Letters to the Editor

Breck for Thoughtful Marijuana says ‘vote no on Main Street’

November 26, 2014 — 

Breck for Thoughtful Marijuana says “vote no on Main Street”

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Rogers: Cannabis Club documentary great exposure for Breckenridge

November 25, 2014 — 

I’d like to thank Stacy Smith for her letter. I’m sure many people have similar questions and concerns.

First let’s dissect ‘legal drug lord’, an overly sensational term the producers chose to get everyone’s attention. Prefacing the term ‘drug lord’ with the word ‘legal’ is somewhat contradictory; In this case, marijuana, like alcohol, is legal, and therefore if one truly believes we are drug lords then the same could be said for the operators of our liquor establishments. We would never have described ourselves as drug lords, but understand its purpose in advertising.

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Chanin: A modest proposal: Think about the children!!!

November 25, 2014 — 

Quick, close up all the pot shops! The hippies from the ’60s are coming in droves. Get out while you still can, man! Money-hungry marijuana smokers will soon be stealing your assets, along with your children’s innocence. They will cause 100 car pileups due to their drug-induced driving habits. These lost souls will walk the streets for days mumbling to themselves, “Dude, where’s my car?” Broken vape pens will line the streets and gutters. Drum circles will start to form and slowly grow larger and larger and interconnect until the entire town is engulfed and becomes, itself, one big drum circle ...

This is our future if we allow pot shops on Main Street, people. Think about it.

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Eastman: Burning on Peak 7

November 25, 2014 — 

I am sitting at home, trying not to cough due to the heavy smoke in the air as U.S. Forest Service contractors have dozens of piles of trees burning around my house. This is the start of the burning of 13,000 piles of trees around the county. As the wood is wet and cold, it burns slowly and inefficiently, with a heavy blue smoke. I photographed some of the firefighters who are igniting piles of trees using chemical accelerants to get them started. The thick smoke causes them to cough with a smoker’s hack while they are doing their work. Everyday exposure to this toxic mix is sure to shorten many of their lives.

What a waste of a valuable resource. So many products could have been made with this lumber, but it was deemed cheaper to burn it. If you are going to burn this beautiful resource that used to line the hill above my house, please do it efficiently and produce power or heat, with minimal pollution. The slow-burn method being used is just filling the air with carbon and other toxins and is leaving ugly black piles in the pristine snow.

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Elliott: Who’s mainstream?

November 25, 2014 — 

In response to the Pam Demma’s letter of Nov. 18, “Marijuana isn’t mainstream enough for Main Street,” I just want to point out that the Colorado Department of Public Health does keep records on Colorado medical marijuana patient demographics. There are no records kept for recreational marijuana use in Colorado.

Pam says, “the average pot shop customer is an under-26-year-old male!”

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Gordman: With marijuana on Main, Breckenridge gets risk but no reward

November 25, 2014 — 

Five marijuana entrepreneurs are asking the business owners, property owners and workers of Breckenridge to fund a grand experiment for them. The experiment is, will having a large number of pot shops on Main Street reduce the number of people who select Breckenridge as their vacation destination? While my experience in advising national companies on brand strategy tells me that overtime it will, I have to admit I can’t be absolutely sure. But neither our marijuana entrepreneurs nor our Town Council can assure the community that it won’t. So where is the logic for 4,500 Breckenridge residents to take a risk so that five people will become rich?

Tourists have the freedom to select a vacation destination that has the greatest appeal to them. The reality is that in the world of vacation destinations Breckenridge has a great deal of competition. While marijuana is legal in Colorado, it is not legal in 46 states. Some people compare marijuana to alcohol and point out how many places you can buy a drink in town. The difference is clear: alcohol is legal in all 50 states; marijuana isn’t.

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Smith: Legal drug lords in Breckenridge?

