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Sponsor

Dear Editor:

This letter is in response to an article entitled “2012: ‘Year of Geothermal’” in last week’s SUN. This was a good article, except where it suggested that the GGP project had, “stumbled in its pursuit of funding largely due (to) fiscal agency” which was “often cited” in denied grant applications. Neither of these statements is correct.

In February of 2009, the board of the Southwest Land Alliance lent its nonprofit status and 28-year track record of success to the Geothermal Greenhouse partnership (GGP) by unanimously agreeing to become the fiscal sponsor of the fledgling project. This was after many months of work by our then-executive director, Michael Whiting, and Mayor Ross Aragon, who co-created the vision and lead the founding volunteer committee.

Fiscal sponsorship has provided the nonprofit status to the GGP that literally made possible all of the grant applications, hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of in-kind site design and engineering, cash donations, enterprise tax status, and the land lease and geothermal tap agreements with the town.

Our willingness to accept the responsibility, liability, bookkeeping, banking, legal, accounting, website and graphic design work for the GGP has been our ongoing commitment to a project we see as the key to our county’s future prosperity and sustainability.

To suggest that our fiscal sponsorship has been anything other than crucial support is simply wrong. The whole purpose of fiscal sponsorship is to support a project like the GGP through the “stumbling” stage so it can start its life as a nonprofit on the right foot. This is what the GGP is about to do. This has been the plan and agreement from the beginning. Manufacturing a negative “reason” for the separation (or “fast-tracking” it) is pointless, misleading and discounts the contributions of the sponsor.

We were just glad to be able to help from the beginning to today.

Alan Farrow

Tax breaks

Dear Editor:

Why should we give tax breaks to corporations that export jobs?

If free trade is so profitable, let the corporations that profit from it to pay more taxes.

We have had record numbers of people paying into Social Security. Where has the money gone? Don’t blame Social Security for our economic problems.

Don Reid

Obama

Dear Editor:

Here we are, three years into the Obama presidency, and more and more of the people who voted him into office are now wondering, what happened to Obama? What became of all the campaign rhetoric and “the hope” he was supposed to instill in America? The answer is simple, and it is probably best described by political commentator Norman Podhoretz: “The answer is nothing happened to him. He is still the same anti-American leftist he was before becoming our president, and it is this, rather than inexperience or incompetence or weakness or stupidity, that accounts for the richly deserved failure both at home and abroad of the policies stemming from that reprehensible cast of mind.”

That is quite a strong statement, but it epitomizes a growing consensus that Obama has divided the nation like no president before him and his “accomplishments,” outside of establishing himself as the most arrogant of presidents, amount to no more than a hill of beans. Two prominent democrat political pundits, Patrick Caddell and Douglas Schoen, recognizing the failures of the president, recently wrote an article featured in the Wall Street Journal. In the article, they suggest Obama abandon his candidacy for reelection in favor of someone who might be able to save the Democratic Party. Their choice in lieu of Obama in 2012? No less than Hillary Clinton. The reason for this is a conviction that Obama can’t win by running a constructive campaign, and he won’t be able to govern even if he should win a second term.

Personally, I think it’s a waste of time to suggest Obama not run for reelection. This is a man who will never put his country ahead of his personal, narcissistic aspirations. Rather than step aside for someone, he will develop an ugly, divisive campaign that will incorporate all the emotions that he can exploit, be it fear, envy, resentment, greed or whatever. It is the nature of the man.

There have been numerous comparisons between the presidencies of Obama and Jimmy Carter, not of who was the better, but who was the worst. That’s quite a “legacy,” isn’t it? I really don’t care which man is eventually determined to be the worst, but if our country is to rebound from the mess Obama has created, we cannot allow him to be reelected, just as Carter was not.

Gary Stansbury

Warrior Christmas

Dear Editor:

Some of you know that each year at this time I ask you for your help in supporting our young warriors who are recovering from war wounds. This is a personal effort on my part as a member of the Board of Directors of the Warrior Foundation and Freedom Station that is separate from our normal fund-raising.

