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Melanie Sturm: 2016's going to be a nightmare

Today’s revolt against Washington signals voters’ belief that the people no longer rule. Worse, many citizens feel betrayed and villainized by a ruling class which has presided over the greatest scandal — an explosion of government, an avalanche of debt and the imperiling of our children’s future.

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Jill Darling: Thank you, Steamboat!

"Twenty-eight of our 400-member club from Binghamton, New York, had a great week of skiing with fresh snow and a couple of bluebird days in Steamboat Springs." — Jill Darling

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Our view: Public left in the dark by council

City business involving taxpayers' money must be conducted openly and transparently, and we hope the council, moving forward, will think long and hard before it uses its executive session privilege. Decisions made in secret leave the public in the dark.

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Diane Mitsch Bush: Facts on the I-70 winter traction bill

"HB1039, a bill to require adequate traction equipment for passenger vehicles on the mountain corridor of Interstate 70, is needed to protect public safety and promote economic competitiveness for our mountain communities and our state." — Diane Mitsch Bush

Our View: Density key to vibrancy

The margin was narrow, but we think the preliminary approval by Planning Commission of developer/brothers Eric and Brent Rogers’ planned 60-unit 1125 Lincoln Apartments at the corner of Lincoln Avenue and 12th streets this month is a positive sign of a new outlook in city government.

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Our view: Howelsen heralded as Steamboat's heart

The outpouring of support for Howelsen witnessed at last week’s meeting put to rest any thoughts that the historic hill is not worth the city’s investment in it.

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Tommy Larson: Pick up trash

"I was walking through town yesterday and was taken aback at the amount of trash on the sidewalks." — Tommy Larson

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Rick Pezzoli: The wrong message

"I would hope that the Steamboat Today would exercise more discretion as to the choices of message presented in future issues of the paper." — Rick Pezzoli

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Kristy Ragan: Thank you Soroco

"Things are not always as they appear. Education measured by testing and numbers is society’s way of justifying the current education system." — Kristy Ragan 

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Alexa Brabec: Wonderful Howelsen Hill

"Hopefully next year and for many years to come, when I unpack my skis, there will still be the wonderful Howelsen Hill." — Alexa Brabec

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Noreen Moore: Response impressive

This letter is to praise the actions of both my neighbors, the Clynckes and the entire emergency/SWAT team for Routt County." - Noreen Moore

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Our view: Communication essential

A recent issue between county school districts and the Education Fund Board could have easily been averted by open communication.

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Darci Mohr: An apology to Partners

"I’m sorry Partners of Routt County, its regular and school-based mentor employees, board and supporters." - Darci Mohr, Soroco superintendent

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Our view: City has created a marijuana monopoly

The second anniversary of recreational pot sales in Steamboat Springs coincided with the city’s release of a more detailed monthly sales tax report that now includes a breakdown of marijuana revenue. And with that new information in mind, we think it’s time for council to revisit the city’s existing marijuana ordinance.

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Gretchen Van De Carr: Community collaboration valued

"What a shame that these three school 'leaders' do not value the services that thousands of our local students receive from these groups each year." — Gretchen Van De Carr