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Letters to the Editor

Bud Romberg: ‘Give a dime’ for affordable housing

October 17, 2017 — Affordable housing has been a problem in Steamboat Springs as long as we have been here — 51 years — and the problems get worse when the economy is good and eases when the economy drops off. Finally in 2004, the Yampa Valley Housing Authority

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Ken Mauldin: Housing subsidy misguided

October 17, 2017 — The Yampa Valley Housing Authority should place defined, contractual limits on the amount of time a healthy, employable person can receive basic housing subsidy from taxpayers. Otherwise, the workforce housing problem in our community will only get worse, never better. While it’s a noble endeavor

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Ken Brenner: Passage of 4B will protect public investment in CMC

October 17, 2017 — I serve you as one of your trustees, elected to protect Colorado Mountain College and the investment you have made in higher education in Northwest Colorado for the past 50 years. The 1982 Gallagher Amendment, combined with Colorado's convoluted tax system and explosive growth on

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Katy Lee: 3C, 3D address district’s critical maintenance issues

October 17, 2017 — There are two tax proposals for school funding on the upcoming ballot that merit wider community discussion. Ballot question 3D is a $12.9 million bond request to repair roofs, correct the HVAC system at the middle school and address safety issues at Gardner field. Ballot

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Jim Gill: We need to assess how 1/2-cent sales tax dollars are spent

October 11, 2017 — Regarding Jerry Buelter's Oct. 9 letter to the editor, "3C, 3D address district's most pressing needs", the community and school district thanks for the creation of the original ½-cent sales tax dedicated to the educational needs of our school district truly belongs to all those

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Routt County elections team: Come try the new voting equipment

October 11, 2017 — The Routt County Clerk and Recorders Elections Division would like to invite the community to participate in a public demonstration of the new Dominion voting equipment. This demonstration will take place this Saturday, Oct. 14 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Historic Routt County

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Rim Watson: Soroco has exceptional employees

October 11, 2017 — In a previous article in the Steamboat Today newspaper, my perception of the South Routt teachers/employees did not come out nearly as strong as I intended. First of all, the issue with the ballot initiative was not in any way caused by board action/decisions; it

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Geraldine Link: Letter writer was wrong about ‘red tape’ act

October 11, 2017 — I am responding to Ron Wackowski's letter to the editor published Tuesday, "Should ski areas be allowed to profit off public lands for free?" Mr. Wackowski's letter to the editor on ski area permit fee retention gets the facts wrong. Mr. Wackowski states that the

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Tom Sharp: What happened to the Education Fund Board’s Capital Commission?

October 10, 2017 — To supplement the excellent letter to the editor from my good friend Jim Gill, which appeared in the Steamboat Today on Wednesday, Sept. 27, I was also a member of the Steamboat Springs School Board and the Steamboat Springs Education Fund Board from 1999 through

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Ron Wackowski: Should ski areas be allowed to profit off public lands for free?

October 10, 2017 — I just received an email from Congressman Tipton on the "Recreation Not Red Tape Act" being reviewed by the Natural Resources Committee. The congressman points out that ski areas pay a permit fee to the government in order to operate (and profit) on federal lands.

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Mayling Simpson: Vote ‘yes’ on 3C, 3D to take care of ‘your’ property

October 9, 2017 — I have a large piece of red artificial track material sitting on my dining room table. It is about the size of a serving platter and very nubby. I picked it up recently while visiting the high school to see the state of the artificial

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Erika Murphy: Beef industry positives

October 9, 2017 — I am a rancher who raises Angus cattle for breeding purposes southwest of Steamboat Springs. The beef industry receives lots of negative press at times, so I wanted to focus on some of the positives and offer other perspectives. This only covers a few of

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Jerry Buelter: 3C, 3D address district’s most pressing needs

October 9, 2017 — I read with interest your editorial from Sept. 28 entitled, "Our view: Lack of campaign worrisome" and the letter to the editor from Jim Gill, "School district can't exclude positive impact of 1/2-cent sales tax." If I may, I would like to share my thoughts

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Vail Kozatch: We must come together on health care

October 6, 2017 — The American Medical Association said that the failed Graham-Cassidy health care bill violated the Hippocratic Oath of "first do no harm." Obviously, our senators have never taken this oath. Was any professional association with credibility in favor of this bill? No. What on earth did

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Franco Funicello: We’ll gladly take Howelsen Hill

October 5, 2017 — First off, thank you to City Council President Walter Magill and other council members for even suggesting a discounted lift ticket to give those who cannot afford a ticket across the valley on the mountain, not now, and maybe not in the near future … a chance

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Northwest Colorado Health: Thanks for supporting rubber ducky race

October 5, 2017 — It was a cold and rainy Saturday, but there was no shortage of enthusiasm for rubber duckies bobbing down the Yampa River on Sept. 23. As always, Routt County residents and businesses rallied to support the Steamboat Rubber Ducky Race for Hospice. You bought (lots)

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Beth Melton and Bob Weiss: Editorial Board experience was ‘awesome’

October 3, 2017 — We just completed our four-month term as community members of the Editorial Board for the Steamboat Pilot & Today. In one word, the experience was "awesome." Here is how it works. The board consists of Publisher Suzanne Schlicht, Editor Lisa Schlichtman, veteran staff reporter Tom

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Brodie Farquhar: Stop the madness

October 2, 2017 — Like most people, I woke up this morning to news of the mass shooting in Las Vegas. Fifty-plus dead and 400-plus wounded as a madman hosed a 22,000 outdoor concert audience with military-grade weaponry – 10 rifles from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay

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Sarah B. Jones: Thank you Routt County for recycling

September 28, 2017 — Sept. 23 was the annual Community Recycling Drop-Off hosted by Yampa Valley Sustainability Council at the Meadows Parking Lot. Since 2010, this one-stop-drop event has become a fall ritual for residents to clear their clutter and make room for winter gear. We would like to

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Brodie Farquhar: Future of artificial intelligence is unsettling

September 27, 2017 — A recent column by Maureen Dowd, columnist for the New York Times, was carried last week in the Steamboat Pilot & Today. It was an insightful thought piece about the dangers of social media and artificial intelligence, or AI. I would like to focus on

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