Letters to the Editor
We, the undersigned, are a group of Summit County citizens who strongly support businesses and public places that request their patrons refrain from bringing weapons onto their premises. We encourage all Summit County businesses and public entities do the same.
Weapons would include either concealed or openly carried firearms as well as anything else that could frighten other patrons.Learn more »
Mike Littwin’s column “Don’t Know Much About History” is a perfect example of how the Tea Party 3 of the Jeffco School Board are out of touch with reality. They want to ban the teaching of any type of subversive civil discourse events that “encourage or condone civil disorder, social strife or disregard of the law.” They wanted “good citizens, not rebels.” Of course this would eliminate any discussion of the Revolutionary War, Civil War, Civil Rights etc. Here is the irony of all this, the Tea Party are the ones who do not trust government and want the citizens to be armed so they can fight the government if they try and take away their rights. Am I the only one who finds this position totally ironic?
Steve ParkerLearn more »
I just Garnett Payne’s opinion of pot shops on Breckenridge Main Street. I don’t know if Mr. Payne has been to Breck with his daughter lately, but he may want to take note of probably 20 bars and/or restaurants lining Main Street providing adult beverages for tourists and locals. Not that there is anything wrong with them, but I want to remind him that Breckenridge also sponsors ULLR fest, Oktoberfest, 4th of July and other events that promote public drunkenness, or for some, just fun times. If he feels strongly enough about one business preventing his daughter from bad influences, maybe he might want to keep his daughter in Frisco.
Debbie Jo WilkeLearn more »
Despite his cheerful photo, Morgan Liddick apparently spends much time angrily searching for villains to blame for all that’s wrong with the world: President Obama, AG Holder, Secretary Kerry, Senators Udall, Bennet and Elizabeth Warren; Representative Polis, Democrats, “ultraliberals,” “Leftist ideologues,” “academic theorists,” “intellectual mountebanks,” “government programs to fight poverty,” “programs for educational opportunities,” “government oversight of private business,” “failed experiments with Socialist unionism” (which he used to describe his friends!), “the theory that slavery in America was uniquely vicious, pervasive and evil” (a theory?), “social justice,” “wind- and solar-powered Ecotopia,” and teachers’ unions.
Ironically, Liddick claims “Progressives crave enemies.” Considering his enemies list, he must be a closet progressive! Come out of the closet, Mr. Liddick; progressives tolerate different viewpoints more than conservatives.Learn more »
“YES on Prop 105” is a reasonable requirement to label foods that contain GMOs.
GMOs are foods that have been modified at a genetic level in a way that does not occur in nature. Coloradans need to be informed about what we are eating. This is not a ban on GMOs; it’s just a label. If GMOs are safe, as companies say, then why not label them on food? We have the opportunity on Election Day, Nov. 4, to vote yes on Proposition 105 to require our foods to have GMO labeling. Who opposes labeling genetically engineered foods? The world’s largest chemical and biotech seed companies and America’s giant food manufacturers, including Monsanto, DuPont, DOW Chemical, General Mills, Pepsi and Coca-Cola. We have a right to know what is in our food. To learn more, please visit www.RightToKnowColorado.orgLearn more »
If the aim of Howard Brown’s column “Fracking and natural gas a dangerous addiction” (Sept. 13) was to scare Summit County residents, he likely succeeded. However, if he was trying to educate citizens, he failed. His column was woefully short on facts to back up many of his claims.
First, it’s important to note that fracking has been used safely and responsibly in Colorado for decades. Fracking fluids typically consist of 90 percent water, 9.5 percent sand and 0.5 percent chemicals. And Colorado was one of the first states in the country to require the disclosure of the ingredients in fracking fluid as part of what are arguably the toughest oil and gas regulations in the country.Learn more »
As we wrap up our first year of legalized marijuana we continue to rise in the morning to the same song sung by the powers that be. “Having dispensaries on Main Street is going to ruin the towns image!” Sir Charles Darwin’s famous theory of survival of the fittest was not one of will and power, but one of adaptation and change. Fact is the world around us will continue to change for better or worse. Those who are unwilling to adapt will ultimately sabotage their own journey through life whilst attempting to derail the trains of societal progression with a few pennies on the tracks.
“Having dispensaries on Main Street is going to ruin the towns image!”Learn more »
I have recently noted a number of letters and even a couple of email petitions opposing allowing shops on Breckenridge’s Main Street which sell medical and/or recreational marijuana. Terms have been used such as “non-traditional”, “not family-friendly” and a few have even threatened the “recall or firing of the town council.” I believe these thoughts to be an overly emotional outcry which is hardly based on reasonable thinking.
