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Magstadt: Life will be beautiful in 2013…but will we be any better?

It's the start of a new year, which means we've put the old year behind us now. We can forget all about the disappointments of 2012 and start afresh.
Things will be different from now on. Just wait and see.
We will be nicer to each other, more considerate of our neighbors and more honest with ourselves. We will not spoil our children, brag about them on bumper stickers or tell them how "special" they are so often (or in the face of mounting evidence to contrary) that it ceases to have any meaning, becomes galling to others and drives many of our best schoolteachers out of the profession and into another more rewarding line of work.

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Billings: Renewal, reunion and being reunited

This is the time of year to ponder renewal, reunion and being reunited. As the old year draws to a close and the new one looms on the horizon, we think of all the possibilities. In the chaos of 2012, the hope and peace of 2013 becomes present. It would be a blessing.
We can think of renewal of license plate tags, of non-profit status with the state, renewal of memberships in organizations, of insurance…and while those things are important, it is the renewal of faith and friendships and hope for the future, which is more important…at least from this perspective. How do we live our lives with gusto going forward into the New Year?

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Todd: Paving Ridgway's bumpy road to the future

You could have seen this coming. Take a struggling economy, mix in local businesses whose owners are fighting to stay afloat, add a $3.5 million Streetscape project that would be generously funded by the very same business owners, and opposition flows freely.
The Streetscape Committee recommended Wednesday afternoon to Ridgway Town Council to postpone placing the project in front of Ridgway voters on the April 2013 ballot. Reworking and retooling the project, whether by using other financing means and methods and/or scaling the project back are all options for review. Could a November 2013 vote be on the horizon? Perhaps.

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