Marcia Cobb: Experiences needed

Kids need to experience the real world. This isn’t just a statement, it’s a fact backed by more than 50 years of research on the importance of child development and multi-sensory interaction with the real world. Real-life experiences were integral to my educational success, and the importance of this type of learning is something I observe each day as I watch my son Nicholas grow.

Chloe Flam: Vote yes on 3A, 3B

I have lived and worked in Steamboat Springs for more than 20 years and have two kids at Strawberry Park Elementary. This community is fortunate to have a school district that is consistently accredited with distinction by the Colorado Department of Education. I attribute this success to a strong leadership team at the school district promoting the culture of excellence central to the district’s mission.

Greg Stetman and the crew at Central Park Liquor: Know full debate

We, at Central Park Liquor, have spent many years expanding our product selection, improving our customer service and reducing product prices in order that we can provide the finest service possible to our

Gillian Morris: Invest in future

Ninety-two million dollars is a scary number when you hear “Your taxes will go up between 39 percent and 46 percent.”

Ray Martinez: Positive change OK

How many times recently have you thought, “Gee, I sure wish I could go to the old hospital to have my medical procedure with their outdated equipment. At least it’s downtown?’”

Deirdre Boyd: Set record straight

As a teacher, a member of the Steamboat Springs Education Association and a member of the collaborative bargaining team that negotiates salaries, benefits and policies on behalf of the entire staff (SSEA members and non-members alike, including all classified and certified staff), I know first-hand how important it is to have a positive and trusting working relationship with the school board.

Cari Hermacinski and Jon Quinn: Decision made in secret

“The next council came along and had other ideas,” Ivancie said Friday. “They took the money we had intended for rehabilitation of the property and put it elsewhere, and, therefore, they just didn’t take care of it. They didn’t take care of the investment, and you have what you have right now.” — former Steamboat Springs City Councilman Steve Ivancie, regarding the Iron Horse Inn, Steamboat Today, October 23, 2015.

Steamboat Springs Education Association: Informed, not reformed

Roger Good said perception is reality. We say deception is unethical. Good’s letter is inaccurate and insulting, and this community deserves better.

Roger Good: Local control vital

It is often said that perception is reality. But when it comes to perceived school board actions, a careful examination will show that perception is not an accurate view of reality.

Our view: New chief faces challenges, opportunities

The city of Steamboat Springs is emerging from a difficult summer in terms of its relationship with the police department, a relationship deeply wounded both by a series of allegations that ultimately led to the departure of former Police Chief Joel Rae and Deputy Chief Bob DelValle and the city’s attendant reticence with regard to the particulars of those allegations.

Jim Gill: Plan has shortcomings

With ongoing voting on the 3A, 3B bond issue, it seems like the details of every pro/con position on this matter have already been publicly aired and debated. But as a former Steamboat Springs School District School Board member and past president of the Steamboat Springs Education Fund, it occurred to me that there are two important elements of this issue which have received little or no discussion from either side since these campaigns began — one related to current district facilities, the other to 3A, 3B funding.

Loita Mauer: End local fluoridation

Fluoridation of public water supplies began with good intentions, but, as with many government-mandated programs, it has become entrenched and extremely difficult to stop, even in the face of overwhelming evidence of widespread harm.

Cedar Beauregard: Howelsen’s value key

I think it would be a huge mistake to undervalue how important Howelsen Hill is to this community. I think it is the very fabric that holds the “Ski Town USA” logo together. It might not be the “destination” resort for locals to ski, but it is the place past and future Olympians “learn” to ski.

Hope Cook, friends: Respect shareholders

A sale of a multimillion dollar public asset at a million-plus dollar loss merits open, transparent due process. City Council is equivalent to the Steamboat citizens’ board of directors, and citizen “shareholders” deserve the respect of receiving (at the very least) an executive summary highlighting why this sale is the best decision for our community.

Marie L. Bridges: Eradicate fluoride

What would warrant the dispatching, from the state level, of a cabal of young professional women, (only one of whom stated she actually lived in Hayden — the rest from both ends of the Yampa Valley — Craig and Steamboat Springs, on a quiet summer evening in June to a meeting of the Hayden Town Board, of which the vast majority of residents were totally unaware?