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.

This story was posted on November 28, 2012.