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Thu
06
Jun
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Part of the process

Dear Editor,
I appreciated the letters and commentaries in last week's edition. I'd like to follow up on Tom McKenney's letter since many important points were made in the second section of it.
I don't believe the opinions of those who can afford or choose to hire lawyers should hold more sway than those of the average citizen, and I was also surprised at the many folks who were represented by lawyers at the last meeting.

Thu
30
May
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Ouray County only needs one force

Dear Editor,
Even though not a resident of Ouray, I have been watching the disaster unfolding there with the resignation of the entire police department, save for the most-junior officer who perhaps can't afford to take a stand. It's obvious the chief wasn't the problem.
Ouray is doing an emergency search for a new chief to rebuild the department. This is a huge mistake. It's ridiculous that this county of merely 4,500 souls has three law enforcement agencies. The answer is clear: the city of Ouray should contract with the Sheriff's Office to provide its police protection. The sheriff can have the manpower to do this by hiring the long-time officers from Ouray (what a plus to have some experienced deputies who also live in the county!). The huge cost savings of not duplicating command might mean the sheriff could pay all deputies a more competitive wage, and maybe we could finally have law enforcement on-duty around the clock.

Thu
30
May
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Section 9 is a rancher's gift

Dear Editor,
I was out of town for the first visual impact public hearing, but I made it to the second a month later. The biggest surprise to me was the large ranches “lawyered up” and sent the message that they were definitely against the new section 9; they gave no sound reasons whatsoever. I could not figure this out. Because I was interested in what our local ranchers felt about it, I got together with four different rancher friends and am totally confused now.

Thu
23
May
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Athletes do not compare

Dear Editor,
In reference to your May 9 editorial:
Have you not been paying attention to the movements across our great land,
for equal rights for all our citizens, no matter their choice of a life partner.
Comparing virginity to equal rights is to say the least naive.
Courage--yes, the Matthew Shepards of the world have courage.
What Jason Collins did in this atmosphere of bigotry and hate, did take courage.
The President did not rework his Wounded Warrior speech. I saw the statement
he made after a journalist asked him to comment. It was brief and to the point.
As for Mr. Tebow's virginity? I don't consider that national news, nor do I care. Thank you,

Priscilla Peters
Ridgway

Thu
23
May
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Celebrate EMS Week in Ouray County

Dear Editor,
Our busy summer season is nearly upon us. As we tidy up our businesses, plant our gardens and drag our 4-wheelers out of the garage let’s give a nod to the men and women who will be standing by to respond any and all kinds of medical emergencies.
National EMS Week is May 19-25 this year and the theme, “One Mission, One Team” is quite appropriate for Ouray County. County residents as well as the many folks who visit us every year are served 24/7 by group of well-trained and dedicated volunteers—your friends and neighbors—who respond to any situation where life or limb are endangered.

Thu
02
May
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After-Prom success

Dear Editor,

When I hear the word “jousting” I imagine medieval knights charging on horseback. Last Saturday night, at Ouray County’s After Prom Party, I learned that the term also refers to a vast, air-filled vinyl object in which students cheerfully tackled, pummeled, and knocked the wind out of one another. Who knew?

This year, 110 local students consumed burgers and dogs, played bingo, won prizes, got intricate henna tattoos, made improbable baskets from across the Ouray School Gym, and romped around several air-filled blobs, courtesy of Bananas Amusement Park.

But what matters more is what students did not do on Prom Night: namely, binge drink, use other drugs, or get into cars and drive them in a state of intoxication.

Sun
21
Apr
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Why we support McLachlan

Dear Editor,
Three letters in last week's Plaindealer calling for the recall of Colorado State Representative Mike McLachlan claim he does not support the Second Amendment. Rep. McLachlan, a former Marine and Vietnam veteran, promised to uphold Second Amendment rights when he campaigned last fall, which he did during discussions earlier this year in the House Judiciary Committee of which he is a member. He did not believe, however, that every suggestion made by the National Rifle Association and similar organizations was acceptable and should be voted into law in Colorado.

Sun
07
Apr
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Recall is absurd

Dear Editor,
Regarding “McLachlan Recall Petition Circulates”
Really? A recall petition initiated by the losing party less than four months after a majority of The People spoke during the Colorado District 59 November election? Will this be the trend of the future any time a group disagrees with an elected official who was voted by a majority of the voting public? I visited the web site cited in the article and some of its associated Tweets. Within the site is a letter to the editor of the Durango Herald, in which the letter refers to Rep. McLachlan as a traitor and treasonous because of a definition for treason being “a person who betrays a friend, country or principle.” Using the definition cited, it seems these words could be used against anyone with whom we disagree or against anyone for whom we did not vote.

Sun
24
Mar
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AA thanks Roberts

Dear Editor,

Since the beginning of Alcoholics Anonymous in 1935 there have been people who are known as "Friends of AA," usually people in the medical field who understand that alcoholism and drug addiction are serious illnesses with serious consequences.
Cheryl Roberts has been such a friend of AA. She has recognized that alcohol and drug addiction are illnesses which fit under the public health umbrella. She has given a home to AA meetings in Ouray. A home to individuals, particularly individuals who may be wondering if their drinking is out of control, that they might see AA meetings at the public health building as a safe harbor and perhaps see their problems as a matter of being sick rather than a matter of being weak.
AA in Ouray congratulates Cheryl Roberts on her retirement as Director of Public Health and thanks her for her continued support of the recovery community. We will miss Cheryl and wish her well as she moves on to her next adventure.

Sun
24
Mar
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Thanks for Daffodil days

Dear Editor,
Community spirit and generosity are alive and well in Southwestern Colorado. Mar. 6-8, residents of Telluride, Mountain Village, Norwood, Ridgway, Ouray, Nucla and the region gave generously to the American Cancer Society’s Daffodil Days. Together you supported a great cause with record breaking donations.
The success of Daffodil Days 2013 is because of you and your neighbors, numerous volunteers who donated their time and businesses that gave generously to underwrite our local efforts.

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