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My husband and I would like to extend a gigantic thank you to everyone who helped us and other stranded travelers during the white-out on Nov. 30.

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Should Congress impeach the President? Why not just wait for the 2020 elections and let the voters decide?

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On behalf of Park County Cares, we would like to express our appreciation for the wonderful nonprofit fundraising event that was hosted by South Park Chamber. A special thanks to those businesses and individuals who donated time, food and auction items.

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We would like to thank Mr. Peterson for his summary of the last legislative session. We were not aware of most of the bills he listed, so the summary was very informative.

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The Destination Imagination Mountain Eagles Team at Elk Creek Elementary School recently completed a long-term project to support the U.S. troops in Afghanistan. The team planned and executed a fund-raising and item-of-comfort collection at the school to provide assistance to the Troop Suppo…

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In an Oct. 23 press release, the Park County School District RE-2 Board President Bundgaard announced that the district and teachers’ union had reached an agreement to end the strike. She concluded: “Overall, the board and SPEA will continue to endeavor to have positive relations and communi…

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We would like to recognize the generosity of these businesses that contributed towards the Lake George Charter School’s Halloween Carnival:

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Why do 70 percent of Americans support the single payer, universal healthcare system known as Medicare for All (Reuters–Ipsos survey, August 2018)? Partly because the current system is broken, but also because a growing number of people see healthcare as a human right.

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Once again, this community has outdone itself in its level of support of the annual celebration of Halloween at South Park City Museum. Thanks to all of you who donated candy, cookies and cash for the treats part of “Trick-or-Treat” and a big high-five to the folks who guarded the donation j…

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The South Park Food Bank would like to express our thanks to Hans and Yvonne van Baal for allowing us to call their building home for the last 10 years.

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I read an interesting opinion piece by Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade last week. The title was “Americans never needed handouts to survive and thrive.”

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Call me crazy if you’re so inclined, but I’m seriously concerned about losing my freedoms. You know, those essential elements of daily life that we take for granted.

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I mostly hear or see on social media negative comments about the three commissioners here in Park County. I believe it is time they receive the thanks and appreciation they deserve for the time, dedication and efforts they put forth on a daily basis for the betterment of us all here in Park County.

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In this article, I would like to take a look back at some of the legislation passed during our previous state government session. The legislature met for 120 days and passed 598 bills involving $32 billion of your money. These bills encompassed parental authority over the family, administrat…

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Taxes! Everyone hates new taxes, including me. However, that being said, now that I am your Sheriff of Park County, I have a slightly different viewpoint.

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A huge thank-you from MRHI (Mosquito Range Heritage Initiative) to all the volunteers who helped with the 2019 Annual Buckskin Cemetery Moonwalk. A thank-you to all the people who volunteered to be characters to tell their stories, the guides who led the tour groups and told their stories, a…

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My husband Ric Thompson and I want to thank the community at large for their generosity, compassion, and thoughtfulness.

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A couple things I have read recently really bother me. I don’t understand why these would be controversial.

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Proposition CC, a legislative referral on the upcoming November ballot, would allow the state to keep all excess revenues that are currently returned to the taxpayers under the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights.

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Tax money is fungible.   Under TABOR, Colorado legislators have to go before the voters to approve new taxes. Prop CC allows that over collected taxes can then be spent on transportation and education that they underfund.

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We really enjoyed the story “Take a walk with the Living Dead” (The Flume, Oct. 3, 2019) by Mr. Newton. The history interwoven with actual excerpts from The Flume from the 1800s made for a wonderful story. Great job

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I have lived up Deer Creek valley for 39 years. I was the chairman of the Park County Planning Commission when the 2002 Colorado Department of Transportation U.S. Highway 285 Feasibility Study was assembled and plans were made to create the “MidWay Intersection,” now known as County Road 43A.

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Thank you to Platte River Outfitters, GNG Construction, Pikeview Construction, and Twin Summits Realty for sponsoring the Platte Canyon High School class floats for the parade.

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You can help Park County Schools by voting “yes” on Proposition CC in November. Prop CC will allow the state to keep more of the revenue it already collects without raising taxes.

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Over the Labor Day weekend, there was another mass shooting in Texas. You can expect renewed calls for gun control, of course, but the issue is not now and never has been the gun.