November 21, 2014 — 

Recently the trailer for “High Profits,” a series created by CNN that focuses on Breckenridge Cannabis Club, was brought to my attention. I have felt frustrated and concerned since I viewed this. I am concerned about any business owner feeling that he has control over any town official, and openly stating he has “swung our council.” The owner/partner also indicated that he intends to become the first “legal drug lord in America.” I do not know about anybody else but “drug lord” to me implies murderer. Is that really the type of businessperson any of us wants in our beautiful mountain town? He also said, “I would have to see five customers to earn what I get from one in the resort towns.” (I am paraphrasing.) Is it necessary to announce on national television that he is gouging our guests? I have been informed the Cannabis Club offers very generous discounts to locals.

Not only am I a business owner near Main Street in Breckenridge, I am also a parent raising two children in this community. It is very unnerving that the community I choose to call my home, raise my children in and have a private practice in (I am a mental health professional) is supporting any type of business that is run by a person who admittedly claims to own our local politicians, refers to himself as a legal drug lord and openly discusses gouging our guests. What is the message we are sending not only to our guests but to our community members. The state of Colorado put the cart before the horse when legalizing marijuana, and this business owner is living proof of why mandates needed to be in place prior to passing the law. Keep drug lords off of Main Street.

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Taylor: Headlines and history lessons

November 19, 2014 — 

Last Friday’s SDN headline — “Peak 8 or Mt. Olympus?”— was quite clever, but unfortunately the putative link between the Olympic games and Mt. Olympus is wrong both geographically and historically. Mt. Olympus (9,573 feet high) is in northern Greece and about 270 kilometers away from the site of the ancient games as Zeus’ eagle flies and even more by car. So the only link is Zeus: he and his fellow Olympian gods resided on the mountain, whereas the ancient Olympics were held in Zeus’ honor at his shrine far to the south in the boonies of the Peloponnesian peninsula.

The games, really agones ‘struggles, contests’, began in 776 BC, the first recorded date in the history of western civilization (we have lists of victors). The venue, which is a magnificent archaeological site, was uninhabited in antiquity, and the modern town exists primarily to lodge and feed tourists and to sell them the usual trinkets. Greece does have a few ski resorts, most notably the one on Mt. Parnassus above Delphi, the home of the god Apollo. There were, of course, never any winter games in the ancient world (they began in 1924).

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Gray: The real message voters sent in the election is one of rejection

November 17, 2014 — 

Re: Ted Thomas’ Nov. 14 letter to the editor, wherein he posits that low turnout was responsible for the latest election results. The president’s attempt at spin was that it was “bad messaging.” My take is that this election did not “favor” Republicans, Mr. Thomas; rather it was a repudiation of the current administration, its policies and its ineptitude. And this before we were exposed to its contempt for “stupid” Americans, as personified by its poster child, Professor Jonathan Gruber, the real architect of “Obamacare.”

I’ve got a better idea. Instead of flimsy excuses, instead of equating dissent with racism, bad intentions or stupidity, let’s actually listen to one another. This president is not good at that, and that’s why he and his minions were rejected. We’ve got real, big problems. Still, this pales compared to 1941. We’re in this together.

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Demma: Marijuana isn’t mainstream enough for Main Street

November 17, 2014 — 

I would rather not have pot shops in my face on Main Street in Breckenridge. Marijuana is not even close to becoming mainstream; the average pot shop customer is an under-26-year-old male! There is nothing beneficial about allowing the shops on Main. Drugs, including marijuana, ruin lives.

Remember what happened in the Haight-Ashbury area of San Francisco — in the late ’60s the drug scene there became very dangerous and people fled.

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Breckenridge Lodging Association against retail marijuana in downtown core

November 14, 2014 — 

The Board of the Breckenridge Lodging Association, on behalf of the majority of our members, believes it is too early to allow retail marijuana locations in our downtown core. As the primary stewards of our guest population, we believe more time should be spent researching the position of our guests, the potential impacts to our brand and the acceptance of marijuana federally, before any action is taken to allow retail sales in the core of town.

As an organization, the BLA echoes the position of “citizens for thoughtful marijuana,” as well as other individuals and businesses, that now is not the right time to allow retail sales on Main Street Breckenridge.

