Letters to Editor 05-14-09

Great respect

Dear Editor:

It is with great remorse that I learned of Virginia Decker’s passing. She was truly a grand lady and one of the most civic-minded individuals in Archuleta County during her active years. Her imprints will be reflected in many ways for years to come.?I always looked forward to her beautiful Christmas cards. They were one of a kind, as was she.?With great respect to a very gracious lady, and my sympathy to her family

Franklin Anderson??


Dear Editor:

I was somewhat surprised to see my name in print in The SUN. Being mentally disadvantaged, I merely follow the tax advice of my tax advisor, namely, “render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s …” Matt. 22:21 (KJV).

I regret that there is so much evil and injustice in the world. I’m reminded of that old story about the guy who died and went up to heaven and started complaining to God about all the problems on earth, and after going on for days, he finished up by telling God we need help down there. To which God replied, “I sent you!” I don’t know how the story ends. Perhaps St. Peter sprung the trap door. Maybe not. No doubt God has more patience with whiners than I.

I sympathize with the lady who has to pay taxes for pig manure research. No doubt the people who live downwind from a pig farm feel differently. I see she is from Texas. I thought Lyndon Johnson and George Bush II took pretty good care of Texas. I wonder how many federal dollars have been funneled into Texas through the NASA space center in Houston? I’m truly sorry her Dad died such a painful death and her mother continues to work. I’m sure her story is repeated a million times a day throughout the land. And a great many of the affected people have no place to run except to the local and federal governments.

I hope the Tea Baggers continue to meet. I also hope that they realize that in a democracy, not everyone gets their way all the time. But, most importantly, I hope they don’t absorb the hate that oozes from the media hatemongers. For if they do, they, too, will burn in hell until the end of time for disobeying God’s two great commandments, namely, “love thy Lord … and love thy neighbor …” Matt. 22:37:39 (KVJ).

To show that my heart is in the right place, I understand the Republicans are looking for ways to attract more women. My suggestion is to have a lottery and the first prize is a date with Rush Limbaugh.

Incidentally, I’ll be glad to deliver a couple of loads of wood to Jim Sawicki as I know he is too principled to cash his federal pension check.

P.S. My knowledge of the English language is archaic. Maggie Watkins informed me that I referenced a “vulgar, homosexual act.” This was not my intent and I hope Ms. Watkins will be kind enough to inform me as to the exact words I used so I can avoid them in the future.

Bob Dungan



Dear Editor:

In the last issue of The SUN, there was an article indicating that persons are trying to reactivate the old fountain in Pinon Lake. This fountain spraying water into the air would cause excessive evaporation and waste our precious water.

As a method of getting rid of unwanted water that comes from the wells, gas well drillers spray that water into the air and it evaporates. That is an example of how effective spraying is in evaporating water.

Obviously, with the scarcity of water in this area, wasting our water by spraying it into the air with that fountain should not be done. That old Pinon Lake fountain should not be reactivated.

Being involved in our local water conservation district, I feel obligated to firmly oppose reactivation of that waster-wasting Pinon Lake fountain.

Very concerned,

Fred A. Ebeling

Trey Lloyd

Dear Editor:

Kenneth Trey Michael Lloyd was born in April 2004. Trey was originally diagnosed with leukemia in November 2005 (A.L.L.) when he was 1 1/2 years old. ?He received standard treatment of chemotherapy for three years, by Dr. Lorrie Odom. Then, in January 2009, he had a recurrence in the central nervous system. Since then, he has had to mainly stay in the Denver area to receive aggressive chemo treatment which is expected to last about a year and be followed by radiation to the brain at the end of treatment.

We have been traveling back and forth weekly to Denver and occasionally are able to be back at home. Because of the time we have to be in the Denver area, we have rented a place there. Trey also enjoys his home there. He is a beautiful 5-year-old boy with a personality like no other. He has about 101 different facial expressions. He loves the outdoors like any other child. He also loves transformer toys.

During three years Trey has had treatment, yet without any infection to his body. He began a more aggressive treatment in January and has been handling it very well. Over and over again, his doctors come back with good reports, to their own amazement. He is again in remission, but they continue to fight it. It is their belief that the cancer hides out and they continue to go after it with different types of chemo. We believe God has his hand on Trey to protect him through all this and know that he will have a great testimony when all this is complete. We ask for your prayers, not only for Trey but for the many children who are affected by cancer. Because of our experience, we have such a heart for the other families who are going through this.

Once again, this community has come together to help us out with so much. We are so thankful for the good hearted people we know, and those we may not.

Pam Lloyd

Cap and Trade

Dear Editor:

Re. Don MacNamee’s letter of May 7.

You’ve got it right, Don. We are about to spend a fortune trying to fix something that “ain’t broke.” First of all, the “science” behind the doomsday predictions due to carbon dioxide increase are all based on?computer?models. I don’t think any of these models can include the vast?complexities of our planet and its atmosphere. Remember the computer studies of 10 to 20 years ago?that predicted doomsday due to the loss of oxygen?that would result from the clearing of the rain?forests in Brazil.?It did not happen, no measurable difference,?and those forests are still being cleared.

