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Letters to the Editor

Friends of the Yampa, Conservation Colorado, Rig To Flip: Leave national monuments alone

July 22, 2017 — On April 26, President Donald Trump issued an executive order directing Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to conduct a review of existing national monuments since 1996. This unprecedented review of our national monuments generated 2.7 million comments from people across the country, with the overwhelming majority […]

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Karen Vail: How much is enough?

July 21, 2017 — I have just had another harrowing trip through town, with cars pulling out in front of me, running stop signs and turning left from a right lane. I have never felt so flustered and have used all my powers of deep breathing to not explode […]

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Marcia Martin: Hughes ‘right on money’

July 21, 2017 — Paul Hughes’ letter regarding a citywide property tax was right on the money and motivated me to look up the Tax Policy Advisory Board Report from 2011. Even if the entire document is too daunting for casual reading, I would recommend, at the least, the […]

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Ken Collins: Displaying Old Glory upside down is not disrespectful

July 17, 2017 — It is being discussed. It is being carried out. It is freedom of speech. It is appropriate. Displaying Old Glory upside down is a sign of distress, danger and concern for the country. It is not disrespectful. Displaying a tattered, old or dirty flag is […]

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Jim Balthaser: Parking lot etiquette lacking

July 17, 2017 — I've noticed with interest recent letters to the editor praising Steamboaters for their friendliness and willingness to give a helping hand. I concur, but I've also noted another characteristic — inconsideration bordering on obliviousness in parking lots. I used to think Salt Lake City was the […]

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Diane R. Miller: Input needed for BLM planning

July 17, 2017 — The Bureau of Land Management has recently issued a request for public comment as part of the Trump Administration's overhaul of government rules and protections. The BLM has given the public only 21 days to submit specific ideas on reducing "disproportionate" government oversight. Your input is needed […]

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Scott Wedel: Fact-based economics

July 16, 2017 — An editorial printed Sunday in Steamboat Pilot & Today stated, “… we live in an economy that is heavily reliant on the steady influx of tourism dollars." That is an exaggeration. According to U.S. government statistics, tourism-related jobs are 35 percent of Routt County jobs, tourism-related […]

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Gary Ward: Steamboat should be proud of residents

July 14, 2017 — As our car pulled into Steamboat Springs for our several day family vacation, it completely died right at an intersection. Immediately people came from all directions to offer help. They were mostly residents of Steamboat. What a blessing to see so many people coming to […]

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Katherine Cain: Outdoor retailers’ stand is ‘obnoxious’

July 14, 2017 — Steamboat Today ran an Associated Press article Friday regarding the Outdoor Retailer Trade Show — the largest in the nation — leaving Utah after 20 years for the state of Colorado starting in 2018. Organizers of the show were upfront about their reasons for the […]

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Paul Hughes: Council needs to consider property tax

July 14, 2017 — The question of whether to permit and annex the Brynn Grey project will require the most impactful decision City Council will make during its tenure. There are several important points that it must consider. 1. We need more housing if the city is going to […]

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Paul Bonnifield: Welfare for the well-to-do is not OK

July 13, 2017 — According to today’s Steamboat Today, “the GOP poses families making more than $1 million a year would get tax cuts averaging about $50,000 …” My gross annual income including pension and investments is approximately $30,000. My net income after taxes is lower, and I must […]

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Hope Cook: We need to figure out health care together

July 13, 2017 — On Friday, I joined several likeminded folks to hopefully have an opportunity to express my concerns about repealing the Affordable Care Act — poorly named as I was told because it is not affordable to a lot of people but that is for discussion at […]

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Sarah Woodmansee: Water, cool, clear water

July 12, 2017 — Water. Without it, what could we do? The short answer is, nothing at all. Clean, non toxic and plentiful, it is what sustains our economy. Snow for skiing, river for floating and rafting, our beautiful wild flowers; water is important in all phases of life […]

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Paul Putyen: Trumpcare is really a corporate tax cut

July 12, 2017 — My research indicates that Trumpcare is a corporate tax cut disguised as a health care bill. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the Senate’s Trumpcare bill will kick 22 million people — 15 million by next year — off health insurance. It will decimate Medicaid […]

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Omar M. Campbell: Steamboat citizens need to make decision about growth

July 10, 2017 — In March of 2007, my letter to the editor first warned that a 700–pound growth gorilla had loomed on Steamboat's horizon. What amounted to a new small city was proposed on 700 acres west of the airport. Some of us who foresaw the negatives acted […]

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Joe Russo: Increase in summer activity in Steamboat is overwhelming

July 10, 2017 — I have been a citizen for more than 25 years here, and I can’t understand the overwhelming increase of activity of events that are crammed into this town. We all appreiciate the commerce that council provides, but this is becoming overwhelming for the service industry […]

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Judy McGinnis: What me worry about health care?

July 9, 2017 — We can read the headlines. Nationally, according to the Kaiser Foundation, about 64 percent of older Americans rely on Medicaid to cover nursing home care. What is the percentage here in Routt County? If there are cuts in Medicaid funding, what happens to our neighbors […]

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Ron Wackowski: Disappointed in Senator Gardner’s response

July 9, 2017 — I am disappointed in Senator Gardner's response to my information requests. In February, I emailed him “What experience does Scott Pruitt possess that convinced you that he is a good choice to lead the EPA?" I received back a form letter that stated: "Attorney General […]

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Our view: Decision to cancel fireworks was wise

July 8, 2017 — It's never easy for public officials to make decisions they know will disappoint thousands of people on a holiday, especially in a resort town.  However, we believe Steamboat Springs Fire Protection District Chief Mel Stewart and other local officials showed courage and good judgment July […]

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Diane Kelly: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure

July 6, 2017 — As a retired nurse, I find it difficult to understand the reluctance of Congress to invest money in a healthy citizenry. The U.S. population needs to be healthy. This means that people of all income levels need access to both preventive and curative medicine. The […]

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