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Crawford: At Frisco Elementary, a Veterans Day to remember

November 14, 2014 — 

As in the past, veterans were once again honored at Frisco Elementary School on Veterans Day this year. Principal Renea Hill, her professional staff, PTSA, parents and students chose to honor the vets in their community.

A program is offered whereby the vets are given the opportunity to visit the classrooms, meet the students, share their military experiences and answer questions from the youngsters. This is followed with a lunch and a general assembly of the student body and their teachers.

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Breckenridge Cannabis Club letter: Marijuana the safer choice for Main Street

November 14, 2014 — 

Too soon, some say, but marijuana stores have existed on Breckenridge’s Main Street since 2009. A fact that seems lost when hearing a discussion about how marijuana stores will, if at all, affect Main Street.

Is anyone else tired of hearing that our family-friendly image is being tarnished? We have families, too. Are marijuana-using families somehow lesser to alcohol-consuming families? Marijuana may not be for everybody, but it is safer than alcohol and taking that safer alternative away from our visitors is out of step with the intent of Amendment 64.

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Thomas: A low-turnout election favors the Republican Party

November 14, 2014 — 

While I always disagree with Morgan Liddick, I readily see that he is intelligent and well read. And I do not fault him for gloating in his piece right after the election. But even he will have to acknowledge some facts about this election. Only 36 percent of national voters cast a ballot. Nearly 50 percent in Colorado. This is why the GOP did so well. They showed up, and most of Democratic voters will wait for 2016. The higher number in our state showed up in some key votes. Udall ran a very poor campaign, while Cory Gardner appealed to a member of an extinct species — the moderate Republican.

But Hickenlooper beat Beauprez by a higher number than did Gardner vs. Udall.

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Former Breckenridge mayors against retail marijuana on Main Street

November 10, 2014 — 

It’s too soon to open Breckenridge’s Main Street and downtown district to retail marijuana shops.

Breckenridge envisions itself as a community where residents and visitors experience a historic mountain town with characteristic charm that offers a safe, friendly, and peaceful atmosphere where individuals can live, work, play, and raise a family. This comes straight from our Towns Vision that our citizens have taken years to shape.

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Buck: Debra Irvine for House District 61

November 3, 2014 — 

Debra Irvine seeks to unseat Representative Millie Hamner because Hamner does not faithfully represent the voters of HD-61.

Obama has vowed to fundamentally change this country, and progressive leftist millionaires/billionaires (including Polis and Stryker) are spending millions to do just that.

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Schweri: David versus the GMO Goliath

November 3, 2014 — 

After receiving my fourth mailing against Proposition 105, requiring labeling of genetically modified (GMO) foods, I feel compelled to respond. The lavish brochure reminded me of what a “David & Goliath” contest this is. Those opposing this measure (e.g., Pepsico, General Mills, and Monsanto), have virtually unlimited resources. Private citizens feel outgunned, but our desire to know what is in our food motivates us.

I may eventually feel that GMO foods do not need labeling. To date, however, there has not been sufficient independent research done on the effects of GMO’s on human health to support such a decision. Indeed, preliminary studies show that GMO’s may be involved in food allergies, gluten intolerance, leaky gut syndrome, etc. In the meantime, we are unwitting participants in a huge uncontrolled experiment that we cannot opt out of unless we can afford to buy exclusively organic or non-GMO Verified foods. Much of the independent non-industry research that has been conducted has been squelched or ignored.

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Berry: Summit County is as pretty as a picture

November 3, 2014 — 

I have been cutting out some of the wonderful front page colorful pictures of Summit County, from your daily paper.

They show our wildlife, our mountains, and streams, and altogether where we are blessed to live here in Summit County. Thank you.

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Stiegelmeier: Support Millie Hamner in reelection bid

October 31, 2014 — 

Rep. Millie Hamner deserves your vote to continue her outstanding work at the Capitol. Perhaps due to her career in education, from elementary teacher to superintendent, she is uniquely capable of listening to all perspectives and finding collaborative solutions. That is why she is one of the most respected voices at the Capitol.

