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Vote ‘no’ on Amendment 70

Though we tend to agree that the state’s minimum wage is inadequate and in need of thoughtful examination and possible modification, another constitutional amendment, in our opinion, is not the right way to go about it.

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Our view: Vote ‘yes’ for tuition-free, all-day K

"We think the mill levy override is a small price to pay for ensuring our youngest students receive the strong foundation they need to flourish in school." — Editorial Board

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Our view: Good idea — poor mechanism

In considering proposed constitutional Amendment 72, we find ourselves somewhat conflicted; we support the goals outlined in the measure, yet we oppose the use of a constitutional amendment to achieve them.

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Our view: Vote ‘yes’ on Amendment 71

"In our opinion, it’s currently too easy for groups with special interest agendas to launch an initiative campaign to get an amendment on the ballot." — Editorial Board

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Forewarned is forearmed

We were happy to hear about the state of Colorado’s new rules governing the packaging of medical and recreational marijuana products.

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Our view: Initiative could save a life

"This deadly scourge (of opioid addiction) threatens every county in Colorado, and initiatives like the one introduced by (Attorney General Cynthia) Coffman are worth supporting." — Editorial Board

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Our view: On the right track

Beyond the monetary concerns, hiring an assessment coordinator to take a fearless and thorough look at such metrics as test scores, curriculum and overall student achievement and develop workable strategies for improvement shows that the South Routt School District remains committed to providing its students the best education possible.

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Our view: New airport parking system a plus

"We think the money the county spent on the new parking system is a wise investment." — Editorial Board

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Our view: An ounce of prevention

We were taken aback this week by news that Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue had to respond to a wildfire on Rabbit Ears Pass that was attributed to an abandoned campfire. We would have thought people in the region would have gotten the message by now.

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Our view: The numbers don't lie

"The city did a stellar job of mitigating negative impacts and communicating with the business owners and the public about the Yampa Street improvement project." — Editorial Board

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Our view: New stewards of the land

From what we can see, this is precisely what Routt County taxpayers have indicated they want, and it is precisely what developers such as Bruce Grewcock are trying to do. And while it might be easy to cast judgment upon wealthy “outsiders” who are purchasing and developing these parcels, why would we? They are actually doing us all a great service by investing their own money — not taxpayer dollars — into the preservation and enhancement of the visual vistas that are a big part of what makes our community unique.

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Our view: Innovative funding source matters

"We appreciate the U.S. Forest Service’s openness to adopting creative solutions to get the trails built." — Editorial Board

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Our view: You can get there from here

BrightView suggests that Steamboat consider installing new roundabouts at Mount Werner Road and Steamboat Boulevard, Mount Werner Road and Mount Werner Circle and Ski Time Square Drive and Mount Werner Circle. All three make sense to us.

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Our view: It’s a new world

"In our opinion, this recent records request was a shot across the bow for city officials." — Editorial Board

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Our view: Public use means public use

It sounds overly simplistic to say, but the only proper use of funds earmarked for public improvements is to make improvements that stand to benefit the public — the entire public — not just the small segment of it that pays for the privilege when they cut their monthly rent checks.