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Letters to the Editor

Wear a mask and vote for Biden

Would someone tell me what Trump has accomplished?  Oh, I mean what good has he done for us?  The only things I can think of are negatives: trying to eliminate the Obamacare Act; nominating Barrett for Supreme Court Justice after his party said they would not do this in an election year; not using the Defense Production Act to ensure all have PPE, COVID-19 testing equipment, etc; interfering with the election (mail in ballots); not helping states with funds to pay for equipment regarding COVID-19, small businesses; denies climate change, etc, etc.  Then we find he pays little ($750 last year) or no taxes, and says he is a smart man.

He accepts no responsibility for loss of lives, jobs, spreading of covid-19, and refuses to wear a mask even when he finds he has COVID-19.

He has lowered income taxes, which, if he eliminates the payroll tax, will lead to the end of Social Security by 2023 and cause states to file bankruptcy, as this is how most states receive funds for their states.

How many of you had to pay taxes and not get a refund? Trump made it sound so good, didn’t he? Tariffs with China caused food, building material and other things to sky rocket.

How many farmers and ranchers and other businesses have gone out of business just from this?

How can anyone believe he is good for our country?

Joe Biden, on the other hand, will do his best to get our country back on its feet and COVID-19 under control! He is going to do many of the same things Trump said he was going to do, (Pence said Biden was plagiarizing) but he will actually get them done!

Biden is going to win!

Please, wear a mask and practice social distancing!

~Carmen J. Lara

Walsenburg, CO


Important election

The upcoming election on November 3rd, will prove to be the most important election in our lifetime. We will decide the future and direction of Las Animas County and most importantly our great nation.

There are factions in this country that want to control our lives, tax our productivity, and put a stranglehold on our freedoms! Vote for our great slate of Republican candidates who are committed to uphold your freedom, your rights and your way of life.

Ballots have been mailed out. Please reach out to family, friends, and neighbors to discuss what is at stake in this election. As November 3rd draws near, it is up to us to lead the grass roots effort, stump for our candidates, and inform voters about the ballot initiatives and the impact they could have on our everyday lives. We are encouraging voters to drop off ballots at one of the two designated drop boxes located at either the Las Animas County Courthouse or at Trinidad City Hall.

If you would like to vote in person, that option will be available on 10/19/2020 at the Las Animas County Courthouse. Please be prepared and plan for a wait time as the courthouse will be following all COVID 19 protocols upon entry.

Finally, if you must mail in your ballot, make sure to place two stamps on the return envelope (it will be given First Class status with 2 stamps) and get it in the mail no later than October 26, 2020!

America needs your help! We urge you to vote for the party of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, of freedom over mandates, who stands and doesn’t kneel, of jobs not mobs, of opportunity not handouts, and most importantly the party of God, family, and country!

Thank you and God Bless the United States of America.

~ Ty Winter

Trinidad, CO



Orange Man Not Bad

Orange man upset the world, daring to win the 2016 Presidential race. That isn’t the way it’s done in politics! How could someone win by not following the rules? How could orange man defy the corrupt politicians on BOTH sides of the isle and dare expose their rottenness?

That is exactly what Donald Trump did in 2016. He shined a highbeam on such vast corruption, and the plot to expell him started immediately. Politicians who have been in Washington all of their adult lives realized their gravy train was about to leave the station and that couldn’t happen! So bad orange man had to be ousted at all costs; even at the cost of the American people.

President Trump has had no wars, has condemned racism (check out Jim Acosta’s tweet from Aug 17, 2017 saying Trump condemns KKK and white supremecy), has made the economy one of the strongest even though Obama said we would never be able to return to those days, has allowed governors to rule their states (as it should be) during COVID-19 and then has taken the heat for their mishandling of the situation, and was tested positive for COVID-19 and recovered in three days (along with his staff and family), proving the CDC stats that 99.98% of those who test positive recover.

When politicians who have been in office for 40-50 years try to tell you they are going to fix America (like Biden says, yet he hasn’t for 45+ years and has had two failed attempts at the presidency but dropped out because of corruption) you owe it to yourself to take a good hard look at those career politicians and ask why they haven’t done something already? Look at their districts – they are a mess.

Orange man not bad – orange man just upset the apple cart.

~ Karl Sporleder

Walsenburg, CO


Make a better world for the babies

I want to clarify that I will vote for Prop 115 to prohibit abortion after 22 weeks. I don’t kill babies.

My little girl weighed just three pounds at birth at 24 weeks. So tiny, but perfectly normal. She grew up beautiful, and a devoted person to others in need. She’s a nurse.

I can however understand why couples don’t think it wise to raise kids in a broken and divided U.S.

The younger generation know baout climate change and the deadly consequences and its denial, especially by President Donald Trump.

He has done more environmental damage than any other president, ever.

The science cannot be ignored.  The world is burning, temperatures are becoming unlivable. The Arctic ice is melting. Unheard of temperatures have been recorded in Siberia, and Arctic ice the size of Rhode Island broke away from glaciers. The oceans are warming. 500 year extreme storms are becoming one-year storms.

Behind closed doors, while we are thinking of the coronavirus, he has lifted restrictions on clean water, air, methane leaks, coal ash, and more.

On June 4 he issued an executive order (another one) directing federal agencies to set aside environmental requirements.  These changes can allow projects such as new pipelines and mines on OUR public lands.

Trump has spent over one billion to revive coal power.

Good luck with that, Mr. President. Coal is dead, renewable is here.

We all need a healthy environment, not a dictator interested in only the stock market!

Thank you,

~Margi Durrum

Walsenburg, CO


Vote for Sandy White & John Galusha

As I read the Democratic ad on Oct. 8th in the World Journal I was even more sure about voting for Sandy White and John Galusha. As a senior citizen I have had the privilege and experience for many years to determine by my votes, who is best suited for government jobs. I felt the Democratic ad disregarded my generation as being incompetant and not up to doing the job. I always understood that with age came wisdom.

Sandy and John have proven records of takng our county in the right direction. They are seasoned, experienced and accountable leaders.

They will hit the ground running – no need to be “in training” until they catch on to which direction our county should take in critical matters that they definitely have had experiece with.

Sandy has saved our water from not being sold to other counties, which has upset people like Lindsay J. Case from Colorado Springs (see editorial on Oct. 15th) He must have been involved in the 2 Rivers deal. He cannot even vote in our county, like others who wrote editorials – he should not have the gall to put Sandy down like he did.

John has successfullly served the City of Walsenburg as the Administrator for a number of years.

Arica and Amos are young and need to have more experience on how to govern our county and the issues it faces before taking over with their proposed new revitalization, fresh outlook and ears and new viewpoints. In this period of unrest in our world, we need candidates that are seasoned and grounded in the issues. New viewpoints have gotten us nowhere so far.

I urge you to vote for experience and dedication to the full time jobs Sandy White and John Galusha are seeking. They are the right choice for our next commissioner positions.


~Carol Belt

Navajo Ranch


Dear Mr. Arends,

Re: your letter about Concerned Citizens for Huerfano County printed in the World Journal newspaper October 15th.

The inspiration for the ad was mine. Together, several citizens who live in different parts of the county, three-quarters of them over sixty-five years of age and I, who am 90 years old, chose to voice our desire for some of our great young leadership to be elected to the county commission.

One of the best lessons I have learned in my over sixty plus years of my political participation and long career is to welcome new approaches and embrace new concepts, and new ways of thinking.

I learned that supporting, mentoring and valuing the energy and wisdom of younger people coming up can pay amazing dividends for everyone.

This is what I hope the voters of Huerfano County will understand.

Sometimes the old ways are not necessarily the best ways, even if sometimes we wish they were. We, here in Huerfano County, have the amazing gift of younger leaders who want to share their intelligence, skill, knowledge and clear vision in helping to lead our county. They want to bring new energy into our county government. There are many rural areas that are not so blessed. We need to build and support this leadership so that our county thrives and we have the vibrant future we all deserve.

Huerfano County is very fortunate to have younger families who want to stay here and help the county prosper.This is not always true in other areas. We should value them.

Best wishes,

~nancy dick

Two Term Member of the Colorado House of Representatives, 1975-1979 and Former Colorado Lieutenant Governor 1976-1984


White fundraising

Thank you for the article in last week’s issue of the World Journal pointing out that Sandy White leads the pack of commissioner candidates in fundraising. According to the Secretary of State’s records, Sandy’s campaign has received over 70 donations ranging from $10 to $1250, the legal maximum. I know Sandy and I are both not surprised that so many people trust him and want him to lead our county. Indeed, if candidates cannot raise money for their campaigns, they have no business running for office. Mike Bloomberg tried the self-funded route to the Democrat presidential nomination and was rejected because he tried to buy an office. So I congratulate Sandy on his successful campaign and will cast my vote for him as will many others.

~ Stan Mann

Huerfano County


Clarifying La Veta Village’s position

Re: Advocate for John Galusha, letter printed 10.15.20 in WJ.

“The above referenced advocacy is from Jeanne Schwarz, private citizen of La Veta and does not represent an endorsement by La Veta Village, Inc. La Veta Village, Inc. does not engage in any political action and is not an advocate for any political candidate”.

~ Jeanne S Schwarz RN

La Veta, CO


Please allow me to respond to Lindsay Case’s letter attacking my character

Which you published on October 15th. He is entitled to his own opinion but he is not entitled to his own facts.

His water right priority was abandoned for non-use by the Water Court after first being listed by the Division Engineer. Although notice was given to him by the court, Mr. Lindsay failed to object. Neither I nor the water conservancy district participated in that matter. Furthermore, sales of La Veta water rights to Pueblo did not occur.

I am not familiar with the bankruptcy of Two Rivers. It did, however, attempt to move water from the Robert Rice ditch from Huerfano to Pueblo County – a move defeated in water court by your water conservancy district, of which I am a director, and Huerfano County. Mr. Case is a proponent of a new municipal district which, working with Two Rivers, would take Huerfano Water to Pueblo County. As might be expected, the water conservancy district opposes those plans.

Questions about the involvement of the water conservancy district should be directed to its president, Scott King.

As for me, I will always oppose sending Huerfano water out of the county.

-Sandy White

Huerfano County

paid for by Sandy White


I would like to clarify the inaccurate accusations made by Jose Baros in his recent Letter to the Editor published in the World Journal.

This letter states, “Our Democratic candidates are in support of both selling water and supporting such events”.

Here are the direct questions and responses from the KSPK forum in which Mr. Baros is referencing:

The following question was asked by the moderator,

“How would you as a County Commissioner protect and conserve water in Huerfano County immediately and in the long term? Would you consider selling water to another state or community and if so under what circumstances”?

The response from Arica Andreatta,

“When I was choosing a major I thought about becoming an attorney and my father said, “You should become a Colorado Water Attorney” and he chuckled. I didn’t really know what that meant until I got into real estate and married a rancher who spent many years in Water Court. I don’t know many people who would consider selling water to other communities or other states and I sure hope that wouldn’t be the case here! I have always been told “Water is like Gold” and that has been proven to be true this year more so than any year in the past besides maybe the year of 2002. I know we have a Conservancy District that works for the County and I hope we can count on them to continue to conserve our water”!

