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Citizen Telegram Letters to the Editor: Hosack for Re-2 school board, throw the bums out, literacy skills need attention

Hosack running for Re-2 board

You will soon receive your ballot in the mail for this fall’s election. I am running for director of District A on the Garfield School District Re-2 board of education. I currently serve on the board and would like to continue that service.

Since moving to Rifle 13 years ago, I have been an active parent in the school district. I served on several PTAs and the Rifle High School Booster Club, school and district accountability committees and volunteered as a Destination Imagination coach and judge. I believe it has been my responsibility as a parent and community member to serve our schools. When I took on the role of a board member, I knew it was a great opportunity to make a positive impact.



I have a bachelor’s of science degree in health science, am a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator. I have worked at Grand River Hospital District since 2001. In the past, I was an adjunct instructor at Colorado Mountain College in Rifle and worked for Valley View Hospital, so I understand the value and necessity of a top-notch education.

My community involvement has also included being an active member of St. Mary Catholic Church, including teaching Sunday School, a Girl Scout leader and current assistant scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 223. I am a member of the Rifle International Order of Odd Fellows Lodge.



I am focused on what counts: Every student, every school, every day. I am passionate and dedicated to Garfield Re-2, I encourage and appreciate your vote.

Michelle “Mickie” Hosack

Rifle

Throw the bums out

I will not vote for any Congressional incumbent. This Congress is making a mockery of our system of government. Democrat, Republican, tea party or independent, they hold us hostage to their purposes while they continue to receive their overblown salaries, health care and benefits. Limos, bodyguards, aides, all get paid, but they deny benefits to families of veterans killed in the line of duty. Colorado towns, crippled by floods, can’t do business because the attractions that could bring tourists to their areas are closed. Federal employees can’t buy food for their families or pay their bills. Thousands of people out of work and our Congress can’t put aside their political differences and make it work.

The rest of the world laughs at us and the fools in Washington don’t care, because their golden parachutes are in place and when they don’t get re-elected, or resign, they can go to work as a lobbyist.

I want legislators to create laws FOR THE PEOPLE they represent, not for themselves. They have placed themselves above us and I don’t believe the Founding Fathers planned it that way.

Our country was founded in revolution and I think it’s time for another one: At the ballot box. Send them all home. My only regret is that we will still have to pay them.

Skip Bell

Carbondale

Literacy skills lacking in U.S.

The Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development, along with the U.S. Department of Education, released data on adult competencies in the United States as compared to 32 other countries. The U.S. lagged behind in these key areas:

• One in six adults has low literacy skills.

• Nearly one-third of U.S. adults have significant deficiencies in math, below most of the other countries in the study.

• Levels of our oldest workers are not better than our youngest workers, indicating little progress over the last two decades.

• Social and economic background continue to have a strong influence on basic skills to a much greater extent than many other countries in the study.

• The odds of reporting “fair” or “poor” health are four times greater for those with low literacy skills than for highly skilled adults, double the average ratio seen in other countries.

The Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies illustrates the potentially damaging effects that lack of literacy and basic education can have on individuals, families, communities and our entire country. Literacy Outreach has a waiting list for adult literacy and basic education services. Also, our national membership organization, ProLiteracy, reported that 40 percent of adult learners seeking services were unemployed in 2012, up from 35 percent in 2011.

We hope Congress and the private sector recognize the huge disparity between need and resources. Without additional funding, the gap between the competencies of American adults and adults in other countries will result in an even more under-skilled workforce. Our global competitiveness is based on a literate workforce.

Martha Fredendall

Director, Literary Outreach

Glenwood Springs


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