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We often think of the government as a slow-moving institution. But last week, our local, state and federal governments seemed to dole out decisions at a record pace.

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Last week, a friend asked me how we print the Herald Democrat in such a small office. I laughed at the thought and then regretted my chuckle. How would he know any better?

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From messages scribed in permanent marker across protestors’ signs to President Trump’s tweets, the nation has been flooded with the written word throughout the last week.

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I drove to Virginia last weekend, a much anticipated trip that had been pushed back for months due to COVID-19. It’s a long journey — 26 hours of flat country with a few cities and mountain ranges sprinkled in between.

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Leadville Main Street would like to extend sincere gratitude to all who participated in Community Cleanup Day on June 13. It was a successful event, that resulted in over 70 volunteers removing over 1.25 tons of trash from our streets and common spaces.

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As we approach the centennial of the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that ensured women the right to vote in the nation, it seems useful to recall our local women’s suffrage history. In my research I came across this lovely tidbit from Leadville that I thought wo…

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I am an unaffiliated voter who will be voting in the Democratic primary for Heidi McCollum for district attorney. Heidi and I grew up together in Eagle County and I’m confident that her values, character, work ethic and leadership will benefit all of us as district attorney for the Fifth Jud…

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Monday, June 29, is the National Scleroderma Day when those of us touched by this disease ask our legislators to fund research and programs for us and our families. Scleroderma means hardening of the skin which is the most visible condition of this chronic connective tissue disease effecting…

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With two of my own daughters being attorneys I was so impressed when a young woman attended one of my first Lake County Democratic Central Committee Meetings. I was already a big fan of our current District Attorney Bruce Brown so when Ms. McCollum spoke at that meeting I knew DA Brown chose…

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I am a retired attorney who spends an extended amount of time in mountain communities. I support Heidi McCollum for the position of district attorney. In response to letters to the Herald Democrat, “Angel seeks support for District Attorney,” and “Katz supports Angel for DA,” there are sever…

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As a criminal defense attorney practicing throughout the Fifth Judicial District, I must respond to Deputy District Attorney Johnny Lombardi’s endorsement of Heidi McCollum for district attorney that appeared in last week’s paper.

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For the reasons set forth in this letter, I endorse Ms. Heidi McCollum for the position of District Attorney for the Fifth Judicial District. Ms. McCollum’s parents were dedicated educators to the children of Eagle. Her two brothers served our country in the United States Armed Forces.

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I have been a criminal defense attorney in Breckenridge since 1994. I served two terms on the Breckenridge Town Council from 1996-2008 and have served on virtually every board and commission for Breckenridge since 1996. I have known Braden Angel for over 14 years, since he was an intern in t…

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The numbers are in, and they are good. At the conclusion of Connect for Health Colorado’s Open Enrollment Period for 2020 coverage, 166,850 Coloradans had signed up for a private health insurance plan through Connect for Health Colorado, our state’s nonprofit health insurance Marketplace. Se…

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These are uncertain, divided times for our nation. Unemployment is at mind-boggling levels, a virus we still don’t fully understand is stifling the course of ordinary life, many businesses are struggling, nationwide protests continue against systemic and deep-seated racism, and local policy …

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My name is Dominika Piech and it is with pride and honor that I represent the Class of 2020 of Lake County High School. First and foremost, I would like to thank the faculty, coaches, and staff, as well as the parents and guardians of us graduating students. You have all made sacrifices and …

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Researchers have observed that people who are able to specifically identify their emotions are less likely to binge drink, be physically aggressive, or injure themselves when distressed. It can be easy to get caught up in your emotions as you are feeling them especially during stressful time…

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Lake County has been an amazing community for me. From the moment I arrived, I have grown so much as a person and I would like to contribute an idea to the residents of Lake County.

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President Trump has no respect for the rights of our U.S. citizens or our constitutional rights to protest. It’s truly amazing that the GOP condones this action and all other deplorable actions of Trump.

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Lake County Public Health Agency (LCPHA) exists to support the health and well-being of the whole Leadville-Lake County community and its many diverse residents. Racism and discrimination go against every part of our mission. Lake County Public Health Agency affirms that the lives and well-b…

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We would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank our community for their outpouring of support during these challenging times. Over 100 volunteers have stepped in to help us shift our operations from serving almost daily hot meals to offering take out lunches and a full grocery pantr…

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All Lives Matter? Of course. However, when you counter Black Lives Matter with All Lives Matter it indicates — strongly suggests —that you haven’t gotten it yet. All Lives Matter? Of course they do. The thing is, Black and Brown lives have not.

