Letters to the Editor
Re: Susan Stamper Brown’s June 26th opinion, “Whatever happened to common sense regarding climate change?”
I don’t understand how the opinion of such a climate change denier (CCD) was qualified to be published in the SDN. Moreover, if you look behind her CCD curtain, her sources don’t even support her.Learn more »
239 years ago, the British Colonists in America declared their independence from the King and founded a new nation because of a long list of tyrannical grievances. They won a Revolutionary War against the strongest military force in the Western world. We celebrate each year on July 4th the freedom we gained from tyranny with a holiday topped off with amazing fireworks displays.
The Founders resolved those grievances by designing a government that had never been tried before based on the principle of self-government which derives its powers from the consent of the governed. They also recognized the need to institute the unalienable rights that are the foundation of humanity: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.Learn more »
I would like to extend my thanks and gratitude to a number of people who helped with a fund-raiser held on Thursday, June 18. On behalf of my good friend and long-time local Kent Petersen, we were able to raise enough money for a down payment on a wheel-chair-accessible van. Something Kent badly needs after his debilitating skiing accident back in February.
The silent auction was a huge part of the success with help from Julie Chandler, Lisa Schorr, Guy Bigelow and Mary Luyet. Extra special thanks to Kathy Grotemeyer for expertly running the silent auction. The front door and greetings were tirelessly held down by Kevin Zygulski, James March, Kevin Milligan and Sandy Smith. With help throughout the evening from Skip Lunger and Dan King.Learn more »
Re: June 23 Morgan Liddick’s “Charleston’s tragedy shouldn’t be about gun control”
Mr. Liddick, perhaps you are correct in some small way that the tragedy that unfolded in Charleston should not come to be (only) about gun control. On the contrary, it may be about the lack of self-control many implement today with the same brazen lack of decency and callow dependence on the lurid and peripheral imagery used to present today’s disappearing act of journalists and traditional conservatives alike.Learn more »
My response to the words in a recent letter to the editor — “I want to live in a loving (safe) country...in the wake of our most recent heartbreak at the Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston” (Saturday, June 20) — is more than getting rid of guns. If that was the answer, change the U.S. Constitution to prohibit all guns from the people, the cops and the military.
Truth, greater than any gun, mandates going beyond “bullets” of naiveté from voices of indulgence, entitlement, affluence, comfort and convenience. It involves the recognition that white is black and black is white by living inclusively together as human beings, flawed but free, free to lay our lives down for each other in the midst of a world hell-bent on destruction.Learn more »
After watching “High Profits” on CNN, my wife an I have decided we will not be going to Breckenridge for any of our future vacations The idea that some people have that marijuana on Main Street is going to harm the brand of Breckenridge are wrong.
What made me decide not to vacation in what looks like a wonderful mountain town is the people who live there and their anti-business attitudes, not marijuana. Ignorant people are what tarnished the Breckenridge brand for us. We can’t spend our money in a place that stifles business at the sake of peoples’ perceptions and what if’s.Learn more »
I just read Phyllis Ohlemacher’s June 19 letter (“Front Range residents frustrated with the Interstate 70 crawl to mountains”) — What a relief to finally have someone speak up!
I have lived in Colorado since 1965, in Frisco since 2006 and can’t believe the ignorance of our CDOT officials.Learn more »
I want to live in a loving country, not a land where white supremacist groups are increasing in membership, where law enforcement kills without due consideration, where our President is stopped in his efforts to make guns less easily available. I’m tired of the heartbreaking mass slayings of innocents in a country that should be a leader in peace and acceptance. I do not want to believe that hearts and minds are growing smaller and that intolerance and prejudice are on the rise.
Recently, our community showed its support for the people of Langtang Village, Nepal, which was destroyed by the earthquake, by supporting Doctors to the World. It is extremely heartening to see such care, concern, and action from our community for a critical cause. It is a blessing to live in a loving community. We can reach across the world to help, so let’s reach toward our President to help decrease access to guns in this country. My hope is that we can take action to stop easy access to guns and make our country a safer home for everyone.Learn more »
We live in Denver and in Frisco; therefore, we often travel I-70 both directions. We take advantage of the information available to us relating to delays on the Interstate — email notifications from CDOT and checking the streaming cameras. During ski season and during the Twin Tunnels blasting and construction, this worked very well. Unfortunately, that is no longer the case.