The following question was asked by the moderator,

“Do you support bringing concerns like the Sonic Bloom Concert that took place in the summer of 2019 to Huerfano County? What would you do to mitigate the problems seen at the Sonic Bloom Concert that effected other landowners and residents of Huerfano County”?

The response from Arica Andreatta,

“I believe economic development is very important but I also think it needs to be well thought out and planned. I certainly empathize with the homeowners on County Road 650 as it must be a very frustrating challenge year after year. I do know that Sonic Bloom has been in effect much longer than just 2019 and the crowds continue to grow as it’s a very popular event. I know Huerfano County depends on tourism dollars, however, so I think there has to be some great combination of bringing these events to the county and also lessening the impact on those who live around them. I actually took the time to speak with a member of Sonic Bloom Concert Production just to see what can we do to detour more of that traffic to the town so they can spend more money and help our local businesses. So that is in the forefront of their mind and we are hoping to accomplish that in the future”.

I do not believe the responses were interpreted correctly by Jose Baros nor did they warrant a letter to the editor with such inaccurate and misleading interpretations.

You can listen to the forum on Facebook by using the link below. The Water question was addressed in the video link below starting at 31:20 to 32:11

The Sonic Bloom question is addressed in the video link below starting at 1:13:35 to 1:15:00.

As always, I urge all candidates and candidate supporters to focus on what their candidate CAN DO, HAS DONE, or WILL DO for our community rather than making false allegations with attempts to slander the opponent.

Sincerely, Arica Andreatta, Candidate for Huerfano County Commissioner

paid for by Arica Andreatta

Letters to the Editor

Support for Arica

I, Lindsay J Case, am writing in support of Arica Andreatta for Huerfano County Commissioner. Arica owns a leading real estate brokerage, is a mother of elementary school children, and is working hard every day and seeking principled decisions for the future of the community.

Those are not qualities of her opponent!

As a local rancher and realtor, Arica has a great grasp of Colorado Water but as a community leader, she will do what is right for Huerfano County. There have been recent allegations that Arica will sell Huerfano County water which is completely false and one of Sandy White’s many unethical attempts to slander his opponent.

Sandy White did nothing but sit and let the DNR do all the work for the conservancy district using ALL taxpayer money while disregarding the priority of water rights.

Sandy White told a Two Rivers employee in 2012 who was later fired and then became the Arkansas round table chair (the money valve for the Conservancy District) “Two Rivers owner of the Cucharas No5 water right will be bankrupt in the basin…”

The sad thing about Sandy White is he really believes he helped the community when he just sold the soul of the town of La Veta to Pueblo Board of Water Works!

10 times more water was denied and stolen between 2012-2020 from the basin by DNR to favor taxpayer money for the Conservancy District spending. Cucharas No5 is the Senior storage right to any effort for new conservancy district storage.

The bottom line of this is favoritism between the DNR and Sandy White’s conservancy district.

Sandy White may know water law but he knows nothing about accountability to the people and the law!

As a staunch Republican, I will still support Arica Andreatta although she is running as a Democrat as she is the right choice for Huerfano County for countless reasons.

~ Lindsay J. Case

Colorado Springs CO


Prop 113

Proposition 113 is on next month’s ballot. A vote for Proposition 113 supports U.S. Senate Bill 42 that seeks to dismantle the Electoral College and elect the President of the United States by national popular vote.

Some folks claim SB 42 is no good because it would change rules that have existed for almost 250 years regarding U.S. presidential elections. Just because something has been around for two-and-a-half centuries does not necessarily mean it is a great thing. Slavery existed on these shores from 1619 until 1865 – that’s 246 years – and I hear no one stating what a wonderful institution it was.

Opponents of Proposition 113 quote various statistics that they believe legitimize the result of the 2016 election and therefore validate the Electoral College. They never, however, mention the one statistic that should be the only one that truly matters – Mrs. Clinton received more votes than Mr. Trump. In every other elected office in this nation, the candidate with the most votes wins. The only outlier is the most important elected office of our land. Where is the logic in that?

On five occasions, the Electoral College placed in the White House a President who did not win the popular vote. The last two of those are clear evidence why it should go away. One was George W. Bush, who got us into a war over weapons of mass destruction that did not even exist. Another was Donald J. Trump, who was charged with guiding us through a pandemic and is now ill because he failed to follow his own experts’ advice, who promised to make America great and now depicts the U.S. as a failed state that cannot run a legitimate election.

Vote for Proposition 113. Say good-bye to the Electoral College.

~ Bob Dowling



Advocate for John Galusha

I have been a resident of La Veta for 8 years. Initially I knew John Galusha, Huerfano County Administrator through meetings of the Spanish Peaks Community Foundation, a group spearheading an effort to bring a senior assisted living facility to Huerfano County (HC). John continued to work on bringing affordable housing to HC for our aging adults, after the Foundation effort ended. Before joining our board of directors, John obtained the services of young workers from Americorp who helped us begin the challenging effort of demolition in the Old Cheese Factory in La Veta while at the same time, building a partnership and overseeing primary work on the Huerfano County Recreation Area effort in Cuchara.

John joined the Board of Directors of La Veta Village, Inc. and became Chairman, serving for one year and helping our non-profit group seek funding, and Huerfano County Commissioner’s support for our senior housing effort. An excellent housing survey was completed during John’s watch, detailing the great need for affordable housing in our County. John helped us coordinate the Hwy 12 Garage sale, bringing recognition and visitors to our county, and assisted us to secure a county memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which greatly helped us to achieve a successful $3 million loan and a $411,000 grant from the Department of Local Affairs. While helping us, John, as administrator, was also called upon to guide HC citizens through the terrible effects of the Spring Fire, and the floods and hailstorms that followed.

As a commissioner, John will continue his unfailing efforts on behalf of the citizens of Huerfano County. I am gratefully supporting his candidacy, as Huerfano County continues to move forward with new recreation, lifestyle and affordable housing opportunities as a recipient of many more years of John’s knowledge, experience and expertise.

Vote for John!

Jeanne Schwarz, RN

La Veta, CO

Founder, Consultant, La Veta Village, Inc.


13 flag poles

We do not know the person that owns the 13 flag poles north of Walsenburg located near I-25 and maintains the thirteen American Flags, and one Prisoner of War Flag. We just want to say THANK YOU! It is nice to see while driving I-25. We comment each time that it is wonderful to see such patriotism. May God bless the United States of America, and this special person, that takes the time, energy, and money, to do this for everyone. Thank You.

Very Truly Yours,

~ Sarah Jane Ruybalid



Support Simpson

We are writing this letter to support Cleave Simpson for Colorado Senate District 35. We have known Cleave and his wife Cathy for many years. Cleave has integrity and is a man of his word. Cleave is passionate about the values and way of life in rural Colorado because he lives those values every day as a farmer and rancher. He is rural proud and rural strong! Cleave is educated and will use his knowledge to advocate for a strong agricultural economy.

Cleave is a strong leader and as chief operating manager and administrative officer of the Rio Grande Water Conservation District, he understands that water is vital to our communities and he is used to working with everyone (Republicans, Democrats, and Independents) to fight against anyone trying to export water to the Front Range.

As a former trustee at Adams State University, Cleave understands education issues and will fight for equitable funding for K-12 and higher education.

With Cleave’s strong leadership and desire to serve all the constituents in District 35, we know that he will fight for Southern and Southeastern Colorado. We want to urge everyone to vote for Cleave Simpson on Nov. 3 rd . Cleave is the Best of the Best! Sincerely,

~ David and Kimberly Martinez

Kevin and Cheri Jones

Kenneth and Natalie Rogers

Rick and Catherine Rodriguez

Alamosa, CO


Boebert Threatens Our Public Lands and Our Western Slope Way of Life

I was stunned and dismayed to read that candidate Lauren Boebert opposes long-sought protections for Colorado’s hunting, grazing and recreational areas. In fact, Boebert recently called the CORE Act a “ land grab by Denver’s Liberals.” Does Boebert know what she is talking about?

Does she understand that the CORE Act was written by local stakeholders and enjoys broad bipartisan support throughout the 3rd Congressional District? The answer to both is clearly “no.”

I am a hunter and outdoorsman who cherishes the public lands that make our state so special. I am grateful to live in the Roaring Fork Valley, where local communities have worked together for more than a decade to form a diverse coalition of ranchers, hunters, mountain bikers and other concerned local citizens to protect the Thompson Divide – a crucial nearby watershed and recreation area that would be protected by the CORE Act.

One of the coalition members was a hunting guide and war veteran who ‘never voted for Democrats’. A few years back, he wrote an OpEd which slammed Scott Tipton for ignoring local interests and “claiming to represent Western Slope ranchers and sportsmen — (while) peddling the interests of Texas oil speculators on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives”. It sure appears that our district would go from bad to worse if Boebert somehow gets to DC.

Ms. Boebert may have a loud voice, but she doesn’t represent our values. Her lack of understanding of basic policy issues presents a real threat to our public lands. She opposes locally-driven efforts to protect our hunting, grazing, and recreational areas, and threatens our outdoor and agricultural heritage, along with our Western Slope way of life.

Please Vote for Diane

~ Dave Munk

Carbondale, CO


Socialist or Free?

There’s no shortage of opinions about the national election, and they’re clouding the issue. The vote at hand is whether to become a socialist country or remain free. In the two presidential candidates, those are our options. It’s not about bear cubs, climate, emissions, healthcare, or smooth talkers. In this election we’ll choose which history we want to repeat – that of freedom and bounty in the U.S. or that of socialism, which has failed in every country that’s tried it. The basis of socialism is that the government can make better decisions for you than you can for yourself. I have a problem with that.

In his teens, my grandpa journeyed to the U.S. for a life free from the oppression and excessive taxation of communism (remember, socialism is “communism lite”). Many of us have an immigrant family history and know what our ancestors went through to escape the bondage of socialism/communism. Maybe like me, you lost family members in World War 2 who defended the U.S. against the looming threat of communism.

It’s disgusting that there are people wallowing in our freedoms while advocating to embrace socialism. Didn’t they study history? Don’t they care about the hardships?

In March, when we were put under pandemic house arrest for a “few weeks,” the downtime was ok. But that was SEVEN MONTHS AGO. Having my freedom taken away has reminded me of the smothering rule of socialism, complete with toilet paper shortage. Our ancestors knew the ugly truth about socialist/communist policies and taxation. Yet, here it is on our doorstep.

Career politicians are telling us to shut up and sit down because they can make better decisions for us. When you vote, think about this: where will freedom-loving people go if the socialists ruin the U.S.?

