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A ‘smart and safe’ 4th

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?

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.

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.

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.

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. 

Dear Editor:

Hey Salida residents, want to get outside and play tennis at the middle school courts? It will now cost you $60 per hour.

That’s right. The Salida School District owns these four courts and recently made an agreement with Parks and Recreation to rent them out. 

‘In times of darkness Chaffee Co. shines’

This past week, The Mail carried opinion columns by Chaffee County Commissioner Greg Felt and Chaffee County Public Health Director Andrea Carlstrom.

Mr. Felt addressed the reopening of the county’s two school systems in Buena Vista and Salida later this summer. He noted that the two districts may not be operating in the same manner, that there likely will be differences in their approaches.

Dear Editor:

I don’t know about you, but I miss 1970. 

It was another era. No internet, personal computers, cellphones, cable TV. The Flintstone Age of technology. 

And of society. Kids grew up in homes with both biological parents. Divorce, single parenthood and homosexuality were scandalous. Birth control was barely legal. 

Dear Editor:

Sorry, Cory Gardner, you can’t portray yourself as an environmentalist while also supporting Donald Trump. Coloradans aren’t that gullible.

Sen. Gardner is now touting his role in the effort to protect and enhance the Land and Water Conservation Fund – a very worthwhile program. 

Our community has suffered a massive disruption from the pandemic and economic turmoil of the last three months. Throughout that time, community leaders have worked in concert to adapt to changing regulations and to work with Chaffee County Public Health to navigate the process of reopening many of our business sectors and public activities. 

Dear Editor: 

Shop local they say. I wonder how many of the local restaurants buy meat and other food supplies from Scanga, our local meat market? And with downtown parking being at a premium, somehow they have let a select few restaurants use parking spaces for their outdoor dining areas. 

Dear Editor:

There was a funeral in St. Louis about the same time as the George Floyd funeral. It was for Chief David Dorn, 77, a 37-year veteran with the metropolitan force in St. Louis. 

Dear Editor:

Thanks, rioters.

You have taken a situation in which nearly all Americans stood in solidarity with one another against a horrible, despicable racist act –and now have made the whole issue about anarchy and the rule of law. 

Tailgating on the highway presents an obvious danger: drivers in a reckless hurry, traveling too fast, following the car ahead too closely. When someone taps the brakes, a chain reaction ensues, and the resulting collision is far worse than if everyone had been driving cautiously and responsibly.

There are no words to accurately describe the events of the past several months. In fact, every time I have sat down to write this, I am at a loss on what to say, don’t know where to begin or I get pulled in a different direction due to so many competing priorities. 

Dear Editor:

In the days since the murder of George Floyd, I’m proud that Salidans have joined people from all across the country in raising their voices against racially based systemic violence. I’m also proud that our local officials have published their unequivocal condemnation of the actions that resulted in Mr. Floyd’s death.

Dear Editor:

I’d like to take a moment to recognize and express my deepest gratitude for Read McCulloch, the executive director of the Chaffee Housing Trust. Due to his selfless dedication to his job and his passion for the communities he serves, my life will be forever changed.

Dear Editor:

Chaffee County has been incredibly fortunate to have so many of its citizens actively involved in ensuring its health and contributing to its future. The scale of this task remains largely unnoticed. But the time, research, collaboration and just plain hard work are given without compensation, recognition or expectation. 

Dear Editor:

New York City, with a population of about 8.4 million, has had over 28,000 coronavirus deaths as of May 18. Meanwhile, Hong Kong has officially recorded only four COVID-19 deaths, despite having 7.5 million residents living in more crowded conditions than NYC. 

Act now to avoid post-fire flooding

Property owners who live on or between CR 101, the Bear Creek Road, and CR 110 are advised to take precautions now to limit potential damage resulting from post-fire flooding below the Decker Fire burn area.

Dear Editor:

I work for our local Department of Human Services and would like to take time to thank the Chaffee County Community Foundation. 

The Chaffee County Community Foundation connects individuals, families and businesses with people and nonprofits committed to doing good in our county.

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