Capitol storming appalling, shameful

Dear Editor: Let me start by saying that I am a 59-year-old lifelong Republican raised by Republicans. I have voted in every election since 1982 and always for the Republican candidate.

It’s time to admit Boebert mistake

Dear Editor: We sent Lauren Boebert to Congress. Are we pleased with her actions there? On the morning of the insurrection at the Capitol she tweeted “Today is 1776.” During the assault on the Capitol she announced in her speech, “My constituents are outside!” And then, as the doors were being broken open, she tweeted to her followers, as they were entering the building, the location of Nancy Pelosi.

Plaindealer worthy of support

Dear Editor: I think the residents of Ouray County would agree that it was a fortunate day when Mike Wiggins and Erin McIntyre became part of our community, assumed ownership of the Ouray County Plaindealer and became the co-publishers. They have done an outstanding job of keeping us up with all that is going on in Ouray County, despite the challenges of an ongoing pandemic! This past year they hired emerging journalist Liz Teitz from the organization Report for America.

Arizona could serve as affordable housing model

Dear Editor: Over the last 15 years, and I believe the 15 years before that, many in Ouray County have called for action to address the affordable housing crisis here. I would like draw attention to a new novel program being pursued by Yavapai County, Arizona.

Commissioners should defer River District appointment

Dear Editor: We understand that the current Board of County Commissioners intends to select our county representative on the Colorado River District Board at their Jan. 5, 2021 meeting, one week prior to the newly elected commissioners’ term of office and their first meeting.

County has spent most CARES Act funds

Dear Editor: I am writing today to correct a misstatement in an article that appeared in the December 17-23, 2020 edition of the Ouray County Plaindealet The article indicated that Ouray County had $200,000 of CARES Act allocation dollars remaining to be spent within the next two weeks. Please be assured that Ouray County has expended the majority of its CARES Act allocation dollars to purchase items and services associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rather than gripe, be thankful

Dear Editor: Not only during the holidays, but each and every day, I am so very thankful for all that I have! While others complain of “COVID fatigue” (which is certainly real and understandable), utmost in my mind are children born with lifelong disabilities, veterans who have returned with physical and/or psychological wounds, those who may be suffering unimaginable pain from cancer, injuries suffered in a car accident, or burns from a fire. What must they be thinking when they hear us complaining about having to stay home or wear a mask? I have to believe they would gladly and willingly change positions with each and every one of us in a heartbeat.

Grateful for Ouray School teamwork

Dear Editor: We are writing to express our gratitude for the amazing teamwork displayed by the entire staff at Ouray School during this pandemic. The school has been proactive/transparent in their planning for if a member of the school community tests positive for COVID-19.

Ridgway’s speeding problem is growing

Dear Editor: Let’s take a break from obsessing over politics and masks for a moment and focus on an issue that has been plaguing the Ridgway community for years, and recently has gone from just being a nuisance that we have learned to live with to a public safety matter that can no longer be ignored: The amount and speed of traffic through town on Highway 62/Sherman Street (as well as the side streets). As a parent of two small children that I frequently walk around town with, I find myself feeling increasingly more frustrated and unsafe when walking on sidewalks or trying to cross in crosswalks (especially in the town’s core).

Thanks for the new ski trail

Dear Editor: To the landowners on upper County Road 5, thank you for the new ski trail parallel to the county road. It is a great improvement to ski, snowshoe and hike on a groomed trail instead of the road.