On June 9 (a Tuesday and not the busy season yet!), we left Frisco for Denver and it took 90 minutes longer. There are at least five different projects on I-70 and there seems to be no coordination between the project managers. You are instructed to “merge left, right lane closed,” then it’s “merge right, left lane closed,” then we had striping, paving, scaling, Idaho Springs bridge... Many choke points for traffic and we were at a dead stop quite often.Learn more »
Keep Angler Mountain space wild
We are opposed to the “wild playground” in the wetlands area near the bridge at Angler Mountain due to the impact on wildlife. Currently, it is habitat for a black bear, two moose, three deer, elk, raccoon and muskrat families, a great blue heron, river otter, various water fowl and song birds. Last year, the injured “Silverthorne” moose calf stayed in that protected area to heal. Further construction at Angler will drive out the wildlife and nesting that can be viewed from the current sidewalk, recpath and Angler Trail.Learn more »
Re: June 9 Summit Daily story, “Frisco skier pushes for more regulations to prevent hit-and-run accidents.”
I read with interest the above article. The issues that Dave Owens proposes are exactly what I have been thinking. I agree wholeheartedly that the resorts should be transparent concerning ski/snowboard accidents. Currently, one has to pick up on rumors and try to get more information. Why shouldn’t we, as consumers, be entitled to know the facts and circumstances of accidents on the hill? We pretty much take our life in our hands when we go out and need to be armed with pertinent information.Learn more »
We wish to extend our sincere thanks for the many kindnesses, condolences and support that we received following the loss of our dear son and brother, Marco Reifsteck. We also extend our gratitude and appreciation to the staff and volunteers at Lord of the Mountains, the students and staff of Summit High School, our friends in Kremmling, Rae Ann DeBoneville and many parents/families of Summit County. We are thankful to be part of such a compassionate community.
Bertie, Dennis and David ReifsteckLearn more »
Dillon mayor’s statement over DUI lacked perspective
My wife and I took offense to Mayor Burns statement in Thursday’s Summit Daily.Learn more »
Liddick hits his target
Morgan Liddick’s editorial of June 9 was on target for a number of reasons. He made clear some difficult concepts, and that’s a great talent. First, he rightfully rebutted Hillary Clinton’s characterization of America as a democracy. We’re not a democracy, and the Founders didn’t intend for us to be. I have never recited the Pledge of Allegiance as “and to the democracy for which we stand.” He cites Clinton’s question of what her opponents fear in democracy. I might ask the same of her. Twice the citizens of California voted to make marriage between a man and a woman, and her allies ran squalling to the least democratic branch of government, the judiciary, to get their way. Now THAT is a fear of democracy.Learn more »
On behalf of the Red, White & Blue Fire Protection District, I would like to thank the Summit School District for allowing us to conduct bike rodeos for the students of Breckenridge Elementary School and Upper Blue Elementary School. The children learned some basic bicycling skills and safety tips. The instruction presented was based on bicycle crash research.
This was a fun safety event that involved the collaboration of several agencies and community volunteers. I would like to thank Breckenridge Grand Vacations for helping us fund this event. I would also like to thank our community partners who helped make this event possible: Town of Breckenridge Streets Department, Breckenridge Police Department, Think First, Summit Medical Center, Carvers, Mountain Wave, and Moe’s Original Bar B Que. In addition, we had many volunteers who helped staff the event. Their participation helped make the event run much smoother and it gave us flexibility in the event that our firefighters were called for an emergency. Thank you very much to our committed volunteers: Gretchen Joslin, Deborah Young, Helen & Don Gerstein, Bill & Leslie Ramsay, Greg Seebart, Joe Reichert, Teresa Perkins, Alex Eickelman, Eli Burke, Sam Brede, Kris Randall, and our Think First volunteers: Holly, B.J., Dori, Emily, Heather, Karen, Molly, Christie, and Paula. We couldn’t have done it without your dedication and commitment.Learn more »
The Women’s Resource Center of the Rockies would like to thank the town of Silverthorne for granted use of the Pavilion for our May 7 fundraiser Dance for Life, as well as Dillon Ridge Liquors, Antlers Liquors and Tom Daniels for generous donation all of the beer and wine products for the bar. The WRC board and staff also extend a hearty thanks to our many event sponsors and volunteers who helped with set up (St.Mary’s/Our Lady of Peace and Dillon Community Church Youth), food preparation and tear down, as well as our awesome kitchen manager, Steve Arndt. Thank you to the Summit Daily News and Krystal 93 for promoting the event, Karin Osterloh-Mattern for taking beautiful photos and to Jennifer Voxakis for superb line dance instruction. Your combined efforts contributed to the event’s success. We could not have pulled it off without you. Thank you!
