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Letter: Update - a child’s cry for help

Posted: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
A few weeks ago I wrote about our family's journey to find the necessary medical help for our grandson Daniel. In February 2014 Daniel was diagnosed with Chiari 1 (kee ari) Brain Malformation after years of pain and no diagnosis.
I thought it was important to write this because so many people have come forward to support Daniel
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A vote for transparency

Posted: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014

Before the Colorado General Assembly adjourns next month it will debate House Bill-1092. HB-1092 is a measure drawn from Amendment 66, which would force transparency on public schools' spending.
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It Seems To Me: The high cost of higher education

Posted: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
Not everyone wants or needs a college degree, but the decision should be based on desire and ability, not income. Unfortunately, cuts in funding for higher education, as well as the gradual shift of financial aid opportunities from scholarships and grants to student loans, have created an alarming situation that affects us all.
More than 60 percent of students going
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Still Waters: Retraction

Posted: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
OBITUARY:
Jesus Christ, 33, of Nazareth, died on Friday outside Jerusalem. He was executed by crucifixion for crimes against church and state.
He was born in Bethlehem, the son of Mary, and raised by Joseph of Nazareth.
Most of his life he lived in Nazareth, and in his early years he worked in his father's carpenter shop. During the
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Letter to the editor: I see bald people

Posted: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
I was rushing around late for work (as usual) listening to the morning news as I rushed. Suddenly I heard the newscaster say something to the effect of, girl kicked out of school for shaving her head. I turned and looked at the TV. They showed a picture of two little girls who were both bald on a play ground
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Letter to the editor: Cast your vote

Posted: Friday, Apr 18th, 2014
My wife and I recently attended our first political party State Assembly. All in all, it was fun and a very interesting experience. There was a very patriotic atmosphere. Impassioned speeches were made by the candidates. Campaign personnel handed out bumper stickers and other materials. To some extent, it was like a giant pep rally. The main aim of the
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Native Writes: Our most precious resource

Posted: Thursday, Apr 17th, 2014
Whether we like it or not, the Valley -- yea, the entire state -- is in a drought.
What does that mean?
For me, it means that I need to budget a bit and xeriscape my yard. I was threatening to do it when Jake was still here, and he sort of dragged his feet. He wanted a hedge and
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Alamosa Trees: It’s almost time to plant trees

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 16th, 2014
It's definitely spring in the San Luis Valley, too much real estate blowing around interspersed with some moisture and clear, crisp, still days. Too early to do too much in the flower garden, but definitely time to think about trees. I've been writing this column for five years now and I find that questions regarding new trees still come down
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Movin' On With Nellie: Is it a poem or a Facebook Post?

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 16th, 2014
Have you written a poem lately? I mean did you know that April is National Poetry Month?
Poetry does not always have to rhyme or use punctuation like a grammarian, nor does it have to have a specific cadence (beat), nor does it have to use onomatopoeia (sounds that imitate the word itself). Poems can be narrative, or much
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Rabbitbrush Rambler: Keeping heritage strong

Posted: Monday, Apr 14th, 2014
Many people in the San Luis Valley and northern New Mexico treasure their heritage and endeavor to preserve its traditions, binding people of different generations and cultures together. A program at the Rio Grande County Museum on April 4 was about the Hispanic heritage, which is very much alive in our region.
That event, organized by Hilos Culturales ("Threads of
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Piece of Mind: Just one word

Posted: Monday, Apr 14th, 2014
"I just want to say one word to you. Just one word….," says Mr. McGuire in The Graduate. "Plastics."
If only Mr. McGuire really knew what he was saying.
In 2010, more than 300 million tons of plastic was produced worldwide. If you think that sounds like a lot, get a load of this: the amount of plastic manufactured
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Letter to the editor: Disappointed for the community

Posted: Monday, Apr 14th, 2014
As I continue to follow the Community Garden/RV Park saga, I become more and more disappointed for the community. If KPP prevails and makes the land purchase, at least Dan Russell will be able to recover some of his expenses. That is a good thing.
If they are not successful in raising funds and cannot purchase the property, I
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Letter to the editor: Respecting personal choice

Posted: Monday, Apr 14th, 2014
I am writing to voice my appreciation for the thoughtful nature on the difficult conversation of abortion in recent Courier editions. The article on author Abby Johnson and subsequent op-eds have been substantive and candid remarks on a controversial subject.
Yet these voices do not represent the only view on the subject. Too often, the very same demographics that want
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Letter: Instead of suffering

