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Think before you vote

Before you vote, stop and think about who and what you are voting for and the consequences. It was deregulation of Wall Street and the banks, along with spending hundreds of billions on two wars, that led to the problems we have now.

Risky investments with hard working peoples retirement funds or publicly held monies has proven to be a terrible thing for the country.

Offering mortgages to people that they could not afford, and then giving bonuses to people who sold them, just added to the cascading set of economic problems we face.

In 2008 the country voted overwhelmingly for Obama and the Democrats. They ran on health care reform and tougher regulations for Wall Street and the banks, along with ending the war in Iraq. Health care reform is exactly what they passed into law along with Wall Street, banking and credit card reform. We now also have less than 40,000 troops in Iraq.

Those are the consequences of their election.

The Republican Tea Party candidates are running on de-regulation and no more bailouts. Just think about the consequences of that vote. Suppose there were no bank bailouts. Good luck using your handy debit or credit card or trying to pull money out of the bank.

Just ask my mom who is 89 years old what it was like during the Depression when the banks closed.

However you vote is your business just be careful what you wish for because as we have seen in politics it is likely to come true.

Joe Mollica

Glenwood Springs

Amendments have some support

Garfield Country Commissioner John Martin might have it right this time when he said the commissioners’ stand against the passage of Amendments 60, 61, and Proposition 101 might produce more votes for the proposals rather then against.

Garfield County was among those taxing districts that did not respond to the 2009 high property valuations combined with the depressed economy when setting their mill levy.

Taxing Districts could have voluntarily lowered their mill levies (tax rate ) which would have provided the taxing districts with sufficient operating revenues and property owners with lower taxes.

What credibility is left for these same taxing districts who now are offering advice to influence your vote on proposed amendments intended to restrain government spending?

Despite the outcome of the vote, every taxing district should realize that they are, in part, at the root of the problem. When local taxing districts and government entities fail to operate within what has been recognized as reasonable operating expenses, then they contribute to government regulations such as the Taxpayers Bill Of Rights passed in 1992 and now the above amendments.

So, right or wrong, before laying all the blame on the amendments, consider the possibility that responsible government would have established a record, whereby the amendments would not have enough support to have made the ballot.

Ken Call

Glenwood Springs

Houpt should retain seat

Tresi Houpt has provided the balance in leadership for Garfield County to thrive while at the same time protect the kind of environment that so many here want to preserve.

The current team of commissioners has proven they can bring bipartisanship together when needed to accomplish good things in Garfield County.

Tresi needs to be re-elected so the current Board stays intact and its leadership can follow through on the many important issues facing our communities.

Laurie Stevens


Politicians get raises, seniors do not

When you step into the voting booth this November, please remember, those who are wanting to become lifetime politicians are the same ones who have allowed themselves $3,000 raises and all the perks, while senior citizens are stuck with the same amount of money in their pockets this year and next year. Our country is out of work.

People are losing their homes, and yet these same politicians feel they are more deserving of a raise considering the job they are doing and have done in the past.

Please vote everyone of them out of office. They are no more deserving than we are.

Jane Spaulding


A tribute to Charles Martin McLean

Our dear friend Charles Martin McLean (May 17, 1949 – Oct. 5, 2010) lived 10 times the life experience that most mortals ever will know. Chuck was that rare visionary who awed and inspired with precisely-planned grand designs.

After taking me on in 1994 over a cup of coffee, I became his “right-hand man” at Denver Research Group. Around Aspen, where his lovely wife Amy served as city manager, Chuck was less famous. But during 1994-2000, I was blessed to help Chuck:

1) Introduce public internet access and build empowerment websites for Compton, Lynwood and 15 other Los Angeles barrios with The Pacific Pipeline Project in 1995-96 (the O.J. Simpson jury was sequestered in our hotel);

2) Revolutionize U.S. environmental regulation in the 1990s, by coordinating face-to-face Aspen Institute dialogues where leaders of Fortune 500 companies, major environmental groups and agencies learned to stop demonizing one another; in facilitating the first of more than 50 cleaner-cheaper-smarter Final Project Agreements signed nationally, a public, transparent environmental strategic plan that pre-permitted a $2.3 billion semiconductor manufacturing plant in Chandler, Ariz.; dissolved five levels of red tape into one permit; had me publish a cutting-edge project website for Intel; and prompted EPA Administrator Carol Browner to fly down to Maricopa County for the FPA signing with Intel and ADEQ; and

3) Create, then populate and manage the Israeli Defense Forces’ main PR database on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict under Ariel Sharon – even though none of us principals were Jewish.

I’ll never forget as Chuck boldly elected to be his own general contractor (demolition expert, earthmover, electrician, plumber, etc.) and built an eclectic dream home on the west end in Aspen. This, he swapped within weeks of completing construction with a house across the street owned by Java creator/Sun Microsystems founder Bill Joy (a much nicer home), which he immediately remodeled.

With insatiable curiosity and boundless energy, this figure transformed each sector he touched with a diligence and integrity lost on no one. Chuck, you were the hardest worker and kindest soul I shall ever meet. Rest in peace.

Jim Coombs


Houpt is best candidate for commissioner

I have a great deal of respect for Tom Jankovsky and believe he could make a good county commissioner. However for this election I’m supporting Tresi Houpt. I can’t help but draw the comparison to when Marian Smith brought a healthy opposing perspective to the table in the 1980s, when she was a county commissioner with Larry Schmueser and my father. Majorities only work for the citizens when there is healthy debate representing opposing views.

Tresi has worked hard understanding the diverse needs of Garfield County residents and in my opinion has earned her keep. I am most aware of her efforts in pursuing a sustainable economy for present and future generations. Oil and gas development is no small part of that economy. I am thankful of the resources we have in our backyard and believe developing those resources responsibly is critical to a sustainable economy.

Tresi has accomplished more than most through her efforts to develop reasonable public policy on how to ensure the resources do get developed – responsibly. She’s taken an unwarranted beating for “killing jobs” in oil and gas development because of these policies.

But in truth, to say the new state regulations kill jobs is either seriously misinformed or disingenuine. Any forthright industry representative would agree that market economics crashed the natural gas market, not regulation.

I believe that we have a responsibility as voters to stay informed about the issues and candidates and included in that responsibility is an open consideration of all perspectives.

I want the same from my Board of County Commissioners. Tresi Houpt brings that to the table. I hope Tom stays interested in the position because I’d like to see him as a County Commissioner.

But this year, I ask you to vote for Tresi Houpt.

Dan Richardson


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