I believe this opposition to be absolutely discriminatory. Should the town bar any of the vast number of T-shirt shops, realtors because some find them tacky? As long as a Main Street shop is tastefully decorated and their merchandise is presented in a stylish manner, that shop should be allowed to sell any legal product.Learn more »
Who knew the legalization of marijuana would be used by some to assert their anti-democracy views on a community? There are so many who seem to have an issue with the town council using the democratic process, aka public voting, to make crucial decisions that affect the community as a whole. Sadly, these people seem to be under the impression this community does not deserve to control their own rights including the types of businesses we wish to allow on our streets. And why would this be? Because they know their own opinions and wishes do not coincide with those who will be voting. Entitlement is an issue in this country and it has more to do with the wealthy conservative mindset that seems believe we should all be forced to believe the same things and hold the same morals as they do. Just because you are wealthy enough to visit our community often, maybe even own a second third or fourth home here, it does not mean you get to use the town council as your own personal board of trustees there to meet your every need. Claiming registered voters have no right to vote on this issue is obscenely un-American, not to mention quite pompous.
If you fear a community you embrace dearly will be ruined by something they themselves voted to approve, you have to accept it and move forward. Let them experience the consequences of their decisions and if in the long run it is not right for the town, people may vote to change it. As the federal government allows money and special interest to influence elected officials and their decisions, it’s refreshing to see our government officials are relaying on the public’s help instead.Learn more »
It sounds familiar when I hear the ignorant suggestions being offered by a few that, “Pot shops on Main Street will ruin Breckenridge’s family friendly image and town history!” I’m sure similar thoughts were formed by those who opposed ending segregation and giving women equal rights. But the fact is, allowing a few pot shops on Main Street won’t change the overall image of the town we live in. Just because you don’t agree with something, does not mean you have to demonize it.
If you are really so concerned about “a small group of pot smokers who apparently can’t tolerate any inconvenience in their quest to chemically alter their brains” then why aren’t you trying to shut down all the bars on Main St. that complete the same task using a different method? Could it be that you like alcohol, or do you just feel that is it somehow more legal than marijuana? Or is it because it has a better “image”?Learn more »
I figured this might happen at some point — marijuana special interests wanting more money. It seems that preserving our town’s history and heritage has been delegated to a small group of pot smokers who apparently can’t tolerate any inconvenience in their quest to chemically alter their brains — all while the Breckenridge mayor and town council avoid leadership at all costs. This town council is a big disappointment. The decision to not allow pot sales on Main Street is about as easy as it gets. Yet, our hopelessly paralyzed town council can’t seem to understand that our town’s character should not be for sale. Is it too much to ask that our local marijuana users pick up their next stash down on Airport Drive? I don’t think so. If we intend to abandon representative government and instead hold a vote for every easy decision then let’s have the first ballot question be: “Shall the current Breckenridge mayor and Town Council be fired (with their salaries returned to the taxpayers who paid them) and replaced by one elections clerk?”
Dan SmithLearn more »
It seems that Eric Buck is alarmed in a recent letter that the issue of a cannabis shop on Main Street will be put to the voting public rather than the Breckenridge Town Council decide it. To be worried that all “stakeholders”, i.e. visitors, part-time homeowners, business owners will not be allowed to decide is beside the point here. The voters will decide the issue. They are the full-time residents here. If anyone of our other guest would like to be a voter here then they can move here and register to vote. These, after all, are the principal stakeholders in any democracy. The number of voters in Breckenridge has steadily risen as growth has come to town. These are the folks who put everything they have into the community, their jobs, their children, and their lives. They should be allowed to choose.
Or perhaps at the heart of Mr. Buck’s concern is more a preference. The drug of choice on Main Street is alcohol. I don’t see this image as very family-friendly as he contends. If we want to truly embrace family culture then let’s clean our image beginning with the public drinking, drunk driving, urinating and the rest that we all have seen. Now a little charming pot shop on Main Street is a small problem in town.Learn more »
The economic issue involving raising the minimum wage is as revealing as any of the level of ignorance of the American people and particularly our leadership on this subject.
