(a friend who reads the Eagle for AINC, Audio Information Network of CO which records readings from newspapers all over CO and plays on the radio for blind subscribers, sent in this note)

Hi there,

I just want you to know that I know to watch for the spoof article in every April issue of the Eagle.  Of course I know—I look forward to them!  But today, I am on the radio reading the Eagle and the story about Gas and Glide, and was totally buying the whole thing until I got to the end, where I just stopped short, silence on the air, and then loud guffawing.  You guys are terrible . . .


Mary Ann Schaefer

Boulder, CO


Gas & read?

To the Editor:

I lived in Crestone for a few years while writing a book to be published this December by the State University of New York Press (SUNY Press). As an historian, I have always loved and needed libraries and appreciated the one in Crestone although I often wished it were bigger and better funded.

This April I returned to Crestone for a retreat at the Nada Herimtage and read The Crestone Eagle for April, including the “Gas and Glide” idea for the former Curt’s Country Store as well as a letter to the editor from the library board.

I vote for a “Gas and Read” solution for the now empty space downtown. The country store space would provide centrality, room for stacks (literally) of books, an expanded community computer room, and a conference room for the public now that the library is a public library.

Crestone has a fabulous Charter School building for its youth. So how about a fabulous public library facility for everyone?


Ellen Lawson

Loveland, CO


Livin’ Da’ Dream in Crestone

Dear Editor,

Why is it that complaints come easier than gratitude?  After all, taking a moment to recognize our bounty just feels so good while complaining only reifies a negative mind which is never a good feeling.  So, I’ve decided to take such a moment and express gratitude to Steve McDowell and Elaine Johnson and Davin Rude who have made living our lives here in Crestone sooooooo much easier.

Remember before we had the Mercantile?  a Launder-mat?  the Hardware Store/Lumber yard?  no Mechanic/Auto Body work?  Planning a 120 mile RT could be unwieldy not to mention expensive.  Now, it’s no longer a serious bummer if you forget to pick up an item at the store or your car breaks down.

Not only have they provided us these basic services, but their efforts to keep prices competitive and upgrade the services, bring in more organic goods, and now fresh coffee beans, and new food items . . .  Want something they don’t carry? They’ll try to get it . . . and we have a real butcher for goodness sake!  Crestone is getting down right cosmopolitan!

Davin Rude just repaired some auto body damage to my car and no one could have done it better.  He’s an approved mechanic/body worker for many insurance companies.

It sure is easier and nicer living so remotely now.  Not only are there basic services as mentioned above, we also have wonderful cafes to choose from (an many thanks to Jim and Michelle for sprucing up Shambhala—it’s just lovely).

Buying locally is not just about food—it’s also about local services as well.  Let’s support all local businesses whenever we can . . . so we can all Live Da Dream in comfort and mutual support.

Claudia B. Wolfe


Library Bake Sale

Dear Editor,

Our heartfelt thanks goes out to all who helped make the Friends of the Library Bake Sale a huge success. Special thanks to those who baked and donated wonderful yummies, to those who shared their time selling the baked goods, to those who helped organize the event, and very special thanks to our wonderful community for their support. Thank You, Thank You.

The Friends of the Library Community


Dormancy fee?

Dear Editor,

As most of us in the northern valley, I supported the creation of our credit union more than a dozen years ago. To me, it stood for community, using all our money together to help our neighbors and friends.

Unfortunately, there seemed to be a lack of oversight and it was sold to a big city credit union, Aventa. I toyed with the idea that I would withdraw my money, but figured it would still support local folks, so why not give them a chance?

Last week, I received a statement showing that Aventa had removed $15 from my long-term savings account, calling it a “dormancy fee.” When I asked what it meant, they said there was no activity for a year. I pointed out there had been no activity for ten years; I had left my money in their hands for community good. Most financial institutions try to entice their clients to keep their money deposited for long periods of time, such as in CDs.

I told the employees that you can’t mistreat your customers in a small town by making up new ways to take our money. Convinced that Aventa is just another big city bank, I withdrew my money and closed the account. They wanted action, they got action. I predict that this credit union will not last unless they change their policies. They are certainly not too big to fail.

Daniel S. Johnson


Insane taxation level

Dear Editor,

I find myself in the bizarre situation of being billed by Saguache County for over 10% of the purchase price of my vacant lot in taxes, per year. This is an unbelievable and unsustainable tax rate for me. I had intended to retire part time to the Baca but now I am at the point of abandoning my property here.

On my recent county tax assessment, there is listed an “assessed value”, then an “actual value” that is over 4 times the “assessed value”. I have never heard of such a thing. By what criteria is the “actual value” determined and why am I taxed on this totally bogus value?

I feel that by purchasing property in the Baca I have become victim of a state operated tax fraud. Is there any relief in sight for those of us caught in this tax trap? In the absence of anyone who will purchase our property at any price, is abandonment the only option?

John Powers


Why prayers & wishes don’t establish a lasting peace in the world

Dear Editor,

It is a safe assumption that ever since humans started experiencing the horrors of warfare, they also started to wish to live in peace that would not end with a war again. Humans in great numbers have been wishing, praying, meditating for peace since time immemorial, but, so far, with no lasting results. Why should this be so?

The answer might be that the very reason that wars always come back is precisely because we do want to live in peace!–we don’t experience a lasting peace, because our ideas of what peace should be differ from each other so greatly, that we go to war to settle our differences again and over again.

A lasting world peace is possible, of course—it is within human capabilities to effect this—but since our ideas of what such a peace should look like are so diverse, we have to learn how to resolve our differences peacefully, instead of ultimately choosing war every time we feel the desire for peace.

All of us who pray, meditate, wish, and etc., for a lasting peace in the world have to get together one way or another, and come up with one unified design of a world we would like to live in. A design in which it would be possible to see how we all are to live together in one world in as small detail as possible. Differences that normally would get resolved in real life with often damaging results would be resolved harmlessly in a model during the process of hammering out of a design in which all of us would find an optimal place in.

Thank you,

Jan Hearthstone,