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Letters 12/17/09

Buy original art

Dear Editor:

I walk into a friend’s home. Every wall, every table, corner and space has original art. Handcrafted pieces are everywhere. Several different artists and craftsmen are represented. It’s always such a delight to be invited. I walk into my own home and am greeted by the piece I have from a potter, a lamp I bought from a raku master, vases I have from another artist. I have a painting on the wall that makes me and anyone else who sees it smile every time. I remember when I purchased it. My friend thought I was being a bit extravagant. I had paid $300. As he lit up, I asked him how much he spent on cigarettes in a month’s time and what he had to show for it. He got the point rather quickly. I have had the painting for a couple years now. It breaks down to about 41 cents a day so far and tomorrow it will break down even more. Yet I enjoy it more. Great art is like that. It continually grows on you. Art has been my best investment for my sense of peace and enjoyment.

I often hear artists complain they aren’t selling enough. Yet they don’t buy art themselves. Why not? I hear friends complain they can’t afford original art. Why not? Sometimes I think we don’t understand all the possible ways to own it. If a person is truly inspired by a piece, talking to the artist for a means in which to obtain it is smart. Payments, saving for, trading, layaways, or any other numerous avenues are great ways to have your home mirror that creative spirit.

I would love to read letters from people in this community who own original art and what that does for them. My own goal is to buy a piece of art (any price I want to spend is out there) and give it as a gift this Christmas season.

Donna Merchant-Crooks

Good deed

Dear Editor:

Working on Music Booster’s recent holiday show, “The Beat Goes On” is quite hectic at times, and I wear many hats. While rushing to get last minute tasks done, I found myself hurrying from the high school to our bus barn storage to our Costume Cave, pleased that I was remembering all that I needed to do and getting it all done on time. As I drove up Put Hill near the elementary school, I heard an awful clanging and banging sound. What was that? Alas, it was me; I had left the trunk of my car open, and all of the painting supplies, props, lighting gear and more were bouncing merrily down the middle of the road. I pulled over, watching the traffic trying to avoid my rolling mess; no one stopped. Except Anthony Lucero. By the time I got there, he had single-handedly stopped all of the vehicles, including several impatient semi trucks, and had gathered most of the fallen gear. He carried everything up the hill to my car, in disbelief that no one else had stopped, business as usual. Thanks Anthony! Music Boosters would like to offer you some tickets for our summer show next year. See for contact information.

Dale Morris

Cell phones

Dear Editor:

New cell phone law in effect — sounds unrealistic — 18-year-old age limit on usage when driving. Our law enforcement will waste time questioning what age is that person on the phone, text.

Please, if you agree, write to Gov. Ritter; the newer law needs to enforce no cell phone, text usage while driving.

Thank you,

Pam Morrow


Dear Editor:

Jay Davison just doesn’t get it. A “recession” is when your neighbor loses his job. A “Depression” is when you lose yours. A “recovery” is when Obama and all of his “lie-beral” socialist morons in Washington lose theirs.

Eventually, Davis will learn ta love the thought, ‘cause it’s gonna happen. And the “reflection” in his mirror is gonna be painful. Mine will be a’smiling.

Jim Sawicki


Dear Editor

This letter is in regards to Ming Steen’s “This holiday, don’t forget the Teachers” article in last week’s newspaper. I found this article to be exceedingly thoughtless especially in the economic times we are presently in. It is extremely difficult for a lot of parents to cope with Christmastime as it is without the added pressure of purchasing presents for the teachers of their children. I fully understand and acknowledge that our teachers are over worked and under paid, a lot of what teachers are now teaching is really the parents responsibility which we have now added to a teachers lot, however as a teacher myself I certainly didn’t expect my students to purchase presents for me or even give me a Christmas card. I think what most teachers would appreciate is if parents actually started parenting instead of leaving this up to the teachers who are in this profession to teach what they love not bring up our children for us.

The suggestion that, “If your child arrives empty handed the day before Christmas vacation, it will be on your conscience forever” is just plain rude. Your statement is what will be on my conscience forever — the fact that you are placing this idea into parents minds is what will be on “my conscience forever!” Your intimation of extra credit from the teacher if children give them a gift is absolutely abhorrent. Teachers teach because they love to impart their knowledge to children, they do not teach in order to see which child gives the best or most expensive gift or “gift card” and in so doing then get extra credit which is what was implied in this article.

I think this added pressure on parents at this time of the year is exceptionally difficult. We love our teachers and we appreciate everything they do for our children, but putting on added expenditure at this time of year for a lot of parents is just not necessary and I doubt a lot of our children’s teachers would expect it either. For myself, a simple thank you is sufficient.


Liz Starks


Dear Editor:

I first would like to request on the behalf of many Pagosans that the agenda and date of BoCC meetings, town council meetings, and any public meetings be displayed in bold letters where everyone will be aware. It may be that every meeting is advertised, but many are not seeing this. The land use codes and documents that Debra Brown referred to in her letter last week were to most a surprise! Maybe bits and pieces of this type of information have been discussed, but it seems like a lot of these decisions and regulations are being made without enough public scrutiny.

As a landowner, gardener, wife of a wonderful, build it as we can afford it, husband, it concerns me that we might be told what we can do on our land. I have been on the “recreational” land that Debra Brown wrote about last week and enjoyed the canopy, protecting us from the sun; watching the toddlers in the wading pool, the teenagers and adults playing volleyball, I was there to witness four generations sharing breakfast and family time. I can’t imagine what our elected officials, the ones that we pay, are thinking when they plan to ban these things from recreational land? Is it true that restrictions will be imposed on how many people can share a dwelling or if I may rent out my guest house to help me meet my mortgage?

Surely, in these times we must want to support each other and change what is not working. Looking at the numbers published of increased need for aid, increased child abuse, domestic violence, suicide; we need to refocus our attention. I work with families and have witnessed the unrelenting stress of just trying to survive; we are all beginning to feel it. This is not a time to cause more distrust and dissension.

To take our tax dollars to hire a code enforcement officer to pile more stress on our citizens is outrageous! Funding to help families, children to seniors is being cut right here in our county, right here at our public schools and health care facilities!

I support with all my being the need to protect our environment and to respect our neighbors. We have so many issues that affect our ground water and rivers, our unspoiled wilderness and our hosts on this land, the wildlife. I am appalled at the amount of time spent to come up with these regulations and am wondering who they are serving?

With sincere respect, I ask our officials to reconsider where the focus should be at this time in our town and county. How can we create a plan that supports us all? Our community deserves to be at ease, knowing no one is hungry, cold, isolated, and our people deserve access to good education and health care, here in our community. I also remind us all that we have to be aware of what is going on, and let our officials that we elected know how we would like to see our hometown adjust to a different time in our world.

Lily Tarbet