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Fri
09
Feb
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Energy of immigrants enhance nation

Dear Editor,
My grandfather came over from Italy in the late 1890s. Southern Italy at
that time was a “s@#% hole country.” He was a carpenter and kindled a
thriving construction business. Whenever I see Hispanics working in
construction, I imagine my grandfather and his men speaking Italian rather
than Spanish, doing almost exactly the same thing. When my Italian ancestors
first came here, they would rent the attic of someone’s house because they
couldn’t afford a house of their own. Slowly they made money, had
families and helped build the United States that we know today. The Irish
did the same, as did the Chinese, Japanese, Germans and Scandinavians.
Before them were the migrations of English, Dutch and French, as well as the
swells of African slaves. Roughly 10-20 thousand years before them, Native
Americans arrived from East Asia. Our ancestors were all immigrants, most of

Fri
09
Feb
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Ignoring due process

Dear Editor,
In last week's Plaindealer John Kissingford made a compelling and passionate statement regarding sexual crimes in the county, understandable concern for safety in our community and a plea for public discussion on how the current national social climate has reached into our county. I share and strongly support his thoughts on these disturbing issues.

Fri
09
Feb
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Let's be heard

Dear Editor,
Sexual crimes have been crowding our county’s dockets: one man charged with drugging women to rape them, another with grooming a teen-ager into a sexual relationship, another with involvement in child pornography. And at the end of this month, a case of rape.
All four of these men charged concurrently in our tiny county. These are the cases that have made it to trial, which all statistics on the subject suggest represents a tip of the iceberg.
I am chilled by that fact.
I love living in this town where it is impossible to be anonymous, in this county where we’re all neighbors. We know each other and we care about our community, and while we will often disagree on means, we all want the same thing: a safe and welcoming community.
A community that has no tolerance for these kinds of crimes.
Daily headlines are teaching us that such crimes are normal in our country, in our world. It is hard to accept that they are normal here too.

Fri
09
Feb
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Thankful to people in Ouray County

Dear Editor,
I am so thankful to be a part of Ouray County. The people that decorate the "Welcome to Ouray" sign on US 550 each year create a joy when entering our city.
The merchants and others who decorate Ouray create such a beautiful and festive atmosphere to celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
The beautiful lighted displays of the nativity scene on the hill overlooking US 550 on County Road 14 was such a blessing.
Thank you for the exquisite fireworks display on New Year's. They were extraordinary. We appreciate and love Ouray and our county.

Dodie Merritt Drechsler
Ouray

Fri
09
Feb
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My struggle with holiday addictions…food for thought

I don’t know about you, but I’m relieved “The Holidays” are behind us. It’s depressing, how every freaking New Year I must embark on the wretched process of detox from a six-week steady diet of sugar, lard and beer. Resolutions and promises to maintain a healthy diet over “The Holidays” shatter like a dropped chocolate chip cookie, usually right after dinner on Thanksgiving Day (another piece of pecan pie, Mark?)
Birthdays and other one-day holiday food fests are easier handled. I can have a couple brats, eat some cake and ice cream, then get back on “the wagon of restraint.” But the mass junk-food gluttony of “The Holidays” now stretches from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day…maybe even to Super Bowl Sunday, thanks to college bowl games and NFL playoffs. Ah, the temptation of wings, pizza and beer is too much.

Fri
09
Feb
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Becoming a translator of Cowboy talk

I was very young when I married my high school sweetheart. I was living in a smaller Southern California city, my father was on the city council and a Los Angeles County Sheriff, and my boyfriend was from the "wrong" side of town. So, as most young women do, I knew he was the One. The issues between us were huge: respect for the law was a big one and the fact that his family refused to speak English was the other. I found my younger self face to face with a genuine language barrier. I worked hard...I studied Spanish...I practiced speaking Spanish in the mirror...and I learned Spanish so well that I spoke with his family better than he did.

Fri
09
Feb
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Likes new school board

Dear Editor,
I read with great pleasure in the Plaindealer about the appointment of Heather Yeowell and Cindy Lystad to the Ridgway School Board. With their experience serving on other Boards and their commitment to the Ridgway community, they will help keep the Ridgway District as one of the top performing districts in Colorado. The Board's first action electing Greg Lawler as Board President is a wise move that will pay immediate dividends through his proven leadership and professionalism. These three members along with incumbents Colin Lacy and Tim Taplin will be an effective, dedicated Board. Lastly, Supt. Steve Smith, with his strong administrative team, will continue to provide insightful vision and collaborative decision-making that will maintain the excellence Ridgway staff, parents and students have come to
expect. The RSD is in "good hands.”

Steve Larivee
Reno, Nevada

Fri
09
Feb
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ROCC members voluteer in other areas

Dear Editor,

Fri
09
Feb
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Back country rangers needed

Dear Editor:
I am writing to address a concern that I have for our backcountry resource.
With the increased 4-wheel drive and ATV visitors to the San Juan Mountains, it would appear that additional back country rangers would be a necessity.
I have spoken with many of my friends and acquaintances who use the back country. They have all stated that during the summer, the mountain roads are busier than rush hour traffic in the cities they are from. Yet, we have ONE back ranger to patrol these mountain passes. In my excursions into our majestic mountains, I have seen signs that clearly state “No Motorized Vehicles” with tire tracks scarring the meadows beyond.
We need more back county rangers.
To protect this precious asset for ourselves and future visitors.
People become more mindful of their speed, safety and where they are driving, when they know there is someone there to enforce the regulations.

Fri
09
Feb
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Apologies for vandalism

Dear Editor,
I am the case manager for Ouray County Juvenile Services. I am currently working with the three kids who vandalized the skate park in Ridgway and I am writing today to ask if you would be willing to publish the apology letters they wrote to the community. I have included them below. As they are juveniles, we have omitted the youths' names. 

Dear Town of Ridgway,
I am so very sorry for vandalizing the skate park. I so grateful for the opportunity that we even have a skate park in our little town. I give a really big apology to the people that go to the skate park and the people that go on walks. I’m committed to cleaning it up and I will not do anything like it again.

Dear Town,
I am sorry for spray painting the skate park. I am deeply sorry for my mistake and hope to fix it. I will never spray paint the skate park again because it made members of our community sad, angry, and un-wanted. Thank you for your time.

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