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This is becoming something of a tradition, but I wanted to remind my fellow Carbondale area residents about the bountiful opportunities for holiday shopping right here in town.

There is affordable, beautiful art – from ceramics to paintings to textiles to jewelry – available at art studios like SAW and galleries like the Clay Center. The Third Street Center is stuffed full of artists and their wares.

Two shops sell bicycle and Nordic ski wear and equipment on Highway 133.



There are great consignments stores scattered all over our community, from the corner of 133 and Cowen Drive to Main Street.

Cedar Rose’s excellent green building and home improvement amenities shop at Main and Snowmass always has great gifts. And I bet you can find some cool stuff out at Planted Earth on Highway 82.



A bottle of wine or other spirits makes a great gift, and there are fantastic liquor stores on Main Street, along Highway 133 and out at Catherine Store.

We’ve got high-end women’s clothing and really cool leather wear and amenities with LuLu Bell and San Juan Leathers on Main Street, and a great antiques and home amenities store just down the way. And don’t forget Harmony Scott down at Second and Main. We’ve got running shoes and two fly fishing shops along 133.

And what about giving food? Gift certificates from our local eateries are always a great gift, and what a selection we have – burgers galore from Fatbelly to the Pour House to the Red Rock Diner (with the Pour House and Red Rock offering a lot more). Phat Thai. Eco-Goddess. Russets. Six89. Mi Casita. Heidi’s. Gandhi’s. Dos Gringos. El Horizonte. White House Pizza. Peppino’s. Uncle Pizza. And so many more! (And if you’re looking for great Mexican food and other items, there’s always Garcia’s.)

I urge everyone to take a look around Carbondale before trekking out of town or logging on to the Internet for their shopping. Because if you spend a dollar here with a locally owned business, your money is going to support your neighbors, friends and your broader community.

Allyn Harvey

Carbondale

I just read a story in the Dec. 8 Post Independent about the group hoping to overturn the ban on plastic bags in Carbondale. What I would like to know is, when are we going to stop thinking about only ourselves and our immediate needs?

How about thinking about the next generation and what we leave for them? How about thinking about the environment and the overcrowded landfills? How about all the oil that it takes to produce all those plastic bags?

It is really that difficult for people to bring their own bags to the store?

I lived in Europe many years ago and it was just a way of life for most Europeans to bring their own bags. One of the reasons is they simply do not have anywhere to put all that extra trash that comes from plastic bags and packaging.

If we could reduce adding to the landfills and help the environment, why wouldn’t we? It is really not that hard. This is not about “big brother” telling us what to do. We have become so spoiled, and so much is about what we need right now, and who cares about the rest of the world.

In my opinion, the way things are going, that selfish mindset will just not continue to work.

P.S. I have plenty of cloth bags that I can share with those who don’t have any of their own.

Leslie C. McNamee-Johnson

Carbondale

This letter concerns the proposed Wexner-Sutey land swap.

Frank Sutey Sr. and his family were exceptionally close friends of my father and mother. Frank Sr. and my grandfather, Steve Krizmanich Sr., were originally from northern Croatia, then Austria-Hungary. Both young men left that beautiful, gentle land for back-breaking work in the coal mines and deep snow of Crested Butte in the early 1900s.

My grandfather had been a game warden in his homeland. However, economic times were so bad he and Sutey immigrated to the U.S. In the “old country,” the lord of the land or “big guy” owned everything. The common man couldn’t make a living – a very common story throughout Europe at the time.

I had been informed that Mr. Sutey was blackballed from working in the coal mines around Crested Butte for trying to unionize the miners. Unable to find work, sometime in the 1930s, he and his family traveled over Scofield Pass in a wagon to homestead the forgotten, barren land on Cattle Creek – his reward for trying to help the little guy.

The Wexners may be good people. At least they are much more upfront about their business than the secretive and powerful Koch brothers. Unfortunately their class is rapidly proving that if you have enough money you can do anything, even change existing laws and regulations.

It is exceptionally ironic and very sad that after 100-plus years, the very same conditions that drove Frank Sutey to this area are being reborn in the U.S. on a major scale. Even more ironic, just across the Kolpa River from Sutey’s village is Slovenia – the country recently awarded the honor of being the western country with the smallest financial gap between the rich and poor, even beating the Scandinavian countries. It’s a direction totally opposite the U.S.

I have been very honored and blessed to have known the Suteys, and wouldn’t trade that experience for knowing all the millionaires and billionaires on the Western Slope.

Joe Krizmanich

Glenwood Springs and Albuquerque


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