Posted: Friday, Apr 11th, 2014
We want to thank Mr. Stanley Perkins, Oil and Gas LTE dated March 20, 2014, for giving us the opportunity to respond and provide the readership with facts regarding all the land protection and sustainable economic development we have accomplished and will continue to grow here in the San Luis Valley (SLV).
Probably a good place to start
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Letter: Thoughts on parks and horses

Posted: Friday, Apr 11th, 2014
Being known as a strong supporter of KPP, I vociferously lodge my most ardent objection to the banner headline of the April 5th edition of the Courier. I should hope very much that the author of the article did not choose the headline as it did seem disingenuous to the article's content.
Actually the headline is true but not the
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Letter: Such joy

Posted: Friday, Apr 11th, 2014
Today Walmart came to my rescue and provided and mended a pair of eyeglasses. The therapists at the Care Center (San Luis) participated in an exciting celebration to show their pleasure in finding just the right place and timing to give me what I needed most: the right properties for my eyeglasses so that I could use them again. Thank
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Letter: Never had a conversation

Posted: Friday, Apr 11th, 2014
In a recent Valley Courier article, the District Attorney, David Mahonee mentioned my name as a supporter of his position regarding the enforcement of 2 hour parking in downtown Alamosa. To my knowledge, I have never had a conversation with Mr. Mahonee on that topic, and was disappointed to see my name used to support a position I do
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Letter: A success

Posted: Friday, Apr 11th, 2014
A special thanks to all that made the fund-raiser for Liam a success and also a special thanks to Ruth Heide for publishing it in the paper.

Sandy Pascoe
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Smorgasbord: One darn thing after another

Posted: Friday, Apr 11th, 2014
FORT COLLINS -- I read newspapers thoroughly each day, starting with the comics section. If the funnies aren't funny, that gets my day off on a sour note, because then I'm going to sing off key while trying to find my own jokes to tell.
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It Seems To Me: Overcoming Fear

Posted: Friday, Apr 11th, 2014
"Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears," according to motivational speaker Les Brown.
I've been thinking about fear a lot lately. My fears have become quite familiar to me. I won't say that we are constant companions, but I will admit that they always seem to be within reach.
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Still Waters: Fifty wishes

Posted: Friday, Apr 11th, 2014
Hard for me to believe, but my little sister will be 50 years old on Saturday. She was almost a birthday gift for my father, whose birthday was Monday, and she has been a gift to all of us who have had the privilege of knowing her.
One of my gifts for her on this landmark birthday is a little
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Native Writes: The bell will toll

Posted: Thursday, Apr 10th, 2014
There are points in life when one is forced by fate to look inward. 
I think hearing of the death of a friend or acquaintance is just such a time. 
The first thought, for me, was the last time I saw him or her, and it was echoed each time I talked with others who knew the individual.
In my
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Letter to the editor: Pro-life presentation brings back memory of lost child

Posted: Thursday, Apr 10th, 2014
In the newspaper dated April 8, 2014, is an excellent article written by Ruth Heide, about a woman, Abby Johnson, who wrote a book "Unplanned" about abortion.  I read the article and felt sick to my stomach as I was reading "in detail" how an abortion is performed.  I hurt for the millions of babies who lose their lives in
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Letter to the editor: An open letter to Alamosa’s District Attorney

Posted: Thursday, Apr 10th, 2014
Dear Mr. Mahonee,
As a country, we decided years ago that no one is above the law, think Richard Nixon and Watergate. Yet here you are, declaring that your office is losing precious working time because your employees must move their cars every so often to avoid 2-hour parking violation tickets and therefore should be exempt from this particular law.
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Piece of Mind: The sofalarity is near

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 9th, 2014
Is your watch running fast? Does Siri not always answer when you call? According to futurist Ray Kurzweil, all of this is soon to change. Why? Because the singularity is near. The singularity is the point in time when our clocks and phones will be designing and building themselves. It's a time when, besides perfectly grilling a steak, our George
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Letter to the editor: Abby Johnson’s story reveals a different “War on Women”

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 9th, 2014
Thanks for your extensive coverage of former Planned Parenthood clinic director Abby Johnson's visit to the San Luis Valley. Johnson's talk as well as her bestselling book, "Unplanned" have me rethinking the phrase "War on Women," so often used to portray women as a unified group favoring unrestricted abortion and free contraception. A champion of reproductive freedom years before that
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Rabbitbrush Rambler: Artesian gusher rush

Posted: Tuesday, Apr 8th, 2014
It wasn't long after the gold rush that Colorado's homesteader rush, water filing rush, and artesian water rush began. Homesteaders and ranchers wanted to get in on the ground floor, literally, with a piece of chico to call their own, but that land needed water.
It sounded easy. File papers at the Land Office and then dig in, but
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