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.

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?)

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.

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.

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. 

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.