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Park County has mailed out General Election ballots, and some of you are already voting. Before you decide who will direct our country’s affairs for the next four years, please pause ... and consider:

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The Fairplay hiking group known as the Ramblers and Amblers completed the yearly trash pick-up along Hwy 9 from Fairplay to Alma and back Sept. 16. Seventeen hikers worked from a 9:30 a.m. start to a 12:30 p.m. finish. Workers included Dale, Janette, Mitch, Cindy, Skip, Pattye, Jeannie, Burt…

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Vote NO on 1A. Park County 1A increases taxes and takes away your right to vote on future mill levy increases. 1A guts the Gallagher Amendment and mandates a new floor for property taxes with the floor rising every year. The tax increase: 1A freezes the residential assessment ratio which oth…

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Ron Hanks is running for a seat on the Colorado House in HD60 Park/Chaffee/Custer/Fremont Counties. Mr. Hanks is an advocate for HD60. He is running on a platform of law and order, protecting our basic constitutional rights and our rural lifestyle of self-determination. His opponent is in fa…

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In 1968, when over half a million Americans were serving their country in Vietnam, Trump dodged the draft by getting a medical deferment for a bone spur in his heel. When asked by a reporter which heel it was, Trump couldn’t remember.

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Your ballot should be arriving a few days after you read this. Please take the time to thoughtfully complete it and either mail it back or drop it at the Fairplay County Building or the Bailey County Building or Fire Station #2. Every vote is important and you shouldn’t assume the outcome of…

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Some great late summer reading hit the bookstands this last month – maybe we wish it were fiction ...

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The District Attorney’s race for Judicial District 11 these past few weeks has proven that facts and actions speak louder than opinions and endorsements. 

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January 20, 2020 marked the third anniversary of President Trump’s swearing in as chief executive of the United States. The following is a list of facts under several different subjects that accurately reflect his accomplishments during those three years, and a few that have occurred during …

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After thrice going for the Democrat presidential nominee, the Centennial State is totally irrelevant in this year’s presidential election. 

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Mr. Soros has financed the DA election in many of the democratic (chaos) controlled cities. Ms. Turner was appointed by our democratic Governor. Was there outside support for that appointment? Is the DA you see and support now the same one you will see once she doesn’t have to worry about el…

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I spoke last week about the wave of violence plaguing our nation and suggested it is the front wave of a revolution. Even those on the left who aren’t participating in the riots are trying to delete heroes from our history and radically alter the values of our society. Some are calling it th…

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Our constitution gives citizens the right to free speech and assembly. This has long been interpreted to allow civil unrest and non-violent protest. What we are seeing the last four months goes far beyond free speech and local citizens protesting events in their communities.

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Are we going to give control of our USA to a small number of unelected corporate CEOs?

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I’ve read article after article and heard commentary after commentary about how badly President Trump has handled the COVID-19 virus pandemic issue. But I’ve yet to hear anyone say how they would have responded, or how they would fix it. You do realize this virus will more than likely always…

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Recently, two Park County Deputy Sheriffs were significantly injured in separate calls. Both calls involved domestic violence cases and, in each situation, a Park County Deputy responded to protect victims and ensure no one else was hurt. We owe a debt of gratitude to these dedicated deputie…

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While watching the Republican and Democratic conventions, I found the contrasts stunning.  

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It amazes me how often President Trump gets blamed for things that are well outside his span of control. I know he vocalizes a lot of opinions, but our constitution and federal laws limit his authority in many areas, even if he doesn’t like it. The USPS is the latest example. It has been dyi…

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Young voters, we are better than this. As the new voice of our democracy, we must make our cry to be heard louder than ever, not despite, but because the current leader of this country is unwilling to listen. To echo famous words, “It is what it is.” And here is “what it is” – Trump is led n…

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Over the past month, The Flume has printed two great opinions about getting rid of President Trump. No facts but a lot of emotion and a crystal ball to see the future. With the possibility of allowing facts to get in the way, one should review the facts and the Biden agenda and decide why to…

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As of Aug. 22, 5.8 million Americans have been infected with coronavirus and over 180,000 have died. What’s tragic is that we had ample warning about the pandemic and could have taken steps to contain it. Instead, the incompetence of the current administration has led to disaster.

