Spay & neuter cheers
Dear Editor,
A tip of my floppy hat to Jessica Brewer. I thank her for organizing the Crestone/Moffat low cost spay and neuter clinic taking place on December 15 and 16 at the POA hall. Every year millions of dogs and cats are euthanized in “shelters” or die agonizing deaths on the streets where they are dumped. No true dog or cat lover will breed or buy while homeless pets die.
Tom McMurray

EMS thank you
Dear Editor,
I would like to give a special thanks for the care given to me on Aug. 27 by Chris Botz and Ben Brack in the ambulance, and to Jim Vanderpool for the safe transportation to Salida Hospital.
I appreciate each of you for your very special concerns.
Thanks so much and God Bless.
Annie Wyatt

Thanks to all
Dear Editor,
Although I realize I have used more than my share of this space over the last year, I am hoping you will allow me these words of thanks. It is with great humility and gratitude that I thank all those in our community who supported me in my campaign for Saguache County Commissioner. Thanks to everyone who donated their time, energy and money, as well as those who gave their support through encouraging words, constructive feedback, great ideas, and a warm embrace. Over the last year I have come to realize that politics is a lot like a rugby game, everyone plays hard, everyone gets a few bruises, and we all sing songs and drink beer afterwards. With this in mind I offer my thanks to Matie Belle Lakish, Joe Cisneros, and Lisa Cyriacks. All three played hard and did so with honor and respect.
The Crestone Eagle holds people to a 300-word limit on these letters. I could use them all just naming those I want to thank. However, there is one in particular I need to acknowledge. I am not sure what I did to deserve my wife Angela, but this would not have happened without her. Through her blood I grasp the legacy of our land, and together with her I have formed my commitment to the future. From working for voter registration, to long days going door-to-door throughout this county, Angela Anderson has been my greatest asset. I don’t know what the future holds for our county, and I cannot guess all the challenges we face, but for myself and my family we have chosen to work for our people and our land here beside the mountains I fell in love with over twenty years ago. My greatest hope now is that I can serve to the best of my abilities, and others in our community will be inspired to join me in shaping our future. Please continue to share your views with me; I plan on being easy to find.
Yours in service,
Jason Anderson

From one parent
to others
Dear readers,
As a parent who recently experienced the death of a son, I want to share with other parents the words and insights of Gibran from The Prophet. May this bring comfort and awareness to all parents, particularly those who also have experienced the death of a child:
“And a woman who held a babe against her bosom said, ‘Speak to us of Children.’ And he said,
‘Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They come through you but not from you, And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.
‘You may give them your love but not your thoughts, For they have their own thoughts. You may house their bodies but not their souls, For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
‘You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you. For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
‘You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth. The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far. Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness; For even as He loves the arrow that flies, so He loves also the bow that is stable.’ ”
Ken Nelson

Animal violation
Dear Editor,
Recently we had an upsetting situation at the stables. A couple came to the stables and requested horse hair for pottery. They were told by one of the owners that there was no horse hair collection place but they could look in the stables area used for grooming to see if any was on the ground. As the horse owner was getting ready to leave she observed the couple leaving with hair in their hands and was surprised they had been able to collect that much from the ground. It never occurred to her that they would have gotten it any other way. Unfortunately she was wrong.
The hair had been chopped off horses. Over the next couple of days places were found where hair had been cut from manes and tails.
All of us are outraged that anyone would do such a thing to violate the owner’s feelings and our much loved equine friends’ bodies. Horses’ manes provide warmth, insect protection and channel rain and snow off their neck. It can take years for the manes to grow out. The horses are privately owned, not public property.
We cannot believe someone feels it is ok to defile someone else’s pet or property. Would these same people feel it was ok to cut the hair off their pet, cut limbs off the trees in their yard, or otherwise alter or deface their loved ones or property?
We feel this invasive and unfeeling selfish act should be made public. If anyone sees horse hair pottery for sale at the Winterfest or anywhere locally, please let us know so we may contact the makers and discuss in person the situation. We have already contacted some potters in the area and will make contact with retail stores. Our desire is to express our feeling about our horses and to also work with potters. If there is a need for hair, we can put in place a collection system to allow this ancient technique to continue while honoring the sanctity of our equine companions and our relationship with them.
Thanks so much,
Joanna Dokson & owners &
companions of horses
at Baca Grande Stables

Eagle ads really work!
Dear Editor,
When it comes to advertising, I’ve really gone back and forth on the topic, thinking that maybe it wasn’t much of a value-add to my business. However, someone saw my ad in your August issue of The Crestone Eagle, and has since hired me to do a significant amount of work for him, based solely on seeing that advertisement. I want to thank you and the crew so much for putting together such a great paper, so as to generate lots of readers and lots more people who see our ads!
Eternally grateful,
Lori Nagel
www.sunflowerstudios.us.com

Winter Plumage
a great success
Dear Editor,
The CrestoneTribal Bellydance Project offers its sincere gratitude to the community for its overwhelming support & encouragement in the production of our show, Winter Plumage.
We raised over $3,000 for Crestone Creative Council and Neighbors Helping Neighbors. We are blessed to have a generous and receptive audience, and we deeply thank all dancers, families, friends, donors, and the incredible team of volunteers, stage hands, backstage angels, set-makers, extras and participants in this successful weekend.
Katie Getchell