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Our View editorials

Our view: Vaccines work

March 19, 2019 — Debate over whether or not vaccines cause autism and whether or not parents should risk vaccinating their children has been going on for two decades, and as a result of more parents opting not to vaccinate, Colorado now tops the list of states facing a

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Our view: Council should focus on planning transparency

March 12, 2019 — We believe there's always opportunity to streamline government processes, but in the case of giving the Steamboat Springs Planning Commission more authority on planning decisions, we'd ask Steamboat Springs City Council to proceed cautiously. As we've witnessed with the recent Pine Grove Road hotel decision

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Our view: Triple Crown agreement is a home run

March 5, 2019 — Triple Crown has a somewhat contentious history in Steamboat Springs. For years, the community has had a love-hate relationship with the baseball organization that brings hundreds of families to town for tournaments in the summer. With that influx of baseball fans comes increased sales tax

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Our View: A return to civility

February 26, 2019 — Civility seems to be fading from our public discussions these days, and one of the places where social dialogue seems particularly harsh is in the realm of online commenting. It appears people feel more emboldened to be rude, dismissive and downright cruel when tapping away

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Our View: Grace under pressure

February 13, 2019 — Despite a packed Centennial Hall and a petition signed by over 1,500 city residents, Steamboat Springs City Council members Robin Crossan, Scott Ford and Kathi Meyer stuck to their original decision and chose not to make a motion to reconsider their vote to approve a

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Our view: Costly conflict

February 5, 2019 — Steamboat Pilot & Today reported Jan. 25 that former Routt County Treasurer Brita Horn had racked up over $100,000 in attorney's fees with a Front Range firm during her final year in office. The amount far surpassed her $2,000 budget for legal expenses, which the

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Our view: Lessons learned from the shutdown

January 29, 2019 — Government workers got a reprieve on the day they missed their second paycheck when congressional leaders and President Donald Trump reached a deal that temporarily halted the 35-day shutdown — the longest in the nation's history. The short-term impasse gives Congress and the president three

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Our view: Play it smart in the backcountry

January 22, 2019 — Steamboat Springs is a recreational paradise, and in the winter, the backcountry calls to people searching for untouched powder and new adventure. But, with that pursuit comes a responsibility to play smart. Over the past 10 years, an average of 25 people have died in

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Our view: Council needs to act now

January 15, 2019 — The Steamboat Springs City Council has been discussing the West Steamboat Neighborhoods project for over two years, and just when we thought an annexation decision was going to be made, council found a reason to delay action once again. City Council was stymied by an

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Our view: Seize each day

January 8, 2019 — The life of a community mirrors the lives of the people who live there. We experience tragedies and triumphs, and when we're at our very best, we come together to celebrate the good times and support each other through the bad times. On Sunday, Steamboat

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Our View: City wise to seek input on fire funding options

January 2, 2019 — As the new year begins, residents of Steamboat Springs who are looking for a way to contribute have the opportunity to serve on an advisory committee that is being formed by Steamboat Springs City Council to help the city decide how best to fund fire

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Our view: Marijuana rules should be revised

December 18, 2018 — Steamboat Springs City Council's decision to revisit restrictions on retail marijuana sales in the city is a move we support. Currently, city ordinance limits the number of retail pot shops to three, and buffer zones, which mandate how close marijuana businesses can be located to

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Our View: Giving Town, USA

December 10, 2018 — Steamboat Springs may be adding "Giving Town, USA" to its list of nicknames after GoFundMe announced last week that Steamboat was first on the fundraising platform's rankings of most generous cities in the U.S. The top ranking was based on donations per capita from donors

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Our view: Transforming Steamboat’s alleyways

December 4, 2018 — Anyone who spends time in downtown Steamboat Springs has probably navigated through some of its alleyways. Oftentimes, these passageways are cluttered with dumpsters, trash cans and empty wooden palettes, but there are a few bright spots — a sunset over Rabbit Ears Pass on the

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Our view: Help school district find ‘common ground’

November 27, 2018 — The Steamboat Springs School District has been holding a series of "Common Ground" community forums to gather public input on building solutions to accommodate increasing enrollment and over-capacity schools, and the last one is scheduled for 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 at Soda

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Our view: It’s time to ban plastic bags in Steamboat

November 20, 2018 — A request to ban single-use plastic bags and place a 10-cent fee on paper bags was brought before the Steamboat Springs City Council last week by three members of the Teen Council. The trio spoke eloquently, and their presentation was backed up by a standing

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Our view: Lessons learned from the 2018 election

November 13, 2018 — The midterms are over, and voters everywhere are recovering from election fatigue. With Election Day more than seven days behind us, we thought we'd use this week's Our View to share some of the lessons we gleaned from this year's election in Routt County. With

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Our View: ‘The wolves of hate’

November 6, 2018 — More than 150 Steamboat Springs community members, from various faith backgrounds, gathered in solidarity Friday night to honor the 11 people who were gunned down at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Oct. 27. The special service was hosted by Har Mishpacha,

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Our View: Vote today

October 30, 2018 — Martin Luther King said, "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter," and voting is a fundamental way to make sure our voices are heard, especially amidst the din of divisive political rhetoric. American democracy is rooted in the

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Our View: Unintended consequences of Gallagher must be fixed

October 23, 2018 — The Gallagher Amendment, adopted by voters in 1982, continues to have far-reaching, unintended consequences, now forcing taxing districts, especially those in rural Colorado, to seek voter approval for workaround initiatives all of which appear on the Nov. 6 ballot. West Routt, Oak Creek, Yampa and

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