~ Carol Dunn

La Veta, CO


Veteran for Arica

My name is Shayna Schiflett. I am a 100% disabled Air Force vetaran. Last year I purchased land in Huerfano county where I intend to build a home to retire with my husband. I first heard the name Andreatta professionally when working with Code Of The West Realty. Arica Andreatta was supportive of and excited about our plans to move to the county. Her company did a superb job in assisting us with all aspects of the purchase and learning about the area. I have since seen the Andreatta patriarch successfully help to apprehend a dangerous fugitive, helping to keep our county and my property safe.

Finally, I had the pleasure of having my road graded by my neighbor, Chad Andreatta, providing me the ability to better access my land. Andreatta now that is a name that I have grown to trust. I fully support Arica Andreatta in her bid for county commissioner of District 2 in Huerfano County.

~ Sincerely, Shaya L. Schiflett

La Veta, CO


The Lions

Los Leones, the lions, Amos Mace and Arica Andreatta, county commissioner candidates who get it done. Arica sets an example by building, promoting, and innovating real results. Amos Mace was undaunted by 30 feet of avalanche debris smothering his family cabin in 2019. Amos and helpers dug it out in eight days, by hand. For more on Mace see the website You will not regret it nor forget it. We’re fortunate to have such outstanding young people wanting to serve us as county commissioners. They both deserve our votes and support.


~ Joe Edes

La Veta


Cheers for Mayor lalander

I’ve had the unique honor of volunteering for Walsenburg’s Mayor, Brian Lalander, for several weeks so far.

Just in the past few weeks, I have gotten to help him untangle city records, organize documents that City Hall workers had thrown into a box and IGNORED instead of addressing, and begin to create the framework for our city website to ensure the residents of Walsenburg can clearly understand the duties, laws, statutes, decisions, and resolutions that affect all the issues we’re currently facing.

Brian is relentless. While people lump him into the “ineffectual city government,” I’ve learned firsthand that he doesn’t fit that description.

I know it’s taking longer than he expected to fix the inadequacies of previous administrations, and because I’m helping him, I know WHY it is taking so long.

I urge every reader to come by his office at the train depot and volunteer. There’s an application online as well. Brian is already helping us create the city government we want and deserve. Let’s help him do that. Together.

~Jennifer Roush



We all have the right to vote

Two weeks ago, letter writers claimed that Democrat-run cities are in ruins. Even if this is true, how does that justify partially disenfranchising the voters who live in those cities when the Electoral College reverses the popular vote? Rural voters in their 3,084 counties (if that be the number) have no right to have their votes count more than those of urban people. Acreage has no franchise.

~ Larry D. Bullock

Walsenburg, CO


A recipe for disaster

I read with dismay the Revitalize Huerfano County ad in last week’s paper from the local Democrats.

Essentially they are saying that just because they’re the new kids on the block politically, we should choose them for our County Commissioners. As a senior, I take umbrage at the suggestion! First off they say they know the road map. There is a big difference between knowing the roadmap and having been down the road many times! If you were about to take a cruise and you could pick your captain, would you pick the guy that looks like he was fresh out of school or would you pick the guy with the weathered look, squinted eye and experience written all over his face? Would you pick the guy who had sailed this route time and again, or would you pick the guy that’s doing this for the first time just getting his feet wet?

For my money, and for my vote, I want people who have been involved in county government, who know the ins-and-outs, who have a proven track record of doing great things for Huerfano County which both John Galusha and Sandy White have to their credit! They are ready to hit the ground running to improve the lives of every person in Huerfano County without the need for on-the-job training! As a senior, I look at track record, accomplishments and stability. I also look at the fact that John and Sandy will be full-time commissioners! They will have one iron in the fire and that will be the interests of the citizens of Huerfano County! I urge you to vote for John Galusha and Sandy White!

~ Mark Arends,

Gardner, CO


So Sad

I am a registered Independent voter, and vote for the person I think will do the best for America.

On September 28, 29 and 30th, the City of Walsenburg offered free testing for the coronavirus to help control the virus. Over 870 took time to go and be checked and do their part to protect them self as well as the people of Walsenburg.

What really puzzles me is how on October 1st, the President Trump had the coronavirus and was taken to the hospital October 2nd, because he didn’t wear a mask or socail distance at any of his events. This caused a number of people he was in contact with to get coronavirus.

Why in the world would some people of Walsenburg attend a Trump rally without masks and no social distancing and then go up and down Main St and waving flags?

All I can say is all wear my mask to protect me (even if you don’t care about me.) Remember Trump is in the best hospital with over ten specialist and taking special medicine. What happens if you get the coronavirus? Good Luck!

~ Jeanette Kossen

Walsenburg, CO


Biden/ Harris for a better society

Despite inherent human imperfections, as a country we should expect our elected officials to lead with integrity, honesty, and transparency. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are those leaders. Not only do they lead with these qualities, but they are dedicated to bringing in cabinet members and leaders of agencies at all levels that share these ideals.

No matter what challenges our country faces, I believe the Biden/Harris team will lead our country with an adherence to moral and ethical principles that will unite our country and set us on the path to a more functional, kind, respectful, tolerant and equitable society.

~ Cindy Campbell

La Veta


Voting for 4A, Is a vote for our future

Imagine that you are strolling into John Mall High School. Eager to learn. But instead of a pristine building promoting a learning environment, you are faced with a dark, decrepit disaster. Cracks in the walls and foundation, countless water stains on the ceiling tiles, at least the ones that are still there.

Let’s travel back to the year 1974. A fire erupts in the high school gym. Firefighters bolt to their destination; the hellfire that was taking place. Being a total loss, the city makes plans for a new school, but there is trouble on the horizon. To make ends meet, the city cut corners in regards to the construction, and consequently, code enforcement and permits were ignored. Flash forward to 2020. As the building crumbles, so do our students’ potential.

One of the primary reasons that the citizens of Huerfano County need to vote YES on 4A is because of the appalling air ventilation at JMHS. Did you know that state guidelines call for a 44% rate of air transfer in school buildings, but that JMHS is at a dismal 18%. This could lead to the spreading of disease, such as the flu or even COVID-19, which in turn, leads to absenteeism and a decline in achievement.

Not only is the ventilation system detrimental to students and faculty, but the building is not safe, and is a security risk. In this day and age of school shootings being at an all-time high, JMHS is not prepared. With few windows, no metal detectors, and obsolete cameras, we are just asking for mass destruction.

Clearly, John Mall High School would benefit tremendously with the passing of 4A. With the crumbling walls, poor ventilation, and lack of security, our children face a bleak future. So please, get out and vote for 4A, and let’s pave the way for a brighter tomorrow for our community.

~Diego Sanchez,

11th Grade

Walsenburg, CO


More than one issue

I am writing to all those voters who say they will never vote for any Democrat because of the Pro-Choice plank on the Democratic platform. Abortion is only one issue. I hope and pray that you consider all the other issues that surround the most immoral, self- serving, and law -breaking man ever to sit in the White House. In the past I often disagreed with different Presidents’ policies, but I have never been afraid for our Republic. Since he was elected, I often awake in the middle of the night with severe anxiety about his disregard of our country’s laws, the flagrant misuse of the office of president, and the daily barrage of lies.

The civil unrest our nation is experiencing now has been stirred up by his refusal to disavow racist groups and reform incompetent police departments. The administration’s poor handling of the COVID epidemic is a disgrace and a tragedy. Undermining the most basic environmental regulations, denying global climate change, and gutting the science community (the agriculture dept. and CDC, for example) are harming our world for generations to come.

Lastly, the most egregious policy is the separation from parents and incarceration of children seeking asylum in the United States. I am deeply worried about our country therefore I urge everyone to “Vote Blue” this fall.

~Edie Flanagin


Letters to the Editor

All the people

All the people who obliviously chose to follow the leader down the path of denial of the existence of the virus,

All the people who criticized the bi-county public officer’s cautious approach to the virus,

All the people who ignored the basic necessity of wearing masks at indoor public meetings,

All the people who gleefully pranced around public places and supermarkets without wearing masks,

All the people who demanded that schools and businesses be opened prematurely,

All the people who called the virus a hoax or a political ploy,

All the people who blithely chose to follow each over the cliff like lemmings in their response to the virus,

All the people who believed that they and the president were miraculously immune to the virus,

All the people who castigated anyone for conscientiously following the basic protocols for containing the virus as wimps or worrywarts,

All the people who said,”It can’t happen here”,

ALL THESE PEOPLE might want to rethink their foolish approach to obvious dangers the virus posed to themselves, their loved ones and the public at large.

~ Bob Dowling

Gardner, CO


Presidential accomplishments

As the Presidential election rapidly approaches, it brings to mind the seriousness of the election like no other in American history.

The current President, who is a non- career politician, was elected by the American people. It has been refreshing to see a man who is financially independent, not beholding to anyone, not looking for any type of financial gain and lastly not being concerned with a political future, managing the affairs of our country.

His record has been impressive and has achieved much. His accomplishments are readily accessible on many media sites such as Business Insider, Real Clear Politics, Washington Post and others. Please make it a priority to visit any of those sites so that you have firsthand knowledge of what the President has done for America. A recent action calls for “Patriotic Education” to defend against what is being taught in our schools, that “America is a wicked and racist nation”.

There are many people that point to the sins of his past. Yes, each and every one of us has done things in our past that we regret. No one is perfect. I simply ask that you look at his accomplishments. His previous life has no bearing on his accomplishments and actions as President.

So, I extend a plea to all, do not vote a political party because that’s what you have always done (tradition) or that’s the way your parents and grandparents voted. Know what the accomplishments are and what is being proposed by the President.

Ask yourself how Democratic leadership would help our country and its people? Look at the turmoil and chaos that is taking place under Democratic leadership in our cities? Do you want more of the same?

Vote! Vote Red! Vote for President Trump!

~ William Boeck

Walsenburg, CO


Biden is the clear choice

I will vote for Joe Biden. Trump clearly is not for hte people.  He has made 20,000+ false or misleading statements during his 1370+ days of presidency, about 15 a day. How can we trust Trump? He says what he wants to happen. “Someday this virus will go away.” Yes, hopefully, but over 210,000 have lost their lives. Wishing things will change without action will not make it so. Monday Trump said, “Don’t be afraid of COVID.”  What!?!? He knew about COVID since January and did nothing.  He could have saved lives and jobs, if he simply said WEAR A MASK! He gets out of hospital, poses at WH for photo op, and takes off his mask.  Guess he learned his lesson!

September had a 7.9% unemployment rate (13.55 million people). The stock market is not a true indicator of the economy, and many businesses will never recover.

Then he cries mail fraud. Colorado has had mail in ballots since 2013, with only 5 fraud cases since 2006. DeJoy takes out sorters and mail boxes in hopes of slowing the mail. Take your ballot in or drop it at collection box, and help our mail carriers! In Texas, 4.7 million voters will have just ONE drop off location.

Abortion- people of both parties have abortions. It does not matter what you say, it matters what you do.

This weekend there was a Trump rally at Heritage Park. Most wore no masks and did not social distance. This, after a spike in cases here and a three day covid testing operation.

How much did that motorcade ride at Walter Reed cost us?

Biden is going to win!


