Dear Editor:

Families of friends do not require lies, nor would an America filled with friends need politicians. Where love is there is unity in distinction.

Unity is directly against the will of controllers. 

Dear Editor:

I was on the Chaffee County Health Department site and saw a comment of concern for essential workers and home safety. If people are coming home, they need a plan to keep their homes and family safe. 

Officials now taking COVID-19 seriously

Dear Editor:

In this time of unilateral focus on the health and well-being of our community and the world at large, some things slip through the cracks. I want to call attention to an event that occurred March 20 and acknowledge with great regret what the community has lost in the closing of Salida’s Simple Foods Market on that day.

Dear Editor:

I just read that Trump’s campaign has sent a cease-and-desist letter to Democrats claiming that their campaign commercial is “patently false, misleading and deceptive.” Does anyone else see the irony in that?

Dan Thomas,

Salida

I am writing this edition here at home where I can see the antique regulator clock on the wall. The pendulum swings back and forth ticking off the seconds of another day. I realize, in spite of all mankind’s efforts to control and/or predict it, time keeps moving on. 

Dear Editor:

This is a very tough, troubling and dark time we are living in. With little to no chance of social interaction, at least not safely, it can be very trying on many if not all of us. 

Dear Editor:

I want to second the request of “Be kind to grocery store employees.” 

Thursday I was in Walmart picking up a few things for my neighbors and myself. There was a young man with his two kids and his wife checking out in one of the “checker” lanes (not self-checkout). 

Salidans have been faced with serious challenges during the past few weeks. 

Challenges that have impacted us physically, psychologically, emotionally and financially. 

And we all need to be ready for the coronavirus to get worse over the next few weeks before we see signs of it abating. 

Dear Editor:

My heart is broken over this virus that is devastating our world. However, my secondary heartache is making it even more sorrowful. 

When the epidemic began, my mind and heart were reeling with thoughts of where all of this is headed. However, I began to think not only of the dire possibilities, but also the good that might come of it. 

Dear Editor:

On behalf of the board of directors of The Grainery Ministry we want to extend our sincere thanks to the individuals, families and businesses of the Salida community for their generous support of The Grainery at this unprecedented time. 

Dear Editor:

This letter is directed to those motorists who drive alongside the Poncha Boulevard bicycle/walking trail and those who also walk or use the trail, particularly with their unleashed dogs.

Help’s on the way

The $2.2 trillion stimulus package approved by Congress on Friday will bring a measure of help to millions of Americans.

From press reports, provisions in the bill call for:

Dear Editor:

Apparently Colorado has joined other states in determining that medical marijuana dispensaries are just as essential as pharmacies and food stores so that they are not required to close and are allowed to remain open and provide products to citizens who want them. 

Dear Editor:

I have listened to both sides of the proposal to build affordable housing at the intersection of East Crestone Avenue and Third Street, and I understand the issues involved. 

Dear Editor: 

At Donald Trump’s news briefing today, he talked about requests for more ventilators from the governor of New York. The governor of New York needs 26,000 more ventilators. 

Dear Editor:

Will the huge skate park athletic facility which will impact the neighborhood make the people healthy and happy? What is happening with the funds for Centennial Park in Salida? 

Dear Editor:

Telling the truth, the whole truth, not just the self-serving bits, is a good policy for a leader at any time. It is vital for a nation’s leader in this time of danger, fear and uncertainty. 

Dear Editor:

The construction of residential units on city-owned property near the busy intersection on either side of East Crestone Avenue and West Third Street will result in a traffic safety issue. 

Stick to truth, facts

It’s frustrating, to say the least, to hear widely disparate claims about COVID-19 and how it will play out across the country.

On the one hand, President Donald Trump said this week that, thanks to the federal government’s stimulus programs, “the economy will be roaring” by Easter.

Dear Editor:

It has been concerning lately to see some citizens of Salida not taking COVID-19 seriously. For the past two weeks I have watched locals arguing with each other on Facebook sites like Salida Swap and Salida Bitch and Moan about whether or not it is a big deal, or whether or not you should stay home.

This is a time of great testing for Congress. As it considers responses to the nation’s health and economic crises, it faces close scrutiny by ordinary Americans, financial markets and businesses large and small across the country. The pressure to move quickly is intense, and it is not an institution built for that purpose.

Dear Editor: 

Regarding our current struggle with the Evil Virus stalking our peaceful mountain communities, stripping us of our tactile lives together while inviting a string of pathological responses, I am thinking this may be a good time for reflecting on our priorities.

Dear Editor:

I took a week off work and went back to work this week. I was horrified to hear that my very hardworking co-workers have been treated so horribly by some customers – yelling and screaming at them for not having products on the shelves. 

Dear Editor:

Regarding the editorial on March 20, which hypothesized why a statistically significant number of COVID-19 cases were relatively young people: What is missed is that low-risk population does not mean low risk of acquiring COVID-19. It means lower risk of having medical complications as a result of acquiring COVID-19.

Tony Madone: the face of caring

If you could put a face on caring over the past two decades in Salida and the Upper Arkansas Valley, on dedicating your life to benefit your fellow man and all of humankind, it would be that of Tony Madone.

