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Chris Kipfer: Ski companies benefit from monopolies

"Most of our ski companies profit from government-granted and protected monopolies on public lands." — Chris Kipfer

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Our view: Fix the planning, bidding process

We encourage the city to learn from this experience and review its policies and procedures for initiating such capital projects. This is particularly important in terms of a project such as Central Park, in which delays will almost certainly have a negative impact on residents and businesses alike.

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Alissa Merage: Alpine coaster vs. peace and beauty

Having lived in Southern California for a brief spell and returning recently to Colorado, the thought of a roller coaster at the base of the Steamboat Ski Resort is dredging up thoughts of the world we left behind.

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Our view: Change in campaign finance reporting law needed

We commend the Steamboat Springs Board of Education for its unanimous endorsement of a new bill working its way through the state legislature that is intended to increase transparency and reporting of spending on odd-year elections — most notably, local school board elections in Colorado.

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Robert Stevenson: Creating better future

... virtually all in that field (of climate science) believe we must materially reduce carbon emissions, at risk of drastic, if not existential, threats to our planet.

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Ed Miklus: Defeat air service tax

"… in the alter universe of Ski Corp, it is perfectly acceptable to raise the senior season pass rate 20 percent."

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Jim Schlaver: Pass hike hits all adults

A few letters have appeared recently protesting the unreasonable, 20-percent increase in senior rates for 2016/17. Actually, all adults are paying exorbitant prices.

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Lou Dolman: Group protests pass increase

I am writing on behalf of Steamboat’s Over The Hill Gang to protest the 20-percent increase in senior pass rates for 2016-17.

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Chuck McConnell: Purposeful job destruction

It’s ironic that while politicians and presidential candidates decry the decline of the American middle class, the campaign against coal is costing tens of thousands of high-paying, middle-class jobs.

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Our view: Rangers to the rescue

The newly approved park ranger program should help protect the Yampa River and ensure the river and the Core Trail remain wholesome places for people to play.

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Steve Soule: Pleasure became disaster

"If you are ever on the Core Trail and see a potential hazard on the pavement, please move it off the trail." — Steve Soule

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Luther Brentson: Keep rates affordable

I want to say kudos to Patti and Tom Zehner and also to Bob Burks for their comments about reconsidering senior ski pass rates in their letters to the editors last week.

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Ann Ross: Seniors not for increase

There is a saying “Two is company, three’s a crowd,” but in this case three is not enough. I am adding to the Zehners’ and Bob Burks’ concerns about the increase in senior ski pass rates, hoping more will chime in.

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Marcus Honnecke: Increase lease fees too

Alvin Skiles wrote last week concerning the 20 percent price increase for over-70 senior skiers by the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp.

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Jim Webster: No to parks and rec tax

"In my view, a dedicated property tax to fund parks and recreation with an elected Parks and Recreation Commission is not the best choice for Steamboat." — Jim Webster