It seems you are quick to forget the unprecedented global economic and environmental messes the God-fearing conservatives have left us bleeding heart, tree hugging liberals to somehow try to clean up. Republican mismanagement and purportedly well-intentioned agendas drove this country into the ground for eight years, so you will have to excuse me when I fail to see how by any stretch of the imagination it is already time to give the GOP the drivers seat again.It also seems pertinent to mention I have not witnessed anyone referring to you and yours as inbred, backward oil field white trash, as you implied on Tuesday. I think nothing of the sort personally, and I fully support the environmentally-responsible homecoming of the oil industry to the area. If this makes me a tree hugger, then I suppose I am guilty as charged. I happen to like trees, the oxygen they supply, breathing oxygen, and so forth.In closing, I would like to remind you the liberals have been very patiently awaiting some alternative suggestions from the Republicans as to how we might reach a common ground on the major issues. So far, however, as your letter clearly demonstrates, we have received no serious reply, save a couple of tasteless and juvenile insults.Ryan LeggRifle
Also addressed to Carbondale P & Z and Carbondale Board of TrusteesThe Carbondale Board of Trustees will soon be asked to make a decision on the fate of the Thompson House, the historic home of one of Carbondales earliest pioneer families. The house is at the center of the discussions between the developer and the P & Z as they negotiate the fate of Thompson Park.During the annexation process, developers are often asked to provide mitigation, which in Carbondales case should in most cases go toward affordable housing. The Thompson house, however, represents a unique opportunity for Carbondale to own a real public treasure, comparable to the Molly Brown House in Denver or the Healy House in Leadville. And, like those museum homes, the Thompson House should be maintained and shared with everyone. It is an important link to our history as a community that exemplifies hard work and stewardship of the land. The hundreds of visitors who have already come to our small museum of local history attest to the fact that people want to see with their own eyes the way folks used to live in this valley. A sense of history increases our awareness of our own possibilities as a community.The real estate transfer assessment involved in the annexation of the property should , in this case and because of the importance of the Thompson House, be dedicated to the care and preservation of the home, one of Colorados most important historic residences. Please attend tonights (April 9), P and Z meeting at 7 p.m., or call your elected officials to support its preservation. We have a real treasure here. Lets give it the care and attention it deserves so it will benefit everyone. Lets not ignore the past while we plan for our future.Board of Directors, Mt. Sopris Historical SocietyJeannie Perry, Linda Criswell, Shelle DeBeque, Toni Cerise, Bill Spence, Wayne Horak, Greg Forbes, Lynn Ruoff, Carol Klein
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