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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Here are three good reasons to vote for Michael Bennet and John Salazar this November. When the chips were down, they voted for people, not big corporations. Washington Republicans, in every case, took the side of big business, big insurance companies and big financial dealers.

First, Bennet and Salazar voted for banking reform which strengthened government regulation of the financial industry. Virtually every Republican voted against reining in free wheeling Wall Street banks that made risky junk investments and toppled the economy. Republicans were not serious about regulating Wall Street and they will coddle Wall Street donors again if we elect them in November.

Second, Bennet and Salazar helped insure 31 million more Americans. That’s 31 million fewer people who won’t file medical bankruptcies, won’t swell the welfare rolls, and won’t walk away from expensive hospital bills.



Third, Senator Bennet and Representative Salazar supported campaign finance disclosure laws, a bill which every single Republican in the Senate opposed. A vote for their Republican opponents is a vote for more murky politics, funded by foreign business interests and shadowy millionaire contributors.

We deserve better government than what the Republicans offer. Slick slogans and emotional arguments won’t bring good government. Only taking tough stands against big corporate lobbies will bring power back to the people.



Greg Russi

New Castle

What a glorious, crisp, sunny day for the Golden Leaf Half Marathon on Sunday, Sept. 25! Too bad the race had little else going for it.

Being an experienced technical trail runner I realize there are inherent dangers in trail racing such as falls and sprains. But I also expect race management to do what they can to make all other aspects of a race enjoyable and safe. They didn’t.

The photographer (where runners can get distracted and traffic often backs up) was located on one of the most narrow, and rocky single tracks of the race. The on-course race “medics” had no ice, no ace bandages and no means to get injured runners to where they could be treated – unless they were willing to wait for the last runner to come through the “aid” station. No course monitors – only little yellow arrow signs (two of which I’d seen kicked over) and I know of at least one gentlemen who ran 200 yards off course before being redirected. And a slower runner friend encountered a water station that had run out of water! (They only had Cytomax left.)

C’mon! Just what exactly does the $40 early entry fee ($50 regular, $60 race day) pay for? Do your sponsors (Ute Mountaineer and Vasque footwear) know how poorly the race is managed?

Stop taking advantage of runners who want to experience Aspen’s spectacular fall foliage and put on a real race – with course monitors, sufficiently supplied aid stations and medics who can actually help when an accident happens.

Until you do, my friends and I will be boycotting Golden Leaf Half Marathon (and perhaps your sponsors as well) and enjoying the natural glories of the season by running on our own.

Heidi McGuire

Carbondale

John Gorman’s opponent for the Garfield County Assessor mentioned at the recent Issues and Answers forum in Glenwood that the assessor’s website is difficult to use, and doesn’t have access to a lot of information.

When he said this, I’m sure he must have seen my jaw drop to the floor, because I had been using the new website that very day to look up a property. With the previous website, which he may have been referring to, I had to know exactly how the address had been entered into the database, and there was very little information available.

Thankfully, John Gorman, our current Assessor, has joined many other counties in Colorado who use EagleWeb, a smart, easy to use website that gives a lot more information than the previous, very clunky one. This is only a small part of the things John Gorman has done while in office.

We all know that when politicians are running for office, they make lots of promises they have no intention of keeping. John Gorman has kept the promise he made when he campaigned the first time; “A Fair Accounting For All”. He has done a great job as Garfield County assessor and will continue to do so, and that’s why he’s got my vote, again.

Gay E. Moore

Glenwood Springs

Before one responds to a letter to the editor one should understand what that person is saying. With an understanding of what that letter is saying one is better able to reply based on the facts or fictions stated in the letter.

Making empty accusations about things not mentioned in the letter only makes one look foolish. For Ed Williams, he should probably have someone else reed the letter and explain the content before he responds.

Kyle Timmer

Rifle

Please be very cautious when voting on Amendments 60, 61 and Proposition 101. I don’t like paying taxes any more than you do, but these measures will not only cripple our communities and the state, it will cripple our children’s education. Beside the fact I am against changing our constitution every two years with amendments, here are some of the reasons these initiatives, if passed will devastate our state and communities with the loss of 73,000 jobs.

First, some background information. In 2007, Colorado ranked 40th in the nation in K-12 education funding at $1397 per student below the national average. Since then, this has been reduced by more than $400/student with more cuts to come. In 2008, Colorado ranked 48th nationwide for higher education spending/capita while expecting cuts of $56 million in state funding this year. Tuition rates are expected to rise at least 9 percent over the next few years, and this is before the impacts of 60, 61 and 101.

Amendment 60: Requires all school districts to cut property taxes in half by 2020. The amendment requires the state to backfill the decrease, but there will be no money to do so with the effects of these three initiatives. There is no backfill for higher education. These institutions will pay property taxes; even less money going to education.

Amendment 61: Bans any state entity from getting loans and ban “debt of any form.” Sounds good, unless school buildings are falling down and need to be rebuilt, or you teach and need your paycheck on time. Property tax dollars don’t come in throughout the year so short term borrowing is needed for cashflow. One school has said they may need to close from December-February.

Proposition 101: Will cut income tax revenues by $1.2 billion. (The money that was supposed to backfill K-12 funding).

Cut transportation revenues by cutting registration, license and title fees and eliminating faster fees and ownership taxes (no money to fix our roads).

If these measures pass, they will put Colorado into a devastating downward spiral. Is this what we want for our state and our children?

Debbie Novak

New Castle

Mayor Dave Moore of Silt wrote last week on behalf of the candidacy of Tom Jankovsky for county commissioner. He does so in his patented style of lazy and inaccurate use of facts. In June of 2008, natural gas prices were in excess of $13/MCF in Garfield County. Today, they are less than $4/MCF. The natural gas industry in Garfield county is nothing if it is not very sensitive to profit and loss. Their move out of the county was a direct result of the economics of a glut of cheap gas on the market, a limited pipeline capacity to deliver that gas to market, and the need to move to states to “drill to keep” leases which were approaching the ten year horizon.

While I personally have nothing against Tom Jankovsky, I am unable to support anyone but Tresi Houpt for County Commissioner. Tresi represents a voice of reason and balance and has proven consistently in her service to this county that she is committed to working with all interests to create business and jobs in Garfield county without risking the health and welfare of its citizens to do so. Tresi has earned the support of the citizens of Garfield county, and I urge all voters to vote for Tresi in November.

Three commissioners with one mindset is one of the classic definitions of totalitarian government. Retain Tresi to maintain good governance and balance in our county government.

Stephen Bershenyi

Glenwood Springs


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