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Thu
07
Apr
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Having barriers removed



Dear Editor,

Approximately a decade ago the Ouray Trail Group was threatened with a lawsuit by a recently arrived landowner who had acquired a large group of mining claims north of Ouray. The reason for the threatened lawsuit was that the Trail Group had, over the previous few years, restored an historic trail that crossed several of those claims. The landowner wanted that trail closed and all traces of it removed from the Trail Group’s popular trail map.

Thu
07
Apr
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Well-rounded upbringing with inside and outside smarts

We made it. It seems winter and most of mud season have passed. There were a few days recently that begged the question, “What month is this?” Of course, anyone who has lived in Ridgway for more than two years knows that spring snow is par for the course. As is snow in May or snow on the 4th of July.
The kids are entering the final phase of school for this year. The section of their standardized testing education is in full swing. It seems to us that the creative, mind engaging section of education has been put on hold to ensure that the testing results are ‘up to state standards’. I am no fan of state standardized testing. Can you tell? Printed notes come home, pre-recorded phone messages are received and verbal reminders are passed on to ensure that the kids “eat a good breakfast and get plenty of sleep in preparation for excellence on the standardized testing.”

Fri
25
Mar
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Church and State

Your letter to the editor, “Let’s keep them separate,” Feb.25-March 2, asked, “Why on Earth would anyone want to mix… Church and State?” – following with, “I embrace the part of the Constitution that begs for Separation of Church and State.”
First, Separation of Church and State is not mentioned in the Constitution. Amendment 1 to our Bill of Rights restricts government; “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” This is to keep government out of religion not religion out of government. Why? The freedoms and opportunities we enjoy under the law (Republic) is directly yoked to the morality of the people and the virtues of our elected officials.

Fri
25
Mar
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Paws-ing to give thanks

I wanted to express my overwhelming sense of gratitude toward the incredible community that Second Chance Humane Society has the honor of serving. The generosity, enthusiasm, and incredible support that our community put forth for our 9th Annual Wine & Whiskers Weekend was paws down an absolutely undeniable reflection of the level of compassion and humanity that exists in this little pocket of the world.
With donations from over 350 local businesses and professionals to our live and silent auction, over 400 people in attendance, and a broad sponsorship base we were able to raise over $52,000 for our animal welfare programs and services!

Fri
25
Mar
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Forever grateful

This letter is to express my gratitude to the HopeWest Hospice staff that lovingly cared for my brother, Michael McCullough, and became part of the McCullough family during the last five months of his wonderful life.  Michael’s family has set up a memory gift location in his name. Donations can be made on line at www.hopewestco.org, by mail or in person at 725 S. 4th St., Montrose, CO 81401 (970-240-7734). Michael’s name will be engraved in a gold aspen leaf and displayed on the fence in front of the HopeWest office in Montrose.
Special thanks to “Captain” Jim Courson and “Private” Felicia Evans for their incredible care and blessings, and also to Amy, Julie, Kim, Vicki and the 24 Hour HopeWest staff. Without them, my sister, Stephanie, my daughter, Jennifer, Grace and I could not have facilitated Michael’s wish of spending his last days living at the place he loved the most, the historic Fire DepARTment on Lena Street in Ridgway.

Thu
14
Jan
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Why is the Pledge an issue?

Dear Editor,
Why is reciting the Pledge of Allegiance before a City Council meeting even an issue? It is very disappointing to read that a Councilperson said, “This is not some- thing I agreed to when I signed on to be a Council member.” As part of your oath of office, didn’t you affirm your support for the Constitution of the United States? Did you not mean it? You accept all of the ben- efits of living in a free society and yet you are “morally against” pledging allegiance to the country you live in? Is there anoth- er country you would rather support?

Thu
14
Jan
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His hand upon our nation

Dear Editor,
I am shocked and gravely concerned that we have two city council members that object to saying the Pledge of Allegiance at the start of their meetings. These two women voiced their objections at last Monday's meeting, as is stated in the article "Council members not ready to pledge allegiance at meetings," in the Jan. 7 Plaindealer. I hope all of City of Ouray citizens read this.
Our Nation was dedicated to God at Cape Henry in 1609. Our Nation's laws were based on Godly values by several clergy. The idea of "separation of church and state" has been so misguided in its interpretation.
The true meaning is that no one organ- ized church by name can rule our Nation,
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but we must include Godly values in every form of government. Even though the Supreme Court has passed some un-Godly laws, God is still in control and has His hand upon our Nation.

Thu
14
Jan
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Medicaid cuts imminent

Dear Editor,
This week Governor Hickenlooper is proposing dramatic cuts in primary care reimbursement rates in Medicaid - an average reduction of more than 23 per- cent. This action will reduce access to quality health care and it will penalize all Coloradans who will pay more for their health care due to inevitable cost shifting.
We currently struggle with a shortage of providers that accept Medicaid and these drastic reimbursement cuts will result in an even greater number of providers that will not accept Medicaid.
Please see our website (TCHNetwork.org) to access an easy-to- use tool that will let you send a personal-
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ized message to your state legislator urging them to protect primary care payments. (Note: Children's Hospital Colorado are providing the advocacy email platform to support this action alert, but the message you send will come from you, with no ref- erence to Children's Hospital.)

Thu
14
Jan
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Road & Bridge audit available

In late 2014, the Ouray County Board of County Commissioners and the County Administrator initiated a comprehensive audit of the County’s road and bridge department and policies. This was done with full support of the Road & Bridge (R&B) Department and Road Committee. Under increasing pressure to do more with less and ensure maximum efficiencies, it was clear that drastic and creative measures are necessary to provide and maintain a cost-effective county road system and to align expectations realistically with available funding and resources.

The audit team was asked to review budgets, previous reports, and policies; interview county staff, commissioners, Road Committee members, neighboring county R&B staff, and the general public; assess R&B assets, including road infrastructure, buildings, fleet vehicles, and equipment; and, in short, find out what we are doing right or wrong, and what we can do better.

Thu
14
Jan
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A New Year’s mourning muse

Well, well... the first day of another new year, my 65th, but who’s counting. Thanks to coffee and a one-and-done drink/in-bed-by- nine celebration last night, I greet the New Year wide-eyed and bushytailed. I write this by fire- light, swallowed in the gullet of an overstuffed Lazy Boy that reminds me of long ago times in Grandma’s lap at church, my head buried in the cleavage of her great bosom, a choir singing, “How Great Thou Art.”
In this morning’s darkness a similar warmth exudes from a natural gas hearth... its artificial embers glowing neon orange and blue flames licking noncombustible logs. I’m wondering around on paper here, whether to write anoth- er chapter in the same old book or start a new one? On a day symbolic of promise and oppor- tunity, maybe I’ll live with the ten pounds gained over “The Holidays” and resolve instead to change directions, maybe shake things up a bit. I mention this to Bobbie, already on her fourth “Challenger” Sudoku Puzzle.

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