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Our view: Public service at a price?

"As public servants, members of this council need to be aware the comments they make at meetings will be judged by the people they serve, and as community leaders, they are held to higher standards." — Editorial Board

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Michael Turner: Council shows lack of integrity

Five of our council members have blatantly shown us their priorities, which appear to be “grab what you can, line your pockets and the hardworking employees and volunteers of the city and the constituents can “eat cake!” — Michael Turner

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Brodie Farquhar: What's going on down under?

"Why do we need large-capacity magazines in rapid-fire weapons like the AR-15?" — Brodie Farquhar

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Our view: Yampa River not merry-go-round

With a new crew of river rangers on the job, the city and community of Steamboat Springs are on track to do more to protect recreationists who may mistake the Yampa River for a water theme park.

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Soda Creek students: Mountain lion education

"Now you know what to do if you ever cross paths with a mountain lion and how to prevent trouble." — Soda Creek Elementary School first and fourth grades

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Robert B. Stevenson: Why is pot the whipping boy?

"If pot is to be the designated whipping boy (again), let’s not pretend it’s because of pot overdoses." — Robert B. Stevenson

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Our view: Lesson learned, not to be forgotten

"Public trust is on the mend, but the lessons to be learned from the years prior to the new chief’s arrival should never be forgotten." — Editorial Board

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Our view: Do as we say, not as we do

It is not Planning Commission’s endorsement of the new Igloo project that concerns us; rather, it is the fact that commissioners also sanctioned a variance city planners are seeking to delay construction of the new facility’s sidewalk until 2017.

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U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet: Working to combat Zika virus

Recently, the Zika virus has been elevated to a pandemic by the National Institute of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control has called the outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

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Jane Dougherty: Wear Orange to end gun violence

Gun violence can happen to anyone. That is why I will be participating in the Wear Orange campaign.

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Bill and Kathy Cox: Applause for Mr. Knapp

"In a community that focuses on sports involvement, important as well, we wish to acknowledge one teacher who has shaped the landscape of music education for our youth in Steamboat Springs for approximately 11 years — James Knapp." — Bill and Kathy Cox

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Sheri and Ben Steiner: Steamboat'ers are awesome

"How we love Steamboat! We’ve lived here for 40 years, and people never cease to amaze us." — Sheri and Ben Steiner

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First Impressions Council: Support free full-day kindergarten

"It takes a village to raise a child and having access to full-day kindergarten gives all children a chance to start school ready for lifelong success." — First Impressions Council

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Our view: School board division is concerning

"All five members of the school board need to find a way to work together for the benefit of students." — Editorial Board

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Tom Sullivan: Wear orange June 2

z'June 2 is National Gun Violence Awareness day, and on that day, I will wear orange in remembrance of my son Alex Sullivan, who was murdered celebrating his 27th birthday in the Aurora theater massacre on July 20, 2012." — Tom Sullivan