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Letters to the Editor

Fair Tax

Dear Editor:

I have been an appliance repairman for 40 years. My natural inclination is to fix things. As I look at the state of national affairs today, nothing seems to be working right. One hardly knows where to begin the repair. May I suggest tax reform?

The income tax discourages investment and productivity. It penalizes exporters who must add the cost of taxes into the price of everything they export. People with high incomes are leaving the United States in droves to avoid income taxes. Working people have up to 25 percent of their income confiscated before they even get their paychecks. The IRS intrudes into our private affairs. We waste hundreds of billions of dollars and millions of hours every year, in compliance costs. People who are not entitled defraud the system for undeserved refunds. Hundreds of billions in revenue from the underground economy and tax cheating is left on the table.

The Fair Tax changes everything. Because it is a tax on consumption, it sidesteps that entire list of evils associated with the income tax. The Fair Tax, however, goes beyond mere reform. Sometimes when I am called upon to repair an appliance, the cost exceeds the value of the unit in question. That’s what’s happening with the income tax today. The income tax cannot be repaired. It must be replaced. Of all the plans being discussed on Capitol Hill, only the Fair Tax can bring the kind of fundamental and comprehensive change that will allow for a permanent fix.

David Boone

Houston, Minn.

Intransigence

Dear Editor:

Thank you to Ed Fincher, SUN reporter, for doing a great job. As he reports, we have now lost another great opportunity to enhance our downtown area with a new upscale restaurant and adjacent adequate parking lot on Lewis Street.

The Historical Preservation Board and the town seem to engage in the same behavior year after year — intransigence and no sensible compromises. The town couldn’t work successfully with David Brown (who gave so much to this community), and now we have three to four empty lots at the east end of town. The HPB couldn’t work with Harold Kelley, Realtor, regarding purchase and reuse of old downtown Pinewood Inn property that the owner desperately wanted to sell.

Do we ever learn?

Phyl Daleske

Rubble

Dear Editor:

Well, we can all sleep better at night. The Historic Preservation Board is ever on guard. Historic rubble is safe. Not only is the rubble to be protected and reused, it will be properly noted with signage. Who needs amusement rides on the hill to attract visitors when they can walk around downtown noting historic rubble sites?

Community development folks, take note: Who needs downtown development? Save the rubble. And make someone else bear the cost.

While we are at it, let’s encourage the Chamber of Commerce to honor those progressive citizens who see fit to file a lawsuit to keep a large retailer out of town. Anything to help the vision of a vibrant Pagosa Springs.

Trouble is, I can’t sleep better at all. I’m laughing too hard to sleep.

Joe Donavan

Stupid

Dear Editor:

The vote proves that kids are made absolutely stupid by the overpaid school systems. Kids are taught that they don’t need to work for a living. They don’t have to do anything risky or that takes any sort of exertion whatsoever, that everything should be free, that they’re owed everything for nothing, and to develop a deep loathing for their own country; thus, the re-election of the worst president in history; the only one who has truly hated everything about America.

They’re also taught that a broom pusher should be paid as much as a CEO and a CEO should be paid as little as a broom pusher even though the CEO started out pushing a broom. This is exactly how Obummer thinks, but won’t air.

Two thirds of people’s property tax goes for turning kids into idiots and the school systems think they deserve even more money. What kind of child abuse is going on here?

The Democrats teach that it’s illegal to have any independent thought, and the election results show it. Another thing is that special rights for gays, drugs and free contraceptives are more important than actually doing anything important for society. No need for any careers here; nope, no need to be responsible for anything, either. This is how criminals are made.

The Dems are guilty of compound multi-generational criminality.

Solution: Get rid of all social-engineering programs and require restitution. Considering the damages are infinite, the payout would be infinite: hilarious justice finally.

The progressives spent the last 40 years turning our melting pot into a seething cesspool and now they look out of their ivory towers totally insulated from the destruction they’ve caused.

People voted for themselves first and country last, if at all. This is the ultimate in single issue voting; it won, but America lost. Very myopic.

John Feazel

Friends

Dear Editor:

“Our Park, Our Choice” was the mantra that was going through my head as I sat at the head of the room at The Friends’ first official meeting. I was impressed by the number of people that showed up, it was a room filled with about 75 concerned business owners, town residents and county residents sitting on the floor, chairs and standing in the back.

