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The sky is falling

Dear Editor,

Coloradans ” prepare for a disaster dwarfing both Sept. 11 and Katrina combined.

You see, the sky could fall on Colorado, according to the cluster thing C and D supporters had at the chamber of commerce the other day.

The purported justification for a potentially $5 billion (that’s with a b) tax increase is reduced tax revenues due to a faltering economy. Well, whose economy do the arrogant public trough nimrods think it is? Theirs? Taxpayers are the economy.

Doesn’t it follow, then, that if the economy is faltering, that taxpayers are having a tougher time? Uh, families suffering “reduced revenues?”

Adding insult to injury, major bucks would be spent to increase (already overpaid) public employee benefits.

Taxpayers continually have to belt-tighten if faced with “reduced revenues.” Where is it written that government shouldn’t have to? Ever notice that those screaming about reduced services are only the bureaucrats?

In addition, taxpayers are continually belt tightening for a myriad of government created financial burdens, just of few of which are inflation, skyrocketing natural gas and gasoline prices, increased fees for services, cost of housing, burgeoning welfare costs (to support services to illegal aliens), Congress, Congress and Congress.

Can you comprehend, now, the haughty arrogance of our government masters’ attitude toward we who are supporting them?

Bob Richardson

Glenwood Springs

Dear Editor,

Although your coverage of Referendums C and D has been good, it hasn’t answered the important question in voters’ minds: how much will it cost me?

Those against Ref. C say that each taxpayer will lose $3,200 over five years if it passes. But Governor Owens and the nonpartisan Legislative Council Blue Book say that because much of the refund would go to special interest tax breaks, the average taxpayer will forgo only $98 per year, for a total of $491. Who to believe?

Being a skeptic, I did my own research, using my Colorado income tax forms from 1997 through 2001, the only years we got a TABOR reduction. For an individual, middle income taxpayer (income $27,000-$56,000 in 2001, for example) the refund averaged $180 per year. For joint filers, it was $360 per year.

Those were five very prosperous years, so they yielded big refunds. As we struggle to recover from the past few lean years, and compare them to those boom years, the Blue Book numbers look accurate. They say that the average refund in 2007 would be $71, increasing to $154 by 2011, averaging out to $98 per year.

Is it worth $98 a year to have functional roads, and state colleges that our kids can afford? I’d have to say “yes”.

Nancy Smith


Dear Editor,

Dennis Webb’s story about the fluoridation issue on the city council agenda Oct. 9 quoted me as saying that Aspen’s water is not fluoridated. This statement was made by another speaker. Fluoride is present in Aspen’s water supply. Medical professionals in Telluride did convince their city council to remove it.

Citizens who maintain that we have the right to decide for ourselves about medication may pursue the petition process to vote on water fluoridation in the future. The situation has changed since the 1985 vote in favor of adding fluoride, since it is now present in foods also.

We would appreciate receiving feedback from the public. Messages may be sent to

Joan Troth

Glenwood Springs

Dear Editor,

By now, many of you have received your ballot for the November election. Please vote “yes” on Eagle County’s Referendum 1A.

1A is the Home Rule Charter Commission question. There are two parts to the question: first, a “yes” or “no” on electing a commission, and second, selection of 11 members to serve on that commission.

The decision on home rule will be made after the Home Rule Charter Commission researches options and presents a charter to the county commissioners, then to the registered voters, to accept or reject.

I believe a “yes” vote is in order for the following reasons:

1. The best government is that which is responsive to the unique characteristics of its communities. A well-designed home rule charter would allow us to create a structure of government that works best for Eagle County citizens.

2. A group of elected volunteers will research options and return a charter to the public for review, within 240 days. The people of the county can accept or reject the charter at a special election which will be held for that purpose.

One possible outcome of a Home Rule Charter could be the expansion of the current board of county commissioners from three members to five, with better geographic representation throughout the county. The charter could also allow those commissioners to be elected on a non-partisan basis, as is the case with town council members.

Voting “yes” on Referendum 1A allows us to look at creating a more efficient and effective county government. This is a positive step for the future of our county, and have put my name in the hat as a candidate for the Home Rule Charter Commission. Please give me a call or e-mail if you’d like to discuss the referendum or my qualifications.

Kathy Chandler-Henry

Home Rule Charter Commission candidate

Eagle, District 2

Dear Editor,

Glenwood Meadows? First we lose the last of our open space, not to mention small-town character. Then we get to pay an extra 1.5 percent tax, (a total of 9.5 percent) for the privilege of shopping there.

With the cost of living so high, maybe that extra money could go towards paying their employees a living wage? I doubt it.

Until this tax is rescinded, my family and I will not shop there.

Michael Hoban

Glenwood Springs

Dear Editor,

From day one, we heard we were getting a “Super Target.” Does anyone else feel like we were sold a “bill of goods?” I am not impressed with the new store; it looks like any other old Target to me.

Susie Harris

New Castle

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