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Fri
14
Nov
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Social Security: The funding of Second Childhoods

This report comes to you from “The Road,” as Bobbie and I chase Ms Autumn south and west across the climatically and recreationally gifted state of Utah on a prolonged immersion amongst flaming red rocks and cavernous canyons — trying to extend summer, suntans and, who knows, maybe even Life itself.
We are like giddy children playing hide-n-seek…testing the outer limits grip of Vibram soles and bike tires on mounds of strawberry soft-serve sandstone. When it’s too hot, we go underground to bag a shady slot canyon — wade chilled potholes and surmount choke-stone obstacles that threaten progress — if not well-being — stopping just short of pulling an “Aron Ralston.”

Wed
12
Nov
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Cartoon

Wed
05
Nov
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Posting prompt reporting

Dear Editor,

Thank you for posting the results of the VIR hearing of last Thursday evening on your website on Saturday; though I'm not sure but it may have been posted on Friday.
This was a meeting I was unable to attend and I am grateful to have been able to
read good coverage just two evenings after the event.
So often the papers wait a little longer for posting on the website but because this was an important meeting, you provided a report that the public could read at the earliest opportunity.

Kind regards,

Christopher Pike
Ridgway

Wed
05
Nov
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Taking exception to characterization

Dear Editor,
Last week, county residents debated extending visual impact regulations to additional roads. The Ouray Trail Group (OTG) participated — in spite of our representative being harassed by others in attendance — but came away disappointed when one county planning commission member described our group as “small and unrepresentative.” Our 100-plus members take vigorous exception to that put-down, confident that our 28-year history of preserving trails, historic structures and irreplaceable lands in the alpine endear us to the great majority of residents and visitors who travel into our mountains.

Thu
30
Oct
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Rob Pudim's Cartoon

Thu
30
Oct
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What a day near Ouray!

Thu
30
Oct
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Yes to 3B for schools

Dear Editor,
When I walk into a classroom, everyone in that room knows who I am. It does not matter if it is a student, teacher or other staff member. Teachers here in Ouray know students in a way that some are not accustomed to. Work is designed to meet student needs. Staff and teachers care for students on a personal and academic level. From my perspective I could not imagine giving up this kind of treatment. I want to preserve this kind of education. Ouray School is one of the best in all of Colorado and has been recognized nationally. Meanwhile, I have witnessed the deterioration of our historic and famous building. It is in desperate need of help.

Thu
30
Oct
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No to "person-hood"

Thu
30
Oct
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Our advice: Call the Sheriff

Well, it's official now. At least as far as what has been sent to the Plaindealer. Republican and Democrat and Independent political signs have been vandalized in the county.
How do we know this?
We are the recipient of photo after photo after photo of spray-painted sign, or slashed sign or mangled or knocked over sign. You name the way you can destroy a political sign, and you pick the party represented on the sign, and we have a photo of it courtesy of someone in the county.
The messages accompanying these photos sent to us are varied.
"What are you going to do about this, Plaindealer?"
"Why is there no condemnation from the other side?"
And so forth.
We even got photos sent to us on our Twitter account from a self-proclaimed political "agitator," implying that our "silence" on these misdemeanor occurrences somehow implicated us in a broad conspiracy to subvert some such something or other.

Tue
14
Oct
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Editorial cartoon

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