~Carmen J. Lara

Walsenburg, CO


Vote yes on Propositons B and EE

Dear Community:

The quality of public education for Huerfano County children is critically important to their future and to the future of our larger community. Before the pandemic hit, compared to other states, Colorado had one of the weaker public education systems in the county with low teacher pay, suboptimal student outcomes and large differences in per-pupil spending across Colorado’s 178 school districts, from less than $10,000 per pupil in some, mostly rural, districts, to more than $20,000. per pupil in other districts.

Starting at a public education low point, we were hit by the coronavirus pandemic. It is projected that Colorado state tax revenues will decrease significantly in part because of a decrease in resident and business income. It is likely that state funding of public education will be cut.

There are 2 issues on the November ballot that would help our schools. Amendment B repeals the Gallagher amendment of the Colorado Constitution. A “Yes” vote to repeal Gallagher would prevent future decreases in property tax support of public schools. Proposition EE increases Colorado’s sales tax on tobacco products and, for the first time, places a tax on vaping products. A recent survey reveals that 24% of Huerfano County teens are experiencing the health risks of vaping.

To support our local schools, Huerfano RE1 and La Veta RE2, please vote YES on Amendment B and YES on Proposition EE.

~ Ed Donovan

La Veta, CO


Andreatta for Commissioner

I am excited and proud to endorse Arica Andreatta for Huerfano County Commissioner! I first met Arica when she was in my preschool class. She stood out then, as she does now, for throwing herself wholeheartedly into everything she does, being the first to include others, displaying a strong work ethic, and following through on everything she starts.

Arica demonstrated her commitment to Huerfano County when she chose to return here to raise her family and run her businesses. It has been a pleasure to watch her thrive here and I cannot think of a better candidate for County Commissioner. She has my unequivocable support and I look forward to seeing the county benefit by what she will accomplish in this role!

~Karen Hagar Martinez

Wa;senburgr, CO


Vote for Diane

Diane Mitsch Bush is remarkably different from her Congressional opponent in many ways. A few examples: Diane supports health insurance for people with pre-existing conditions, Medicare-negotiated drug prices, local clean-energy jobs, and keeping our public lands public. She has long experience creating legislation and working with the other side. She’s willing to compromise. And she’s willing to debate her opponent.

We don’t need more polarization; we need Diane Mitsch Bush.

~ Michael Kinsley

Old Snowmass, CO


Rise and Vote

President Trump, you have had almost four years to lead the United States and have failed us by your own choosing. Whether it be in foreign policy and domestic policy you have not protected the United States as Commander-in Chief.

Now comes the latest news about your complete disrespect for our military and total disregard for the Covid 19 virus. We the American people have finally borne witness to what happens when they place an incompetent business leader into the Oval Office. Quality of life is not a business decision sir but rather it is a humane choice to be empathetic to those who cannot help themselves.

Joe Biden has that empathy and will return the United States to the era when we were respected internationally because of how we treat our citizens domestically.

This election is a clear choice between those who have never had it so good and those of us who know we can do better. Joe Biden will lead us there.

Fellow citizens, exercise your right to vote to preserve your sacred heritage, promote your children’s future and obtain the blessings of liberty we all cherish.

To restore a sense of decency to the United States rise and vote!

~ Joe Bialek

Cleveland, OH


Support Mitsch Bush

I am excited to formally endorse Diane Mitsch Bush in her bid to to be our first female Congresswoman for District 3.

I’m Gabrielle Aragon. I am an eighth generation Coloradan from — “where Colorado began”. The values instilled in me, passed down by my forefathers, are the pillars of Colorado; they are that of land, water (sin agua no hay vida), people, agriculture, and faith. I grew up knowing that a person’s name and reputation are the most valuable aspects of one’s character. I am cautious of those I recommend to others, and I would only endorse someone who will truly represent our values, someone who will listen to our community and work for our people. Diane is that person.

When I first met Diane years ago, she stood out to me because she had an effervescent energy about representing people. Diane is one of the most approachable, down-to-earth, passionate, and intelligent representatives I know. She takes the time to truly engage with people by listening, asking questions, hearing ideas and concerns, and gaining perspective.

Diane is someone who is eager to roll up her sleeves to find solutions and help out everyday people. She took many of our values to the state capital and reminded Denver that we are part of Colorado too! For these efforts, she was named Legislature of the Year for her work on the House Agriculture Committee and the Natural Resources Committee.

Rural Colorado and rural America have become neglected in Washington politics. Diane always works for her people and she will build the bridges over which our community can cross. Diane will fight to provide quality jobs, make sure medical manufacturing stays here in the US. She will protect our way of life!

~ Gabrielle Aragon

San Luis, CO


Vote for Arica Andreatta

I wholeheartedly support Arica Andreatta for Huerfano County Board of Commisioners, District 2. Arica is a proven “mover and shaker” in our county who has a true vision for the future of our area.

Her ability to envision a revitalized Huerfano County is what makes her businesses so successful.

Her business acumen, contacts throughout the area, and common “hometown” sensibility will make her an excellent commisioner. Arica Andreatta is the best choice for our county. Vote for Arica!

~ Edie Flanagin



Vote White and Galusha

All four candidates for Huerfano County Commissioner are passionate about our county thriving. Since there are only two positions available, my vote has to go for Sandy White and John Galusha.

I have had the opportunity to work personally with both gentlemen. John has worked hard to bring resources and monies into our community. He was right there for us during two major wildfires and now the floods. He understands, forward and backwards, how county government is supposed to work and more importantly, how it is to be successful!

I have also had the joy of serving side by side with Sandy for multiple terms on the La Veta Fire Protection Board. His common sense, encouragement, and amazing depth of knowledge have propelled us forward in the pursuit of funding and building of the new La Veta fire station and the purchase of multiple apparatus .

His candor and connections have brought in hundreds of thousands of dollars. He was also a pioneer in the wildfire mitigation plan for our county. After his tenure at the fire district, he continued to help us with funding by his service on the county’s mineral district board.

Last, but definitely for the greatest future impact, I have watched Sandy fight tooth and nail to preserve and INCREASE the amount of water we can rightfully use and store for the future of Huerfano County! If you are unsure of whom to vote for, take a drive through the community, and you will be impacted by what John and Sandy have already accomplished!

~Mark Brunner

La Veta, CO


Young patriots

I would like to take the opportunity to thank the Young Patriotic guys and girls that set up the Freedom Ride Parade Friday, Oct. 2. They love America and showed it by decorating their trucks and cars with American flags and Trump/Pence flags. They attended the Lauren Boebert rally in Walsenburg at the Heritage Park. Then afterward drove from Walsenburg to La Veta to advertise their Patriotism.

Unfortunately, when they arrived In La Veta they were greeted with hate and criticism. People shouting names and cuss words at them. Apparently these people were representing the anti-Trump group . How disrespectful and unpatriotic of them. God bless and thank these young Americans for taking a stand for our country, our president and our freedom.

~ Carol Belt

Navajo Estates, CO


Assess your personal beliefs

To determine the presidential candidate you will vote for requires an assessment of personal beliefs.

Do you believe in public education. Do you believe everyone should pay their fair share of taxes. Do you believe climate change is a natural phenomenon exacerbated by human activity? Do believe in the benefit to embracing immigrants. Do you believe we need to put people to work. Do you believe they can be enlisted to fight the pandemic, support public education and improve infrastructure.

Do you believe we need to talk to and about people in a respectful manner. Do you believe we need to listen to those who oppose our view. Do you believe women and minorities are as valuable as white upper class males? Do you believe Joe Biden, the democratic candidate for President and Camilla Harris, the democratic candidate for Vice-President have beliefs in line with yours. They are in line with mine.

More importantly, I believe every American citizen, who has the right to vote, needs to make their own assessment. As a citizen of our government of the people, for the people and by the people, please exercise your right. ~

Respectfully submitted,

Marlene A. Sassaman

Letters to the Editor

Thanks for a walk to remember

Last Saturday, the team at Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center and many area residents strapped on their tennis shoes for a great cause – the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. The annual walk helps raise funds and awareness to provide care and support services, prevention, treatment and, ultimately, a cure for Alzheimer’s. So far, the Spanish Peaks team has raised $3,200 and has several upcoming fundraisers remaining this year to meet a $5,000 goal. We’re grateful to all who made the walk possible, along with those who participated over the weekend. If you wish to support this effort, you can still donate at

~Trapper Collova

La Veta, CO


Vote White

I have been an active realtor, employing a number of real estate agents, in Huerfano County for twenty years. I live in District Two, and am very familiar with both candidates for County Commissioner. I employed Mrs. Andreatta in my office for a couple of years, working with her closely, and I have known Sandy White as a good friend for over fifteen years. I have closely observed the behavior and demeanor of both people. I know them well.

Sandy White is a courteous, knowledgeable man. He has led our Bible study for over a dozen years, in his home and in ours. His attentive, kind, and caring behavior has led many to join our group. Knowing both candidates, I urge all Huerfano voters to vote for Sandy White.

~Jacky Christian

Cuchara, CO


God is Working in Our Midst! Vote YES on Prop 115

We are going through some confusing times. COVID 19 has taken our country down and deep seated issues. Through all this confusion, our gift of faith is often questioned. Where action is called for, the values of faith are often set apart from one’s personal opinions, including the issue of life.

We have the opportunity to vote for the precious gift of life for another person. To vote “Yes” on Proposition 115 for babies who have achieved 22 weeks of life will be allowed the right to a natural birth. This means babies will achieve legal status and be freed from the threat of abortion. Forty-two states already recognize and guarantee this right.

Scientific studies show the embryo acquires the ability for taste, smell, and detecting sounds during the second trimester of pregnancy. The heart begins to pump blood by the sixth week, and by week ten they have already developed the major organ systems and have the human characteristics which will be unique to them. By week 22 the child is a vitally developed human being. Many are born during this time to live healthy, normal lives. Under Proposition 115, these unborn babies of 22 weeks will have the opportunity to live and to be born just like every human being deserves.

In these confusing times, then, we have an opportunity to bring forth a gift to those innocents. Vote YES on Proposition 115, to make this one difference.

When we say yes to life, to the hidden, fragile and most vulnerable among us, the blessings flow mysteriously, in hidden ways, given by the hidden power which creates and guides us. God is working in our midst! With thanks to Stephen Berg, Bishop of the Diocese of Pueblo, these ideas are given with permission.

~David Tesitor

Walsenburg, CO


Misleading ads from the GOP

This a rebuttal of misleading ads regarding what the Democratic party, led by Joe Biden, stands for.

1. Biden (a gun owner) does not plan to confiscate legal guns. He proposes a buy back or gun registration choice for assault weapons. Read his comprehensive “plan to end our gun violence epidemic.”

2. Instead of defunding the police, Biden wants to increase funding for better training, body cameras and improving community relationships.

3. Pro choice does not mean pro abortion. No one likes abortion. We must address the many complex reasons for abortions and make affordable contraception available.

