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I hand off my pen this week to National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman, the 22 year old poet/activist from Los Angeles who graced the world with her words on Inauguration Day.

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This week’s online poll asks readers what the most pressing infrastructure project for Leadville and Lake County is in 2021. All of the projects listed are long-term, ongoing endeavors. Here’s where they stand now:

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Public spaces in the United States have always been ardently political. Such spaces have served as sites for military battles, for protests, for lynchings, for law making, for exploration and for celebration.

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Vaccinations against COVID-19 arrived in Lake County on December 22, ushering in a new phase of the pandemic that Dr. Lisa Zwerdlinger called “the beginning of the end.”

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As we look back at 2020, let us remember the Leadville locals who took time to exercise their First Amendment rights by writing a letter to the Herald Democrat. The following quotations are taken from letters published in the Herald throughout 2020.

If you're interested in submitting a Letter to the Editor, click here.

Letters to the Editor

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I was deeply saddened to hear of yet another death in Leadville possibly due to domestic violence and drug addiction. This touches so many of us who know the families involved — the repercussions for parents, siblings and children. I worked in this field for years as a psychiatric social wor…

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In this letter to the editor, I’m writing about something that happened to me on Tuesday, January 5 in the afternoon. In an attempt to pay my January bills, one of which is my parking sign in front of my house, I went in and was informed that the city was not accepting payments for the signs…

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Wow, incredible results for Nina Schamberger, a 15 year-old skiing amongst the best women in the United States at Soldier Hollow, Utah on the 2002 Winter Olympic course. Your ninth and seventh place finishes are attributed to the many hours of training at altitude.

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With the end of the holiday season and Christmas cards going the route of the wrapping paper and the bows, we can reflect on the days when sending things through the mail was relatively simple. Packages could be tied with string and you did not have to declare if you had something inside the…

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On January 4 I flew to Washington D.C. to pray for our Nation during this time of confusion and darkness. On January 5, 6, and 7 I was present on the National Mall. I carried a flag which dates back to the Revolutionary War. It is a flag commissioned by George Washington; flown on the warshi…

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If President Biden strikes an agreement with Iran or North Korea, we must be allowed to inspect suspected sites without a waiting period. If there is a waiting period, they can move the contraband to a second site during the waiting period for the first site; then when the second site comes …

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On Monday afternoon a man showed up at my door with a box in his hands that was addressed to my family. Apparently the box had fallen from the post office mail truck into the road. This kind man picked up my package, thank goodness, and personally delivered it to my home. I can’t thank him e…

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It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that we are in a serious pandemic and doing everything we can to protect the health of our community is of critical importance. While a vaccine has been approved and it is on the way, we are no where near being out from under the COVID-19 grip yet. T…

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I am a lifelong conservative Republican whose faith in the criminal justice system was shattered by my near-death experience with it. I came within nine days of being sent to the gas chamber for a crime I did not commit.

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Joe Biden won’t become President of the United States for a few weeks yet, but it’s fair to say he’s already feeling the pressures of the office. I think being president-elect may be the second hardest job in the world.

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The new year brings opportunities and chances for growth, safety and happiness. There is also no better time to start working for a better future than the present. This last year has been difficult for all of us and it is the sincerest wish of the Advocates of Lake County that 2021 will be a…

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It is one of the great paradoxes of our time. Never in the history of the world have people had more access to information. At the same time, never has there been more uncertainty and less trust in the information available. Yet in a sea of spin, misinformation and outright manipulation, peo…

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December brings holiday lights, joyful songs, sentimental movies, great food, family gatherings, shopping excursions, and in our snow globe world, a blanket of snow. This year, however, December also comes with some unexpected challenges that can take a toll on how we celebrate the holiday season.

Letters to the Editor

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At the next City Council meeting a new ordinance for the regulation of short-term rentals will be presented. This ordinance proposes measures to address the neighborhood impacts of these properties. It also proposes a cap on the number of residential units available to short-term rent by non…

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Leadville Lions Club is an active community service organization and provides our community with many different programs. The Lions Club supports the Lake County School District with grants for student academics and activities, gives scholarships to Lake County students, provides glasses and…

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Most folks who have had a relative cremated, even those who have only pondered it, have known that the most troubling thing about it is the question one asks themselves, “How will I ever be sure that I get back the remains of my loved one?” The industry knows this. Why has the cremation indu…

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The Greater Arkansas River Nature Association (GARNA) has followed the permit renewal process for Nestle Waters North America (NWNA), a bottled water brand. In 2009, the GARNA Board of Directors expressed concern with an initial NWNA 1041 permit, opposing the project. Many concerns are susta…

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Will you help us brighten the holidays for hundreds of Lake County children? In December 2020, in lieu of our traditional public Christmas “store” event, and due to COVID-19, we plan to distribute gift cards to the families that register for gifts.

