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Letters – Jan. 6, 2022

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Thanks Gary!

The “retirement” of Dr. Gary Knaus, preceded by Dr. Rick Harrington, are great reminders of our debt to people who built the social infrastructure in Carbondale. 

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Rick and Gary were health care in town and built a strong practice that is now part of the Valley View health system. With the support of community members they set a standard of excellence that served two generations.

So many of the people that gave to help create a healthy and interesting place to live and play are retiring and ultimately passing on. Each one of us needs to look to their model of giving, creating, serving as we face the future. 

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Bob Schultz

Carbondale

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April elections

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I couldn’t agree more with Frosty Merriott’s letter in last week’s Sun. 

Carbondale should be investing in housing our workforce and reducing our carbon emissions, not in a fancy new swimming pool. Please vote accordingly in the April 22 elections.

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Ron Kokish

Carbondale

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Emergency ordinance

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An article in the Dec. 29 Post Independent stated that Glenwood Springs has instituted an indoor mask mandate. The article also mentioned that Carbondale was the only other Garfield County town to require masks indoors at the height of the pandemic. 

However, it quoted Mayor Dan as saying that there had not been any current discussions about a new mask ordinance, although it may come up at the Jan. 11 trustees meeting. Given the contagiousness of Omicron and the precipitous rise of cases in the valley, the Carbondale Age-Friendly Community Initiative (CAFCI) steering committee has urged the Board of Trustees to enact an emergency ordinance at a special meeting. According to the town charter, an emergency ordinance shall take effect immediately upon passage.

Judie Blanchard and Niki Delson

CAFCI 

 

A new year

It’s a new year and with it comes an avalanche of resolutions and good intentions. Making plans to improve your health, lose weight, or quit a harmful behavior is a great idea. However, if you’ve tried this before, you might notice that in time we almost always go back to the same old habits and resume or increase the problematic outcomes. This ultimately creates an enormous amount of self-loathing and shame.

So, what’s the answer? We all have something to improve. Why not try some self-compassion first. It’s hard to do something nice for someone you don’t like. First try finding the things you like about yourself. I promise there are plenty of likable qualities about you. 

Once you like yourself it’s much easier to take good care of yourself. Anne Lamott, the incredible author, talks about feeding ourselves as we would a beloved friend. Something as simple as sitting down to eat nutritious and delicious food that will nourish our bodies on an actual plate is taking care of ourselves. Going on a fad diet or starving yourself, or starting an impossible exercise regimen that could be designed for Michael Phelps, is punishment. It’s not sustainable and you will retaliate.

This year, how about making it a year of self-compassion? Treat yourself as you would someone you truly love. Take yourself out skiing or for a walk. Learn a new skill or delve into something you’ve always been curious about. Go out and help someone else. It is always rewarding to reach out and help another person.

There are countless non-profits in our community. Find one that you feel passionate about. It will make you feel great about yourself. Most importantly, get help if you need it. There are many skilled therapists in our community. AA, Alanon, and other support groups are available to you if you need them. I promise you, you are not alone. Make this the year you fall in love with yourself. You’d be surprised what a little self-love can do. 

Erika Anderson

Basalt

 

Angry orange sky
Rampaging wildfires 

Savage and insatiable 

Leave only heartbreak 

JM Jesse

Glenwood Springs

 

Dear Jimmy Crown

With perhaps the exception of the controversial Congresswoman Lauren Boebert, our current politicians are just boring blowhards; whereas, our revolutionary forefathers deeply respected a good fight. Vice President Aaron Burr fatally wounded former Secretary of Treasury Alexander Hamilton in a High Noon shootout.

Taking inspiration from the Roger Marolt (Aspen Times) and Lo Semple (Aspen Daily News) annual ski challenge: Why not a Mulcahy/Crown ski-off at the base of Aspen? We could set up bleachers and invite the whole town. 

The Little Nell could be cordoned off for a VIP section for the elites! Cheerleaders?
Would your wife Paula (Crown) bring pom-poms and go all Dallas Cowboys? 

It’ll be hilarious:

• billionaire owner of General Dynamics vs. peon;

• war profiteer vs. artist;

• big money vs. white trash;

• Chicago North Shore vs. Fort Worth, Texas;

• Gulfstream G700 Master of the SkiCo Universe vs. pick-up driving SkiCo whistleblower;

• Aspen Institute green “limousine liberal” chairman vs. evicted “don’t tread on me” NRA/Tea Party occupier;

• Stanford lawyer v. union organizing Sorbonne-attending PhD;

• Ski vs. snowboard;

• … and .01% vs. 99%.

Or, what of a moguls contest on the Aspen Highlands Scarlett’s trail, instead of all this legal stuff we’ll go through next over your hiking ban? Man to man. 

The Old Guard of Aspen would love it and it’s so in-line with our local history. But if I win, SkiCo has to stop using leased public lands to silence criticism and dissent. Full disclosure: I was freestyle aerial certified. These global protests all have the same message: Hey, 1%! Be fair. Treat us with dignity. And that’s the paradox of the public space. Everyone may kind of know something unpleasant, but once someone says it, it changes everything. Therefore, I cannot resist. What’s the title of that Dan Sheridan song banned from all of your SkiCo properties, including National Forest?

Lee Mulcahy

Basalt

 

Buddy up!

What is happening? It feels overwhelming right now and you might think, “Where do I even start?” or “Why even bother trying to make a difference?” when so many things feel completely bonkers. There aren’t enough meditation apps in the world to help us all take a collective breath. So, here’s another idea: Do something for someone else. Anything. 

You won’t BELIEVE how good it makes you feel. Our brains release endorphins when we help others. 

It’s called a “Helper’s High.” It could be something small. I have a friend who always brings a coffee to her stylist when she gets a haircut. Hold the door open for someone. Smile at someone on the bus. Bag your own groceries. 

Anything… just to start. Then, think bigger. Offer to walk your neighbor’s dog. Or work a shift at the local food bank. And then, think about how just a little of your time each week could truly make a lasting impact. I get that happiness kick every week when I spend time with my Little Buddy. She and I meet for a walk, a slice, or an adventure. No big deal. We talk about life. And I have the support of my case manager at the Buddy Program, no matter what.

I’ll leave you with this thought: there are more than 30 kids waiting for a Big Buddy in this valley. 

Take a hint from Muhammed Ali himself: service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.

Laura Seay

The Buddy Program

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