Citizen Telegram Letters to the Editor – March 6, 2014 |

Citizen Telegram Letters to the Editor – March 6, 2014

Silt candidate promises proper tax money uses

At a meeting on Aug. 12, 2013, Mayor Dave Moore and Trustees Jeff LaValla, Sonny Fernandez and Paul Taylor voted to ask Silt voters for a 25 percent increase in the town’s sales tax rate. The tax they wanted was for “economic development” and “parks and recreation.” Essentially, they wanted to take money from your pocket and use it for to general purposes, neither of which included a plan or budget.

To begin the change Silt needs, I will donate my entire trustee salary towards improvements at the Silt Dog Park, which equates to $19,200 over four years. If government is going to change, we have to change our expectations of public servants and the role they play in our communities. I am not sure when serving the community 10-20 hours per month moved to being a professional position from a volunteer position, but I want to see the trend reversed. Volunteerism is a principal of an effective local economy, and local government should always look for ways to incorporate the strength of their residents before they look to increase taxes.

I have spoken with many people in Silt willing to work together without monetary compensation for the betterment of the community. I have also found through numerous personal meetings since I began this campaign that the people are motivated to change Silt for the better and that Paul Taylor and Dave Moore are not meeting their expectations.

The town’s money is your money, so be sure you know how it’s spent. Know that I will not use your tax money for personal gain or to pay my bills. That’s your money and it should be invested into improving your community. Don’t let Dave Moore and Paul Taylor try to take your money.

Dylan Lewis


Get screened today

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and I want to urge men and women, 50 and older, to get a colorectal cancer screening. Colorectal cancer, commonly known as colon cancer, is the second leading cancer-related death of men and women combined. More than 9 out of 10 Colorado men and women with colorectal cancer are older than 50. Early colorectal cancer often has no symptoms, which is why routine screening and detection is so important.

Colorectal cancer can be prevented by finding and removing polyps (via colonoscopy) before they become cancerous. Other options for screening include an annual fecal occult blood test, which is collected at home with a kit provided by your medical provider. All insurance plans are now required to cover preventive health services like colorectal screening. Families that have a history of colorectal cancer – or even colon polyps – are at an increased risk for colorectal cancer and should talk with their healthcare providers about getting screened before age 50.

The National Colorectal Cancer Round Table, a national coalition founded by the American Cancer Society and Centers for Disease Control, has recently announced a goal of increasing colorectal cancer screening rates in the United States to 80 percent by 2018, estimating that this increase could save up to 14,000 lives and millions of dollars annually.

Talk with your healthcare provider about colorectal cancer screening today, and encourage your family and friends, ages 50 and older, to get screened. It could save your life and your loved ones.

Karen Forest

American Cancer Society


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