4. Trump says he is pro birth but his refusal to implement policy to contain COVID resulting in the highest number of cases in the world is not pro life. Nor is disregarding 100 US gun deaths per day, despite overwhelming American support for gun control.

5. Socialism? Medicaid, Social Security and Medicare are valued by most Americans. Biden, not a socialist, is in agreement.

6. Fossil fuel extraction, including fracking, harms health and damages the environment. Biden’s plan phases them out over 30 years, with job training and opportunities for affected workers.

7. Biden is against open borders. He supports “a humane immigration policy that upholds our values, strengthens our economy and secures our border.”

8. Biden does not support free health care for non citizens. He supports allowing illegal immigrants to purchase health care through an unsubsidized public option. Emergency treatment for all people is already mandated under federal law.

9. Biden does not support burning the American Flag. However in defense of free speech, he feels it should not be illegal.

Complements to the Huerfano Democratic Party for its positive ads. For more:


~Judy Sims Barlow

La Veta, CO


Support White

This letter is to urge Huerfano County voters to support Sandy White for the next Huerfano County Commissioner for District 2. I have worked with Sandy on a wide variety of issues.

I served two terms as a Huerfano County Commissioner and know very well what the job takes. The qualities this full-time job requires are a wide range of experience, steady judgment, and the ability to bring people together to solve complex problems.

Running a large but poor county is not easy. Sandy’s lifetime of leadership shows he has the ability to bring differing groups together to focus on common goals. He can move adversaries toward cooperation. While I am a life-long Democrat, I know that party affiliation at this level of government is not as important as the qualities necessary to be an effective county commissioner. Issues and solutions are local and effect all county citizens. It is therefore important to elect the right person for the job. Sandy is that person. Having worked with Sandy White over the years, he has earned my respect and confidence for his level of commitment, his integrity, and his ability to make sound and thoughtful decisions.

The ballots will be out within two weeks. I ask that you vote for Sandy White.


~Art Bobian



Vote Republican

Dear Friends and Neighbors;

In just a few more weeks, our nation will be electing a new president. And locally, we will be electing new commissioners. We are blessed to live in a nation where we have the right vote. It is time to take this right seriously. Learn about the candidates and register to vote in your own local area.

Personally, I have already made my choice. I am supporting Sandy White and John Galusha for Huerfano County Commissioners. And, Donald Trump for President and Mike Pence for Vice President.

Why Donald Trump? Because what you see is what you get. He tells you the straight story. He is for America, he is for prosperity, he is for building a strong America—a strong economy, a strong military, a strong educational system.

If you disagree with me, I respect your right to do that. We all have the right to vote. Let’s all register to vote, go to the ballot box, and let the ballot box have the final word. God Bless America, especially Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico. We live in a blessed area. Praise God!


~Marsha Boeck

P.S. The nice thing about writing a letter is that you don’t have to wear a mask to do it.


Disagree with Tesitor

I would like to address the letter written by David Tesitor concerning the upcoming election. I must disagree with David’s take on the position of Trump’s Republican Party. Jesus taught love and forgiveness. While I wholeheartedly agree that abortion is the killing of a baby and violates Commandement # 6, it is not my place or anyone else’s place to take away a person’s right to choose. It does not always mean that our decisions are right, just or lawful, but it is a God given right. Who are we to want more control than God Almighty? And if you believe so strongly in the right to life, then that means ALL LIFE. That means the lives of the children held in cages, children born addicted, children of refugees, and children of illegal immigrants.

Jesus would not support a political party or any institution that believes it is ok to treat people poorly based on their race or what geographic location they were born into. This hypocrisy is why people have been leaving the Cathoic Church in droves and others are refusing to join or return.

Jesus is LOVE. It is our job to spread the Gospel. It is not our place to act as God. Where did I get this “strange outlook” for a Catholic… from a priest, who taught me that if God grants His people free will, who are we to take it away?

Do not wrap the Catholic faith about you like a mantle, while you posture to be “above the rest of us”. This is much like what the pharisees did in Jesus’ day.

Readers of the World Journal… know that this is NOT what all Catholics are like. Catholic means “universal”.

Please remember this. GOD IS LOVE!

~Eva M. Benine



Vote Galusha

I am writing this letter on behalf of John Galusha for Huerfano County Commissioner. As a business owner, i look for integrity, thoughtfulness, honesty and experience in our public officials. I believe that Mr. Galusha has these qualities. His many years as county administrator prepare him to be effective right from the start. It would be a shame not to keep that broad experience in Huerfano County serving all of us. In addition I think it is valuable that John has already worked with the commissioners of both Huerfano and Las Animas counties and is respected by all. And he has lived in this area all his life and loves it. A vote for John Galusha is a vote for experience and dedication in Huerfano County.

~Janna Remington



Vote no on Prop 113

After the 2016 election of President Trump, the Democrat Party decided it was time to change rules that have existed for almost 250 years by introducing a bill to eliminate the electoral college. On March 13, Governor Jared Polis quietly signed this into effect, but a few ambitious writers crafted a petition, got the signatures, and we now have the ability to vote on this very important legislation rather than having it forced upon us.

Here’s why our founding fathers, who had gone through much of the violence we are seeing today, were so smart and how their infinite wisdom has helped make sure rural America and all states have fair representation instead of letting a few densely populated areas make decisions for us.

There are 3,141 counties in the United States. Trump won 3,084 of them, Clinton won 57.

There are 62 counties in New York State. Trump won 46 of them, Clinton won 16.

In the five counties of New York City, (Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Richmond & Manhattan), President Trump won Richmond, Clinton won the rest. Of those four counties, Clinton won by popular vote about 1.5 million votes. These five counties, alone, representing 319 square miles, accounted for Clinton winning the popular vote for the entire country.

In a country with almost four million square miles of territory, to think those who live in 319 square miles could dictate the outcome of a national election is ludicrous and very short sighted.

In every election, we’ve neglected to look at the districts these politicians are currently running and look where they are, now. Democrat run cities, which are very densely populated (Denver, NYC, Chicago, LA, etc) are in ruins because of the inability to run and govern their territory. Why would you want them to speak for you? Vote no on Proposition 113.

~Karl & Debi Sporleder



Response to Margie Durrum

In the original Hebrew the sixth commandment is Thou shalt not murder. This describes the intentional taking of an innocent human life. Donald Trump has never intentionally killed anyone. As far as him being responsible for covid-19 deaths, when he got the information a flu was coming to the U.S. from China he immediately BANNED travel from China. In January! Meanwhile in February Nancy Pelosi was on TV in Chinatown encouraging people to come to Chinatown! “There is no flu, we are safe and open, come and visit Chinatown!”

Alaskans are glad that Trump reversed the Obama era rules! Now Alaska has control of the animals within their state. Hunting is about controlling animal population.

Accusing Donald Trump of racism is pathetic! Secretary of Hud, one of the most celebrated neurosurgeons in the world , Dr. Ben Carson, a black man. The Surgeon General of the United States. A black man. Donald Trump was given an award by Jesse Jackson, a black man, for his work in the black community. Donald Trump pushed through prison reform which had a tremendous effect on black prisoners in jail for petty crimes. So much for Donald Trump’s racism! Adultery??

Well I don’t know that Donald Trump was ever proven to have committed adultery, but when he was accused of using some coarse language. He got on national TV and apologized and said that is really not who he is and he owned it! Unlike another president who shook his finger at us through the TV and said “I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Ms Lewinsky. Only to have it proven later that he did by a certain deposit on a blue dress of hers. He never apologized for lying to us. And just recently he admitted having relations with her saying that he needed her for stress therapy.

~Mark Arends



Consider the duties

I’m asking a favor of every voter this November. To look at the presidency in a different way, not just as Republican or Democrat, or pro Trump or Biden, but to consider the complicated duties of a President.

Hopefully, we all agree our senators, congress and the president work for us. We “hire” them, with our vote, to do a job. When hiring someone for the job of president, you’d expect a pretty hefty resume. Maybe some knowledge of law, diplomacy, geography, finance and time spent in public service; perhaps serving as a local congressman or PTA member. It would be absurd applying for a brain surgeon job without a medical degree or surgical experience, right? But a President doesn’t go through HR, the voters’ “interview” him for the job. In the past, we read newspapers, watched debates, but with this president I truly don’t feel you can “interview” him for another four years without reading the 15,000 plus tweets, because in his words “Twitter is his direct voice to the people”.

My struggle is the hypocrisy, lies and name calling found in these tweets, all things I was taught were wrong. Does the President need to be my moral compass? Absolutely not, but before voting, please ask yourself if this president represents how you’d speak or act? The Presidency is not about one single issue, whether it’s abortion, the economy, or Hillary’s emails, it’s the big picture. It’s how well a President speaks and acts on the world stage, how he works with congress, the senate, and how his words and actions unite or divide people and parties. We are the UNITED States, please think about the word united before you cast your vote.

~Susan Botelho



Vote for Lopez

I write this letter in support of Carlos Lopez who is running for the Colorado State Senate. Mr. Lopez is my neighbor. I know him to be an honorable man of moderate political views and the willingness to follow through on initiatives in which he believes. Better funding for education and rural health care facilities; and more resources for community colleges building innovative trade programs are just a few of his interests.

I have no doubt he will make an outstanding senator for the State of Colorado.

~Marilyn McGuire



Democrat voting Republican

I am a registered Democrat and a former candidate for county commissioner who did not make it through the primary election. After listening to the KSPK forum, I support Sandy White and John Galusha in the general election. They were both in favor of not selling our county water and events such as Sonic Bloom, which is far from a music festival. It is a modern-day Wood Stock. The event is not family friendly as portrayed, but rather a nuisance to our community and every other community they have been kicked out of. There is no tax revenue benefit to them being in our county. Our Democratic candidates are in support of both selling water and supporting such events. Neither of which benefit the citizens of Huerfano County.

As a result of the Democratic candidate’s comments and agendas I would encourage all Huerfano County voters to carefully choose who you vote for in the upcoming November 3rd election.

~Jose Baros

Huerfano County

Letters to the Editor

Thanks from Oktoberfest

The Oktoberfest committee would like to thank everyone who helped to make this past weekend’s fundraiser a big success! Due to COVID 19 we will not be able to hold our traditional Oktoberfest celebration this year, but there are still people that need our help and scholarships to fund. We were able to contact our friends The Cody Sisters and with the Health Departments approval and the generosity of Aristotle Karas, owner of the Grandote Golf Course, we had a band and a venue and an opportunity to make some money! Saturday evening was just perfect and we wish to thank everyone who attended, as well as the local businesses who sponsored us by purchasing banners, our talented band, Emilie Dubia who sold tickets for us at the Mercantile and the World Journal and KSPK for promoting our event at no cost to us. Special thanks to Bachman’s for their generous donation and advertising space, Kelly and Sid Popejoy for all of their assistance, and to Aristotle Karas and everyone who went above and beyond to make this happen! As a 501c3 we gladly accept donations from anyone who wants to help those less fortunate in Huerfano County. For more information about how you can make a difference, call Mitzi at 742-5278 or any committee member. Thank you all!

