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Can't live up to this

Dear Editor,
Let me rest in peace knowing the Plaindealer is like God — always present and available.
Your friend and nuisance,

Charm Kaiser
Ouray and Ojai, California

Wed
27
Aug
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Rodeo weekend ahead

Dear Editor,
Oh, how I love this weekend. I would encourage everyone to come experience some of the many wonderful aspects of my all time favorite local event, the Ouray County Fair and Ranch Rodeo. There will be a lot going on at the 4-H Event Center, the  Barn and the Arena from Thursday through Saturday. The open class is really fun. Most all entries are accepted and most all entries win a ribbon! Bring any of your fine entries to compete from 9:00 a.m.- noon on Thursday.
The new grandstands will be officially unveiled Thursday afternoon, followed by the wonderful antique tractor pull that evening. By Friday, the resident barn swallows will be in a terrible twitter over the invasion of their space by lowing steers, talking turkeys, sleeping pigs, growling sheep and at least one crowing rooster.

Wed
27
Aug
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Marijuana not needed in Ouray

Dear Editor,
It is so thrilling to see the streets of Ouray bustling with tourists and locals shopping in all of our wonderful businesses and enjoying the cuisine in our restaurants.
Their faces are in awe at the surrounding majestic mountains with their cameras capturing the view, children's voices and laughter fill the mountain air with glee.
Truth again that Ouray is such a special place.
We do not need the sale of marijuana to lure visitors to our city. Thank you to everyone that is providing such healthy and memorable experiences to our guests. May God continue to bless Ouray.

Dodie Drechsler
Ouray

Wed
27
Aug
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Grandstanding for events

If you haven't signed up to golf in the annual Ridgway Area Chamber of Commerce golf tournament, there's still time. This year's event takes place Sept. 20 at Divide Ranch and Club.
It's a terrific fundraiser for the chamber. In fact, as president of the chamber, I can safely say it's the biggest event of the year for this organization. Aside from the business end of it, it's also a lot of fun.
A certain Ridgway town councilman came into my office a week ago with a mixed bag of clubs he had just picked up at Second Chance Thrift Store. In all, I think I saw two clubs of the same maker. But he has been so excited to play this year — and said he hasn't played in years — that he rushed out to pluck this used "set" so he has time to practice.

Wed
27
Aug
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Feeling a kinship with a blood brother

While driving along the back roads of Ouray County, I sometimes can’t help but feel like I am living in a James Herriot novel. Firstly, there is no doubt in my mind that Ouray County has the same diversity of characters as one of his novels. And secondly, like Herriot, sometimes I have to just stop the truck and get out for a short hike in the sun or to pause at an overlook and enjoy the day.

Wed
06
Aug
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Political road signs need to come down

Dear Editor,
I share the views expressed in Mr. Todd’s July 24 editorial regarding the three road signs that grace the roadsides of Colona, Ouray and Log Hill. They are a hideous eyesore with a political message that is often a rambling, disjointed rant. True, we have a constitutional right to express our opinion. However, that doesn’t mean that we are mandated to exercise that right, especially when the exercise of that right sticks a metaphorical thumb in the eye of the community. I have a Constitutional right to use vulgar and profane language in the presence of young children with legal impunity. However, I exercise restraint in the greater interest of setting a good example and being a decent member of the community. The road signs are a perfect example of narcissistic self-indulgence. They should be taken down in the interests of the greater community.
Kevin Kennedy
Log Hill

Wed
06
Aug
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An opportunity to serve

Dear Editor,
There are many ways to become involved in your community but have any of our citizens thought about serving on the RSA (Regional Service Authority) Board? There are three seats up for election, Districts 1, 2 and 4. The districts represent voting precincts by the same number. This Thursday, Aug. 7, from 6-7 p.m., there will be a short informational open house at Mountain Medical Center in Ridgway to explain the purpose of the board and answer questions. We invite all who may be interested in this opportunity to come.  
Linda Ingo
Ridgway

Wed
06
Aug
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Let's do it again in 10

Dear Editor,
Please extend my thanks to Karen, Jack, Terry, Jenny and everyone who came to my 90th birthday party, Sunday, Aug. 3.
I will never forget it.
Let's do it again in 10!!

Frances Talbert
Ridgway

Wed
06
Aug
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Trying to find the balance between young and old

It was 1984 and I was teaching preschool in Calabasas, California. It was the first day of school and a mother and daughter were having great separation anxiety. Daughter was screaming that she didn’t want to leave Mama and I was trying to tell the mom to leave. And she said to me, “But I love her.” And I told her that was why she had to go. And she did and the child screamed for a while and then settled down.

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