Jim Engelken: Emerald Park off limits

Nineteen years ago the city of Steamboat Springs set a policy that Triple Crown would not be able to use Emerald Park. This was done out of concern for traffic on Pamela Lane and because Emerald Park was the only park off limits to Triple Crown.

Letters to the Editor: Environmental religion

One of the most ingrained human practices is religion. It is inseparable from all cultures. Whenever suppressed, it re-emerges elsewhere. Environmentalism has become the religion of choice for modern atheists, although recently “upgraded” to “climate change,” conveniently allowing any remarkable weather event to serve as “evidence.” Also, they must be right because climate always “changes.”

Letter to the Editor: Conservation on ranch

Hats off (cowboy of course) to the Adams Family for their decision to place a conservation easement on their ranch — The Flying Diamond Ranch here in Routt County.

Our View: If you see something, say something

The news that a young woman was murdered in a quiet neighborhood in North Routt County has shaken our community and left family, friends and area residents stunned. The death of any 22-year-old is tragic, but a homicide leaves people reeling, asking the questions of why and how anyone could so violently take the life of a beautiful young woman in her prime.

Jim Erickson and Mike Schmidt: In reference to EPA plan

We are writing in reference to several past letters concerning the EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan and its focus on the burning of fossil fuels — especially coal, which results in the production of carbon dioxide as a byproduct. The EPA has defined carbon dioxide as a poison.

Melanie L. Sturm: Are Americans still in charge of our lives?

Amid unending political horserace punditry — who’s up, who’s down in the wake of Supreme Court rulings, Congress’ Trade Promotion votes,

Our View: Human dignity and civil rights

As we celebrate our nation’s independence this holiday weekend, we think it appropriate that we all reflect on our system of government that calls for the U.S. Supreme Court to balance the judicial and legislative branches in its role of interpreting the U.S. Constitution.

Letter to the Editor: River our responsibility

I will try to make this letter short and simple. I initially posted a nasty letter to tubers on Facebook, but then I realized that, truth be told, we are all responsible for trashing the river. As the season has progressed, so has the amount of trash on the Yampa’s banks.

Our View: Rodeo: Part of Steamboat’s authentic brand

More than a century ago, Steamboat Springs was the place where cowboys from area ranches would gather to show off their roping and riding skills. Those early rodeo events, which date all the way back to 1897, often took place right on Steamboat’s Main Street.

Letter to the Editor: Affordable impact

When it comes to climate change, I’m neither a denier, an industry apologist nor an ideologue. Even so, I couldn’t help but notice a recent letter touting the benefits of EPA’s Clean Power Plan completely ignored any mention of what those benefits might actually be, instead offering self congratulatory horn-blowing about past successes of the renewable energy lobby in Colorado, and a reminder that we’re fortunate to live in such a progressively trending state.

Letter to the Editor: Fireworks upset goats

Please eliminate your pagan tradition of explosives this coming Fourth of July. The blasts are terrifying. The crazy colors and patterns in the sky are worse.

Letter to the Editor: Gay marriage clarity

The purpose of this letter is to try to bring some clarity to the issue of gay marriage. This issue becomes easier to understand if one divides marriage into two components and does not try to make it a single issue.

Steven Ross: THC harmful to babies

During this week’s Children’s Hospital of Colorado’s sixth annual Neonatal Advanced Practice Conference, it was mentioned that next month the American Academy of Pediatrics is releasing its recommendations for young mothers, who are considering using marijuana products during their pregnancy and consuming marijuana while breast feeding their infant.

Our view: The unsinkable Kathy Connell

Kathy Connell, of Steamboat Springs, was named chairperson of the Colorado Transportation Commission this month, and we believe her passion for people and public affairs will serve the entire state well.

Letter to the Editor: Punishing and taxing

In what is usually the worst day of someone’s life, when they find themselves behind bars, only a family member or close friend coming to visit can provide solace. That practice is scheduled to come to an end for Routt County residents.