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In your own words

The SUN welcomes letters from readers. Letters to the Editor are the best place to voice philosophies, thoughts, opinions, possible solutions and more.  It’s a place where an individual can…

Celebrating Independence Day

Tomorrow and throughout the upcoming weekend, we will celebrate our many freedoms. Along with those freedoms, we celebrate the hard work, talent and accomplishments of our friends and neighbors when…

Guest editorial The role of newspapers in protecting free speech

Where would we be as a nation without the freedom of speech? After all, according to the annual State of the First Amendment survey, it is by far America’s favorite…

Caregivers: our better angels

“You have cancer.” Doesn’t matter what kind of cancer; doesn’t matter which doctor delivers the message. Nothing prepares you to hear the words. “You have cancer.” The statement is like…

Welcome, Rural Philanthropy Days

Pagosa Country is not new to the concept of “rural philanthropy.” When local mother of four Ann Bryant was recently diagnosed with stage four non-small cell lung cancer, the family…

‘The Four-Way Test’

As I watched the Pagosa Springs High School commencement ceremony last Saturday, I wondered what advice I could give to those 83 seniors receiving their diplomas. My mind immediately went…

A higher standard

At the Jan. 23 meeting of the Pagosa Springs Town Council, the town manager’s contract was on the agenda to change the employee agreement to allow for a $1,200 monthly…

‘A salute to the local Post 108’

Shari Pierce wrote the following for her Legacies column in April of 1999: “Although Memorial Day is still a month away, I wanted to recognize those men and women from…

History lives in our cemeteries

Last spring, community volunteers came together in an effort organized by Shari Pierce with help from a group of citizens, including veterans and 4-H youth, and they cleaned the cemetery…

Live as JoJo did

He didn’t want an obituary to be written about him. I’m not surprised. He didn’t live his life in the spotlight. I was witness to the beginning of their love.…