April 1, 2015

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Friday 03/27/2015
LETTER: 23 participants ante up for annual poker glide
Updated: March 27, 2015 - 1:52 am

The Mosquito Range Heritage Initiative would like to thank everyone who attended and volunteered for its Eighth Annual Poker Glide Family Ski and Snowshoe Saturday, March 14.

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LETTER: Too many fatalities
Updated: March 27, 2015 - 1:52 am

Last Sunday, my wife and I, who have lived in Bailey for 13 years, came upon another accident on U.S. Highway 285. A handful of times, we’ve seen gut-wrenching fatalities anywhere from five to 15 minutes afterwards, where the bodies were still on the asphalt (like this time) or in their car. This time, as we passed by, the paramedics had just arrived and were performing CPR on one of the two victims, who both ultimately died at the scene. It’s far too often that fatalities occur on U.S. 285.

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Friday 03/20/2015
LETTER: Dozier rural expert
Posted: March 20, 2015

As engineers who specialize in the design of pressure vessels, we have been impressed with Duke Dozier’s knowledge of power generation and his understanding of the complexities and problems involved in large scale engineering projects.

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LETTER: We are so grateful
Posted: March 20, 2015

We would like to extend a heart-felt “Thank You!” to everyone who attended, donated to, or participated in any way in last Sunday’s PCACC Chances Chamber Spring Mixer. The event was lots of fun and a huge success. It was wonderful to see everyone who gave their support to our Platte Canyon High School students scholarship fundraising auction. To date, we have raised more than $6,000 for this worthy cause.

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LETTER: Duke for re-election
Posted: March 20, 2015

I would like to voice my support for James “Duke” Dozier for re-election to the IREA Board of Directors. I have known and worked with Duke for many years and have great respect for his sincere dedication to what is in the best interest of his constituents. Most of the board members reside on the front range. There are only two board members who reside in the mountain area. If Duke does not retain his seat, there will be only one. He has worked hard to keep the electric rates as low as possible and to make sure the mountain electric users have a voice in setting priorities in IREA decisions. Please join me in supporting Duke for re-election to the IREA Board.

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LETTER: Water is safe
Posted: March 20, 2015

Tonight, I write this letter to recognize and thank Judge Stephen Groome for his findings in the water augmentation case between Indian Mountain Corp and the Indian Mountain Metropolitan District. It restores my faith in the legal system because these late-comers were not able to disrupt the status quo and claim compensation for something that has been taken for granted by each and every lot owner since the day they closed the deal for their property in the Indian Mountain Subdivision.

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Thursday 03/26/2015
“Takin’ It To The House…”
Posted: March 26, 2015

The March Revenue Forecast is in and the battle over bucks is gearing up under the Golden Dome. Throughout this session I have been alerting you to the fact that a battle was brewing over the upcoming budget, the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights. Well, the war broke out this week.

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Friday 03/20/2015
“Takin’ It To The House…”
Posted: March 20, 2015

You would have to have been on another planet for the last couple of months not to have noticed that the Broncos are gearing up again to make a Super Bowl run in 2016. In the political arena across Colorado the Democrats and the Republicans are gearing up for their “Super Bowl 2016” – the November 2016 elections. There are a lot of similarities between the two “Bowls”.

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Friday 03/13/2015
“Takin’ It To The House…”
Posted: March 13, 2015

It was a long time coming this year, but halfway through the session the House experienced its first major floor drama. The incident put the spotlight directly upon how difficult it is for party members to vote their conscience rather than the “party line.” The bill prompting the floor fight was HB 15-1031: “Concerning A Ban On Powdered Alcohol.” The bill passed the House and was sent to the Senate where it was amended, passed and returned to the House for final passage. On the day the bill was scheduled to be heard in the House, two Democrats were absent, leaving 63 representatives present – 32 Democrats and 31 Republicans. Now the drama unfolds.

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Friday 03/06/2015
“Takin’ It To The House…”
Posted: March 06, 2015

Back in January I gave you a heads up that a battle was brewing over TABOR – the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights. Well, the battle is on. The Ds continue to make it clear that they would like to keep the money to spend where they feel it would be best. The Rs are maintaining their position of wanting to give the money back to the taxpayers in accordance with how the people voted in 1992.

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Democratically Speaking

This week marked the beginning of my seventh decade in life and while stereotypes of people becoming more conservative with age always abound, they don’t really have any basis in reality.

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A Republican Perspective

I don’t want to appear insensitive to the tragic accident that happened last weekend at Shaffers Crossing, but I think it is a very good illustration of the issues with a government that isn’t responsive to the people that it serves.

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