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Letter: Don’t blame students; look for solutions

The city of Durango’s economy relies heavily on student involvement and engagement with local vendors, shops and restaurants. College students are citizens of Durango as well! Why are certain...

DATE: April 2, 2021 | CATEGORY: Letters to the Editor

Letter: Lodgers tax should fund locals’ needs

By suggesting that many of the lodgers tax opponents “probably came here as tourists,” Sweetie Marbury (March 30, “Lodgers tax proposal is a win-win for Durango”) alludes to one of the biggest...

DATE: April 2, 2021 | CATEGORY: Letters to the Editor

Letter: Lodgers tax increase is long overdue

Increasing Durango’s lodgers tax is long overdue. The increase will help support a year-round tourism economy, which in turn supports and sustains local businesses. The tax is not paid by...

DATE: April 2, 2021 | CATEGORY: Letters to the Editor

Letter: Lodgers tax will help keep workers employed

The Durango Area Hospitality and Lodgers Association, of which I am president, has been working on the increase in lodgers tax initiative for almost two years. We have worked closely with...

DATE: April 2, 2021 | CATEGORY: Letters to the Editor

Letter: Train diverting departures to Rockwood will hurt downtown Durango

It’s good to see that discussion about the impact of the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad’s decision to move the bulk of its operations to Rockwood Station is finally occurring. Prior...

DATE: April 2, 2021 | CATEGORY: Letters to the Editor

Letter: ‘Lions’ Den’ provides safe haven hangout for youth

I would like to respectfully respond to concerns regarding the partying and bad behavior at Rim Drive (March 31, “Drug sales, use at Rim Drive parking lot must stop”). Although you’ve expressed...

DATE: April 2, 2021 | CATEGORY: Letters to the Editor

Letter: Lodgers tax has improved Durango

My husband and I have lived in Durango since 1976, when there was no lodgers tax. At that time, it was exceedingly difficult as a young family to make a living. Then, the city passed a lodgers tax...

DATE: April 2, 2021 | CATEGORY: Letters to the Editor

Letter: Biden immigration policy created border crisis

I am a firm supporter of legal immigration since many of our ancestors came through Ellis Island and other places with admirable aspirations to improve their lives and with a deep respect for the...

DATE: April 2, 2021 | CATEGORY: Letters to the Editor

Letter: Furtney thinks outside the box

Seth Furtney is the most prepared and experienced first-term candidate for City Council that I have seen in Durango. The Herald notes that his excellent work and life experience and many years of...

DATE: April 1, 2021 | CATEGORY: Letters to the Editor

Letter: Melissa Youssef, Jessika Buell, and Olivier Bosmans

I support Melissa Youssef, Jessika Buell and Olivier Bosmans for City Council. They all have the intellect, skill sets, and life experiences necessary to lead our city government. Importantly. I...

DATE: April 1, 2021 | CATEGORY: Letters to the Editor

Letter: ‘Dreamers’ are essential, need permanent protection

The pandemic has made clear that Coloradans rely on each other. This reality extends to our economic future and the work that Colorado’s immigrant community is doing to keep our state open and...

DATE: April 1, 2021 | CATEGORY: Letters to the Editor

Letter: Massage chairs for deputies’ health?

So, no doubt, after consultation with medical professionals, the sheriff determined the best way to spend $20,000 toward overall employee wellness was to purchase three massage chairs (March 27,...

DATE: April 1, 2021 | CATEGORY: Letters to the Editor

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