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09
Feb
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No longer annoying

It has been four months since I bought MY new colt and the call finally came to go and pick him up. Receiving that call brought a level of excitement that I hadn't felt in quite some time. I was giddy like a little girl anticipating the arrival of a new toy.
We had few days to prepare, two to be exact, and it was too long to wait. I ran to the tack shop and bought a new weanling halter and lead rope. I felt like a new mom buying the "come home" outfit for a newborn.
I swept out the horse trailer, prepped his water tank and I snapped at Steve, my husband, to pick up some "good hay" for MY new colt. Steve placed his hand on my shoulder and quietly said to me, "Slow Down…you will have a more harmonious outcome."
That was annoying.
The morning arrived and the truck had a full tank of gas. I filled our coffee cups, grabbed the halter and lead rope and piled into the truck for a two hour drive to pick up MY new colt.

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
atodd's picture

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
atodd's picture

Gun sales on the rise

Feeling any safer in the neighborhood this week? You may not, but there's a good chance your neighbor might be. That's because the Thanksgiving shopping weekend got off to a bang.
The Colorado Bureau of Investigation reports that Black Friday firearm background checks set a record in the state. The CBI InstaCheck team conducted 4,779 background checks for firearms transfers on Friday.
It took 41 employees working a minimum of 10-hour shifts to conduct all the checks.
Talk about rapid fire. That's about one background check every six minutes per employee.
Background checks on Black Friday, which don't indicate how many actual guns were sold, have been steadily increasing over past years. The CBI numbers by year are:
2017:    4,779
2016:    4,329
2015:    4,115
2014:    4,119
2013:    3,804

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
atodd's picture

Grateful for Ouray area first responders

Dear Editor,

Fri
09
Feb
atodd's picture

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.

Fri
09
Feb
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That's just ridiculous

Dear Editor,
I am writing to complain and to call for action.
My husband and I renewed our individual health insurance for 2018 and it was
a simple, if painful, process. After researching online and consulting with
our insurance broker, we went with the same plan as last year, Anthem Bronze
Pathway X HMO 5400, as it is the least expensive plan that best fits our
needs. This is not a great plan, definitely not a “Cadillac” health
insurance plan. It has a $5400 per person deductible and $7350 per person
max out of pocket.
I’m 59 and my husband is 60.
Our income is greater than $64,960 – we do not qualify for subsidies.
Our monthly premium will increase $770.02 per month in 2018.
We will pay $2931.64 per month / $35,179.68 this year on health insurance.
That’s just ridiculous.
The exact same Anthem plan, with our specifics (age and income), purchased by

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