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Dear Editor:

I thank Merle for his editorial dated Nov. 12, entitled “Inquiry not same as impeachment.” However, I believe a few clarifications should be addressed.

First, Merle writes that “hearings were conducted in private and Republicans were not able to question witnesses.” This is not true. The hearings have been conducted by several House committees composed of both Democrats and Republicans, and all members can attend and question witnesses. 

Dear Editor:

I am thrilled that the majority of citizens supported the annexation of R-32-J School District into the Colorado Mountain College district. 

Our youngsters as well as adults of all ages who live in Chaffee County will soon have opportunities to advance their employment skills and/or further their education – without leaving home. 

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. 

Dear Editor:

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?

Dear Editor:

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.

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. 

Dear Editor: 

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. 

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).

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.

Dear Editor:

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. 

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.

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.” 

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.

Dear Editor:

This letter is to thank everyone who responded to the accident on U.S. 50 last Thursday. To the police officers, the fire department, the EMTs, the tow truck drivers and the witnesses, thank you very much for your help, concern and assistance. Thank God that everyone walked away with only minor injuries. 

Thanks from the bottom of our hearts.

Dear Editor:

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena …” – Theodore Roosevelt.

Dear Editor:

Top reasons to vote “no” on 5A-Colorado Mountain College annexation:

1. Salida school board and CMC were deceptive, using ballot language listing only advantages, omitting mention of tax and providing no Blue Book information.

Dear Editor:

To the Salida School District and all affected residents:

Vote “no” on 5A.

Regarding my previous letter, I believe I must apologize for a mathematical error. I was using numbers, I’m sure, which came from a previous publication, and I was high on the amount of property tax increase.

My mistake.

Dear Editor:

The education of the next generation and our own continuing education is paramount to the sustainability of our community. The voters took a risk and supported a new high school and elementary school during tough economic times

Dear Editor: 

I would like to share a personal experience I have had with Colorado Mountain College and why I am voting yes to 5A. 

I grew up in disadvantaged circumstances with my grandparents in Denver. My childhood did not include any family expectation that I should attend college. 

Dear Editor:

In regards to my last letter, I realize I may have expressed some frustrations to the people of Salida that I would like to apologize for.

Dear Editor:

I support joining the Colorado Mountain College district, ballot question 5A. 

I understand this will increase my taxes on both my residence and commercial properties. In passing 5A, we will gain an incredible asset for our community that will benefit every citizen. This benefit will be worth much more than the costs.

Dear Editor:

As a community we created a strong and dynamic school system. We believed it was important to invest in infrastructure, to voice expectations and to shape our school district into something powerful. 

It all started at 2:24 a.m. Oct. 2 when we were asked to open an evacuation center at Chaffee County Fairgrounds. 

Many families had already arrived from CRs 101, 104, 107, 108, 110 and 111. During the course of the morning more than 300 people arrived at the center. 

Dear Editor:

Please vote yes on 5A. I grew up in Buena Vista and have lived in Salida off and on for 20 years, have two high schoolers and am invested in Salida’s long-term interests. Colorado Mountain College annexation is an opportunity we should not pass up.

Dear Editor:

I received an associate in arts degree from Colorado Mountain College. I am deeply grateful for the opportunity provided and quality of education made available by CMC. 

Dear Editor:

When I moved to Salida in 1990 and then taught for Colorado Mountain College, I was surprised that we had such a small program here compared to Summit County where I had lived before. 

Dear Editor:

Thank you, Captain Zipline, for a fun and successful fundraising event. Who knew that you could have so much fun while fundraising? 

We set aside two separate weekends to take advantage of a special gift from Captain Zipline that offered reduced rates and a separate contribution for each participant. 

President Trump is getting hit by the left for his latest immigration reform proposal. Under the new plan, immigrants who come to the United States and receive welfare benefits could be denied green cards or visas. 

Dear Editor:

Young people setting out to start their lives need three things: education, housing and employment. 

Education can lead to better jobs and greater lifetime income and asset building for families. Employment income needs to cover housing costs, either rent or mortgage. 

Dear Editor:

Have you ever had a business come to town who wanted you to build their building, purchase or use public land for their building? Then expect you to pay for its use? 

Proposition DD: No

Voters in the Nov. 5 election will decide Proposition DD, which if approved will legalize and regulate sports betting through the state’s casinos in Black Hawk, Cripple Creek and Central City.

Dear Editor:

Of the numerous letters involving the Salida School District joining the Colorado Mountain College taxing district (ballot question 5A), not one has mentioned the problems caused by the fact that our students currently attend school only four days a week. 

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