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Letters to Editor for December 17, 2020

Kudos to the LV School Board
A resounding “Thank you” is due to the local leaders in La Veta who made the wise decision to change the school mascot, thereby dropping Redskins, despite significant opposition. We are confident the community will look back at this decision as having done “the right thing.” The article published in the World Journal on October 29, 2020, by Tomas “Itsa” Shash (recommended to any who may have missed it) expresses well the reasoned and legitimate sentiments supporting the course taken.
One of us grew up in Michigan, the land of the intrepid and tenacious Wolverines and the other in Arkansas where a proud coach once proclaimed that his players performed like a “wild band of Razorbacks.” These images suitably depict the desired spirit of the flagship universities of those states. La Veta now has the rare opportunity to initiate such a new tradition with the forthcoming branding selection in a manner that serves to unite all supporters.
Submitted by Huerfano County residents,
~Ben Wiley& Janice Walters
Walsenburg, CO

Thank you for all your kindness
I would like to thank all of you who helped me after my traumatic loss.  You will never be forgotten.
~ Denise Gaddie
Walsenburg, CO

Seasons greetings from Walsenburg FOE
Walsenburg FOE#1187 Ladies Auxillary extends warmest wishes and sincere appreciation to all our patrons.  thank you for all the support for our events during 2020 and throughout the years!  Have a very Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year!  We missed you this year and hope to see more of you in 2021!
Sincerely,
~Ladies Auxillary of FOE#1187
Walsenburg, CO

Don’t get lax on hygiene now
As predicted, mask wearing has given people a false sense of security (and yes, I do comply with the CDC mandate).  What is happening is that the other part of the recommendation seems to have fallen by the wayside.  No one is stressing the continued need for proper hygiene.  What I see in public is the frequent face touching, mask adjusting, itch scratching, and hair fixing – all without any sanitizing afterwards.  This is what is spreading the virus.  I have even seen two commercials where the mask wearer touches her mask and continues on.  What message is that giving?
And this issue of mass testing – why would anyone go out specifically to get a COVID test – especially if no symptoms are present?  Why does everyone need to get tested?  Someone is getting rich.
~Fawn Peterson
La Veta, CO