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What has changed since I built my last project? I am very likely to crumble under the weight of the planning and zoning department’s authoritarian grip.

We live in a very beautiful river valley where we mostly dig in sand with a heavy dose of river rock.

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We are a divided country, but I hope we all can agree on one thing. It’s not good for our nation, our communities, or our families to be immersed in anger, judgement and hate.

I hope that influential people in all walks of life will actively seek to re-unite us; but I also think that, if healing is to take place, it will have to come from the ground up, a sort of grass-roots movement.

Last week’s inauguration showed our democracy still in tact. Votes were cast, counted, often re-counted, and certified in multiple ways.

There were winners and losers like in all elections. With the call to go forward and start healing some divisions, perhaps some of us can do our small part.

Three days after moving to Chaffee County years ago, I met with Wendell Pryor. I remember he had about 20 people on a list – in his head, of course – ones he said I had to meet. “But start with the best one,” he said, “Charlie Forster.”

This letter is in response to last week’s letter-to-the-editor signed by Keith Baker and other local Democratic leaders.

The accusations they made and the language they used was divisive and they need to apologize. Rather than follow Mr. Biden’s advice to heal the nation and calm the rhetoric, they chose to ramp-up the divide.

State by state certification of the results of the national election – 50 independent certifications – conclusively disproved Mr. Trump’s assertions that he, and not Mr. Biden, had won the election.

Members of the public need to understand the truth. The Democratic candidate won the presidency in a free and fair election.

There was no voter fraud that affected the outcome of the election. More than 60 lawsuits in courtrooms where there are serious penalties for prevarications confirm that.

The choice to wear or not wear a mask in public is a critical choice, one that carries the potential for severe, even deadly, consequences for all of us that come into contact with you.

Here’s an exercise every Coloradan might want to engage in to get a sense of the impact of covid-19 in our state: Count to 1000. Then do that 18 more times.

Tri-State Generation and Transmission, the regional cooperative that Sangre de Cristo Electric Association and 21 other electric coops in Colorado belong to, released their Energy Resource Plan in December. Tri-State is working to update their outdated and broken business model, with the aim of becoming more competitive with other utilities in the state.

Dear teachers and staff, Lisa Yates and the school board:

We so appreciate you and all of your work for the children of Buena Vista, particularly this year with all of the dramatic changes in scheduling and direction. Not only does it affect our children, but you as well.

For centuries mankind has gotten infected, sick, and recovered with usually a stronger immune system. That’s normal and healthy; that’s life. The concern, until this year, has always been the likelihood of an infection leading to death.

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Dear teachers and staff, Lisa Yates and the school board:

We so appreciate you and all of your work for the children of Buena Vista, particularly this year with all of the dramatic changes in scheduling and direction. Not only does it affect our children, but you as well.

For centuries mankind has gotten infected, sick, and recovered with usually a stronger immune system. That’s normal and healthy; that’s life. The concern, until this year, has always been the likelihood of an infection leading to death.

Citing the relatively low local rates of COVID-19 infections and deaths as “proof” that we don’t need to wear masks, socially distance, or deal with business restrictions makes as much sense as mowing your lawn in June, and then packing away the lawn mower for the rest of the year because you think you’ll not be be needing it again any time soon, even though the grass is still growing. 

On behalf of the Chaffee County Census Committee, I’m extending gratitude to Chaffee County residents for their participation in the 2020 Census.

Some of you completed the census on your own (58.3%) and some through a U.S. Census Bureau fieldworker. However the information was shared, every bit of data matters.

Hundreds of Chaffee citizens have invested thousands of hours working on the new Comprehensive Plan, supported by Envision Chaffee County, to tell our elected leaders what kind of a county we all want to live in. County Commissioner incumbent candidate Keith Baker will ensure that Chaffee citizens get what they’ve asked for.  

I ask the voters in Buena Vista to please vote no on the retail sale of recreational marijuana. I’m not allowed to vote on town issues as I live out of town so I ask the voters within the city limits of Buenie to preserve the unique and caring qualities my/our home town has held on to for generations.

Let’s face it, our democracy is in trouble. President Trump and his enablers have done a masterful job in undermining it over the last four years. We now have a president who was not even elected by a majority of voters doing whatever he can to get re-elected again without the support of the majority of voters.

Do you love the outdoors and being surrounded by spectacular public lands?

Our national public lands belong to all of us. These are the places you love to hike, bike, camp, drive recreational vehicles, ski, snowmobile, watch wildlife, climb, hunt, fish, or simply enjoy the solitude.


As an unaffiliated voter I was recently researching the commissioner candidates.

A simple online search revealed that at least two federal tax liens totaling $66,226.09 have been filed against candidate Hannah Hannah. 

In Buena Vista and Salida, but mostly in Buena Vista, Biden/Harris yard signs are being stolen from private properties, almost as soon as they are posted.

In contrast, there have been no reports of Trump signs being stolen. These are criminal behaviors in Colorado, involving both trespassing on private properties and theft.

Last week two writers trashed the president, yet provided no facts or left out critical elements.

One called the president a draft dodger. As retired military, I have no issue with the president not having served.