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Organizers of Empty Bowls say thanks
Editor:
A sincere thank-you to the hundreds of sponsors, volunteers and participants in the 2013 Mountain Resource Center Empty Bowls fund-raiser. Once again, the event was a resounding success and will help us accomplish our goal of neighbors helping neighbors.
Special thanks to our Gold Ladle sponsors, Go Paint, River Canyon Gallery and Cultural Council of Park County; and our Silver Ladle sponsors, Kaiser Permanente and Churchley Financial Group. A full list of contributors will be posted soon; visit www.mrcco.org.
Empty Bowls organizers

Fire chief says thanks for supporting tax increase
Editor:
I wanted to express our appreciation to all of the residents and community members who came out in support of the Elk Creek Fire District on ballot issue 4A. It was truly wonderful to see the measure pass by such a significant margin. I believe that is a testament to the firefighters, the board of directors and all the people who have helped set this fire district on a path toward greater professionalism, transparency and community involvement.
We look forward to meeting the community’s needs for many years to come. On behalf of all the members of the fire district, we say thank you for your vote of confidence.
Bill McLaughlin
fire chief, Elk Creek Fire District

Taking a stand for democracy
Editor:
Want to support our troops and veterans? Take a stand for preserving our right to express our right to think , agree, disagree and vote as we please without threats to our elected officials from power money lobbyists trying to take control. Are our troops risking their lives for freedoms we have taken for granted? If we lose Evie Hudak as our recently re elected senator because she voted for gun control, then we have lost our ability to have an opinion about anything without fear. If we do not protect the people we elected to make our decisions when they are attacked by those who would destroy anyone who does not support their agenda, then we have lost the whole point of what democracy stands for.
Fighting for and winning to achieve democracy was and is hard, but losing it is surprisingly easy. Just let our rights be stripped from us little by little by big-money interests, starting by removing everyone who disagrees with them. “Recall” is meant to remove someone from office who has criminally abused power, not because she has voted in a way that displeases some political group. This is dangerous, disrespectful to every elected official trying to do an honest job representing we, the people, and a terrible threat to America and our way of life. Don’t let this happen.
Evie Hudak was re-elected last November for her second term as a state senator. She has held more than 50 public meetings and coffees within her district for public feedback and is well respected in the community. The idea that this woman is being used as an example of what happens to someone who dares to vote against the NRA and big-money interests, that every lawmaker better not dare oppose these powerful people or risk losing her job, is frightening.
We had better pay attention now by stopping this outrageous injustice. This could happen to any representative in any district, so it concerns us all. Stop the recall before it starts!
Suzi Badrena
Conifer