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This week’s editorial marks the last of a series explaining Colorado’s 2020 ballot measures. And though I am ready to retire my blue book for the season, writing about state government was a fascinating change of pace. I hope the series helped Herald readers vote with knowledge and fervor.

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The Herald Democrat’s online poll on the presidential election saw 136 clicks over the last two weeks — the highest rate of participation we have seen in a Herald poll in 2020. We hope a similar level of participation is underway for early voting. 

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Last week, the Herald looked at two citizen initiatives on November’s ballot concerning abortion and state income tax. Up this week are Proposition 117 and 118 — concerning state enterprises and paid medical leave. 

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Last week, the Herald looked at ballot measures that will decide Colorado’s involvement in the national popular vote and the future of the gray wolf. Up this week are Proposition 115 and 116 — concerning abortion and state income tax. 

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Many Lake County residents have already received Colorado’s 2020 Blue Book, an informational booklet that provides voters with the text, and a subsequent analysis, of each measure on November’s ballot. Lake County Clerk and Recorder’s Office will begin mailing ballots on Oct. 9. 

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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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The Advocates of Lake County could not fully work with victims of domestic violence in our county without the support of the entire community. We are very fortunate to collaborate with many organizations in providing services to victims and working to eliminate violence.

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Our ghost presided in our house on Poplar Street. The first time I met her I was doing dishes at the kitchen sink. I had the strangest feeling someone was looking at me from the doorway to the dining room. I turned and saw nothing, but for some unknown reason I said “Hello, I’m glad you are …

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“Why doesn’t the victim just leave?” is a common question posed to advocates for victims of domestic violence. It is important to acknowledge that this question blames victims for their situations, and a more appropriate question would be “why does the abuser continue to abuse?”.

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The howl of the wolf is a primal sound, and when you hear it, it makes the hair stand up on the back of your neck. One of my own favorite wolf encounters was while exploring the Alaska Range, when I inadvertently got between a pack of wolves and their pups. The pups were warbling pitifully d…

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As if things weren’t hard enough for Colorado’s small businesses, news comes that the Trump administration plans to claw back a chunk of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds legitimate businesses have used as a lifeline to keep their employees on the payroll.

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The July 15 release of newly revised Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) regulations for implementing the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) was hailed as an effort to streamline the process for environmental analysis and documentation of proposed federal actions. Previous r…

Letters to the Editor

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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…

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I was profoundly disappointed to see the large Trump-Pence campaign sign at the intersection of Sixth Street and McWethy Drive vandalized with graffiti last week. The graffiti included profane images and words, as well as the acronym “BLM.” 

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Halloween began as a celebration of the harvest and to chase away the evil spirits from the year and is now fast approaching. Everyone is trying to find inventive ways for traditional trick or treating: candy chutes from the door to the mailbox. They look like they will be fun to build, but …

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My name is Hanna Waugh and I am proud to be running for District 3 County Commissioner. Having been born and raised in Lake County, it is my duty to serve the community that has made me the person I am today.

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We need a leader in the White House who understands public safety and does not merely mouth, “law and order.” As District Attorney of Colorado’s Fifth Judicial District, I represent a community that understands that being safe requires law enforcement and citizens to collaborate with and res…

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Many thanks and appreciation to all of our first responders who took time out of their busy day to join our “Rally for First Responders and Solemn Remembrance of 9-11” on Friday, Sept. 11, in front of the courthouse. It was quite fitting and another stark reminder of their dutiful service th…

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Come join us on Friday, Sept. 11 from 5-6:30 p.m. on the Lake County Courthouse sidewalks for an event to showcase Leadville and Lake County’s appreciation for all of our first responders.

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To the person or persons who took the large blue pottery plant pot from the outdoor chapel at the First Presbyterian Church last week: I was saddened when I arrived early Saturday morning to add fresh plants to the pot for a memorial service. I gave that pot to the church 10 years ago when I…

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Our children recently completed the summer golf lesson series through the Lake County Recreation Department at Mt. Massive Golf Course. We want to commend and thank instructor Mike O’Leary for individualizing instruction to each student in the class and for going out of his way to make sure …

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Someone took my Black Lives Matter poster right out of my front yard! What has happened to common decency and respect for everyone’s rights and lives? I am angry but mostly just very sad. And now, two days later, I have heard of at least three-to-four more signs being taken! Even in Leadville...

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Today, I write with sincere thanks for your continued support in these unprecedented times. In planning for this school year, our team has prioritized the health and safety of our staff, students, families and community.

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OnSaturday I was leaving Leadville and damaged my tire going through an intersection with road work. Within minutes of stopping, a group of young men and a woman noticed the sliced tire and insisted on helping me. They worked efficiently together removing the damaged tire, replacing it with …

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Before I get to the point of this letter, I want to say that all the many travelers who’ve come through town this summer have been very generous with the merchants and for this we are grateful. Leadville is my hometown, I have deep roots here, and I believe in supporting the community. Howev…

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Merle Baranczyk values his readership. In his decision to make The Mountain Mail a semiweekly instead of a Monday-Friday newspaper, he said that he did not want to publish solely online because, in his words, “most Mountain Mail readers want to hold a printed newspaper in their hands. Some o…

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We, your neighbors at the Leadville Lions Club, want to take a moment and apologize for any confusion and disappointment you might have felt in us not putting on the fireworks display this year. There was a lot of information floating around social media recently about our decision and we wa…

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