The Warrior Foundation and Freedom Station are nonprofit 501(c)(3) entities with headquarters in San Diego, California (http://warriorfoundation.com and www.FreedomStation.org). Our mission is to assist the wounded and disabled military heroes from all the military services who are defending our freedom while enduring the personal and family sacrifices that are inherent with their commitment to our nation.

Our goal for this Christmas has not changed from years past: provide each warrior with a round-trip ticket home so they may be with their families. Those that are medically unable to travel will be surprised by one member of their family visiting San Diego, courtesy of the Warrior Foundation. This year, we wish to help approximately 220 wounded who came directly from the combat theater, plus 70 members from Walter Reed who arrived after the Army facility closed earlier this year.

This year, we are also proud to announce that we opened the Freedom Station facility in San Diego. This is also a 501(c)(3) facility that enables our warriors to transition to civilian life after they complete their DoD medical treatment. Unfortunately, some of our warriors are not ready to assume their places in the civilian world, but are also not entitled to further DoD treatment. Freedom Station is a closed complex of cottages and apartments in San Diego that is handicapped accessible, close to Balboa Naval Medical Center, staffed by volunteers, and provides a link between the returning veteran and productive community member. A sufficient number of our apartments and cottages are handicapped accessible.

In short, all of your donations are going to a great cause. I am asking for your contributions to help make this Christmas gift possible once again for our warriors. Any contribution you can make will be greatly appreciated. All of your contribution (100 percent) goes directly to the warriors, and you will receive a tax exempt letter from the Navy League for your contribution. Please send your contributions to me in the form of a check to assist in accounting and help me ensure you receive the tax exempt letter. Make the check payable to Navy League, with the notation Warrior Foundation in the memo section. My home address is 8420 Sweet Pine Court, Springfield, VA 22153-1823. If you donate by going directly to our webpage, please drop me a note so I will not bother you with a reminder at a later date.

Our track record for Warrior Christmas is excellent. Each year our warriors are ensured that they will be with family on Christmas day, and we thank you very much. Your generosity and caring mean so much to these young heroes and solidify their faith that their sacrifices were not made in vain. Thank you in advance for your support and the honor of representing you on the Warrior Foundation and Freedom Station Board.

The young warriors and I wish you a joyous and blessed Christmas and New Year.

Happy holidays,

Victor J. Tambone

Health and safety

Dear Editor:

I recently was interviewed by Jim McQuiggin about the mold restoration at the Pagosa Springs Elementary School. This went very well, by the way, except for the last part of the article where Jim is misleading as to the origin of those comments or the supporting events that led up to my clarifications on what I was hearing from Jim as to what has been going on with “hidden agendas” and things.

The question I have been hearing is whether or not we need a new school or schools. Or repair the schools we have. I cannot answer that at this time, but what I can do is shed light on what the proper protocol should be as it relates to our kids in the community schools. First thing that all of us should be concerned with is the health and safety of our kids, period! To what level we repair the schools? Simple; it’s based on health and safety. If it cost money to do the right thing, then that’s what we do. All of us should agree on this and from that point of view first. I’m not a mouth piece for anybody wanting to be divisive. I support anybody who will put our kid’s health and safety first.

Jeshua Thomas

Concert

Dear Editor:

Wow! It has been a long time since tears have rolled down this old face.

That is what happened to me by attending the Pagosa Springs Community Choir’s concert last Sunday at the high school. For free!

Dan and Venita are to be commended, as well as the entire choir, and the jazz band. The board of directors, presidents, secretary, treasurer and artistic director provided us with an outstanding performance. There are many features of this presentation that were noticed, including the different arrangements, concert attire, accompaniment, variety, surround sound, programs, introductions to the numbers, plus more surprises.

It may have been the mood that I was in, but this was one of the greatest productions that I have ever witnessed here in Pagosa. Nicole and I used to attend the Christmas Choir events and stopped going because they were all the same. This one was very unique.

Their next show will be the spring concert, which will be on June 1, 2 and 3 next year, and if it is as good as this one was, don’t miss it.

By the way, bring along some extra money to donate upon leaving — you will want to.

David Hasyo Yates

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