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Letter to the editor: Community health centers should be celebrated

August 17, 2017 — Northwest Colorado Health invites you to celebrate National Health Center Week. A bright spot in America's health care system, community health centers serve more than 25 million Americans, a number that continues to grow with the demand for affordable primary care. Together, health centers across […]

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Blair Picard: Tourism discussion ‘terrific, enlightening’

August 17, 2017 — "Tourism impacts" sounds like NIMBY. "Vile" sounds like evil. "Bacon and eggs" sounds like "Let them eat cake." The recent exchange of letters and viewpoints on these pages regarding population growth and growth of tourism is terrific and enlightening. While not necessarily new, these letters […]

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Hadley Heath Manning: Government policies helped create the opioid epidemic

August 16, 2017 — Opioid overdose is now the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 50, claiming more than 60,000 lives per year. While many states have tried to address the opioid epidemic, the federal government has considered doing more. The Better Care Reconciliation Act, […]

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Joe and Becky Gerze: Steamboat is not Disneyland

August 16, 2017 — I just read the letter from Stephanie Levin about what an eyesore the roller coaster is. As a full-time resident and a viewer of the mountain, I couldn't agree more. We do not understand how and why this thing was allowed to be built. When […]

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Erin Biggs: Does civility exist anymore?

August 16, 2017 — Have we lost all sense of civility? As George W. Bush once said, "Civility is not a tactic or a sentiment. It is the determined choice of trust over cynicism, of community over chaos." I feel like an old fogey saying this, you know, "back […]

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Our view: Steamboat needs to embrace tourism

August 15, 2017 — As summer begins to wind down in the Yampa Valley, the community discussion surrounding summer tourism is still simmering. A large number of letters to the editor on this topic have been published in the Steamboat Pilot & Today over the past several weeks with […]

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Stephanie Orozco and Pat Carney: OTHS committed to serving community

August 15, 2017 — Three issues keep being raised about Old Town Hot Springs:  location, affordability and crowds. We understand OTHS is in a busy area of town. And while you can't choose where a natural hot spring occurs, we think the location of OTHS, in the heart of […]

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Lon and Eileen Allen: Pool needs community support

August 15, 2017 — For the first time in its 125-year history, Old Town Hot Springs is asking for our help. We are the oldest nonprofit in Steamboat Springs, and we have launched a campaign to raise money for our expanding facilities and we are asking you and the […]

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Linda Delaney: Don’t play with health care during recess

August 15, 2017 — Just because the Senate did not manage to pass multiple bills to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act — or ObamaCare — does not mean the efforts are over. Congress may be on vacation but all the tweets from the “summer White House” make […]

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John Aviza: Balance is Steamboat’s challenge

August 14, 2017 — There have been several comments on the negative and positive side of Steamboat’s tourist industry. There's no question that Steamboat currently needs a robust tourist industry in order to sustain what it has become. But at what point do you cross the line between quality […]

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Keegan Baird: Buff Pass is overcrowded

August 14, 2017 — Ah, Buffalo Pass. Remember when nobody parked on the road? It was only a few years ago. Now it's overcrowded and people are making new "campsites" in the most ridiculous places. Should the USFS be doing something about this? I think so. Don't you my […]

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Franco Funicello: Steamboat is a ski town

August 10, 2017 — In response to the wonderful picture of Jonah Lake placed on the front page of Steamboat Today on Aug. 2, it reminds us of the solitude that Colorado still holds for us all in response to "Tourism impacts," "Traffic 'over the top" and "Growth overwhelming" […]

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Bob Hiester: Core Trail etiquette declining

August 10, 2017 — One of the most unique features of Steamboat Springs is the Core Trail. What a wonderful asset, accessible to people of all ages. It brightens my day when I see families with little ones walking along with the Yampa River in close proximity for much […]

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Anne-Marie Lair Reynolds: Happy birthday, Medicare, Medicaid

August 10, 2017 — On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Social Security Amendments of 1965 into law, which created America's first federal health insurance programs — Medicare and Medicaid. They were part of LBJ's Great Society, a collection of domestic policies and programs his administration […]

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Franco Funicello: Steamboat is a ski town – hello?

August 9, 2017 — In response to the wonderful picture of Jonah Lake placed on the front page of Steamboat Today on Aug. 2, it reminds us of the solitude that Colorado still holds for us all in response to "Tourism impacts," "Traffic 'over the top" and "Growth overwhelming" […]

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Our View: Big plans for Howelsen

August 8, 2017 — When City Manager Gary Suiter said he was "pumped up" about the latest conceptual plan for historic Howelsen Hill, we found ourselves sharing his enthusiasm. The thought of Howelsen becoming home to zip lines, a tubing hill and even a 200-seat restaurant with an outdoor […]

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Dan Furlong: Are locals the problem?

August 7, 2017 — The Steamboat Pilot & Today's "JAMPACKED" article was an interesting read but missed the 800-pound moose in the room. A comparison of U.S. census population data for Steamboat vs. the traffic count data the Pilot published, shows a surprisingly direct relationship. The Pilot's numbers show […]

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Scott Wedel: City should stop spending money on summer marketing

August 7, 2017 — The local discussion over summer tourism is an important political issue because the city government funds by the amount of $750,000 the Steamboat Springs Chamber and Resort Association's efforts to promote non-winter tourism. It is not rude, certainly not "vile," to our summer tourists to […]

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Begee and Erin Biggs: Respect for dogs and their owners needed in public areas

August 7, 2017 — Hello from one-dog owning couple to all other Steamboat dog owners. With a nickname like "Dog Town, USA," it's obvious that most Steamboaters love dogs. It's great that the city is allowing more off-leash areas, and we hope they will be well utilized, but what […]

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Our view: To err is human, to explain is crucial

August 5, 2017 — We are all human beings, and as human beings, we occasionally make errors. Sometimes, our errors involve inconsequential trivialities and are barely even noticed; other times, they are larger and more impactful, and, as a result, everyone notices. But, large or small, noticed or otherwise, […]

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