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Valley Gardening: A few questions for RGHLP

Posted: Friday, Oct 24th, 2014
A couple of months ago, a friend of mine told me to "let it go." We had been talking about the RG Healthy Living Park and all that went with the loss of potential economic development for Alamosa and the Valley. My way of "letting it go" is to "let it out" -- especially after I read Ruth Heide's report
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Our task reaches beyond voting

Posted: Friday, Oct 24th, 2014
Ebola. ISIS. Putin.
These three words are among several words being disseminated by some politicians and their supporters in an effort to create an unreasonable amount of fear within the United States.
The strategy is to create an aura around these issues filled with misinformation and fear driven rhetoric because of the politically volatile results that might occur.
Our country
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Letter to the editor: Vote Mondragon for assessor

Posted: Friday, Oct 24th, 2014
I have known J.J. Mondragon for around 16 years and find her to be a trustworthy and loyal person. I met her when I worked for the Rio Grande Mineral Title office and had to go into the assessor's office for information.
She is always helpful and went the extra mile to find me the information that I
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Letter to the editor: Support Sheriff Norton

Posted: Friday, Oct 24th, 2014
Dear Rio Grande County voters,
I am writing this letter to voice my support for Sheriff Brian Norton. There are many reasons why he deserves re-election and to continue representing Rio Grande County as our sheriff.
I am a previous victim of domestic violence. During this vulnerable situation I called Sheriff Norton. The sheriff took the time to listen
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Letter to the editor: State Job Report does not accurately reflect SLV conditions

Posted: Friday, Oct 24th, 2014
I am writing to dispute the State of Colorado's September Job Report that I heard over the local radio this morning on morning news. It was reported that job unemployment is down in September from August at a 95 percent rage.
I'm sure that most people in the state would know that in the summer and especially September a
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Native Writes: Every vote counts

Posted: Friday, Oct 24th, 2014
Recently, I have had several persons tell me that the tone of televised political advertising has turned them off on voting.
They simply won't cast ballots at all. That's cheating and they will only hurt themselves. The people who get the most votes will be elected and they won't miss the people who refused to vote.
Our nation will miss
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Letter to the editor: Does it make any difference who shut the government down?

Posted: Friday, Oct 24th, 2014
Before I submit my letter, I want to congratulate you, Sam Nickerson, for being right-on with your article "Fire Harry Reid." Here is my take:
It would appear that my last letter confused some readers. I will try to make my feelings clear. The thought of the Democrats retaining majority so Harry Reid keeps his job as President of the
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Letter to the editor: View the Rocky Mountain Heist

Posted: Friday, Oct 24th, 2014
A quote from the website Rocky Mountain Heist with Michelle Malkin: "Rocky Mountain Heist, written and directed by Jason Killian Meath (King of Bain) and produced by David N. Bossie (Hillary The Movie), sheds light on the once-Red state of Colorado which is now reliably Democrat. This documentary reveals the truth behind the ‘Gang of Four', a secretive group of
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Still Waters: Letter from Clem

Posted: Friday, Oct 24th, 2014
Hey Al,
Ya voted yet?
I no it ain't Novembur yet but ya no ya gotta git yur ballot in soonr if yur doin' it by mail cuz it'll halve to go thru the big city fur it gits back to the clurk's offis here. That clurk shor duz all she cain to cownt our ballots but she cain't cownt
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It Seems to Me: The conflicts within

Posted: Friday, Oct 24th, 2014
There is a theory that suggests we seek consistency between what we believe and expect and what is really true, and sometimes we are faced with the realization that one belief we hold conflicts with another. When we are confronted with things that don't follow the patterns we expect, we feel uncomfortable, perhaps even stressed and anxious.
As human beings,
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Letter to the editor: Vote no on Proposition 105

Posted: Friday, Oct 24th, 2014
The Farm Bureau and other agriculture organizations are very concerned about the effect Proposition 105 would have on our state if passed. It is poorly written and would negatively impact farmers throughout the state. It will also raise food costs. Proposition 105 deserves a NO vote.
The proposition calls for mandatory labeling of foods grown, produced, sold, and packaged in
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Letter to the editor: No, it’s okay to be gay

Posted: Friday, Oct 24th, 2014
Maybe it's just because we are in an election season, but the op-ed page of the Valley Courier has recently resembled more and more closely the talking points of the Fox News Channel - which is Exhibit A as to why I don't own a television. Given the demographic preference that older Americans have for newspapers as well as Fox
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Letter to the editor: Chavez for Conejos County Commissioner

