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Fri
08
Feb
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Keep Alaimo coming

Dear Editor,
Hi, Alan, Deborah and David here from the KOA. Thank you for keeping up the Plaindealer! We look forward to seeing it in our mailbox each week as it helps us stay connected to home, and it often causes us to miss Ouray, Ridgway and friends. Joe's articles are some of my favorites, and this last one was just a hoot.  Even though I do not have a supply of robotic snakes stored for an emergency, I thought I might still have a couple of robotic fish to throw in the pond behind our home to monitor all of the runoff from our chemically laden beautiful golf course.  I've been way too busy contemplating the drone butterfly to take inventory, but I really need to take stock. See, that is how Joe's writings hit me. He has a style loaded with information to give us food for thought, and at the same time lots of laughter. Thank you, Joe, for the smiles and keep those great emails coming with Still news.  
Very sincerely,
Deborah Brunovsky
Ouray KOA

Sat
02
Feb
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Ouray French class gives thanks

Dear Editor,
On behalf of myself and my students, I would like to express gratitude to the entire community for the support the Ouray High School French Club received in their fundraiser at the Ice Festival two weeks ago. Numerous businesses in town donated the supplies and ingredients we needed to sell breakfast and lunch burritos at our concession tent, and many from the community swung by our tent to support our endeavors. Thanks to this, we were able to raise a significant amount of money that will go a long way toward funding the students' trip to Paris in March. For many of these students, this will be their first trip out of the country.

Sat
02
Feb
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Ridgway class lauded

Dear Editor,
Congratulations to the Ridgway High School Government Class that competed and did so well in the state competition on the United States Constitution. It is so important for all of us, but especially our young people, to understand the foundation of the greatest country that has ever been in history. I would encourage other schools to also get involved in this competition.

J. Paul Brown
Ignacio, Colo.

Thu
17
Jan
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OVFD earns deepest respect

Dear Editor,

A note of appreciation, admiration and respect.

In the very early morning hours of January 4, I received the call from our fire chief that a home under my management had caught fire. By the time that I was notified, the fire department had responded, extinguished the blaze and secured lodging for the frightened family that had occupied the home the evening of the event.

Thu
17
Jan
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Cartoon neglected responsibilities

Dear Editor,
Regarding the editorial cartoon for the Jan. 3 issue I was highly offended that anyone could think that the NRA or any rational person would want to have a shoot-out in a school full of children. That is not what the NRA's CEO said or suggested and to imply that he did is being totally dishonest. The piece obviously reflects the view that there should be more government control of gun ownership. Although a gun owner myself, I have had my differences with the NRA over the years. I own several guns for hunting and sport shooting, none of which are considered assault weapons as far as I know, but in the hands of a deranged person are capable of causing severe injury or even death to other people. The idea that the NRA and its members have no regard for human life and they own guns from having some sort of macho personality disorder is completely irresponsible.

Thu
17
Jan
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Object of Section 9 is focal point

Dear Editor,

“The liberty of the press is a blessing when we are inclined to write against others, and a calamity when we find ourselves overborne by the multitude of our assailants.” Samuel Johnson. As it appears, a few of your readers decided to make me the object of their derision rather than focus on the serious issues surrounding proposed Land Use Code rewrites of Section 9 - Visual Impact Regulations by the planning commission.
I remain steadfast in my belief that it is not unusual to expect journalists to help its readership understand the issues and what is at stake enabling the public to make informed decisions. There will be those who will continue to change the subject, but it truly is a disservice to the readership looking for information regarding the long-awaited visual impact regulations and what it will mean to Ouray County property owners.

Susan Watson    
Ridgway

Fri
11
Jan
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Cartoon had wrong caption

Dear Editor:
I know it’s fashionable for the mainstream media to bash the National Rifle Association, but I’m surprised and disappointed to see the hometown paper marching in lockstep. I’m referring to your recent editorial cartoon where one kindergartner sitting under a school desk says to the other, “Oh great, the NRA wants there to be shootouts in school—between good guys and bad guys with assault weapons.”
The cartoon reminds me of a passive-aggressive brother-in-law. I can’t quite be sure what was intended, but whatever it was, I’m quite sure I don't like it.
If it’s a call for a legal ban on assault weapons as a solution to killing sprees in schools, it’s inane.  Connecticut already has such a law. Connecticut General Statutes Sec. 53-202c. Go ahead—Google it. A Class D felony. A lot of good it did.

Fri
11
Jan
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Cartoon wrong on NRA

Dear Editor,
I observed the opinion cartoon posted in the Jan. 3 issue, signed “Pudim ’13 Ouray PLAINDEALER." Even though your employee posted the opinion, it surely cannot represent any position held by the paper. In the wake of yet another senseless slaughter of children held captive without protection from evil, the cartoonist captions a child making an incorrect statement about the intention of the National Rifle Association to the effect they desire shoot-outs in school. This is about as informed an idea as considering that our local law enforcement desires a shoot-out because they are capable of defending themselves from evil on our behalf.
David Merryman
Log Hill Village

Fri
11
Jan
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Section 9 could be left alone

Dear Editor,
The letter to the editor from Susan Watson two weeks ago seems to have struck a nerve with some of my fellow planning commission members. I want to offer my perspectives.
There were points made by Jack Flowers in an earlier planning commission meeting related to higher costs to build if the soon to be proposed visual impact regulations are adopted by the BOCC. I agree that there will be significantly higher costs for design, construction and perhaps for longer driveways in some cases. Builders and architects that I’ve met with agree with this. Property owners need to familiarize themselves with the proposed regulations and attend the public hearings to protect the interests they have in their property.

Fri
11
Jan
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Letter missed the mark

Dear Editor,
Ms Watson's letter in the Dec. 20 Plaindealer mostly got it wrong.

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