Increasing the cost of labor to the employer forces the business owner to either pass that cost of doing business onto the consumer in the form of higher prices or eventually go out of business. Both options result in fewer jobs.Learn more »
How disappointing it was to see the Breckenridge Town Council duck its responsibility to take a leadership position on the issue of marijuana on Main Street. Instead of taking a stand in the best interest of Breckenridge, council has decided (kind of) to defer to the whim of the voting public. Unfortunately, the voting public is but a small subset of the stakeholders in the future of Breckenridge. The vast majority of property holders in Breckenridge are not registered to vote in town. A large percentage, if not a majority, of businesses are not owned by people who live within the city limits. The town’s workforce comes from many communities throughout Summit and Park counties. And, of course, our millions of visitors have no suffrage in Breckenridge. Yet, it is our property owners, businesses, workers and visitors who will incur the longer term consequences if Breckenridge loses its image as a family-friendly resort. When that happens, many of the transient voters to whom council has deferred this decision will be long gone.
I am sympathetic to the issue of fairness for existing businesses both in town and on Airport Road. Clearly the in-town shop has an advantage doing almost as much business as the other four licensees combined. But the answer isn’t tainting our downtown core with more shops but rather eliminating them from downtown all together. Nothing positive comes from them being on Main Street, while the nearly 1,000 signatures on the online petition are a clear demonstration that a large population views it as a negative. For every signature on the petition there are probably tens of thousands of potential visitors around the country with similar views.Learn more »
I would like to thank the Dillon Business Association, the town of Dillon and Matt Miano with the town of Dillon for a great concert series at the Dillon Amphitheatre. The highlights, including Dark Star Orchestra on the Fourth of July weekend the Machine playing the music of Pink Floyd on Sept. 6, were some of the best events I have attended in Summit County. They seemed to be attended by many of the working class of Summit County that had worked so hard through the summer to take care of all the guests that come up to visit. What fine rewards, free concerts of music from such a fine bands playing what I would say are some of more favorable styles of music in the county. While not everyone in Summit County is a “Deadhead” or Pink Floyd fan, I would bet that the majority of the people of the county would say they enjoy the music of both the Grateful Dead and Pink Floyd.
Again, thank you, Dillon, for utilizing such a fine resource as the Dillon Amphitheatre to give both the residents and visitors of Summit County a chance to watch a beautiful sunset on the mountains we all love while listening to great live music being performed.Learn more »
The Breckenridge Town Council is getting set to vote on whether to continue to allow retail marijuana stores to operate on Main Street. There has been a lot of passion, along with a great deal of obfuscation on the issue. First, to establish a few facts.
Fact: At least one marijuana store has been operating on Main Street for five years. If you are not aware of this, then I think it shows how little impact it has had.Learn more »
Current Breckenridge sign code provides equal playing field
Re: recent Summit Daily News article, “Town of Breckenridge is trying to avoid ‘sandwich board wars:’”Learn more »
Having followed the discussions about allowing retail marijuana stores on Breckenridge’s Main Street, I pose this question: Who do you want to be, Breck? What image do you want to present to the world — a charming, family-oriented mountain town that caters to healthy outdoor activities or one more place with easy access to marijuana?
Breck has worked hard to maintain the feel of the original mountain town, and allowing retail marijuana on Main could well be a step toward eroding all your prior efforts. For example: There is a retail marijuana outlet in Frisco between Walmart and Safeway. Recently my wife sat in our car in that area waiting for me and observed several patrons of the pot store who made her uncomfortable as they were not kempt and were loitering in the area. OK, now multiply this by five or so and drop it onto Main Street, Breck. Yes, I know, not all users are the same, but how many of the type I described will it take to undercut the family atmosphere of Main Street.Learn more »
I believe the Breckenridge Town Council has finally found a solution to the serious parking problem that has plagued the town for years. The council is in the process of developing an ordinance that will permit the development of pot shops on Main Street. While no one can be absolutely sure how a proliferation of pot shops will affect town traffic, I believe it is very likely to be negatively. And even if I am wrong, how can the four council members who are promoting this issue guarantee that it won’t.
