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Our View editorials

Our view: Schools are among our most critical assets

October 15, 2017 — The success the Steamboat Springs School District has had in attracting and retaining top-notch teachers and staff is the primary reason our schools are ranked among the top 10 in Colorado. They are the human assets that help to rank our schools among our very

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Our view: $1 lift tickets are a distraction

October 11, 2017 — It came out of left field when Steamboat Springs City Council President Walter Magill pitched the idea of $1 weekend lift tickets at Howelsen Hill during last week's budget retreat. The purpose of the cheap tickets, Magill said, would be to attract more skiers to

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Our View: Historic ballot questions

October 7, 2017 — In spite of a scarcity of contested candidate races, we believe the implications of the Nov. 7 election will prove to be of historic importance. And we urge Steamboat Today readers to attend the Oct. 11 Election Forum sponsored by the Routt County Democrats, Routt

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Our View: Lesson learned

October 3, 2017 — Soroco School District leaders learned a hard lesson last week when they discovered the ballot language they submitted for their November 2017 mill levy measure was incorrect. Specifically, the superintendent added a paragraph to the ballot language that miscalculated the financial impact the measure would

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Our view: Responsible recycling is societal obligation

September 30, 2017 — If there was any doubt that Routt County residents are increasingly committed to recycling, it was erased last week by the record 624 households whose members waited patiently in their cars on a rainy September day to take advantage of Yampa Valley Sustainability Council's annual

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Our view: Lack of campaign worrisome

September 28, 2017 — We were immediately concerned last week when we learned there was no organized campaign committee working to promote the issues the Steamboat Springs School Board has placed on the Nov. 7 ballot. We think it's pretty risky for the school board to approach this election

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Our view: Don’t give up on downtown vision

September 23, 2017 — We are disappointed, on more than one level, that Steamboat Springs City Council decided against appealing Judge Shelley Hill's recent ruling reversing the city's approval of a 60-unit apartment building at 1125 Lincoln Ave. in the heart of the downtown commercial district. Now that the "case

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Our view: Smart traffic signals deserve green light

September 19, 2017 — When we looked at the city of Steamboat Springs' list of proposed capital improvement projects for 2018, one particular item rose to the top. As the council begins to ponder next year's spending plan, we hope they'll quickly allocate funds for "smarter" traffic signals, which

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Our view: Igloo no frozen treat

September 18, 2017 — We hope when Steamboat Springs City Council reconvenes Sept. 19, it re-thinks its informal Sept. 12 decision to go well over budget and award a building contract outside the formal bidding process to fast track the replacement of its aging childcare facility known colloquially as

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Our view: Congress must address immigration

September 12, 2017 — On Sept. 5, President Donald Trump moved to end the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA. The new plan, announced by U.S. Attorney Jeff Sessions, gives Congress six months to come up with a legislative fix for the program. President Obama instituted

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Our view: Forewarned is forearmed

September 9, 2017 — September 2017 has turned into a month for natural disasters. As Texas' Gulf Coast begins the process of recovering from the devastation of last month's Hurricane Harvey, two more powerful hurricanes — Irma and Jose — are bearing down on Florida and the East Coast.

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Our view: Oak Creek never looked so good

September 5, 2017 — The term "infrastructure" doesn't naturally inspire excitement, but we're excited for the future of the Town of Oak Creek with last month's on-time completion of $3.5 million in improvements along the length of Main Street that include a vital new larger water main and service

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Our view: Do not go gentle …

September 2, 2017 — Late last week, District Judge Shelley Hill issued a ruling reversing the Steamboat Springs City Council's mid-2016 approval of three variances that would have allowed a proposed 60-unit apartment to be built at 1125 Lincoln Ave. Hill's ruling came in response to a lawsuit filed

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Our view: Grown weary of politics?

August 31, 2017 — Perhaps it's the distaste in the mouths of many Americans over the political scene in our nation's Capital that's filtering down to the local level, or maybe it's the demands placed on families in this hustling and bustling mountain resort town. Or maybe it's just a cyclical

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Our View: Standing up for a pluralistic society

August 26, 2017 — The cordial and polite reception from his constituents, both Democrats and Republicans, that U.S. Senator Michael Bennet received in Steamboat Springs this week strikes us as the way town hall meetings were meant to be conducted. In contrast, we deplore the reception U.S. Sen. Cory

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Our view: City should reassess impact fee system

August 22, 2017 — The city of Steamboat Springs' system for charging developers for the impacts their projects have on traffic and roads is under scrutiny once again, this time by two council members who are questioning the fairness of the current process. The question surrounding the fee centers

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Our view: Which path will we take?

August 19, 2017 — "Whenever the vicious portion of (our) population shall be permitted to gather in bands of hundreds and thousands, and burn churches, ravage and rob provision stores, throw printing-presses into rivers, shoot editors, and hang and burn obnoxious persons at pleasure and with impunity, depend upon

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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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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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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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