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Thu
22
Sep
atodd's picture

Seems like a bargain

Dear Editor,

This is in response to your editorial in the September 1-7, 2016 issue, regarding Amendment 69, single payer for health insurance.
I need to disclose that before my retirement in 2013, I was Chief Financial Officer for Colorado based businesses. Each year I had the unpleasant duty of explaining to the business owners and the employees the huge increase their health insurance cost. These memories definitely color my feelings about Amendment 69.

Thu
22
Sep
atodd's picture

ColoradoCare tax is a savings

Dear Editor,

In the last couple of weeks, both in your op ed piece of two weeks ago and
in your editorial cartoon in this past week, you have done the voters of
Colorado a disservice by your misrepresentation of Amendment 69. In your
op-ed piece you described ColoradoCare as a “governmental entity.” It
may be splitting hairs, but in reality ColoradoCare would be a taxpayer-owned
cooperative, much like the Rural Electric Cooperatives and Credit Unions, and
not a “governmental entity.” Beyond that point you suggested that
businesses would abandon the state because of the cost of ColoradoCare. What
you failed to point out is that paying 10 percent for health care is, in
reality, a savings to employers as the average of all U.S. employers' health
benefit costs is actually 13.5 percent of payroll costs. Indeed, the independent
economists who analyzed the ColoradoCare plan, Gerald Friedman and I. J.

Thu
22
Sep
atodd's picture

Take a hike in January

Dear Editor,
Reference Mark Johnson's article in the No. 15 issue of the Ouray County Plaindealer. I normally enjoy reading Mr. Johnson's articles but this one went a lit- tle too far with the whining.
I also enjoy the area beyond Owl Creek Pass.    We all should remember that the National Forests are generally designated as multi-use land and I am sure we can all find users that we wish were not there when we are there.
An option for a hiker that wants solitude, without hunters or other users, would be to hike the area in January instead of going to the desert for the winter.

Roger C. Welch

Glendale, Arizona

 

Thu
22
Sep
atodd's picture

More needs fixed than pool

Dear Editor,
First, I want to thank Father Nat for speaking up about the conditions of Ouray city streets. We are all truly blessed to have him in Ouray.
Being a full time resident of Ouray, I have my concern with the city's total focus on the pool project while every- thing else gets ignored, like the service to the people who live here. Bathrooms at Fellin and Rotary parks are terrible, while tourists overwhelm the bathroom at City Hall. There are dangerous conditions at the over-worked sewer plant.
I wish town administration would open their eyes to the total needs of people of Ouray.

Butch Smith

Ouray

Thu
22
Sep
atodd's picture

EPA adversely impacting mining

Dear Editor,
The Environmental Protection Agency is pushing an obscure new regulation that could adversely impact Colorado’s miner- al mines. The issue at hand is whether the EPA should duplicate the require- ments already placed on Colorado mining companies to cover clean-up and recla- mation costs.
Currently, when a mining company wants to extract minerals, it is required to first provide financial assurances that it can cover reclamation, closure and post- closure costs on a mining site. This is often referred to as “bonding.” It certifies that, from the onset of a new project, a mining company can meet its reclamation obligations. Now EPA, responding to a lawsuit brought by activists, wants to increase the financial burden on mining companies by requiring them to lay out additional capital for the same potential costs they’ve already covered.

Thu
22
Sep
atodd's picture

Time is now

Tue
23
Aug
atodd's picture

“Praying for Satan,” my two cents worth

It seems like every time a Presidential election year rolls around I get an irresistible urge to put a bullet through the TV. Blue-sky promises reverberate from podiums across America; babies are hugged, hands are shaken and fingers are pointed. Never does so much amount to so little for so many. Presidential election promises are about as incontinent as an old bucket at a target range, it just doesn’t hold water. “Cream” no longer rises to the top, and I’m left to wonder if our election process isn’t due for an upgrade, you know, a tweak to make it fair, relevant and most of all, make it actually matter who wins.  

Tue
23
Aug
atodd's picture

Of all the mean, vicious, merciless little buggers imaginable

Are you as warm as we are? It has gotten a little too warm around here. The bovine, equine and human species are all suffering.
There really isn’t any relief from the heat when you are on the ranch. We don’t have a chlorinated swimming pool to jump into. The creek beside the house really isn’t sanitary enough to recreate in; it’s downstream from the cows. For those who may not know, cows do “their business” in the creeks around here. Please think twice before you drink…this is a public service message from the Ouray County Cattlemen’s Association.
So, the kids, critters and I are forced to be creative with our “cooling off” activities. My favorite involves a good ol’ fashioned water hose. We don’t have a section of the property flat enough for a “slip ’n’ slide” so we leave our jeans on, wet down the grass REAL GOOD, and ‘booty bomb’ the side yard. It is fun. A little Redneck, but fun. Now we haven’t had time to do it this year, so I am trying to plan it.

Tue
23
Aug
atodd's picture

Sign of the times

Sign, sign, everywhere a sign
Blockin' out the scenery, breakin' my mind
Do this, don't do that, can't you read the sign?
-Five Man Electrical Band

As the RAMP project in Ridgway continues to take shape, a discussion about signs in Ridgway has blossomed.
It's certainly true there are quite a number of signs in town these days. I counted 58 signs along CO 62 driving from the Shell station to the Old School House. And that was counting only the ones along the north side of the highway.
Some are permanent and some are temporary. A number of them are construction signs, which will go away. Another batch directs to businesses, necessary because of construction. Most of those will go away. And another batch is what I call "holdover" signs, including the Ridgway town logo signs.
I'm guessing a lot of those will stay.

Sun
26
Jun
atodd's picture

Response regarding short-term rentals

Dear Editor,

In response to “Short Term Rental Regulations Hashed Out” of May 19-25, I wish to commend our neighbors for their efforts to promote our area through the use of their homes and Bed and Breakfasts (B&B’s). They have attracted the attention of the traveling public by their personal hospitality, choices of accommodations and décor. Through their hard work these entrepreneurs have become ambassadors for Ouray County. They are inviting these special guests to visit the sights of interest, restaurants, entertainment, and markets. These visitors undoubtedly spend many dollars, and perhaps extra days, in our area. This of course generates much additional revenue to businesses and tax revenue for the county.

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