Letters

Sat
22
Sep

Day would be proud

Dear Editor,
It is that time of the year for renewing my subscription to the Ouray County Plaindealer. And in the memory of David F. Day, who began a publication in Ouray called the Solid Muldoon almost 140 years ago, I take my hats off (I have more than one) to Mr. Todd and Beecher Threatt for continuing the legacy. You need not apologize in taking second for "best in class." It certainly was no "egg (whole-yoke) in the face."
What is most disturbing is the "big boys" of the printed page amalgamating every small-town weekly into nondescript oblivion. The danger is in losing that camaraderie and community spirit that can only be found in a publication like the Plaindealer. Where else can you find a "yellow brick road" where everyone is rushing to make a "deposit” (not a banking term in this context)? Hey. These are bonafide issues.

Sat
22
Sep

Only 18 months

Dear Editor,
Did you know that a 33-year-old man who seduces your 15-year-old daughter has committed only a misdemeanor? And that his only punishment may be 18 months of probation and sex offender classes—after which he is removed from the sex offender registry?
Apparently the District Attorney prosecuting Travis Buck for statutory rape considered it so unlikely that he’d get a conviction in this county that he was better off giving Mr. Buck this plea deal—a mere slap on the wrist for sexually assaulting a child. Did the DA think a conviction so unlikely because a Ouray County jury would sympathize with this statutory rapist? Really? Or was the investigation into the crime so belated and sloppy that the DA lacked the necessary evidence to convict?

Sat
22
Sep

Thanks for the boost

Dear Editor,

Sat
22
Sep

Community that cares

Dear Editor,
Ouray County Communities that Care (CTC) would like to recognize and thank the all the members of our coalition. We thank you for the many hours that you have volunteered and we are so proud of the commitment and work that everyone has shown!
We are thrilled to be moving into phase four of five of the CTC process. This July marks the beginning of the third year for our CTC grant. Over the course of the last two years, the coalition has identified and engaged a diverse range of community members and key leaders. We have learned about prevention science and how we can use it to better our community.
The coalition formed several different workgroups: youth involvement, risk and protective factor assessment, resource assessment and evaluation, community board maintenance, community outreach, and funding.

Sat
22
Sep

Why retain Mark Garcia?

Dear Editor,
Unfortunately, I missed my opportunity to speak at the city council meeting last week. If I had, I would have voiced my concern and disapproval of the PSA with Mark Garcia Proposal. I looked at the information provided in Exhibit A on the agenda and I feel like the City is paying a middle man whose work could and should be done by the employees of Ouray.
It appears that we will pay Mark to determine costs, get bids, contract out, create timelines and complete punch lists. I believe this work falls under the purview of the Public Works Dept., the Facilities Director and the Building Dept. Additionally, I would seriously think twice about hiring anyone or any company that was affiliated with the construction of the pool; the pool cost was almost twice as much as initially shared with the public.

Sat
22
Sep

Support for courthouse renovation

Dear Editor,
I would like to thank the citizens of Ouray County who approved the ballot issue providing for the financing for the renovations to the Ouray County Courthouse. You voted in good faith in the ability of Ouray County and its administrators and employees to oversee this incredibly complex project and as a member of the committee which promoted this positive vote and as one who continues to participate in the updates and community outreach I can tell you with complete confidence that this complex project is in extremely capable hands.

Sat
22
Sep

In light of Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Dear Editor,
In light of April being Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Bill Cosby’s
recent conviction, and in the aftermath of our community’s recent
experiences of sexual assault, I am finding myself reflecting on the
prevalence of sexual assault that is perpetuated by the normalization of rape
culture in our society.
Rape Culture is defined as the following: “A society or environment
whose prevailing social attitudes have the effect of normalizing or
trivializing sexual assault and abuse” (Oxforddictionaries.com).
Examples of rape culture:
• Blaming the victim (“She asked for it!”).
• Trivializing sexual assault (“Boys will be boys!”).
• Sexually explicit jokes.
• Tolerance of sexual harassment.
• Inflating false rape report statistics.
• Publicly scrutinizing a victim’s dress, mental state, motives, and
history.
• Gratuitous gendered violence in movies and television.

Sat
22
Sep

Support for wilderness

Dear Editor,
I write today about two wilderness initiatives that will favorably impact our region’s economy, ecosystem resiliency, watersheds, wildlife habitats and corridors, and recreation opportunities including hunting and fishing.  
First, a huge thank you to Sen. (Michael) Bennet, for the introduction of the San Juan Mountain Wilderness Act on April 19.  If passed, this legislation would designate additional wilderness acreage to both the current Mount Sneffels and Lizard Head Wilderness Areas. In addition, the Act would create a new McKenna Peak Wilderness and the Sheep Mountain Special Management Area (to include Ice Lakes Basin and Hope Lake.)  You can learn more and show your support at sanjuanwilderness.org. Please thank Sen. Bennet at 202-224-5852. Then ask Sen. (Cory) Gardner to co-sponsor the bill by calling his office at 202-224-5941. Finally, encourage Rep. (Scott) Tipton to support the bill by reaching him at 202-225-4761.

Sat
22
Sep

Not owned by a hedge fund

Dear Editor,
First, congratulations on your CPA award, but sorry you were disappointed that it wasn’t “the big one.”
The many thanks are for your excellent work on your excellent paper, which I read thoroughly each week. When I read the commentary by Ms. Schlichtman (April 19), I realized, in honor of the first Colorado Journalism Week, it was time to let you know how much I’ve appreciated and enjoyed every issue. I’ve learned so much about this area just by reading them.
Your detailed reporting on BOCC and town council meetings has kept me informed and up-to-date on issues, plans, controversies. I know which 4WD roads are open and what birds are being seen. “High speed facts: know your broadband jargon” went perfectly with “Council raises concerns about broadband project.”
In short, you cover local news like a local. I hope you can survive the price increases (tariffs doing their good work already) and continue onward through the current fog.

Sun
25
Feb
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The desensitization of killing

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