Thanks for response
Dear Editor,
I want to thank the emergency team that responded to our call on the morning of June 20 in very quick timing. I deeply appreciate their loving  concern, kindness and speed. I feel more secure to know that we have such excellent care in Crestone.
Peace and Love,
Sophia Tiers

Successful event benefits Food Bank
Dear Editor,
Many thanks to all those who made the 50’s sock hop at the Buddha on June 8, a great success.
Neighbors Helping Neighbors organized this event to benefit the Crestone Food Bank and, as always, our community responded generously with food and cash donations. These contributions will be gratefully received by your friends and neighbors.
Special thanks to Joany and Lynda of NHN, to Tom for the music, and to all the dancers who rocked the night away for the food bank.
Denise Peine

Infinite gratitude
Dear Editor,
A deep bow of gratitude to my beloved Crestone community for holding space for me as I healed from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma over the past seven months.
We’ll never know what combination of things brought about a totally normal CT scan after refusing chemo and radiation.
Was it the raw green smoothies made with produce from the Elephant Cloud or the acupuncture from Catherine Alelyunas? Was it the Essiac tea from Natural Heritage or the Reiki and flower essences from Myan Sorensen? Was it the hugs & prayers of my Carmelite friends or the loving presence and mindful practice of my friends at the Crestone Mountain Zen Center?
Was it the vegan diet and medicinal mushrooms or the bodywork from David Hillman and Sue Beck? Was it time spent in these sacred Sangres, or the love and support of Mike Sullivan?  Was it the organic bone broth from Bob Clarke or the wheatgrass shots from Cho ku rei farms?  Was it the vitamin C infusions from Neighbors Helping Neighbors, or the supplements from Christine Dupre? Was it time in Nate Scarrett’s Matrix Inter-dimensional light chamber, or was it the Ormus from Don Gifford and Scott Stevens? Was it the prayer circle with my closest friends or the anonymous gifts and poems left on my doorstep?  Was it the visualizations & affirmations or was it that one dose of chemo (out of a recommended eight)?
We will never know; and that’s ok. Illness is a mystery and so is healing.
“Spontaneous remission” of HL is extremely rare, perhaps as rare as life lived amongst so many loving and generous people.  Thank you for being part of my journey.  I am infinitely grateful to you all.
It takes a village to heal.
Cheryl Waschenko

HELM article correction
Dear Editor,
In our great enthusiasm for the support we’ve received from the Rocky Mountain Prevention Center through their valley-wide grant to schools, we need to correct a couple of inaccuracies in last month’s article on HELM activities. The CCS PE program was not ranked “tops in the Valley”.  There is no ranking for Sparks PE program participants, and we are grateful to simply be an eligible partner in this valley-wide effort at improving health and physical fitness amongst public school cohorts. CCS has received more than $9000 worth of PE equipment as part of our participation in the SPARKS PE program. Finally, we’d like to thank our PE consultant, John Naranjo, and our AIM facilitator, Maeve O’Donnell, for their generous, professional efforts in supporting CCS staff in all components of the HELM process.
Kathryn Brady,
CCS Director

Go figure
Dear Editor,
As I counter Sophia Tiers’ Romney fearmongering it’s been 4 years since I addressed the Eagle’s multi-point Projections of the perfection to expect from the non-experienced half-term senator from the most politically corrupt city outside Saguache! Now Sophia offers her multi-point Projections of the evils to come by not re-electing the proven incompetent already in place.
1)    If Sophia must go back 50 years to find fault with Romney’s character then what of Obama’s more recent personal faults—from eating dogs to indulging in drugs that would still ruin the prospects and futures of those not so lucky with the 11th commandment as himself?
2)    If Romney’s reluctance to subsidize interest rates to levels still lower than those I had after my matriculation then if buying votes with Other People’s Money actually works then college might be teaching the wrong things anyway.
3)    Not being satisfied with merely a half century of revisionism to make Romney look bad, Sophia goes back 80 years to make Barry look good-except that the “very low taxes” of the “1%” pays more than 90% of the taxes of everybody else—or maybe Sophia “thinks” it’d be more “fair” if they paid 99%?
4)    The U.S. is not a democracy, it’s a Republic—and in Barry’s 1st 2 years both houses of congress were dominated by democrats and today the senate and White House still is.
Indeed the only talking point Sophia seemed to miss was Blaming Bush—except that Barry is still doing that! Yet in Obama’s term to date he has quadrupled Bush’s “record deficits”, raised the public debt accordingly while increasing the unemployment rate. Meanwhile Staples currently has over 51,000 taxpaying employees while Barry spent $500,000,000 taxpayer dollars for Solyndra’s 11 temporary positions!
Bread & Circuses.
Jeffrey H. Miller
Saguache, Colorado

