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Fiber fest

Dear Editor:

My wife, Suzy, and I want to congratulate the Pagosa Fiber Festival Board of Directors, volunteers, sponsors, and vendors on this, the 10th anniversary of the first Pagosa Fiber Festival.

How could Suzy and I have possibly imagined that our little festival would still be going strong, 10 years later? Who knew?

I remember the genesis of the festival: I was sitting at a stop sign on South Pagosa Boulevard in late May 1990, trying to get across the highway to the other side (these were in the days before traffic lights came to Pagosa). The traffic zipping through town on 160 was phenomenal. And that is a problem, I thought to myself. Here it is Memorial Day —the first major weekend of the summer — and the tourists are not getting off the highway to see our fair town. We need to create something to entice them to stop and spend some time in Pagosaland over the Memorial Day weekend.”Ah!” I exclaimed, “Let’s do what they do in Taos: create a festival to celebrate fiber-bearing animals, Four Corners artisans, and the fiber arts in general, right here in Pagosa!”

From that simple concept came the first Pagosa Fiber Festival, held at the county fairgrounds over Memorial Day weekend 2001, privately funded by our family and other dedicated breeders and vendors who shared our vision. Years two and three were also privately held, at which point our family moved to Canada to care for aging relatives and the PFF was transitioned to a non-profit corporation under the guidance of a dedicated and enthusiastic board of directors.

Even though we live in Nova Scotia today, our hearts remain in Pagosa, and we hope to return “home” some day. Meanwhile, we are so very grateful for all the hard work which has gone into keeping the Pagosa Fiber Festival alive and well. God bless you all this Memorial Day weekend, and all the best for a very successful event.

Your long-distance friends,

Dave, Suzy, Kiva and Collin Belt

Seafoam, Nova Scotia

Did ya ever!

Dear Editor:

Seriously, why did Jesus throw the money lenders out of the temple (by the way a Jewish temple, Christianity hadn’t jelled yet). Didn’t Goldman Sachs’ CEO say that they were doing “God’s work.” Must be something to do with separation of church and state. And yet tea baggers advocate that the U.S. is a free market capitalist Christian nation, demand no taxes and a return to colonial times (a single piece of Federalist paper and sailing ships no less). Or is it as Charles Dickens said, “Americans will believe anything but the truth.”

TARP or the “bailout” was essential to avoid our national bankruptcy, but rather than believe reality the tea baggers prefer the fantasy of individualist resistance vs. global financial meltdown. Is there a conservative alive capable of facing reality? Nah, they’re having way too much fun being anarchists. Talk about fantasy: did Limbaugh really speculate that environmental radicals free dove 5,000 feet to sabotage the British Petroleum wellhead?

Or maybe the tea baggers are not so secretly inclined to continue supporting Reker. Rekers is in a class by himself, even in the era of Larry Craig and Ted Haggard. A Baptist minister and clinical psychologist with a bent for “curing” homosexuality, the married, 61-year-old Rekers was caught by Miami New Times last month in the company of a 20-year-old male escort at Miami International Airport. The “couple” was returning from a 10-day trip to London and Madrid. New Times, which published its exposé in early May, got an explanation from Rekers: “I had surgery, and I can’t lift luggage. That’s why I hired him.”

The big difference between populism and the Tea Party is that populists are not as blatantly self-serving. Tea baggers just want to preserve their privileges and racial dominance.

More fact-based myopia: the tea baggers love Palin’s remark — ”Go back to what our founders and our founding documents meant. They’re quite clear: create law based on the God of the Bible and the ten commandments. Indeed, the religious right has long sought to make the case that the United States was founded on Judeo-Christian beliefs. Purveyors of this notion most-often-cited proof is that the Declaration of Independence puts God front and center. The Declaration of Independence has no legal effect on the laws of this nation. That distinction belongs to the Constitution..

Tea baggers are outside the temple shouting “no-government” slogans that will leave the money lenders inside.

Did ya ever!

