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We have read the Flume’s article describing the PCSD No. 1 ballot proposal. We do believe the support of our students is very important.  That said, the article brought up a couple of items which we would like clarification on.  

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I am a retired Colorado educator, a career of 33 years, and have lived in Fairplay for almost 20 years. I am proud to support this community and will vote YES on measure 4B this November. This is a win-win opportunity for the Park County RE2 District to develop and to sustain a learning comm…

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Hello friends, family, and neighbors of Park County. My name is Ali Springer, I am the middle and high school art teacher as well as a graduate of South Park. I am writing to you today on behalf of a long overdue opportunity for our school and community: ballot measure 4B. What is 4B you ask…

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I have been teaching in Fairplay for 18 years. I started in a building named Silverheels Middle School. It was a modular partially built by the vo-tech class. When I began my teaching career in Fairplay in 2004, I was able to rent a place for a mere $500 a month. This rent payment was 23% of…

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There was an interesting letter to the editor in the September 10th edition where the writer took exception to my naming several areas in which my personal cost had increased since President Biden took office. She said I made no connection between the actions of the administration and my con…

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Silly of me to think I had seen everything, at least I hoped I had, in the Trumplican’s bucket of absurdities. But the all-time effrontery was as yet uncommitted. That was left to the Governor of Texas, Gregg Abbott. Abbott, whose tap dance across the Constitution bans all abortions after si…

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On October 2 women around the country will march once again for the right to choose what they do with her own bodies.

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Please vote yes for the mill levy override (4B) that will be on the ballot this November 2nd. Our schools are critical institutions for our community and for our families and their children. Park County School District RE2 has been chronically underfunded for over ten years now. It has impac…

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As a community member and parent of a middle school student, I am writing to provide a perspective on the Mill Levy initiative that will be seen on the November ballot. Park County is special, unique, and rare when compared to other school districts around the country. The impact the school …

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Since my early days in college, when I first heard the term, the “ends justify the means” I found it revolting. That is one of the reasons I turned to support Conservative politics. Today’s Democrats have been known to not fight fair as they can seldom win arguments based on discussions of r…

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They leave. Good educators leave when they can’t make ends meet while working for the Park County RE 2 schools. Every employee of the district an educator, because every person who works in a school impacts the lives of children in some way. Sadly so many leave when their monthly insurance p…

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It is tempting to dismiss the new Texas abortion law as just another quirky Texas thing, like having more than five times more executions than any other state or making sure there’s a loaded gun in every home.

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In my last submission (September 3rd), I indicated that I would write on masks and freedom in this submission.

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Jim Hoffmeyer makes some good points in his Independent Perspective (August 20), but I think his arguments don’t serve to advance one of the most fundamental elements of America, from its inception, that we are a nation defined by our differences of opinion, by our willingness to speak up fo…

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Dear Editor Kirkpatrick.

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Hypocrisy is one of those terms that implies a negative personality trait. Being a politician and a hypocrite is often one in the same. Hypocrisy is the pretense of virtue, contrary to their real character. Lots of words are related: fraud, deception, dishonesty, lie, duplicity etc. The hypo…

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So-called “red flag” laws were all the rage a couple years ago. These are laws designed to remove weapons from unstable people who might otherwise use those weapons to harm themselves or others. Even Donald Trump championed the concept. In 2019, he said states should adopt such measures to “…

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This presidential administration is no longer just a domestic crisis. It is now an international catastrophe. We would be the laughing stock of the world if the situation was not so dire.

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In my last submission (August 20th), I ended with a quote from Benjamin Franklin about beer.  Although this is a quote that can be found in many places, it may not be true.  After my submission, I found something that questions whether he actually ever said that.  So, I might have been wrong…

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We moved to the Fairplay last year, and we are really enjoying the area. My husband and I were surprised to discover how low our taxes are, which is great, until we realized how underfunded the school is here. I don’t have any children at all, but I still realize how important strong schools…

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I am one of the new “young” teachers in our school district, and I love our school community. I am writing to ask our county community to support our schools, our teachers, and our staff on the upcoming Mill Levy Initiative on the November ballot. As a whole, our school district values deep …

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“There’s no way to end a war and make it look like you’re winning a war.” USA Today’s David Rothkopf so describes the recent dilemma of unrealistic expectations meeting on-the-ground realities in Afghanistan. President Biden has suffered harsh criticism from both the right and the left for h…