Hamner’s work as chairwoman of the House Education Committee, vice-chairwoman of the Wildfire Matters Committee and the Business and Appropriations committees has served us very well.

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The Summit Foundation endorses measure 1A

October 31, 2014 — 

Through its grant-making and leadership activities, The Summit Foundation attempts to build healthy and safe communities. We assist residents and visitors of all ages to live healthy, safe and independent lives by helping fund quality health and human services and environmental stewardship throughout our county. The passage of ballot measure 1A will provide much-needed support for ambulance and 911 services as well as important water-quality protections. Because these services are essential to Summit County residents and visitors The Summit Foundation Board of Trustees endorses and encourages a “yes” vote on 1A.

Lee Zimmerman

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Galvin: Not my kind of conservatism

October 30, 2014 — 

In this election cycle, a “South Park” episode comes to mind. It’s the one that compares a certain kind of sandwich to a particular type of bag. That show was a fair representation of our mostly two-party system.

My focus today is on the Grand Old Party. The conservatives. I am a conservative person, and the GOP conservatism seems flawed. Mostly due to a poor track record of being fiscally or environmentally conservative.

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Bird: The 99 percenter vs. the 1 percent

October 30, 2014 — 

Well, election day is almost upon us and it appears the 99 percent will again vote against their interests. Republican lies, obfuscations, distortions, fear and money again rule the day.

So the Koch brothers will be able to buy more school boards, more universities like Florida State, pay less taxes and keep the “extreme court” in their pocket.

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Bruns: Standing up for Udall for standing with the President

October 27, 2014 — 

Colorado might shoot itself in the foot by not doing its research and taking a vote-out-the-incumbents approach or by just passing in this important midterm election. It’s vital to understand where the roadblocks in our current government reside. The blockage has never been with Senator Mark Udall. Representative Corey Gardner is the incumbent in a totally dysfunctional House of Representatives.

Far from being a “single-issue Senator” Mark Udall has been our champion in the Senate, while Corey Gardner’s single issue along with his fellow Republicans, has been to make President Obama fail. If our President fails, our country fails. Mr. Gardner points the finger at Senator Udall for standing with the president. Yes, standing with the President on very important issues like the Affordable Care Act, which already has saved tens of thousands of government dollars and had afforded tens of thousands of Americans insurance that they never have had before; standing with the President on immigration reform; standing with the President on equal pay for equal work for women; standing with the President in favor of a livable minimum wage; standing with the President on a woman’s right to choose; standing with the President to preserve Social Security and Medicare…to name but a few.

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Black: What you should know about GMOs

October 24, 2014 — 

GMOs promote and incentivize the practice of monoculture agriculture. Genetically engineered agriculture is not the only monoculture practice, but it is the largest contributor. When making investments do you put all of your money into one stock? No. Why? Because the risk is too high.

The same principles can be applied to monoculture practices. When growing only one crop, protecting the yield is top priority. So farmers use pesticides and herbicides. These chemical compounds are sprayed to destroy any pests and diseases that could potentially wipe out the harvest. Genetic engineering was invented to make the crops resistant to some of the various chemicals. The idea seems sound, but genetic engineering is a bandage to a much larger problem. Modern GMO agriculture is fighting nature, and nature appalls monocultures. Just look at any polyculture in our wilderness. And by exclusively growing one crop, we are eradicating the ecosystem services that help us not only eat, but also survive.

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Tracy: Udall fights to protect our natural environment

October 23, 2014 — 

I am writing to strongly urge support for US Senator Mark Udall’s re-election. Senator Udall has done much for Colorado and Summit County during his years of public service. He has focused on what’s most important to Coloradans – protection of our natural environment, preservation of the health of our forests (only a few short years ago we thought we would completely lose our lodgepole forest), strengthening our economy, and protection of our civil rights by fighting to limit the power of the National Security Agency to spy on US citizens. These are only a few of the many issues on which Senator Udall has worked so hard for us. His goal has always been to do what’s right for Coloradans, using an ethical and collaborative approach. His opponent on the other hand has demonstrated that he will say and do anything for power, including being untruthful about a federal personhood bill he is sponsoring. Please vote for Senator Udall in this very important race.

