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12
May
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Great community support

Mon
12
May
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Generous support for firefighters

Dear Editor,
Last Saturday 48 dedicated volunteer firefighters from Ridgway, Ouray, Log Hill and Horsefly fire departments were present on the first beautiful day of the year for an all day indoor training. Katherine Ridenhour, a State Fire Academy Instructor from Pagosa Springs presented a class on Analyzing Fireground Risks and Benefits. It was truly an amazing experience to have so many volunteer members from all four Ouray County fire departments in the same room, as well as having this kind of training at home!

Mon
12
May
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Flipping from democracy to tyranny

Dear Editor:
In response to Mr. Jason Michael Gunning’s letter last week, allow me to set his mind, and perhaps others, at ease. Yes, Mr. Gunning, I am well qualified to address matters of presidential history.  Notwithstanding your rather clumsy attempt to discredit me, followed by your own chest-puffing as a bona fide historian, if you had done a few seconds of research you would have found that my doctorate was earned in diplomatic history and that my current position is senior fellow at the Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist University  Further, as a research professor, if I were to grade the balance of your letter I would have written “thin,” “overreaching,” and “contradictory” in the margins of your arguments that followed. But enough about you, history and me.

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.
 

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