Thanks to People Comforters
I have to thank you for doing the story on the angels who are involved in People Comforters. As a recipient of one of their beautiful pieces of handiwork, I want to let them know how much the quilt we received means to us.
Our home was lost in February 2009. The same night a quilt had been left on our bed at the hotel, and a very touching note was included with it. It meant more to us than I can describe in words.
The quilt hangs prominently in our replaced home today.
Thank you, People Comforters.
Letter on Obama had faulty reasoning
In reply to the points raised in Anne Skewes’ recent letter urging a new president, consider:
While it is true that the economic bullet points on Skewes’ list occurred during the Obama presidency, the mention of these points does not in itself establish each to be President Obama’s fault. Much of her letter is misconstrues concurrence for causality.
Skewes ignores the reality that Obama was handed the Great Recession from the Bush regime, and that most of her economic laments are a direct byproduct of such. She also seems unaware that a range of reputable economists on both sides of the aisle have observed that the nature of events which caused the Great Recession in fact do unavoidably lead to many years of economic difficulty.
Skewes sidesteps the fact that with the death of Ted Kennedy and election of Republican Scott Brown as his replacement just one year after Obama’s inauguration, Democrats no longer had a filibuster-proof Senate majority, then lost their House majority the next year. The result was that for the last three years of Obama’s four-year term, the Republican Party initiated a no-compromise policy and resolutely blocked most of his initiatives intended to improve the economy; now it ironically blames him entirely for the consequences.
Skewes points to the national debt that has increased under Obama, which indeed does need to be reduced in the mid- and long term, but neglects three nearer-term considerations:
• Approximately two-thirds of the deficits that have come annually under Obama, adding to the national debt, are grounded in the Bush regime including two unfunded wars, large unfunded tax cuts, and unfunded expansion of the Medicare subscription drug benefit.
• The remaining one-third of the deficits have been entirely appropriate given the depth of the downturn.
• The national debt needs to be considered not just in its gross amount, but in the U.S.’s ability to service it. On this critical count, the cost to service the national debt as a percent of GNP lies at among the most affordable levels as any in the last 40 years, and much more so than it was in the 1980s and early 1990s (under Reagan and Bush I).
Obama did veto the Keystone pipeline, as Skewes points out, pending responsible environmental review. He bowed to pressure from, among others, Republican governors and citizens in impacted Republican voting states like Nebraska, where people are credibly concerned about the environmental risk of pipeline leaks into the Ogallala aquifer critical to their local economy and well being.
There are reasons to vote Republican, but for the most part I do not believe Skewes’ letter articulates them. Nor does it mention what will come with a Romney victory. It will likely entail a larger military, massive cuts of assistance to the poor and needy, increased income disparity that already today exceeds the previous historic extreme of the 19th-century Gilded Age, and greater environmental degradation, among many other considerations. While acceptable to some voters, these outcomes are not to others.
Mountain Peace Shelter says thanks
It never fails that when the Mountain Peace Shelter has an event, our community comes out to support it. Such was the case recently when the shelter’s new Mountain Peace Boutique & Resale Shoppe staged the “first ever” fashion show.
But this was different: There was not one penny spent on putting on the show; everything was donated or volunteered. For that, I say thank you! Thanks to our musicians, Bonnie & Dana Shippy and Jennifer Tucker; thanks to Janet Miller for donating the photography; thanks to our amazing models — all wonderful women and kids from the Bailey community. Thanks to Platte Canyon Community Church for allowing us to borrow your stage. And finally, thanks to the Platte Canyon Area Chamber of Commerce for staging the 285 Gold Rush and helping us draw a crowd.
By putting on such a fun and successful event without expending any production costs, it allowed us to funnel even more money directly into the very important work that the Mountain Peace Shelter does for families in crisis.
board of directors, Peace Works Inc.
Mountain Peace Shelter, Mountain Peace
Boutique & Resale Shoppe
Senior citizens of Jeffco: Please vote yes on 3A/3B
It is critical for all citizens of Jefferson County to support our public schools. Senior citizens in particular need to remember that people were willing to contribute to the tax base for our education, and now we must be aware of the challenges facing public educators in providing quality education for our children and grandchildren. We know the world is becoming more complex and competitive. Young people entering the job market and pursuing higher education must be well equipped to compete in an ever-changing world.
