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A vote for Bush is a vote for certain downfall

Dear Editor, We all chuckled in March of 2003 when Saddam Hussein spiritedly claimed victory, when it was clear his country was facing imminent defeat. It’s not so funny to see our President doing the same. We, the people of the United States, have one chance and one chance only to show the world that we do not have the same beliefs as our President. With our vote we can tell the people of other nations that we are not as righteous and arrogant as our current administration. This may be the most important election of our lifetime. How we vote will determine the course of world history and our place in it. Do we continue as world bully, or do we return to our place as world leader? A vote for John Kerry is a vote for a strong, decisive, well-informed leader. He has over 20 years’ experience in domestic and foreign affairs.He is respected worldwide. A vote for George Bush is a vote for America’s certain downfall! Let’s show the world! Our leader was wrong, not our people. I ask you to vote for John Kerry. It is the most important decision you may ever make. Donna Davis Snowmass Village Re-2 uses sound financial practicesDear Editor,I am a member of the Garfield Re-2 School board of directors. I was elected to this position last November. I have spent the last year examining the school district finances. I have found the school district operates using sound financial practices. This is based upon my personal review and by the findings of an independent auditor.The members of the board of directors have spent the past year reviewing taxpayer surveys, having conversations with our communities, parents and our own school employees. I believe we have listened and have reduced the mill levy override from $4 million to $2.7 million. The proposed mill levy override will be used to provide salary increases for our staff that are comparable to our neighboring school districts, relieve overcrowding in some classrooms, provide operating funds to open Coal Ridge High School and maintain quality programs at Rifle High School.Garfield County saw a significant increase in the assessed valuation in 2004. This was due in a large part to the natural gas development. Due to the tax structure in Colorado, the school district will not see the benefit from this increased evaluation. However, the property owners in the county should benefit from the increase assessed valuation on the natural gas with lower property taxes.We have a great school district with quality schools, teachers and staff. We want to continue to provide quality schools for our quality communities. Please help us by voting yes on 3C.Jay RickstrewRifle

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