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While the American Aging Act has provided no assistance to Park County Seniors, the Older Americans Act has provided programs in Park County since 1977.  Beginning with transportation, and adding programs through the years, this act has been instrumental in assisting Park County residents ov…

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To all Park County residents who abide by the laws and do not abuse the Land Use Regulations. Question? Why does Park County have LURs if no one is going to enforce them? A resident in Bailey has violated and is violating five LURs.

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Sunday, Sept. 15 was the Mosquito Range Heritage Initiative’s 13th Annual “Tour de Fairplay” Mountain Bike Poker Ride. It was a huge success. We would like to thank the following businesses who supported us with monetary and merchandise donations:  Pearl Izumi, New Belgium Brewery, Salado Re…

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Several articles have appeared recently in the Park County Republican and Fairplay Flume supporting higher pay raises for the teachers of Park County School District RE-2. The Sept. 6 edition of The Flume has an article, “RE-2 the teachers and the district – an opinion,” by Skip Kunst. He ci…

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This November, Colorado citizens will see Proposition CC on their election ballot. It begins simply “Without raising taxes … ” Proponents of the initiative argue that Prop CC does not increase the 4.63 percent Colorado individual income tax rate, therefore it does not “raise taxes.”

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We hosted family for a few days, so we rented a large cabin at Glen Isle. I highly recommend them, I’m so glad the resort is back and it’s better than ever. The cabin was wonderful and clean, prices are reasonable, it was very comfortable. The staff and owners are fantastic.

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Republicans are absolutely correct when they say that companies do not pay taxes. Any tax increase that corporations might face is simply passed along to consumers through price increases. Consequently, any corporate tax increase is actually a tax on consumers. This is basic Republican philo…

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Whenever a disagreement between labor and management occurs and degenerates to name calling, misrepresentations and an unwillingness to continue meeting, the source of the problem is often attributable to one party’s desire to gain more power in the relationship. Seriously, ask yourself, hav…

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We read with interest two articles in the Aug. 23 edition of The Flume. Both the Republican Perspective and the media ignores nationwide gun violence.

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I was horrified to read the two articles related to recent encounters between humans and wildlife in the Aug. 30  edition of The Flume.

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There is a very controversial argument that I just don’t understand. During the Democratic Debates, one of the ladies said “I can’t believe this is the 21st century and we’re still debating abortion.”

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Ozone is a three-atom molecule of oxygen (O3) and is unstable, having a life span of 17 minutes before it decays into O2 (chemical formula 2O3 to 3O2), the form that we breathe. One way it is created is by electrical arcs such as lightning and the arc of the commutator in large electric A/C …

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That was a good Democratic editorial in The Flume a few weeks ago about recalls. I’m speaking strictly for myself here, and not all Republicans (no one can speak for all Republicans, as we all think differently). I agree with much of what was said.

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A reader’s letter to the editor in The Flume expressed dismay at the recent shootings in El Paso, Texas., and Dayton, Ohio., but left out the weekend shootings in Chicago where the headline read: “47 shot and five fatally.”

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The Wilderness on Wheels Foundation wishes to thank all those who participated in our Music on the Mountain Festival. Hats off to the bands who donated their time and  talent, all the volunteers, 1st Bank, and a special thanks to Chip Thomas from the Cutthroat Cafe in Bailey and Chris Oliver…

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One of the most contentious and least understood of Colorado’s new laws is the agreement to join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. States in the Compact have agreed to assign all their electoral votes to the candidate who gets the most votes across the country. There are currentl…

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Every mass shooting, I suffer survivor’s PTSD. I feel the adrenaline flood the stomach, a huge rock sits where my heart should be, and the tears of rage start to fall. I am sick beyond words of all this hatred and killing.

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I am glad that the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission unanimously decided to move forward in consideration of adopting state Zero Emission Vehicle standards to reduce further the air pollution in our state, and I welcome the opportunity for transportation that does not pollute.  The sta…

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I’m a little late getting this out this year but it’s better late than never! On behalf of the Park County Fair Board, I would like to thank everyone who made this year’s fair such a success. The support we receive from groups, businesses, agencies, and individuals through donations, volunte…

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As our state’s roads continue to get worse and worse, Coloradans are wondering when the legislature is finally going to make them a priority.

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My name is Charles Titus.  My wife and I were traveling from Fairplay, Colo., west about two miles when my serpentine belt broke on my Duramax truck. My cell phone would only work on 911. I called Park County Sheriff’s Office. They sent Patrol Deputy David Edstrom, and he took me back to Fai…

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