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Letters to Editor 10-01-09

The rest of us

Dear Editor:

What about the rest of us?

I was really bothered by the fact that 85 percent of our county roads were never even mentioned by the road advisory committee’s report to the county commissioners.

While Pagosa Lakes residents receive the attention of our commissioners, our rural roads are relegated to third world status, and we rural county residents living outside Pagosa Springs and Pagosa Lakes are relegated to second-class citizenship.

We travel on rutted and muddy roads not even deserving of grading and gravel.

The 12 years I was a commissioner, we fairly utilized county resources to spread services evenly around the county, and we did it with the same or less personnel and equipment as the county has now.

If the county commissioners and their road advisors would just take the time and effort to drive all the county roads in all weather conditions, they would not need to pay outsiders for professional recommendations.

Christopher Chavez


Dear Editor:

While we slept, Congress looted our Social Security.

High Social Security payroll taxes have contributed to yearly Social Security Trust Fund surpluses until the proclaimed surplus is now in excess of $2,420 billion ($2.42 trillion). However, Congress has elected to sacrifice Social Security on the alter of corruption by spending the entire surplus requiring the U.S. Treasury to cover the embezzlement by issuing non-negotiable IOU bonds to the Trust Fund. Such economically irresponsible and morally reprehensible behavior by the politicians demonstrates total disrespect for working people.

Congress must now determine how to legally fund the IOU bonds when they mature. The choices are increase taxes, sell legitimate T-bonds, or monetize the debt. It is doubtful China will buy additional T-bonds so Congress will select the easy way out and ask the Federal Reserve to create money out of thin air. Of course, debasing the currency means that the dollar becomes a peso and your Social Security check will only buy some coffee beans or, at best, a bowl of java.

After a long string of yearly Social Security program surpluses, the program will soon start showing a deficit thus our gold hoard in Fort Knox should be distributed to future Social Security recipients. Congress will scream out a refusal claiming that it will doom Social Security. What really frightens them is that we will gain control of both our Social Security program and the gold in Fort Knox. Then let the politicians destroy the dollar!

In the future, when the Social Security eagle takes off on its monthly mission, what would you rather receive in your hand — a gold coin, a worthless Federal Reserve note or an IOU? The choice is yours.


Robert A. Dahlquist

Orange, Calif.

Good people

Dear Editor:

Dear friends,

I don’t know where to even begin in expressing my gratitude, appreciation and love for all of you. Over the last year, when Dale was sick, so many people have shown up for us, and since he has passed, for me. I have never experienced such caring and generosity. It is an incredible synchronicity that during what has been the hardest time of my life, I have received the most kindness, help and friendship from so many, old friends, new friends, people I scarcely know, save that they are my good neighbors here in Pagosa. You have shown me how good people are, what great capacity we all have to be kind to each other, to help in each others lives, to give of ourselves. You have given so much to me, you’ll never know the extent of how you have made this past year bearable. Wow. There are so many of you, I won’t risk leaving anyone out by mentioning some of you by name, but you all know who you are, and you are many.

This community, my community, has shown Dale and me enduring support through the cancer journey that we have been through over the last year and a half. Your support has kept me standing during the fierce winds of life and sickness and death that have blown through, and taken Dale, but left me standing. Small little tree that I am, you wouldn’t let me get blown over. You have changed my life with all your countless acts of kindness. I am so lucky to have you guys. Thank you forever, you are awesome.

Adrienne Panter-Haskamp

I weep

Dear Editor:

Why do Republicans hate America? We used to be different.

I weep for my party.

Jim Milstein

Unfair tax

Dear Editor:

I own a condo in the old Fairfield development. I pay my taxes in two installments.

I overlooked the second payment which was due June 15. I discovered my error Sept. 1. At that time I mailed a check to the county treasurer covering my payment. A penalty fee was added and the check returned with a letter stating very clearly the total amount I needed to pay to cover my balance, and my taxes would be paid in full.

There was no mention of the payment being paid in certified funds or cash; no other conditions or requirements were reiterated in the letter. A check was mailed for the requested total amount. I cannot emphasize enough that the amount requested in the letter stated very clearly that, if these funds were received before October 1, my tax balance would be zero.

This was not to be. I received another letter from the Archuleta County Treasurer stating I owed another $25 for advertising fees to pay to put the notice of unpaid taxes in the Pagosa SUN newspaper so an available buyer could purchase the lien on my property.

The county treasurer assured me she was only following Colorado tax laws. I could accept this, possibly, if I had been told I had more fees to pay and how the fees were to be paid. To add to the insult, I have never missed paying my property taxes, and I was told that if I had missed a payment, then I would be familiar with Colorado tax laws and this probably would not have happened. I have documentation.

Has any one else had a familiar problem?

Joyce Stephens

Albuquerque, N.M.