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The Bill of Rights is the first 10 Amendments to the Constitution. It spells out Americans’ rights in relation to their government.  Moses and the people of Israel were given the 10 Commandments, Americans were given the Bill of Rights, both are pretty big deals.

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 The current session got off to a good start after the Memorial Day weekend. The Senate spent Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in committees or in session on the floor basically clearing the calendar to pave the way for all things budget and some prioritized bills.

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I am writing this letter to show my support of my sister,  Katie Spodyak, who is running for District 1 commissioner.

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Back east where I grew up, it was all private land. When my family moved to Colorado in 1972 we were thrilled to see all the National Forest and open space lands with wildlife of all kinds roaming free and unhindered. Today in Park County I am still thrilled to see the herds of elk and prong…

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According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, racism is the belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race.

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My husband Richard and I have lived in Park County for the past 56 years. Having raised our family here and having owned a thriving construction business for most of that time, therefore we have a vested interest in Park County’s direction and future not only for ourselves, but for our child…

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I am very happy to express my full support for Katie Spodyak’s campaign for the office of Park County commissioner, representing District One.

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 I have high hopes for part two of the second regular session of the 72nd General Assembly. Word on the street is we’re going to wrap everything up in three weeks as opposed to the 58 days we have remaining of our 120 day constitutional limit. There is no reason why we shouldn’t be able to t…

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Another Memorial Day Weekend has passed, with all of its modified flag ceremonies and cemetery tributes, travel, “Safer At Home” picnics, family get-togethers and all the other events that mark the beginning of summer.

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May 14, I awoke with a swollen tongue, an allergic reaction to medications I was taking. By 6:30 a.m., I could no longer swallow.

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It is with great pleasure that I support Katie Spodyak for Park County commissioner. I have lived in Park County for nearly 40 years and had the opportunity to teach at Platte Canyon School District for nearly 30 years. Through those years, I met many students who were delightful to teach, b…

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All Americans should have a voice in our presidential elections and every vote should matter. Millions of Americans, whether they live in rural, suburban or urban areas, are totally irrelevant when it comes to presidential campaigns. That would change under a national popular vote. Coloradan…

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It’s official. We’re looking to cut 3.3 million dollars out of the budget. It’s pretty safe to say the pain will be spread throughout the budget. The Joint Budget Committee is still at work taking a second and third look at every department and every program.

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Recent events have us seeing the value of the outdoors in a new light. Recreation and access to pristine public lands are vital to us all. Our ability to recreate responsibly at a safe distance has given us the opportunity to get a much-needed refresher from these stressful times.

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My name is Troy Heineman, and as a citizen of Park County, I have seen commissioners come and go over the years. Some helped our county and some became commissioners for self-serving reasons.

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Because Katie Spodyak is running for Park County Commissioner in District One, we have the opportunity to elect this extraordinary person for our benefit.

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This was to be the week of eager anticipation for state legislators as we prepared for a return to the Capitol May 18 to do the people’s business.

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It looks like leadership has decided May 18 isn’t really the best day for the legislature to come back into session. We are now targeting May 26. I haven’t heard their reasoning and probably won’t, but it’s nothing personal. A freshman friend of mine in the majority party tells me he doesn’t…

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In my last article, I spoke at length about our voting process in Colorado and presented concerns about an attempt to do mail-in ballots nationwide without having the proper procedures and staff in place.

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As we emerge from our “Safe at Home” exile, let’s remember the point of all this upheaval: What is our strategic goal? To neutralize the effects of the novel coronavirus, right? On the health front, that means all of us are “warriors” (to quote President Trump) in this battle for our America…

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Ready or not, here they come. Part of the Colorado work force returned to work this past week and the 72nd Colorado General Assembly will not be far behind.

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With everything that’s going on, it’s easy to forget a birthday or to overlook an anniversary. For example, Earth Day was April 22 and I totally forgot to send a card. I feel bad about that. Earth and the people who live here have had an especially tough time in recent years.

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The Legislative and Governor’s budget gurus (we do have separate budget staff, it’s that whole check and balance thing), have been crunching numbers for weeks.

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Worse than worse. They are so bad that they can’t come up with the same story between them. They spent less than two hours to get my truck unstuck. I was told $250.00 per hour. The total they charged my cards was $877.30.

