Thank you Chris Botz

Dear Editor,

Chris Botz has officially retired from our Crestone Baca Ambulance Service. He put in years and many hours going over, above, and beyond expectations.

Thank you my friend, for sharing the road and your knowledge with me.

May your future be bright and beyond your dreams.

Cindy Hefty EMT

Thanks for the help

Dear Friends,

At this difficult time, after having lost a son, I would like to thank all of the outpouring of love, emotional support, food and donations we have received for our family. We are very humbled and wish to sincerely thank all of you who have helped and are still helping us through this—the most crushing experience of our lives.

With gratitude,

Allyson Ransom and Family

Alligator in the kettle

Dear Editor,

The heating element in my hot water kettle used to be a gleaming stainless steel. But now it has a black coating and the kettle is black. It changed after some well meaning individuals projected their beliefs onto Ortho-Polyphosphate in the Baca water. OPP which has no demonstrated negative health effects was in the water to inhibit copper leaching which does have negative health effects. They prevailed and OPP was banished  from the water. The substitute is soda ash in the water which is now smelly, funny tasting, and deposits black scaly material on the heating element of your hot water tank!

Seems there is always somebody to complain about anything instead of looking deeper at  truth and unintended consequences. But now since spring has finally arrived, we can get out, plant good seeds in the garden, and pull out unintended weeds by their roots. First however, water is on the boil and time for tea. Which reminds me of the age-old wisdom of Pogo who said, ”if the skeeters don’t get ya, the gators will”. My conclusion: Baca Crestone is a very interesting community with black kettles and hot water tanks.

Vince Palermo

All the best

Dear Crestonites,

John and I have sold our home on Panorama Way, a bittersweet moment.

We came to Crestone for the first time in 1988 on a retreat after our Colorado College son told us about the beauty of the San Luis Valley.

We’ve owned our lovely, comfortable home in the Baca since 1998, thanks to builders Richard and Elinor Laurie. In addition to Richard and Elinor, we are very grateful to so many Crestonites for their friendship and support over the years.

First and foremost, we will always be appreciative of our life-giving connection with the monks at the Spiritual Life Institute and the Episcopal community at Little Shepherd.

We owe more thanks to Marcia Heusted, Martin Macaulay, Carol and David Crawford, Lee Temple, Carol d’Antoni, Darlene Yarbrough, Whitney Strong, Mark Jacobi, Josh Wilfong, Matt Potter Jr., Chris Canaly, Michael Wasserman, Christine Dupre, Matie Belle Lakish, Loretta Covert, Don and Pat Tullos, Findley West, Kai Beetch, and the excellent librarians at the Crestone Library who have provided us with wonderful resources and good conversation.

As the Irish like to say—All the best,

Helen & John Molanphy

Santa Fe, NM

Writing your own obituary fan

Dear Editor,

I thought I would like to write today to Ammi Kohn after connecting with his Aging as an Art column in the May issue of The Crestone Eagle about writing your own obituary.

It was just so curious to me that it corresponded beautifully to my own experience of having just composed my own obituary, days prior to receiving the paper. I am not sick nor dying (as far as I know, anyway). It was just a random exercise, an inspiration that occurred to me that day.

I look forward to the obituaries but not out of some fear, mortality, or morbid perversity. I think I stand in awe of all these “short stories” of people who truly came into their own. It’s humbling to wonder if I ever will. Only 61, so there’s still time to kick-start it into gear and reach some pinnacle of accolade I suppose! But I rather suspect my nature is to fade rather than to flame.

I am pleased by people’s names sometimes. The quirky ones. Some elegant and some must have been a challenge and I wonder had it been mine would I have changed it? I look at the photo and match it to their chronology. An image selected, someone else’s choice of the decedent’s prime. Would it be the one they would have chosen? What snapshot in time will someone choose for me?

For those who passed before their prime, there is great reverence and I hold that thought close for a moment and say a blessing. For those who led remarkable lives I am just amazed at all they accomplished and the changes they brought about and the impact they had! And sometimes, I meet someone here and—obviously under different circumstances—think maybe we’d been friends.

So, that is my letter now to Anni Kohn. A moment shared.

Gretchen Renata

Who needs libraries anymore?

Dear Editor,

Public libraries are dead, right? I mean seriously, we have the all-powerful Google machine in our pocket. What more do we need? All we have to do is ask Siri to find us a Wikipedia article and instantly there is everything there is to know about the 1965 Norwegian Parliamentary Election. Spoiler alert, the Labour Party takes it again! In all seriousness, why do we need libraries in the age of the internet and what purpose do they serve?

Public libraries ensure equality. They offer access to resources that some people simply can’t afford, and in modern libraries those resources are much more than books and an internet connection. Modern libraries offer DIY spaces where patrons can gather to create, invent and learn. Tools, software and hardware that aren’t practical or affordable for most individuals to own can be made available for free. Telecomm spaces can be made available so citizens all over the country and of low socioeconomic status can coordinate and advocate for causes that are important to them. Outdoor equipment can be checked out so everyone can enjoy Nature’s beauty and experts can be brought to offer free courses to the community.

Libraries can transform communities. They can engage residents around their shared aspirations for their community, help drive projects that are addressing challenges in the community, help build a sense of civic pride, and create more trust and stronger relationships among community members. If you ask me, these are things all communities could use, especially ours. If you have never been to the library in your area, take some time to visit, and if you have the means, please consider investing in your community and supporting the Baca Grande Library. All the things I mentioned above could very much be a reality here.

—Michael Pacheco

Take back your power

Dear Editor,

Kudos to all the people involved in showing the revelatory documentary about the so-called smart meters, “Take Back Your Power,” coming to our local electric meters soon.

Copies of the movie are at the library and it would be good if all of us saw it to get informed; these meters are extremely health-hazardous, no matter what the power companies say, as well as a serious infringement of our constitutional rights. We must be able to choose Yay or Nay, but this is apparently being denied us.

Stay tuned for meeting updates and please show up if you care about your personal health and our collective democracy.

Yours for the Evolution,

Paki Wright

Wishing all fathers a very Happy Father’s Day!