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As we watch Biden’s Afghanistan debacle before our eyes, the fake news organizations can no longer ignore the failures of this Administration. MSNBC/CNN/Hill, none known as reliable sources, are criticizing Pres Biden. For more than 12 months, they chose to not report honestly on Biden nor h…

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During an August 3rd County Commissioner meeting, Commissioner Amy Mitchell and her like-minded posse objected to an amendment to the Dominion Voting Systems professional services agreement for Park County. Ms. Mitchell said she lacked faith in the system and its personnel. The Flume reporte…

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If you’re wondering why I’m talking about the Ford Pinto, it’s because we’re seeing that same behavior in today’s Republican Party. It’s all about costs and benefits.

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I want to applaud Park County Commissioner Amy Mitchell.   At the Aug. 3, 2021, Board of County Commissioners meeting, Amy voted against extending the county’s agreement with the Dominion company to continue using their equipment and software for Park County elections.  The vote during the m…

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I’m a little late getting my Fair letter out, I apologize.  On behalf of the Park County Fair Board I would like to thank Park County, the extension office, county commissioners, county employees, volunteers, businesses, agencies and individuals that made this year’s Fair such a great succes…

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Yesterday the BOCC in Park County voted on keeping the Dominion voting system in place in Park County. In my opinion, and several others who have contacted me all week in relation to this decision & leading up to the work session on this, this is an absolute mistake. Not only is it a mis…

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Although I have made it clear that I will never vote for any Republican that remains a Trump supporter, I want to make it clear that I do not like some things that the Democratic Party continues to push.  For example, the left wing of the Democratic Party is pushing hard for the $3.5 bill ca…

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Well, she’s at it again. Jena Griswold, our current Secretary of State, a couple months ago publicly stated that Colorado’s election system was the “gold standard” of the entire country. She then followed that up by signing an order prohibiting any audits of election equipment by third parti…

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I’m not sure if hypersonic missiles or Iran’s drones have a chance of first strike capability. If so, or if some countries will think so, and/or don’t fear a second strike, then we need to take preventative steps. The same applies to nuclear weapons (with or without these,) and perhaps likew…

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I managed a public swimming pool in Denver when I was going to college, and, after I returned from the Army more years ago than I’ll admit to. Summer after summer, there were always a few yahoos who’d complain about one thing or another, declaring they were taxpayers, as if that meant someth…

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On the heels of testimony by former acting attorney general Jeffrey A. Rosen before the Senate Judiciary Committee, former president Trump hit the Fox News channel to try to turn the conversation back to an attack on President Joe Biden’s handling of the coronavirus.

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The Park County Search and Rescue (PCSAR) Team would like to thank the following individuals and businesses who donated generously to our Bailey Day silent auction:

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Psychologically healthy people do not tell assault victims, “We’re not going to talk about that.”

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Developing appropriate topics for the Republican Perspective is great experience. This writer has delved into issues with an eye as what is important to Park County and Colorado especially. One must realize that our little county in central Colorado has little influence in Washington. Our ef…

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As a resident in the South Park area, I fully support all fire chiefs in Park County’s Fire Districts in maintaining current burn permit requirements for homeowners.

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A few things left me puzzled after reading Tim Peterson’s Republican Perspective last week. I was wondering exactly what assaults have been brought on only Republican’s second amendment rights? I think you might be confused by the fact that an overwhelming majority of U.S. citizens have deci…

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Let me start with something positive.  Did everyone enjoy as much as I did the pictures in the front page of the Flume on July 23rd?  I am referring to the picture of the little girl at the Park County Fair and the picture of three generations of mares.  Pictures like that make me smile and …

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I spent over 40 years in the military. Back in the 70s and 80s we had a common expression in the service. “I may not agree with what you say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.” I don’t think that attitude exists in our government any longer.

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“Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.” – Aldous Huxley

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After ignoring doctors and medical science for a year and a half, most Republican leaders are finally telling people to get vaccinated.  Representative Lauren Boebert, who prefers public grandstanding over essential public service, is one notable exception to this GOP appeal for public safety.

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I read, with great interest, the July 9 Demographic Perspective.  The writer specifically states that our earth has a mere 10 years remaining to be livable.  According to the writer, Republicans and oil company executives are now the primary cause of climate change, as well as the severe hea…

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