I am not writing this letter because I am a Fort Lewis College alumna, nor do I have a personal relationship with Shelly or Chris Aaland. I am an upset community member who is writing to comment on the wrongful termination of two devoted FLC employees – folks who have given all of their adult life (33 years combined) to the college and shouldn’t have been treated poorly. But they have been treated poorly – it’s just that simple.
Chris and Shelly have devoted their lives and contributed their time, talents and energy to the school from which they both graduated and loved! I think that dedication deserves respect. The FLC administration members who are responsible for this should be ashamed of themselves. They must not have a conscience. They have not devoted their lives to Fort Lewis College or to our community as the Aalands have.
The bond between FLC and Durango is a strong one. Our community should reach out and support this family. It is what Durango does best!