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Scott Bideau: The gift of a portrait

"The idea behind Help Portrait, a worldwide movement recently brought to Steamboat, is simple: 1. Find someone in need, 2. Take their portrait and 3. Print their portrait." — Scott Bideau

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Jay Gallagher: County should not bypass public process

"The county should not be seen as bypassing the public process of reviewing the master plan and zoning regulations in its pursuit of making these changes." — Jay Gallagher

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Bob Woodmansee: Selective listening

"The county commissioners took it upon themselves to change regulations that were the product of serious community involvement in which stakeholders argued, negotiated, and yes, compromised to achieve a community vision for the future of Routt County." — Bob Woodmansee

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Ben Beall: Another vision to consider

"There is another vision that needs consideration in regards to the county commissioners' approval of countywide secondary units in rural Routt County." — Ben Beall

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Webber family: The end of a tradition

For 77 years, the Webber family has brought magic to the local children on Christmas Eve. It is with heavy hearts that we are saying goodbye to this beloved family tradition.

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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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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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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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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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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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Ken Collins: Opportunity lost

"It could be another 30 years before this country will have a chance to vote on a woman presidential candidate. And maybe never for one so qualified as Hillary Clinton." — Ken Collins

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Kevin Copeland: Victory for those who felt powerless

"No, this was not a win for Republicans or conservatives, but a victory for every individual who works hard every day to contribute to this great nation — people who have felt powerless to affect the previous political climate." — Kevin Copeland

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