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The Dykeman family says thanks
Nancy, myself, and our family would like to offer our most sincere thanks for the friendship and support over the 10 years we lived in Evergreen. We congratulate the citizens for retaining the current board of directors of the Evergreen Fire Protection District by the approximate 83 percent landslide. These fine men, with whom I had the privilege of serving, only want the best for the welfare and pocketbooks of the district’s citizens. The very small but vocal opposition should be ashamed of themselves for failure to “negotiate in good faith,” and I hope the taxpayers hold them totally responsible for the expenditure of about $150,000 in tax funds.
The members of the Evergreen Volunteer Fire Department should be very proud of the resounding support for the professionalism of their efforts. Chief Mike Weege and his staff and the award-winning paramedic corps should also be very proud.
We thank our extended family of firefighters for their friendship over the years. You will not be forgotten. We wish all our friends and Evergreen citizens good health and spirits in the future.
Chick and Nancy Dykeman and family
Lady’s Island, S.C.

Recall issues still need to be monitored
I would like to thank Jodee Kesten, Dan Koller, Paul Peil and Barry Pier for being brave enough to stand up for the issues leading to the EFPD board recall. These are serious issues that needed to be addressed and still need to be monitored. I was very disappointed in the extremely personal and negative response from the fire department members and their supporters.
I hope the board is now invested in following the burn training rules they have put forward, as well as regularly reviewing response times. Community members should also be concerned, remaining involved and aware of what is happening with their fire department.
Nancy Barish

Recall candidates urge community involvement
The results for the EFPD recall election are in, and the current board members have retained their positions. Those who voted have made the choice; we accept the results of this election, and we congratulate the board members on their success.
Still, the results show that a significant 17 percent of the community are very concerned with the issues raised during the campaign; namely, the operation of a Class A burn building at EFR Station 2 and the EFR response times not being monitored and not meeting master plan goals or NFPA standards. It is important that the above concerns are resolved by the EFPD board.
A successor group of recall committee members and candidates will continue to represent these concerns by monitoring the issues and ensuring that the EFPD board is following appropriate practices in the safe use of the burn building and improving its process of monitoring response times and reporting service-level measurements to the public. It is also imperative for the community to become more involved on an ongoing basis, expressing their expectations and monitoring performance for this important public service.
EFPD recall candidates Jodi, Barry, Paul and Dan

Jeffco LWV honors members’ dedication during National Volunteer Week
The League of Women Voters of Jefferson County recently saluted its members as part of National Volunteer Week, an annual celebration to honor individuals who dedicate themselves to taking action on a variety of issues in their communities.
“Our league members in Jeffco are some of the most dedicated and committed individuals I know,” said league president Ann Taylor Roux. “They give countless hours to serving fellow citizens each year — partaking in myriad tasks to help ensure that our community is healthy, vibrant and strong. Their work has led to freer and fairer elections, as well as a deeper understanding of the issues that impact our community and the nation on a daily basis. ”
Consider the much-loved Jefferson County Open Space program. Many may not know that the League of Women Voters of Jefferson County was instrumental in the birth of the Open Space program in the 1970s. Bette Seeland, a longtime league member, was one of the inspirational voices for this program that is such an important part of our lives today. Bette continues her contributions to our community to this day with an inspiring dedication. Her volunteer hours ensure the annual updated publication of the league’s popular “Citizen’s Guide,” and she regularly chairs study committees to keep our members and the public informed about ongoing changes in our human services programs.  
“Bette’s work helps shed light on vital government programs and helps others keep a pulse on them,” says Roux.
Founded in 1920, the league has nearly 800 affiliates nationwide and a network of 140,000 members and supporters.
“The league’s passion and commitment to making democracy work makes us one of America’s most trusted organizations,” added Roux. “We could not accomplish our work at the local, state and national levels without the hard work of our volunteers. I am extremely grateful for the efforts of all our dedicated local volunteers.”
Rooted in the movement that secured the right to vote for women, the League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan organization that encourages informed and active participation in government by working to educate voters and to increase understanding of major public policy issues through education and advocacy. Membership in the League is open to men and women of all ages. With more than 93 years of experience and almost 800 local and state affiliates, the League is one of America’s most trusted grassroots organizations.
Ann Taylor Roux,
 president, Jeffco League of Women Voters

Use tax dollars wisely
Jeffco Public Schools is pushing the legal limits of its decision-making authority. This is one time I agree with Laura Boggs on the issue of extending the contract of a contractor by $4.2 million without a competitive bidding process. There are clear purchasing state statutes for all public agencies in Colorado. Since I have managed millions in different types of school construction, it is very common to break up large remodel projects into smaller bid packages. I have always found good value in tax savings in every project I’ve done like this.
The assertion that the district will save $319,000 in administrative and staff time is nonsense. The specifications and drawings are already done, or they could not have handed the project over to the same contractor. Boggs was absolutely correct in her assertion that citizens do and should get the competitive scrutiny of an open bidding process.
I’ll be the first to agree that Standley Lake High School needed updating and equipment replacement. Having been the Jeffco director of facilities maintenance for three years before my retirement, I saw all too often maintenance dollars and labor being spent on old equipment. What I also saw was poorly organized and managed construction projects. This is why this situation is so troubling. The community should expect and demand open discussion from our Board of Education when spending $4.2 million in taxpayers’ money.
School board members need to take on the leadership roles they were elected to fulfill. If the district ever hopes to pass another bond issue, it must right its own ship and question these decisions responsibly. BOE President Lesley Dahlkemper should review the entire scope of BOE process, policies and state statutes before closing open discussion of this much money being spent. Please look carefully at how precious bond funds are being spent.
Mike Arnold
South Jefferson County

No guns for teachers

Why not arm teachers with pepper spray? It’s not as dangerous as a gun, easy to hit the target and readily accessible if kept on one’s person. A little Internet research and training might be in order. Teachers sign up to teach children, not to shoot people.
Linda Ringrose