Emily Tracy

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Aragon: Cory Gardner is too partisan to represent Colorado’s interests

October 23, 2014 — 

When I read the endorsement of Cory Gardner by the Denver Post, I realized that partisanship does not stop in Washington. It is also apparent in the Denver Post’s endorsements in the editorial pages. Cory Gardner has voted with the most partisan members in the U. S. House of Representatives from the time he was elected Colorado’s U. S Representative.

1. He voted to replace Medicare as we know it by providing vouchers to seniors to buy their own medical coverage through private insurance companies.

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Carlson: Keep Millie Hamner as Summit County’s state representative

October 23, 2014 — 

I am writing to urge voters to continue to support Millie Hamner as our state representative for House District 61.

As an advocate for public education, I know it is imperative that we have knowledgeable legislators making the decisions that impact our kids and our schools.

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Lienemann: I liked my healthcare plan, Mr. Udall, and, no, I couldn’t keep it

October 23, 2014 — 

I am one of the 335,500 Coloradans receiving the “Dear John” health insurance cancellation letter that Obama and Udall, who pushed Obamacare, said couldn’t happen because if you liked your policy you could keep it. My cancelled policy stipulated I would bear the initial $10,000 in medical costs, then a 50% copay would be in effect for the next $7,500.00 in costs. My total out of pocket (OOP) was $13,750.00. I chose this very large OOP because I have good family medical history, drink very little and have never smoked. Barring a catastrophic injury, I was very likely never going to spend anything on medical care and my rates were under $3,000 a year.

So why did my insurance company drop me? Obama care thinks my deductible is too high to be affordable, so it cut my plan. Udall approved plans would decrease my OOP to between $6,000 to $6,350.00. This large reduction of $7,000 OOP sounds great doesn’t it? Guess what happened to my premium. It went from under $3,000 per year up to between $8781.48 and $9,167.28 depending on the plan (an increase of 305%).

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Payne: Informed decisions will lead to Republican votes

October 23, 2014 — 

Do you feel safe and prosperous? Are your children proud to be American? How confident are you that they will have opportunities and success in their pursuit of happiness? Pull out that ballot and make an informed decision. Help us take our country and our state back! President Obama said this week that Senate candidates in key races (Colorado) are “folks who vote with me, who are strong supporters and allies of me.” We need leaders who do more than inspire blind followers. A vote for Cory Gardner is critical to regain the balance of power and reverse the damage to our safety, security and economy that Harry Reid and our president have triggered. Let’s thank Gov. Hickenlooper for giving it a college try and elect Bob Beauprez, an experienced legislator with the skills to influence, challenge and engage the state legislators, building collaboration between the parties. Let’s replace our local representative, Millie Hamner, who fell into formation with her fellow Democrats and her benefactor, Michael Bloomberg, disregarding the will of the people she claims to represent (re: SB213 & Amendment 66). We don’t need puppets as politicians! We need leaders whose credibility, passion, guts, communication, problem solving, listening skills and moral compasses guide their decision making. They are on the ballot, and they are Republicans. Review their websites, interviews, debate performances, positions, ratings and records (try votesmart.org). Seek out accurate information about our candidates and make informed decisions. It’s time for leaders, not followers.

Garnett Payne

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Kleckner: A Democrat’s eye view of a Summit County ballot

October 23, 2014 — 

As Election Day nears, we are asked to make a group decision on four issues that will shape the future of Colorado. Should education be partially funded by casinos? Should we pay more taxes for services? Should we redefine embryos and unborn children as “persons”? Should we require food producers to label food with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) similarly to organic labeling?

For me, Amendment 68 and Summit County’s measure 1A are an issue of financial responsibility. The state of Colorado is responsible for educating its children, and education has been underfunded for years. Do we want to depend upon gambling to educate our children? Shall we expand gambling again for roads? I do not want Colorado to become another Las Vegas with gambling machines everywhere.

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