots, firefighters and robotic engineers, to inspire its young patrons. But there’s one career you won’t find in this line: the typical working woman on the Mattel payroll.

Dear Editor:

My question to Colorado Mountain College: Why did you leave Salida in the first place? Was the college curriculum and student attendance not working in Salida back when CMC opted to move to Buena Vista? What are you going to bring us now, that we didn’t get back when you pulled out of Salida ? 

Dear Editor:

I support the proposed partnership between the Salida School District and Colorado Mountain College. I will vote “yes” on 5A. I believe that this is a worthwhile investment in my community that will benefit local youth, businesses and adult learners.

Dear Editor:

In researching the Colorado Mountain College annexation, several items became apparent.

The ballot language citizens will review during voting doesn’t give you the entire picture. Not everyone will research this annexation or go to meetings, but everyone will read the ballot language. 

Dear Editor:

On Nov. 5, residents in Salida School District R-32-J will be voting on ballot initiative 5A to determine annexation into Colorado Mountain College. If 5A passes, property taxes will increase by $139/year for a $500,000 residence and $580/year for a $500,000 commercial property.

Dear Editor:

Watching the fire off and on since it started, I took it for granted that it would be contained and would never reach our home.

As dry conditions, warm weather and high winds persisted, the fire continued to grow. Once again I took it for granted that it would be contained.

Dear Editor:

We would first of all like to thank the flexibility of everyone involved in the Salida High School Pops Concert. 

We are excited to announce that the concert will be at 7 p.m. today at Salida High School. 

Colorado voters will soon be asked to approve Proposition CC, an innocent-sounding ballot measure asking us to “just trust” state government to spend our tax dollars without limitation.

Dear Editor:

Once again I must give a big shout-out about how lucky Salida and this region are to have Natural Grocers Market right here in downtown Salida.

Earlier, I expressed my enthusiasm for its presence in the area, but my enthusiasm has progressively grown. Especially very recently, upon learning Natural Grocers is far more than a “health food store.” It is more like a “health school.”

Dear Editor:

I want to give thanks for the multitude of Chaffee County departments that came together to help evacuees such as myself in the early morning hours of Oct. 2.

Dear Editor:

We have lived here 20 years and never knew that Salida wasn’t a part of the Colorado Mountain College district and that people here, young and old, have been paying a premium for their CMC courses.

Decker Fire burns ... now into sixth week 

The Decker Fire has been burning south and southeast of Salida for going on six weeks.

For the second time, the fire took an unexpected run on Sunday, blowing across the Rainbow Trail and making a rapid push to the northeast toward Bear Creek, Wellsville and Swissvale.

Dear Editor:

I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to work closely with Colorado Mountain College over the years. My company has helped build major parts of their Timberline campus. In addition, we were involved with a $10-million expansion to their Edwards campus and have done work with them in Breckenridge and Glenwood Springs.

Dear Editor:

In response to Melanie Cymansky’s letter of Oct. 8, allow me to clarify four issues she raises.

1. “There are so many online, cost-effective options for college.”

Online courses may be cheaper than face-to-face offerings, but I know from 25 years of college teaching, both online and face to face, they are not cost effective. Students who successfully complete fully online college courses are the exception, not the rule. Online courses are only cheaper if completed and credits earned.

Dear Editor:

In response to Karin Adams’ letter: How amazing it is to have letters in the paper written by real estate agents backing up their buddies on the Planning Commission.

President Trump’s decision to withdraw our few troops from the Syria-Turkey border area earned considerable criticism from allies. 

Sen. Graham said the decision is “a catastrophe in the making.” Rep. Cheney said it’s “a catastrophic mistake.” Former U.N. Ambassador Haley said, “We must always have the backs of our allies.” 

Dear Editor:

Our prayers of protection and thanks to the heroes, the firefighters and first responders, who come from everywhere to battle wildland fires. 

We are grateful to you.

Dear Editor:

Friends of Salida Skateparks recently held a benefit concert to raise money toward a new public skate park. The Skateful Dead was held on Sunday, Sept. 29 with more than 200 people in attendance. Thank you to all of our friends and family who attended this festive afternoon filled with music, friends, food and drinks. 

Dear Editor:

As a business owner, as a mom, and as a fully invested member in our amazing community, I wholeheartedly support the ballot initiative to bring the Salida School District into the Colorado Mountain College family. 

Letting an ally down 

It’s deeply disappointing that President Donald Trump made a decision that the U.S. will no longer support Kurdish fighters in northern Syria.

The Kurds were America’s allies fighting the Islamic State in Syria, helping to defeat the terrorist organization. In the Middle East, the Kurds have been U.S. allies going back to the Iraq War in the early 2000s.

Dear Editor:

Imagine coming home to your kitchen and finding the floor flooded and noticing that water is pouring out of the sink. You race for the closet and grab a bucket and mop and start frantically to mop the water. 

I was talking with a friend the other day about immigration. It’s one of the most divisive issues of our time, and we, too, found ourselves divided. “Our country is full,” he quoted President Trump, who said this back in April. Let’s improve the country with the people we already have, my friend added.

Dear Editor:

I want to thank Robin NeJame for her letter to the editor published Oct. 3, 2019. The website she referred to, salidaschoolstories.com, provides a wealth of information and answers almost any question one might have.

