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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

The following unofficial proposal has been circulated by email for some time now under the title “Congressional Reform Act of 2010.” Can you think of a single member of Congress who would introduce such legislation?

Thesis: Service in Congress is an honor and a duty, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, not career politicians. Elected representatives serve their term(s), then go home and go back to work like the rest of us.

1. Term Limits: 12 years only, using one of the options below. a) Two 6-year Senate terms, b) six 2-year House terms, or c) one 6-year Senate term and three 2-year House terms.

2. No tenure/no pension: A congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they are out of office.

3. Congress (past, present and future) participates in Social Security: All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system and Congress participates with the American people.

4. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan just as all Americans.

5. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

6. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.

7. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.

8. All contracts with past and present congressmen are void effective 1/1/11. The American people did not make this contract with congressmen, congressmen made all these contracts for themselves.

John Palmer

Glenwood Springs

Our ballots arrived yesterday. Another election year is upon us.

It is imperative that we use this opportunity to take the actions necessary

• to preserve our quality of life;

• to promote our commitment to agriculture and open spaces and our unique history;

• to protect the wildlife and the wild places;

• to promote the opportunities for education, art and culture;

• to protect and sustain our recreational opportunities;

• to project our vision for the valley’s future in terms of housing, transportation, a resort culture and our community character.

Actions of County Commissioners address each of these issues.

Leadership is necessary.

We in Pitkin County need responsible leadership from individuals who understand our history, our culture, our needs, our futures. We need someone who cares, who listens, who is well informed, who thoughtfully and openly considers the available options, and, who is willing to take action on issues that are both complex and controversial.

We need Jack Johnson.

The role of County Commissioner in Pitkin County is important on the local, state and national levels. The decisions made and the directions taken on the local level both affect and are affected by the decisions made and directions followed in other places, at other meetings, with other leaders.

Jack Johnson has the knowledge and experience and needed to learn, to discuss, to debate, to make the difficult decisions, to recognize the consequences of his actions, and to move forward.

He needs our votes in order to work for us as a public servant in a stewardship role. Please extend your support, and vote for Jack Johnson for Pitkin County Commissioner.

Dorothea Farris, Pitkin County Commissioner, 1998-2009

Carbondale, Pitkin County

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