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Dear Editor:

It is ironic that Wynn Wasinger’s “Plea for relief” letter appeared on the same page in the May 27th SUN as Jim Sawicki’s excellent and timely letter, “Remember.” Jim’s letter was the only thing I found discussing the real significance of Memorial Day; and the importance of our continuing to keep that in mind as we observe Memorial Day each year. If there was any “childish prose,” I didn’t see it; and the only thing that could be classified as “cute” is his last sentence, “Lots a folks gonna miss ‘em.” Amen.

Regarding Wasinger’s accusation that Jim is disrespectful, and his statement that,”I would never say the things about any legitimately elected president of the United States,” I wonder if he is one of those who think that George W. Bush was not legitimately elected.

It is difficult to respect the current president who cannot, or will not, make public a valid certificate of his birth in the United States of America. I am convinced that he cannot. The document he and/or his campaign put on the internet isn’t a birth certificate. On its face, this document does not even presume to be a copy of the original birth certificate. It is a secondary Certification of Live Birth, which may be used when the original birth certificate cannot be located. It can be produced after the fact with just the affidavits of a family member, or even the child himself. The place for a Certificate Number has been blacked out. It has no mention of a hospital, a doctor, a witness, or any official of any kind. To view an image, go to <http//>.

To see an image of the birth certificate of Barack Hussein Obama II, Google “Certificate of Birth 32018” and click on that item. The certificate that comes up is what a birth certificate should be, including the baby’s footprint. The heading is: COAST PROVINCE GENERAL HOSPITAL, Mombasa. British Protectorate of Kenya. The Attending Doctor and the Supervisor of Obstetrics names are printed in the spaces provided, signed and dated. Baby Obama’s measurements are: 7 pounds 1 ounce, 18 inches length, 6 inches width between shoulders.

I think the document speaks for itself. I have seen nothing to discredit it. For me it has all that is necessary to convince me that it is valid. Of course, the president cannot acknowledge its existence unless he is willing to do so and prove that it is not valid. That isn’t likely to happen.

I have to be the one who decides when I am convinced. If it can be shown to me that President Barack Hussein Obama was born in Hawaii, and that the Kenya certificate is a fake, I will change my mind. If such proof exists, I can think of no reason why he would hesitate to publish it. The fact that he has not done so is the main reason I am convinced it does not exist. The Kenya certificate reinforces my conviction.

Earle Beasley

Mark it

Dear Editor:

All Colorado has been very fortunate for several years to have had competent, intelligent, hardworking representatives at the state Legislature from this district. These have been hard working political moderates who knew and cared about the vital interests of all the people they serve.

That seat is open now and I believe the Democrats have not only the best man for the job, but probably the most able person we’ve seen for many years for the tough road ahead. Mark the name: Brian O’Donnell.

I say this very confidently because of where Brian comes from and all he has accomplished. He is the executive director of the Conservation Land Foundation, the only organization protecting the cultural, scientific and ecological resources in designated National Conservation Lands. He’s honored for his recommendations to Congress that have been accepted unanimously by both sides of the aisle.

No need to explain the value of this. The Department of the Interior recently opened the HD Mountains to natural gas drilling. With the state Legislature’s mandate to convert power plants from coal to gas, there’s no doubt demand for gas will increase dramatically. Think BP. What becomes crucial, then, is how it is extracted. The people in the Rifle area would have appreciated a man with Brian’s knowledge and experience in water, land and energy to fight for their health and safety years ago. Today they wouldn’t be able to “light” their drinking water as it comes from the faucet.

With his degree in economics, Brian O’Donnell is aware of the current problems, both nationally and in our Four Corners, the fact that we are not like the Front Range, that we are primarly a region of small businesses and agriculture. This is where our vitality lies and will be what lifts our economy. He proposes help for small businesses to obtain the capital they need, something easy for large corporations, difficult for the little guys. And, too, our region is ideal for renewable energy. He is a strong supporter of this effort.

I urge you to mark his name: Brian O’Donnell.

Henry Buslepp


Dear Editor:

Shame, shame on you three commissioners.

