Have you been affected by the current economic climate? I doubt there is anybody on Planet Earth who can answer no to that question. Good or bad, this is the situation we all have to deal with at the moment. How are you dealing with it? For most people it just means tightening the belt and being a little “wiser” on how they spend their money, as it should be. But more importantly for a community to survive, it’s about where they spend their money.
I am not here to knock or put down the Box Marts of the world. After all, they do employ many people and provide a product or service that fulfills the needs of the people. If they didn’t, they wouldn’t be in business.
And they all started off as small mom and pop shops. But it’s the current mom and pop shops that define a community. Please note when I say mom and pop shops, I’m talking about all small businesses.
So again, how does a community survive? By people supporting each other! We all know someone who has their own business, and it’s our responsibility to support each other. Many of these businesses provide the same products or services as the corporate giants. But when you shop from family, friends and neighbors, more of the money you spend is kept in the community. So ask your neighbor, your friends and your family how you can best support them. Many of them may have a business you never knew about. A sign above the door no longer defines a business.
Therefore, next time you go shopping and you lay down your cash or credit card, ask yourself: Who am I supporting when I make this purchase? How much of this money will be kept in my community? Am I being a part of the solution?
Economic recovery starts small and starts at home.
I would like to thank Donald Kaufman and Julian Hardaker for their letters to the editor so this situation stays in the public’s eye.
As some know or don’t know, Alpine Bank is using bank funds (customers’ money) to help one of its employees get into the United States, which the immigration department has determined to be illegal. Mr. Kaufman states that it is the loyalty of Alpine Bank’s commitment to its employees. That sounds very familiar (AIG).
So if you both and others feel using customers’ funds for legal fees and continuing to keep him on payroll since November 2008, then there should be nothing to hide.
I invite Alpine Bank to publicly disclose all moneys spent on this matter, and let their customers decide if this is a good idea.
I don’t work for immigration, and I don’t know Mr. Baeza. I also have no choice as to how profits garnished by Alpine Bank are spent. Since you both and others fully support Alpine’s use of public funds to help someone “currently” illegal to gain admission to this country, then you shouldn’t mind donating a few grand to help Alpine out.
Mr. Baeza was quoted as saying, “There is very little I can do for Alpine Bank.”
Come on Alpine, there is nothing to hide. How much since November 2008 have you dedicated to his cause?
Regarding the Llama attack story in the Post Independent on April 7:
My dad lives close by the Schuberts, and it worries me to think some animal is attacking other animals in their vicinity. I truly hope it is not a dog, especially a pit bull. The breed is already criticized enough, due to poor ownership. They get no credit for once being admired and revered. Does anyone know of Stubby? He was a great World War I hero who was named a sergeant after saving several of his comrades in battle. Why now do we just forget that?
People created the beast by breeding two aggressive lines, making them into fighters. By no means does that indicate they are all aggressive creatures. They are just like any other dog treated with loyalty and respect. They are an amazing breed full of love for their companions and other animals. It is proven!
If it is true there is a pit bull taking down deer, that is even more frightening. If it is attacking prey, what will stop the dog from taking out a horse one day? Pit bulls have a very strong prey drive, but you can control it with training and affection. If you give pit bulls something to do, they would much rather be alongside you. Not out in a field ravaging deer and maybe llamas.
Neighbors and community members, please do what you can, don’t just sit in silence. We need to be their voice, along with all animals that are treated inhumanely.
I am not saying this white pit bull is abused. I am saying keep your eyes open to abuse, don’t turn your back. We are the ones who can make a difference; after all they are not given a choice. Be the change!
In recent years, green building policies have become increasingly popular, both in the Roaring Fork Valley and in towns and counties across the United States.
Our group plans to propose a green-building policy to the Basalt Town Council at the town meeting on Tuesday, April 14. We believe such a policy would promote positive change in the Basalt community. It aims to reduce the environmental impacts of buildings, improve energy efficiency, and increase the quality of life for Basalt citizens. Our proposal, the Basalt Efficient Building Policy, would adopt the green building point system requirements used by the Carbondale Efficient Building Program for all new commercial and residential buildings and remodels. The policy would also provide a reduction in the cost of building permits for buildings that exceed requirements.
Our group would like input and support from the Basalt community in this endeavor, so we invite all Basalt citizens to attend the meeting at 5:30 p.m. April 14, or contact us at basaltefficientbuilding@ gmail.com.
Chiara Del Piccolo, Aimee Wood, Rosa Saucedo and Erin Erickson
Carbondale and Basalt
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