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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.

Fri
18
Oct
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A true discovery

Dear Editor,
Many of us might remember the Girl Scout Camp tucked away in the big trees off County Road 5. And then we remember it closed.
This past Saturday we joined many more area residents to have a look at what’s being planned for this space, now called Top of the Pines.
What a glorious space! 175 acres covered with so many Ponderosa pines, interspersed with meadows still flowering, all tucked right up against the Sneffels range of the San Juans.
For us it was true discovery. We can no longer ski or rock climb or hike steep mountain trails. Those years are memories now.
Here at Top of the Pines, we learned that trails are planned, flat as possible and wide too. For us this would be new hiking space.
We found the main building easily, structurally sound now but still unfinished. When work is completed, this will offer a full kitchen, indoor restrooms, meeting space for 150, even.

Fri
18
Oct
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Obamacare undermines freedom

Dear Editor,
Don’t get me wrong. I’m an avid mountain biker and was just over in Telluride last week laboring up the Galloping Goose. But if I had to choose between a few miles of new bike trail in Ridgway right now (we all know it will be built eventually) and saddling myself and my heirs with Obamacare in perpetuity, I’d say hold off on the bike trail. A recent letter writer to your opinion pages didn’t know what your readers thought of Obamacare.

Mon
30
Sep
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Thanks for sign help

Dear Editor,

The wayfinding trail signs in the Dennis Weaver Memorial Park were recently installed — they have great character, and kudos to In Design Signs for creating them.
Many thanks to those who helped make this project a reality: Doug Canright; Jen Coates; Joanne Fagan; Don Haskell; Devin Overton; Danny Powers; Jeff Rivera; Julie Wyrick; Gerry, Jess and Rusty Weaver; the Ridgway Parks and Trails Committee; and the “Groundhog.” Next time you're out in the park, take a hike or bike ride, check out the signs and don’t get lost!
Also, the summit of the main trail is now “Ridgway’s Boot Hill” — if anyone wants a proper burial for an old pair of boots, please contact me and I’ll fetch ‘em.

Thanks again,

Rick Weaver

Ridgway

Mon
30
Sep
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Finding common ground

Dear Editor,
It was a hard decision to remove the Streetscape bond from the November ballot, but I believe the right one. Hard because of the years of dialogue, design, hope and outreach for a shared vision of a vibrant downtown, a community hub, a persistent idea that seeks a form and time in which to birth. And right because  our Council underestimated the degree of opposition from local businesses for this particular bond. Because as Mayor Clark said, “They are a life blood of our community,” as integral and valuable as our children, schools, parks and creative arts. In fact, one of the byproducts of their work, the “sales tax,” makes up a big portion of our town’s revenues. Shops and residents are interdependent. We cannot create a buzzing hub without them. They are us.

Mon
30
Sep
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In peace and truth

Dear Editor,
The recent mass killings of prairie dogs, poisoned to death in their natural habitat, and the killing of the two mountain lion siblings in Ouray, have prompted this letter.
The young lions were guilty of nothing except trying to survive in a world where humans drive too fast on the highway, and where people need to take extra precautions to keep their livestock safe from the natural predators in the area. The prairie dogs are also innocent. If we are going to take the risk of living here, we must also be prepared to endure the consequences of it.
Mountain lions were regarded as sacred by most Native American tribes; so was this land. Instead of reacting out of fear, everyone who lives in this area ought to be grateful for the amazing access to wildlife and the privilege (not a right) that we have of being able to share this space with the animals that reside here.

Mon
30
Sep
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Open letter from Mayor Clark

Dear Editor,
I'm writing to express my concerns regarding the current debate spurred by the Downtown Streetscape ballot initiative. It troubles me greatly that this issue has torn a rift in our community and caused the fear and anger I've heard in both the discussion on the street as well as recent letters to the editor. Clearly, feelings are at a fever pitch, on both sides of the debate.
I would like to suggest that we, as a community, take a collective deep breath and make an effort to return to the thoughtful, respectful dialog that we're used to in Ridgway. This is a complicated issue, one that has obviously struck a nerve. No matter which side of the debate you're on, I urge you to remain involved in the ongoing discussion, but with an open mind and a considerate ear for the opinions of those on the other side. I've always believed that what makes democracy work is a willingness to listen to all sides, then find common ground upon which to build consensus.

Wed
11
Sep
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She had wonderful friends

Dear Editor,
Friends of Patty, Dale, Ryan and Ian: It has been almost a year since Patty passed away. September 16, 2012. worst day of our lives. How could anyone have so many wonderful freinds? Everyone pitching in to do whatever they could, that we all may say, "We shall not cry because it is passed, we shall raise our hearts because it happened." The kindness everyone showed. The condolences all expressed. The love that was everywhere. All this was so appreciated by Dale, Ryan, Ian, Patty's Mom and Dad, her Sister and Brother. She certainly had some wonderful friends.

Robert and Margie Ammon
Versailles, Ky.

Wed
11
Sep
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Public vote was denied

Dear Editor,
A few individuals opposing the Streetscape initiative decided not to trust the democratic process of voting. Apparently they feared they would lose. So they resorted instead to threats, rage and a promise to tear the community apart if they didn’t get their way. The Town Council, in order to avoid such a damaging scenario, agreed to take Streetscape off the ballot.
That means Ridgway will not get the needed infrastructure improvements, we will not bring new jobs and businesses to town with an improved Clinton Street, and—most importantly—the people will not be allowed to vote on this initiative.
The Streetscape committee spent over a year and hundreds of hours of volunteer time educating ourselves about this project, then held several public meetings airing every point of view—often heatedly, took surveys and talked one-on-one to scores of citizens (particularly business owners) to explain the project and to ascertain public opinion.

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