Letters to the Editor
Columnist has vested interest in Byers Peak projectTo the Editor:Jack Bestall wrote about the benefits Byers Peak Ranch would bring to Fraser. However, he neglected to mention, and the newspaper failed to note, that he is project manager for the development.Debbie ReichertTabernash, Colo.The sorry state of rentals in Grand CountyTo the Editor:My husband and I rent here in Grand Lake, and unfortunately my story resonates with others who rent here in Grand County where the landlords live in warmer states or within the Denver area. We pay an unheard amount of money for a cabin built in the ’50s that is outdated and not up to code. The insulation is poor, windows are still the originals and the landlord has no clue about the temperatures, economy, or the people of Grand County. It seems that many landlords who live outside of the mountains have no clue nor any basic understanding or empathy when it comes to updating a rental or even the basic understanding of the weather elements and how it affects a poorly insulated home. It seems that many renters out here are frustrated as well as sick and tired of landlords who truly can’t seem to understand that finding a job is hard out here, as well as trying to keep an outdated and poorly insulated home warm when it’s minus 35 degrees for weeks at a time. It also seems that landlords outside of the county can’t seem to keep up with anything that’s related to living in the mountains or financially surviving here in the mountains in general. I think these landlords should live in their own dilapidated rentals with nighttime minus 35 temps. It’s truly a sad day in Grand County when landlords come from warm climates or economically thriving cities to rip off hard-working, struggling locals who just want to make it day-by-day enjoying the scenery and all the mountains have to offer and not have to deal with ineptitude and ignorance of landlords.Vanessa RusGrand Lake Democrats don’t know when to stop spendingTo the Editor:Republican politicians are like pigs at the trough. They spend too much and create programs that they don’t pay for. Democrats are like the ancient Roman elites and their vomitoriums. You see, at least pigs know when to stop eating. Democrats, however, will never stop spending until this country is completely and totally destroyed. In 2006, the last time Republicans held the presidency and the congress, total government spending was 2.65 trillion. Had it grown by the rate of inflation, today’s government spending would be 2.9 trillion. Actual spending is 3.8 trillion! The senate democrats have just submitted their first budget in four years. What do they want? More spending.Nancy Pelosi, when speaker of the house, demanded her own private plane so she could fly back and forth to California. The yearly tab for her family and guests was over $300,000. Barack Obama and his family cost the tax payer $1.4 billion per year. When they were private citizens they would stay at the Holiday Inn but now since they are spending our money, it’s the St. Regis in Aspen. Michelle Obama, at the beginning of her husband’s term called the White House the “People’s House.” Now, they won’t allow young kids to tour it because we slowed down the rate at which the budget grows. This is rich – this activity is “Obamaesque.” Obama is the thief-in-chief. The rest of the federal government employees are taking their lead from the top and therefore we have the most corrupt administration in the history of the world.Villiger was the Swiss President in 1995. When asked why he took the bus to work he replied that government needed to be frugal. “If the government is too rich,” he added “the population is poor. In Switzerland, we want a rich population and a poor government!” Amen brother. We all need to know the five richest counties in the U.S. are surrounding Washington D.C.Ray BudisavljevicGranby
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