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Dear Editor,Thank you for your coverage, sponsorship, and participation in the recent Issues and Answers candidates forum. As one who has “been there and done that” I want to express my gratitude to those who are willing to step up, be in the public spotlight, and work for the betterment of our communities today and tomorrow. Also, a special thank-you and recognition to those who serve behind the scenes on numerous civic boards and commissions.I believe we will be well represented and served by those candidates who have made the commitment and spent the time serving their community in their appointment and involvement on various boards, commissions or committees. They have the knowledge of the processes and patience often required to make progress. They have spent the time and proven their commitment to the places they call home.I feel that proven involvement and service to their community are important steps and qualifications for those who will be elected to serve and represent us. Granted, one may have great focus and a timely issue, but those who are elected must be well-rounded and have a grasp of many issues and inter-relationships in order to be an effective leader.A final thank-you to the others who helped with the Issues and Answers forum including the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association, State Farm Insurance, and various valley media outlets. Please try to catch replays or outtakes of this forum to help make an educated vote. I’m sure the candidates would welcome contact if you have any further thoughts, questions, or need clarification.Remember to vote, and make it count.Greg Jeung Glenwood Springs

Dear Editor,Ever wonder where illegal immigrants get their clout? Let me tell you of one group that by its own words is “The largest national Latino civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States.” They are the National Council of La Raza (NCLR). La Raza translates as The Race. Janet Murguia, the president of this organization, worked at the White House in various jobs from 1994 to 2000, but ended as the deputy assistant to Bill Clinton. In 2005, NCLR received $15.2 million in federal grants, of which $7.9 million was a Department of Education grant for charter schools. There were undisclosed amounts earmarked for get-out-to-vote efforts supporting La Raza political positions. Contributors that support NCLR include the American Express Foundation, AT&T Foundation, Bank of America Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation. The revenues in 2005 came to $25.3 million. NCLR’s net assets that year were nearly $52.4 million.Sens. Clinton and Obama have filmed interviews with Murguia that you must see at the NCLR Web site (very interesting). Sens. Menendez and Salazar have direct ties to NCLR and have been honored by them.Read the quotes Murguia made at the NCLR Annual Conference in 2007. You can also watch at the Web site. “We all know the Senate voted three weeks ago to kill the immigration bill. It’s horrible that despite a national consensus that our immigration system is broken, a majority of Senators wouldn’t even proceed with a debate on comprehensive reform. There is simply no way to avoid some stark, simple truths. When the Senate voted to deny a path to citizenship for the 12 million, it also voted to cave in to bigotry.”Bigotry will never play a part in my stand against illegal immigration, and I believe the vast majority of those who want change feel the same way. Simple truth, 80 percent of Americans do not want an amnesty bill. We want the border secured and the choice of who we let into this country. That isn’t bigotry, that’s common sense. Norm ShrollGlenwood Springs


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