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Arkansas Valley Publishing Company, the owner of the Herald Democrat, has recently reckoned with the use of gender neutral pronouns in its newspapers and special editions.

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After a variety of delays at the federal level due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Colorado State Demography Office recently released the state’s in-depth 2020 Census results to the public.

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Last week, the Herald concluded the “Our Forests” series, a four-month look at forest health and wildfire risk in Lake County. One reoccurring theme throughout the series was the importance of regional planning — a response to the fact that wildfire does not hold county lines.

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On Halloween, I took a break from handing out candy at Trick or Treat on Main Street to stroll down Harrison Avenue. I was struck not only by the creative costumes and decorations, but by our beautiful downtown buildings — many of which have recently been restored.

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Another election day is right around the corner. Lake County ballots can be mailed to or dropped off at the Lake County Courthouse; masks are required for in-person voting and ballot drop-offs.

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Letters to the Editor

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owever, I do have a modicum of common sense. It seems to me that people who have already had COVID-19 and those who have had shots should be able to prove their antibody status with a simple and hopefully inexpensive blood test. The people with shot papers probably wouldn’t have to do so, bu…

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Unfortunately, we continue to experience an increasing number of COVID-19 cases throughout our community. In light of the recent public health advisory, we are requiring masks to be worn in all Lake County Government facilities and at county-convened meetings and events, regardless of the va…

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Yeah for truck drivers! Of course, I have never met one, but I’ve seen their driving (I live near the new school) — how they drive in those big trucks, forward and back. It seems amazing to me. As far as I know they’ve never hit anyone or a car — that must be a miracle.

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Mr. Alvin Blake wrote in the Nov. 11 Herald that we should “require” everyone to get the vax. I respect his willingness to inject this experiential drug into his veins. I ask that he, and others, respect my decision to abstain. My three granddaughters visited for three days.  The day after t…

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Lake County is a community that cares about each and every individual within it. It’s what makes us special and is ultimately why I decided to move here. Since we don’t have as many resources as several of our more affluent neighbors, we must work together to accountably and sustainably solv…

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Ten years ago, my wife Marcee watched a CNN special with Sanjay Gupta about President Clinton’s miracle treatment for heart disease: a plant-based diet. This hit home for Marcee, who before law school had handed instruments in the operating room to heart surgeons Crawford and Debakey. Taking…

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Well, this might get some discussion. We have been in New Mexico for the last two months. They have a statewide mask mandate. When you go anywhere in public, 95 percent of people have masks on and they are worn properly.

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To prevent further spread of COVID-19, we should require everyone to get fully vaccinated (including a possible third dose) unless exempted by a sincerely held religious belief or medical condition. We should write to our legislators and executives at all levels of government.

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I love Leadville and I loved our aquatic center until it closed last year. I am a third generation swimmer, learning to swim before I could walk, and it has always been a part of my life for over 77 years.

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The Lake County community and a variety of local merchants lended a helping hand in supporting the Neighbors Helping Neighbors food drive this year. The generosity and support we have received was heartwarming and much needed during these times. 2021 marked the 15th year of the food drive an…

Columnists

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“While other children were sent to daycare, when I was three years old I was sent to a Japanese-American prison,” Carlene Tanigoshi Tinker, now 82, told the Washington Post recently. She was one of some 120,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry who were forcibly imprisoned during World War II, …

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One of the great privileges of teaching and working on a university campus is the chance to be in regular touch with young people. Even better, I sometimes get asked to give talks elsewhere and to meet with young people of all kinds and descriptions — sometimes one on one, sometimes in small…

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I’ve been thinking a lot recently about what it means to be an American, to have a shared stake in this country and its fortunes. In some ways, I suppose the question is unanswerable: We are a vast, diverse country, and we each answer the question in our own way.

A question was asked of me a couple of days ago: Wha…

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New Mexico, the third-ranking United States oil producer, has moved to curtail methane pollution from the oil and gas industry, moving it closer to neighboring Colorado’s leadership. Methane is a dangerous greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change and also damages human health.

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It feels like an apocalypse in the American Southwest — wildfires, floods, drought, heat and smoke. This was not the norm when I moved to Colorado 35 years ago. Climate scientists may have predicted the arrival of these extreme events, but many admit their predictions have come true faster t…

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In the past 20 years, massive wildfires have scorched large swaths of Colorado, starting in June 2002 when the Hayman Fire roared across Park and Teller counties.

