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The Project Does Not Belong On Lot 4

To The Editor: My opposition to the Stanley Anschutz Wellness Center project is that it will be on lot 4, a protected entity in the Stanley Historic District. And, to be on such a sensitive property as lot 4, it should have to follow the rules, which were established specifically to control development there. This is not an indictment of development in general, only to properties in the Historic District. A ...

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Supporting Judy Fontius-Candidate For Town Board Trustee

To The Editor: Election time is getting closer and I would like to strongly recommend Judy Fontius for one of the Trustee seats open on the Town Board. I have known Judy well since 1968 – when we were both selected to attend a two year fellowship program at the University of Wisconsin. Since that time, Judy and I have enjoyed a close friendship – both professionally & personally. We have worked together ...

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What’s Your View?

To The Editor: What is your view of the future of Estes Park and the proposed Estes Park/Anschutz Wellness Center? What do you want to see? We have many wonderful, fantastic walking trails and open space in town and of course miles and miles of gorgeous open space in the national park. We agree that open space is wonderful but do you want to see an open space of just a few acres that is mostly scrub grass a ...

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Supporting The Wellness Center

To the Editor: Medical science has come a long way since the 1960s. When a friend of mine was told by the Mayo Clinic (in 1962) that "her body was "attacking itself" it sounded like science fiction. At 16, when I was diagnosed "hypothyroid", I did not even realize that it was MY introduction to this ever expanding field. While not an uncommon diagnosis today, back then it could be a life changing event. The ...

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Four Realities Of The Sales Tax Increase

To The Editor: 4 realities of the 1% Sales Tax Increase: 1) Regardless of how the opposition tries to spin it, the reality is, is that this IS a 1 cent on the dollar tax increase. To put the monetary impact of that into perspective, that means that for this increase to cost you personally $100, you would have to spend $10,000 in town. Do you know any local resident who does that? 2) for consumers and touris ...

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Other People’s Money

To The Editor: “It is largely other people’s money,” is proudly touted by the proponents of the 1% sales tax increase, alluding to the fact that our “dear” visitors will pay another $1,320.00 each year to our upkeep. “All of the elected-officials and almost all of the candidates in the upcoming election are for this tax increase,” they further state. Should we assume that THEY, therefore, know best and that ...

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An Open Letter To The Park Hospital Disrict Board Of Directors

To the Editor: The residents of Estes Park are now engaged in a vigorous debate over the proposed sale of our Town owned Lot 4 to John Cullen, owner of the Stanley Hotel. With the support, and possible future participation of the Estes Park Medical Center (EPMC), Mr. Cullen has proposed that 50 hotel rooms and a wellness center be built on Lot 4. Under the terms of the contract accepted by our Town Trustees ...

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Wellness Center Will Give EP Much Needed Economic Spark We Need

To the Editor: As a business woman and single mom who has raised her family in Estes Park, I know from experience just how challenging it is to try to make a living in a community whose economy is decidedly seasonal. What I’ve seen over my 35 years as an Estes Park business woman are trends that make this situation worse harder and harder for me to sustain my business model. And I am not alone. Without a pr ...

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