Last election, you made people believe that, if we elected you into office, you would fix the county road system.

You apparently don’t know what the duties of a county commissioner are. Well, I will tell you that the Road and Bridge Department is 100-percent your baby; all other departments, you only hold the purse strings.

You three, please drive a short stretch of road 700, from mile marker 4 1/2-6 mile and you will find out what a lousy maintenance job R&B is doing. One poor county employee and several others who work in town have to drive over this lousy, rocky road every day.

Take a drive on upper Piedra Road from the old Job Corps camp (Martinez Creek) to the forest boundary. I’m surprised someone hasn’t sued the county. That stretch of road is horrible, dangerous.

I hear the county has no money. Well, last week county R&B had our senior R&B employee, the best county operator, blading the driveway to the county yard, then they treated it with chemicals. The approach from U.S. 84 to the shops is approximately 250-300 yards. Why, I ask, when the driveway was in good shape, it apparently didn’t take money to do job.

Now, concerning gravel for roads: When I was a commissioner, I had gravel located through the county, free gravel from a Colorado state park, free gravel from the Utes, gravel located in 32 pits. Our road foreman, Mr. Jaramillo, graveled every single road in the county with our little Mack dump truck. We never bought any gravel from producers. We had all our gravel crushed by lowest bidders. You wasted enough material and money on Snowball Road to fix bad areas.


Chris Chavez


Dear Editor:

The editorial in the May 27 Pagosa Springs SUN discusses decreased sales tax receipts while lodgers tax revenues have increased. Included is speculation of potential causes of the sales tax revenue reduction. Mention is made of the importance of tourism on Pagosa’s economy, with recognition that real estate and building industries are down. What is apparently overlooked is that a major factor for sales tax receipts being down is because the real estate and building industries are down. Of course, the welcome mat for tourists should always be out, but the causes of a stifled building industry should also be a community priority.

My wife and I just completed construction of our dream home in Pagosa. Luckily, we had our water meter installed in 2005, thus avoiding several current PAWSD fees. We were also able to take advantage of the county building permit fee waiver and sales tax rebate programs. These factors saved us possibly tens of thousands of dollars of home construction costs. But, other lot owners who have not installed a water meter and who may miss the county programs may choose to not build at all, but rather add to the abundance of lots for sale.

Aside from the 25 to 50 percent sales tax rebates we qualify for, construction of our house generated a significant amount of sales tax revenue in Pagosa. Of course, all those involved in the construction of our house have additional income to spend, generating more sales tax receipts. Now that our house is built, the local furniture, appliance, and home retailers have the welcome mat out for us. More sales tax revenue, more income for local businesses. And so an economy goes.

We were first-time Pagosa visitors in 2002 and left town as lot owners. How many current tourists hear stories of Pagosa’s exorbitant building fees and steer clear of the real estate offices? PAWSD and the county and town building departments need to assess their welcome mats. Only then will the Pagosa building industry, and the associated positive impacts on the local economy, return to prosperity.

Craig Moller


Dear Editor:

Reference June 3 Pagosa SUN, LPEA announces green power price reduction.

This is affordable green power.

In the beginning, the cost was $2.50 per 100 kwh block, then reduced to $1.25, then to $.80 and now $.40, but now one can sign on for 100 kwh block for $.10 starting July 1.

Support wind power and sign up now with your co-op, La Plata Electric, 247-5786, or

Thank you,

Pam Morrow


Dear Editor:

When I read articles in our paper, it always seems like a dispute of sorts. BoCC appears to be picking on PAWSD. But, then, what do I know.

PAWSD is not in the red and stays afloat by good business practices, acquiring grants and has an efficient staff. They provide clean, safe drinking water, high quality sewage services and numerous grants that provide jobs for local residents.

BoCC, on the other hand, is in the red a lot of the time, always seem to be juggling their expenses and budget. I have very seldom heard them mention seeking grants. Maybe they should seek more grants and that would help with maintaining our roads, various other county functions and focus on their problems rather than PAWSD.

Lili Pearson