Thursday, August 8, 2013 â€” The Pagosa Springs SUN â€” A3
Letters A mess Dear Editor: This note is regarding Cat Creek Rd. (CR 700). The county road and bridge department needs to do more work on the hill approaching the new bridge. They put some kind of crushed sandstone base on top of bedrock. This material will not tolerate much traffic; it will only decompose more, becoming terrible in the mud. There are no fines to lock the material together. Some of this road, such as about MM 10 by the big green tank, has never had material placed on it since Iâ€™ve lived here (nine years). Itâ€™s a mess in the mud. Lisa Cowell
Nuclear Dear Editor: I realize my letters on nuclear matters are boring and, even worse, I am beginning to sound like a shill for the power companies. I share Mr. Bruvoldâ€™s concerns for the safety of nuclear generated electricity. I also have a concern regarding the cost of solar power. I am no stranger to the Anti-nukes, they paraded outside Sandia Base for all the years I was there. I never did see a WW II vet among them. Spain is a country that has opted for solar energy and is now in virtual bankruptcy with an unemployment rate of about twenty five percent, the same as the USA in the great depression. France opted for nuclear energy. France obtains roughly eighty percent of its electricity from nuclear power. Japan is restarting its nuclear reactors, as the cost of importing fossil fuels is leading to bankruptcy. A Japanese energy official states, â€œI do not think we can survive without nuclear.â€? China has seventeen nuclear plants in operation and 28 more under construction. China will soon be the worldâ€™s leader in reactor design. And then there is Russia, with nuclear energy supplying about 20 percent of Russiaâ€™s electric power. Further, Russia has floating nuclear power plants under consideration, perhaps construction. Nuclear power is here, with more coming, although not in the USA. The USA is generously blessed (cursed?) with Climate Change Deniers, Anti-nukes and Greenies, all who want to dictate national energy policy. The Climate Change Deniers and Anti-nukes want to do nothing, the Greenies want to shut down the grid entirely. Quoting a Greenie regarding the coal-fired New England Brayton Point power station: â€œWhat do we do after we shut it down tomorrow? Someone else will have to figure that out ... we have to shut it down.â€? I doubt if Americans can develop a rational energy policy. I donâ€™t expect much from a country that is number 27 in math and science and number one in piffle. Bob Dungan Arboles
Neither is success. It is time to push through the negativity, bring people together to define the desired future and make our community better, stronger and more prosperous. Economic development will either be done by us, or done to us. Decisions have consequences, but so do non-decisions. Letâ€™s proactively define our own unique path to prosperity. As you suggested, I looked to past community efforts. Lots of the community was involved a few years ago in creating a vision. But those who resisted change ultimately succeeded in suppressing forward momentum, so the work was shelved and has been gathering dust since. Worse yet, those who contributed so much left frustrated, disappointed and hurt. So what were some of the conclusions? â€˘ Archuleta County treasures and preserves its past, its heritage and the uniqueness. â€˘ The community is noted for its connection and appreciation for the natural, healing, creative, healthful, social and spiritual. â€˘ We appreciate open space, big views, wildlife, outdoor recreation and the pristine natural environment. â€˘ We are proud of the work/life/ play balance that our community offers. â€˘ We strive for a cohesive community that, while we may have differences, can come together for the good of the whole community. â€˘ We seek cooperation between
our local governmental, educational and business entities to move our community forward. Economic development begins with strong town/county leadership. â€˘ We seek to honor the past while moving forward to the future. We seek to balance our traditional ideals with modern values. Together, letâ€™s build on the past to create our own unique, prosperous future. Muriel Eason
Young Dear Editor: In June, I had the opportunity and pleasure of touring businesses that are members of the Pagosa Springs Chamber of Commerce. I was thrilled with the young owners. I am so proud of these young people, their entrepreneurial spirit and enthusiasm for our beloved Pagosa. Marilyn McCann
Coup Dear Editor: There are times when I have to wonder why so many people do not connect Obama to anything happening in the country. Until very recently, he escaped attachment to the economy, or any of his policies â€” even Obama care, which is named after him. Though the American people express total disagreement with the agenda, and utter disapproval of the nationâ€™s direction, they do not associate Obama with any of it. I bet you wonâ€™t find a memo from Obama to Lois Lerner saying,
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Together Dear Editor: Your editorial of last week, â€œGot Plans? Check the history,â€? resonated with me. According to the editorial, â€œTo resist change is futile; there is no way, and no reason, to do it. To shape change is desirable, but hard to do.â€? Ultimately, as you said, â€œPagosa Country will be left to our descendants and, more particularly, to relative newcomers.â€? Change is very difficult for some â€” those who have power and influence want to keep it and many view the past through sentimental lenses and desire to go back in time. Some just cannot imagine a bright vision for the future, so they cling to the past. But regardless, change is inevitable. You suggest we remember our communityâ€™s history and authentic character when we contemplate the future. You go on to lament, â€œthe area is being swept into a new era â€” one that unfortunately mirrors a too-common suburban model â€” a model that is counter to the history here.â€? I couldnâ€™t agree more. The new, young families and other â€œnewcomersâ€? did not choose to come here to see Pagosa become more like the urban communities they left behind. They came because of Pagosaâ€™s uniqueness â€” our small town character, laidback lifestyle, authentic people and natural recreation and beauty and, yes, our history. Will we drift aimlessly along and allow change to just happen to us? Or do we make a future community of our own choosing? Prosperity is not an accident.
â€œTarget the Tea Party.â€? He didnâ€™t have to give her orders. He wanted her in that particular role based on who he is, and who she is. Obama knew she had a history of using government to target conservatives. After all, under her leadership in the 1990s, the FCC sued the Christian Coalition (which, after she put them through the wringer, was completely cleared of any wrong doing). So Lerner needed no instructions to glean what obummer wanted from her. And Obama knew full well what he could expect from her. She showed up hating conservatives, despising the Tea Party. She arrived wanting to punish them. Thatâ€™s why she was put there. Obama positioned all such people â€” Eric Holder, Susan Rice, Samantha Power, you name them â€” to do his bidding. Everyone at the IRS is doing what they know will please the messiah. They are Obama. He has hired people he knows to be fellow travelers, he has encouraged them â€” and, after any malfeasance is discovered, he has not fired a single one of them. In fact, in virtually every instance, he has promoted them and given them bonuses! So the message is still being sent loud and clear throughout the Obama administration. Go after my enemies. You will not be punished. You will be protected, and you will be rewarded. This is the context for the assertion that essentially whatâ€™s taking place in the United States
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