Dear Editor:

A Sept. 6, 2019, article in The Mountain Mail titled “Colorado Mountain College says mill levy not a new tax” states that since the CMC School District already exists elsewhere, the mill levy will not be a “new tax.” 

Under this interpretation of the Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR), “the amount of the tax does not need to be part of the question” on the Nov. 5 ballot.

Dear Editor:

Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center has been extremely fortunate to receive an unwavering amount of community support over the years, which has helped the hospital become the largest employer in Chaffee County.

Dear Editor:

Chaffee County residents, the Planning Commission voted last week 5-3 to approve the Cool Clear Water townhome development, which will sit directly on the Arkansas River in one of the most rural areas of the river corridor. 

No on Prop CC

In the next few days voters across Colorado will begin receiving ballots for the Nov. 5 election.

One of the ballot questions, Proposition CC, asks voters to allow the state to keep and spend all revenues it collects from this time forward.

The Mail recommends a no vote on CC.

Since 1992, state and local government spending has been limited by the Taxpayer Bill of Rights. 

TABOR requires that all spending covered under its provisions be limited to population growth and inflation and that all tax increases must be approved by taxpayers.

Dear Editor: 

I condemn the president’s shameful behavior, which has finally led to the opening of impeachment inquiries. 

I am very grateful to the Democratic members of Congress who are leading the effort to show Mr. Trump that he is not above the law, that he cannot “do whatever he wants” (his words) as president. 

Dear Editor:

On the November ballot, Salida School District citizens will vote on annexation by Colorado Mountain College:

“Shall the properties within the boundaries of Salida School District R-32-J be included in the boundaries of the Colorado Mountain College District, and in doing so expand the availability of low-cost college degrees and certificates; including education and life-long learning; tuition-free concurrent enrollment for high school students; and skilled trades and industry-specific training, on behalf of the residents of Salida School District Number R-32-J.”

Dear Editor:

How amazing it is to have letters in the paper with high and mighty opinions without the facts.

The Planning Commission has appointees to serve according to the county regulations. This is to make decisions on any applications before them based on the adopted county land codes, their knowledge of the situation, and not on personal prejudices.

Dear Editor:

I don’t know about you, but I think the old song was right: “There’s something happening here. What it is ain’t exactly clear.”

America is feeling weird these days. Different. Something strange is going on, even beyond the random mass shootings and new season of “Temptation Island.”

Quick end to fire? Not in the forecast

Dear Editor:

Please be informed that your real estate taxes will increase. That will happen if the upcoming November ballot initiative for Colorado Mountain College passes with a “yes” vote. 

Dear Editor:

I woke up this morning to see the mountaintops of the Sangres jabbing through heavy white clouds. The sunrise that slowly dawned on the eastern horizon was lighting the battleship gray peaks, causing them to glow rosy pink.

Dear Editor:

In the Sept. 25 paper, your guest editorial writer compared Felicity Huffman’s two-week sentence for having someone cheat on her daughter’s SAT exam to the five-year sentence given to Tanya McDowell, a homeless woman in Connecticut who enrolled her son in a better school in a neighboring district. 

Dear Editor:

Last November, I predicted the mayor/council would purchase Union Pacific land across the Arkansas. Guess what, they did.

This purchase will enhance the value of land owned by Mayor Wood and Councilman Kasper in the Hillside Addition. The subdivision – detached from city services – is across from the SteamPlant and over the tracks, straddling Tenderfoot Mountain. 

Dear Editor:

I love the state of Colorado, especially Chaffee and Fremont counties. We have so many things to do here – rafting, hiking, etc. 

Unfortunately, I’ve noticed something lately that is becoming really disturbing.

Poncha growing up

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Poncha Springs was a quiet, sleepy little berg at the crossroads of U.S. 50 and 285.

Homes and businesses at the time were on well and septic systems.

In the mid 1970s, with the help of grants, the town installed a sewer system featuring a 4-mile line east along 50 to connect to lines and a treatment plant in Salida. 

Dear Editor: 

On behalf of the staff, board of directors and generous volunteers of The Alliance, I would like to thank the following businesses for being generous sponsors of the 21st annual Monarch Crest Crank on Sept. 22. 

The announcement by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that the House “is moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry” against President Donald Trump because she believes his actions “have seriously violated the Constitution” kicks off a complex and consequential process.

Dear Editor:

Not sure who to give credit on what I saw today. I believe it is the crew who have done “fire break” related work with this recent fire, but what I saw today was just amazing and I felt compelled to tell you about it.

Dear Editor:

There is a proposed development that would set a dangerous precedent and is potentially damaging to the major resource for Chaffee County, the Arkansas River. 

Dear Editor:

Owners of rural property in Chaffee County need to be aware of what is currently taking place. On Sept 24 the Planning Commission apparently approved a development called Cool Clear Water Townhouses. This development is six two-unit townhomes on the river near the intersection of CRs 160 and 163. 

Longfellow selected as ‘best in the state’

Over the past several years, Salida School District R-32-J has been recognized for its schools’ and students’ academic achievements.

Typically, the recognition has resulted from student test scores as compared to other districts across the state. At the same time, the awards have come almost regularly, becoming – dare we say – almost expected of the district and its schools.

Dear Editor:

Congratulations to the patrons of the Chaffee County Public Shooting Complex for the positive response to the April 2018 Mountain Mail article asking handgunners to purchase bowling pins as targets.

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