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Fri
13
May
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Clarifying CR 1 statements



Dear Editor,

I am writing to clarify and comment on quotations reported in last week’s Plaindealer in the article “Citizens may foot road bill.” The article is very well written given the complexity of the subject. Toward the end of the article, there is a quote from Mr. George Kerber that needs clarification. The quote is regarding a question that the Citizen’s Action Committee for Improving CR 1 (CAC) has on its website www.cr1fix.com in the Q&A section of the site. He quoted the question correctly: ”Why should residents of CR 22 and roads on the south end of the Mesa be part of the PID, since they can avoid the gravel section to exit the Mesa.” He quoted the answer incorrectly: “Not including CR 22 will result in an unfair tax burden on the tax payers that actually use CR 1.”

Thu
07
Apr
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Having barriers removed



Dear Editor,

Approximately a decade ago the Ouray Trail Group was threatened with a lawsuit by a recently arrived landowner who had acquired a large group of mining claims north of Ouray. The reason for the threatened lawsuit was that the Trail Group had, over the previous few years, restored an historic trail that crossed several of those claims. The landowner wanted that trail closed and all traces of it removed from the Trail Group’s popular trail map.

Fri
25
Mar
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Church and State

Your letter to the editor, “Let’s keep them separate,” Feb.25-March 2, asked, “Why on Earth would anyone want to mix… Church and State?” – following with, “I embrace the part of the Constitution that begs for Separation of Church and State.”
First, Separation of Church and State is not mentioned in the Constitution. Amendment 1 to our Bill of Rights restricts government; “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” This is to keep government out of religion not religion out of government. Why? The freedoms and opportunities we enjoy under the law (Republic) is directly yoked to the morality of the people and the virtues of our elected officials.

Fri
25
Mar
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Paws-ing to give thanks

I wanted to express my overwhelming sense of gratitude toward the incredible community that Second Chance Humane Society has the honor of serving. The generosity, enthusiasm, and incredible support that our community put forth for our 9th Annual Wine & Whiskers Weekend was paws down an absolutely undeniable reflection of the level of compassion and humanity that exists in this little pocket of the world.
With donations from over 350 local businesses and professionals to our live and silent auction, over 400 people in attendance, and a broad sponsorship base we were able to raise over $52,000 for our animal welfare programs and services!

Fri
25
Mar
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Forever grateful

This letter is to express my gratitude to the HopeWest Hospice staff that lovingly cared for my brother, Michael McCullough, and became part of the McCullough family during the last five months of his wonderful life.  Michael’s family has set up a memory gift location in his name. Donations can be made on line at www.hopewestco.org, by mail or in person at 725 S. 4th St., Montrose, CO 81401 (970-240-7734). Michael’s name will be engraved in a gold aspen leaf and displayed on the fence in front of the HopeWest office in Montrose.
Special thanks to “Captain” Jim Courson and “Private” Felicia Evans for their incredible care and blessings, and also to Amy, Julie, Kim, Vicki and the 24 Hour HopeWest staff. Without them, my sister, Stephanie, my daughter, Jennifer, Grace and I could not have facilitated Michael’s wish of spending his last days living at the place he loved the most, the historic Fire DepARTment on Lena Street in Ridgway.

Thu
14
Jan
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Why is the Pledge an issue?

Dear Editor,
Why is reciting the Pledge of Allegiance before a City Council meeting even an issue? It is very disappointing to read that a Councilperson said, “This is not some- thing I agreed to when I signed on to be a Council member.” As part of your oath of office, didn’t you affirm your support for the Constitution of the United States? Did you not mean it? You accept all of the ben- efits of living in a free society and yet you are “morally against” pledging allegiance to the country you live in? Is there anoth- er country you would rather support?

Thu
14
Jan
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His hand upon our nation

Dear Editor,
I am shocked and gravely concerned that we have two city council members that object to saying the Pledge of Allegiance at the start of their meetings. These two women voiced their objections at last Monday's meeting, as is stated in the article "Council members not ready to pledge allegiance at meetings," in the Jan. 7 Plaindealer. I hope all of City of Ouray citizens read this.
Our Nation was dedicated to God at Cape Henry in 1609. Our Nation's laws were based on Godly values by several clergy. The idea of "separation of church and state" has been so misguided in its interpretation.
The true meaning is that no one organ- ized church by name can rule our Nation,
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but we must include Godly values in every form of government. Even though the Supreme Court has passed some un-Godly laws, God is still in control and has His hand upon our Nation.

Thu
14
Jan
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Medicaid cuts imminent

Dear Editor,
This week Governor Hickenlooper is proposing dramatic cuts in primary care reimbursement rates in Medicaid - an average reduction of more than 23 per- cent. This action will reduce access to quality health care and it will penalize all Coloradans who will pay more for their health care due to inevitable cost shifting.
We currently struggle with a shortage of providers that accept Medicaid and these drastic reimbursement cuts will result in an even greater number of providers that will not accept Medicaid.
Please see our website (TCHNetwork.org) to access an easy-to- use tool that will let you send a personal-
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ized message to your state legislator urging them to protect primary care payments. (Note: Children's Hospital Colorado are providing the advocacy email platform to support this action alert, but the message you send will come from you, with no ref- erence to Children's Hospital.)

Thu
14
Jan
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Road & Bridge audit available

In late 2014, the Ouray County Board of County Commissioners and the County Administrator initiated a comprehensive audit of the County’s road and bridge department and policies. This was done with full support of the Road & Bridge (R&B) Department and Road Committee. Under increasing pressure to do more with less and ensure maximum efficiencies, it was clear that drastic and creative measures are necessary to provide and maintain a cost-effective county road system and to align expectations realistically with available funding and resources.

The audit team was asked to review budgets, previous reports, and policies; interview county staff, commissioners, Road Committee members, neighboring county R&B staff, and the general public; assess R&B assets, including road infrastructure, buildings, fleet vehicles, and equipment; and, in short, find out what we are doing right or wrong, and what we can do better.

Fri
13
Nov
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Which is it?

Dear Editor,

For about a month I have heard the Hub-Bub about second chance. As a donor
of many clothes, much furniture and attendee of their fundraisers, I want to
know the truth.

1. Ms. Kelly Goodin has stated and she has been quoted in the paper as
saying that the City of Ouray is the only entity (San Miguel, Telluride,
Ridgway and Ouray County) that does not have a contract with Second Chance
and that Second Chance will not change the agreement just for the City of
Ouray. However in this week’s article the Plaindealer writes that the only
agreement that Second Chance has is with Ouray County.  Which is it?

2. Ms. Goodin and Ms. Elizabeth Kirwin are both quoted as saying that the
City owes $10,400 in back invoices to Second Chance. However in your article
this week you quoted Ms. Goodin as saying “I have made it clear from the

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