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Krueger is a strong sheriff
Editor:
This election year emphasizes the many important decisions the citizens of various communities must make. We have seen a dysfunctional and deadlocked federal government display a void in leadership and various legislative issues that lack common sense and go against the will of the people.
Yet, at the local and sometimes at the state level, we have seen incumbents strive to do what is right, who haven’t forgot who they work for, and every day work to make their communities just a little better. One of these hard-working individuals is Sheriff Don Krueger.
Sheriff Krueger is a friend, and he is a great neighbor to have. We have assisted each other on several events, and our respective staffs have met each other at the top of Loveland Pass on many occasions. We have responded to avalanches and haz-mat incidents together, and frankly I am glad I have a neighbor like him.
Our organizations have trained together on rapid avalanche deployments, and I always know if I need help I can just ask.
In the world we live and operate in today, it’s good to know you have competent, caring professionals who are willing to drop everything and come to your aid. Sheriff Krueger will do just that. Apart from his professional attributes, Don is just a decent man, one of those individuals who will do anything for you. If I were to call Sheriff Krueger today, we would exchange pleasantries, and then in typical Don fashion, he would ask two simple questions: What have you got? And what do you need from me?
Because of these attributes, I am respectfully asking the citizens of Clear Creek County to join me and support Sheriff Don Krueger in his re-election bid.
John Minor
Summit County sheriff

Leonard should stick to issues
Editor:
I’ve got news for Jim Leonard of Evergreen. No one tells me how to think, and I do not copy from others. I suspect he got his idea about the “playbook” from George Lakoff’s book, “Don’t Think of an Elephant.”  I have never seen or heard of a playbook being used by the Democratic Party.  
After insulting other writers’ input, Jim Leonard then turned around and wrote a partisan letter of his own, but not until after he attacked first. Isn’t that a Republican trick? Attack first to take their minds off the facts and the viewers/readers will not see the weakness in your own presentation?  
Those who blame Obama for any part of the financial mess are being grossly unfair. It was defined well over a year before he was elected.   One cannot make an informed vote until they study the facts and analyze them. You have to read and listen carefully before that can occur.  
Grace Todd
Idaho Springs

Krueger is a professional
Editor:
Don Krueger is my sheriff, and I support my sheriff. While others talk and make political noise, Don Krueger is the doer. Sheriff Krueger is a 24/7 professional. At any moment he may be making a rescue in the water or properly arresting a bad guy but always working to keep us safe.
And yes, he is that professional attending to details of paperwork, interfacing with the county commissioners on budgets, and maintaining the chain of custody on evidence among myriad other duties. When you have a proven leader already in place working for you, keep him there. I will not play fickle political games with public safety.
Ed Rapp
Dumont

Krueger has proven
his professionalism

Editor:
Our family does not live year-round at Alice/St. Mary’s, yet we do have a strong interest in elections in the county. We have owned property there since 1934 and thoroughly enjoy our time there in the summer.
We have found Sheriff Don Krueger and his deputies and office staff to be responsive, dependable and professional in our contact with them. It is not easy to serve the large and diverse areas in Clear Creek County that are spread out over many miles. Yet, Sheriff Krueger and his team do that very well. I see them frequently at St. Mary’s, patrolling the community and answering calls from the very serious to the mundane, always with a helpful demeanor.
I would hope the voters in Clear Creek County will recognize the dedication and professionalism of the sheriff and his officers as well as the many improvements Krueger has made in the department with his leadership. Change just for the sake of change will not serve the citizens of the county. We encourage voters in the county to look hard at the two candidates for sheriff and vote for the leadership, professionalism and dedication of Don Krueger.
Don Gibson
St. Mary’s Glacier