‘Solar Village’: What is missing in this picture?
Dear Editor,
The following has been written as a reaction to an article by Gussie Fauntleroy, “Pushing against the tide—Hanne & Maurice Strong at Earth Summit 2012” (More at www.ModelEarth.Org/solar.html as “letters” are limited to only 300 words).
If the “solar village” (mentioned in the article) is meant to present a picture of how people should live in the, presumably, sustainable future, then the “picture” is incomplete. It would then imply that in the sustainable future we all live in solar villages, in “self-sustaining housing”, grow our own food. But it wouldn’t say how the solar panels and all the things that those solar panels are supposed to power (what would those things, indeed, be?) are to be manufactured and maintained. It is obvious that all these could not be made in the village smithy! For all this a huge industrial complex would be needed, run by many people (unless sustainably made and sustainably maintained robots would be used) that by its hugeness and complexity would very unlikely be sustainable ecologically, nor socially, if run by people. If this industrial complex would be run by people—would all those be also living in solar villages? Would they also grow their own food? What would a sustainable health care look like? Would the economy, governance also be provably sustainable? Could those, indeed, be proven to be sustainable ever? By what means? How would all other, non-human species be accommodated? . . . All of this would have to be plainly, credibly shown in the “picture”.
Thank you,
Mr. Jan Hearthstone

Cheers for Digisub
Dear Editor,
I just renewed my digital subscription (the digisub, you call it) to The Crestone Eagle after my first delightful year.
My home is in the Baca but for the past two years I’ve worked in Liberia, West Africa.  I love being able to find out what’s going on at home, and so promptly.  I get the digisub through the internet sometimes even before the print Eagle appears in the stores.
I like the “Find” feature.  If I have a question about something I read about in the Eagle, or information about an Eagle advertiser, I do a Find and presto, I’ve got the information in front of me.  I don’t have to search page by page, or call anyone up.  If I’m curious about a reference to a website in a story, I can click on that URL (whether in an ad or in a story), and my browser goes straight there.  If a story jumps to another page, I click on the “continued on . . .” line, and the digisub takes me to the continuation.
The photos look clear & rich on my computer, even better than in the print version.  And, I can keep the old issues on my computer, rather than cluttering up my home.
I am a digisub devotee and intend to continue with it even when I return to the States.
But can I still get some of those old-style paper newspapers for firestarter?
All peace,
Tilly Reed

President supports same sex marriage
Dear friend,
Today, I was asked a direct question and gave a direct answer:
I believe that same-sex couples should be allowed to marry.
I hope you’ll take a moment to watch the conversation, consider it, and weigh in yourself on behalf of marriage equality:
I’ve always believed that gay and lesbian Americans should be treated fairly and equally. I was reluctant to use the term marriage because of the very powerful traditions it evokes. And I thought civil union laws that conferred legal rights upon gay and lesbian couples were a solution.
But over the course of several years I’ve talked to friends and family about this. I’ve thought about members of my staff in long-term, committed, same-sex relationships who are raising kids together. Through our efforts to end the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, I’ve gotten to know some of the gay and lesbian troops who are serving our country with honor and distinction.
What I’ve come to realize is that for loving, same-sex couples, the denial of marriage equality means that, in their eyes and the eyes of their children, they are still considered less than full citizens.
Even at my own dinner table, when I look at Sasha and Malia, who have friends whose parents are same-sex couples, I know it wouldn’t dawn on them that their friends’ parents should be treated differently.
So I decided it was time to affirm my personal belief that same-sex couples should be allowed to marry.
I respect the beliefs of others, and the right of religious institutions to act in accordance with their own doctrines. But I believe that in the eyes of the law, all Americans should be treated equally. And where states enact same-sex marriage, no federal act should invalidate them.
Thank you,
Barack Obama

Education & the economy
Dear Editor,
The same people who beat the drum for “less government” would probably be delighted to hire workers who’ve been educated at government expense, but a lot of college grads never find work in their major field of study.  Still, we need well-rounded educations if we’re to size up the issus of the day and vote intelligently.  Music education, for example, has been shown to improve overall academic ability, and a person with some background in history and economics is less likely to be taken in by the lies being spouted by politicians.
Educating an elite class of private sector workers, however, isn’t likely to do much for the overall well-being.  More likely, those elite incomes will tend to drive up the price of basic goods and hurt the workers on the low end of the scale.  History shows that when too many farmers switch to a highly profitable crop like tobacco, wheat become scarece and expensive, and a technocratic elite has a similar effect.  To help the largest number of people, we need to raise the incomes of those with less skills and low wages.  We need to put human dignity above efficiency, and we need crash programs to provide nutrition and education to poverty pockets, looking for long-term results.
For a good overview of the wreckage caused by the rush for quick profits, I reccomend the book, “1942, Uncovering the New World Columbus Created” by Charles C. Mann.
—Slim Wolfe