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Dear Editor,

Newspapers have quoted several people announcing that Democrat Mike Miles will drop out of the Senate race. Mike continues to say he will let the people of Colorado decide at the state assembly if he should stay in the race. His popularity continues to grow.

Currently he holds 47 percent of the total committed Democratic delegates in Arapahoe and El Paso counties ” the biggest counties so far to have held their county assembly votes. The Logan County Assembly in Sterling split their vote down the middle with 50 percent to Miles and 50 percent to Ken Salazar.

Because members of the press have been told that he will be dropping out of the race, they asked Mike Miles to issue a statement. So I asked Mike the question on their behalf: “Why won’t you drop out of the Senate race when the state party leaders endorse Ken Salazar?”

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Mike Miles sighed. (He’s tired of the question.) Then he answered matter-of-factly: “When I taught civics I told my students that democracy is built on choice. Where is the choice if everyone drops out except one candidate? That’s not democracy.”

Now can he talk about the issues?

Liz Gauthier, press liaison

Mike Miles for Senate campaign

Denver

Dear Editor,

This letter is in support of the dog park and a response to Nick Martin’s commentary. Where did Mr. Martin train his dog? Where did his dog learn to sit and stay, heel and not beg? My dog was trained while dodging cars between 8th and 9th streets in downtown Glenwood.

I’ve lived in many towns where these parks are prevalent. Not only are they a great asset to the dog and owner, they are an asset to the community.

Where do you go to exercise your pet and take him off leash? There’s not a park in Glenwood that allows pets off leash. Most of the local trails also require the use of a leash.

The park will not hinder river access, it will improve it. Finally there will be easy access to the river without putting him on a leash and walking him past annoyed fishermen.

When my dog drops the ball at my feet a thousand times a day, I did not realize that what he is really trying to say is “let’s go for a hike.” I can run, walk and hike a million miles with my dog, but when we return another ball will be dropped at my feet. I am looking forward to meeting all the other dogs and owners at the park while we talk about the wonderful new playground that’s been built.

Brian Walton

Glenwood Springs

Dear Editor,

I have just returned from the March for Women’s Lives, held April 25, where hundreds of thousands (1.15 million, according to the Washington Post’s April 26 edition) of others marched with me to show the world that women’s rights are not to be used in a political playing field.

The issues we were marching for encompass more issues women face than unplanned pregnancies and abortions. It’s about women controlling their reproduction and having the right to say when and where they will reproduce.

Every woman deserves access to accurate information, effective contraception, and quality medical care. We have a right to feel safe in our community and secure in our autonomy.

Unfortunately, these basic rights that men have always had are at risk for women in this country today. Many Americans take their civil rights for granted, but American women cannot forget that we have yet to be guaranteed true equality and equal rights under our Constitution.

The rights to privacy and to reproductive choice free from government intrusion are the hallmarks of liberty, democracy and justice. As those hard-won rights are eroded and rights gained are lost, we are left to wonder what will be left of the grand experiment in democracy we call the United States of America.

Proud to have represented women in the largest march in U.S. history,

Melissa Laeser

Carbondale

Dear Editor,

Per our own U.S. Census Bureau, not immigration Web sites, American citizens currently maintain a below-replacement-level birth rate.

If immigration were stopped tomorrow and/or reduced to replacement level only, the United States population would still be growing at the end of the century, the Census Bureau states, because of the momentum created by the last three decades of immigration.

Amendment 14 states all babies born in the United States are citizens. Each baby entitles its mother to all welfare money or TANF. Each baby is entitled to free WIC groceries up to the age of 5, including the baby’s mother, whether she is legal or illegally living here.

Each U.S.-born baby entitles its family to immediate amnesty and at the age of 18 years can sponsor up to 18 extended foreign family members for permanent non-deportable U.S. entry.

You do the simple math. Five U.S.-born anchor babies equals potentially 25 years worth of free groceries for the family. Five babies born here can sponsor 90 extended members of their foreign-born family, not counting their own immediate family members who are also permanently amnestied.

So once again, it is facts straight from our own government. Plain math and pure numbers.

Sincerely,

Marty Lich

Gypsum


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