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Lauren Dobell: It's time for a lift tax

"The Steamboat Ski Corp. has gotten a 'free ride' for 50 years, and it is now time for them to proudly support a tax on their lift tickets." — Lauren Dobell 

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Judy Duncan: I'll still be buying a pass

"I just hope the increase for my pass goes to enhancements to lifts, more on mountain food accessibility and facilities and not the roller coaster." — Judy Duncan

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Our view: 'This ship is sailing ...'

"We feel the shared facility will immeasurably improve communication, collaboration and camaraderie between the officers and deputies who staff Routt County’s two largest law enforcement organizations." — Editorial Board

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Paul Wellman: Single-payer system is way to go

"I bet is the people of Colorado are really going to regret their rejection of Amendment 69." — Paul Wellman

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Larry Moore: Puzzling poop bags

"It appears that these people feel their duty has ended at the act of putting the poop in the baggie, and they feel no obligation to also remove the bag." — Larry Moore

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Linda Delaney: We'll be watching

"So if Rep. Tipton is sincere, he will vote against HR 277 and vote for his congressional district and the 1.4 million Colorado residents who are enrolled in Medicaid." — Linda Delaney

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Scott Tipton: Take care of what we have

With our national debt now more than $20 trillion, we will not be able to rely solely on additional appropriations to fill the backlogs or resolve other problems both the Forest Service and National Park Service face.

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Edith Lynn Hornik-Beer: Help others, help ourselves

We are all concerned about the Affordable Care Act. What will change? Will those who can’t afford insurance be covered? What will be taken away?

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Our view: Securing future of Howelsen Hill

We are cautiously intrigued by the possibilities suggested by Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp. potentially bringing its expertise in ski area operations, food and beverage and marketing to historic Howelsen Hill.

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Time’s up

We were more than a little concerned last week to learn that the Community Committee for Education, or CC4E, has extended the timeline for presenting its recommendations for school facilities construction and upgrades to the Steamboat Springs School Board.

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Judy McGinnis: Facts, please

When can we expect a clear evaluation of the consequences of the AHCA to the people of this district?

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Susanna Opper: Cost of carelessness

An open letter to the snowboarder who ran into me on Rudi’s Run: Since you took off when you heard the call to Ski Patrol, even though you were asked to stay around, you don’t know my story. I’d like to share it with you.

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Jim Dudley: Rearranging the deck chairs

Our health care payment model is not working. Current discussions are similar to rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.

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Our view: Roping in more parking

Though we admire City Council President Walter Magill’s consistent efforts through the years to address our downtown parking problem, we don’t buy the logic that 100 new spaces at the rodeo grounds would put off the need to impose paid parking on the downtown commercial district.

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Community Agriculture Alliance: If not you, who?

If you have an agriculture water right, then the Colorado Ag Water Alliance workshop is for you. If you are concerned about the future of Colorado’s water, then the CAWA workshop will be of interest to you. If you want to learn more about water, you might attend the CAWA workshop.