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In the face of near-constant reminders of just how unaffordable housing has become and corresponding fixes that rely in some form on subsidy, it’s refreshing to hear — alternatively — that a local government is reconsidering its land-use regulations.

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Big change is afoot in the Gunnison community. And I’m not referring to the recent addition in our arsenal of fast food joints — although, sadly, my teenage kids would tell you that’s one of the most exciting developments they’ve seen in their home town.

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Each week, I am startled, heartened, thrilled by the intelligent, articulate reports I read in the Country Times. Last week’s edition was no exception, but yet another prime example.

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The recent launch of a new school of engineering and computer science and the adoption of a simplified name are but the latest bold moves by Western Colorado University aimed at setting the Gunnison institution apart from competitive peers.

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By Leslie Nichols

As your superintendent responsible for administering the affairs of our public school district, I feel compelled to ensure that accurate information is available on Amendment 73.

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As I clambered my way up the trail recently, I passed two languishing young women. One of them regarded her sandwich with distaste. “I am going to toss this,” she said. “I know there is a squirrel who will appreciate it.”

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Amendment 73 would increase annual income taxes in Colorado by $1.6 billion. Th ose tax dollars would go into a separate fund and be exempt from all limits under the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights — and they would not be available for any purpose other than PreK-12 education.

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Democratic candidate for governor Jared Polis has a knack for making history. If he wins, he’ll be the first openly gay person elected to the highest state office anywhere in the country.

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