This letter is not for everyone, just a select audience: those intending to vote for President Obama, those still undecided, and those registered but not intending to vote.
Could we be facing a threat more serious than further economic decline and more ominous than the menace of terrorism? By constitutional provision, Joe Biden becomes president if - heaven forbid - the vacancy occurs. Between 1901 and 1974, five vice presidents have presided due to four presidential deaths and one resignation.
Biden was selected as Barack Obama's running mate, reputed to be a foreign policy expert, presumably adding gravitas and experience to the ticket. However he's been wrong in both theory and outcome in almost every important suggestion or prediction he's ever made.
Considering his conduct in office certainly raises serious question, especially regarding his lack of leadership skills and questionable judgment. Biden's proclivity for bloviating is well documented by his many gaffes.
Is this a racial innuendo referring to Obama? "I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that's a storybook, man."
Is this a loose cannon remark? "In Delaware, the largest growth of population is Indian Americans, moving from India. You cannot go to a 7-11 or a Dunkin' Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I'm not joking."
Is this mindless befuddlement? "Stand up, Chuck, let 'em see ya." (To Missouri state Sen. Chuck Graham, who's confined to a wheelchair.)
Is this off the wall denigration? "They're going to put y'all back in chains."
Is this out of touch ignorance? "How many of you know someone who's served in Iraq and Iran?" He twice asked those assembled at a Nevada rally on Oct. 18. Many Democrat drones, along with Harry Reid, raised their hands. Do they not know, we do not have troops stationed in Iran - yet.
"Just a heartbeat away from the Office of President," Biden is hardly presidential and actually an embarrassment to many in his party.
Please help safeguard America. Vote for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.
A demand has have been made upon the Garfield County commissioners to resign as a result of their acquisition of the Worrell-Durrett building for a price in excess of the appraised value. One look at the county's existing real estate assets in the immediate vicinity of the Worrell-Durrett properties contradicts the demand. I am familiar with the transaction because I was retained to represent the owners.
The county's "campus" consists of 24,442 square feet of space and 190 parking spaces. The parking is seriously inadequate.
The county cannot expand to the north because of the UP tracks and Colorado River. The county cannot expand to the west because of City Hall. The county's expansion possibilities to the south are limited by more expensive property and the Post Office. Thus, the county's only opportunity to expand adjacent to its current properties was the Worrell-Durrett properties.
A complaint routinely received by the commissioners from non-Glenwood Springs residents is finding parking when they come to Glenwood to do business at county buildings.
Moreover, most government functions that are provided by the county, including the courts, have grown substantially in the last 20 years.
It was wise for the county to acquire the Worrell-Durrett properties, even though a premium had to be paid in order to acquire the properties. It is the only way the county can protect the public's existing investment in its $10 million-plus worth of real estate assets, buildings, etc.
In the real estate business, a key piece of land is called a "golden acre." Knowledgeable real estate people expect to pay a premium for such a parcel, especially here when the land was not on the market.
Allegations are made that the acquisition violated state statute as being for speculative purposes. Such statements are simply foolish. The county needs the parcel and will use it for public purposes.
The citizens of Garfield County should be grateful that the current commission is far-sighted enough to protect the county's substantial real estate investment by acquiring adjacent properties when they can.
The most far-reaching outcome of a Mitt Romney presidency would be the continuation of the conservative bent of the Supreme Court. The Roberts court has consistently ruled in favor of wealth and corporate power over that of individual citizens. Money has been given equal status with free speech. This has resulted in roughly $2 billion being spent on the presidential race alone, and our elected members of Congress are becoming increasingly indentured to their corporate donors.
This is a crime against the democratic ideals of America. Chief Justice Roberts may wish his court not be defined, in a political sense, as being conservative, but other adjectives could apply to it equally, such as plutocratic - believing that the power of government belongs in the hands of the wealthy. This ruling alone has completely altered in law the political structure of the nation, and the appointment of another conservative justice will insure that this will last into the next generation.
What, exactly, do we win if we win by threats and intimidation?
I understand that this election is a clash of opposing interests and world views. I'm not neutral, and don't see how a person can be neutral on the issues facing us or the names on the ballot.
But so much of the political rhetoric this season is clearly intended to stir up hatred and enmity, I guess it shouldn't be too surprising when some of that bitter fruit ripens in our own neighborhood. When intimidation tactics turn up in our friendly and open community, it feels especially sad and shameful.
I attended a meet-and-greet for Aleks Breidis and Sonja Linman a month ago. When we were learning where to get campaign signs and literature, one small-business owner said sadly, "I can't put up posters. I'm vulnerable to retaliation." I understand not posting political signs at one's business to avoid offending customers, but out of fear? Here?
Last week when I did my volunteer shift as a Planned Parenthood escort, the protesters were especially vocal, marching back and forth across the parking lot entrance. One patient was late for her appointment, phoning in to say that she was trying to get into the lot but was intimidated by the hateful signs and chants. One of them was a large bleeding heart topped by "Be Gone Satan."
It's one thing to have and express strong convictions and disagree vigorously. But something has gone haywire when we come to see those who disagree with us as evil, deserving defeat by any means, fair or foul. If any of the important questions this election will answer are decided by the tactics of fear, intimidation and suppression, all of us will lose.
Resistance to bullies may be the most important civic virtue for our times.
I had the privilege of serving with Sonja Linman on the Roaring Fork Board of Education. Ms. Linman is one of the hardest working, most caring persons I've ever met. She is dedicated to listening to all sides, gathering all the information, and making decisions based on what is best for the entire community. Above all, her goal is to keep governing open and transparent.
I voted for John Martin 12 long years ago, but after 16 years in office, it is way past time for him to go. I believe Mr. Martin has forgotten he represents everyone, and acts as if Garfield County is his secret private empire, run in a way that mostly benefits his friends and the oil and gas industry.
It is time to pull back the curtains and open the doors, and return our county government to one that takes the needs of every citizen into account. Please vote for Sonja Linman. And help her by also voting for Aleks Briedis, who is equally dedicated to transparent government.