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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.

Thu
14
Jan
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Chances are goo that...

Does your chance to win the $1.5 gajillion Powerball increase with every ticket you buy with a new set of numbers?
According to the Powerball website, winning the grand prize and assuring yourself of becoming everyone's favorite aunt or uncle is one in 292,201,338.
Frankly, I don't understand the math. I have recently read "experts" tell it both ways. One camp says each ticket holds the astronomical odds of one in 292 million, and no matter how many different sets of numbers you have, those odds don't change per ticket.
Other "experts" say with each ticket you buy with different numbers comes a division of the odds.
One of our readers who can balance a checkbook while chewing gum can probably tell me which theory is true.
All I know is if you don't buy a ticket, your chances are zip. If you buy one, your chances are…well...

Fri
13
Nov
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Which is it?

Dear Editor,

For about a month I have heard the Hub-Bub about second chance. As a donor
of many clothes, much furniture and attendee of their fundraisers, I want to
know the truth.

1. Ms. Kelly Goodin has stated and she has been quoted in the paper as
saying that the City of Ouray is the only entity (San Miguel, Telluride,
Ridgway and Ouray County) that does not have a contract with Second Chance
and that Second Chance will not change the agreement just for the City of
Ouray. However in this week’s article the Plaindealer writes that the only
agreement that Second Chance has is with Ouray County.  Which is it?

2. Ms. Goodin and Ms. Elizabeth Kirwin are both quoted as saying that the
City owes $10,400 in back invoices to Second Chance. However in your article
this week you quoted Ms. Goodin as saying “I have made it clear from the

Fri
13
Nov
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The saturation point

The Marijuana Industry Group, formed in 2010 to help promote Colorado's medical marijuana industry and patients, and which has since extended its promotion of all things to do with legal marijuana in our state, this week congratulated the City and County of Denver for extending a moratorium on new business licenses for two years.
Last one in shut the door.
MIG’s executive director, Michael Elliott, said that much to the glee of those businesses already operating in the industry in Denver and Denver County, that enough is enough — for now. "The marijuana industry has helped spark an economic boom in Denver," Elliott wrote, "but at this point it appears the number of businesses is in line with market demand."
In contrast to what Bob Dylan sang, evidently not everyone "must get stoned."

Fri
13
Nov
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Adventure begins at the end of comfort zones

Canyonlands, Utah — Needles District: Readers of this column should know by now, if it’s October, Bobbie and I are in Somewhere, Utah. Our initial camp was delightful and quiet, a back-road boondock on a hilltop mound of burgundy slick-rock. It afforded shimmering mirage-like panoramas of unfathomable canyons, improbably carved by water, wind and eons of time I struggle to comprehend.

Thu
22
Oct
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A wing and a haltere

To some people the best part of fall is the color. To a distiller the best part of fall is when the fruit flies go away. This has been a rough year for fruit flies and I am over them. It is well into the fall season and I am still battling the little buggers.

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