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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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The 54th anniversary of Medicare affords an opportunity to evaluate the successes and shortcomings of the system of healthcare in America. I have worked in rural hospitals and clinics for 34 years and see Medicare as the shining example of an equitable and humane method of providing clinic v…

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Ned Zamarripa, a local Bailey resident, was recently recognized by Project Healing Waters for his dedicated volunteer service to our disabled veterans. Ned has fastidiously dedicated his time to helping our disabled veterans rehabilitate from their physical and emotional injuries through men…

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It was good to see the Fogelsonger kids’ success in the Fair judging and witness the community recognition of their individual efforts. We are indeed fortunate to have the Fogelsonger family in our community. Theirs is a family that works hard to raise children who exemplify the best of trad…

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A recall election isn’t just an attack on elective officials. It is an attack on voters. Those behind the effort to recall Governor Polis are telling the 53% of Colorado voters who voted for Polis that their votes don’t count.

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Let’s look at another issue where Democrats and Republicans seem to be miles apart now, but it wasn’t always that way: illegal immigration. Yes, I did use the word “illegal,” because there is a prescribed way to enter this country. My mother’s father was an illegal, but when he saw what the …

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It’s not a good sign when one of the few Democrats in this county writes to tell us how fortunate we are to have the Democrats making things happen in Denver. It is all about making them the higher controlling authority in the end. They have ignored our past votes to stop the regulations on …

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We enjoy Trooper Tips by Gary Cutler. He provides informational articles which are really good. Even driving rules that we should all know are still worth reading as a reminder to each of us. Very glad Mr. Cutler devotes the time to write these articles.

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Last time we looked at a proposal by Kristen Gillibrand regarding financial aid for higher education. Let’s take a look at an interesting idea by another strong Democratic contender for next year’s presidential race, Elizabeth Warren.

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You don’t have to follow state politics very closely to know that rural Coloradans tend to vote for Republican candidates. Colorado reflects a larger national trend in which rural voters are more conservative and urban or metropolitan voters identify as Democrats or Progressives.

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Regarding the story “South Park City Museum” in Summer in the Park, Page 61, mention is made of the book, “A Town is Born.” The full title is “A Town is Born: The Story of South Park City.” The authors names were misspelled in the story, corrected they are: Laura Van Dusen and E. J. “Gene” A…

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I would like to continue discussing differing viewpoints of the two major parties on critical issues over the next couple of months, but first let me respond to the thoughtful letter by Steve Plutt in the May 31 edition of The Flume regarding President Trump’s support for Red Flag bills.

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Heartfelt thanks to the 13 hardy men and women who braved the cool and cloudy weather early Wednesday, May 29, to help with the U.S. Highway 9 Spring Trash Pick-up between Fairplay and Alma.

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In response to Steve Plutt (letters to the editor, May 31 issue), I ask what would be the alternative to Trump?

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In response to the “Republican Perspective” column of May 17 by Tim Peterson, regarding the “Red Flag” bill,  I, too, opposed that bill in any form, and I happen to agree with Peterson that it does go against our constitution.

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I would like to give a huge “thank-you” to the following businesses from the area that made such generous donations to the South Park School Foundation Casino Nite fundraiser. They are:

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It’s almost summer and time to reflect on why we live in Park County. Through all the snow and chilly weather, we have stayed planted right here enjoying the view. We love hiking in our backyard, some enjoy hunting on public lands, or camping in the woods and fishing our streams and reservoirs.

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Thankfully, the 2019 liberal-led Colorado Legislative session is over. The number and more importantly, the kind of bills introduced should be considered embarrassing by Colorado voters. So many of the bills dealt with our Legislature offering to tell you what to think and how to act. Of the…

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It’s an overused saying, “whiskey’s for drinkin’; water’s for fightin’ over,” and I usually disagree. If we hope to find solutions to Colorado’s and Park County’s water problems, we need to stop fightin’ and start workin’ together.

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What a wonderful turnout at Daddy Daughter Dance 2019. The fabulous feedback from all who expressed enjoyment and appreciation was awesome.

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We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to the many volunteers who gave of their time to the Fairplay 9Health Fair, April 27. All of the volunteers were awesome, many coming from as far as Denver and Buena Vista to bring their medical expertise and service to the citizens of South Park…

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Thank you for your work to explain the complexity of North Fork of the South Platte River flows, and how those flows are governed, to the readers of The Flume (Competing interests collide on the North Fork of the South Platte River, May 9 issue).

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I found the letter from the secretary of the Colorado Democratic Party in the May 3rd edition of The Flume quite interesting.

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