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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.

Sat
22
Jun
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Food Pantry needs new home

Dear Editor,

As many of you know, the Food Pantry is looking for a new home. The former location had been donated to us and we are most grateful for the time spent there and the generosity of the owners. However, they had an opportunity to lease that building. Good for them in today’s economy. That location served as our home since the beginning of the pantry. Thank you.

At the moment, the pantry is closed (not good for those who need the supplemental food) and we are looking for another location here in Ridgway. There are a few possibilities, but nothing is definite. It would be wonderful if another community member would step up and offer us a location. In these tough economic times, it seems like there are many vacant buildings. If you know of anyone who might be able to help us, please call me at 729-1848. We would appreciate any leads.

Sat
22
Jun
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Event a special editon to town

Dear Editor,
I'm writing to congratulate and thank everyone involved in the first Ridgway Heritage Festival this past weekend. What an event! The parade, the Ranch Rodeo, dancing to Opal Moon, plus all the various activities in the park on Sunday, everything went smoothly and was enjoyed by many. Considering it was the inaugural event, it was so amazing to see it go off without a hitch. The highlights for me were the Ranch Rodeo on Saturday and the Native American dancers on Sunday. Great stuff, and so much fun!
Above all, it was really special to see both the original inhabitants of our beautiful valley, represented by Roland McCook of the Utes and his fellow Native American dancers, as well as the long time ranchers of the county, represented by the likes of the Webers, the Double RL, Wolf Cattle Company and many others, get their time in the spotlight. We all need to remember how important both groups are to the past and the future of this place we call home.

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