Dave Blake


Dear Editor:

I am writing regarding the publication of the sale date of my property. Were you aware that I have not even had my due process hearing yet, scheduled for May 24, 2010? Did you know that the trustee’s office is in violation of law in doing what she is doing?

Does The SUN always accept hearsay evidence as proof for their stories and news reporting? I believe you have an ethical and moral, if not legal, duty to determine the validity of the news you are printing, or is money the main driving force behind all the foreclosure listings you print?

Did you realize that virtually every foreclosure taking place in Archuleta County is illegally occurring? Would that matter to you? Would you be interested in this story, or would that cut into your profits, which would be unacceptable for The SUN?

It is occurring all across Colorado, and we are in contact with Ellen Roberts’ office, our representative on this criminal behavior, as well as Channel 7 news investigations and the FBI. Are you interested in the truth and protecting our citizens, or in profits and supporting the unconscionable acts taking place?

Colorado Revised Statutes Annotated. 38-38-302 clearly specifies that certain things must take place prior to any hearing or possible sale of property:

1. Requirements for redemption. A lienor or assignee of a lien is entitled to redeem if the following requirements are met to the satisfaction of the officer; (Trustee and Sheriff are deemed officers required to exercise due diligence and are not bound by an Order Authorizing Sale that is insufficient on its face, or to perform actions that are in conflict with statutes-JTM).

(a) The lienors lien is a deed of trust or other lien that is created or recognized by state or federal statute or by judgment of a court of competent jurisdiction;

(b) The lien is a junior lien as defined in section 38-38-100.3(11).

(c) The lienor’s lien appears by instruments that were duly recorded in the office of the court clerk and recorder of the county prior to the recording of the notice of election and demand or lis pendens and the lienor is one of the persons who would be entitled to cure pursuant to section 38-38-104(1) …”

None of these things ever occur in this county, and people are illegally losing their homes because of it, and being denied due process, as well.

I hope you will begin to challenge the status quo as a newspaper, and investigate this. We have a ton of evidence for you, which will be used in Federal and Supreme Court cases pending filing. This is a huge egregious process that will dumbfound even the most calloused conscience.

Please feel free to contact me on this, as it will be exposed, and in newspaper format, at some time in the near future. Those playing a part in this corruption (and supporting it) will be named.

Looking forward to a response.

Jeffrey T. Maehr

Editor’s note: A legal notice concerning a foreclosure is not “news reporting.” It is legal advertising required by Colorado law. Please notify us of any and all legal actions that occur regarding your case. If a court upholds your claims, it will, indeed, be news.


Dear Editor:

Memorial Day used to be a solemn day of mourning, a sacred day of remembrance to honor those who paid the ultimate price for our freedoms. Businesses closed for the day. Towns held parades honoring the fallen, the parade routes often times ending at a local cemetery, where speeches were given and prayers offered up. People took the time that day to clean and decorate with flowers and flags the graves of those that fell in service to their country.

We need to remember with sincere respect those who paid the price for our freedoms; we need to keep in sacred remembrance those who died serving their country. We need to stop and pay with sincere conviction our respects for those who died protecting and preserving the freedoms we enjoy, for we owe those honored dead more than we can ever repay. We need to never let them be forgotten.

Sacrifice is meaningless without remembrance. America’s collective consciousness demands that all citizens recall and be aware of the deaths of their fellow countrymen during wartime.

Far too often, the nation as a whole takes for granted the freedoms all Americans enjoy. Those freedoms were paid for with the lives of others few of us actually knew. That’s why they are all collectively remembered on one special day.

Actually: I think this should be regarded as a civic obligation. For this is a national debt that can only be truly repaid by individual Americans. By honoring the nation’s war dead, we preserve their memory and thus their service and sacrifice in the memories of future generations.

America does not need to ask who they are because they came from all walks of life and regions of the country. They all had one thing in common — love of and loyalty to country. This bond cemented ties between them in times of trials, allowing a diverse lot of Americans to achieve monumental ends.

