Letters

Thu
22
Sep
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Begin paving Ouray

Dear Editor,
I want to take the occasion of the opening of the" new" school to
congratulate all those responsible. It complements the natural beauty that
surrounds Ouray.
I was also glad to see the street/playground finally paved. That was
long overdue. It reminded me that about 10 years ago, the town administration
promised they were setting aside money for paving one street per year.
It was at that time that some of the curbs and gutters were poured in
preparation for paving. Maybe the economic downturn sidetracked that project.
But our economy is thriving now and it's an opportune time to begin that
paving project and end all the dust and mud, the mag-chloride, the plugged up
storm sewers, the swamped sidewalks, etc. I feel that's a project that should
take priority over new dressing rooms at the pool and begin where there's
already curb and gutters.

Fr. Nat Foshage
St. Daniel Catholic Church

Thu
22
Sep
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Time is now

Dear Editor,

Sun
26
Jun
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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.

Sun
26
Jun
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Letters from Ridgway: 1891

In keeping with last week's theme of reprinting some of the history that's lying around this ink-stained office, I ran across the following, one of a series of letters. The letters were written in 1891 by John C. Bachelder to his brother Millard and sister Lida. The letters were subsequently given to the late Roger Henn of Ouray, by Glen Bachelder, grandson of Millard. John Bachelder had been a conductor with the Kalamazoo and South Haven, Michigan, and struck out on his own for the Colorado frontier, landing in Ridgway. The following are two of those letters, reprinted from a 1991 The Ridgway Sun centennial edition:

Ridgway
April 2, 1891

My Dear Brother,

Sun
26
Jun
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Paving CR 1 is for convenience of few

Dear Editor,
After evaluating the pros and cons of the proposed paving of County Road 1, I have come to the conclusion there is only reason to do so and that is "for the convenience of a few"!
Those "few" don't want to be inconvenienced by driving down Log Hill through Ridgway. But if convenience is the prime mover in your life, why did you move here from the city in the first place? It is not a matter of  convenience to live in a rural setting, period. It is a choice we make to live with less convenience in exchange for less traffic, fewer people and more of nature and the natural beauty of the surrounding area. Let's not be so quick to try and change what we moved here for in the first place!
Respectfully,
Gary Matney
Log Hill

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