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Robin Stone: Solving the bear problem

Let's be aware of the probable consequences over the next 30 years of the initial steps Steamboat Springs is considering to solve the bear problem.

Kate Nowak: Grateful to community

Routt County United Way, along with several key agencies and community partners, revamped our holiday program to help families and individuals in need while providing them a chance to participate in the process.Thanks to our wonderful community, the market was successful in helping 239 families and 833 individuals.

Howard Bashinski: Turn on headlights

Please consider this letter my plea to drivers to please turn on their headlights in inclement weather. I think there are still people who don’t understand that the purpose of turning on your headlights in the rain or the snow is to make you more visible to others, rather than to help you see better.

Kent Vertrees: Prevent grouse listing

As an adjunct college professor who teaches students in an outdoor classroom near Dinosaur, I am closely following the fate of greater sage grouse. As the longtime manager of a local business, Steamboat Powdercats, I recognize that a healthy sagebrush habitat is an important driver for our local recreation dependent economy, as well as the iconic bird.

Robert P. Baker: Recognize origins

First, let’s be clear that the idea of a decorated tree at solstice does not come from any of the theistic religions but is a pagan tradition that predates all of those religions. As a practicing pagan, I am quite happy that Jews, Christians and even Muslims recognize paganism by putting decorated trees in their houses and on their lawns.

Steven Hofman: Government spin on a holiday display

It would seem that unlike public officials in Routt County, neither the president of the United States nor the speaker of the House, and all the legal minds at their beck and call, sees any church-state problems with multireligious displays and activities.

Brodie Farquhar: Decoration decorum

Thank you so much for protecting the delicate sensibilities of your readership Friday, regarding the front-page article about dog zapped, Christmas tree lights turned off.

Marguerite Salazar: Questions to ask when insurance shopping

The clock is ticking. For folks that do not get their health insurance through their employer, Monday is the deadline to enroll in a health plan that starts Jan. 1. Jan. 15 is the deadline for coverage that starts Feb. 1, and open enrollment ends entirely Feb. 15.

Omar M. Campbell: Remember Pearl Harbor

Dec. 7 marks the 73rd anniversary of the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese — also our entry into World War II.

Colby Townsend: Deciding to shop local

As a local retailer, I like to compare notes with other business owners whenever I get a chance. While talking to another retailer, I was disheartened to hear her say that she will be closing her store in the near future. The theme of our conversation was that the traditional store front retailer quickly is becoming a thing of the past.

The Friends of Crossan’s M&A Market: Thank you for support

At this time of year, I think of all the wonderful businesses and individuals that have helped the Crossan’s M&A Market in Yampa. This year, we have been successful in our First Call of The Wild Auction, which included an authentic Heritage Out House as our signature offering.

Teresa Audesirk: Why are we so wasteful

I’m doing some laps at Old Town Hot Springs. It’s unseasonably warm; nice, but not great for a “Champagne Powder” economy.

Randy Kelley: Protect our resources

As a seasoned river runner, I can tell you nothing compares to the experience of floating a wild river through wild lands. Preserving that experience depends on a lot of factors, not least of which is ensuring we keep enough water in our rivers to support recreational use.

Ken Constantine: Hunters important

Most residents in our area are aware that hunters are an important source of income for area businesses during various hunting seasons.

Scott Wedel: An important night

I think Wednesday's 6 p.m. Oak Creek Planning Commission meeting could be the most important meeting in years. After the joint meeting of the Town Board and Planning Commission last month, this meeting is to discuss fundamental sweeping changes to the land use code affecting every property owner.