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In last week’s “Democratically Speaking” column, two things were mentioned that caught my eye. One was that Republicans didn’t create the coronavirus but have tried to weaponize it against voters. The other was that Republicans don’t want everyone to vote. That first one is wrong but the sec…

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The news on the coronavirus front in Colorado and much of the rest of the country is more encouraging than it has been for weeks or possibly months. Let’s just take that happy fact as the starting point and see what the view looks like from here in Colorado.

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Wisconsin voters put a Republican out of a job. Political consequences are rarely so immediate.

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Hindsight is important as long as all the details are acknowledged. This aids in creating improved plans for future crises.

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What is not readily obvious to the casual reader is that models used to project hospitalizations, ventilators needed and death rates were imperfect and wildly inaccurate in their forecasts.

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Well, we completed another week of hunkering down and a few more projects checked off the honey-do list. People talk about the new normal. If this is the new normal, then I am either going to be the greatest hubby ever, or I am going to drop from overexertion.

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I am not sure when we will be returning to finish the legislative session. I am not sure if it will be in person or remotely. I am really not sure if we are legitimately in adjournment. I don’t know when businesses will be given the OK to reopen. Will masks will be a staple in our wardrobes.…

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I try to read all of the articles in The Flume, including those from political party representatives. Lately it seems that the idea that we are all in this pandemic together has been lost.

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Facts are not partisan. An internet meme states that 12,649 Americans died during the H1N1 pandemic of 2009, while Barak Obama was president and Joe Biden was his Vice President. In all, 60.8 million Americans were infected, with 274,000 serious enough to require hospitalization.

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A couple of weeks ago I informed you of one of the major concerns with the Legislature adjourning for the coronavirus. Both chambers passed HJR 20-1006 “Concerning a request to the Supreme Court of the State of Colorado to render its opinion upon a question regarding section 7 of article V o…

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It’s been very interesting to watch the news coverage of this pandemic. Many of the outlets were very quick to condemn the President when he almost immediately put travel restrictions on people coming from China on Jan.  31.

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The Colorado Supreme Courts came in with a 4-3 decision mandating that during times of crisis, the legislature can adjourn for extended periods and it will not be counted against their 120 days.

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I am writing this edition here at home where I can see the antique regulator clock on the wall. The pendulum swings back and forth, ticking off the seconds of another day. I realize, in spite of all mankind’s efforts to control and or predict it, time keeps moving on.

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Let’s start with what may be happening in the legislature in the near future, emphasis on may. Latest rumblings are a short adjournment of three days (the Senate and House have rules that help dictate the three days) partly to see what the courts will do on our 120-day question.

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Rarely has the difference between Republicans and Democrats been more clear.

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In The Flume “Democratically speaking,” March 20, Bob Seay says, “The Census Bureau cannot release any information that might identify a specific individual … . By law, all information … is confidential and cannot be shared with any other agency or organization … This information cannot be u…

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This last month we’ve had a lot of snow in South Park. That wouldn’t have been so bad, but the wind made for massive drifts along County Road 7 past my place. Usually I have no problems with my SUV, but this year I got stuck and stuck good. After one call, the Road and Bridge crew was there …

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COVID-19 is a real threat here in Colorado, the U.S. and the world. The last major pandemic in the U.S. occurred from April 2009 until April 2010, when A/H1N1 (the Swine Flu) came to the U.S. via Mexico.

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A friend shared an interesting online post with me over the weekend. It read “If COVID-19 forces Planned Parenthood to be closed for two weeks, the virus will have saved more lives than it has taken.”

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The real news is COVID-19, and you are all more current on rising numbers, the details social separation, how to self-quarantine, sheltering in place and business closures.

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As of this writing, the U.S. Senate has been locked in the hard work of putting together an aid package to come to the support of those Americans suffering the economic impacts of the Chinese Virus outbreak.

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Given the current coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic and Governor Polis’ State of Epidemic Disaster Emergency, the legislature deemed it prudent to adjourn for two weeks, returning on March 30, to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

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The article “Community rallies to build home for local veteran” sure put a smile on our faces. What a wonderful project that Patty Pugliese and Jim Dexter took on to the find the people and resources to build a new comfortable and livable home for Mr. Bright. Thanks so much for sharing this …

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Capitol Bill Watch: There were 564 total, up from 537 last year in the House there were 360 bills and in the Senate, 204 bills. There were 33 signed into law and 33 postponed indefinitely and 98 bills killed.

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“Integrity, excellence, and respect.” These are not my words. They are the values of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. They are also the words Sheriff Shrader used this year when he thanked Steve Vincze for 33 years of dedicated service. The Vincze name may sound familiar.

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