The most amazing part of this issue is that there is no apparent upside for the town. These four council members are willing to take significant risk with the town’s reputation and brand without the promise of any reward. I have yet to talk to anyone who believes this is a potential benefit to the town. Just as amazing is the fact that the town spends about $3 million a year advertising to the world that Breckenridge is a great place to bring your family. This message appears to conflict with the pot heaven they are promoting.Learn more »
Marijuana mars Breck’s image
I was appalled to see the front page of the Summit Daily on Aug. 27.Learn more »
I am writing to invite one and all to a birthday party! Friends of the Eagles Nest Wilderness (FENW) is celebrating the 5oth Anniversary of the Wilderness Act, and the 20th Anniversary of FENW. The Wilderness Act is landmark legislation with worldwide significance. Observing these significant milestones is worthy of a community gathering
Since May of 1994, FENW has worked to assist the US Forest Service manage and care for designated Wilderness Areas of Summit and Eagle Counties. FENW has adopted as central beliefs and operating tenets four principles; education, outreach, stewardship, and advocacy. Our organization fully supports responsible multiple use of public lands.Learn more »
The Annual Summit Senior Rummage Sale and Silent Auction was held last week at the Summit County Senior and Community Center in Frisco. The sale is a perfect balance of reallocation of goods and services. Those needing to clean out and simplify, donate, and those looking for a special find or great deal come here. Keeping useable items out of the landfill while raising funds for grants that go back to the community, it’s a true community compost.
This sale takes months of planning and organizing all by volunteers in our community. Volunteers run the show, gathering and storing sale items, organizing donations, set up & tear down, sales, coming together for a few short days to make it happen. The generosity of volunteers with their energy and time and the community businesses which donate goods and services help to raise over $40,000 in grant money. It’s events like this that make me proud to be a part of this community. Many thanks and gratitude to my fellow volunteers, sponsoring businesses, donors and the community, together made this year’s sale another success story.Learn more »
On the marijuana on Main St. debate, the pro argument centers on the inequity created by allowing some businesses to operate on Main while others are banned. On the surface this is a valid point; however, it either ignores or downplays the adverse impact on the community over the long run.
In the 15 years that I’ve lived in the community, the town has seen tremendous growth. That growth has not come by accident, rather by a significant amount of planning and cultivation of an image that has been greeted with a remarkable response. We often take for granted the unique charm that has been crafted over many years by town planners, staff, and community members.Learn more »
I’ve lived in Summit County since 1988. I’ve been cycling the rec path since then. I’m on the path roughly 20 hours, or 350 miles, a week.
We all know the problems caused by reckless bike rental companies that drop off unsuspecting tourists at the top of Vail Pass. We all know the problems caused by off-leash dogs as the path runs through Frisco. I myself have been in the ER twice due to accidents caused by tourists who don’t know how to ride a bike.Learn more »
To be denigrated by our former President Jimmy Carter as a “nutcase” because I disagree with his position on human-caused global warming, is discouraging (Summit Daily News, August 14). But my judgment is solid and is based on an evaluation of the totality of the data. For the analysis of the issue from some of the world’s most distinguished scientists, go to www.climateconference.heartland.org/ . The real data contradict the ignorant “consensus” that human emission of CO2 is the driver of weather and climate. You will then find out who the real “nutcases” are.
Dr. Martin HertzbergLearn more »
I think the Breckenridge Town Council is heading in the wrong direction on the marijuana question and the permutation of issues surrounding it.
First, I voted for 64 and have no problem whatsoever with legal recreational use of marijuana.Learn more »
A Colorado contact high for Nebraska
Re: Breckenridge debate on allowing marijuana shops on Main Street.Learn more »
Nebraska blues result of criminalizing pot
Re: Larry Horbach’s August 6 letter to the editor.Learn more »
After reading Larry Horbach’s recent letter, I was a little confused. Part-time resident? Really dude? I’m happy that these types can’t vote in our local elections. Young children? This isn’t Disneyland? It’s dangerous for most adults. Board the purple Goofey Tram for Peak 8! Hemp? I’m not even going to go into this bit of history. Really dude? Attorney general? Really dude? Frustration at the border? State of Colorado officals should have refused his entry into the state. If this is the type of guest Breckenridge is attracting then stay over there Larry. I guess you hit the big time with your timeshare at Beaver Run! Being a Frisco home owner, and full-time resident I take joy that people like Larry, will never be able to afford real estate in Frisco.
Michael BeaversLearn more »
I spent about an hour today walking the lakeshore off the Dillon Dam Road with my dog. He and I often stop here when we don’t have time for a longer hike, usually before I head to work for the day. Every time we’ve come to the lake at this spot, I’ve carried a trash bag with me because of the disgustingly, obscenely large amount of trash and filth in such a pretty place.
It starts with the broken glass, which is everywhere (big shards, little shards, half bottles, random fragments of smashed Christmas ornaments for some reason.) The glass debris field starts at the main parking area near the Frisco end of the road and is strewn all the way down to the lake.Learn more »