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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

The Garfield County Comprehensive Plan never contained a reference to being mandatory.

Colorado statutes give local governments authority to draft growth plans, with the help of we, the people, that is explicitly advisory, to present guidelines for orderly development. It is not regulation, but rather a general policy that shows to prospective investors our collective vision of a successful society, and that gives citizens and investors confidence in what is expected of them.

This is comforting to people, and not repulsive, as some suggest.

I am excited to see a new era of cooperation among counties, cities and towns, and planning together for mutual success.

Garfield County’s planning consultants spent two years gathering input for the new comprehensive plan, and it reflects our civic pride and individualism. Nothing needed to be amended to the plan to make it advisory.

Now, applicants and county staff are showing confusion over how the plan will be administered. This uncertainty will lengthen application timelines, and bring hesitation to staff, knowing that someone unhappy about a policy of, say, requiring road improvements to a large development, can undercut staff (acting on the input of we, the people) and seek to overturn it.

The cynical letters assuming that all government action is oppressive have never participated in American civics. I urge people to get involved.

Frank Breslin

New Castle

Our children deserve safe environments for learning and the best teachers and support staff possible.

To continue to function at current levels, the Roaring Fork School District needs the support of all of us. Failure to pass the modest mill levy override will hurt the quality of education delivered, and ultimately our children will suffer.

I appreciate the people who make Roaring Fork School District a quality school district, and I am proud of the children who have graduated from our schools.

I recognize that for about $12 per month, I can give back to today’s children and families by ensuring that Roaring Fork schools not only thrive, but continue to be an excellent economic investment.

Please join me in preserving one of our most remarkable democratic institutions – public schools. I encourage voters to support the mill levy on Nov. 1.

Marie Voss-Patterson

Glenwood Springs

Congratulations to all the police departments involved in the dragnet that captured a six-year fugitive from the Colorado state prison system.

While I applaud this valiant effort to apprehend a dangerous criminal, we are all reminded on a daily basis how our police dollars are spent. It is impossible to drive anywhere in our fine state or nation without encountering numerous speed traps, a different style of dragnet – a dragnet designed to capture money not criminals.

It is time for us, as citizens, to demand that our public service dollars are allocated to protection from and apprehension of criminals in our neighborhoods instead of the blatant misuse of our tax dollars to ensnare funding for further harassment of otherwise law-abiding citizens.

Who in their right mind would agree that speeders are public enemy No. 1? None of us. Speak up and stop this dereliction of duty.

David Hicks

Glenwood Springs

We have an opportunity in this upcoming election to make a difference, a true difference in the lives of our kids, the students of the Roaring Fork Valley’s public schools.

Education is of prime importance to our community and its own success. We need to invest in it.

In a recent study, the Hoover Institution valued that if the U.S. improved its overall academic performance to equal a country such as Germany, the “U.S. GDP would increase by more than $40 trillion.”

Our precious children deserve the opportunity to be provided a solid education in an environment that is conducive to learning. The mill levy override will help provide the essential funds to assure class size remains small, to supply necessary learning materials, to retain and attract quality educators, to provide needed facilities maintenance and more.

The bottom line for taxpayers is on average this will mean roughly $8 per month in additional taxes. The school district has already made significant cuts throughout its operations.

Let’s each do our part. Education is the backbone of a solid community and of our country. Vote yes for our valley’s kids.

Jenifer Seal Cramer

Glenwood Springs

Miles Rovig wants another term on the Roaring Fork Re-1 school board. He says it’s important he be re-elected to keep the “continuity of the board.” I take that to mean he wants to maintain the status quo of the school board, the same-old, same-old.

The same pathetic performance by some schools failing miserably? The same back room secrecy and public opinion-be-damned attitude the board displayed in firing Sonya Hemmen?

The same school board that would rather raise taxes on hard-pressed home owners than take a 5 percent pay cut across the board to balance their budget overruns?

If voters are happy with the school board’s past performance, then Mr. Miles Rovig is who you want to elect. But keep your wallet handy, because that old school board comes with a big new price tag.

Bruno Kirchenwitz


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