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Cari Hermacinski: Citizen-initiated change

"In my opinion, this entire process was a good example of how citizens can have a real and tremendous impact on good governance at the local level." — Cari Hermacinski

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Our view: Secondary units good idea

Though last week’s decision by the Routt County Board of Commissioners, which will allow rural homeowners to construct secondary housing units on their properties, elicited disagreement between county commissioners and the Routt County Planning Commission, we think the move has the potential to relieve at least some of the county’s affordable housing problems.

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John Whittum: Rapid growth in Steamboat

We common people can accept population growth, but can we tolerate an expanding Disneyland manipulated by those whose main interest is in maximizing private profit while degrading the quality of public life and overwhelming the streets and sidewalks of our town?

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Marc C. Smith: America's Thanksgiving holiday

"Who isn’t glad for Thanksgiving Day? We Americans relish this special day of family, friends and gastronomic delight." — Marc C. Smith

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Our view: The Routt County way

" ... no matter what may be percolating across the nation, we live in an inclusive community that values kindness, tolerance and compassion for others." — Editorial Board

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Margaret Huron: Time to give thanks

"Thank you for all the resources, thoughtful comments, passion for education and community support for learning that have provided an environment in which the Steamboat Springs School District can flourish and continue to achieve a reputation for excellence." — Margaret Huron  

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Meghan Hanson-Peters: Topic of teen sexual assault is vitally important

"I imagine that most would agree with me that we do not want any of our children to be the victims of or the perpetrators of sexual violence." — Meghan Hanson-Peters

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Our view: Another call for board unity

The rift that developed within the Steamboat Springs School Board appears to have arisen following the November 2015 election of Margie Huron, Michelle Dover and Sam Rush to the board, and the subsequent election of newcomers Huron and Rush as board president and vice president, respectively.

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Brodie Farquhar: What really makes America great again?

"MAGA was the slogan of the Donald Trump campaign. It was both inspirational and vague enough that citizens could project their individual ideas, hopes and dreams into it, much as citizens projected into Barack Obama's slogan 'Yes We Can.'" — Brodie Farquhar

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Jim and Nancy Spillane: We will not close our eyes

"You want us to give the president elect a chance? You want us to come together? Then demand an elimination of hate." — Jim and Nancy Spillane

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Dog’s Eye View: Best blind dates ever

We hear so many sad tales about dogs that find their way to a shelter and, conversely, so many good results, as well.

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Our view: New report signals progress

"Now that CC4E has a new report in its hands, it’s our hope the release of updated demographic information will allow the group to move forward with its task of providing the school board with recommendations about the district’s future facility needs." — Editorial Board

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Emerald Mountain School green team: Cigarette debris increasing

"While we would love to see people stop smoking completely, we realize that we need to think about effective ways to address cigarette littering now." — Emerald Mountain School green team

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Brian Kotowski: Color me thunderstruck

"One of the more plausible explanations I've heard for the Trump victory is a quote attributed to a Trump supporter, 'You took him literally not seriously. We took him seriously, not literally.'” — Brian Kotowski

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Dr. Carrie Besnette Hauser: Committed to our communities, one another

"In the midst of this anxious environment, I want to offer clear and accurate information about the laws governing tuition and enrollment at Colorado Mountain College and the conduct expectations for those affiliated with it." — Dr. Carrie Besnette Hauser