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 22nd, 2014
I am a lifelong resident of Manassa and would like to be the new Conejos County Commissioner for District 2. I was selected at the Conejos County Democratic assembly on March 22nd as the Democratic candidate for County Commissioner and will face the Republican incumbent Mitchell Jarvies in November.
I am no stranger to public service having served on
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Rabbitbrush Rambler: Vote for kids

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 21st, 2014
Ballots are one way in which we can address the needs of children and youth, while conservation planning is another. November 3 and 4 are dates when we have opportunities that go beyond the usual school district elections and can do something significant for children and youth.
If the days and hours when children are not in school, from toddlerhood
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Piece of Mind: The many costs of war

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 21st, 2014
While listening to a news report on ISIS this weekend, I found myself wondering what international politics would look like if we still had the draft. The news report made little sense to me. I'll admit, I don't always read the news. And, if I do read the news, I don't always read world news. If I am reading world
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Letter to the editor: Re: Sermon: Christianity and homosexuality

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 21st, 2014
It is so good to see the great Sermon Jeff Martin contributed. He does a great job explaining both the Bible's clear and emphatic declaration that homosexuality is a terrible sin, and a loving God's plan to forgive and accept those that repent. He carefully uses the scriptures to show how anyone can come to God with repentance and what
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Letter to the editor: Udall and Hickenlooper are failures for Colorado

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 21st, 2014
I was in Denver last week and saw a license plate from Washington D.C. that had the notation at the bottom "taxation without representation." I think that is what we have had with Mark Udall in the senate. He has voted 99 percent for the policies of our president that have mired this nation in a stagnated economy for the
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Letter to the editor: Fire Harry Reid

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 21st, 2014
Wake up America! Whether you are an Independent, Democrat or Republican you must be very concerned about the future of our once great nation. As the saying goes, "Our country is going to hell in a handbasket."
Big labor leaders want all contests to be about personalities and not about issues and values. They want Democrats to keep control of
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Letter to the editor: Benghazi IS an issue

Posted: Friday, Oct 17th, 2014
I, along with many others was taken aback when Senator Udall stated Benghazi was a non issue in a recent debate with Rep Cory Gardner. To state that this was an issue of no importance was just what a non-veteran politician would say. On one hand, political leaders claim to support the troops and when the reality of doing this
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Letter to the editor: Support for FUMC’s ‘Reconciling Church’

Posted: Friday, Oct 17th, 2014
I was saddened when I read Daniel Cowan's homophobic message about the First United Methodist Church's upcoming vote to become a "Reconciling Church;" or boiled down to a fundamental level: a church that is willing to WELCOME a group of people who are "different" from the norm, whom Christians know share in the favor of God's love automatically, into their
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Valley Gardening: Enough is enough

Posted: Friday, Oct 17th, 2014
Kudos and thanks and appreciation go out to MV Corporal Evan Lopez for the drug bust he made last week. Thank you for being aware! Thank you for getting these terrible drugs off the street.
To give you all an idea of how awful the drug problem is in the Valley, I had an incident earlier this summer where a
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Still Waters: A broken life is on the mend

Posted: Friday, Oct 17th, 2014
I met a young woman not that long ago whose story broke my heart.
In so many ways she was naïve about the broader world she had not yet encountered. In too many other ways she was knowledgeable about how ugly that world can sometimes be.
Way too young to know such pain, this young lady had already been through
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Letter to the editor: Great year for farmers market

Posted: Friday, Oct 17th, 2014
The Alamosa Farmers' Market had another great season this year.  In particular we want to thank:
All of our vendors: Without you, the market would not happen.
All of the market customers: You support all of our fantastic vendors and keep the market vibrant.  You also help to support our live music, educational demonstrations, kids' crafts, and other market programs.
To Oscars
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Letter to the editor: Some biblical policy recommendations!

