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Ira Wertenteil: Privatization sensible

Not only does it make sense for Steamboat to contract out the functions currently performed by the Regional Building Department to a private company like SAFEbuilt, but I can’t imagine a rational business-minded argument for not doing it.

Brad Meeks: Statement on district policy

A recent story in the Steamboat Pilot & Today, a few blog comments and a letter to the editor last week may have created some confusion about the school district’s practices in student discipline matters. There are certain procedures and requirements that we follow in all cases.

Lynn Abbott: 1 dollar, 1 vote?

Well, the Supreme Court has done it again. In the 2010 Citizens United decision, the court allowed corporations and unions to give unlimited amounts to political action committees. The result was, as we all remember, a flood of campaign money that swamped the 2012 election.

Hayden Library Director Ana Lash and library staff: Thanks for support

We would like to express our thanks to the communities of Hayden, Craig and Steamboat Springs for the generous support during our annual Scholastic Book Fair and Book Sale. The fair and sale were a great success due to the many families who came and bought books and other items.

Kate Nowak: A plethora of resources

As an organization that advocates and supports many health and human service agencies in Routt County, I think it is important for the community to know that we have a plethora of free services for parents, particularly with young children. 

Dagny McKinley: Any help for mothers?

The story of Megan McKeon has been haunting me. I feel sick when I think about that child left alone, scared, hurt.

Dr. Russ Fasolino: Expulsion is unethical

I think the vast majority of Colorado residents have made it clear that we are tired of young lives being ruined over marijuana. However, this injustice seems to be the very intent of Superintendent Brad Meeks and the school board.

Jim Boyne: Off-snow success

At the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, we aim to produce “champions” on and off the mountain. Many of our athletes have the dream of Olympic and podium-level success, but it is the lifelong impact the club has on an athlete that is the ultimate goal and source of pride for us.

Ryan McHugh: Up to City Council

Similar to Sarah Jones’ letter regarding Steamboat Springs and its current sustainability goals, I too am shocked, and quite frankly, utterly confused by the fact that to the Steamboat Springs City Council, sustainability isn’t even in their top-five priorities.

David Moss: Climate change context

Clearly, our local area has been both much colder and warmer than now. The climate will continue to change. Until we have a much greater understanding of this extremely complex process involving the sun, landmass, oceans and atmosphere, I doubt there is much man can do about it.

Rob and Trish Carpenter: K9 unit in Steamboat

We live in Steamboat, where we work hard and play. Why not a K-9 unit, help police put bad guys away?

Bill Wallace: Letter is clueless

Steve Mendell, in his March 13 letter, proves himself to be particularly clueless about what sustainability means, and how the consequences of not operating under a model of sustainable economic development negatively affects us all. Mr. Mendell started out by taking issue with what I thought was a sound commentary about our city’s sustainability policies written by Sarah Jones, the executive director of the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council. Then his letter flew off into some Ayn Rand-Fox News fantasy world in which all of us are saved by what purports to be free market capitalism.

Steve Mendell: Threat to sustainability

The biggest threat to “sustainability” is the so-called “sustainability” movement promoted by Sarah Jones in her March 11 letter to the editor. Why? Because only a centrally planned allocation of resources can ever (through government mandates and subsidies) result in the complete depletion of any resource. More on that later.

Arin M. Daigneau RD, CDE, IBCLC: Healthy foods, healthy families

March is National Nutrition Month, and we’re celebrating the great work being done through the Special Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for Women, Infants, and Children. WIC is a nutrition education, breastfeeding support and supplemental food program. The program serves low-income pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, infants and children to age 5.

John McHale: Barkey attitude unfair

It was with special interest that I read your article about Brett Barkey, the Routt County district attorney, and his hard-line, my-way-or-the-highway attitude that any crime will be prosecuted to the fullest extent and making this community his personal Gulag.

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