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Plums

Dear Editor:

Little Jack Horner

Sat in a corner,

Eating his Christmas pie.

He put in his thumb

And pulled out a plum,

And said, What a good boy am I!

So goes the age-old wisdom of Mother Goose. It’s a shame the old girl isn’t here today. She’d probably have something similar to say.

Consider the president’s tooted compromise on taxes. Is it really so generous, so fair for everyone? Federal employees, as well as many in the private sector, have submitted to a wage freeze, a truly noble gesture considering that it was none of their fault that over the years the purists in Congress who railed against bloated government and deficit spending created the economic crisis through their own laxity and largesse.

Typically, the Jack Horners propose to continue enriching their own class at the expense of the rest. Sure, they’ll toss the dogs a few scraps from the table, a temporary tax deduction, a paltry exchange for their $700,000,000,000 annual Christmas pie, but a little something to appear concerned and caring. When the debt for Christmas pies empties the pot again, wouldn’t that be handy to remind working people how much they’d already benefited before how much they‘ll have to cough up? As for the poor, the unemployed, there’s always trickle-down.

Mother Goose didn’t tell us why Jack deserved any plumbs. It’s obvious, though, he sat in the right corner. And Barack, what a good boy you are!

Henry Buslepp

Fiddling

Dear Editor:

The proposed Federal Tax agreement is a disaster for the United States America. It is nothing but another deficit spending program that will add trillions to the national debt, but do nothing for the country. The Republican billionaires keep their money, Obama gets a short term boost to his ratings by raiding the social security trust fund and the American people get ripped off. Nothing will be done to solve America’s long term problems. I mention just two, hundred dollar per barrel oil and a fifteen trillion dollar national debt.

The Washington politicians, every last one of them, are aping their hero, Nero, who fiddled while Rome burned.

Bob Dungan

Arboles

Parade

Dear Editor:

We want to thank all of the merchants who participated in the Pagosa Parade of Stores on Dec. 3 and 4.

The salespeople were friendly and informative, allowing us to browse, try on items and offer suggestions if they did not have a particular item available.

As new residents to Pagosa Springs, we discovered we don’t need to drive out of town or shop online to find top quality merchandise, in the correct size, at competitive prices. We will be doing our shopping right here in Pagosa Springs.

Phil, Emmy and Mike Kuhl

Confused

Dear Editor:

I was looking for the phone number of the medical center. My wife, Rebekah, said, “I just saw an ad in the Preview section of The Pagosa Springs SUN. The phone number is probably a part of the ad.”

As I carefully scanned the ad, I saw three different names for the same establishment: “Pagosa Mountain Clinic,” “Pagosa Medical Center,” and www.pagosamountainhospital.org/pagosa. Please, can somebody let us know what the official name is?

Peter Laue

Editor’s note: Pagosa Mountain Hospital and Pagosa Mountain Clinic are operated by the Upper San Juan Health Service District. They occupy adjacent spaces at the facility on South Pagosa Boulevard and each serves the function indicated by its name. They share the same e-mail address. On occasion, the complex has been referred to as the Pagosa Medical Center. There has been talk that names will be changed in the future.

Trust

Dear Editor:

This is an open letter to the businesses and restaurants of Pagosa. We have been told many times to shop locally.

I myself have shopped at three stores this week other than City Market. I can’t understand why some businesses keep shooting themselves in the foot by bad business practices — not being open as advertised, poor service or poor merchandise.

I recently bought four sweatshirts at the sale downtown that involved most of the ski shops. Even on sale I paid well over $100 but I figured it was for the town. Well, I just got them out and was going to wrap them for Christmas presents for some of the grandkids when I discovered three out of the four were ruined — two were sunfaded on the sleeves and one had paint dripped under a sleeve.

Some might say “buyer beware” and that I bought them on sale and therefore got what I paid for. They were not marked as damaged or seconds. I firmly believe in the saying “Fooled me once, shame on you; fooled me twice, shame on me.”

I will replace the sweatshirts but not here! I love this town, but the businesses will have to earn my trust.

Mary Meyer

Land swap

Dear Editor:

I am opposed to the land exchange of Oakbrush Hill (330 acres) to developer Tom Smith. The Forest Service has said, since 2004, that they will do anything in order to obtain Laughlin Park (62 acres).

Open space in our county is valuable, even if it isn’t a large parcel of property. Wildlife (elk, deer, turkey) migrates through areas like Oakbrush Hill and uses these areas to rest along their migration. Although there are some homes on the east (5) and on the west (4) sides of Oakbrush Hill, spread over hundreds of acres, animals have moved freely through these areas.

Mr. Smith has already obtained the BLM lands between Stevens Lake Road and Cloman Boulevard. He owns approximately 18,000 acres in this county. Do we really need our public agencies to assist him in acquiring more acreage at the expense of our citizens losing more open space?

The much wanted Laughlin Park wouldn’t be very different whether Mr. Smith retains it. A portion of Laughlin Park is a wetlands, which means unbuildable. The former owner found that it was not cost effective to bring in utilities and development materials. Coloradoans value open space, help keep ours.

Please write opposing this exchange to: Cindy Hockelberg, P.O. Box 439, Bayfield, CO 81122, or e-mail sbrinton@fs.fed.us.

Ron Tinsley