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Letters to the Editor

Jim Boyne: Thank you Steamboat

February 16, 2018 — The 105th Winter Carnival is in the books as one of the best. On behalf of the board, staff, athletes, coaches and volunteers of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, we wish to extend our gratitude for making the carnival exciting for all who participated

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Brian Kotowski: Letter offers nothing meaningful in wake of school shooting

February 16, 2018 — Brodie Farquhar’s recent letter to the editor condemns the "thoughts and prayers" offered after the murders in Florida. It contains a laundry list of predictable partisan talking points and contributes absolutely nothing useful or meaningful. We now know that the Florida shooter was reported to

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Rodney Branstetter: ‘Thoughts and prayers’ do have meaning

February 16, 2018 — On Valentine’s Day, I watched as a Denver 9 News reporter described the tragic murders at a Florida school. After awhile, she said, in a hushed voice, "we will be back in a moment." What followed immediately was an advertisement for a new Hollywood horror

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Brodie Farquhar: “Thoughts and prayers” in wake of another school shooting are meaningless

February 15, 2018 — So. Here we are. Again. Valentine’s Day Massacre 2.0 had more casualties that the 1929 gangster hit in Chicago, but fewer deaths and woundings than in Las Vegas. So as these things go, it wasn’t a big mass shooting, but a medium-sized one. That being

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Kevin Fisher: Sunlight needs shown on Haymaker process

February 15, 2018 — One of Steamboat's premier municipal resources, Haymaker Golf Course, is in the process of transitioning the head golf professional role from a contract-based engagement to a full-time, paid city position. I support this move, as the previous structure is outdated and can be financially burdensome.

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Wallie Morris: Chipping away at bad health care policy

February 14, 2018 — Last week, Congress extended Children's Health Insurance Program —CHIP — funding for the next 10 years. In Colorado, 75,000 children and hundreds of pregnant women can now rest assured they will have access to affordable health care. Extending federal funding for CHIP should be a

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Rodger Steen: BLM taking step backward

February 13, 2018 — On Feb. 12, our Bureau of Land Management took a significant step backwards by allowing greater waste of the U.S. citizens' petroleum resource. Secretary Zinke is proposing to cancel the recently enacted requirements on petroleum well producers to collect and pay royalties to the federal

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Steamboat 2nd-graders thank organizers for Ski Town USA initiative

February 13, 2018 — Printed below are letters from Soda Creek Elementary School second-graders to Lori Keefe, the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club and Christy Sports for hosting the Ski Town USA Initiative, which allowed second-grade students to ski for free at Howelsen Hill. Thank you for inviting us

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James DeFrancia: A parade does not a patriot make

February 12, 2018 — As a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, a Vietnam veteran and a retired Navy commander, I strongly disagree with Dr. Rainwater's comments in a Feb. 10 letter to the editor. A parade does not a patriot make. Service makes a patriot, whether in the

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Jon Kowalsky: The Bear thanks you

February 11, 2018 — We here at The Bear wanted to let everyone in our community know just how thankful we are to be surrounded by such incredible individuals and organizations. In the process of this race we made many new friends and were supported 100 percent from many

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Johnny Walker: Spring Creek is a treasure worth saving

February 11, 2018 — My name is Johnny Walker. A small group of us conceived the Spring Creek Mountain Park in 1988, and I co-authored the park’s management plan in 1992, which was promptly accepted by City Council. We envisioned an 800-acre wilderness experience adjacent to our growing and, quite wonderful,

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Lia Kozatch: Health coverage matters for women and for all

February 9, 2018 — Women's bodies and access to health care are a perennial political battleground in the U.S. This is the only developed country on the planet with no universal health coverage and one of only a few with no guaranteed paid maternity, paternity or family leave. Compared to women

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Ken Collins: You can’t make this stuff up

February 9, 2018 — SNL, one of America's favorite satirical "news" programs, could be hanging it up after nearly 42 years. Most of us grew up watching it. Another icon of comedy and satire, MAD magazine, which began in 1952, is calling it quits, also. To lose both so

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Christopher Rainwater: President Trump’s call for a military parade

February 9, 2018 — President Trump's call for a grand military parade, inspired by his recent attendance at such a parade in France, has been met with groans that such a parade is inappropriate in the U.S. Comments from the left call the President's idea war mongering. Others say

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Dennis Brust: Why not make America great again?

February 7, 2018 — I write this letter for many reasons. Our country is so divided. Government is not working to solve problems that negatively impact our citizens, our President is not getting support from the Democratic Party, and in some cases, lack of support from a few Republicans.

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Nancy S. Working: Trails on trial

February 7, 2018 — This summer, I hiked the 11-mile round trip Spring Creek Trail, a favorite. I walk quietly, taking the time to breath and appreciate time in the forest. This is where I find hope, comfort and solace. This experience of Shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing, is known

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Brodie Farquhar: Feudalism 2.0

February 7, 2018 — As a student of history, I’ve been fascinated about feudalism as it existed during the Dark and Middle Ages, leading in up to and including the Ancien Regime of France and Tsarist Russia. I used to think that those regimes, with their horrors, were in

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Diane Brower: Climate change affects U.S. military

February 3, 2018 — The U.S. military is generally regarded as having a pragmatic and pro-active approach to security threats in our country and abroad. As an adult who grew up in a military family, I’m very interested to hear about efforts of the U.S. military to consider the

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Letter to the editor: Thanks for making Soda Creek Elementary science fair a success

February 1, 2018 — Dear Editor, The Soda Creek Elementary Science Fair was a huge success this year, and it would not have been possible without the help and donations of many. A big thanks to Soda Creek Pizza for generously donating 40 pizzas for the event. Also thanks

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Julie Gaynor Hagenbuch: Don’t let National Monuments be paradise lost

January 30, 2018 — Forty years ago while driving through, I fell in love with Grand Staircase. I was well on my way to an oil exploration career. In 1996, Grand Staircase Escalante became a National Monument. Utah Congressman Chris Stewart has introduced bills with enticing sounding names that

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