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Letters to editor for August 28, 2008

    Mr. Ken Back, there are 4,461 registered voters, and a good number of these voters will be voting by mail-in-ballots.  So, please don’t concern yourself about the few voters at the polls. 

    Please understand that Huerfano County has a lot going on and sometimes there are more than one event scheduled on the same day, at the same time.  This was the case the day Senator Ken Salazar paid Huerfano County a visit.  As respected as the community is of Senator Salazar, there were a few hundred who were committed to support families by attending funerals of loved ones, one being a veteran Marine.   The day that Congressman Udall paid us a visit, Mother Nature showered our community with wonderful rain and in-spite of the rain, the turn out was not only remarkable, the rally was a successful, fun event.  We don’t know what else was going on when the Broncos were here, but we do know that an event that is scheduled from noon to 3:30 with the sun shining- is guaranteed to have a greater number of people, and we also know that not all people who attended the Bronco occasion were there the entire time. 

    To ensure that every registered voter votes, we, the citizens of Huerfano County, can remind all people the ‘power of one’ and, the importance and responsibility for people of all ages- to exercise their right and privilege to vote, whether it be by mail-in-ballot or at the polls.  Events inspire some, and word of mouth does too. 

    Please don’t look at Huerfano citizens with one eye open and one eye closed.

    Monica Bustos and         Annajo Sánchez

Dear  Editor,

     Well, now we know who Barack has chosen for VP.  Joe Biden brings not only the long and productive experience in foreign affairs, but that same forthright honesty that we really want in our political leaders.

    As this historic moment unfolds I implore all Democrats to go beyond minor differences of personality and policy.  Look into your heart for the reasons you′ve thought of yourself as a Democrat and supported Democratic ideals.  In particular, I hope that those of you who have supported Senator Clinton both for President and Vice-President do not take this selection as a slight to her.  I know how deeply and passionately you felt about her candidacy.  If the Democrats take the White House I see a powerful and creative future for her as senate majority leader or supreme court justice.  If the Republicans win, she loses and we all lose. We need a Democratic President and a Democratic Congress.

    There′s more at stake here than personal preferences.   Our opponents Believe that war is the natural state of man. They Believe that might makes right.  They Believe that wealth equals access and power.

    In these last 71/2 years we′ve lost our moral compass as a nation.  It′s up to us to get it back.  If you are reading this and you have called yourself a Democrat, it′s now time to be a Democrat.  Stand up for peace, not war. Stand up for health care for all. Stand up for diplomacy, not bullying.  Stand up for strength and not aggression  Stand up for the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Vote for your true self-interest.  Vote Democratic, straight down the line.

    See you there,

    David Gnaizda    

    This is in response to Carol Dunn′s article on Dirt Roads.  It′s a different perspective.  Thanks.

              Yvonne Headrick

Dirt Roads

    What′s mainly wrong with society today is that too many Dirt Roads have been paved.

    There′s not a problem in America today, crime, drugs, education, divorce, delinquency that wouldn′t be remedied, if we just had more Dirt Roads, because Dirt Roads give character.

    People that live at the end of Dirt Roads learn early on that life is a bumpy ride.

    That it can jar you right down to your teeth sometimes, but it′s worth it, if at the end is home…a loving spouse, happy kids and a dog.   

    We wouldn′t have near the trouble with our educational system if our kids got their exercise walking a Dirt Road with other kids, from whom they learn how to get along.

    There was less crime in our streets before they were paved.

    Criminals didn′t walk two dusty miles to rob or rape, if they knew they′d be welcomed by 5 barking dogs and a double barrel shotgun.     And there were no drive by shootings.

    Our values were better when our roads were worse!

    People did not worship their cars more than their kids, and motorists were more courteous, they didn′t tailgate by riding the bumper or the guy in front would choke you with dust & bust your windshield with rocks.  Dirt Roads taught patience.

    Dirt Roads were environmentally friendly, you didn′t hop in your car for a quart of milk, you walked to the barn for your milk.  For your mail, you walked to the mail box.

    What if it rained and the Dirt Road got washed out? That was the best part, then you stayed home and had some family time, roasted marshmallows and popped popcorn and pony rode on Daddy′s shoulders and learned how to make prettier quilts than anybody.

    At the end of Dirt Roads, you soon learned that bad words tasted like soap.

    Most paved roads lead to trouble, Dirt Roads more likely lead to a fishing creek or a swimming hole.

    At the end of a Dirt Road, the only time we even locked our car was in August, because if we didn′t some neighbor would fill it with too much zucchini.

    At the end of a Dirt Road, there was always extra springtime income, from when city dudes would get stuck, you′d have to hitch up a team and pull them out.

    Usually you got a dollar…always you got a new friend…at the end of a Dirt Road!

        ~by Paul Harvey~

To the community of Walsenburg

    Us that live on the “government assistance” my opinion on the case of “Harold Willburn” if it was one of us, we will be advised of our charges placed in the state departments automated system.

    Existence of child abuse or neglect: the definition of child abuse or neglect established by section 7.202.3 references section 19-1-103 (1) (a), C.R.S. which in turn incorporates section 19-3-102 (1) (a) through (1) (c) C.R.S.   (a) “Abuse” or child abuse or neglect” as used in part 3 of article 3 of this title, means an act or omission in one of the following categories that threatens the health or welfare of a child.

    “In my opinion” justices wasn’t serviced equally.

        Natalie Laureano

    This letter is to convey our greatefulness to our many friends and relatives who supported us during the loss of my son and our brother, Ron.

    Thank you for the phone calls, visits, good, cards and letters. All was a great kindness and comfort for us.

    Thank you,

    Viola Pacheco & Family

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