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Eyesores are in the eyes of the beholder

To the Editor:

I read several letters in Friday’s paper that demanded that Grand County Government clean up Grand County. I also love this county and it’s natural beauty, and would appreciate the litter removed from the public roadways.

However, I don’t agree that Grand County should force private citizens to make changes to their own property under penalty of tax liens. Grand County does not have the right to take away private property rights, as the county proper has not passed ordinances about “acceptable” appearance, which is something many residents LOVE about Grand County. A lot of the supposedly unsightly properties actually look more like what Grand County used to look like 20-30 years ago, and I feel that they add character to our county. Why should long time residents have to change to meet the whims of the newer, wealthier citizens for a more “manicured” Grand County? Expecting homeowners to conform to certain beauty standards only held by some residents smacks of Classism.

I,for one, would rather see an old broken-down pickup, a yard full of work vehicles or some beetle-killed pines than a pretentious McMansion perched atop what used to be a lovely view, or some of our loveliest meadows filled with row upon row of housing. Also, if the US Forest Service isn’t required to cut down the beetle-killed pine from the National Forest, why should a private landowner be required to? There are communities in Colorado where status and appearance are the only things that matter. Let’s not try to make down-to-earth Grand County more of the same.

Rosalie Rust

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