A. HunsingerLearn more »
I would like to thank Congressman Jared Polis following his introduction of the Continental Divide Wilderness and Recreation Act. By introducing this legislation Rep. Polis has once again reaffirmed his commitment to conservation and protection of our natural environment. As anyone who has visited Colorado knows, we are blessed with a beautiful state and an abundance of recreational opportunities from rafting to skiing. Unfortunately, much of Colorado’s pristine wilderness has come under threat from various extractive industries. These industries necessarily lead to fewer recreational opportunities and more environmental degradation. Fortunately for Coloradans, Rep. Polis has stepped up as a champion of conservation. The Continental Divide Wilderness and Recreation Act is an important step towards conserving our beautiful state for generations to come, and Rep. Polis should be applauded for his work.
Rachel BrettLearn more »
What ever happened to the good old days when the worst things we had to fear on Memorial Day were traffic jams and indigestion?
This year, it’s all about food poisoning by the nasty E. coli, Salmonella, and Listeria bugs lurking in hamburgers, hot dogs, and chicken nuggets at millions of backyard barbecues. The U.S. Meat and Poultry Hotline’s advice is to grill meat and chicken products longer and hotter. They fail to caution that high-temperature grilling forms lots of cancer-causing compounds. Do we really need to choose between food poisoning and cancer?Learn more »
Wow. I almost skipped over Cindy Bargell’s column today as the headline had the words “Mother’s Day” in it and I’m not much a fan of the holiday. However, I was completely thrown off as I read it. She is surely onto something. How about no more “stuff” for mothers ? How about remembering those without mothers, fathers, children, friends, community...
Thank you Cindy. Let’s turn around materialism for good towards helping our fellow man and give instead, as Cindy suggested, to the relief effort in Nepal.Learn more »
I’m so glad that once a week we are subjected to the writings of Morgan Liddick to be reminded of the warped worldview of a raving right-wing lunatic. His recent offering on the Baltimore riots was a fine example of his virulent racism, cloaked in buzzwords like “thug” and “absentee fathers,” and offering a scorecard showing that cops die in the line of duty (often at the hands of white criminals) more often than black men do in their custody — barely — as if that is some justification for cops to kill (black) suspects in their custody. He dismisses chants like “black lives matter” as if the content is irrelevant, and he completely misplaces the blame for the riots on a welfare state, because, well, Morgan Liddick is fat and happy and rich, so why should he want to pay to help “those people,” when he is certain that welfare recipients are abusing the social safety net and looting. With his flourishes of archaic syntax and faux intellectual phrasing, his writing is stilted and insufferable as always. Morgan Liddick embodies the term “pompous ass.”
James BaldwinLearn more »
On April 15, I was doing the midday show on Krystal 93 when I made the biggest mistake anyone in broadcasting could probably do. I was venting about the studio being left a mess and settings being changed. With the door shut, I thought it was just me in the room while ranting, but no...I had inadvertently left the microphone on and inappropriate language went out on the air over a song that was playing. 40 years in radio, and I had never done anything like that, but the damage was done. I was, and still am completely ashamed, embarrassed and humiliated by a careless action on my part. Since I have parted ways with Krystal 93, the only thing I can do is ask you, the ones that heard it, and the ones didn’t, who thought better of me than that...I hope you can find in your heart to forgive me.
Roman MooreLearn more »
May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month
Have you ever been bit by a tick? Did you know that every tick is a cesspool of bacteria, parasites and viruses? While you might not show immediate signs of infection like a bullseye rash or flu-like symptoms, you may have been infected with Lyme Disease or a bunch of other nasty illnesses.Learn more »
Kudos to Alli Langley for Friday’s informative article regarding the status of clear-cutting in Summit County. Kudos also to Howard Brown for his leadership in the effort to preserve what’s left of Summit County’s forests.
