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The heartwarming video, “Valley
Elders Remember,” was presented on Nov. 10 to a standing-room-only
crowd at the library. Ditty Perry, Doug Farris, Rusty Burtard, Bill
and Pat Fender, Margaret McCann and 102-year-old Guido Bagett were
shown on the big screen, telling stories about life in Carbondale
long before the streets were paved and Mountain Fair began.
The videotaped interviews were
conducted by Walter Gallacher and produced by the Mt. Sopris
Historical Society. The audience responded with laughter, tears and
genuine love for the folks who stuck it out and made this place home.
Thank you to everyone who helped make this magical event a reality.
Linda Romero Criswell
I moved to Carbondale almost two years
ago, knowing next to nobody. Within a few short weeks, and largely
because of The Sopris Sun, I was reveling in my good fortune at
choosing such a vibrant and engaged community.
The Sun was like the Welcome Wagon I
remembered from my family’s moves when I was a child. I dashed to
Dos Gringos every Thursday to pick up my copy of the latest issue, to
find out what was going on that week. I still do that, though I often
get a head start now by reading The Sun online as early as Wednesday
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Sopris Sun board member
Thunder River Theatre Company’s ninth
annual Day of the Dead Celebration has come and gone. This year’s
celebration was the best ever.
Because last year CCAH and TRTC joined
forces in a partnership to make it bigger and better. That is exactly
what happened this year. The celebration has grown and it turned into
a profound cultural experience.
CCAH’s letter to the editor thanked
everyone who was involved in bringing this event to the community. So
allow me to add thanks to the 250 plus people who packed into our
theatre. Families sitting together on the stage floor, doubled up in
seats, standing in the back, in the lobby, and out on the walkway.
Children on parent’s shoulders. How glorious. Then they all
followed the parade down the walkway, Main Street and Third Street
and on to the Round Room at the Third Street Center to eat, listen to
music and see unique Day of the Dead altars. TRTC is proud to have
started this free tradition in the valley. With our partner CCAH, we
are assured of its continued growth.
Thanks to all who participated in their
Director, Thunder River
As a resident of Carbondale, member of
both the Wilderness Workshop and Thompson Divide Coalition and
elected official on Carbondale’s town board of trustees, I’d want
to thank Sen. Mark Udall for joining the effort to protect the
Thompson Divide from energy development.
The Thompson Divide area is extremely
important to this region, as evidenced by the broad and unique
coalition of people and organizations who have come together with
their time, energy and money to preserve it. The area provides us
with clean water, healthy grazing and fantastic recreational
opportunities, supporting local employment in a variety of ways. And,
equally important, it is an integral part of the wild and natural
environment that makes this place so special.
Sen. Udall, your support is vital to
our effort to protect Thompson Divide. Thank you.
I suggest two changes for Oktoberfest
l. Move it to September! “Oktober”
is only a name. The fest is held according to climate (elevation and
latitude). In Munich, it begins in September; in Beaver Creek,
Colorado, Oktoberfest began on Aug. 31, a good example for
Carbondale, where it was much too cold for enjoyment.
2. Keep nail-pounders from using so
much dance space. Carbondale people prefer dancing to pounding nails.
That was evident at the Oktoberfest this year. The nailers took up
much of the dancing space. They need to learn that dancing is simple
and fun. Dance lessons are fine if one has the time; but otherwise,
watch the children, they love to dance, and few have had lessons.
Just listen to the music and dance!
Remember the greats of TV Journalism:
Edward R. Murrow (“Good night and good luck”); Huntley and
Brinkley (“Good night, Chet. Good night, David …); Walter
Cronkite (“That’s the way it is …”).
When they spoke — for 30 minutes in
the evening — everybody who had a TV watched and listened. Their
speech was polished, inflected, metered; and what they said was
The Watergate Hearings of 1973-74
poisoned the well. Sam Ervin, Howard Baker and others were eloquent
but the hearings were broadcast all day, ran 278 days and were hugely
popular. TV news people didn’t miss the point: give the public real
life drama and you’ll hold their attention not for 30 minutes but
all day, meanwhile selling bushels of ads.
CNN started the first 24-hour news
station in 1980. Others followed. Then came the O.J. Simpson trial in
1995. Nobody was eloquent but the nation was riveted for 252 days. TV
news journalism was badly trivialized.
Now we have the final debasement. For
weeks the house and senate fought within and between their chambers
over the 2014 budget (shutting down the federal government) and the
federal debt limit (threatening a mass destruction catastrophe per
Warren Buffet). TV journalists highlight playground-appropriate
threats by the president and members of Congress, and Armageddon
predictions by everybody with a microphone.
I know not what course others may take
but as for me, give me Stewart and Colbert or give me Abbott and