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It is that time of year when drumming up local news from week to week can be somewhat challenging. But thanks to the efforts of our hardworking correspondents throughout the county, we always seem to find pertinent local stories to keep readers interested, informed and entertained.

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No, the required number of of Senators, 67, did not find you guilty, Mr. Trump, of inciting the riot at our Capitol building and attempting to subvert the peaceful transition of power to the new administration. A total of seven Republican Senators joined the 50 Democratic Senators who all vo…

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On Jan. 28, The New York Times posted an article by Nicholas Kristof called “A Letter to My Conservative Friends.” It opens with, “This is an open letter to some of my old friends and neighbors who believe that Donald Trump won re-election, who think that face masks are for wimps and who fea…

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We celebrate the birthdays of many iconic figures in American history each year, and there are plenty from which to choose. This month, Feb. 12 to be exact, we celebrate the birth date of my personal favorite, Abraham Lincoln.

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In October, candidate Biden said, “There are certain things you can’t do by executive action unless you’re a dictator.” Biden and aides, including top White House economists, have said that they believe executive actions are pale substitutes for legislative actions.

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Even with the legislators back in their districts we’re managing to get some items checked off the legislative agenda. Every session each department is required to report to the relevant committee on its activities during the past year. Accomplishments take center stage, changes in prioritie…

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As America seats Biden, a collective concern is felt amongst conservatives. Once their happy dance is over, I expect that Democrat voters will wake up to some sobering results. Basically, the election was a 50-50 race across America. There is no mandate for the agenda being pushed by the Lef…

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Town of Fairplay Mayor Frank Just regularly reaches out to citizens with his thoughts on local events and happenings – past, present and future. He recently did so with some personal reflections on 2020, thoughts about the new year ahead and other matters pertaining to the Town of Fairplay a…

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which occurred Jan. 18, reminds me annually of the legacy, lessons and timeless wisdom of our nation’s most celebrated civil rights activist.

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I try not to get into a lot of back and forth discussions in these articles because I recognize we all have the right to our own opinions on issues and we each come from different backgrounds. However, I do feel obligated to respond to what Louise Peterson (no relation) wrote in the Democrat…

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Republicans need to start telling the truth

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Most of us have viewed at least short videos of Trump’s rousing speech followed by the destructive protest at the United States Capitol building last Wednesday afternoon. As Congress was accepting the certified votes of each state’s electors, a group of Trump supporters marched the six block…

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I find it disheartening that adults don’t always act like adults. I am writing this the evening of Jan 6 as violent events unfold in the nation’s capital.

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I am chair of Park County Democrats and Tim Peterson (no relation) is chair of Park County Republicans.

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A poll conducted in late-July by CNBC/Change Research questioned more than 3,000 Americans in six swing states—Arizona, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin—and found 97% of Democrats said they had significant worries about the virus, compared with only 39% of Republicans.

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With the results of this recent special session pretty widely reported, I was hesitant to just repeat the final outcome but some of those bills could use little commentary. 

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It always amazes me that many people think Trump supporters are not able to think for themselves. There are many topics of conversation that we can disagree on, but there are very sound minds and well educated people on both sides of these arguments.

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In a recent Monmouth University survey, 77 percent of Trump backers said Joe Biden had won the presidential election because of fraud. Many of these same people think climate change is not real. Many of these same people believe they don’t need to listen to scientific experts on how to preve…

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If you went to school in the 50s or 60s, the names Squanto and Samoset probably ring a bell with you. You most likely didn’t hear anything about this in the news last month, but November marked the 400th anniversary of the landing of the Mayflower in what is now Massachusetts. Hunters and fi…

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Most of us can agree that we have elected a new U.S. President: Joe Biden and his VP Kamala Harris will be inaugurated on Jan. 20, 2021.  Still, over 70 million Americans voted for Donald Trump, the second most  votes won by a presidential candidate. That is a huge number of my fellow citize…

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As I write this, it appears the election is over, but it remains to be seen what will become of all the legal challenges. I thought Mr. Biden gave a good speech and appreciated his call for unity, but let’s take a look at how this compares to a couple of other recent elections.

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Well, it’s been a few weeks since I’ve sent anything. There is so much in the news, but it’s important you look at all the sources and determine for yourself where the “spin” is.

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We have same day voter registration in Colorado, right up through Nov. 3.

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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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