Hats off to Jan Derck and Todd Messenger of the Durango Planning Commission for having the courage to say what really needs to happen to preserve the natural beauty of our area by having strict color standards for homes on the surrounding mountains.
Tourism is Durangos No. 1 business. The beauty of the mountains is Durangos cash cow. It is arrogant, selfish and inconsiderate to think that one can do whatever one wants to ones property and not consider the needs of the community.
Consider, if you will, Santa Fe, San Antonio, Williamsburg, Va., and the ancient areas of Europe. These all are protected by strict appearance standards and could have been ruined if they had had the short-sighted attitude of paranoid people like Paul Bynum, who wrote (Letters, Herald, July 30) criticizing Derck, comparing community color standards to the Communist manifesto. If anything, architectural standards and debris tolerance should be stricter.
I also would like to see the La Plata County Planning Commission follow suit and step up to the plate to establish strict color codes for eight mountainsides, insisting on earth colors and, from this day forward, not allowing red, blue or white roofs, not to mention unsightly debris.
Yes, in the long run, it will even benefit Paul Bynum to live in an orderly, pristine, beautiful and prosperous area with an eye on the future for the welfare of all.
Marcelle Borgers, Durango