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Thu
08
Dec
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Silverton Heli-ski will negatively impact area

Dear Editor,
There is a proposal to add 10,686 acres to heli-ski terrain east of (San Juan) County Road 2 along the Animas towards Eureka.
There are two possible outcomes if approved by the BLM:
1. Avalanche control work with explosives occurs above the Cunningham Gulch Nordic track.
2. The Cunningham Gulch Nordic track, a public road, and access to backcountry skiing, is closed.
I’m no expert on NEPA or the law, but what really matters in the backcountry is common sense. Heli-drops that run-out onto the Nordic track would be reckless. A majority of the public could lose access to BLM public land for the benefit of a private entity and its paying customers.
Although the permit would say nonexclusive use for heli-skiing, if it gets implemented like it did in Velocity Basin, you know the drill … winter long closure for your protection.

Thu
08
Dec
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Now that it's over

Dear Editor,
The election is over. It is time to move forward, to lead. Whether you are wringing your hands over Trump, or celebrating Clinton’s political demise, please STOP. Take the yard signs down and remove those inane bumper stickers from your cars. Whether you drive an Outback or a Hummer, the only thing I want to see on the back of your vehicle is your license plate. Put away your red or blue partisan bling and get your purple on. Your identity politics are ruining America.
To my nationalist Republican friends, we will not be going back to Norman Rockwell’s bucolic America. Whether or not that America ever existed, today it exists only on canvas in museums. You can blame the technology in your pocket for the realities and the challenges of globalization, but know this: there is no turning back. Building walls and tearing up trade agreements may feel good, even empowering, but they are ignorant responses to a set of political contrivances.

Thu
08
Dec
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No question about it: the system is rigged

Donald Trump was right about one thing. The system really is rigged.
The 2016 election proves it. But the truth of the matter has little or nothing to do with the “liberal” media or fraudulent voting schemes or any other conspiracy theories floated during what can only be characterized as the nastiest political campaign in memory.
We know now the polls were wrong and the winner was, in fact, the beneficiary of a rigged system. But don’t get your underwear in a bunch: the winner did not rig the system. By the same token, had the winner lost it would not have been because the, uh, “nasty woman” he was running against had rigged it.
In truth, the system has been rigged for so long and in so many, uh, creative ways that what is widely viewed as perfectly normal here in the United States looks derisively undemocratic to people in other democracies. Over the years, we’ve legitimized election rigging for Congress as well as the Presidency.

Thu
22
Sep
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Corbett Creek a gravel pit

Dear Editor,
After clearing C. R. 17, following a flood in 2008, the Road and Bridge Department began excavating Corbett Creek and created a gravel mining operation which continued for the following eight years. They channeled up the creek, leveled out the area beside the creek and made 30-40 piles of rock and gravel, which were continually replenished and gravel was hauled off on a regular basis. Heavy equipment was consistently parked at the location.
Equipment operators and road committee members came to know Corbett Creek as one of the three gravel pits in Ouray County.
The public continued being told that the excavation was for the purpose of flood control, although it was evident to residents that the mitigation techniques were ineffective. It was also apparent that the rock being removed was not flood debris, but rather unearthed, excavated gravel.

Thu
22
Sep
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Facts don't support new zone

Dear Editor,
Having attended the BOCC public meeting on the proposed new high country development regulations on the Alpine zone above 9,500 feet in elevation on patented lode mining claims on July 13, three items appeared to dominate the entire hearing. Density, five acre up to a 35 acre building site. Maximum floor space 1,000 square feet or less up to 2500 square feet.
The third item was all about private property rights and taking of lands and uses without due process and compensation that was brought out by only a very few people in comparison to the ones that agreed or had issues with the BOCC proposal.

Thu
22
Sep
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Begin paving Ouray

Dear Editor,
I want to take the occasion of the opening of the" new" school to
congratulate all those responsible. It complements the natural beauty that
surrounds Ouray.
I was also glad to see the street/playground finally paved. That was
long overdue. It reminded me that about 10 years ago, the town administration
promised they were setting aside money for paving one street per year.
It was at that time that some of the curbs and gutters were poured in
preparation for paving. Maybe the economic downturn sidetracked that project.
But our economy is thriving now and it's an opportune time to begin that
paving project and end all the dust and mud, the mag-chloride, the plugged up
storm sewers, the swamped sidewalks, etc. I feel that's a project that should
take priority over new dressing rooms at the pool and begin where there's
already curb and gutters.

Fr. Nat Foshage
St. Daniel Catholic Church

Thu
22
Sep
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Seems like a bargain

Dear Editor,

This is in response to your editorial in the September 1-7, 2016 issue, regarding Amendment 69, single payer for health insurance.
I need to disclose that before my retirement in 2013, I was Chief Financial Officer for Colorado based businesses. Each year I had the unpleasant duty of explaining to the business owners and the employees the huge increase their health insurance cost. These memories definitely color my feelings about Amendment 69.

Thu
22
Sep
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ColoradoCare tax is a savings

Dear Editor,

In the last couple of weeks, both in your op ed piece of two weeks ago and
in your editorial cartoon in this past week, you have done the voters of
Colorado a disservice by your misrepresentation of Amendment 69. In your
op-ed piece you described ColoradoCare as a “governmental entity.” It
may be splitting hairs, but in reality ColoradoCare would be a taxpayer-owned
cooperative, much like the Rural Electric Cooperatives and Credit Unions, and
not a “governmental entity.” Beyond that point you suggested that
businesses would abandon the state because of the cost of ColoradoCare. What
you failed to point out is that paying 10 percent for health care is, in
reality, a savings to employers as the average of all U.S. employers' health
benefit costs is actually 13.5 percent of payroll costs. Indeed, the independent
economists who analyzed the ColoradoCare plan, Gerald Friedman and I. J.

Thu
22
Sep
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Take a hike in January

Dear Editor,
Reference Mark Johnson's article in the No. 15 issue of the Ouray County Plaindealer. I normally enjoy reading Mr. Johnson's articles but this one went a lit- tle too far with the whining.
I also enjoy the area beyond Owl Creek Pass.    We all should remember that the National Forests are generally designated as multi-use land and I am sure we can all find users that we wish were not there when we are there.
An option for a hiker that wants solitude, without hunters or other users, would be to hike the area in January instead of going to the desert for the winter.

Roger C. Welch

Glendale, Arizona

 

Thu
22
Sep
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More needs fixed than pool

Dear Editor,
First, I want to thank Father Nat for speaking up about the conditions of Ouray city streets. We are all truly blessed to have him in Ouray.
Being a full time resident of Ouray, I have my concern with the city's total focus on the pool project while every- thing else gets ignored, like the service to the people who live here. Bathrooms at Fellin and Rotary parks are terrible, while tourists overwhelm the bathroom at City Hall. There are dangerous conditions at the over-worked sewer plant.
I wish town administration would open their eyes to the total needs of people of Ouray.

Butch Smith

Ouray

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