I just want to call and commend you on the Crossing the Line series. Like the ranching articles last year, the stories about immigration in Northwest Colorado are very interesting and well-written. I have heard people complaining about the stories, because the illegal immigrants who are breaking the law. But I think it's the newspaper's job to tell the stories. If the newspaper doesn't report it, that doesn't mean it isn't happening. I think you're doing a good job.
I just found out what the settlement for the Westland Mobile Home Park is, and frankly, I think it is ludicrous. Those people can't buy a house with that kind of payment. They've worked hard to have a home there. If they are going to do something they should divide the land up and sell it for the homeowners.
What about yuppies?
I just want to sound off about all these people up in arms about the smoking issue. My concern is the yuppies who cry and complain about secondhand smoke but drive around in these big gas-guzzling SUVs with smoke billowing out the sides that I have to suck down. If you really want to clean the environment then you need to cut back on these huge, status-symbol vehicles. They will hurt you a lot worse than someone blowing smoke in your face.
Get your checkbooks
I liked the story about Chuck Porter and Chris Diamond complaining about the condition of Mount Werner Road. First, I hate to say it, but you would never see something like that in Vail or Aspen. Second, have you seen the median on U.S. Highway 40 by the Mount Werner exit? That's a great welcome to town. Third, uhhh guys, Mount Werner Road leads to your ski area, golf course and hotels. If you don't like it, get out the checkbooks and do something about it.
Bring down the Harbor
Here is my two cents on the Harbor Hotel. A historic hotel it is and saving it may be worth it.
However, if we kept all these old, junk houses around then there really would be an eyesore. If the Harbor holds no value as far as money, worth or usability then it should be removed. Just because someone famous slept there or it's a thousand years old is no real reason to keep it.
I think it should be removed and something else put in its place. The word is called progress, and even little cowtowns like this have to deal with it. The new buildings can be just as much of an eyesore, but in reality are probably safer to occupy and are up to modern codes. The Harbor did its job. Time to bring it down.