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'Qualifying tag' should be dropped

My thanks goes to Rick Bohl for his letter concerning the requirement to purchase a "qualifying tag" before Colorado Parks and Wildlife will process our special draw applications.

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The doors remain open to all at Cedaredge Methodist

For almost 20 years, we have had a sign in our sanctuary at Community United Methodist Church in Cedaredge that says, "Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors." This is an expression of our commitment to welcome all people.

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Delta is a community of winners

To be part of a winning team is something I have always wanted, and this last week, Delta High School got to celebrate having two: both the boys' and girls' basketball teams advanced to the state tournament. It is an achievement worthy of pride for sure.

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Proud to be a Panther

To be a Delta High School Panther has always been something to be proud of, but recent accomplishments of the sports teams make it even more pronounced. The football program has been doing so amazing in the last few years, and now both basketball programs add to the excitement.

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Delta Panther sets the record straight

First and above all, congratulations to both the Delta High School boys and girls basketball teams on earning berths in the state tournament. By the time this makes it to the public we will hopefully have two state championship teams to celebrate.

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Frequent fliers should thank oil/gas

Every time I attend a rally against fracking and/or climate change, I am astounded by the number of people at these events who are talking either about a trip they just got back from, or one they are planning on making in the near future.

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Gunnison Energy's plans raise alarms

The alarming article in the March 3, Grand Junction Sentinel, "Revised Gunnison [Energy] plan uses vast amount of water," should be a wake-up call to all who have watched Paonia and the surrounding area grow in the wake of closing down coal mining in the area. Paonia residents have seen the interest in farming and careful use of water and natural resources contribute to tourism and a growing economy.

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Hunters, wake up!

As a lifelong hunter and conservationist, I can't believe what Colorado Parks and Wildlife did to us (hunters) this year! Usually an increase in draw tags, hunting licenses and draw application fees is justified and necessary.

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Coffee with the chief is a great addition

What a pleasure to attend the law enforcement coffee Feb. 28.

So pleased the city has implemented important new initiatives:

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Grateful for BoCC support

Grand Mesa Nordic Council (GMNC) sincerely thanks the Delta County Commissioners for their recent grant of Conservation Trust Fund monies in support of the council's trail grooming operations at County Line and Ward Lake ski areas. GMNC is a nonprofit organization formed in 1990 by local people who love to participate in Nordic sports on the Grand Mesa.

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Radicals have removed their masks

In recent weeks, the radical faction of the Democratic Party has removed their "masks" and exposed their warped ideology and political agenda to the public in the areas of abortion, immigration and climate change (the Green New Deal), to name a few.

The one area I would like to comment on is abortion.

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Taxpayers pay big for planning hire

Amid her own employment controversy, Delta County director of community and economic development Elyse Casselberry has hired long-time planning consultant Kelly Yeager as a permanent employee. Yeager, who had been contracted by the county for the past four years, was quietly hired on Feb. 1 as the county's new "current planning manager" at an annual salary of $92,000-plus-mileage and benefits.

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Democrats can't handle losing

The Democrat-controlled Colorado legislature has passed a bill aimed at eliminating the Electoral College. Governor Polis evidently plans to sign it. Under this law, Colorado's electoral votes would be given to the presidential candidate who wins the national popular vote (democracy).

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It's time to face facts

Recent reports of surge in coal production in the Appalachian coal fields. Amazing how fast a horse can run when you stop jerking on the reins.

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Empty pews

There are lots of empty seats in our churches today. Christians who should be sitting in those pews are absent.

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Marijuana is in keeping with our ag heritage

I have two, no three reactions, to the article "Timeline details marijuana votes and regulations" by Matt Soper (DCI, March 1). First the majority of the article is correct as it relates to the timeline of events and what occurred.

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A big victory for the West

The Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule that was issued by the Obama Administration was one of the most onerous federal water and land grabs in history -- it undermined state water law and priority-based systems, inserted federal control over western water rights, and put decisions about our water in the hands of Washington bureaucrats.

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Tipton urged to focus efforts on renewable energy

I am writing to ask you to withdraw your co-sponsorship and support for HR 167, Stopping EPA Overreach Act of 2017, and instead concentrate your efforts on stopping global warming by bringing renewable, non-polluting sources of energy online as quickly as possible.

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Energy policy and America First

Since the OPEC oil embargo in the 1970s, America's energy policy has appropriately (though ineffectively) been focused on energy independence for decades. Now, with the fracking boom providing abundant natural gas (NG) resources plus some oil on top of it, the United States finally has the opportunity to, if not completely achieve, come close to achieving energy independence.

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Politics and friends

There have been many articles lately by people who disdain our current president. That doesn't bother me a bit.

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The deliberate corruption of climate science

What a travesty that the public at large has been deceived, yes deceived beyond comprehension by masterful propaganda. Unfortunately, this has been essentially a worldwide scheme backed by huge monetary gifts and orchestrated by a very successful but small number of politicians and scientists.

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Ambulance service is vital to our community

There seems to be quite the debate lately regarding our local ambulance service. I was very disappointed when our community failed to vote in favor of a mill levy for the ambulance personnel.

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Tipton's presence surprising; his answers familiar

Saturday I went to the town hall meeting in Paonia. Hopefully this report will be of interest to a few readers. What interested me was the following:

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This is no time for complacency

I hope the public will wake up to see that the misguided Republican party agenda is to cut taxes for the wealthy and eliminate much-needed services for the public and the planet. Choosing this agenda equates to the public shooting themselves in the foot.

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Tax exemption should be transferable

I'm responding to your article (Feb. 15) "Seniors, disabled vets eligible for property tax exemption." One problem -- even if you have lived in and owned your home for 10 years you can NOT transfer that exemption to a new or different home.

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