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Our view: More bang for URA’s bucks

We commend Steamboat Springs City Council for taking a stand in favor of creating an urban renewal authority, we just wish the city council would dream a little bigger.

Our view: A hard act to follow

After 10 years on the job, Tracy Barnett has announced she’ll be stepping down as manager of Mainstreet Steamboat Springs this summer.

Our View: Sweeping streets is more than cosmetic

We can empathize with downtown residents who are losing sleep over the noise made by the city of Steamboat Springs’ pre-dawn street-sweeping operations this winter. However, we believe City Council’s plans to exempt street sweeping from the city noise ordinance, as it has already for emergency vehicles and snow plows, is a necessary step.

Megan Walker: Clearing the air

Colorado’s Renewable Energy Standard urgently needs your support. Over a decade ago, voters made Colorado a clean energy leader by enacting the renewable energy standard at the ballot box. Today, 29 states and the District of Columbia have RESs.

Kody May: Enough about pot

As a fourth generation native of Routt County and a father of three young children in our community, I would like to take a brief minute to express my displeasure of the topics, especially the front page of the Steamboat Today.

Hazelbaker family: Thank you so much

Thank you so much to everyone who provided support and compassion after Conrad (Conch) passed away so suddenly.

Kenneth Finn and Bob Doyle: Pot policy harmful

In response to your recent editorial, “Pot experiment seems to be working,” we are concerned that the general public is unaware of the numerous and growing problems since marijuana commercialization began in Colorado five years ago under the guise of medicine.

Our View: City, Yampa Valley Housing Authority partnership a win

It won’t come as a surprise that we view collaboration between government agencies as a common-sense approach to tackling projects when possible. There are cost efficiencies that can be realized in shared projects, which saves taxpayers money and demonstrates good government planning.

Dave Peregoy: Historical atrocities

As a country, we have spent far too much and lost too many American lives on military campaigns in places where oil is the primary motive and have little to show for it. At some point we should have the wisdom to say, “Enough.”

David Moss: Presidents as idiots

This letter is written in response to Bob Stevenson’s letter published in Thursday’s Steamboat Today. Mr. Stevenson properly takes offense to the Cal Thomas editorial published Wednesday, in which Thomas implied that President Barack Obama was an idiot using a quote from Shakespeare.

Tom Willman: Media and Big Pharma

Our ability as individuals to opt-out (the exemption) of complying with what many people in Colorado consider to be draconian-statist wishes is, after all, granted by law. The notion that “rolling up your sleeve” is in the greater community interest, “come on dude, just do it for the collective,” is in my opinion borderline Marxist, if not medical tyranny in nature.

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Thrift Store Challenge: Vote for the best thrift shop find

In the true spirit of thrift shopping, the Steamboat Pilot & Today news team set out on a mission to see what treasures they could unearth at area second-hand stores. Each staff member was given $10 and then were challenged to comb local thrift shops in search of one-of-a-kind items. Vote here for the best thrifted treasure.

Our View: Pot experiment seems to be working

After the first full year of legalized retail sales of marijuana in Steamboat Springs, we’ve seen that even in its infancy, it’s a multi-million dollar industry that will only grow. And we’ve been unable to detect any alarming signs that weed is going to undermine Steamboat’s stature as a wholesome place to live and visit.

John Mertz: Suffering with dignity

As of Feb. 6, Colorado House Bill HB1135, which will legalize physician-assisted suicide, has been postponed indefinitely by the House Committee on Public Health & Human Service; however, most indicators suggest the issue is far from behind us.

Bob Stevenson: Criticisms unfounded

Cal Thomas criticizes President Obama as not measuring up in Thomas’ war-monger contest (Wednesday’s Steamboat Today). Thomas seems to prefer the right’s Cheney/Bush “let’s make up and sell wars to America” approach.