Dear Editor:

Regarding these new commissioners and their counselor, Todd Starr.

Since everyone seems to be buzzing about the recent acts of government in these parts, I fear I’m about to step in it, too. I should be more careful or circumspect. Certainly more tolerant, respectful of you good people deciding for your own selves. Not butting in.

Now, by way of disclosures: I am actually not in your county, or state. And I have no business sticking my nose in your affairs; run it the way you want — that’s the American way. But, I am downright ashamed of you, my neighbors. And I think you have a runaway leadership and a pretty unwise lawyer at the helm. Now, maybe you’ll have to forgive me for saying so, since I seem so beneath you all in my thinking. And probably just wrong about it all. And I’ll mess up in explaining it, too.

But here’s the way it appears. 1. Last week, the paper says Mr. Starr got all the county workers mad asking for more added to his 100 grand salary, so the workers, all of them, got no raise. 2. This week, he says the Casa elderlies should starve. 3. His friend the senior center director writes we should see the senior center close. Thanks, Todd, for all you do.

Now, I know he can say he only works for these new guys. Still.

Now the lawyer Starr encourages the new counselors in some really heady mischief. 1. They outlaw a year-in-the-future state initiative law, because they want to seem more moral than everyone. 2. They say they have to swear to the Constitution of the US of A, too. When we all know it’s to appease a few gun nuts. And to endorse the NRA gun-mongering lobby, when 90 percent of us, and 70 percent of gunowners and NRA members, too, want better. I, too, keep guns, very carefully.

I got bears! And cats up here, too. A fella would be crazy not to.

But what really gets my goat is Todd’s piety about his lawyering. Like pandering to a weak-minded audience, he says offhand, that when the county took over the senior housing, they only, “wanted to improve seniors … quality wise.” Is that true? Now he says about that other stuff, “Well, the courts will decide.”

Now, I am just a simple country school teacher, or was. And I’m here in Pagosa briefly for a second colonoscopy in two weeks and was up all last Sunday when the power went out at 12:03 a.m. and the alarm flickered and I stayed up to medicate for that test at dark-thirty. But the way I learned it and taught all my students, we never say, “Just leave it to the law courts.” I’ve seen some very impelling screaming around about how the ministers hereabout should speak out more about stuff. Or the learned. Or everybody but you. Now, by my lights, that is hogwash. Plain and simple. It is everyone’s job to stand up for what he believes. Everyone has to decide. So, if we get led around by these pompous or misguided souls, we may well get real lost. And that, my friends, would be a shame. Just saying, of course. And I know I’m wrong and obtruding, too.

Tom Greacen

Dulce, N.M.

This story was posted on May 16, 2013.

2 Responses to Obtruding

  1. Stewie Griffin

    May 18, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    You were a school teacher? I sure hope you were not teaching English, grammer, or writing.

  2. Brian griffin

    May 20, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    Grammar, genius…