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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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Valley Gardening: Enter the giant pumpkin contest

Posted: Saturday, Oct 11th, 2014
It is Friday morning as I write the column this week. We have just had the most glorious steady rain--both yesterday, last night and this morning. I don't know that I have ever walked out to feed the chickens and sunk in mud one-two inches deep! And I mean everywhere! Wonderful, wonderful!
One of "my criminals" will hopefully show up
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One step closer to land of the free

Posted: Saturday, Oct 11th, 2014
With the U.S. Supreme Court's announcement that it would not hear same-sex marriage appeals, same-sex marriage became legal in several states, including Colorado.
In what has been a domino of events, the same-sex marriage issue seems to be coming to an end with decisions coming from Oklahoma, Utah, and many other states all favoring legalization.
Still, the issue sharply divides
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Letter to the editor: Robert Jackson for Alamosa County sheriff

Posted: Saturday, Oct 11th, 2014
As a lifetime resident of the San Luis Valley, I have spent a majority of my time living in the city of Alamosa, and now reside in Alamosa County. I have known Robert Jackson and have been friends with Robert for 30+ years. It is both a privilege and an honor for me to endorse Mr. Robert Jackson for Alamosa
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Letter to the editor: Vote yes on 105

Posted: Saturday, Oct 11th, 2014
I am writing to add my name in support of Proposition 105, and to encourage other readers to also Vote Yes on 105 this November.
I personally have been battling health issues that have been improved by eliminating GMO foods. Unfortunately it is so difficult to tell what has GMO ingredients that I have stopped buying all processed food, stopped
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Letter to the editor: Del Norte businesses support 5A and 5B

Posted: Saturday, Oct 11th, 2014
As business owners in Del Norte, we support High Valley's ballot initiatives 5A and 5B. High Valley is a good thing for businesses in our area. Their events and activities encourage people to spend money in our community. In this way, they help stimulate the local economy.
Karen Delong Beauty Max Salon
Kathy Black Kathy's Fabric Trunk
Mark W. Allison Golden
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It Seems to Me: The value of knowledge and wisdom

Posted: Friday, Oct 10th, 2014
"Why do we need to know this stuff?" one of my students asked the other day.
I don't know why I was surprised. I've been teaching English for some time, and students often let me know that they don't appreciate the reading and writing assignments. In fact, I've added a line to my syllabus that says, "Your happiness is worth
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Still Waters: Enema: A means to an end

Posted: Friday, Oct 10th, 2014
I had to make a quick trip to Denver this week for a follow-up medical visit. I don't know if we can call it a colonoscopy when there's not much of the colon left except the literal tail end, but at least it was kind of a colonoscopy. (They don't call it the end-oscopy department for nothing!) Since there wasn't
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Guest Opinion: Homeless families and community barrier

Posted: Thursday, Oct 9th, 2014
Here is a reflection on the work of the Adelante Family Self-Sufficiency Program. "Made in the SLV," a storytelling and fundraising event for Adelante is scheduled for Thursday, October 9 at 10am at the Alamosa Senior Citizen's Center at 6pm. Call 588-5678 to learn more.
There are few, if any, magic pills in life. When a family's
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Native Writes: Bullies are nothing new

Posted: Thursday, Oct 9th, 2014
Talking with a 50-something man recently, the conversation turned to bullies.
Bullies have always been around. My grandfather remembered a couple, so did my dad, and I will never forget the cocky kid who said he was being nice to me because he believed in being kind to "dumb animals."
It all stemmed from the awkwardness I had developed from
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Letter: Vote YES on 5A and 5B: Parents share benefits of HVCC

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 8th, 2014
The educational activities for the kids are invaluable. My son learns without even realizing he is learning. They make education a top priority and believe in everything they do. I love High Valley and so does my son.
DeeAnn Sierra
Del Norte

They provide a place for kids to go where they can interact with other kids, go on
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Letter: Here we go again Part 2 --- Or --- God help us!

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 8th, 2014
I realize that I might make a few people angry, but it is obvious that the two Congressional candidates, a Democrat and an Independent who are now challenging Scott Tipton a Republican for the 150K a year job that they seek, need to emphasize the true gravity of the situation the United States is now in. I say this
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