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Thu
17
Jan
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Cartoon neglected responsibilities

Dear Editor,
Regarding the editorial cartoon for the Jan. 3 issue I was highly offended that anyone could think that the NRA or any rational person would want to have a shoot-out in a school full of children. That is not what the NRA's CEO said or suggested and to imply that he did is being totally dishonest. The piece obviously reflects the view that there should be more government control of gun ownership. Although a gun owner myself, I have had my differences with the NRA over the years. I own several guns for hunting and sport shooting, none of which are considered assault weapons as far as I know, but in the hands of a deranged person are capable of causing severe injury or even death to other people. The idea that the NRA and its members have no regard for human life and they own guns from having some sort of macho personality disorder is completely irresponsible.

Thu
17
Jan
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Object of Section 9 is focal point

Dear Editor,

“The liberty of the press is a blessing when we are inclined to write against others, and a calamity when we find ourselves overborne by the multitude of our assailants.” Samuel Johnson. As it appears, a few of your readers decided to make me the object of their derision rather than focus on the serious issues surrounding proposed Land Use Code rewrites of Section 9 - Visual Impact Regulations by the planning commission.
I remain steadfast in my belief that it is not unusual to expect journalists to help its readership understand the issues and what is at stake enabling the public to make informed decisions. There will be those who will continue to change the subject, but it truly is a disservice to the readership looking for information regarding the long-awaited visual impact regulations and what it will mean to Ouray County property owners.

Susan Watson    
Ridgway

Fri
11
Jan
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Cartoon had wrong caption

Dear Editor:
I know it’s fashionable for the mainstream media to bash the National Rifle Association, but I’m surprised and disappointed to see the hometown paper marching in lockstep. I’m referring to your recent editorial cartoon where one kindergartner sitting under a school desk says to the other, “Oh great, the NRA wants there to be shootouts in school—between good guys and bad guys with assault weapons.”
The cartoon reminds me of a passive-aggressive brother-in-law. I can’t quite be sure what was intended, but whatever it was, I’m quite sure I don't like it.
If it’s a call for a legal ban on assault weapons as a solution to killing sprees in schools, it’s inane.  Connecticut already has such a law. Connecticut General Statutes Sec. 53-202c. Go ahead—Google it. A Class D felony. A lot of good it did.

Fri
11
Jan
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Cartoon wrong on NRA

Dear Editor,
I observed the opinion cartoon posted in the Jan. 3 issue, signed “Pudim ’13 Ouray PLAINDEALER." Even though your employee posted the opinion, it surely cannot represent any position held by the paper. In the wake of yet another senseless slaughter of children held captive without protection from evil, the cartoonist captions a child making an incorrect statement about the intention of the National Rifle Association to the effect they desire shoot-outs in school. This is about as informed an idea as considering that our local law enforcement desires a shoot-out because they are capable of defending themselves from evil on our behalf.
David Merryman
Log Hill Village

Fri
11
Jan
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Section 9 could be left alone

Dear Editor,
The letter to the editor from Susan Watson two weeks ago seems to have struck a nerve with some of my fellow planning commission members. I want to offer my perspectives.
There were points made by Jack Flowers in an earlier planning commission meeting related to higher costs to build if the soon to be proposed visual impact regulations are adopted by the BOCC. I agree that there will be significantly higher costs for design, construction and perhaps for longer driveways in some cases. Builders and architects that I’ve met with agree with this. Property owners need to familiarize themselves with the proposed regulations and attend the public hearings to protect the interests they have in their property.

Fri
11
Jan
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Letter missed the mark

Dear Editor,
Ms Watson's letter in the Dec. 20 Plaindealer mostly got it wrong.

Fri
11
Jan
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OCPC facts

Dear Editor,
As the Ouray County Planning Commission (OCPC) nears the end of its work on Section 9 Visual Impact Regulations of the Land Use Code, it is important to keep several facts in mind. The OCPC began deliberations on Section 9 because it was directed by a bipartisan Board of County Commissioners to do so. It was not initiated by “public policy activists” with a “no growth ideology” as alleged in a recent letter to the editor.

Fri
11
Jan
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Retiree thankful for support

Dear Editor,
To the City of Ouray:  A big thank you! I would like to thank all of the folks who stopped in on Thursday, Dec. 20, for my "Retirement" Open House. It was truly a pleasure to serve as your Building Inspector for over 10 years. Thank you, also, to the Ouray City Staff for arranging this event. I will miss all of you, but you will see me around town.
Dennis Moyer
Building Inspector - Retired

Fri
11
Jan
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Food pantry thrives with generous help

Dear Editor,
The Ridgway Community Food Pantry would like to thank our wonderful community for their generous donations throughout this year. We have been privileged to serve 50 to 60 families per week and provide them with quality food to get them through a tough time. We could not do this without the generous donations of money, groceries and time that this community has provided for almost two years.

Fri
11
Jan
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Reporter has always been fair

Dear Editor,
I was disturbed by the tone and accusations against Beecher Threatt in last week’s letter to the editor from Susan Watson.
For years, Beecher Threatt has proven to be an invaluable and objective reporter for Ouray County. She provides us with both information and insight into important events and issues we the public need to know about. She does not editorialize and bias her information to fit the whims of individuals.
It appears this is not acceptable to Ms Watson because the information is not what she wants to see. Too bad. That is not Ms Threatt's job. I have reacted to many news reports over the years with letters to the editor and it has never occurred to me to "shoot" the messenger. Focus on the issues. Leave Beecher Threatt alone; she is serving us well.

Howard Greene
Ridgway

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