Letters to the editor


Veronica Bea McMahon and Connie Smith: Hayden’s kindly firefighter

Recently, we had the absolute pleasure of meeting “Simon,” one of the firefighters stationed at the Yampa Valley Regional Airport in Hayden.

Judy Gunthorpe: Be courteous on roads

This is in response to Terri Willliamson’s letter, “Impact of Words,” published Thursday regarding the use of bicycle bells. During one of my regular summer visits about five years ago, I wrote in the same vein.

Jeff Troeger: EPA confusion

Dennis Webb’s recent article chronicling the Environmental Protection Agency’s visit to Craig to discuss their new carbon pollution safeguards illustrated some common misunderstandings about the pollution limits.

Terri Williamson: The impact of words

Steamboat Springs generally gives a warm welcome to the many visitors who come to enjoy the community events and outdoor activities here. Most restaurant servers are very friendly.

Molly Waters: Let nonprofit operate shelter

May I call attention to a serious proposal facing our community? The city of Steamboat Springs is proposing to spend $146,000 worth of work at the animal shelter next year to install a new stem wall and snowmelt system. These improvements are needed, but why should the city pay for this when a volunteer organization, the Routt County Humane Society, has offered to take over operations from the City?

Tony Seaver: Wilderness walk success

Many thanks to the more than 200 participants in last Sunday’s Walk for Wilderness, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Wilderness Act. We hope that everyone gained a deeper appreciation of America’s more than 700 Wilderness Areas and especially our local favorites: the Mount Zirkel, Sarvis Creek and Flattops Wilderness areas.

George Avgares: Thanks for help

Every year, our back-to-school supplies drive and fundraiser seems to grow exponentially. Our community’s giving tied to this event speaks volumes to the need that we are fulfilling.

Steven Hofman: Editorial misses point

The Steamboat Pilot & Today’s Sunday editorial, “Conservation and oil wells,” completely missed the main public policy point that is central to the purpose of Routt County’s purchase of development rights program.

Peter “Mike” Yurich: Changing the rules

I was interested in ViewPoints expressed in Wednesday’s newspaper on Oak Creek, “Staying the course,” and approving the latest marijuana business license. I think the opposition to the new marijuana business is not the license but the location where they intend to build.

Ron Roundtree: Campaign ad includes quote from non-supporter

An ad placed on page 2 of the Friday, Sept. 5, edition of the Steamboat Today by Diane Mitsch Bush that quoted me as supporting her current campaign is in error.

Brooke Bumgarner: A new school is needed

From the perspective of a 2013 Steamboat Springs High School graduate, it is of upmost importance to keep class sizes small to maintain the current level of education.

Clarice Navarro-Ratzlaff and Don Mares: Suicide and the stigma against mental illness

When members of the Colorado General Assembly and Mental Health America of Colorado learned that Robin Williams had died by suicide, we were saddened. His kindness and passion for helping those in need moved us. His portrayals of teachers, healers, fathers and friends who used the experience of their own struggles to help others will be a source of inspiration always.

Ana F. Lash: Honoring readers

Every year since 2006, the friends and family of longtime Hayden resident and book lover Bern F. Giannini have supported the Hayden Public Library with a special program and award called the Bern F. Giannini Young Reader Award.

Honey Stinger: Thank you

Honey Stinger would like to personally send out a huge thank you to all of the volunteers, sponsors and participants of the fourth annual Steamboat Stinger. We could not have had such an amazing race if it were not for each and every one.

Andy Kennedy and Emilie Rogers: Recycle drop-off spots

We at Yampa Valley Sustainability Council, in partnership with Routt County, Waste Management, Twin Enviro and the city of Steamboat Springs, have spent the past two years struggling to provide adequate options for the high demand on our public recycling drop-off locations.