We remember the loss of loved ones, a sense of loss that takes group form. In essence, America is commemorating those who made the greatest sacrifice possible — giving one’s own life on behalf of others.

Means of paying tribute vary. Pausing for a few moments of personal silence is available to everyone. Whether done individually or collectively, it is the thought that counts. But personal as well as public acts of remembering are the ideal. Public displays of patriotism are essential if the notion of remembering war dead is to be instilled in our youth.

As America’s older war veterans fast disappear from society’s landscape, there are fewer and fewer standard-bearers left to carry the torch of remembrance. Such traditions will live on only if there is a vibrant movement to which that torch can be passed.

Now, more than in recent years, the enduring relevance of Memorial Day should be clearly evident. With two wars under way, the public has no excuse not to remember. Surely, this much is owed to more than 5,000 of our finest Americans who have died thus far in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Lot’s a folks gonna miss ‘em.

Jim Sawicki

Local preference

Dear Editor:

I cannot take it anymore. I have to write something to explain how I feel about this “local preference policy” that got voted in last year. I had a chance to use it this year and now it got voted out. Make up your mind. Why did you have it put in the bid documents? If you are trying to bring in new businesses to Archuleta County, why are you trying to run out the ones that are already here if you are for the locals? I guess you really do not know what you are for. I have bid on plenty of jobs. I have won some and lost some, I am a big boy, and I can handle it. But when you say something or put something in documents and then do not follow through, that is when it bothers me.

Clifford Lucero, I admire you for standing up for what you voted for. Mr. Ranson, I understand you voted for the “local preferences” also; correct me if I am wrong. I do not know why you changed your mind when it came down to it. This is not just on local preference policy; this has me worried on other policies that might be in place. I know this was at the commissioners’ discretion, which left it wide open to anything could happen.

I would like to set something straight: Elam did not save the county $300,000. Because you think they did, I believe you do not understand the way these jobs are bid. There are certain items on a bid like this that are put in by the engineers as “anticipated conditions,” such as subgrade stabilization which is usually by the cubic yard. I know that on the Park Avenue job, there was quite a bit of money on this item. Well, there was not much subgrade stabilization after all, so the work was not done and therefore the contractor was not paid. My point is that any contractor who did that job would have wound up with similar savings, because the work simply was not required to be done. I have done these jobs; I know. Ask Davis Engineering how it works and they will explain it to you.

I am starting to realize we, as Archuleta County citizens, need to pay more attention to what goes on in our county. This is a close-knit community. I have had people really upset about this decision that have called me, people that I have not talked to in months, or even years. I do not hold grudges and I can imagine being a county commissioner has to be tough, but, please, in the future, do not put a policy in place and on documents if you are not going to follow through with it.

Kip Strohecker


Dear Editor:

We all are aware of our ambulance service, our fire service, our police and sheriff services. As we honor all of these, there is one important service that we never see — our county dispatchers. Those dedicated folks work night and day, manning all those 911 calls, talking us through dire emergencies while summoning others to respond. They work under tremendous stress, but remain calm and professional in meeting the needs of every call.

So, let’s not forget these vital folks that no one ever sees.

Patty Tillerson

Plea for relief

Dear Editor:

I have read The SUN for ten years. Like most readers of The SUN, we know everything that Jim Sawicki thinks. We have heard it over and over and over. He thinks he is cute. He is not. He is disrespectful. I would never say the things about any legitimately elected president of the United States.

Visitors to our town read The SUN. What kind of representative does he make for our community? What must visitors think? Redneck heaven right here in the beautiful San Juans!

Could The SUN publish a collection of Mr. Sawicki’s rants? If anyone wants to revisit his childish prose, they could either buy a copy or check it out from the Ruby B. Sisson. Otherwise could you just note in the Letters to the Editor column that “Jim Sawicki wrote again”... we’ll all get the picture without the pain.

I think you publish his letters only for the purpose of annoying yourself and the rest of us.

Please give us a break.

Wynn Wasinger