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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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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

Fri
09
Feb
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Guns do kill

“It’s something we all say does not happen in small communities, although we found out today it does.”
Joe Tackitt, Wilson County Sheriff, Sutherland Springs, Texas, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2017

Fri
09
Feb
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On the road in Utah: an amazing state of mind, body and spiritual awakening

We eased on down Utah’s “Blue Highways,” drifting like sand in the wind, eddying up here and there without plan nor purpose, living the “good life” like a couple of peripatetic hobos with stolen credit cards.
After wandering San Raphael’s barren slot-canyoned Swell, we caught up with Ms Autumn in Capitol Reef. Gnarly old Cottonwoods stood in line along the banks of the Freemont, leaves of gold palpitating in the breeze. Necks craned skyward at sheer, sky-piercing, buff red walls. On top rested massive domes of white, thrones fit for the gods. Overwhelmed by goose bumps and the pervasive spiritual aura, my agnostic tendencies can’t help but teeter.

Fri
09
Feb
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So, who do you believe?

So, who do you believe?
Chuck Smith, writing for Coloradopolitics.com in July, cited a few studies stating that not only have traffic accidents in Colorado not increased since recreational marijuana has been legalized in the state, they actually have decreased. He went on to say that there was an immediate decline in car deaths following legalization.
On the other hand, an NBC report said that in a study across 20 states where marijuana sales have been legalized, weed was detected at three times the rate in the bodies of dead drivers compared to those in the year prior to legalization.
Seems this argument has been going back and forth for years.
Maybe, in the infancy of legalization, there's not enough recognition of the effects of this drug.

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