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Letter: Herds thinning because of loss of habitat due to overpopulation

January 23, 2019 — Thanks to the Sopris Sun for the important article on growth impacts on local wildlife. As one who has taken college courses on conservation, I can report that the loss of habitat means the loss of animals; as well as the vegetation. Colorado Parks and

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Letter: What if Trump were an agent for Russia?

January 23, 2019 — So suppose the President of the United States were a Russian agent. If the aim of our enemy is to weaken us, wouldn't an indefinite government shut down sort of do the trick? Or repeated presidential overtures toward the dissolution of NATO? Or the gutting

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Letter: Wall ensures quality of life

January 22, 2019 — The Los Angeles school teachers are on strike for more money and less work. Their district served 734,000 kids in 2016-'17. The teachers union touted the fact that the graduation rate had increased from 62 percent to 80 percent. This "accomplishment" means the district turns

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Letter: Let Colorado Parks & Wildlife handle mountain lion situation

January 22, 2019 — The CPW has always been good with game management. They know if the mountain lion population is healthy or if relocation would be advantageous. The dirty truth is where you relocate them becomes somebody else's problem. So where do you relocate them? It doesn't matter

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Trauger column: 2019 – The year of working together for the region

January 22, 2019 — Ah. The start of a new year. A time to reflect on the past, to plan, to look at the big picture and to see what's on the horizon for the year. According to the Colorado Municipal League's State of Our Cities and Towns survey,

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Parker column: Reality checks in with congressional fresh(wo)men

January 21, 2019 — WASHINGTON — As the new freshman class of congressional women bopped, hopped and doo-wopped into town, old sourpusses smirked — they'll meet reality soon enough. Actually, 'twas I who said this to herself. And, well, not to brag or anything. The gals were barely through

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Letter: What about bad capitalism?

January 21, 2019 — I am responding to Glenn Beaton's column in last Friday's Post Independent (01/18/19) titled: "Are we all Chavistas now?" I am not sure what brought on Beaton's anti-socialist, pro-capitalism comments. Beaton went full bore on how great capitalism is in America and how terrible socialism

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Letter: Looking for meal-makers

January 21, 2019 — I am the executive director and grief counselor for Pathfinders, a local nonprofit that supports people with cancer and other serious illnesses as well as all kinds of grief and loss. We provide free/low cost counseling as well as volunteer services around these issues. We

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Raehal column: Five projects the PI is working on

January 20, 2019 — Welcome to the area. More conservative columnists. More liberal columnists. Don't be swayed by the "mossbacks." That is a snippet of the feedback I received after last week's column. My response: Thank you. I appreciate the welcomes and insights. As noted in last week's piece,

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Letter: Relocate, don’t kill cougars

January 20, 2019 — Many residents have already expressed their concern regarding the trap and kill of the mountain lion family in the West Glenwood area by calling the local CPW office. While the public appreciates CPW's concern for human safety and understands the logic behind the trap and

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Letter: Trust gun feelings

January 20, 2019 — In response to Christine Flowers column from 1-17-19 titled "Why I'm ready to buy a gun," you certainly are not alone rethinking your aversion to firearms and their potential when misused. A great many people seem to be "gunsure" about their distaste for the modern

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George Will column: Trump is an almost inexpressibly sad specimen

January 19, 2019 — WASHINGTON — Half or a quarter of the way through this interesting experiment with an incessantly splenetic presidency, much of the nation has become accustomed to daily mortifications. Or has lost its capacity for embarrassment, which is even worse. If the country's condition is calibrated

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Beaton column: Are we all Chavistas now?

January 17, 2019 — "We are all Keynesians now." — attributed to President Richard Nixon In the depths of the Great Depression, economist John Maynard Keynes theorized that the government could control business cycles through monetary and fiscal policies. Keynes was right to some extent. Lower taxes, higher government

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Flowers column: Why I’m ready to buy a gun

January 16, 2019 — I might buy a gun. I'd need a permit. And lessons on how to shoot, a place to keep it safe, and a way to overcome the fear that I'd shoot myself. I'm not a natural gun owner. I'm more likely to be holding a

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Semro column: There’s something wrong with the system

January 16, 2019 — America has always benefitted from free markets. It would be wonderful if the private U.S. health care system worked like one. The problem is that it doesn't. It never has and likely never will. The American health care system wasn't built according to some grand

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Purcell column: It’s up to us to realize Dr. King’s dream

January 15, 2019 — We'll celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday and legacy next week. In these angry and divisive times, we all could benefit by reminding ourselves of his words' truth, civility and wisdom. Too many of us are consumed with hatred and anger, which have reared

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Thiessen column: Democrats were for a wall before they were against it

January 15, 2019 — WASHINGTON — Barring some miraculous breakthrough, on Saturday the current government shutdown will become the longest in American history. But it has already hit another historic milestone: It is, by far and away, the stupidest government shutdown in American history. In 2019, the federal government

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Across the Street column: State Board of Ed determines school district funding

January 14, 2019 — Across the street, literally. During our monthly meeting, as the first week of the 72nd legislative session began, the State Board of Education walked across the street to attend the State of the State address. Jared Polis, our new governor, reiterated his primary-education-related promise: "Our

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Under the Dome column: Transitions in Colorado Legislature

January 14, 2019 — It looks like I'll be moving from the Colorado House of Representatives to the Senate on Jan. 22. All because Sen. Baumgardner, the current senator representing Senate District 8, is resigning effective Jan. 21 and a vacancy committee, meeting on Jan. 2, chose me as

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Polman column: If President Hillary Clinton had stormed out of a meeting…

January 14, 2019 — True news: Donald Trump storms out of a White House meeting after he doesn't get what he wants (billions of dollars for a fake crisis), and tells off congressional Democratic leaders by tweeting, "bye bye." His cultists duly applaud. Alternative news: President Hillary Clinton storms

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