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Accountability needed with outages


Our community depends upon reliable internet services even more than usual in these trying times.

Classes at Western, and in our public schools, cannot be held without it.

Local businesses struggling to stay afloat need it. Our city and county governments, and our court system requires reliable internet access.

Yet we have had a series of serious and protracted outages. Yet we have little or no information about how these outages are occurring and who is responsible. The principle of accountability requires that we know whose actions lead to these outages, so that they can be held accountable by the public. “Someone in Bailey cut the cable again” is not good enough. Nor is speculation. Is Rudy Giuliani somehow responsible?

We count on our local news media to investigate, and present us with reliable and factual information about the causes of, and responsibility for, these events.

Luke Danielson


Enough is enough with CenturyLink


I protest the loss of phone service, internet and last Thursday’s crashing of cell service. My call to CenturyLink initiated this response. Besides denying any equipment failures, they denied responsibility for the cell phone failure.

I have experienced three such failures in as many weeks. I accuse them of equipment negligence and breach of contract as an attempt to restore service.

I would strongly suggest to Gunnison Valley residents that they call CenturyLink to demand a pro-rated refund for the ties their apparatus and service failed. We already have enough struggles to tolerate their failures.

What about the businesses losing their credit card processors and ability to order online? Your loss of service and subsequent consequences must be highly frustrating.

When trying to contact our hospital and the senior care center, I was told by a taped message that the phone number was disconnected or that I mis-dialed.

Enough is enough. The attention to repairs, explanations and effective service have been abandoned. Yet, their profits and increased rates continue.

Get that refund, folks!

Robert Helbig


Give light to someone else


It’s hardly a secret that this holiday season will be a very hard one for so many, probably all, of us: we are stressed, we are sick, we are lonely, and many are out of work The Resiliency Project suggests that we “Give Light” as a way to express hope and support.

Shall we light up our communities this season? We can help. For $2 we’ll provide to you the bag, tea light and sand for 10 “luminarias,” to be picked up on Dec. 3 in Crested Butte (from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the 4-Way) and Dec. 4 in Gunnison (from 5-7 p.m. at the I.O.O.F. Park). Burn one, and “give light” to someone else. Buy in bulk for your neighbors, colleagues, volunteers, congregation. Orders must be placed by Friday (yes: tomorrow) at gbaylor@gunnisonco. gov.

Maryo Ewell

Resiliency Project

Thank you for protecting Western Colorado water


The Colorado River District is humbled and grateful for the support voters in our 15 counties showed for protecting Western Colorado water. Measure 7A passed with a district-wide 72% approval. That so many of you agreed with our mission and aspirations went beyond our most hopedfor expectations. We offer our thanks and a pledge to use the money wisely and with great effect in our ongoing efforts to protect West Slope water.

Western Colorado water has been much sought after to the east and the west since our founding at the beginning of the last century. The story has not changed, but the urgency to protect the Colorado River system is magnified with population growth in Colorado and the Southwest, higher temperatures and the never-ending quest for water supply. Western Colorado cannot become the sacrifice zone for the benefit of others.

We will now have the resources to bolster the basic protections for the Colorado River system that we’ve always maintained, with the added financial muscle to help our constituents with projects throughout the District and in all areas of water use, including clean reliable drinking water, water for food production and water that supports the environment and our recreation economy.

Water in the arid west is a conservative issue; it’s a progressive issue. It’s an irrigator’s issue, and it’s a boater’s issue. If you brush your teeth, it’s an issue. It’s everybody’s issue, even though it’s so easy to take water for granted. We take seriously the trust our constituents have vested in us to be the watchdog of our precious resource.

It takes financial resources, talent and skill to protect the water resources that make Western Colorado the beautiful, vital region we know it to be today. Other people want that resource. We say they will have a big fight to get it, today, tomorrow and into the future. Thank you for supporting ballot question 7A.

Andy Mueller

General Manager

Colorado River District

In the outage a pandemic lesson


I feel pretty confident saying that the total telecommunications outage last Thursday was a great inconvenience to most everyone in Gunnison Valley. However, I would like to commend a great many valley residents on their demeanor during that time. I work in a customer service capacity at a local business, and I would guess that I interacted with well over 100 people on Thursday. Pretty much everyone was still kind to those around them and acknowledged the fact that the person they were talking to was neither the source of the problem nor could do anything about it. Folks just seemed to take the attitude of, “Yep, this sucks, but we’re all in the same boat, and we’ve just got to do the best we can.” My thanks to all who acted with that high level of maturity.

That said, I would ask folks to keep last Thursday’s telecom outage in mind as we go further into both winter and the pandemic. Last Thursday reminded us quite plainly that our individual actions can have great impact on others. One person’s mistake somewhere outside Gunnison Valley caused major inconvenience in the valley. However, the day could have been so much worse if locals had taken to blaming the person they happened to see on the street or in a local business for their woes.

No one of us caused this pandemic to occur or even knowingly brought it here, but we all have to deal with its effects, and we have to deal with them as a single society. Getting angry or blaming others doesn’t fix it in any way, but it can make other people’s days get measurably worse. If we could all consistently replay Thursday’s attitude of “Yep, this sucks, but we’re all in the same boat, and we’ve just got to do the best we can”, we could stay healthier and less restricted through the winter. I think most everyone could agree that is a worthy goal.

Bryan Smith


Negative press for president


To my friends out there, Molon Labe, from The People. Post Nov. 3, multi-millionaire Caryn Elaine Johnson, yelled at you flyover Trump supporters, to “Suck it up! Suck it up, like we did!!” This on national TV, no less. She and Ms. Griffin, both so-called comedians, are, indeed, so refreshing to listen to.

She cultishly shouts this after over four years of Democraticled impeachment hearings and expensive taxpayer-funded “investigations” into everything Trump. Along with the relentless media harassment, fomenting a 93% negative coverage of this president. Yeah, ever since George H.W. and George “Dubya,” Democrats have really “sucked it up,” and accepted the results when they’ve lost.

Well, you heard it from Ms. Johnson’s (AKA Whoopie Goldberg), own mouth. Several times for the hard of hearing.

Jon Matuszczak