Secondly the amount of CO2 in our atmosphere is incredibly small, .0387 percent by volume compared to oxygen at 20.9 percent. The worry is that it has increased from?.0348 percent?since 1900.??The predictions that I have seen have the world in the tank?when the CO2?content gets to .0440 percent which is predicted by 2040.?That simply seems absurd.

Thirdly, as Don points out, there is no science that can show that this slight increase in CO2 has been caused by human activity. As little as a two degree increase in the oceans’ temperatures would more than account for the slight?CO2 ?increase, and this can?easily occur with a slightly increased convection of the magma under the thin ocean crust.

As I tell my children: there is only one advantage that I have found in getting old, and that is that you know?all of the doomsday predictions for this planet are nonsense. During my 71 years,?I have lived through a great number of them.

Dick Riethmiller

Up With People

Dear Editor:

I would like to thank our beautiful community for all the support and encouragement. I am continuing to work towards a goal and couldn’t imagine what it would be like without you all. Thank you!

I have been given the most glorious opportunity. In July of this year I will be traveling with a group called Up with People. Up with People first started in 1965, when the founder, along with several friends, committed to making a positive change in the world.

Up with People brings students from around the world together to travel the world, where a positive difference can be made. The students stay with host families and learn about the political, financial, economic, and cultural environment. Up with People works along side local charitable organizations to provide hundreds of hours of community service. At the end of our stay we perform a show with live music, singing and dance, to spread the messages of hope and goodwill across nations. One hundred percent of the proceeds generated from the show are given to local charitable organizations. For me this is a dream come true. To be able to help those in need while experiencing other cultures, languages, and lifestyles is such a blessing.

I have lived in Pagosa Springs most of my life and it has been a beautiful experience. As I represent Pagosa, I humbly ask for your encouragement. I will be hosting many fund-raising events with an ambition to bring our community together.

This Saturday, I will be hosting a benefit dinner and dance at Chavolos Bar and Grill on Piedra Road. Dinner will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m.; call to reserve your seats. The Bluescreamers will be performing at 9 p.m. Admission to the dance is $5 at the door. There will be an opportunity to buy my artwork and/or baked goods in a silent auction. Thank you so much! Hope to see you soon.

Many blessings, with love,

Naquita Rivas

Car show

Dear Editor:

At the end of April, a group of friends from Pagosa went to Moab, Utah, for the annual antique car show. As we perused the 600 plus vehicles, we were talking about how great it would be if Pagosa could have a car show such as that one.

While stopped to look at a beautifully remodeled car, we were approached by a gentleman from Pagosa passing out flyers. Lo and behold, the flyer was promoting Pagosa Springs’ first antique car show! We kept running into people from Pagosa, many of whom had vehicles in the show and for sale, and the buzz was all about how great it was going to be for Pagosa to have its own show.

I understand from the “car people” that it is no small feat to be able to even put on such a show, and that a new show always starts out small but as it gets known as a fun show in a fun town, people come from all over to attend. I believe that our town can put on a fun show, and I know that we live in a fun town, so that seems to be the perfect recipe for a successful car show. I commend those who have worked hard on bringing an antique car show to Pagosa.

I admit, I did not think that I would be thrilled at spending several hours at a car show in Moab, but I have to admit that I was blown away by the quality of the vehicles and really enjoyed seeing the ones that had “before” pictures to go with the refurbished vehicle. The hours slipped away, and I am now ready to see more cars at the show in Pagosa. According to the Chamber of Commerce, the show is called the River Rod Run Car Show and will be held May 16 on Lewis Street from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The cruise around town, which was a really fun part of the show in Moab (bring your lawn chairs), will be at 5 p.m. I hope that this show will have the support of our town — it could be a real boon to our economy, especially if it is successful this year and can then attract even more car entries in years to come.

Siri Schuchardt

Flagrant violation

Dear Editor:

A crime against nature, the environment, and common sense is being planned by a landowner and 4 Corner Materials for your summer tragedy in the Blanco Basin. They plan to extract 200,000 cubic yards of rock, crush it, wash it, and haul it to Pagosa. The plan is to work five days a week for four months making noise, polluting the Blanco River, and creating great clouds of dust with the 40 trucks an hour moving the material down Blanco Basin road. If you have a flat on the road and it takes you 30 minutes to fix it, you will be passed by a 20-yard gravel truck every minute and a half, and they may not slow down as they go by kicking up the gravel off the road and dusting you off big time.

The county commissioners have rules available to them that will prevent this activity provided the commissioners follow the rules. They may need help from the citizens to stand up against the moneyed interests planning this nightmare.

Please let your voice be heard loud and clear opposing this flagrant violation and degradation of a beautiful area and river in the Blanco Basin.

Joe Wells