~Oktoberfest Committee

La Veta, CO


Thank you for celebrating Ray with us

The family of Ray Bud Kreutzer would like to thank everyone who attended the celebration of his life, the reception, and those who sent cards, calls, and food.

We appreciate your thoughtfullness, and God Bless You.

~Betty and family

La Veta, CO



Democracy or Dictatorship

Our democracy is at risk of becoming an authoritarian dictatorship if people continue to deny and spin the truth about Trump and the way he and his administration show complete disregard for the truth, the law, our Constitution, procedures meant to provide balance and accountability in government, congressional obligations, the sworn oath of office he took with his hand on a Bible… and their obvious efforts to promote conspiracy theories, and stir up people’s fears and prejudices… efforts meant to divide, condemn, incite and destroy! Our country will not survive as a democracy if these things are allowed to continue! Spinning and denying the truth won’t change the truth!

Trump has an intense need to be powerful, in charge, honored and adored… and his psychological traits: narcissim, willfuly lying, misogyny inflated ego, insecurites, etc., are feeding his growing obsession to become like the dictators he admires and praises.. He wants to be the supreme all pwerful ruler of our country, and he is using fear, lying, distortion, and deception to avhieve his goal. He’s already surrounding himself with required loyal followers, enablers… ready and willing to please him.. especially AG Wm. Barr! The cult mentality silence of Republicans in Congress is disgraceful as they choose to deny the truth, and ignore their sworn oath to defend our Constitution, in order to enable Trump to rule as he pleases. They choose to do nothing to stop or censure his attacks on our democracy.

As Roosevelt said, “Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely.” Being prepared wisely means allowing ourselves to realize and acecept the truth.. it’s up to us. Our country’s future, our system of government depends on who becomes our President. Do you want a democracy or a dictatorship? That is the choice!

~Susie Jahnke

Santa Rosa, CA


Vote for Sandy White

I am writing this letter in support of Sandy White for Huerfano County Commissioner. I am asking you to vote for Sandy. As a working artist and active member of the Huerfano arts community, I know that Sandy values the enormous contribution all the arts make not only to the economic success of the county but also to the enrichment of the community. Visual arts, theatre, music and vocal arts, architecture, photography – all of these elements come together here.

I also feel it’s important to mention that Sandy has made huge contributions to this county in other areas. His efforts writing successful grants alone has been tremendous. His actions as a Colorado water attorney have been a major contribution to this county. In short, Sandy would be a competent, full time and committed County Commissioner to make this county a better place to live.

Please vote for Sandy White.

~ Kate McCabe

La Veta, CO


Votar por Sandy

Soy Catalina Valdez y quisiera perdí tu voto por Sandy White para comisionado del condado de Huerfano. Mi familia llegó a sur de Colorado hace unos ciento setenta años.

Sandy es un poco más nuevo aquí. Su familia llegó hace ciento veinte años.

Nuestras familias han sido amigos cercanos durante los últimos cincuenta años.

Hemos vistas nuestros hijos y hijas crecer y tomaron vacaciones de familia juntos.

Esas vacaciones eran largas semanas de campamento y de ir de pesca.

Las solíamos llamar “grandes expediciones”.

Mi difunto esposo trabajó muy cerca con Sandy para protegerlos derechos a l’agua en la zona de Colorado de sur. Ellos siempre trabajaron juntos sin problemas a pesar de ser de partidos politicos opuestos.

Nuestro concepto de Sandy es el de un amigo bondadoso, honesto, inteligente, y confiable. Como comisionado, applicará las mismas virtudes.

Por favor, consideré darle su voto a Sandy White para comisionado del condado de Huerfano.

~Catherine Valdez

La Jara, CO


In response to Theresa Kimbrel

I recognize your beliefs. That’s the great thing about our country and Constitution. We have the right to our own beliefs!

The Democratiic platform states: “Every woman should have access to quality reproductive health care services, including safe and legal abortion.” Pro-Choice. Sorry, I couldn”t find anything in the platform on the Right to Die. Personally I don’t want anyone else in the doctor’s office or exam room with me or making health decisions for me! I’m glad you brought up life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness! Can you imagine those things without the ability to control your own body?

Everyone wants freedom and self determination!

According to the Jesuit Review: Catholics are just as likely to get an abortion as other US women. The Guttmacher Institute found that 24% of those who got an abortion were Catholic. The Pew Research Center says 22% of US women identify as Catholic.

In 2018, 62% of Americans viewed Planned Parenthood favorably. A National Public Radio Survey in 2019 found that 77% of Americans said the Supreme Court should uphold Roe vs Wade.

Blessings also to you,

~Nancy Poe

Raton, NM


Response to David Tesitor and Theresa Kimbrel on Abortion

Is this reason to vote for such a person? More serious issues are before us. The 6th Commandment (For those who acknowledge it, as I do) says “Thou Shall Not Kill.” Donald Trump has denied the coronavirus, or downplays it, even as it is raging. He does not require masks and social distancing at his rallies, although they’re required under Center. for Disease Control guidelines. Many, many deaths have resulted from his inaction (200,000 and ongoing!) Thou shall not kill? He calls it the “China Vrius” because it originated there.  Some now call it the “Trump Virus.” Consider baby bear cubs and wolf pups.  In Alaska’s National Parks, the Trump Administration has removed restrictions using spotlights to shoot mother bears and wolves in hibernation. Kill babies? This is the lowest of low.  Surely they have the right to live. The Declaration of Independence states that all men are created equal, with Liberty and Justice for All. Does this exclude people of color? Another commandment (the 7th) says “Thou shall not commit adultery.” Need I say more about that? I may vote Independent or Green Party, certainly not for a racist president.

Thank you.

~Margi Durrum

Walsenburg, CO


Letters to the Editor

At it again Well,

the Postmaster General is at it again. A recent postal service card tells us of the best way to vote by mail.

One statement is to request the ballot from the Clerk and Recorder (C+C) fifteen days before the election.

This is a false statement. Ballots are directly mailed to voters, no request needed.

Can you imagine the C+C taking the extra time to explain that this is a fake statement? They are already overwhelmed with legitamte voting procedures.

The Colorado Secretary of State is confronting the Postal Service about this.

The Trump Administration is really trying to rig this election, in Trump’s favor.

Where is our freedom to vote legally? Note that when you vote by mail you must have your signature on the return envelope exactly as it appears on your ballot envelope. Received from the C+C, or your vote will not be counted.

Your best bet will be to deliver your ballot directly to the C+C office, or in the drop box west of the Courthouse.

Hopefuly this will be a legitimate election.


~Margi Durrum

Walsenburg, CO


Our Megadrought

My impression of the “Megadrought” article by Mark Craddock (“World Journal,” August 27, 2020) is that it was interesting and well done. The criticism of it in the September 3, 2020 Letter appears to be that global warming is occurring and that it is man-induced. The denial that the earth has warmed over the last millennia, and especially the last 10-20 years, is puzzling. I have tried to decipher the objective of the denial. Is it so we as humans can continue to do what we always have regardless of consequences to the environment? We can all pick and choose data that we want to believe—called confirmational bias. The cited 1989 NY Times article also noted that NASA reported that average global temperatures have risen nearly 1°F in this century. Mr. Craddock references long-term data in hydrological modeling and tree-ring reconstruction. In tree-ring studies (dendrochronology), scientists have reconstructed temperature patterns over a 1000+ period to the present (see Tree Story by Valarie Trouet, Professor at Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research). Although temperatures have fluctuated, producing a kind of “noodle” pattern over this period (e.g., 300-year warm Medieval Period; 100-year Little Ice Age), nothing has superseded the last 100 years of temperature increases. This causes a “hockey stick” pattern when plotting temperatures as correlated by tree-ring patterns over this long-term period. Maybe there’s other reasons or a synergistic effect, but this latter warming correlates with increased burning of fossil fuels and CO2 emissions that have escalated during the last century. I mean, there must be a reason Arctic ice and permafrost are melting. My analysis regarding man-made climate change data is not to hype a political position, nor to make a profit somehow, but to understand current actions affecting the earth’s future for grandchildren and beyond.

~ Loren Hettinger,

PhD Ecologist

Littleton, CO


Vote for Galusha

I am writing to express my support for John Galusha for County Commissioner. We have an excellent opportunity to elect a candidate who has proven Huerfano County leadership experience. During these uncertain times, it is only smart to elect someone who has intimate knowledge of our beautiful county and the opportunities that exist to make our county even better. John has a long successful track record in economic development and county issues. He can make the logical transition from County Administrator to County Commissioner in a manner that benefits all of us. He has the network resources to be able to leverage his work experience into decisions that benefit our entire county.

I have had the opportunity to work with John as the Co-Chair of Economic Development and on other issues that impact our county and know that he has the foresight and ability to provide the leadership and vision for our county that will benefit all of us. I ask you to vote for John Galusha so that we can continue to benefit from his skills and knowledge for our future and prosperity.

Thank you and Vote for John Galusha.

~Lola Spradley La Veta, CO


Response to David tesitor letter

Dear Editor,

I wish to thank David Tesitor for his thoughts about the upcoming election and his statement about the sacredness of all life. President Donald Trump is a Pro-life President and it is the Republican Party, that has a Pro-life platform. I beg every American especially people of all faiths to cast your vote for President Trump. As Joe Biden has stated on numerous occasions the soul of the USA is on the line this election, but he is the wrong person to save the soul of America. Joe Biden needs our prayers, but he does not need our votes.

I know there are many, Catholics included who do not care for our current President for various reasons but to be fair he, like all of us is human. I implore anyone thinking to vote Democrat, PLEASE take-a-look at the Democrat platform which promotes abortion and the right to die. So if you are an unborn child you have no rights and if you are lucky to be one who is older, you have the right to say kill me…either way our most vulnerable citizens are at risk.

The Declaration of Independence states in part the following: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness…”NOTE our first right is the right to life. That is truly the soul Republicans and President Donald Trump are fighting for. God Bless you all and God Bless America.

~Theresa Kimbrel

La Veta, CO

Letters to the Editor

Thanks from SCCG

Dear Editor,

As we continue to move cautiously through COVID-19 and 2020, I wanted to take a minute to thank the World Journal for all the coverage over the last six months. They have covered our senior meals program weekly which have seen record numbers. They posted all our support for Census 2020. They share our Care and Share food distributions as well as do feature stories. They have graciously posted a weekly notice from our LTC ombudsman. And have always been a big supporter by putting our senior menu in the newspaper as a courtesy. They have been a great partner that make a difference by letting the public know what the Area Agency on Aging (AAA) can provide to seniors. We couldn’t do it without their generosity of press!

I also want to take this time to recognize all the volunteers for food distributions in both counties. Most were mentioned in an article a couple weeks ago. I could not thank all of them enough especially those who have been involved in the last six months. At times it is crazy, but with all their efforts we succeed every time.

