Editor’s note: On October 14, 2019, TSD board member Pat Sandoval drafted a letter outlining concerns he has about the district and the way it handles certain situations. Due to its length, we did not publish it at that time. However, community interest has surged and multiple letters have been written back and forth about the issue, so we have decided to publish Mr. Sandoval’s unedited letter on our website at https://huerfanoworldjournal.com/category/letters/ for background context for the following two letters.
Trinidad School District #1 Board response to Sandoval’s Opinion Letter to the Chronicle News:
We are saddened that our fellow Board Member, Patrick Sandoval would attempt single handedly to defeat a bond issue that our school district so desperately needs. It clearly disrespects the students and all citizens of School District No. 1. Mr. Sandoval’s opinions are laced with innuendo and false information intended to harm the students, staff, and citizens of Trinidad.
In the meantime, other individual Board of Education members will be working day and night, to gain voter approval of the bond issue Mr. Sandoval seeks to defeat. Passage of the bond issue will not involve a tax increase and will provide our community a grant of over 11 million dollars to completely remodel our outdated middle school and make significant improvements to our high school.
Loss of these funds will cause irreparable harm to the children of our community.
~Paul Montera, president, Deb Hartman, vice president, Joe Terry, secretary, Dan Ruscetti,
Pat Sandoval responds to the TSD school board
I would like to respond to both Board of Education (BOE) responses to my opinion letter.
First I have never said that I was not in favor of the ballot issue. I supported it last year and do so this year. I have never told anyone not to vote for the ballot issue. The community is well informed of the importance it has on the school district and will vote I believe in support of the ballot issue.
What is interesting is the BOE lack of response to address any of the other issues I have mentioned.
Also interesting is that the responses by the BOE to my opinion were taken prior to my opinion being published in the Chronicle news.
When did the BOE meet to discuss what to put in the responses? Was there a proper notice of a public meeting as required by the sunshine law or was it done over the phone or by email which are still in violation of the open meetings law? Have they just admitted to having violated the open meetings law?
Earlier this year the Chronicle took exception to Governor Polis staff in trying to influence the Chronicle’s publishing of an article. It seems they, the Chronicle, may have done something similar in violation of journalism ethics by giving my letter to the BOE before my letter was published.
Also I take exception to the Chronicle changing my letter.
To all Senior Citizens, families and friends:
Proposition CC will Eliminate the Senior Property Tax Exemption (which gives Senior citizens a tax break on their property Taxes). This exemption has helped senior citizens on fixed incomes for a number of years, us included. If you are not familiar with it, citizens 65 and over and have lived in their primary address for 10 years can apply for this exemption. It can actually save people 50% of their property taxes. Also Proposition CC if passed would also give complete ability and authority to the legislators to Raise your Taxes Without your approval. Under Tabor We The People have had the Right and privilege to Vote on all Tax Increases. I believe we have defeated at least 6 Tax Increases since Tabor has been in effect.
Proposition CC would Eliminate the Voice of We The People. I care about our Senior Citizens and the privilege we have had to receive the Senior Property Tax Exemption. I urge all of you help your family,friends and yourselves and VOTE NO on Proposition CC. Sincerely,
~William and Carol Belt
Shape up, Walsenburg
I have a question, several actually. First, does it seem strange to you that we are now building a new municipal bldg where suspected criminals will be tried, but the District Attorney is letting many of them go?
Second, when are the sidewalks and bridge going to be completed on Walsen and 7th? They are way behind, and the area around the bridge is a safety hazard, actually the entire area is a safety hazard. Did you know that there is not a pedestrian walk way? What happens when someone is hurt or killed? Get it done!
Third, who is painting the mural on 7th and Main? Thank you for no longer disrespecting it. I do not believe a pumpkin head on a Native American is funny. I am insulted by this!
Fourth, I have spoken to City Council several times about the bridge on Main St and 12th. A friend of mine recently crossed over the bridge in his wheelchair. There is a part where the boards sag at the end and he hit it and his foot fell off the rest. I believe he is going to lose his toe. It is a very dangerous bridge, when is this bridge or at least the walk area going to be fixed? It is also a danger to everyone who crosses it!
And finally, did you vote yet? If not, please do so. We need some new blood in City Council. We need someone who will be there for the people. Good luck Brian LaLander for mayor.
~Carmen J. Lara