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SENCE OF MCHUMOR

“McAccident.”

Sunday’s headline was so refreshing in the dark days of the fight on terrorism. It was so nice to see that we still have a sense of humor in America.

We have e-mailed the story to family and friends to give them a light-hearted view of what could have been a tragic accident. We were glad to hear that no one was hurt in the accident. It would also be appropriate to thank the McDonald’s corporation and the local franchises for donating the food to local food banks.

Bob and Beth Soderquist

Steamboat Springs

‘GOUGED’ BY GAS

I was extremely interested in your article “Paying at the pump” as I and many of my friends have wondered for some time if we, here in Steamboat Springs, were ever to benefit from the low price per barrel that the United States is paying OPEC. After reading the article it doesn’t sound as though that is about to happen. I wouldn’t have used the word but as long as Woods used it in the article, yes, I feel we are being “gouged.”

The only additional cost that local gas station owners have is the transportation costs. Denver and every other city would have federal and state taxes and the surcharge. The owners could have explained more fully what “zone pricing” is and how that adds to the cost of a gallon of gas. I’m still a little vague on what the wholesale price is in Steamboat.

Woods states, “we are not lowering prices as rapidly as we might in a standard market.” What does he consider a standard market?

Schrage avers, “It’s easy to move prices down but it’s harder to move them back up again.” When did he or any of the gas station owners have this problem? He goes on to say, “wholesale prices have forced local retailers to operate on a thinner margin than usual.” How could this be with the outrageous prices we have been paying? His customers are the ones operating on a slimmer margin because so much of the budget goes to gas up.

One thing Denver folks have going for them is competition.

It is sadly lacking in our town, making it possible for the owners to keep the prices where they want them.

Helen G. Langan

Steamboat Springs

A TIME TO GIVE

The holiday season is a time of giving and our thoughts often turn to those in need. A number of organizations are poised to accept donations or volunteer services that can benefit the less fortunate in our communities.

Why not make it a family tradition to reach out to those in need of help during the holidays?

Parents and youth engaging in community service together sends a powerful message. Youth learn that their parents value giving to the community and are more likely to incorporate this value into their own lives.

Youth who volunteer in their communities are more likely to grow up responsible, confident and caring. Service to others has been identified as one of 40 “developmental assets” that research has proven young people need in their lives to succeed. Young people who volunteer their time for others reap the benefits of gaining leadership skills, learning to understand people who are different from them and learning to respect others, all of which are assets that contribute to their healthy development.

As adults, we can help young people learn the spirit of giving this holiday season by providing them with opportunities to make a positive difference in others’ lives. The following are just a few ideas for involving youth in volunteer activities:

Bake cookies and take them to a senior center.

Collect food for the LIFT-UP food bank.

Donate a new, unwrapped toy for the Toys for Tots/United Way Christmas Wishes program

Make a holiday card and send it to someone who lives alone.

Schedule time to visit an elderly neighbor.

Donate to Routt County United Way and/or Salvation Army.

Getting youth involved in volunteering is a meaningful way to share the holiday spirit while helping them build important developmental assets.

Angela Kimmes

Grand Futures Prevention Coalition Director

Steamboat Springs


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