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25
Feb
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Time to outlaw automatic weapons

Dear Editor,
It is time for Congress to stand up against the NRA and outlaw individual possession of automatic weapons. This could be difficult for some members of the Colorado Congressional delegation because individuals have received up to $3.7 million in campaign contributions from the NRA. The fire power available today was not imagined when the 2nd Amendment was added to the Constitution. By ignoring the availability of automatic weapons, Congress is as guilty as an individual shooter for the murder of our children, their teachers, concert attendees, church members and far too many others. The Florida students are taking the lead in shaming Congress for not putting an end to this carnage. It is time, for the all too often silent majority, to speak up and contact Congress on this issue.

Patricia Miller
Ridgway

Sun
25
Feb
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Held hostage by the NRA

Dear Editor,

I am writing in response to yet another mass shooting carried out with an assault weapon and in response to those who are against an assault weapon ban. If you are not able to defend your home with a pistol, shotgun and hunting rifle, then there is no hope for you. The addition of an assault weapon will not help. You are already free to hunt, target shoot, be a gun collector and have guns for self-defense. Why must you also have an assault weapon?

Your desire to “play soldier” and demand access to these types of weapons is enabling truly unhinged people to easily and legally get access to these weapons of mass destruction to kill our fellow citizens and children.

Sun
25
Feb
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Funding mental health

Dear Editor,
Colorado Senator Cory Gardner along with many other Republican leaders have called for expanded mental health programs to help prevent the kinds of shootings such as occurred in Parkland, Florida, last week. Unfortunately very few Republican politicians have actually supported funding of any kind for mental health care. An example of this lack of commitment was displayed by Colorado State Senate Republicans who in committee unanimously voted down funding for a school based suicide prevention program (SB-18-114) on the same day as the Parkland tragedy. Republicans calling for more mental health services is really a dodge which they use to avoid tackling the thorny issue of gun control, an issue complicated by the fact that many, including Sen. Gardner and Representative Scott Tipton, receive significant campaign contributions from the gun lobby.

Sun
25
Feb
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What consensual looks like

Dear Editor,

Fri
09
Feb
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Couples who fly together...

Beecher and I actually left the state last week, together, on the same trip. Which meant for a brief period in time we didn't think about ink and paper.
That brief period, for me, was when we turned the corner in the Salt Lake City airport and there, past the ramp leading down to Terminal B were 2,000 of our soon-to-be closest friends.
"That's the flu waiting to happen," I popped off to my travel partner.
They say a joke is best when it is dipped in truth, and the truth hit us about three hours after our return home. It was not pretty.
If only the other 48 passengers on the plane from Salt Lake City to Grand Junction knew how lucky they were not to have had to share in our stomach flu fun.
There was another discussion we had in the airport. We were trying to list things you don't see in airports anymore.
For instance, remember the long lines of pay phones, or clusters of them? Even private phone booths? Gone.

Fri
09
Feb
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Love is in the air

February is the month of Valentines and Love is in the Air, or so “they” say. I don’t know who “they” are but “they” are obviously not involved with a cowboy. The activity that is brewing in the air around our home is prepping for calving season and complaining about the lack of snow. Both are topics that don’t bring strong loving feelings from me.

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

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