Posts Categorized: Opinion

What did YOU eat today?

Let me guess: much of it was already prepared in factory kitchens hundreds of miles away and the main ingredients were corn or soy products (or both). Am I right? According to the USDA, 93% of corn, 94% of soybeans and 95% of cotton contain patented genetically engineered genes as well as 95% of sugar beets and canola according to industry reports. In addition, varieties of genetically engineered papayas, zucchini, yellow crookneck squash, alfalfa and sweet corn have been approved [...]

Op-Ed: Salidan’s Water and Sewer Fees Used to Develop Vandaveer

The City Council broke their promise when they said that the NRCDC board would consist of a majority of Salida citizens. Councilmen Yerkey and Baker sit on the NRCDC board, potentially benefiting from any diversion of city funds to the NRCDC.

Time to get out of your comfort zone

Only 3 days remain to vote and the future of Salida is at hand. Maybe you’ve been sitting on the sidelines, “tuning out” all the newspaper letters, the yard signs and advertisements. Just taking care of day to day matters. Well, it will all come to pass in just 4 days, whether you get in the game or not.  This is a mail in election and you need to act NOW.

The stakes are high and turnout has been curiously low [...]

An opinion piece from Chuck Rose

I would like to make the observation that I hear two distinct descriptions of the City of Salida. One description is very positive, the other description can only be described as completely gloom and doom. I will suggest that reality lies somewhere in between.

Dude, this whole town is high!

With the recent announcement that Attorney General Holder won’t try and block the Colorado and Washington laws legalizing recreational marijuana, we’d be in the market to sell a lot of shirts dude!

Mongols loved Salida

I love a good outlaw motorcycle gang as much as the next guy, especially when they are roaming the streets of Salida with big knives—and big smiles. The Mongols Motorcycle Club, sometimes called the Mongol Nation or Mongol Brotherhood, is an outlaw motorcycle club and alleged organized crime syndicate who recently visited Salida and had a darn good time at their “family reunion.” Being a family man, I went to meet some of my biking brothers.

Guns. On sale now at a gun store near you.

According to a recent poll by Fairleigh Dickenson University, 29% of Americans think that “an armed revolution in order to protect liberties might be necessary in the next few years.” Another 5% are unsure.

Hide your kids, hide your

Salida Voters, Please Say ‘NO’ on May 7

The longer a “good person” serves on the same government board, the stronger their tendency to lose touch with the voters. This leads to self-serving and bureaucracy-serving agendas — as we have now clearly seen demonstrated in the current board’s selection of ballot language….

Hospital Board Term Limits election 2 weeks away. Startling facts and an easy way to vote, IF you act now.

Vote Smart – Vote Now

The mail-in ballot application deadline looms in 8 days – less than 50 voters had applied last week out of 18,000 people who live in the Hospital District.  Yet how many will find the time to vote in person on Tuesday May 7th?  This may not seem to matter as much as county, state or federal elections, but stands to set a huge precedent making accountable governance harder for years to come.

Some facts that may [...]

Assault weapons poster art and free speech

I am appreciative for artists who help to raise this kind of dialogue, and as a long time friend, I will defend Jimmy as one of the most passionate peace promoters I know. But, as a parent, the two most important people in my life walk in those doors every morning.

Thankful to be living in Salida

Quality of life is in the eye of the beholder. From a second floor window near First and F, with a view to S Mountain, things are looking good to me.

The sky is deep blue with a trace of snow on the hills and Monarch got 6” last night. Downtown where I live, it’s quiet as people enjoy family and a special meal. There’s a lot to be thankful for, not the least of which is waking up every day [...]

Defending news media after Newtown tragedy

The closest I’ve been to this kind of heartbreak was while working at the Rocky Mountain News at the time of the 1999 massacre at Columbine High School in Littleton. Watching the pained faces of the people in Newtown, that time feels raw again.