Letters to the Editor

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On Oct. 6, I parked my vehicle on the east side of Harrison Avenue near the corner of Sixth Street. I tried to space my vehicle evenly between the fire hydrant and crosswalk. When I returned to my vehicle less than an hour later, I received a parking ticket. There was no sign stating that pa…

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CJK Milling’s application to the Colorado Department of Reclamation, Mining and Safety, which was withdrawn last month, stated that their intent was to process 400 tons of mine tailings per day. This material would have been transported in one eight-hour shift seven days a week. This equates…

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Yesterday I was walking along Harrison Avenue when I found a wallet on the sidewalk. I used the information from the ID in it to find the owner on social media and ultimately return their wallet to them. They were grateful and excited that I got in contact with them, and they offered me the …

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The Leadville Housing Authority recently changed our name to Elevated Housing Solutions. This change is reflective of what we hope is a new era of our scope and influence as our community’s housing needs have reached critical levels. Our work began over 37 years ago in response to a lack of …

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The Lake County Community Fund would like to express its strong support for the City of Leadville’s ballot measure 2A, which will be used to create a community housing fund.

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Leadville was enhanced by its swimming pool. Although I, like others who have written for the pool in this opinion section, am an aging second home owner who pays a heck of a big tax bill to admire the mountains, swimming close to my house offered me a huge health benefit, physically and mentally.

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Access to affordable housing is fundamental to building a strong workforce and a thriving local economy. Mountain resort communities across the Western Slope are facing significant workforce housing shortages, and Leadville is no exception. While the state explores a wide range of possible p…

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In recent months, I have watched the controversy over the Lake County Aquatic Center. In managing a complex system like a swimming pool, a technique known as asset management is a useful method of scheduling maintenance, repair and replacement.

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Finally Gary Knippa of CJK Milling has replied to some of the concerns of many local people in the letters to the editor section of the Herald on Oct. 7. It was a very smooth presentation. Knippa states that he “is communicating with representatives from both the U.S. Environmental Protectio…

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Lake County Recreation Department should be commended for offering a variety of year-round programs for youth and adults of all ages — volleyball, softball, yoga, Tai Chi, ballet, curling, pickleball, aerobics, ice skating, hockey and more. Combine these organized indoor and outdoor sports w…

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Something is rotten in the Lake County School District, and the newspaper is not fully investigating the problem. The main headline in the Herald Democrat for Oct. 7 actually read “LCSD reflects on student achievement,” yet the article was about students lagging behind and failing.

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I am writing this letter in support of ballot measure 2A, an important step forward for planning the Leadville of the future.

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We first came to Leadville in the early 2000s to camp with friends at Turquoise Lake. Later we brought our grandchildren here for their first camping trip. Then we rented short-term vacation properties and skied during Christmas and spring breaks. Then we stayed in Leadville hotels on the ni…

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As the managing member of CJK Milling Company, I’d like to provide information on our plans at the Leadville Mill to clean up Leadville’s mine waste. I believe our innovative remediation work will provide tangible, long-term environmental benefits to Leadville, to the Arkansas River, and to …

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If you vote in the City of Leadville, I encourage you to vote “yes” on ballot measure 2A this November. If passed, 2A will create the first-ever housing fund for Leadville. Right now we have zero dollars set aside for housing programs, and 2A is a productive step in the right direction.

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Lake County Public Library is sad to announce that Holly Henning, head of local history at the library, is leaving her position on Friday, Oct. 1. Holly has been instrumental in the development and maintenance of the library’s Colorado Mountain History Collection — both print and digital. Sh…

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We must do more to strengthen our power grid against an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) event. Such an event can result from an attack by terrorists or by another country, (for example, China may already have the capability — which it may use in an economic crisis), or it can occur naturally. It…

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I am writing in support of the upcoming City of Leadville ballot measure 2A to establish an accommodations tax to support affordable housing, and I wanted to share my rationale.

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We shared a historic day on Sept. 8 as we cut the ribbon on our brand new hospital. I assure you — we will approach our new services with the same determination and care that it took to plan and build the new hospital.

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I would like to add my voice to the gathering storm of protest over the proposed permitting of Union Milling. The Leadville Mill owners are seeking a permit to process large amounts of mine tailings, up to 80 truckloads a day, right through town to a location next to the wastewater treatment…

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Good guy alert! On Wednesday, Sept. 8, I was waiting for a big yellow truck hauling rock to pass before I turned onto Hwy. 300. He was going pretty slow and I thought, “What is wrong with this guy?”

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Are we really going to send our kids off to a school where the first thing happening is our kids sitting in front of a tablet computer and basically being forced to look at a video screen? To learn from a video screen? To begin a long journey into a lifetime of staring at video screens?