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As a mother of two young children it concerns me to hear any candidate running for public office wanting to remove the Department of Education.

Logically, the first question that comes to my mind is, “And do what?” I support public education choice for all children.

Our nation is dependent upon a consistent level of quality public education that is accessible to all children – regardless of socioeconomic station or ethnic background. Freedom is opportunity, and opportunity is created with an educated public.

I want a proven leader dedicated to the founding principles of quality public education for all children. I want a leader representing my children in Washington for funding towards early head start programs, improving teachers’ salaries, providing our schools with learning tools and resources to help children achieve academically.

I want a legislative fighter, who will continue to improve our opportunities for quality health care, sustainable good production, funding that creates high paying jobs, and resources that improve our lives. I want a leader who has shown a commitment to protect the fiscal integrity and viability of our nation; investing in programs that create opportunities for many – instead of a few.

Scott Tipton is not that leader!

Our Country has endured the worst economic recession, since the Great Depression, and I am proud that Congressman John Salazar was our Representative; making our voices heard in Washington. He has been Colorado’s family advocate in Washington, protecting and improving educational opportunities for our children.

He knows that valuing and committing to public education will ensure our place as a competitor in the changing global economy. He understands that job security is reliant on an educated work force. Congressman John Salazar has proven he works for all of us.

Anita Sherman

Glenwood Springs

Lou Vallario for Sheriff

It has been said that one measure of leadership is the caliber of the people who choose to follow you. This is the main reason that I will vote for Lou Vallario for Garfield County Sheriff in November. Every Garfield County sheriff’s employee that I’ve worked with (from the patrol division to the detectives to the victim services group) have impressed me with their work ethic, willingness to learn, commitment to excellence and willingness to go the extra mile to solve crimes.

This more than anything else helps me to know that their boss Lou Vallario is doing a really good job.

You might assume that I work for him but I don’t. I’m a Registered Nurse and have been for 19 years.

For 10 years I have been a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE), and provide care for patients affected by sexual assault and sexual abuse. I have worked in the valley since 2002.

In this capacity I have the opportunity to collaborate with law enforcement agents across the Roaring Fork and Colorado River Valleys. Because the service that SANEs perform can be helpful with the investigation, one of our largest group of supporters is law enforcement.

Lou Vallario was instrumental in bringing the SANE Program to this community and continues to be one of the loyal supporters of this health care service.

Even before Lou was elected sheriff he was helping our team of nurses with our training. I also had the opportunity to work closely with Lou to develop a Children’s Advocacy Center for this community to improve the investigation and care of children who are possible victims of sexual abuse.

His work with both projects speaks strongly to his commitment to helping some of the most vulnerable victims of crime in our community.

So even though I am an independent voter and generally vote on the left side of the fence, this Nov. 2 my vote will be for at least one Republican – Lou Vallario, for Garfield County Sheriff. Let’s keep Lou in office!

Lauren Gueriera

Glenwood Springs

Promises, promises

Tresi Houpt has had eight years to fulfill the promises that she now gives us. She promises to create a business climate that will attract new businesses. Well have you walked downtown Glenwood lately? How many store fronts do see vacant? Looked in the local paper lately? How many opportunities do you see for employment? Better yet look at the public notices. What do you see more of employment ads or notices of foreclosures?

Why has she waited until now? She had eight years.

United we can choose a community leader that has a proven track record of 25 years of providing jobs for our people. He is one that has experience and does listen to the diverse people of Garfield County. He does work with local business owners to bring economic growth to our community. This is a person that is honest, has integrity, and a vast interest in us, the people of Garfield County.

We need a fresh look in our local government.

Tom Jankovsky clearly provides for the orderly and balanced development of our county.

He is the kind of collaboration we need by working together with business owners and creating jobs.

Still undecided on how to vote for the growth of our community

Visit his web site at and come Nov. 2 make Tom Jankovsky your choice for Garfield County Commissioner. He can turn our county for the better of you and me.

Brenda Draper

Glenwood Springs

Vote no on state amendments

I’m writing today to urge readers to vote no on amendments 60, 61, 101. If these Amendments pass it will literally be the end of public school as we know it. This is not an exaggeration. Just this afternoon the RFCEA representative for my school said, “If those amendments pass, we will be out of a job come January. Schools in the Roaring Fork Valley will have to close their doors.”

Amendment 60 would cut property taxes. That might sound great at first, but one must consider the cost of that reduction. It would mean a loss of $17.4 million dollars to the RFSD. The amendment requires the state to backfill that money.

In order to backfill that money to schools Colorado would have to cut 99 percent of the funds allocated to other state run programs, like police/fire departments, road maintenance, libraries, prisons. Imagine that the prison budget isn’t available, and prisons get closed down all over the state.

What happens to all the criminals in the prisons?

Amendment 61 refers to school districts being able to borrow money. Under the current system, the school’s operating budget runs out about January, and the new year’s revenues don’t come in until July. Presently, school districts use interest free loans from the state to bridge the gap. I heard a proponent of Amendment 61 on the radio say that she wants to “end the culture of borrowing,” and that “by borrowing money we are setting a poor example for the children.”

Do you really think school children are privy to the inner workings of the RFSD’s budget and the “culture of borrowing?”

Proposition 101 refers to ownership taxes. Currently the RFSD receives more than $1.5 million from these taxes. Passage of this proposition would reduce this amount by 98 percent. To put that in terms that an average community member can understand, that reduction would equate to the loss of upwards of 30 teachers in RFSD. Proponents of this measure would argue that reducing taxes will boost the economy. The loss of more jobs in our small community will not boost the economy.

Maureen Hinkle

Glenwood Springs

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