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Way to go, Sue!!
Good work Kyle and everyone else who participated. Your kindness shows why ranchers are still the heart and soul of Routt County.
In all seriousness, the last sentence in this article is the most significant. It reads, "Steamboat Today is not republishing any quotes the city includes in its press releases." Bravo! That is the appropriate and correct course of action on the part of our local newspaper and the paper should be commended for making this decision. I suspect that 99 percent of local residents will not be aware of the paper's response because the overwhelming majority of people don't read to the end of any article. Hopefully, the Steamboat Today will follow-up with an editorial explaining their decision and expanding on why this is the proper response.
Caution: If you attend the Scott Wedel School of Parenting, it is advisable to bring a carbon monoxide detector.
Dear City Council: There's a limit on how many skits Kris Hammond can squeeze into Cabaret during any given year.
Best wishes for you and your family. Your columns have been a wonderful pleasure.
Grant: I'll take your comments seriously when you exhibit the intelligence and maturity to differentiate between our local law enforcement officers and "Nazis." I have a simple benchmark that I use when evaluating the credibility and worth of opinions. Anyone who uses the term Nazi to describe anyone other than an actual Nazi or neo-Nazi is an imbecile not worthy of consideration in any serious discussion. PS: Threats "to humanity" come from every race, color, creed, religion, national origin, and age. And while the opposite is also true - humanity benefits from all who contribute in a positive fashion - it is an undeniable fact that, when it comes to the American experiment, it was a historically unique gathering of "old white men" with tremendous wisdom and foresight who provided you the right to make an ass of yourself while making unfounded and moronic Nazi references about our local law enforcement officers.
Thank you to the area law enforcement officers who planned and executed this search. I am a realistic libertarian and the reality is that we have a serious hard drug problem in our community. Many situations and tragic consequences - overdoses and suicides - that can be traced to opioids and other hard drugs do not get reported by this newspaper. While that is a tragic failing of the paper's responsibility to accurately report what is happening in our community, it does not erase the fact that drug and alcohol abuse is the single largest threat to the physical and mental health of children in Routt County. I sincerely hope that little, if anything, was found during the search. But, I applaud the decision to conduct the search. While I believe adults have the right to consume whatever they choose as long as they do no harm to others, children have no such right and illegal drugs have no place in our schools. From the initial report, it appears this search was done in the least intrusive way possible to school operations. If so, that shows intelligent planning and coordination with school authorities. Again, I hope nothing was found. However, anyone with the tiniest inkling of what is going on in our county knows, like many other communities in America, we have a growing heroin and opioid problem that cannot be ignored and must be confronted in a multiagency and multidisciplinary fashion if we are to have any success combating this public health threat.
Thank you to the men and women who are doing everything in their power to stop this scourge and to save the lives of those at risk. Additionally, the police officers who are doing everything possible - including CPR - to save the lives of those who've overdosed deserve extra recognition as they are often the first on the scene and their initial actions can make the difference between life and death.
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