Posted: Friday, Oct 17th, 2014
I read with interest in a recent Courier op-ed that concluded with: "The United States of America can still be a great country. I've seen a bumper sticker that you might consider: "VOTE THE BIBLE"."
I wasn't entirely clear what this actually meant, so I spent some time poking around the Bible and have come up with the following policy
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Letter to the editor: Howard Galvez for Conejos County Sheriff

Posted: Friday, Oct 17th, 2014
My name is Lyle Tuoti and I am a former law officer of 15 years. I would like the general public of Conejos County to know that if I lived in Conejos County I would vote for Howard Galvez for sheriff.
I met Howard while working part time at the La Jara Police Department when Richard Pena was still the
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Native Writes: Freeing the press

Posted: Thursday, Oct 16th, 2014
The Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition award received Saturday by Saguache County/Center reporter Teresa Benns was very well deserved.
While it may not appear to apply to Conejos and Costilla counties, it applies to us all.
Benns has endured hostility, venom and outright hatred from public officials that would send other reporters packing.
Her bravery, commitment and endurance have helped every member
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Letter to the editor: Our votes should count

Posted: Thursday, Oct 16th, 2014
Hello my name is Mark Bustos. I am former owner of Sensitiva Holistic Therapeutics LLC of Alamosa.
I am writing this letter in response to the lawsuit being filed against Alamosa County. Why do we vote in Alamosa County if our votes aren't heard? My marijuana shop had been placed against the vote two times and has won to allow in Alamosa
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Letter to the editor: JJ Mondragon for Rio Grande County Assessor

Posted: Thursday, Oct 16th, 2014
As a citizen and taxpayer of Rio Grande County, I would like to ask you to cast your ballot for JJ Mondragon, Rio Grande County Assessor.
I have known JJ all the way back to the day when she was a young lady known as JJ McClure. JJ is one of those people who is embedded in and an
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Letter to the editor: No thanks, Alamosa

Posted: Thursday, Oct 16th, 2014
I want to thank the lady from Alamosa who sent a robocall phone message to us all the way to Highlands Ranch saying that we should vote against GMO labeling. I'm sure she was well rewarded for her part of taking away our right to know. A few other items she could have included: A study released the first of
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Alamosa Trees: Our forests matter: please participate

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 15th, 2014
Any of you who've gotten out over the last few years have seen the decline in the health of our forests in and around the San Luis Valley. Colorado Foresters are in the process of updating the state's Forest Action Plan. The U.S. Forest Service and National Forest Foundation have held public meetings around the San Luis Valley to discuss
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Letter to the editor: Sheriff candidate shares goals for the future

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 15th, 2014
Having the same concerns for the citizens of the county at heart, I am Jacob Ortiz, and I am running for Conejos County Sheriff. Changes have to be implemented and followed through, not just promised and forgotten.
First, I am not a certified police officer. If I am elected, I will get proper certification needed at no cost to
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Letter to the editor: Who shut down the government?

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 15th, 2014
Bill O'Reilly, and many others correctly predicted that the Republicans would be blamed for the Government Shutdown in 2014. That blame has become a popular point for some Democratic Candidates to use to rally their undecided voters to vote against their Republican opponents.
The reality is, the Republicans were NOT to blame for the Government Shutdown. That was the fault
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Letter to the editor: Elect Robert Jackson for sheriff

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 14th, 2014
In the next few weeks you'll be electing a sheriff and before you mark that ballot and mail it in there are a few things we would like for you to know.
We have known Robert Jackson for more than 30 years both personally and professionally. We both worked with Robert as police officers with the Alamosa Police Department before
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Letter to the editor: G F W C thanks you

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 14th, 2014
The G F W C Woman's Citizenship Club of Alamosa wants to thank those who have helped make their recent dinner and fashion show a success. The event offered attendees silent auction items and door prizes supplied by local businesses and individuals. The funds collected will go to providing $2000 in scholarship money to a worthy ASU nursing
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Letter to the editor: Make our voices heard

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 14th, 2014
To Conejos County voters,
As Americans, we will soon have the opportunity and privilege to make our voices heard at the polls. This is a big responsibility when you consider national and state candidates and issues, local candidates from commissioner to school boards, and local issues i.e., creating special districts and approving mill levy changes. This is a huge and
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Piece of Mind: Preparing for retirement — the Dutch way

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 14th, 2014
I'll be turning 28 later this month, so naturally I'm thinking about my retirement. According to my current research, members like me of Generation X face an "uphill battle" in planning for retirement. Why? Because our retirement plans will likely include no pensions, reduced Social Security benefits, and high education costs for our future children (as if they aren't already
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Rabbitbrush Rambler: The Great Escape, Part II

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 14th, 2014
After describing a great escape to La Veta on the Rio Grande Scenic Railroad last week, I would like to turn to the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, my sentimental favorite ride for the past 40 years or so.
But instead of describing another trip this week, I'm going to describe a visit with volunteers who support the C&TSRR
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