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Dear Editor,

I was very disappointed by the articles published about “early learning.” Somehow daycare has become preschool that is mandatory for our children to be normal.

I respect parents who choose to or have to go to work and cannot stay home with their children.



But, what about the moms who stay home with their children and teach them valuable life lessons?

I have three little girls who are very well behaved. My children have never attended preschool or daycare, yet they share with others, take turns, have plenty of friends and listen! Their social skills are completely acceptable.



Children can stay home in a loving family and learn the skills they need to be kind and compassionate to other people without attending preschool. While good things are happening in preschools, let’s not forget the moms who work so hard to raise children who respect others and grow up to be wonderful adults. Keep up the good work!

Christine Young

Glenwood Springs

Dear Editor,

In a recent political ad, Don Gillespie’s position includes “continued citizen input and representation.” The accuracy of this claim is questionable.

I attended the council meeting when Gillespie ignored the clear majority of people and voted in favor of Red Feather Ridge. Hopefully, voters will recall this now and give Joe O’Donnell the chance to prove he will do a better job of listening to them.

Sincerely,

Bruce Neuman

Glenwood Springs

Dear Editor,

This letter should have been written several months ago. The voters of Glenwood Springs should be very proud of their stand against Red Feather Ridge and the developers that tried to negate the city’s comprehensive growth plan.

I want to remind all who voted that their opinions and desires were important and their voices were heard. We should be proud that we were able to say no to high-density development. MidFirst Bank flatly stated that they would build out the county’s plan if the city annexation plan was voted down. Less than 48 hours after they were defeated by a 3-1 margin, the entire development was up for sale. There is a lesson here that we should not forget.

The special election, the expense to the city, the expense to the citizens in fighting the development and the stress for everyone involved was totally unnecessary! The City Council heard citizen input that was overwhelmingly against the project. They were presented with over 1,000 signatures of citizens against the project (75 percent of which were residents of the city). A majority of the council did not listen to their constituents.

It is time to vote for several city council positions. It is time that the voters remember who listened and who didn’t. Otherwise, do not be surprised if much more citizen input is ignored in the not-so-distant future. Don’t be fooled by campaign rhetoric. Remember and vote.

Jim Hawkins

Four Mile

Glenwood Springs

Dear Editor,

I would like to take this opportunity to express my strong support for Bruce Wampler, who is a candidate for the Roaring Fork Board of Education. Bruce was appointed to fill my seat on the school board when I was elected to serve as Garfield County commissioner.

I have known Bruce for many years and have come to know him as intelligent, committed and ethical. As a past university professor and owner of two software companies, he brings educational expertise, business sense and technological knowledge to the board.

Bruce and his wife, Trina, are very dedicated to public education, and on a more local level, to the Roaring Fork School District. Their two children attended Sopris Elementary and currently attend the Glenwood Springs middle and high schools.

Bruce is an involved and committed community member. Please join me in voting for Bruce Wampler during this election. As a current school board member, he has earned our trust and support.

Tresi Houpt

Glenwood Springs

Dear Editor,

The Social Security Administration annually reviews forms and credits Social Security earnings to workers. If a name or a Social Security number on a W-2 form does not match Social Security Administration’s records, the Social Security earnings go into a suspense file while the Social Security Administration works to resolve discrepancies.

In recent years, the Social Security Administration has been unable to match employee information with its records for 6 million to 7 million workers a year. The Social Security Administration has deposited $280 billion in the earnings suspense file as a result of the cumulative effect of these no-matches.

Previously, the Social Security Administration would send no-match letters to employers when information submitted for at least 10 percent of their employers did not match the records. Until 2002, that system resulted in about 40,000 letters sent annually to employers.

In 2001 that number went to 110,000 letters, or one in 60 employers receiving no-match letters. In 2002, employers received a letter if one employee’s info does not match. The result is one in eight employers now receive these letters, representing approximately 7 million workers. The administration cost to the Social Security Administration is $5.4 million in notices sent to individuals, $600,000 to employers, $1.1 million in phone calls and maintenance.

Marc Richardson

Silt


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