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I sent the following email to everyone in my contacts list. If you feel as I do that our American way of life is threatened by the current presidential administration, then we all must communicate any way we can, we must protect our voting process, and we must elect Joe Biden to take over du…

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The community slash drop-off site is now open at Platte Canyon Mudhole Ball Fields. Drop off loads of slash for $20 per load.

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I grew up in Jefferson and Park counties. I have seen over decades how the sheriffs offices have treated people. Park county’s logo “come on vacation leave on probation” is true. I moved out of the area because of the tyranny. Many terrible things have happened in the area because of actions…

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The Park County Republican Committee Lincoln Day Dinner fundraiser was postponed due to COVID-19 concerns, but is rescheduled for Aug. 29, 5 p.m. at Jefferson Community Center. Tickets are $25 and available at parkcogop.org.

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A few days ago I posted on our local email group that if anyone was interested in doing some Black Lives Matter protests to email me privately. This is not the first time that I’ve posted regarding BLM protests; usually I receive a few angry emails privately. This time the emails were posted…

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Starting Aug. 10, Coloradans can apply to be commissioners on the new Colorado Independent Redistricting Commissions. Applications for both congressional and state legislative commissions are open at https://redistricting.colorado.gov/. Applications will be accepted until Nov. 10.

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We have an election coming up in less than 90 days. You need to think about the choices you make on that piece of paper, as those choices will impact your life for years to come. Here are a few things to think about.

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The team at Crow Hill Insurance would like to convey our appreciation for disseminating information about our Ninth Annual Shred-a-thon. The event was a tremendous success. We were able to raise over $1,700 in cash as well as many items for donation to Blue Spruce Habitat For Humanity ReStor…

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I take exception to Tim Peterson’s “Republican perspective” that President Trump holds no responsibility for the catastrophic impact that the coronavirus has had on the United States. One big bottom line is that the United States now has had over 148,000 people die from the virus, while the …

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We are witnessing the downfall of America. What we are seeing in Portland, Ore. are the acts of a despot. Mr. Trump thinks he holds all power and authority to send military into a state to attack peaceful protests.

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Well, these continue to be interesting times with no end in sight. As I write this, a pro-police rally down at the capitol is being interrupted by a group demanding the police departments be defunded. For almost three months now, people have been demanding their voices be heard and their rig…

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What a great 100th year Fair. With COVID-19 it was a difficult year to even think about organizing a fair, let alone actually putting one on. The support we received from everyone this year was tremendous. I cannot express how much it is appreciated by the board.

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I feel it is necessary to express my opinion in regards to what is happening in this country since we have been impacted by another virus from a foreign country. What is referred to as the Baby Boomer Generation, consisting of those born between 1946 and 1964, are no longer the majority of A…

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Many Democrats prefer to stay on the sidelines rather than getting involved with politics, local or otherwise. I used to be one of those people. I always voted and often donated to campaigns, but more than that was just not part of my personality. That all changed after the 2016 election, wh…

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Recently, I stopped by one of the prominent businesses, which I will not name, in Fairplay to pick up supplies. I had just come from Lake City where every other car was from Texas, the closest state with a rash of recent covid-19 outbreaks. Undoubtedly, a percentage of those folks were carry…

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The “Public Meeting” that CDOT held July 9, 2020 was a presentation of what CDOT has already decided to do – not an attempt to obtain and consider public input. Everyone had questions. Dozens were left unanswered. Here were some of my questions and observations:

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If we erase our history, are we condemned to repeat it? That’s an interesting question, isn’t it? There is currently a strong movement in our society to remove all traces of the Confederacy, including statues of men who actually had accomplishments both good and bad.

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