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The real Rush

Dear Editors:

Fine cartoon. But Rush (Limbaugh) is not just a hypocrite; he is also a repeat offender. This is his third trip to rehab.

– R.T. O’Hara

Somewhere near Bayfield

Upsides to developing the valley

Dear Editors:

You hear it everyday, people complaining about the development in the valley. I am personally opposed to this issue, but it got me thinking to the brighter side as well. I know that the elk live there in the winter, and I know that it’s a beautiful, peaceful thing. What isn’t so peaceful is when they jump in front of your car on the road, and not only are they hurt, but you may be hurt as well. Could the development help cause less car accidents with animals? Plus, with the many fires in California, I’m sure that a lot of people may want to move here. They have the money that our town needs, and if we’re the town I thought we were, then we’d welcome anyone. I know we are all afraid of becoming a huge city and losing our beautiful air, but in reality I don’t think it will get much bigger any time soon. Plus, sometimes we just have to live life. Live it, and come what may, because that’s what life is about. So, whatever happens with this issue, let’s just all stay calm and live.

– Dakota Jeane DiSanto


SledAlert: A vintage snowmobile gets a
good dusting of the white stuff near Lime
Creek Road./Photo by Todd Newcomer.

The flip side of mosquito control

Dear Editors:

I am a concerned citizen of this community.

The insecticide currently used by our mosquito districts is permethrin, a synthetic pyrethroid class of chemical. One concern in using permethrin is the effect that it could have on the insect population, particularly bees and parasitic wasps. Both play a large role in transferring pollen from plant to plant and as a natural control to other insects (tomato hornworms and corn borers) that can destroy plants and crops.

The healthiest option in controlling mosquitoes is to increase the biological controls (when applicable) such as the silvery minnow or “mosquitofish” (Gambusia affinis) that feed on mosquitoes. The next best option is the natural larvicide Bti (Bacillus thuringiensis isrealensis), which has minimal effects on other insects and is less toxic to humans. If we must use insecticides better outreach to the community concerning prevention, location and time of spraying, and product details is needed. The mosquito control districts have a “no spray” list that people may sign, but it is poorly publicized and often not respected. This needs to be changed.

Finally, if we are going to damage the local population of pollinators and beneficials, I would like to see a long-term plan for replenishing the insect population that is being destroyed. West Nile Virus is a concern, but by incorporating these integrated pest-management solutions we can deal with the virus and at the same time protect our personal health, lessen our dependence on toxic chemicals and increase the health of our environment.

– Michael Rendon


Environmentalism triggers fires

Dear Editors:

“What belongs in common...is accorded the least care.”—Aristotle

Why is a lot of California burning? The physical cause of course is an errant flame, in one case the work of arsonists. But the substantive cause appears to be adherence to a confusing ideology, one that results in contradictory, so-called “progressive” objectives. The first prides itself on its “green” environmental record and its erroneous need to demonize the logging industry. The second wants to supply quality-of-life affordable housing, which must push developments out near the uncleared forestlands.

When boiled down to root causes, it becomes apparent that the scale of wildfires, not only this year in California but recently experienced throughout the West, is in large part a consequence of the failure to act. Back in 1994, the National Commission on Wildfire Disasters warned that: “millions of acres of forest in the western United States pose an extreme fire hazard from the extensive build-up of dry, highly flammable forest fuels.” The commission’s chairman told Congress that year: “The message we are trying to bring to you today is that there are millions of acres of federal forest in the inland west that need immediate intervention, to prevent an environmental and economic disaster.” In nine years, nothing was done. Politics of course. Congress, under the influence of the lobbying power of a major contributor to the Democratic Party, the environmental special-interest lobby, adheres to the model provided by that lobby, called Stasis. The model basically claims that we can’t allow any policy of human action since that could only result in one that, regardless of its scientific validity, would favor the evil logging interests. That of course shuts down any forest policy that makes sense since a large portion of the west is subject to the authority of numerous federal bureaucracies and several infamous federal environmental laws.

It is a fact to those of us who monitor such things that forest policy has been smothered with unscientific bureaucracy. So much so that any action, or any act of public leadership, has become virtually impossible. The result, environmentalism has destroyed our forests in order to save them. Perhaps its time we recognize that the environmental movement is out of control, that its cure is worse than the disease.

– Kim Rogalin


News travels slowly in CB

Dear Editors:

Bring back the fashion police!!

– Josh Elmer

Crested Butte





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