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The ballot measures this year provide a wonderful opportunity to experience democracy. In addition to seven propositions where we can vote yea or nay, there are also four amendments that appear on the ballot. Then, there are the 21 candidates for President of the United States. We are truly …

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I invite you to take a closer look at Ezekiah Lujan’s running for County Commissioner, District 2 as his candidacy is highly flawed on premise of his lack of experience and professionalism.

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Cloud City Conservation Center (C4) board wishes to extend its sincere thanks and gratitude for the continued support we have received from the Leadville and Lake County community during these challenging COVID-19 times. Over 200 people participated in our virtual Harvest Dinner and over 30 …

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 We need experience not extremism in our representation in Congress from the 3rd District. That is why we support Diane Mitsch Bush for Congress Health care is a critical issue for the people in Colorado. Diane will protect coverage for pre-existing conditions. In the past, prior to the Affo…

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At a time when the ugliness of partisan politics dominates television, newsprint and the airwaves, we come together as members of differing political parties to ask for your support of Amendment B to repeal the Gallagher Amendment. Amendment B was referred to Colorado voters by a large major…

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As Lake County grows and faces new challenges, we need elected representatives who are good listeners and who are committed to solving problems with big picture understandings. Jeff Fiedler is just such a candidate. 

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In 1890, when my great grandfather came to Leadville and started a family, he was a poor immigrant farrier seeking a hopeful future. Similarly, today’s look to the future requires hope and compassion, and compromise.

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Since I returned from overseas in the military, I have watched our country change from a community spirit of helping each other and protecting our children, our family and our constitutional patriotism. These values have eroded into special-interest, autocratic selfish attitudes of closing o…

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Our Founding Fathers wisely and intentionally created the Electoral College and embodied it in the United States Constitution to assure that the less populated states would always have a voice and a vote in presidential elections. Proposition 113 attempts to sidestep the U.S. Constitution. P…

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As chair of the Lake County Democrats, I would like to talk a little about each of our candidates. This year has been so difficult for all of us, and we need experience in our leaders to help us get through the continuing crisis of COVID-19, the aftermath of this pandemic when it finally end…

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Thank you Ray McGaughey for articulating my feelings about not condoning vandalism and hoping that Leadvillians will be more tolerant of each other as we continue to all struggle together in this most stressful year. Hopefully love and respect will also prevail.

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Have you even seen or listened to Joe Biden lately? If you have, surely you would have noticed that he does not appear to be cognitively well. Apparently he has had brain surgery for brain aneurysms in the past, which may be what is affecting him now. Whatever is causing his cognitive diffic…

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Leadville and Lake County are a part of Colorado’s vast Third Congressional District, whose electorate will be choosing between Diane Mitsch Bush (D) and Lauren Boebert (R) for representation in Congress. The incumbent, Scott Tipton (R), will not be returning to office. I’m writing this piec…

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I am writing this letter in support of Hanna Waugh for District 3 County Commissioner. Before we vote, I think it is valuable to know what the responsibilities, duties and powers of a county commissioner are. You can Google statutes and other sources, but a quick view would be the Snapshot V…

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I am writing an open letter to the person or persons who stole our Democratic political signs this past weekend. Not only is this a crime, but you are showing that you don’t agree with our basic First Amendment right to free speech. Are you so afraid that your candidate will lose that you ar…

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If you have no personal experience with domestic violence, it is easy to think “it doesn’t happen to people like me” or “it doesn’t happen where I live.” These are common misconceptions that we hear from survivors and supporters all the time. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and…

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Please join me in voting “yes” on Amendment B this year. This ballot initiative comes from a bipartisan effort to fix an outdated rule in our state constitution. Voting “yes” is a vote to ensure our rural communities have enough funding for schools, hospitals and fire departments. 

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I am very pleased to support Hanna Waugh in her campaign for District 3 Lake County Commissioners. A welcome third party candidate in Lake County, Hanna has made it clear that her campaign is about people over politics. This will also be her philosophy as she moves into a role as county comm…