Letters

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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.

Fri
09
Feb
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Column intent was disguised

Dear Editor,
 
On Nov. 30, 2017, The Plaindealer published an advertisement by Scott Tipton, disguised as an article. This advertisement espoused lies and omission of information about the Tax Plan that the government can't get passed fast enough, to the extent that many members haven't even read the whole thing: The Tax Plan is 429 pages long, and those voting on it were given just five days to read it prior to voting. Even they know it's not a good plan, but they are so determined to have something by Trump Christmas that they will pass anything through, even if it hurts the people.
Don't be fooled by an advertisement that was disguised as a news article. This tax plan hurts the people.

Fri
09
Feb
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Market distortions for healthcare

Dear Editor,
A reader lamented in a recent letter that she and her husband, ages 59 and 60, must pay $35,179.68 for health insurance in 2018 for an Anthem bronze plan with a $5,400 deductible that is no great shakes. It's understandable that the reader would want to brainstorm solutions to such a pickle.
The reader said she favored nonprofit health insurance. What's so great about health insurance from a company that doesn't have shareholders and doesn't pay taxes? Blue Shield of California, a huge nonprofit California health insurer, was stripped of its tax-exempt status by the California Franchise Tax Board in 2014 for hoarding massive cash reserves of more than $4 billion. That cash was nothing but amassed profits. Nonprofit my foot.

Fri
09
Feb
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Full of hazards

Dear Editor,

The new road upgrades on Hwy. 62 through Ridgway are nice; however, who's the person who designed/engineered those manhole covers three inches below grade and right where your tires will hit every time you drive through town?
It's a new street and it feels like Armageddon every time I drive to the office in the morning.
And if I try to dodge the things I look like I should be pulled over for drunk driving!
County Road 5 is bad enough, but we've almost come to expect it to be bad. But our new street?
Why couldn't the high-paid engineering firm have planned it so that the manhole covers were placed between the opposing lanes? And, while we're at it, why can't repairs be made to the two-foot deep trenches just off the pavement by the ball field? Someone obviously pulled off the side and created these trenches, but no one has felt the need to fix these.
Who knew that our new roads would be so full of hazards?

Fri
09
Feb
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Grateful for Ouray area first responders

Dear Editor,

Fri
09
Feb
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Thankful for a community that supports education

Dear Editor,
On the night of Nov. 7 I was handed the election results. Snow was falling as I ran through the streets thanking the citizens of Ouray for passing the Mill Levy Override (MLO). My “Jimmy Stewart moment” was met with relief and exhilaration as I felt the overwhelming support from the community for our school and the work we have been doing. Ouray passed its MLO with a 61 percent “YES” vote. From the data that I have seen, this is the largest school MLO margin of any community in the state.
After the celebration and the relief receded, I realized that the work is just beginning for all of us in the District to most effectively and responsibly live up to the community’s vote of confidence, devoting these resources to the needs of our students.

Fri
09
Feb
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Large-scale energy development hurts Alaska

Dear Editor,
Hunters and anglers are lucky to have the opportunity to experience the unparalleled solitude and challenge provided by the vast tracts of wild country found in Alaska's 19.3 million-acre Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.  
In the Arctic Refuge, sportsmen can travel 100-plus miles without seeing sign of another person. Yet this opportunity - and the intact fish and wildlife habitat that sustains it - is threatened by legislation in Congress that would allow large-scale energy development within the refuge's borders.

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