I want to thank the AAA staff for their dedication day after day. They show up, prepare and deliver daily meals, and provide support to our senior population in both counties. They are all true heroes: Johanna, Marilyn, Matt, Billy, Kathleen, Rich, Randy, Gaylene, Margarita, Leanne, and Elizabeth.

This pandemic has showed me how fortunate I am to have the people by my side from home to work. Look around you, we are truly surrounded by grace during these challenging times.

Lastly, please complete the Census 2020 and VOTE! Sincerely,

~Veronica Maes, Area Agency on Aging Director,

South Central Council of Governments


It takes a village to raise a child

I am now learning that there is a movement going on in Walsenburg and Gardner to help our children, and future generations! Many of us are aware of the poor state of our RE-1 School facilities, and band aids aren’t cuttin’ it. Something needs to be done. Many of us know what it’s like to make do with what is given, even if it’s cr*p. We gotta make the best of it, right? It is what it is. Right? Well…

What if we shoot for more?

What if we aim for the Stars and try and reach for what we, what OUR children deserve? Our babies DESERVE Safe and Suitable Educational facilities! Our NEIGHBORS’ babies deserve it too! RE-1 students deserve every opportunity available to succeed! Future generations do, too. Huerfano has a long history of success with its students ranging from sports to music to academics! Let’s support its future!

School administration, staff and community members are working their butts off to obtain free $$$’s from the State (B.E.S.T. Grant) for the sake of our babies! My family and I haven’t been here long, but I have never seen such determination, diligence, and LOVE from people (I didn’t even know) as I have from Huerfano folks. We have never felt so personally valued till we came here. We’re not just a number. We’re Home.

Yes, property taxes will need to get raised. They’re calling it Proposition 4A. If we vote “Yes,” Colorado will grant RE-1 SD over $20 million to fix the elementary schools and build a whole new 7-12 grade school! We must take care of our own, Huerfano. But this time, we aren’t forgotten, ignored, or rejected. This time, we have support.

It takes a community to raise its children, so let’s get it done!

Your neighbor,

~Melanie L. Speer

Walsenburg, CO


Save the USPS! Response to Sporleder letter

Yes, President Trump IS trying to take away your vote and the Postal Service! He admits undermining the USPS to make it harder to vote by mail.

August 13th, Trump falsely claimed mail-in voting will lead to fraud. He doesn’t want to fund the Post Office. He and the Republicans have long wanted to privatize the USPS, treating it like a business instead of the service that it is! He and Treasurer Mnuchin want to loan the postal Service $10 Billion and If it doesn’t raise parcel rates 4-5 times??? Or what ever other excuse they can come up with, Bye bye USPS?

Trailing in the polls, August 3rd, Trump admits he’s sabotaging the Postal Service, to make universal voting by mail impossible during an election conducted amid a pandemic! Trump is sowing doubt in mail-in voting.

It is true Postmaster General DeJoy sent a memo to postal workers in July: saying no more overtime, don’t wait for delayed mail, deliver it the next day. He told employees the agency would not survive unless it made difficult changes to cut costs! The PO notified 46 states they better send their ballots out earlier and move up the dates for their return because of mail delays. The House of Representatives called in DeJoy to testify, he said he would return things to normal until after the election. Thank you Nancy Pelosi and the inspector generals for oversight. In DeJoy’s testimony, he said he would not return the sorting machines or the postal boxes he removed.

As to the postal boxes removed 2011-2016 during Obama’ administration, it was not a political move! A 2016 report said: “The Postal Service adapts collection infrastructure to meet customer’s needs; it eliminated underused boxes that receive fewer than 25 pieces a day and added boxes convenient to customers.

~Nancy Poe

Raton, NM

Coincidence or lies?

The recent appointment of Louis DeJoy as Postmaster General has seen some changes in postal service.

He has said that as a business man, he will run the postal service as such.

The postal service is, and should be, an independent agency to keep Americans connected and informed.

Hence, reduced hours and overtime cuts, among other things, have caused delays.

DeJoy has recently admitted that the changes have caused delays and that he will wait until after the election to resume them.

His reversal came after twenty states announced plans to file lawsuits over the policy changes, saying that this will impede the election.

DeJoy is a mega donor of Donald Trump, and seems to be serving him.

All of this is happening just weeks before the election. Is this a coincidence, or dirty lies?

~Margi Durrum

Walsenburg, CO


Response to Sporleder letter regarding drought article

Rebuttal to the letter to the editor by Karl and Debi Sporleder, which ran Sept. 3, regarding the megadrought article by Mark Craddock:

From the Jan. 26, 1989 New York Times article to which you refer:

“Dr. Kirby Hanson, the meteorologist who led the study, said in an interview that the findings concerning the United States do not necessarily ‘cast doubt’ on previous findings of a worldwide trend toward warmer temperatures, nor do they have a bearing one way or another on the theory that a buildup of pollutants is acting like a greenhouse and causing global warming. He said that the United States occupies only a small percentage of the Earth’s surface and that the new findings may be the result of regional variations.”

Bear in mind, that article is 30 years old. In the ensuing years, the overwhelming consensus of science is that human-caused global climate change is occurring, and we are feeling its earliest negative effects now.

According to the NASA Global Climate Change website (updated Aug. 31, 2020), “The current warming trend is of particular significance because most of it is extremely likely (greater than 95 percent probability) to be the result of human activity since the mid-20th century and proceeding at a rate that is unprecedented over decades to millennia.”

The World Journal stands behind its reporting.



What kind of voter are you?

Among the religions of the world, an almost universal law states, ‘Thou shalt not kill.’ Among the laws given to Moses, it is a cornerstone of civilized society. Yet many Christians seem to forget the meaning of those words.

From my Catholic perspective I see few issues so divisive as the respect for human life, from its conceptual beginning to its natural end. Our Catholic faith stands unshaken in its defense of the unborn, and the Catechism of the Catholic Church continues to teach that human life from natural conception to natural death must be respected and protected. From the first moment of her existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person – among which is the inviolable right of every person to life, no matter how young. Life or no life. It’s black and white.

But why not make it gray? Do not kill …unless it is a fetus (a medical term used to draw attention away from the fact he is an unborn child). Do not kill… unless she is severely disabled; unless he is a criminal; unless he is terminally ill, sick, or old; unless her race is considered inferior. All human life is sacred. Understanding this principle is key to understanding civilization as it has been defined for millennia. It defines our Catholic position on all life issues and our position of the church.

All human life is sacred. Made in the image and likeness of God, each human person has an inalienable dignity and worth.

As a Christian voters, I ask you to look upon the candidates, their party platforms, and the practices they put forth, and then decide if you are among the ‘grays’ who feel justified in making killing of the innocent acceptable in America. I am not.

~David Tesitor

Walsenburg, CO


Q Who?

Just how much demented tripe are we being asked to normalize?

Most sources agree that QAnon is a conspiracy theory that teaches Donald Trump is battling “deep state” satanists, comprised of Hollywood figures, the media and, of course, Democrats. These alleged actors are said to be cannibals and pedophiles who, among other things, engage in sex-trafficking of children whose blood they drink.

Mr. Trump has said those who subscribe to such nonsense “love our country.” (White House Press Conference 8/19/20) On the other hand, the FBI has called QAnon a “potential domestic terrorism threat.” (NYT, 8/15/20) And Lauren Boebert, CD3 Republican candidate, was quoted in a July 1, 2020 article in The Guardian as having said she is “very familiar” with the QAnon conspiracy theory.

Indeed Ms Boebert pontificated in a June interview with Steel Truth, a podcast that supports QAnon, as follows: “Everything I’ve heard of Q — I hope this is real, because it only means America is getting stronger and better, and people are returning to conservative values, and that’s what I am for. And so everything that I have heard of this movement is only motivating and encouraging and bringing people together stronger, and if this is real, then it could be really great for our country.” (CBS News, 7/1/20)

Boebert’s campaign spokeswoman, Laura Carno, understandably is anxious to close the book on her boss’ flirtation with QAnon, (Colorado Times Recorder, 8/19/20), and Boebert herself may now want to distance herself from this fringe-iest of right wing fringe groups that is QAnon. However, the damage is done. Her initial embrace of Q does not speak well of her judgment or character. The CD3 deserves a serious person as its representative. The CD3 deserves an experienced, reasonable, competent public servant. That person is Diane Mitsch Bush.

~Joyce Jenkins

Glenwood Springs

Letters to the Editor

Vote Yes on 4A- for the kids!

Why vote “Yes” on Proposition 4A? Of course it is easy to say it is for the kids… but what does that mean? As a new teacher to John Mall High School last year, I can tell you that SO many of our children expressed to me their perspective of the lack of support they receive from the community. Frustrations about how there is nowhere for them to go after school, how there is a lack of involvement from the community within our school walls, and disillusionment from the teacher and staff turnover. Well… many of us are working at trying to change that. I value the relationships we have begun to develop outside of the walls of the school and I look forward to building more relationships with the community.

With our current high school building, we are working with all of our available resources. The condition of the building has deteriorated and it isn’t getting better. We’ve applied band-aid after band aid to the facility but adding layers of paint isn’t fixing the real problem that this building is getting worse.

Ultimately, I am here because I want to see your children… OUR children… have a fair shake once they depart John Mall. OUR children also deserve support from their community. I ask that each voter in Huerfano County strongly consider voting “Yes” on Prop 4A… truly… for OUR kids. Show them that their community believes in them and is here to support them as they build for their futures.


~Matt DeJong

Walsenburg, CO


Misleading ad about Kamala Harris

An advertisement in the World Journal contains a misleading quote from vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris. Senator Harris said, “What else do we know about this population of 18 through 24? They are stupid.”

As presented, the statement looks as though Senator Harris is being highly critical of that age group. When read as part of the speech from which it comes, the statement actually reveals her empathy for the age group.

Senator Harris made the speech in 2014, while she was Attorney General of the State of California. In her presentation, she bemoaned the criminal justice system’s treatment of young adults at a time in their lives when they are developmentally prone to making “really bad decisions.”

While working as the district attorney for San Francisco, Senator Harris led the development of a program, Back on Track, that dropped low-level drug sale charges against first offenders who met educational and career achievement conditions.

“When I was at Howard University, and we were in college, we were 18 through 24, and you know what we were called? College kids. But when you turn 18 and you’re in the system, you are considered an adult, period. That is the prime phase of life when we mold and shape and direct someone to become a productive adult. What else do we know about this population of 18 through 24? They are stupid. (Here the crowd laughed.) That is why we put them in dormitories, and they have a resident assistant. They make really bad decisions. So we focused on that age population.”

She was not speaking specifically about young adult voters. She was referring to a developmental stage of life for ALL young adults. She was pointing out the need for guidance and understanding instead of prosecution for people in that particular stage of their lives.

Thank you.

~Edward Smith

Walsenburg, CO


Truth or Untruth

To the Editor,

It was refreshing to read TRUTH VS UNTRUTH (WJ 8-27-20) regarding “Save the United States Postal Service.”

