I just returned from a few days up in Denver. I was bracing for higher gas prices than in Taos, because they’re always about 20 cents more, but this time, we never saw any prices as high as we’d paid when we left Taos. I wonder what’s going on here. Could it be the cabal that’s capitalizing on its monopoly? But even Smith’s prices were the same as every Speedway, except for the one that’s in competition with the Pueblo’s Hail Creek station.

But that’s not actually why I’m writing. Since I was gone, from Thursday morning to Monday, I didn’t get a chance to read the newspaper till I got home. Once again, I was reminded of how fortunate we are to still have such a great local newspaper. This issue was particularly informative — with the election results, stories of the fires’ aftermath, COVID updates and reporting on the prospect of 38 new affordable rentals right in town.

I also enjoyed reading the story of the real monk of Hermits Peak, and the article about Chad Boliek’s home and memories, especially well done when put into the perspective that not everyone will be so lucky, unless the U.S. legislature votes to take responsibility for the fire — which they, of course, should. But in this climate, who knows if they will.

Thank you to everyone involved for week after week (even through the pandemic) presenting news, entertainment, sports and community news. It’s no small undertaking and something none of us should take for granted. The absence of local reporting is a growing problem nationwide, one that leads to corruption and ignorance. We can count ourselves blessed to have the Taos News.

Barbara Scott


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