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What readers had to say this week about local stories, Sept. 9-16

People weigh in on overgrown foliage, GED programs and a four-day school week

Each week we highlight some of the most insightful, passionate and witty comments shared on Facebook in response to stories in The Durango Herald.

This week, people weighed in on overgrown foliage, GED programs and a four-day school week.

We enjoy readers’ input and reactions to local stories: People can weigh in on our Facebook page, at the bottom of local news stories at www.durangoherald.com and by writing a letter to the editor.

Here are a few comments that stood out this week:

Story: Leaf-peeping takes on new meaning
The property owner, whether it’s a resident or the city, should theoretically be out chopping down this branch. Someone is ducking the issue, but it’s not Bob. (Courtesy of Bob Krantz)

“I just spent a few hours today trimming near my house out in the county, making signs visible again. These were just signs I drive by, between a mile and three from my house. Rather than trying to figure out who should do it, just grab a tool and go do it. That’s how a community thrives, by helping each other out.” – Jeff Alan

Story: La Plata County candidates tackle local issues over breakfast
La Plata County commissioner candidate Brad Blake speaks Wednesday at the Eggs and Issues forum. (Tyler Brown/Durango Herald)

“How can we work four days a week when it takes two jobs and eight days a week just to live in a tent or a car around Durango. That’s Durango Politicians for you.” – Richard Lachapelle

Story: First female inmate graduates from GED program at La Plata County Jail
La Plata County Sheriff’s Office deputy Tyler Hoyt on Friday congratulates Mariah Flores, the first woman to receive her GED from the La Plata County Jail’s education program. “I got it!” Flores exclaimed when receiving her diploma. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)

“My sister got her GED and she’s about to graduate nursing school with a 4.0 GPA, so it doesn’t matter how you graduate, they are both valid, it just depends on the person and their willingness to fight through. I’m beyond proud of my sister. She graduates this may from nursing school. We where both young parents and had a rough upbringing. And we are both graduating with associates degrees and moving on to bachelors. So I for one say this is great. I’m glad that someone is fighting the real fight. Good job Mariah and the GED program.” – Lee Chavez

Story: How will four-day school weeks affect children’s learning?
Leanna Spungen, a third-grade teacher at Needham Elementary School, works with students Aug. 30 during reading time in her class. Durango School District 9-R plans to stick with five-day weeks, even though a majority of school districts have gone to four-day weeks. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)

“The reality is school is so much more than just education for so many families. It’s education, child care, sources of nutrition, social-emotional support, a safe place from homelessness and abuse, and so-on. Most families will do just fine with a 4-day work/school week, but I’m afraid less-fortunate families and children will be negatively impacted by this change. I would love to see more efforts on school and teacher funding and support rather than decreasing school days.” – Kara Schulwitz Webb

Story: New housing development comes to the Animas Valley
West Dalton is one of two new developments in the Animas Valley. Buyers are expected to move into newly built homes by 2024. (Tyler Brown/Durango Herald)

“This property was originally owned by the U.S. Forest Service and used as a staging area for fighting fires and as a work station. There were countless property trade offers turned down by the USFS over the years.” – Dennis Pierce

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