Main Stream Public wants to believe Main Stream Media reports truth. In reality, MS Media will report deliberate pernicious disinformation and/or eliminate reports occuring of riots and violence all modified to fit their agenda.

All MS Media Journalism has lost all credibility for honest reporting and needs to be verified before belief.

Thank You K& D S for reporting TRUTH VS UNTRUTH which is how HONEST Journalism used to be.

~ Mary DeMeo

La Veta, CO


Our Megadrought

“It is impossible to begin to learn that which one thinks one already knows.” ~Epictetus. Sadly, this is where we are in 2020 – so many people think they already know truth and are unwilling to research. Especially research outside what one already “knows”.

Again, we just shake our heads at the political bend in the Megadrought article in last week’s paper. The article had some good factual research, then the author decided to take a political bend, purporting the fake man-made climate change agenda. Again, if you are willing to dig, facts are there to be found.

Fact: In 1989, The New York Times reported there was no U.S. warming. Look up the article from January 26, 1989. “After examining climate data extending back nearly 100 years, a team of Government scientists has concluded that there has been no significant change in average temperatures or rainfall in the United States over that entire period of time,” quoting NOAA scientists who published an article in Geophysical Research Letters.

Fact: The warmest recorded time in our history was actually in the 1930s (well recorded facts if you are willing to look, and since I only have 300 words, I can’t print graphs from NCAR). Interestingly enough, some of this historical data is “disappearing” from the internet. hmmmm.

In 2017, NCA released a graph going back to 1900 showing how summers were consistently hotter up to the mid 1950s with a cool down in the 60s and 70s. Interestingly enough, their 2018 graph eliminated everything prior to the 1960s, only showing temperatures on the climb.

To start plugging man-made climate change is simply a political agenda. There are people profiting off of the world’s gullibility. Sadly, we don’t have the space or the word count to show how partial data is being used to sway people’s minds.

~Karl and Debi Sporleder

Walsenburg, CO

Letters to the Editor

God Bless online school teachers

After almost two weeks of watching our kiddos do online schooling and watching their teachers try to deal with intermittent working internet, students with ants in their pants, students wanting to “sleep in” or go get their coffee, my hat is off to you!

Thank you for working so hard to help get these children educated in, if nothing else, how to work through the troubleshooting days of electronics. You’re the best!

~Karl and Debi Sporleder



Thanks from the Stonewall Century

Dear Editor:

The 17th Annual Stonewall Century ride was a huge success. The Huerfano/Las Animas County Health Department allowed us to hold this event by following guidelines to keep it COVID-19 safe. The ride benefits the La Veta/ Stonewall Fire Protection Districts, La Veta public library, and La Veta school district. The volunteer-run event is supported by many sponsors with financial/in kind donations. The World Journal will print a free ad thanking all our wonderful sponsors.

We are very grateful to Aristotle Karas for allowing us to use the Grandote Peaks grounds for all of the ride functions. The work done by the Popejoys and Ashley of Grandote was greatly appreciated, making things run smoother.

Alys Romer provided the Friday night meal, and Shauna Chamberlain provided the post ride BBQ. The Stonewall Fire Department provided the luncheon in Segundo.

Volunteers from the La Veta Fire Department, Stonewall Auxiliary, La Veta United Methodist Church, and community supporters of the ride were wonderful. They provided baked goodies for the riders, ran aid stations, served meals, helped with registration, packet pick-up, packet stuffing, helped as SAG drivers for riders who could not complete the ride, and helped as bike mechanics. An ambulance was provided by each department.

The highway patrol kept our riders safe. Heather Curtis photographed many riders on this scenic ride. Nicole Copel made clever commemorative coffee mugs for riders to purchase. Thanks to Harding’s Corner B&B & Circle the Wagons for housing our out of town mechanics. Bree Lessar working with the school district opened the science building for riders who camped to have bathrooms available. Tony Masington matched riders with home hosts.

The Spanish Peaks Cycling Association wishes to thank everyone for their diligent work to make this ride so popular with our riders.

~Kent Hay/Kerrie Meyler

La Veta


Save the United States Postal Service

We had to chuckle after reading last week’s letter to the editor written to the commissioners about saving the USPS.  Does anyone actually research what is going on or do they just listen to MSM, swallow the blue pill and just start freaking out?  Come on folks.  If you think for one second President Trump is taking away the rights of people to vote, there really is no hope for your insight.  That conspiracy theory was started through social media and look where we are, now.

Untruth:  US Sen Claire McCaskill of Missouri sent out pictures of locked mailboxes, spreading more lies about the situation, saying ballot collection was being restricted in DC.

Truth: the photos used were actually locked up boxes from Seattle during the riots. This is also common practice in high theft areas – the caps are put on after the final pickup of the day and removed the next morning.

Untruth:  Mailboxes are being removed to prevent mail in ballots.

Truth:   There is nothing nefarious about removing mailboxes. They are regularly moved from low-demand areas to high-demand areas, especially in this digital world.  In fact, in the Obama/Biden era, some 14,000 of them were removed.  Where were the cries of hysteria, then?

Untruth:  President Trump is bankrupting the USPS.

Truth:  Because of an increase in package deliveries, revenues have been stable.  AND, USPS has a $10 billion loan provided by Congress which they haven’t even touched.  The proposed $25 billion bailout has no connection to the election, except to generate hysteria purported by people like last week’s LTTE author and those on social media.

Truth is, if every person did mail in ballots, it would equal only 6% of the weekly postal volume.

Take a chill pill, people.  smh

~ Karl & Debi Sporleder,


Letters to the Editor

Vote for Galusha

Dear Editor:

This letter is to highly recommend John Galusha for County Commissioner to all voters in Huerfano County.  Having sat on the Huerfano County Economic Development Board for quite a number of years now I have become very well acquainted with John and his wide range of knowledge and duties while serving as County Administrator.  The County Commissioners have virtually always given John the task of reporting to the Economic Development Board some or all of the activities involving the Commissioners.  Even when the Commissioners appear in person and report to the board they always look to John to make sure all matters of concern to the board have been reported.

Over the years it has become obvious that John is an expert in obtaining  grants for adding improvements to our county.  And, once a task or project has been approved John faithfully sees it through to the end.  All one has to do is look at the many improvement projects that have occurred over the last 13+ years of John’s county administrator employment to realize that literally millions of dollars have been raised by John.

It should be obvious that John has been training for the job of county commissioner for all the years of his administrator employment.  Nobody is as qualified for county commissioner as John Galusha.  Give him your vote.

~Stanley K. Mann

Walsenburg, CO


Vote for Arica

Dear Huerfano Community,

I am writing to offer a thank-you and a recommendation.

First, the thanks! When I moved to Huerfano County from “the city” ten years ago, I was unfamiliar with how counties worked. A Board of County Commissioners sounded bureaucratic and remote, people I’d certainly never meet, while the county administrator was a person who sat in an office writing memos. Wrong on both counts!

As I became involved in community activities, I had the opportunity to get acquainted with our commissioners and administrator. Wow, was I impressed! Their work never, ever ends! They know the county – every dirt, gravel and paved road of it. They understand our community’s needs and desires. They have listened attentively and governed wisely. They have served us well. Please join in a virtual round of applause for commissioners Garcia and Vezzani and administrator Galusha as they finish their work and commissioner Cisneros as he continues his term.

Now, the recommendation – who to serve as next District 2 Commissioner. We need someone grounded in Huerfano’s past who knows the county and appreciates our diversity. As we face old challenges and new ones brought by the coronavirus, we need someone who understands us well and has the energy to lead us forward. We need someone who will bridge from where we are now unto a new, unknown epoch. This requires a leader, a problem solver, a listener, a coalition builder; someone driven by our needs rather than by long-held political tenants. Oh, and a woman’s voice on the BOCC for the first time would be helpful, too! I believe the person who best meets those qualifications is Arica Andreatta. I know her, I’ve worked with her, I respect her. Arica will get my vote. I hope she’ll get yours, too.


~Lois Adams

Cuchara, CO


Get out and vote


Here I am- still a Civics teacher- so listen up!

One hundred years ago my grandmother was allowed to vote! I heard of her cries of frustration when she, a college educated woman, had to defer to bootleggers, bums, and such. Because of that, her descendants are active voters on both sides of the political divide.

So you want to vote and have it count! Here’s my recipe:

Use to register but also to check that your registration is up to date, active and your address and name is correct. Then when your ballot arrives VOTE it according to your preferences and carefully mark it as directed. If you spoil it, take it to the courthouse promptly and you will be given another.

Now, seal it, sign it and return it to the drop box provided at the courthouse. If you mail it be sure you have adequate stamps (2) and it is mailed promptly.

You are not through yet! Wait 2 days and again log in to and check to see if your vote has arrived and been counted.

Class dismissed!

Sincerely, Mrs. Foley

~Eleanor Foley

La Veta, CO


Protect our USPS

Dear Mr. Garcia, Mr. Vezzani, and Mr. Cisneros:

Please go on public record via a press release to defend the funding and operation of the US Postal Service within Huerfano County and the State of Colorado, and to state your position on how the US Postal Service should be enabled to operate.

Senator Bennet has praised the operation of the Postal Service within Colorado as exemplary (Aug. 17, 2020, press release) and rebuked the Administration and Pres. Trump for their negative actions , so let us do all in our power to assure that the Postal Service shall continue to deliver mail in a timely fashion. And also to praise Senator Bennet for publicly taking his stand.

Please raise up in Huerfano County all of us who band together to publicly say to Pres. Trump: you shall not negatively impact the delivery of mail within the borders of the County and the State wherein I live. Be the leaders I know you can be!

Please let me know the actions you take on this matter. I hope that you shall enable me to talk you up and praise you all, singly and collectively, among my neighbors and friends and fellow Huerfano County citizens.

President Trump and his Administration are to be publicly rebuked, by your good selves, for their blatant attempt to hobble the US Postal Service and thereby to undermine our democracy.

I have already written Senator Bennet, Senator Gardner, Representative Tipton, Governor Polis, Lt Gov Primavera, CO State Representative Valdez, CO State Senator Crowder — on all levels, it is necessary to call for public statements on what must be defended and to declare what is right.


~Dr. Heloise Lynn

La Veta, CO


Commissioners- keep on top of code violations

Editor World Journal, county commissioners and candidates:

Residents and property owners of Rio Cucharas and other subdivisions within Huerfano County are concerned about the influx of people violating county land use, zoning and building regulations.

While many people may be complying, many appear not to be. That is, living permanently in campers, inadequate waste collection and disposal methods and in some cases people staying on property owned by others without their permission and illegal marijuana grows.

We know the county has been successful in some cases and the process of bringing property owners into compliance is difficult and requires persistence.

We appreciate your efforts, but numerous new cases have appeared during the past one to two years.

We ask simply that current and future county commissioners step up enforcement of the county’s regulations and follow through with enforcement.


~Rio Cucharas Phase 3 HOA:

Lee Cesario, Chris Nielsen,

Mary Ann Lane, Carol Trujillo and

Diana Olmstead, Shawn Olmstead

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