Two Democratic lawmakers also deserve recognition
State Rep. Cheri Gerou wrote a very nice opinion piece titled “Remembering politicians who served us well.” I agree with her review of these excellent leaders who represented the Evergreen area quite well over the years. However, since the title wasn’t “Republican politicians,” I do not understand why she could not also include state Sen. Joan Fitzgerald, who served the 16th District from 2001-07 and was also the first woman to serve as the president of the Colorado Senate.
Dan Gibbs, the current 16th District senator, served in the Colorado House in 2006 and was then elected to the Senate in 2008 after being appointed to fill Fitzgerald’s Senate seat in 2007. These two politicians have also served our community well, and in the interest of being more bipartisan and inclusive, I feel they should also be recognized as politicians who served us well.
Vote no on ballot measures
As a firefighter, husband and a father of three, I am very concerned about what will happen if Amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101 pass this November. These three are deceptively written and may lead voters into thinking they are harmless measures that they can make a split-second decision on at the polling place. Unfortunately, voters may not be able to tell the detrimental effects Amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101 will have on Colorado’s firefighters, teachers and police officers just by looking at the ballot question in front of them or even at the Blue Book.
That’s why I want to urge Coloradans to think carefully about these measures and listen to your community’s local firefighters, teachers, police officers and city leaders. We are opposing Amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101 because each of them in a different way will have the effect of drastically reduced budgets. Amendment 60 will impact fire-rescue and law enforcement services, thus resulting in slower response times and decreased service. Amendment 61 would eliminate Colorado’s ability to finance the building or expansion of schools, roads, hospitals, colleges and all other capital infrastructure. Proposition 101 would eliminate one of the state’s major sources of funding for road and bridge work, and for county and city funding to maintain local streets and fix dangerous intersections.
These poorly written, deceptive measures will hinder our ability to work together and bring positive changes to the workplace that keeps us and our communities safe. Please support Colorado firefighters, police officers, teachers, city leaders and other employees by voting no on Amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101.
Services for Ronald Grider a reminder of GIs’ sacrifices
The memorial service for Sgt. 1st Class Ronald A. Grider recently was a poignant reminder of the sacrifice that continues in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Grider was a loving husband, son, father and friend to those who knew him and, as evidenced by the number of military personnel present, deeply respected by those with whom he served. As the war becomes more and more relegated to the back pages of news reports, it was touching to see members of the Evergreen community pay their respects to a true American hero.
Debate in Indian Hills was informative
I had the pleasure of attending a debate between the candidates for state Senate District 16 in Indian Hills.
Democrat Jeanne Nicholson, currently a Gilpin County commissioner and a longtime public health nurse, and Republican Tim Leonard, a candidate for governor from the American Constitution Party in 1998 and candidate for Colorado state Senate from the ACT in 2006 and a local real estate developer, had the opportunity to answer questions directed to both of them and also several queries directed to each individually.
I encourage everyone to get informed and then cast your vote in November.
Ever-present Hartman deserves our votes
I am 15 and not able to vote, but if I could, I would cast it for Kathy Hartman. As county commissioner she can be seen around South Jefferson County a lot.
I attended a meeting at The Peak, and she was there. I spoke at our civic association meeting, and she was there also. Best of all, I was trying to track down the correct ownership of a plot of land that I was proposing to re-landscape for our neighborhood, as my Eagle Scout Project. You guessed it, Hartman was able to find the answer and direct me to the individuals to speak with.
It has been great having such an involved commissioner in our community. Ms. Hartman, you have my future vote.
Ballot measures would devastate state
Amendment 61, together with Amendment 60 and Proposition 101, would financially devastate Colorado and should be rejected in November.
Amendment 61 claims to limit governmental debt. That sounds like a good thing, right? However, governmental debt is not in and of itself a bad thing — it’s necessary to build essential things like schools, roads and hospitals. Amendment 61 would require that any structure, including bridges, prisons, libraries and hospitals, be paid for up front.
Even financially beneficial tools such as lease-back agreements, which are widely regarded as fiscally responsible, would be prohibited. Many Colorado school districts currently receive property tax revenue throughout the year, but not in August. That forces them to borrow money intermittently to cover costs, which generally even out over a yearly cycle. Amendment 61 would force some districts to schedule school March to November so they can fully fund the school year without borrowing. Imagine a school break from December to February.
Modern facilities at our colleges and universities would be a thing of the past. Projects such as the Anschutz Campus lure brilliant physicians and raise the bar of health care in Colorado. They also require a multitude of jobs to support them, before and after construction. Those jobs would now go to other states.
If you don’t use schools or hospitals, perhaps you drink water. Coloradans couldn’t fund expensive water lines or renovate treatment plans. Infrastructure repairs are costly but necessary. Remember the gas line that recently exploded in California due to aging gas lines? We shouldn’t tie our hands from preserving our investments due to misplaced fears that our government is overspending.
Jobs are currently the focus of our economy. Amendment 61 would cut billions of dollars per year in publicly financed construction. Along with the loss of those billions, so go the jobs that they support.
The amendment allows the government to borrow — but it must hold an election first, and any debt must be paid back within 10 years. Small fire protection districts would have to hold an election to buy a fire truck.
Vote no on Amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101.
Margaret M. Ochoa
Nicholson is accountable and has proven credibility
For the past seven years I have had the pleasure both personally and professionally of being associated with Jeanne Nicholson and her entire family.
I am writing this letter to support Jeanne and asking you to consider voting “yes” for her election in state Senate District 16. I recommend your analysis of Jeanne’s qualifications start with a visit to her website at www.nicholsonforsenate.org.
Now, let me tell you what I know. Jeanne is filled with energy and passion regarding small-business owner needs, employment/jobs, education, health care issues, poverty and the environment. Jeanne is gifted, with a very unique ability to take party-line divisive issues and bring compromise to the table; a trait that is needed at this time in Washington, D.C., as well in our wonderful state of Colorado.
I am a Republican who does not tow the far-right party line and who also does not believe in the far-left positioning. Personally, I prefer idea sharing that brings both sides to meet in the middle. We need to elect representatives with strong values who exude integrity, honesty, fiscal responsibility, care, focus and drive. Above all, we need our elected representatives to be good listeners. This describes perfectly the candidate whom I have known for seven years.
Let’s elect those whom we know and trust to meet us in the middle. Please spend some time and get to know Jeanne. and your trust will grow.
Bartley A. Corfee