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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Tradition: it’s a word that carries a great deal of meaning for everyone. During the holidays, it can mean singing carols with family, making that one favorite pie, watching a Christmas classic on television, or just simply enjoying the company of others. It’s with the idea of tradition in Glenwood Springs that I mention the Mountain Madrigal Singers.

The Mountain Madrigal Singers are simply a Glenwood Springs tradition: a group of talented locals who gather every year to offer a free Christmas concert to the residents of the Roaring Fork Valley – our gift to you. We are widely known throughout Colorado, and even into other states. This year, we also bring you our 30th anniversary concert, “A Family Christmas.” We couldn’t be any more excited to celebrate 30 wonderful years in Glenwood Springs, and thank you for the support you’ve given us over the years.

Our presentation this year, “A Family Christmas,” will widely explore multiple genres of music – from madrigals, to classics, to contemporary hits, and new arrangements in a few different languages. We invite all to join us in this celebration of both music and the Christmas holiday. The concert is a grand way to ring in the holiday season, and a sure way to put you in the Christmas mood. Merry Christmas from the Mountain Madrigal Singers.

Shows are Friday, Dec 10; Sunday, Dec 12; and Saturday, Dec 18, at the First United Methodist Church, 824 Cooper Ave., Glenwood Springs. All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. and free babysitting is provided.

Contact Stefanie at (970) 404-2759 for more information.

Stefanie Maurice

The Mountain Madrigal Singers

Glenwood Springs

All pilots (student, private, commercial and military,) and all aviation enthusiasts are cordially invited to the annual Pilots’ Holiday Party this Wednesday, Dec. 8. It will be held from 5-9 p.m. at the Hotel Lenado, 200 S. Aspen St. in Aspen. There will be a cash bar and “pot luck” appetizers and desserts, and we always have a wonderful variety of food. Come talk flying with old friends and make new ones.

The Aspen Chapter of the 99’s has been hosting this party since the early 1980s, when Aspen icon, pilot and WWII WASP Betty Pfister first started our local chapter. It is always free and open to the public.

This letter is especially for people who are not on our e-mail list, do not have a locally based airplane and thus have not received our mailing, have not seen our posters around town, or miss our press releases in the paper. We are trying to reach all of you, as it is a gathering not to be missed.

If you have questions and/or would like to be on our e-mail list, please call Polly at 925-5510. I hope to see you all on Wednesday.

Polly Ross

Aspen Chapter of the 99’s (International Women’s Pilots Association)

First and foremost is the fact that these children are here illegally even though they may have had no say in the matter. Their parents, just as American parents, are responsible for their children. This means sustenance as well as their education. They pay little or no state or federal income tax because stolen social security cards prohibit them from filing. Americans/Coloradans front the bill.

Second is the cost, both in money and in time consumed by having to hire Spanish-speaking teachers to teach them how to read and write English. Plus the fact that most kindergarten and elementary students are fed breakfast and other meals while at school. It is estimated that Colorado taxpayers pay close to $1.5 billion a year to feed and educate non-English-speaking students. National estimates are between $29 billion and $35 billion every year. We cannot continue to subsidize the education of illegal immigrant children.

Third, my oldest son wanted to go to Kansas State after graduating high school. We could not afford to send him there because of out of state tuition and dorm cost. He stayed in state and now has his master’s degree. If the Dream act is passed it will allow non-U.S. citizens to attend our colleges and universities at the same cost as U.S. citizens. What about the graduate from out of state that would desire to attend a Colorado school because it has the best program for his or her interest but can’t afford to go because of out-of-state tuition costs? Why should they be pushed aside by an illegal immigrant student that pays resident prices?

This student’s parent have worked and paid taxes all their lives yet their child can’t afford the extra cost. Then an illegal immigrant is given full resident rights and attends that school at resident cost. It is not right that these children are allowed to attend as residents when a U.S. citizen is not. We simply cannot afford illegal immigrants anymore.

Norm Shroll

Glenwood Springs

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