Dear Editor: 

Where hard evidence is lacking, speculation and innuendo abound. 

One of the most insidious features of this current viral disease threatening humans is that it threatens selectively. 

Dear Editor:

Hats off to Tony Madone, founder of Colorado Farm to Table, who is stepping down from his remarkable creation.

Mr. Madone has selflessly given of himself and fed untold numbers of Coloradans in need. 

Dear Editor:

The city of Salida and Chaffee Housing Trust (CHT) are moving forward with their development plans of donating land to CHT (intersection of Third Street and East Crestone Avenue), vacating a section of East Crestone Avenue. The plan includes: 

As Americans do everything they can to stay safe and limit their exposure to COVID-19, we are seeing more clearly the great divides in our society.

While the virus doesn’t discriminate, we are seeing that its impacts certainly do. In a pandemic, there’s a huge difference between having health care and not having it, between getting paid sick time off work and not, and having access to clean water and housing and lacking it.

Dear Editor:

For those of you condemning the media for its role in the COVID-19 situation, consider this possibility. Without the intense media scrutiny this is getting, this virus would be spreading at a much faster rate.

Dear Editor:

I’m sitting here feeling overwhelmed with gratitude for people in the community going the extra mile. 

One special person I’d love to tell you about is a first-grade teacher who has figured out a way to communicate with her students this week using an online platform that allows her students to check in as a class, see each other, feel the community of the classroom and share a story and discussion together – all of the things our kids are missing right now. 

Dear Editor:

The unprecedented outbreak of the coronavirus has cause severe shortages of available food in our community. At the same time many in our community find themselves facing layoffs and limited working hours, which will affect their ability to pay bills and buy needed food. 

CO COVID-19 stats point to questions 

The week has been dominated by coronavirus or COVID-19 news, much of it local reactions, restrictions, postponements and cancellations stemming from county, state and national directives.

Capitol Bill Watch: 564 total – up from 537 last edition. House: 360.Senate: 204. Signed into law: 33. Postponed indefinitely (killed): 98. 

Last week, this column covered some “stealth” bills. Stealth bills can fly under the radar by not revealing themselves until the last moment, or they can hide in plain sight. 

Dear Editor:

As a full-time working 23-year-old and a brand new homeowner, I have to work every second to prove to people that I am not a basic millennial. 

You can imagine my sadness when I turned on 92.3 at 5:15 p.m. to the radio commentator speaking so lowly of millennials.

Dear Editor:

Regarding the editorial in last week’s Mail “Answering the call”: When I read it, I noticed one glaring omission. There was absolutely no mention of the veterinarians involved in that tragic truck accident that killed 124 sheep. 

Dear Editor:

An open letter to the community:

Jamey King was an enthusiastic, strong, skilled and beautiful gift to any team he touched. He was lithe and strong. His skill and vigilance were stunning. Wherever there was a soccer ball, he was on it. 

Dear Editor:

In early March for the past 52 years, as the days start getting longer and warmer, my thoughts have always centered around the upcoming spring farm work. However, this year is different because of my recent retirement from Colorado Farm to Table. 

Dear Editor:

So the coronavirus has everyone’s lives turned upside down. And many of course are grumbling about that, about the fact that for most healthy folks it isn’t really a threat and about not letting it hinder their plans, trips, etc. 

Dear Editor:

We are all concerned about the spread of the coronavirus. While I personally think we are overreacting as a society, you may not agree and have your own thoughts as to self-isolation. 

Dear Editor:

It seems to me now that the 18-year Afghan war is ending, we should start redirecting some federal spending to health security for our citizens. 

We spend hundreds of billions of hard-earned dollars per year fighting people overseas who don’t like our country. 

Dear Editor:

So this is about the time when the gun shop posts signs: Get guns now. Protect your toilet paper.

The easiest way to kill a lot of Westerners fast is to collapse their infrastructure with attempts to outsmart and outrun each other. 

Dear Editor:

The Man Out of Town

When the panic hits and the shops shut down 

That man will still be working just out of town 

He’s got cows to feed and heifers to calve

‘Flattening the curve’

Dear Editor:

I’ve heard Salida residents say the city is going to the dogs because dog owners don’t pick up after their pets. I just worked in the yard on these sunny days, and I shoveled up enough deer droppings to fertilize a farmer’s field. 

Dear Editor:

I am writing in support of the new Chaffee County Comprehensive Plan draft and in gratitude for County Commissioner Keith Baker’s leadership. While it is not final, the plan has been in the works for months, and is being executed by capable and experienced people with the input of literally hundreds of citizens.

On Friday, due to mounting fears about COVID-19, our university announced it was suspending all on-site classes until April 1. A nursing student who is one of my teaching assistants in a chemistry lab commented that fear radiated by the students was palpable. “Their freshman year experience was being taken away and many of them expressed they had a loved one who was particularly at risk.”

Breaking the chain

As a result of COVID-19, cancellations, suspensions and delays of events, and holding events closed for the most part to the public, literally exploded this week.

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