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It Seems to Me: Being valuable and being valued

Posted: Friday, Oct 31st, 2014
There is a difference between being valuable to others and being valued by them. When we are valuable, we contribute something meaningful. When we are valued, others show their appreciation for us and the things we do.
As a teacher, I've always felt that I'm valuable to my community and the institutions where I teach, but I haven't always felt
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Still Waters: Avoid Goliath tarantulas today

Posted: Friday, Oct 31st, 2014
Halloween brings out the scary things. I'm already afraid of spiders, so I'm always glad when Halloween is over and people take down their spider decorations. Relatively small ones are bad enough, but Halloween decorations usually include Amazonian spiders.
Tidbit from the Conservation Institute: The largest spider in the world is the Goliath Bird-Eating Tarantula, large enough to eat
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Letter to the editor: Donít poach southern Coloradoís water

Posted: Thursday, Oct 30th, 2014
Like many western states, Colorado faces a looming water shortage. Front Range cities have been especially vocal about it, saying they need more water to meet the demand of their growing populations. However, these cities are literally drowning in water. It's just being delivered irresponsibly.
Rather than fixing the true problem, water from Southern Colorado's San Luis and Arkansas valleys
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Native Writes: Whatís a picture worth?

Posted: Thursday, Oct 30th, 2014
The sages disagree on the value of a photograph.
It is believed by some that the modern use of the phrase, "a picture is worth a thousand words" stems from an article by Fred R. Barnard in the advertising trade journal Printers' Ink, promoting the use of images in advertisements that appeared on the sides of streetcars. The December 8,
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Alamosa Trees: Need to move a tree?

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 29th, 2014
I was amazed to hear about the recent relocation of an older-than-our-country, 65-foot tall Bur Oak on the University of Michigan (UM) campus in Ann Arbor. According to npr.org, the root ball had a 44-foot diameter and the estimated weight of tree and root ball was 700,000 pounds.
The venerable old tree stood in the way of an expansion
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Piece of Mind: Childís play

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 28th, 2014
I spent part of this past weekend playing with my 2-year old nephew. I understand that children love their toys in part because they are the only toys they have and if they have never had a Transformer or Lego set, they won't know they love Transformers or Lego sets. My little nephew loves tractors and really anything else that
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Rabbitbrush Rambler: Ready, aim, fire

Posted: Tuesday, Oct 28th, 2014
The best shot in town is from the nurse who sticks a needle in my upper arm every October so that I can avoid getting flu. Hats off to everyone on this crack firing squad that helps immunize us against many diseases.
Sitting in a wheelchair and talking about WWII, FDR reassured us that the only thing we had to
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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 ĎGang 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, itís 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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