Letters

Mon
05
May
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Clearing the air

Dear Editor,
This is in response to the letter written by Jill Kneeland Mihelich in the
April 24 edition. I was born and raised in Ouray County. Every spring
ranchers burn the dead grass out of their ditches to be able to irrigate;
without it the water will not flow through the ditches. Dead grass in the
fields is also burnt to allow a better growth of grass. There is a need to
burn the ditches for the ranchers. If Ms Mihelich was raised on a farm where
there was no need to burn ditches, and she has a problem with the smoke
emitted, then maybe Ms. Mihelich needs to move back where she came from.
I sympathize that she has an allergy, but I don't feel it is more important
than the ranchers burning their ditches to be able to irrigate and make a
living of their ranch.
Thanks so much for hearing a rancher's point of view.

Allen Hudson
Ridgway

Sun
27
Apr
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A fountain of platitudes

Sun
27
Apr
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Thanks for unbiased coverage

Dear Editor,
It was such a pleasure to read Sheridan Block's unbiased article on House District 59 candidate, J. Paul Brown. My thanks to her for being a measured, balanced and professional journalist for the Plaindealer. It's encouraging that with the election season ginning up now we might see more quality reporting such as hers. Kind regards,

Susan Watson
Ridgway
 

Sun
27
Apr
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Pay no attention to the school board

Dear Editor,
I sincerely hope the students of Ridgway schools are paying little or no attention to their school board. The lack of leadership and unprofessional manner they (both the current and former board) have displayed over the course of the last year is regrettable, if not contemptible. Notwithstanding their behaviors, however, which Ridgway students are (hopefully) unlikely to adopt, we must at least hold board members to account for their inaccurate use of language and false attributions just in case the students are listening.

Sun
27
Apr
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Fuming about smoky skies

Dear Editor,
On this beautiful spring day I have received no less than six texts and
emails from WENS alerting us about numerous ditches being burned. I know
that I am not alone in saying I look forward to spring but what I do not
welcome is everyone burning scrap piles and ditches. I grew up on a farm
and never did we nor our neighbors find the need to burn ditches every
spring.
I urge our neighbors in Ouray and other Colorado counties to consider
other options if they feel they must clear their ditches. I hope that you
can sympathize the right to breathe clean air is more important than this
spring event, especially if you are an allergy sufferer, young or elderly.
Thanks so much for giving it some thought.

Jill Kneeland Mihelich
Ridgway
 

Thu
03
Apr
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A heartfelt thanks

Dear Editor,
The Jimmy Hill family wishes to thank all of those who aided in the recovery of our beloved husband, father, son, brother, uncle, nephew and cousin. Although we cannot fully appreciate the risks that were taken in this recovery we know that many risked their very lives to dive in dangerous conditions. Without their help recovery would not have been possible. Many others offered hours of service both strategizing and executing the plans to achieve this goal that was accomplished with sympathy, respect and dignity in as timely a fashion as conditions allowed.
 
Thu
03
Apr
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School board continues to hide

Dear Editor,
The Ridgway School Board continues to play ostrich. At its March 27 meeting, Mr. Brian Donivan made an excellent, cogent, well documented presentation pointing out, with legal citations, how the board's actions are contrary to statute and established case law. He pointed out that the board's excessive use of executive sessions not only deprives the public of information on what the board is doing and why, but is contrary to law. He reminded the board that court decisions prohibit retroactive authorization of executive sessions (which this board has done) and that the records of illegally held executive sessions are in the public domain.
 
Wed
30
Oct
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Educate yourself on school board choices

Dear Editor,
To the Ridgway Community: Many of you attended the WISE School Board Candidate Forum on Oct. 7 as I did. For those of you who didn’t, I wanted to share some examples of two candidates’ responses on a few issues:
Students First
Steve Larivee, current board member, is running for another term. Mr. Larivee does not have any personal agenda other than volunteering his time, energy and nearly 40 years of K-12 education experience to benefit the students of Ridgway Schools. Steve’s responses to the questions from the audience demonstrated that he puts kids first every time. He emphasized his strong conviction when he said, “The students come first, they come second, they come third.”

Wed
30
Oct
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Standing up for education

Wed
30
Oct
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School board question

Dear Editor,

What's best for students? This question is easy to answer: Utilize the resources of the district to provide our students with the best opportunity to succeed in post secondary life opportunities.

The question not so easy to answer is how we utilize those resources to achieve this goal. That is the challenge and direct responsibility of the Board of Education and superintendent. The roles are clear. The BOE sets the vision of the district and the superintendent implements the necessary strategies to fulfill that vision.

It is easy at times, however, to allow the process of how to fulfill the vision to take precedence over the pursuit and attainment of that goal.

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