Letters to the editor
Routledge for CD3 Democrat delegate
Fellow west and southwest Coloradoans (Congressional District 3), my name is Root Routledge. I’m running to be a Bernie Sanders delegate at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia this summer, asking other CD3 delegates to vote for me at our state Democratic Convention in Loveland, April 15-16, to fight for Bernie as a national delegate.
As a lifetime westerner who first moved to Colorado from the state of Washington in 1974, I am concerned about rural agricultural and natural resource issues, including food and water security and proper management of our public lands. As a business owner in Durango for 22 years I have fought for a local living economy that supports small locally-owned businesses and our local organic food economy.
As a 69-year old grandfather of three mixed-race children, I’m concerned about the future we create and leave for our children and how our justice system will treat them. That means a fair and equitable economy, as well as healing our environment and addressing the climate disruption caused by global warming.
As a Vietnam combat veteran I’m concerned about America’s involvement in ongoing protracted wars that have no endgame. We must cost-efficiently balance the management our defense to effectively address threats our nation faces, and broaden our notion of these threats to include our needs at home and the threat of climate change.
Bernie Sanders is the only candidate who has inspired a profoundly conscious and compassionate political uprising that is focused on rebuilding the health of our people, infrastructure, environment and country. His proposals are grounded in solid reasoning and evidence — not pie-in-the-sky nonsense or incrementalism.
Please look up “Root For Bernie” on Facebook for more about me, Bernie and what we stand for.
Support the Re-2 special education department
Dear Garfield County businesses,
Garfield Re-2 school district believes in the inherent potential of all children. This year, to ensure that all of our students have the opportunity to reach new heights, Garfield Re-2 will be hosting its first annual “Encourage, Nurture, Challenge Field Day” event. This event will allow students in the significant support needs programs throughout the elementary, middle and high school levels to demonstrate their strengths and experience joy while participating with other students of similar ability levels.
Our school community works hard to provide opportunities for our students to be healthy and live a physically active lifestyle. The event will help students work on improving their overall health and wellness, and also provide a variety of opportunities to work on self-esteem and team building. This field day will allow significant support needs students to celebrate their athletic abilities with classmates, new friends, and their families.
We are asking members of the business community to share our belief in these kids and help to make this a very special day for all of them. We’re seeking not only prizes of goods or gift cards/certificates to be given away on event day, but especially monetary gifts to purchase shirts and awards for each of the competitors.
Contributors will be gratefully acknowledged by having their business names included on our flyers to be distributed from the awards table and on our event banner to be displayed on field day. Gifts of $25 or more would be greatly appreciated. For those who choose to contribute a financial gift, checks can be made out to “Garfield Re-2 School District” with “SSN Field Day” included on the memo/for line on the bottom left of the check.
Garfield Re-2 School District
Attn: Denise Rahe
839 Whiteriver Ave.
Rifle, Co. 81650
Thank you in advance for supporting the health and well-being of students in our district.
Garfield Re-2 special education department
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