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Letters: Juan de Oñate was just a fortune-seeker

On grounds not generally considered, I believe identifying Juan de Oñate in the popular sense is inappropriate anyway (“Our view: Done with Oñate ,” June 25). Though Oñate sought to colonize the...

DATE: July 15, 2020 | CATEGORY: Letters to the Editor

Letters: Groups vow to take action on ‘Chief’ sign

As a family business, we have worked with Native people as friends and partners for over 60 years. Before the “Chief” sign was first moved to Toh-Atin after we rescued him, we asked the artists we...

DATE: July 14, 2020 | CATEGORY: Letters to the Editor

Letters: Don’t destroy ‘Chief’ sign, celebrate it

I am a member and former chairman of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe and have lived on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation for more than 70 years. During the Spanish Trails Fiesta in the 1940s and...

DATE: July 14, 2020 | CATEGORY: Letters to the Editor

Letters: ‘Chief’ exemplified racism of his time

Reading Jackson Clark’s defense of his gallery’s “Chief” sign, one can understand his perspective. There is no doubt that he and the Toh-Atin staff have a deep appreciation of Native American...

DATE: July 14, 2020 | CATEGORY: Letters to the Editor

Letters: What’s next, no Big Boy fat-kid signs?

In response to the “Chief” sign, Durango Peace and Justice states, “In times like these, there is no excuse for the continued presence of dehumanizing stereotypes (nor was there ever). We demand...

DATE: July 14, 2020 | CATEGORY: Letters to the Editor

Letters: I was “Chief” at Snowdown, it was dumb

The “Chief,” while representing an example of the pinnacle of cultural appropriation, has a significant presence in Durango’s history. Perhaps, rather than dismantling the sign, a kind of quid pro...

DATE: July 13, 2020 | CATEGORY: Letters to the Editor

Letters: Irresponsible? Then you don’t get rights

Many people complain about restriction of their freedom by being told to wear a mask. Freedom entails at least two elements, rights and responsibility. You don’t get to choose. If you’re not...

DATE: July 13, 2020 | UPDATED: 5 days 10 hours ago | CATEGORY: Letters to the Editor

Letters: We have two parties and both are rotten

The more you read and hear about the two parties that have taken control of our government, it is obvious that the patients have taken over the asylum! I am not even sure they can agree the sun...

DATE: July 13, 2020 | CATEGORY: Letters to the Editor

Letters: Not so fast with that 5G technology

Before we jump on the 5G technology bandwagon for our cities, we might want to find out what radio frequency radiation does to us. From what I understand, 5G requires a higher frequency to get...

DATE: July 13, 2020 | CATEGORY: Letters to the Editor

Letters: It’s the Trump resistance that’s racist

Sirs, I am disappointed that you ran the political cartoon on your opinion page July 3 (“Not every Trump supporter is a racist ...”). It accepts the current racist mantra and ignores, completely,...

DATE: July 12, 2020 | CATEGORY: Letters to the Editor

Letters: ‘Chief’ sign is a privately-funded art work

I have been a Durango resident since 1976 and I am a former waitress at the Chief Diner. The debate over the Toh-Atin Gallery’s iconic “Chief” sign seems to ignore some key issues. First: Effective...

DATE: July 12, 2020 | CATEGORY: Letters to the Editor

Letters: Let’s compromise on train, protect forest

I was happily surprised to hear that the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad has mostly been retrofitted to burn diesel fuel. However, one train remains coal-burning and is endangering our...

DATE: July 12, 2020 | CATEGORY: Letters to the Editor

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