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Wed
25
Feb
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Privileged for the opportunity

Wed
25
Feb
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Somehow we all survived

Dear Editor,
We just wanted to endorse your observations and conclusions.
As you summed up:
“When I was a kid, I felt responsible for my own actions. These days, it’s someone else’s responsibility to watch out for our actions.”
Unregulated sledding?
At our local school playground, we watched as the rings were taken away (someone might fall),
the tether balls got removed (someone might get whacked) and activities like dodge ball
banned (someone might get hit).
Growing up used to include some well-remembered lessons learned from falling, getting whacked and hit.
Somehow, as you pointed out, we all survived.
We still ski (we’re in our 70s) and once in a while take a fall.
And we’re responsible for that – no one else.
 
Regards,
Craig and Lynn Dible
Sedona, Arizona
 

Wed
25
Feb
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A welcome donation

Dear Editor,
 
Kari Wage and Vonnie Kuijvenhoven recently donated a new television to the Ouray Volunteer Fire Department. The department relies on donations such as these to help offset some of its expenses. In this case, the television will enable the department to conduct training sessions at the fire house as well as view and analyze film from fire events. With limited resources and significant expenses, the OVFD appreciates and accepts all kinds of donations, so thank you, Kari and Vonnie, for thinking of the department and making this generous donation.

With thanks,
Trevor Latta
Chief, Ouray Fire Department

Wed
25
Feb
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Giving space to ideas and ingenuity

Back in the day, before the norm was a Man Cave with full wet bar and a 48 inch wide screen HD TV, men hung out in the shed. The shed had beer in bottles or cans in a beat up fridge, a license plate or two covering the holes in the wall, an old AM radio in the corner and pin up girls on every vertical surface not covered in tools. In the Shed men stood around and smoked cigars with their buddies while tinkering with the family car or (if they were luckier) a project car. Back then, fixing a car relied on the expertise of a number of friends from around the neighborhood. The friends might be electricians, welders, plumbers or even insurance salesmen — and they all brought their own expertise and perspective to the project.  

Sun
11
Jan
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Post-holiday hangover of an andropausal male

Warning: At the risk of being labeled “Mr. Grinch,” I'm about to take a leak on the annual guilt-induced, corporate-shakedown madness known as "The Holidays." I held off ’til after Christ's big birthday bash in hopes of escaping eternal damnation, hell’s fire, and/or a lightning bolt.
My inner Grinch appears suddenly, right out of the Walmart blue, while standing in a stalled checkout lane of glazed-faced shoppers. The line stalled due to an elderly penny-pinching coupon-clipper who decided that the busiest shopping day of the year would be a good time to save a buck forty. This is the kind of stuff that happens when a cynic is suckered into the shortest line, and it corroborates Murphy’s Law that even the best-laid battle plan cannot survive contact with the enemy.

Sat
10
Jan
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Not even Oprah can fly

I promise I won't write about our new dog each week. In fact, he won't get much more ink, unless we have a famous headline that reads "Man bites dog," or something sensational like that.
And the only reason I'm writing about him today is he did something pretty sensational the other day.
A lot of folks around Ouray County have dogs. Don't believe me? Just hang out at either post office for an hour, Hartwell or Fellin parks, your favorite trail or even the bank where they're known to have a treat or two handy for a four-legged customer. You'll run out of fingers and toes counting pups for just an hour or so at just about any location.
One weekly visitor to the Plaindealer carries dog biscuits in the breast pocket of his coat as he makes his rounds.
Kind of like the Pied Piper of pooches, you might say.
I'm sure all these dogs around the county at some point have performed the sensational, at least in their owners' eyes.

Fri
09
Jan
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Passing of the gavel

Dear Editor,
As outgoing president of the Ouray Chamber Resort Association (OCRA), I am reflecting on the last three years serving on the board, two years as president and one as vice president. Lots of amazing successes have occurred here in Ouray during that time period. I believe the results came from a team approach of not only the OCRA board of directors but especially of the excellent staff led by an outstanding Executive Director, Katherina (Kat) Papenbrock. Accomplishments include listening to our community and bringing new events to town.
OCRA created new events with the intent of handing the event planning and implementation off to other entities within a three year period. The Mountain Air Music Series was created, perfected, and now has a new entity bringing weekly free concerts to Ouray in June, 4th of July and Grillin’ & Chillin’ Brew & Music Fest.

Wed
07
Jan
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Editorial Cartoon

Wed
07
Jan
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Decorative spirit

Dear Editor,

I wish to thank the persons responsible for the beautiful decorations placed around the "Welcome to Ouray" sign on Hwy. 550. Every Christmas season I look forward to being blessed by them.
To me, they reflect the Christmas Spirit of Ouray in honoring the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. May this Spirit  prevail throughout the New Year and always.

Dodie Dreshsler
Ouray

Mon
08
Dec
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It's a no-brainer

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