Alli Langley’s piece highlights the petition to stop clear-cutting and presents a fairly balanced summary of where things stand today.Learn more »
I am going to go out on a limb here, but I would posit that few of the signatories to the petition aiming to curb clear cutting in Summit County have ever lived in Southern California. I lived there for 33 years and witnessed firsthand (from both ground and air) the devastation caused by wildfires. It is abundantly clear that defensive space will result in saved structures.
And I would take grave exception to Howard Brown’s statement in a recent letter, “We’ve already cut all the areas … justified on defensible space….” While living in California, I recall going to bed one evening when a fire had just broken out adjacent to highway US 101. That night the fire ran all the way to the Pacific Ocean, taking many homes with it. With large fires and heavy winds, defensible space needs to be huge.Learn more »
Leigh Girvin wrote an article on NOT restoring the Reiling Dredge. I agree with her. To reiterate, in speaking from a cost vs. benefit basis the cost of saving the dredge is just too great while the benefit is very small.
The dredge destroyed the environment and now nature is beginning to reclaim the area. From the cost basis, the cost to the environment to restore completely negates natures effort. Rather than trying to “glorify a destroyer”, as Girvin says, let’s take the monetary cost of the effort and spend it on restoring the river, the riparian area and the surrounding environment which the dredge probably destroyed in the first place. In restoring the dredge even more of the hard won natural process would be negated.Learn more »
Re: Jason Stanford’s opinion stating that Mr. Ted Cruz, presidential candidate, deserves a gold star for his ability to give a great speech, but then suggests everyone forget Mr. Cruz and what he says. Move on.
Just a few years ago we heard, ad nauseam, about the new golden tongued oratory of an unknown candidate for national office. Perhaps Mr. Stanford marveled at that candidate’s speech giving prowess at that time. That candidate is now president of the USA.Learn more »
I would like to offer my warm heartfelt thanks to everyone who participated in making this year’s “straitjacket Challenge” FUN-raiser to benefit Mountain Mentors a rousing success (we’ve raised $4,500 so far and our goal of $5,000 is surely attainable).
Thanks to the inspiring staff at Mountain Mentors Shauna, Dan, Jesse and Lauren, you are extraordinary! Thanks to the most excellent producer/videographer Justin Park who made an outstanding video. Thanks to the supporters/wingmen and women who kept encouragement flowing which helped me to remain upright during the feat. Thanks most importantly to ALL who donated their hard-earned dollars so that fortunate Summit County youth will be able to enjoy scholarships for summer camps.Learn more »
Just in time for the 45th anniversary of Earth Day this Wednesday, the U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee has made it official: U.S. consumption of animal products is not environmentally sustainable at current levels. Their conclusion matches those of a comprehensive 2010 United Nations finding that a global shift towards a vegan diet is vital to save the world from hunger, fuel poverty and climate change.
Carbon dioxide, the chief greenhouse gas, is emitted by burning forests to create animal pastures and by combustion of fossil fuels to operate farm machinery, trucks, refrigeration equipment, factory farms and slaughterhouses. The much more damaging methane and nitrous oxide are released from digestive tracts of cattle and from animal waste cesspools.Learn more »
There are so many people on the bandwagon trying to ensure that the LGBT community is never discriminated against that no one seems to notice that other people’s rights are being run over!
David Sirota joined that crowd and called the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act law discriminatory (“Companies’ pro-equality rhetoric belied by their campaign donations,” April 13). That is wrong! It was a law that allowed an individual or a business that felt overly burdened by the government and unable to practice their religion as they saw fit to be able to take their case to court. That is if the government did not have a more compelling argument and with no guarantees that the individual or business would win their case. Indiana caved and is changing the law to suit those who objected to the way it was written. So about that law, I think there is a much better way to handle differing interests and beliefs. We can look to our Utah neighbors, who have included the religious community and the LGBT community to put together an RFRA that is inclusive to both.Learn more »
There are many myths surrounding the issue of sexual assault, all of which assist in keeping this issue hidden and displace the responsibility for the assault from the perpetrator to the victim. With April being Sexual Assault Awareness month, ask yourself if you believe the following:
➢ Sexual assault does not happen in Summit County.Learn more »