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COVID, cost of living, crime, bitter policitical battles, ecological and climate disagreements. Shall I say Happy Thanksgiving? Are these the best of times or the worst of times?

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Lots happening in Washington since the midterm election, as control of the US House of Representatives shifts to the Republican leadership. Historian Heather Cox Richardson shares her analysis:

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There’s a difference between an apple and an orange. There’s also a difference between a Republican and a so-called Patriot.

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Most of us here in Fairplay know how important the Senior Center Thrift Store and Food Bank is to this community - the nonprofit benefits so many different citizens of this small town, from providing warm clothes and food, to a friendly face on days when we might need it most. For me persona…

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I’ve just retired after 25 years in law enforcement in Colorado. My wife and I moved to Park County and now work and live here. The residents and Mr. Wissel who voted against 1A are in for a big surprise. Mr. Wissel was interviewed by The Flume before the election and said he did not support…

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The midterm Election held November 8th, 2022, was incredibly important and a highly contested one.

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Old-timey Republicans are the ones who can at least see across the aisle. Hell, sometimes they’ll even walk over there. Shake a hand or two. Say, Howdy! How ya doin’?

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Incredible Midterm results! The projected gigantic Red Wave crashed into the surprisingly sound Blue Floodwall and could not overtop it! In 49 states, election deniers went down in defeat; most major Trump-backed candidates failed to win their races; Democrats won the Secretary of State cont…

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Two nights before the election earlier this month, two businesses in Bailey were broken into and burglarized overnight. As we know, the Sheriff’s department does not provide coverage after 9 PM and the burglars most likely knew that fact as well. Until the Sheriff’s department is fully funde…

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After reading the Nov. 11th edition of the Flume I have come to the conclusion that Park County is heading for a disaster from which it will never recover. The word master, Mr. Independent, apparently feels that blue is his favorite color, imagine that. And I, because I vote for Republican c…

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I’m writing this before the November 8 election, knowing it won’t be published until after the election. So I wonder what the outcome will be. Ironically, the results will most likely be published in this edition.  

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By now, the 2022 Midterms will be over and hopefully will have changed America’s destiny for the good. Through 2022, our committee decided to write about the first 10 Amendments to the Bill of Rights and how they apply to the success of our country. None of us are Constitutional scholars, an…

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By the time you read this, the Midterm Election polls will be long closed and most results will be posted in our news outlets. It remains to be seen whether or not these results will be accepted by all—it seems to depend, these days, on what those results are. Winners enthusiastically delive…

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Eleven days away, this election is a test of “does America deserve another successful 250 years or succumb to decline from socialism?” Following the 2020 election, America has seen the worst from a fantasy societal utopia that the left has always promised but never can deliver. 

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The Party Bus came to town--such positive and fun campaign news for a change! Yes, the Colorado Democratic Party Bus rolled into Fairplay last Saturday morning, introducing Park County voters to their elected state officials. A bus full of candidates, speaking, answering questions, listening…

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There have been comments that all politics start at the local level and implications that we should focus only on the Park County issues.. While I disagree with a focus on only Park County issues, I will nevertheless briefly discuss Park County issues, and then the State of Colorado US Senat…

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If you plan to vote Republican just to protest inflation, know what else you’re voting for. You give the Republicans the majority, they will implement a nationwide ban on abortions. Your protest vote gives implicit approval, and it harms you or someone you know. We are all connected.

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There is one overriding issue this election that I believe most of us can still agree on: The belief that our votes should count; that we the people should select the leaders of our government; that the will of the majority should prevail. At this time in our history, this belief is threaten…

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To provide a strong closing effort, the message of the Democrats running for office needs to be modified. Certainly, treating our base as stupid by broadcasting, over and over and over, their single issue on abortion in the worst way, but the big opportunities lie in what else the zany Repub…

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The inaccurate and clearly biased “against” language in the Park County White Book concerning ballot issues 1A, the Public Safety Initiative, and 1B, the Short Term Rental Fee, clearly reflects the sentiments of the South Park Outsiders and an individual intimately involved with the Outsider…

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 Unlike the State Blue book, there is no law requiring that the pro or con statements in our county White book be checked for accuracy. They are opinions that anyone can write. Here are the corrections for 1a and 1b.

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 Autocracy bad, democracy good, right? That’s what living under our U.S. Constitution is supposed to mean. But something very dark is happing with the GOP, and it smacks of racism, fascism and cultism. 