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The Black Lives Matter movement got its roots during the days of slavery. Black people endured horrendous treatment from their White owners who decided that Black people were not human. Slaves were punished by whipping, shackling, hanging, beating, burning, mutilation, branding and imprisonm…

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One Leadville, a group of Leadville community members in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, has organized educational teach-ins and protests at the Lake County Courthouse each evening this week (Monday, June 15 to Sunday, June 21 from 5-7 p.m.), open to the public. We are heart…

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I’m writing to ask you to vote for my friend, Andrew Romanoff, in our upcoming primary election. I met Andrew through Mental Health Colorado where he served as president and CEO. He came to speak at a NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) High Country Colorado (Lake and Summit Counties)…

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“Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people — does not even pretend to try,” said former Secretary of Defense James Mattis. “Instead he tries to divide us. We are witnessing the consequences of three years of this deliberate effort. We ar…

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Last week, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and Leadville Police Department released a statement responding to the murder of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, at the hands of Minneapolis police. Their statement (viewable on the City’s website at: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/leadville)…

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I am writing in response to the statements released by our city and county elected officials and law enforcement. I appreciate and am encouraged by the statement released by the BOCC and the mayor. I appreciate the expression of humility before the problem, the acknowledgment that they can l…

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This letter is in response to Nathaniel Week’s letter about his carefree travels last week. At first, it made me upset. To spend too much time on that feeling would be a mistake, though. To discuss how fortunate he is to be able to feel comfort, instead of a sense of group dread or sadness i…

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Senator Cory Gardner, you should be ashamed of yourself for supporting President Trump. Since before he got into office, he has assaulted our United States constitution and divided our nation.

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At Lake County Build a Generation, we are building a movement for community health. That movement starts with our local Lake County community, but sometimes requires that we work with partners across the state and even the nation. We are not an island — the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic shows ju…

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The Lake County Democrats are appalled by the actions of the police in the murder of George Floyd. We say “enough is enough”! The ingrained racism of our society has to be called out and stamped out. We have to do more than wring our hands.

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We may not currently have all the solutions, or even yet understand how to ask the right questions, but we do recognize the need for positive action and allyship with our community members of Color, now more than ever. We also agree that we should leverage our position as elected representat…

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As of May 29, here in Colorado, 28 counties have reported not a single death from COVID-19. Twenty-two others report less than 20 deaths total. There are only 1,168 deaths in all of Colorado due to COVID-19 since this ‘pandemic’ began months ago. Over 99% recover and often those who catch th…

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It is hard to believe how the past three months have unfolded — both close to home and in parts of our country that seem very far away from our beloved mountain towns.

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I opened my home as a short-term rental because I like to make money. It was easy, and I made good money. Every year I pay about $100 for my license, yet having more places gets a discount for renting out multiple short-term homes? This is an injustice for the few of us trying to earn an hon…

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I will be retiring next month after 25 years at Colorado Mountain College. My time at the Leadville campus actually started 31 years ago when I first arrived to take a position in early June 1989. I left the college for a time, to advance my career in higher education, but I came back becaus…

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May is Mental Health Month and all Coloradans may have had their mental health taxed with the isolation, anxiety over jobs or finances or fear of catching a deadly virus during this time. I’m hoping that makes all of us more aware of brain disorders and the outside influences that impact tho…

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After reading Debbie Lopez’s letter to the editor on the cancelling of events because of coronavirus, we think all Leadville Race Series races should be canceled as well. Thank you for a good write-up Debbie.

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Year after year, the Lake County School District Art Department receives a tremendous amount of support from our community members, businesses and families during our annual Spring Art Show fundraiser. This year, despite our inability to hold the art show, businesses and community members ma…

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I am pleased to offer my endorsement for Jo Reese. Jo is running for a contested seat for the Sangre de Cristo Electric Association Board of Directors. The seat she is running for serves Lake and Chaffee County outside of Town of Buena Vista limits.

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While emergency relief funding is on the way for many local companies, local business owners must focus on keeping their companies afloat in a new business environment. They can start planning for the sporadic opening by asking such questions as: how to reach across to vendors, customers and…

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