Columns & Opinions

Hope in a new season — and era

The sun rose Thanksgiving morning to an eerie silence at the base of Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR). After crawling out of bed before the rooster crowed to skin up the mountain, I took a stroll around the base area to see what had changed.

Giving thanks, while recognizing wrongs

Using fake feathers and Elmer’s Glue to hand craft an Indian headdress, the ever-present cornucopia of food, Pilgrim costumes and an unwavering message of peace, unity and abundance.

Something to cheer about

It was a great weekend to be a sports fan in the Gunnison Valley.

First and foremost, a hearty congratulations goes out to Coach Than Acuff and the Crested Butte Titans boys soccer team. State champions!

Fear of the franchise

Imagine a stop along Elk Avenue for a burrito from Teocalli Tamale when, lo and behold, the Crested Butte mainstay has acquired a new neighbor in the form of an Overland Sheepskin Co. outlet, Ralph Lauren store or — God forbid — McDonald’s restaurant.

Barred from that which we own?

Right up there with waterboarding and the iron maiden, I’m convinced there’s nothing more tortuous than a drive across the incredibly flat and inordinately dull state of Kansas.

RE1J needs affordable housing strategy

Gunnison Watershed RE1J School District leaders have entered the realm of affordable housing by committing more than a half million dollars to pay for two units in Crested Butte.

Exceptional times? Hardly

Turn, turn, turn. ... It’s the title to a hit song in the 1960s made famous by Jim McGuinn and The Byrds, based on the phrase in the Book of Ecclesiastes, chapter three, verses one through eight.

Tuning out undesirable influences

In a battle I am undoubtedly losing, I try to encourage my two teenage children to refrain from thinking or acting in certain ways just because they see that behavior on social media or through the suffocating ubiquity of online influences.

New tax not the answer for housing

Election Day will soon be here and there is the usual raft of proposals that our citizens will be asked to vote on. One in particular, the request for an increase in property taxes to augment the funding of the Gunnison Valley Housing Authority (GVRHA), has proven controversial.