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Mon
30
Sep
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Open letter from Mayor Clark

Dear Editor,
I'm writing to express my concerns regarding the current debate spurred by the Downtown Streetscape ballot initiative. It troubles me greatly that this issue has torn a rift in our community and caused the fear and anger I've heard in both the discussion on the street as well as recent letters to the editor. Clearly, feelings are at a fever pitch, on both sides of the debate.
I would like to suggest that we, as a community, take a collective deep breath and make an effort to return to the thoughtful, respectful dialog that we're used to in Ridgway. This is a complicated issue, one that has obviously struck a nerve. No matter which side of the debate you're on, I urge you to remain involved in the ongoing discussion, but with an open mind and a considerate ear for the opinions of those on the other side. I've always believed that what makes democracy work is a willingness to listen to all sides, then find common ground upon which to build consensus.

Wed
11
Sep
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She had wonderful friends

Dear Editor,
Friends of Patty, Dale, Ryan and Ian: It has been almost a year since Patty passed away. September 16, 2012. worst day of our lives. How could anyone have so many wonderful freinds? Everyone pitching in to do whatever they could, that we all may say, "We shall not cry because it is passed, we shall raise our hearts because it happened." The kindness everyone showed. The condolences all expressed. The love that was everywhere. All this was so appreciated by Dale, Ryan, Ian, Patty's Mom and Dad, her Sister and Brother. She certainly had some wonderful friends.

Robert and Margie Ammon
Versailles, Ky.

Wed
11
Sep
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Public vote was denied

Dear Editor,
A few individuals opposing the Streetscape initiative decided not to trust the democratic process of voting. Apparently they feared they would lose. So they resorted instead to threats, rage and a promise to tear the community apart if they didn’t get their way. The Town Council, in order to avoid such a damaging scenario, agreed to take Streetscape off the ballot.
That means Ridgway will not get the needed infrastructure improvements, we will not bring new jobs and businesses to town with an improved Clinton Street, and—most importantly—the people will not be allowed to vote on this initiative.
The Streetscape committee spent over a year and hundreds of hours of volunteer time educating ourselves about this project, then held several public meetings airing every point of view—often heatedly, took surveys and talked one-on-one to scores of citizens (particularly business owners) to explain the project and to ascertain public opinion.

Sun
25
Aug
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Reader appreciates Dog Park

Thu
22
Aug
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If you repeat if often enough

Thu
22
Aug
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Compromise is the whole point

Fri
16
Aug
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Opposed to tax increase

Dear Editor,
I am opposed to any increase to the current Ouray County sales tax—especially without a sunset provision. Such increases should be addressed by a new vote every two to four years, just as our elected officials face.
As a business owner in the City of Ouray, I feel such an increase will have a negative impact on the retail businesses in Ouray County. We already encounter a bit of “sticker shock” from some of our customers when they realize the tax rate on their purchases. Also, some of our fellow business owners make an attempt to assist the community by being open year round and provide local shopping for full-time residents of Ouray County. By increasing the sales tax rate, this would be another reason for the locals to shop outside the county.

Thu
01
Aug
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THC is better alternative for pain

Dear Editor,
I live with chronic pain. I have for many years. I have tried quite possibly every prescription pain medicine on the market, which by the way, all of them have some side effects, from fairly minor to rather damaging. I have tried pain management clinics, physical therapy, yoga, dry needling, massage and so on.
I have three grown children, two grown stepchildren and five grandchildren. I am extremely active in their lives. The last thing I want is to be high on marijuana, or any prescription drug. But I have no choice. If I want to have an active life, I need something to reduce the amount of pain I am in every day.

Fri
28
Jun
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Interviews laced with ideology

Dear Editor,

I don’t attend a lot of Board of County Commissioners meetings but felt compelled to attend the meeting at which the interviews of candidates for appointment to the planning commission was to take place. It was an astounding experience.

First, I was shocked at the obviously pre-conceived positions of the commissioners. It was disappointing to watch Commissioner (Lynn) Padgett as she disgorged her ideological intransigence, was overtly demeaning and inappropriate when questioning applicants John Baskfield and Tim Currin. Padgett publicly dressed down these two solid members of our community who have dedicated time, energy and expertise to serve as volunteers on the planning commission.

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