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This regular column is called “Independent Perspective.” It offers a voice to unaffiliated voters, printed alongside the perspective pieces of both Republicans and Democrats. But shouldn’t we all be independent, regardless of our party affiliation? Too many people today feel that they have t…

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Approving 4A is similar to signing and handing the PCSD1 a blank check. Even if the district was to get the BEST grant the debt for taxpayers could have a repayment of $6.7 million and the school board may determine property taxes be levied without limit as to the mill rate. 

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When people are frightened, they say and do ignorant things. They accuse their opponents of the very things they themselves are doing. We are seeing this in Dave Wissel’s campaign for commissioner from his opponents.

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Brian Green is running to be retained as the Park County Court Judge in this November 8th election. Many of you have probably never heard of or had any dealings with him. My family was in this same situation, until a person, driving on a suspended license for a DUI conviction and without ins…

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Before you vote in the midterms, you should know that if Republicans take control of the House, they are planning to cut Medicare and Social Security.

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I am a senior on a fixed income, I voted yes to 4a for the Platte Canyon School District, and I encourage all of you to do the same. Why? For many reasons.

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Ashley is my wife and best friend, but that isn’t why I think you should vote to elect her as your next county commissioner. I have been by her side since she started campaigning throughout Park County and I am certain that I am married to the person that is the right choice for making Park …

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Consider voting for David Buckley for the Colorado District 13 House seat. David is a long time Colorado resident who decided to run for this seat not because he is a politician but because of how he saw the status quo: high inflation, record crime, higher proposed taxes affecting his family…

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Ashley Girodo is my friend and neighbor. She is someone that I can always count on and I know that we can count on to live up to all she has promised as our next county commissioner.

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The ballots are out and I am excited to vote for Julie McCluskie for House District 13. The last few years Julie has represented  District 61, but  redistricting has formed the new District 13 and Park County can now elect Julie McCluskie as our representative as well. Julie is someone who a…

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On Monday, 10/24/22, Kristi Burton Brown, the State GOP Chairwoman, accepted Dick Elsner’s resignation as the State GOP Treasurer. When Dick Elsner was appointed to serve as the State GOP Treasurer he agreed to the GOP Bylaws which state the main purpose of his GOP position was to “elect dul…

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My retirement, in Park County, followed a career in Kansas Government. I had the privilege to serve several terms as a Kansas State Senator and later, Director of Governmental Affairs for the Kansas Press Association where I advised the Kansas Legislature on First Amendment issues. Consequen…

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As defined by Merriam-Webster, community is “a unified body of individuals.”  Unified is always the question when it comes to politics. Are we a “community” that works together to unify? Or are we a “community” that works to divide and destroy that definition while using false and misleading…

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Demanding lockstep adherence from everyone to your particular view of the world is dangerous. Such a demand assumes you’re necessarily righteous and have the key to a perfect world. Those not in lockstep with you are necessarily the enemy, the unrighteous. You evaluate anyone’s worth from yo…

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Representative Julie McCluskie is an active, energetic Colorado legislator who deserves your vote on November 8th. House District 13 is newly redistricted, and while Julie is a House District 61 incumbent, she needs our help to get out the word to all parts of her new district.

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Ashley Girodo is getting my vote as our next Park County Commissioner.

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I hope Park County voters will join me in voting for Ashley Girodo for County Commissioner. We have the opportunity to vote for an educator who has moderate views and who will bring a fresh voice to the issues we face here.

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Polls show that the economy and inflation are the top concerns for voters right now, and that  voters believe Republicans are better on the economy. I wish to argue  that it’s simply not true. I agree inflation is causing everyone pain right now, but Republicans want to blame  the President …

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“Things that Matter”  Part 2 of 2                            

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Every election cycle you hear, “This is the most consequential election ever.” The statement is usually related to a Presidential or a mid-term election where each party is vying for control of Congress. People focus on national politics when it is local elections that have a more immediate …

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Thank you for taking the time to read this short presentation on why I’m running for Park County Treasurer.

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Please join me in voting for Ashley Girodo for Park County Commissioner. While I’ve only known Ashley for a few months, I’ve found her down to earth, always willing to listen and ready to lead Park County. Ashley will show up to work and work hard. She will do what’s best for the county and …

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After reading the Letters to the Editor published in The Flume, particularly those in the Sept. 30 issue, I would laugh at the opinions and lack of facts, if it were not so frightening. Since when is devotion to a party more important than the mettle of the candidate? How brainwashed does on…

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For Park County this election is at a crossroad.  The choice is, do you want to go back to the good old days of special privileges that were common in the Assessor’s office under Mr. Wissel, or do you want to keep Park County moving forward? Do you want someone who will give himself and his …

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Please vote in November. You ought to vote every time you’re given the opportunity, but this time, the first Tuesday in November, is a big one for the county.  

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