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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

Fri
11
Jan
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Watson letter leaves wrong impact

Dear Editor,
I am responding to a letter to the editor written by Susan Watson, published in the Dec. 20 edition of this newspaper, which concerned the Ouray County Planning Commission (OCPC).

Fri
11
Jan
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Reporter missed the mark

Dear Editor,
Beecher Threatt missed an opportunity to educate The Plaindealer readers with her report on the Ouray County Planning Commission meeting held at the Land Use Building, Dec. 6. Those not in attendance missed the astute observations made by John Moss, Dudley Case and Jack Flowers regarding the direction the planning commission is taking our county, perhaps because it may have been perceived as being critical of Chair Ken Lipton; Vice-Chair, Sheelagh Williams; Karen Risch; and, Randy Parker. Curiously, Ms. Threatt had no problem casting Tim Currin and John Baskfield in a less than flattering light after both made excellent points about the onerous nature of these proposed changes to the visual impact regulations.

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Grateful to fire departments

Dear Editor,
We gratefully thank the men and women of the Ridgway and Ouray volunteer fire departments. By containing the horrendous fire in our shed, our homes were saved.
Sincerely,
Liza Clarke
Tyler and Katy Ferguson

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