An opportunity to serve

Dear Editor,
There are many ways to become involved in your community but have any of our citizens thought about serving on the RSA (Regional Service Authority) Board? There are three seats up for election, Districts 1, 2 and 4. The districts represent voting precincts by the same number. This Thursday, Aug. 7, from 6-7 p.m., there will be a short informational open house at Mountain Medical Center in Ridgway to explain the purpose of the board and answer questions. We invite all who may be interested in this opportunity to come.  
Linda Ingo

Let's do it again in 10

Dear Editor,
Please extend my thanks to Karen, Jack, Terry, Jenny and everyone who came to my 90th birthday party, Sunday, Aug. 3.
I will never forget it.
Let's do it again in 10!!

Frances Talbert

Trying to find the balance between young and old

It was 1984 and I was teaching preschool in Calabasas, California. It was the first day of school and a mother and daughter were having great separation anxiety. Daughter was screaming that she didn’t want to leave Mama and I was trying to tell the mom to leave. And she said to me, “But I love her.” And I told her that was why she had to go. And she did and the child screamed for a while and then settled down.

Having faith in healing

“To ease another’s heartache is to forget one’s own.”
― Abraham Lincoln

Fear, loathing and hiking in the land of lightning

One of the magical things I love about living in the San Juans is the set-your-watch-by-it arrival of the monsoon season. Seldom do thunderstorms fail to crank up sometime in the first week in July — just when June’s glaring sun and single digit humidity begins to wear on heat-intolerant mountain folk. Talk about “afternoon delight,” cool, soothing rain is mood medicine. The downside of our thunderstorms is unpredictable lightning; it can be deadly, especially for those who feel compelled to wade alpine meadows of wildflowers or bag one of our sundry peaks.

Thanks, Ridgway, for your partnership

Dear Editor,
For the past three years I have served on our Town Council, from which I will step down as of July 15. In order to better address health concerns of my family, we will be moving to Durango. It is a new life chapter for us, starting with a mix of loss and gain, heaviness and hope.  
When I first placed my name on the ballot in 2011, after only a year in the community,