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Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO

The Republican and Democratic conventions have ended. The election is less than two months away. Almost 4 percent of voters have not made up their mind. As a public service, I will attempt to give readers a quick recap.

On the “R” side we have the “Take Back America” theme. Take it back to where is not really mentioned, as the GOP avoided mentioning anything before 2009. The GOP wants to continue the policies of “he whose name will not be mentioned” at the convention. Really, no one mentioned President Bush.

These policies include rolling back regulations on Wall Street and banks. They extend and increase the tax breaks for the wealthy. They will eliminate health care reforms. Planned Parenthood will be gone. The EPA will be gone if it impacts profits. Funding for low-income school and food programs will be curtailed. Ditto for Pell Grants that help college kids.

They will increase military spending, even above the current Pentagon budget. Iraq and Afghanistan military presence will be increased. Iran is wearing a bull’s-eye.

Romney would veto a “Dream Act.” Drilling for oil and natural gas will increase and subsidies continued, while subsidies for alternative energy will disappear.

On the “D” side we have the “Forward” theme. Take the stated policies of the GOP and reverse them. Democrats want more investment in education and training, more alternative energy, and restructuring of financial regulations. Women’s rights to equal health care and equal pay are stated platform goals. Democrats support increased access to voter registration and voting, not less.

President Clinton summed the Democrat’s position thusly: “In Tampa, the Republican argument against the president’s re-election was pretty simple: We left him a total mess, he hasn’t cleaned it up fast enough, so fire him and put us back in.” Romney pollster Neil Newhouse’s quote summed up the GOP convention: “We’re not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers.”

Still undecided? Consider this: Can you vote for someone who loves America so much, he keeps huge amounts of money out of the country? Think about that for a moment.

Craig S. Chisesi

Rifle

Halloween just won’t be the same, thanks to some very rude people. Recently all of my 2-year-old’s pumpkins were stolen from his grandfather’s garden. He had watered and taken care of them all summer, just to come out one morning and find them gone.

Whoever thought that taking them was really fun and cool should come back and explain to a very young boy why his pumpkins are missing and answer all the questions he has as to where they went.

What a reality. You can’t even grow pumpkins on your own property without someone thinking they have the right to take them. What a disappointment.

Julia Donohoue

Rifle

I’d like to respond to a letter written by Carl McWilliams published on Aug. 30. I’ll keep my response within the word limits of the Post Independent’s regular format for letters to the editor.

Our nation’s economic success starts with strong local economies that emphasize diversity and sustainability in their overall plan. As the global markets shift into new areas of consumer needs and demands, it takes vision, a strong sense of collective ethic, collaboration and courage to seize new opportunities, instead of clinging to past successes.

I am running for Garfield County commissioner because our county is moving in the wrong direction. I want to bring my skill sets and experience, used to improve Rifle’s economic success, quality of life, and outdoor spaces, to the larger stage of county government. There is no end to opportunities our communities can create, together, with representatives committed to public service and fiscal responsibility aimed at the future.

Building a robust and sustainable economy in Garfield County can’t be done alone. Systems, like the economy and environment, function better when they’re diverse. Solutions are found when all voices are valued and represented in the process of creating comprehensive policy.

I have four goals as county commissioner:

1. Inventory and support existing businesses and municipalities to leverage sustainable growth opportunities and attract quality employers to diversify the county’s tax base, improve revenues, and buffer boom-bust cycles.

2. Include the health and welfare of residents, and the environment, in the equation of a robust economy.

3. Engage in county governance with transparency and accountability to all residents.

4. Create policies based on solid vision and critical thinking that empowers qualified managers to implement day-to-day functions, manage staff, and serve the public.

Building community starts with respecting all voices. We can achieve together, what we can’t do alone. Please visit my website Briedis2012.com to get more info, and connect with me directly. It’s time to return public service back to government of the people.

Aleks Briedis

Rifle

Universities should offer a 100 level course in filling out government forms, i.e. food stamps, unemployment, disability, energy assistance, public housing, health care, child care, etc.

President Obama so loves to help the poor that his programs have created millions. One in six Americans are living in poverty since he was voted into office.

Immigrants from China, Europe and Russia warn us of their experiences living under communism, socialism, fascism, and they can’t believe what they see happening in America.

My grandmother was from the Belarus/Poland area. She told me horror stories of her life under repressive governments.

It’s starting already, when the federal government forces us to purchase a product we don’t want. Since when can our government order us to purchase anything? What founding father advocated that?

Imagine a disarmed U.S. citizenry against a tyrannical government.

Readers are leaders. Most people only repeat the hogwash they’ve absorbed from others. Read some books about Mr. Obama and learn about his radicalism, how he became who he is and where he plans to take this country.

He has a long history of being at odds with American values and our core principles. Go see the movie “2016.” Get educated.

No country can beat America militarily. To win, President Obama must control the money.

Forget about all the petty stuff and look at the big picture.

House values are down 40 percent. Average gross income is $4,000 less than it was in 2008. Entitlement programs are sucking people into dependency. When 51 percent of the population is government dependent, President Obama’s kind will be in power forever enslaving you and your kids and so on under a socialistic system. Say goodbye to America.

The Democratic party is not the same as it was in the past. It’s been taken over by far left-wing radicals.

Vote for Mr. Obama and kiss our great country goodbye. Mitt Romney, on the other hand, is as American as apple pie. He has a resume showing he’s qualified to be a great president.

Choose wisely.

Stan Rachesky

Glenwood Springs


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