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Work Group

Dear Editor:

The Water Supply Community Work Group was formed almost one year ago to advise the Board of Directors of Pagosa Area Water And Sanitation District initially on water storage requirements in general and Dry Gulch in particular. The group expanded its mandate to include population and resulting water requirement projections and the excessive amount of water produced by PAWSD that is never billed to customers. Currently about 40 percent of the water produced is lost.

Due in large part to the efforts of the members of the group, the board of PAWSD has halted any further expenditures for Dry Gulch other than those required by contract and reduced its fees charged to offset future water infrastructure substantially.

I would like to thank the members of the Water Supply Community Work Group for their enormous effort and the superior quality of their recommendations. Many members spent hundreds of hours to try to improve PAWSD. The members of the group included Al Bledsoe, Jan Clinkenbeard, Fred Ebeling, Ray Finney, Cynda Green, Bob Hart, Bill Hudson, John Huft, Jan Jorgensen, Will Neder, Dusty Pierce, John Ramberg, Glenn Robinson, Jim Smith, Val Valentine, Steve Van Horn and Glenn Walsh.

Bruce Dryburgh


Dear Editor:

Why do you spread Jim Sawicki’s venom, hatred, insults and negativity every other week in your paper? For the last 20 years (the length of time I have lived in this beautiful town), he has fought with the owner of the Rolling Pin and always Mr. Dungan. Why don’t they just call each other and not bore us with the same old garbage, in our only paper here.

I listened to a terrorist the other day after we got Bin Laden (the Democrats did) and he sounded just like Sawicki on President Obama.

Keep up the good editorials every week, which are honest and positive.

Brenda McCooey

Third World

Dear Editor:

The Tea Party analysis of our economic problems does not consider the Wal-Mart effect and how goods imported into the U.S. are given tax advantages over goods provided in the U.S.

The fact is people in the U.S. will have to work for the wages to Chinese workers or below.

Welcome to the new Third World. If free trade is such a good idea, where is the profit?

The purpose of government is to guard liberty, not just the profits of multinational corporations.

Don Reid

Cowboy Up

Dear Editor:

In small town Pagosa Springs, USA, beautiful things continue to happen.

A light shone and many of you saw it on May 17, 2011. The Spirit of God came down in a mighty force. A prayer vigilant continued for 24 hours for six days in the Burnett home. Lead by their oldest son, Rory, and his youth group, praise, prayer and worship was felt throughout the town of Pagosa. People came from all over; they came one way and left another.

I visited their home and the strong presence of Resurrection Life caused many of us to buckle under the power of it. A younger generation of believers has been raised up in the power of God. Pastor Bart Burnett left a legacy of faith in all of us especially in his family. His young son preached his celebration with the Holy Ghost power of a seasoned preacher. Betsy Burnett, his wife, stood as a tower of faith. Bart and his family are a gift to this community.

As part of the Cowboy Church, we had the awesome opportunity to witness the mighty power of God in Bart’s life. We have walked two years with an incredible man of faith. Pastor Bart, our shepherd, taught us how to live out our faith by living his faith.

Pastor Bart is a friend to the Pastors of Pagosa. We saw a gathering of the whole body of believers as we attended his Celebration of Life and we all praised and worshiped our Lord, Jesus Christ together.

No one knows what passes between a man and his God. The Bible tells us not to walk by sight but by faith. For two years as Pastor Bart’s body dwindled away, we learned what that scripture meant. Our body of believers entered into another realm of believing.

Colossians 4:12 reads, “Epaphras, pastor, who is one of you, a bondservant of Christ, greets you, always laboring fervently for you in prayers, that you may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.”

This scripture could have easily been written for our Pastor. The word “complete” in this passage means “fully preached.” Pastor Bart’s life was and is being fully preached. He stood and labored fervently in prayer for all of us that we may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.

Bart heard from God and did not waiver. He wrote his life on the hearts of everyone around him. He stood in his faith and is still standing. And however it looks to each person is for God’s greater glory.

I write these words of thankfulness and love to our Pastor Bart and his family. They showed us how to believe. Bart showed us the way. The way is Jesus Christ. Bart just got there in his faith before we did.

As one of the believers shouted out during Bart’s Celebration of Life, “Cowboy Up,” and everyone echoed back, “Cowboy Up.”

Betty Slade


Dear Editor:

In America today, I think we have a big problem — an apathetic public. After the Civil War, most American families had a personal connection to a death in uniform. Now, only a handful does. The Memorial Day holiday’s commercialization in 1968 — when its observation was changed to the last Monday in May — also minimized its true meaning.

Few Americans are touched personally by the ongoing conflicts overseas. The vast majority has no direct contact with the war in any form, much less knowing someone who fell.

Yet, it is precisely in wartime that Memorial Day is most poignant. This is especially so because less than 1 percent of the population is bearing the burden. A survey taken among military families revealed that 94 percent felt disconnected from the larger society, feeling that their sacrifices are unappreciated.

Remembering is vital. Memory is the key to the character not only of a person, but a country. Memory is necessary for both historic and moral understanding. Remembrance is worthless without resolve. And resolve is useless without recognition. We can’t know our enemies, let alone defeat them, with our heads buried in the sand.

That we are remembering a special class of citizen on Memorial Day goes without saying. Since time immemorial, Western societies have canonized warriors who sacrificed their lives. Exactly what makes up the character of those willing to sacrifice their lives in battle?

Ancient Athenian statesmen Pericles described them in making a plea to honor the dead who had faced the vast armies of Persia on the plains of Greece.

“In the face of death they resolved to rely upon themselves alone,” he said. “And when the moment came, they were minded to resist and suffer, rather than to fly and save their lives; they ran away from the word dishonor; but on the battlefield their feet stood fast, and in an instant, at the height of their fortune, they passed away from the scene, not of their fear, but of their glory.”

These words apply equally to the American warriors who have died in Afghanistan and Iraq, and to those who preceded them dating back to the Revolutionary War. As our society drifts further away from the realities of war, it is clearly necessary to remind the public of what the tiny minority does for the vast majority. Folks, that is what Memorial Day is all about.

There are no freedoms without those willing to fight for them; a winner never quits, and a quitter never wins.

Jim Sawicki

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