Jeffco Schools are leaders in offering outstanding education to our youth; however, the cuts in funding over the past few years have been devastating and have created enormous challenges in maintaining the traditions of excellence.
Now is definitely the time for a yes vote on 3A and 3B to help alleviate some of the budget pressures and assure quality education continues in Jeffco. Schools are at the heart of a successful community where people want to live and raise their children, where property values remain stable and where businesses thrive.
Now is our chance as senior citizens to give back to the future!
a concerned senior citizen in Evergreen
Ten reasons to vote yes on 3A and 3B
Jefferson County voters face an important decision in this year’s election — ballot measures 3A and 3B. With state funding levels for education reduced in our stagnant economy, Jeffco voters must take care of our own, like past generations have done for current generations. Right now, our schools need our support and our vote. 3A and 3B represent an opportunity to invest in our future, our kids and our community — there’s something in it for all of us whether we have school-age kids or not. I encourage all Jeffco voters to consider these important ballot measures, and I offer the following 10 reasons to vote yes on 3A and 3B:
1. Colorado ranks 49th out of 50 states in per-pupil instruction spending normalized by average personal income — second to last in education funding.
2. 3A and 3B will offset planned budget cuts of $45 million for the 2013-14 academic year. These budget cuts would negatively impact many programs and result in the loss of 600 Jeffco jobs, causing class size to increase dramatically.
3. Jeffco teachers are in their third year of a 3 percent pay cut, yet their workloads, medical coverage costs and living costs continue to increase.
4. There is a positive correlation between education funding, school quality and property values. Quality schools and school districts attract businesses and professionals, enhancing the reputation, demand and real estate values in those areas.
5. 3A and 3B are right-sized to address just the critical needs of the district. Several larger bond packages and mill-levy overrides have passed in comparable Front Range school districts in the past few years.
6. 3A and 3B are affordable relative to what they will provide. Based on the average home value, the net cost to a Jefferson County homeowner is an incremental $3 per month, or a dime a day.
7. Colorado has the 11th lowest state and local tax burden relative to per-capita income among the 50 states; and Jeffco and Colorado homeowners pay far less than the national average in real estate taxes as a percentage of home value.
Colorado’s relatively lower tax rates make it easier to have the discussion on important measures like 3A and 3B.
8. 3A and 3B will enable Jeffco Public Schools to maintain its tradition of academic excellence: graduation rate second in the nation, outperforming the state-average TCAP results in all grade levels and content areas, and several high schools recognized nationally by U.S. News and World Report.
9. Jeffco Public Schools has demonstrated fiscal responsibility by strategically utilizing reserves and reducing expenditures by $78 million over four years while minimizing the impact on classrooms. Jeffco efficiently allocates 84 cents of each dollar spent toward classroom instruction.
10. 3A and 3B will preserve classroom size; enable the retention and recruitment of highly qualified teachers; restore two days of school; maintain teacher-librarians, music programs and instructional coaches; and contribute to charter school funding, Outdoor Lab and technology. Not one penny of 3A money will go toward PERA, the Public Employees’ Retirement Association.
Evergreen resident and Jeffco parent
Shred-A-Thon had great support
Crow Hill Insurance would like to thank the community for its support of our recent Shred-A-Thon. We enjoyed meeting so many new folks and appreciate the very generous donations to the Grants for Knowledge Foundation. It’s nice to know these funds will be going back into the Platte Canyon School District.
We would like to thank ProShed Security for all their hard work, the Platte Canyon Fire Department and Blue Spruce Habitat for Humanity for the time they donated. Also thanks to our insurance carriers, Travelers, Grange Safeco, Progressive and Allstate.
Congratulations to Heather Malcolm and Jeff Bode, who were the winners of our $50 gift cards. Look for us again next fall for the second annual Shred-A-Thon!
Crow Hill Insurance