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Fri
16
Aug
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Opposed to tax increase

Dear Editor,
I am opposed to any increase to the current Ouray County sales tax—especially without a sunset provision. Such increases should be addressed by a new vote every two to four years, just as our elected officials face.
As a business owner in the City of Ouray, I feel such an increase will have a negative impact on the retail businesses in Ouray County. We already encounter a bit of “sticker shock” from some of our customers when they realize the tax rate on their purchases. Also, some of our fellow business owners make an attempt to assist the community by being open year round and provide local shopping for full-time residents of Ouray County. By increasing the sales tax rate, this would be another reason for the locals to shop outside the county.

Thu
01
Aug
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THC is better alternative for pain

Dear Editor,
I live with chronic pain. I have for many years. I have tried quite possibly every prescription pain medicine on the market, which by the way, all of them have some side effects, from fairly minor to rather damaging. I have tried pain management clinics, physical therapy, yoga, dry needling, massage and so on.
I have three grown children, two grown stepchildren and five grandchildren. I am extremely active in their lives. The last thing I want is to be high on marijuana, or any prescription drug. But I have no choice. If I want to have an active life, I need something to reduce the amount of pain I am in every day.

Fri
28
Jun
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Interviews laced with ideology

Dear Editor,

I don’t attend a lot of Board of County Commissioners meetings but felt compelled to attend the meeting at which the interviews of candidates for appointment to the planning commission was to take place. It was an astounding experience.

First, I was shocked at the obviously pre-conceived positions of the commissioners. It was disappointing to watch Commissioner (Lynn) Padgett as she disgorged her ideological intransigence, was overtly demeaning and inappropriate when questioning applicants John Baskfield and Tim Currin. Padgett publicly dressed down these two solid members of our community who have dedicated time, energy and expertise to serve as volunteers on the planning commission.

Sat
22
Jun
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Food Pantry needs new home

Dear Editor,

As many of you know, the Food Pantry is looking for a new home. The former location had been donated to us and we are most grateful for the time spent there and the generosity of the owners. However, they had an opportunity to lease that building. Good for them in today’s economy. That location served as our home since the beginning of the pantry. Thank you.

At the moment, the pantry is closed (not good for those who need the supplemental food) and we are looking for another location here in Ridgway. There are a few possibilities, but nothing is definite. It would be wonderful if another community member would step up and offer us a location. In these tough economic times, it seems like there are many vacant buildings. If you know of anyone who might be able to help us, please call me at 729-1848. We would appreciate any leads.

Sat
22
Jun
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Event a special editon to town

Dear Editor,
I'm writing to congratulate and thank everyone involved in the first Ridgway Heritage Festival this past weekend. What an event! The parade, the Ranch Rodeo, dancing to Opal Moon, plus all the various activities in the park on Sunday, everything went smoothly and was enjoyed by many. Considering it was the inaugural event, it was so amazing to see it go off without a hitch. The highlights for me were the Ranch Rodeo on Saturday and the Native American dancers on Sunday. Great stuff, and so much fun!
Above all, it was really special to see both the original inhabitants of our beautiful valley, represented by Roland McCook of the Utes and his fellow Native American dancers, as well as the long time ranchers of the county, represented by the likes of the Webers, the Double RL, Wolf Cattle Company and many others, get their time in the spotlight. We all need to remember how important both groups are to the past and the future of this place we call home.

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Sat
22
Jun
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Premise of letter misleading

Dear Editor,
Two weeks ago, in a letter to the editor, I was confused by the ranchers' seeming dislike and non-support of the new Section 9 for no substantive reasons. This past week, Mr Wojciechowski responded on behalf of the local ranchers. This is a good thing. He was spot on identifying the problem; clearly "misleading puffery" and the "misinformed" are the problem. He went on to give us a lesson in these two problems; he submitted a letter that was both misleading and misinformed.
The premise of his letter was that ranching and mining in Ouray County were not exempt from Section 9; WRONG, they are exempt . Here is the rub. You have got to read it before you start talking about it, inventing words not found in the code and writing letters to the editor based on some idea in your head as opposed to facts.
Let's have a public discussion. Let's have one on Section 9. It is all right for us to disagree, but let's use facts and leave the assumptions behind.

Sat
22
Jun
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Letter added to confusion

Dear Editor,
Unfortunately, Mr. Wojciechowski’s recent letter does little to clarify alleged “misleading puffery” about Section 9 proposed revisions and, in fact, adds to any confusion or misunderstandings that may exist.
Mr. Wojciechowski’s letter alludes to my comment that “exemptions for ranchers are intended for existing structures, not for any new structures.” My comment at the public hearing was made in the context of a direct question about agricultural structures. The structures referred to in this context were barns, sheds, stackyards and other outbuildings. Agricultural structures (and mining outbuildings) such as just described, new or existing, are exempt unless located on an escarpment or ridgeline. This applies to new structures and roads just as it does in the current code.

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Sat
22
Jun
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Proposed exemption reads as it always has

Dear Editor,
Re: Richard Wojciechowski Letter to the Editor (“No Confusion on Section 9”)
Richard Wojciechowski is absolutely correct that Ouray’s citizens should carefully review the proposed changes to the Visual Impact Regulations and understand them. But did he? I don’t think so.
His letter makes it sound like there are radical, draconian changes planned that would gut the current VIR’s exemption for agricultural and mining structures. But, the proposed exemption reads exactly the same as that passed in 1997! There are NO CHANGES WHATSOEVER! Both exclude “Accessory structures, private roads and/or driveways used exclusively for agricultural or mining purposes, and not located on any escarpment or ridgeline.”

Fri
14
Jun
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Not confused over Section 9

Dear Editor,
We should sympathize with Mr. Tom McKenney, who states in his letter that he is confused as to why ranchers oppose the proposed Visual Impact regulation changes. The "virtues" he cites come straight from the misleading puffery about the changes, and he has been led to believe that ranchers are exempt from Section 9. Many others seem similarly misinformed.
As planning commission chairman (Ken) Lipton clarified at the March public hearing, exemptions for ranchers are intended for existing structures, not for any new structures. Further, the "ranch exemption" as well as the "mining exemption" apply only to accessory structures (not to primary structures) and roads used exclusively for agriculture or mining, thus they do not apply to primary residence or to an "accessory" house if that house is rented out or used by an outfitter, or to a private road that is also used for hunting access.

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