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Letter: Final pitch for Paula

November 5, 2018 — As a 30-something wife, mother and community member, I've learned that getting involved in local politics matters. When I met Paula Stepp, she addressed the priorities and challenges my family and I have: affordable housing, health care costs, and supporting the outdoor and cannabis industries.

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Letter: Final pitch for Tom

November 5, 2018 — My name is Yareli K. Ventura, and I am a student at Coal Ridge High School. I decided to write this letter because of the upcoming election. I am very interested in the future of our county. My family and I support Tom Jankovsky, whom

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Letter: Bait-and-switch amendment

November 4, 2018 — Amendment 74 is a bait-and-switch swindle that could cost Colorado taxpayers billions. The bait: It sounds like a stronger version of existing eminent-domain law titled "Compensation for Reduction in Fair Market Value by Government" that often applies when a road or utility needs a right-of-way

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Letter: Rise up ‘radical’ moderates

November 4, 2018 — Drama sells. The loud and dramatic voices on the radical right and left get all the media air time and create a "false" division. America is radically divided, that is what I hear and see in the media, though far less in my daily life.

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Letter: PitCo clerk supports Jean

November 4, 2018 — Garfield County Clerk and Recorder Jean Alberico is running as the incumbent, a leader in the Garfield County Clerk and Recorder's Office as Chief Deputy Clerk and County Clerk and Recorder for over 20 years. I've observed her efforts in keeping current with changing laws,

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Letter: A73 plea from basement dweller

November 4, 2018 — I am a local teacher and I live in my parents' basement — it's great for my finances, not so great for my dating life. Without this parent-subsidized rental it would be very difficult to build a life in the valley. I've seen teachers leave

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Letter: “Yes” on 7D; “Yes” for CMC

November 3, 2018 — This measure will not raise your taxes. With this ballot measure, the college simply seeks to protect and preserve its current level of funding in order to continue providing affordable, high quality education in Aspen, Carbondale, Glenwood Springs, Spring Valley, Rifle, Leadville, Buena Vista, Salida,

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Letter: The people governing us are not listening

November 3, 2018 — Do you know: 87 percent of Americans support DACA? This figure includes 79 percent of Republicans. The opposition to Trump's separation of small children from their mothers at the border is as high as 88 percent. We need immigration reform. I am not advocating for

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Letter: Grant funding insufficient to replace RFTA buses

November 2, 2018 — Although light rail has so far proven to be unaffordable, RFTA is the second-largest transit system in Colorado and the largest rural transit agency in the nation. RFTA is the only rural transit agency to implement a bus rapid transit system featuring fast, fun and

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Letter: Amendment 74 and Proposition 112 too extreme

November 2, 2018 — The "Blue Book" issued by the State of Colorado provides a credible and balanced description of issues on the ballot of the current election. One such issue is Constitutional Amendment 74, which would require the state or a local government to compensate a property owner

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Letter: A74 the real danger on ballot

November 2, 2018 — On Oct. 21, Mike Knox, speaking as an employee of the oil-and-gas industry, asked us to vote "no" on Proposition 112 because it's far too extreme for Colorado. Then he goes on to talk about protecting Colorado "… from special interest groups that put their

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Letter: Stand with me for Western Colorado

November 2, 2018 — Although every election cycle claims to be the most important, this one will actually have an enormous impact on the future of Colorado. We are at a critical juncture especially for our climate, our economy and for Colorado values rooted in our independent spirit. Elections

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Letter: RFTA investment worth it

November 1, 2018 — Vote "yes" for the RFTA mill levy question 7A. RFTA now carries over five million passengers per year. RFTA is the company most responsible for what we have achieved so far to reduce congestion in our rapidly growing valley. Imagine if all those passengers were

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Letter: Jankovsky deserves re-election

November 1, 2018 — I'm writing on behalf of the GlenX community and many of the businesses who have become a part of our entrepreneurial ecosystem in the last year to strongly voice our support for Tom Jankovsky in his bid for re-election for Garfield County Commissioner.   Tom

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Letter: Vote Stepp for commissioner

October 31, 2018 — Please vote for Paula Stepp for Garfield County Commissioner this Nov. 6. Paula has a strong work ethic, a forward-thinking mindset, natural compassion as well as practical skills to serve us well. Above all, she has integrity. Paula has been working extremely hard this past

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Letter: Accountability for Garfield Re-2 funds

October 30, 2018 — The Garfield Re-2 school district is asking voters to approve a mill levy override to fund teacher salaries and a bond to construct classrooms at Highland and Cactus Valley Elementary schools. I am the chair of the newly re-vamped Garfield Re-2 District Accountability Committee. One

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Letter: Use your head, vote GOP

October 30, 2018 — Don't be stupid. Don't cut your nose off to spite your face. Don't vote Democratic in this election unless you want to cripple an unbelievable economy and reduce your standard of living. Property values are up 13 percent, household income per family up $2,000, your

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Letter: Teachers have impact

October 30, 2018 — During the past week, I came into contact with numerous community members who had impact on my past. At a youth basketball game, I spoke with Tom Whitmore about local sports and got some good advice on dealing with people from him.  When Ray Latham

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Letter: Rifle EDC supports 4A, 4B

October 30, 2018 — On behalf of the board of directors of the Rifle Regional Economic Development Corp., I am writing this letter of support for Garfield Re-2 ballot initiatives 4A and 4B.  Currently, the Garfield Re-2 school district receives approximately half the mill levy override dollars per pupil

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Editorial: When it comes to RFTA’s future, it’s now or later

October 30, 2018 — In weighing the various local tax-related ballot issues before voters this fall, we gave careful consideration to the biggest of them all — RFTA's request via Ballot Issue 7A for what would be its first-ever property tax in the form of a 2.65 mill levy.

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