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Letter: We’re overrun by tourists; ‘No’ on more tourism advertising

The lodgers tax is being billed as a boon to Durango, with no cost to its residents. Last year we were overrun with tourists. Ice Lakes was damaged and burned so badly, we now need supervision for...

DATE: March 30, 2021 | CATEGORY: Letters to the Editor

Letter: Launch a cultural trolley for ‘sustainable tourism’

What does sustainable tourism look like? I recently woke up one morning with an idea about a way to make it happen. Why not have a trolley route dedicated to taking tourists to our local cultural...

DATE: March 30, 2021 | CATEGORY: Letters to the Editor

Letter: Traffic increase due to train endangers residents, riders

Further to the points in the Letters to the Editor from Mary MullerBall (March 26, “Train should depart from Durango, not Rockwood”), concerning this issue, there is a major safety factor...

DATE: March 30, 2021 | CATEGORY: Letters to the Editor

Letter: Boebert is embarrassing, juvenile

The March 26 Herald article (“Lauren Boebert turns trending hashtags into campaign cash”) quotes Rep. Lauren Boebert on her recent fundraising scam: “The left is so terrified of me they want me in...

DATE: March 30, 2021 | CATEGORY: Letters to the Editor

Letter: Furtney’s experiences outweighs past crimes

Since moving to Three Springs a few years ago, I’ve spent a lot of time both observing and working with Seth Furtney in his role on the Parks & Recreation Advisory Board. I have been impressed...

DATE: March 30, 2021 | CATEGORY: Letters to the Editor

Letter: Youssef, Lockwood, Buell comprise the right combo for council

As a twice-elected mayor of Durango, I am honored to have many extremely qualified candidates seeking to fill my term-limited seat on City Council. Having listened to all of the candidates and...

DATE: March 28, 2021 | CATEGORY: Letters to the Editor

Letter: Use lodgers tax to improve Durango

I grew up in the hotel and restaurant business in Santa Fe, N.M., and really understand the value of the lodgers tax. But it’s time we ask ourselves if we really want to attract more visitors to...

DATE: March 27, 2021 | CATEGORY: Letters to the Editor

Letter: Don’t call us ‘unaffiliated;’ we’re Independent

I am pleased and excited that the Durango area had several Independent candidates running for office in recent elections. Just a point of clarification: The term “unaffiliated” is a label placed...

DATE: March 27, 2021 | CATEGORY: Letters to the Editor

Letter: Furtney does what needs to be done

I’ve known Seth Furtney for 30 years. I have a story about him that illustrates his value. Three of us were kayaking on a remote river. Through my own fault, I found myself in a precarious...

DATE: March 26, 2021 | CATEGORY: Letters to the Editor

Letter: Proposed lodgers tax won’t benefit ordinary citizens

After listening to candidates in a variety of forums, the choice for City Councilors is clearer; as well, my views toward the lodgers tax proposal. What I’ve learned is that most candidates are...

DATE: March 26, 2021 | CATEGORY: Letters to the Editor

Letter: Lodgers tax proposal serves interests of business

The history behind this proposal tells it all: which other industry gets its advertising paid by taxes? Maybe we should also take some of the local sales tax and give it to local businesses so...

DATE: March 26, 2021 | CATEGORY: Letters to the Editor

Letter: If locals paid, they wouldn’t pass lodgers tax proposal

If the locals had to pay for the increase in the lodgers tax, it would not pass. Anthony R. Palmer Durango

DATE: March 26, 2021 | CATEGORY: Letters to the Editor

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