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Molly Waters: Does city need 2 animal control officers?

"Before the vote on July 19, I urge council to take a close look at the animal control payroll, job duties and number of actual dangerous dog-human or dog-dog incidences." — Molly Waters

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Our view: A place for all people to play

"When the STARS Ranch becomes a reality, it will set Steamboat apart from other mountain communities." — Editorial Board

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Our view: What a difference a year can make

We recognize that years of engrained negativity cannot be erased in a single year or by a single survey. Change is a process, and processes require time. But to see such a dramatic turnaround in such a short period gives us great hope for the future, and that hope is anchored in the knowledge that the changes we’ve seen through the past eight months are only the beginning.

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Our view: Keeping kindergarten free

"In a progressive, caring community like Steamboat, it’s difficult to accept that family wealth could determine a child’s educational opportunities." — Editorial Board

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Our view: Time to chill

While we don’t doubt the good intentions behind city staff’s desire to replace the children’s after-school care facility known as the Igloo, we applaud Steamboat Springs City Council for deciding June 21 to table plans to build a new modular building at a cost of $775,000, at least until its October budget hearings.

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Our view: Housing proposal worth vetting

"We too are cautiously optimistic about Brynn Grey’s proposal, and we think the city is wise to explore all options when it comes to Steamboat’s housing crunch." — Editorial Board

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Ken Collins: A scary scenario

"Welcome to the world of folks who think that there is no safety in gun-free zones, and 'good guys with guns will stop ...' You have got to be kidding." — Ken Collins

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Mary Ann Demody: Important votes for CMC

"I will neither be voting for extending our president’s contract nor for additional compensation beyond what the faculty and staff is receiving." — Mary Ann Denomy

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Murphy Roberts: Make America change again

"The United States of America is the greatest country in the world because it was built on this concept. The United States has never waited on change." — Murphy Roberts

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Northwest Colorado Health: Prevention key to men’s health

Men’s Health Month in June heightens awareness of preventable health problems and encourages early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.

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Ryan Spaustat: Fatherhood, off-script

Of all the gifts Charlie has given me, this realization is my favorite — joy as the very condition of existence. I look back on his birth, and I should have celebrated the gift of his life and the joy it would bring me. I didn’t know that then, but I do now.

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Our view: Eye on the prize

Keep your eye on the prize, Steamboat. The inconvenience we’re now experiencing will seem a minor thing, indeed, when compared to the spectacular results we’ll all be able to enjoy for decades to come.

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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