We reviewed a beginning outline of the People’s Plan and opened it up to public input. There were very insightful comments and great ideas to round out what we have already in the plan, which isn’t far from the original TTC plan before the chair lift was purchased.

We all want to work together with the parks and recreation department and our town council and hope that they can find space to hear our ideas in the future.

Thank you all for being there at The Friends of Reservoir Hill meeting and for taking your time to join in with what is a very important discussion about our town park.

Christine Funk

Heroes

Dear Editor:

So, how about this for local heroes. Devyn Doctor — she is 16 —and Jacquelyn Garcia, who is 15.

After Scott Kay’s sad death caused by an avalanche, Devyn decided to have a fund-raiser. She wanted to help young people learn the joy of skiing. Now you understand I didn’t know Scott, nor have I ever skied, but I was so taken by the idea of a young teenager taking on this responsibility that when I read that Devyn and others were going to show this wild movie about extreme skiing, Ron and I decided to be in the audience. Jacquelyn came on board, they charged $10 a person, and all of the money will be used to expose the very young to this wonderful sport.

Thanks to all the businesses involved in skiing; there were quality prizes given to many members of the audience, and there were lots of people in attendance.

So, heroes come in all shapes and sizes and they are all over the place, and in their giving ways they make Pagosa a beautiful place in which to live.

Cindy Gustafson

Historic

Dear Editor:

Once again, a viable plan for a little improvement — by private funds no less — fails to come to fruition.

Anyone notice how truly ugly the building in question is? A parking lot would have been more aesthetically pleasing.

Really, how historically important is that building anyway? Let’s face it, Pagosa Springs is not as historically interesting or important as other Colorado towns like Durango, Telluride, Breckenridge or Central City/Black Hawk (in their pre-gambling days) because it was never a mining town. Ranching and timber did not produce the attendant wealth that silver and gold did. Therefore, it has never had any interesting or historically relevant architecture that these towns have.

The Historic Preservation Board needs to get over itself and its delusions about the importance of Pagosa’s “historical value.”

Brighid McCarthy

Port Townsend, Wash.

Get along

Dear Editor:

Our hats go off to Karl Isberg who wrote the editorial on Nov. 15, and to Dave Blake, Andrea Lyle, Jim McQuiggen, Patty Tillerson and Jim Millstein, who all wrote letters to the editor.

These letters were well written and to the point. There are so many haters, racists and non-patriots in our country. The people of the United States of America have spoken. Can’t we all just get along?

By the way, winner of the presidential election, Barack Obama, was never mentioned on the front page, or any other page, of The Pagosa SUN.

Ruth and Sam Pittmon

Coverup

Dear Editor:

Dear Town Manager Mitchem:

The Pagosa SUN asked you when you provided the Town Council with an engineering report that warned against installing a 40-year old used chairlift atop Reservoir Hill. You said you provided the report to them one week before they voted to move forward with the project. Now, after a little investigation into that statement, The SUN reveals that you did not actually provide the report to the council until a month after the deciding vote. At this point Mr. Mitchem, I feel obligated to tell you, “Your pants are on fire.”

I trust the council members feel as duped and outraged as I do. You pitched to them the idea of installing the chairlift, along with a package of other amusement rides, on Reservoir Hill with a price tag to the town in the amount of $4.3 million. But in your presentation, you withheld the fact that your hand-picked expert specifically warned against using the used chairlift, calling the entire idea unwise and unsafe? I know if I were being asked to make a decision on a project that entails hanging a lot of heavy machinery over the heads of people walking below, I would want to know about any professional opinions advising against it. I suspect the council would as well. But you didn’t give them that chance. Instead, you sat on the negative chairlift report until after the council cast its vote, and then lied about it when pressed.

The entire chairlift debacle begs the questions — whose agenda is really being pushed here? Mr. Mitchem, we have entrusted you to provide accurate information to the Town Council so they can make informed decisions that are in our best interest. When you withhold vital information from the decision-makers, it seems you don’t trust them to do that job. After this latest incident, it seems we need to ask ourselves whether we can any longer trust you to do yours.

Matt Roane

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