Stand up if you don’t
want I-70 widened

Editor:
For the dwindling number of Clear Creek County residents who still believe there’s actually a snowball’s chance in Hades of getting voter approval for the massive tax increase necessary to pay for a high-speed rail/monorail system for the mountain corridor, maybe doing a little bit of math will help.
In 2004, county residents soundly rejected - with a 56 percent no vote - a mill levy increase designed to raise $250,000 over two years to pay for legal representation for matters pertaining to the mountain corridor.
Divvied up equally among every resident in the county - population 8,700 - that’s less than $30 for every man, woman and child. In comparison, with a price tag of $15 billion minimum for a high-speed rail/monorail system, that’s around $3,000 for every man, woman and child in Colorado, population 5 million.
If the citizens of Clear Creek County aren’t willing to vote themselves a $30-per-person tax increase, what makes the rail/monorail proponents think they’ll be willing to vote themselves a $3,000 per person tax increase? What makes them think the rest of Colorado would want to do so either? Kind of puts things in proper perspective, huh?
There’s still a chance Clear Creek County can avoid a road-widening project that will forever destroy their quality of life, but if they continue to let a small handful of individuals speak for them, they might as well get ready for the bulldozers.
Ken Katt
Littelton

Yes on 3A would provide
needed help to schools

Editor:
I am no different than the next person when it comes to taxes. I generally do not like them. However, I am also aware that without taxes our quality of life and our community would be very different. Therefore, I am writing to ask the residents of Clear Creek County, when they cast their ballot on Election Day, to vote “yes” on Ballot Issue 3A.
It is not my intent to discuss the dollars that it will raise or how the money will be spent, because that information has been discussed and is easily available. Instead, it is my hope that the taxpayers of Clear Creek County will consider what type of school they want or would want for their children to attend.
In the past, there have been budget shortfalls, and the district found ways to cut its operating budget and moved on to do its best to educate our students. This has been the pattern the last several years, and it appears to be the pattern for several more to come.  Simply stated, it is questionable how many more budget cuts our district can sustain and continue to provide our students with the quality education they deserve. 
There are very few more superficial cuts to make, and it is my fear that the next round of cuts will affect programs that are unique to Clear Creek and separate us from our neighboring schools. Yet, if 3A does not pass, additional cuts will be made and our staff will attempt to deliver the best education possible that our limited resources can provide.
Just like your family, the recession and circumstances have had an adverse affect on my family, and we are also being forced to make some hard decisions. Even though we no longer have kids enrolled in school, supporting this ballot question was not a difficult decision. 
This tax increase is not a partisan question, nor does the bond issue that was passed several years ago have anything to do with the lack of operating expenses resulting in this mill levy request. It is simply asking for the approval of additional dollars to maintain current educational programs.
As you go to the polls and mark your ballot, think about the type of education you expected your kids to receive and you hoped your grandchildren would receive. Would you not also expect the same quality education for your neighbor’s children as well? I do know that we cannot continue what we hope to continue as a community and a nation if we are not willing to spend an additional three to six cents per day educating our kids. Please vote “yes” on Ballot Issue 3A.
Bob Warmack  
Clear Creek County

3A ensures strong schools,
strong community

Editor:
Clear Creek School District has a long tradition of providing excellent educational opportunities for all students. Clear Creek has produced state- and national-level “We The People” and Mock Trial teams, our students consistently score higher on Advanced Placement exams than our neighbors, and this year’s cross-country teams are bringing home the big trophies time and time again. Our elementary schools are ranked among the best in the state and continue to strive to develop new curricula that challenge and inspire.
Our district has faced several years of budget cuts. Another round of these cuts, which is anticipated for the next school year, will have a direct impact in the classroom. We may be paying fees for our kids to ride the bus to school or to use the activity bus. Even more teachers and staff may lose their jobs. We will again have to postpone updating textbooks and technology, put off purchasing new buses, building repairs and updating outdated fire alarm systems.
As a community, it is time for us to ask ourselves, “Is this really the way we want to educate our children?” Overcrowded classrooms, fewer extra-curricular/sports programs, outdated textbooks in buildings in need of repair, don’t our kids deserve the best we can offer? There has been much talk recently of American students falling behind globally. How do we hope to catch up if we are unwilling to fund education? Where does this shift begin? How do our kids get ready for college or to enter the job market if we won’t teach them the skills they need?
A mill levy override will not only provide necessary funding, but it is a declaration, a message sent loud and strong that we, in Clear Creek County, believe in our students, in education, in our future and in our community! For the average valued home in Clear Creek County, we are talking about an increase of around $34 a year. That’s less than a tank of gas. A pretty good bargain considering the fact that a community with great schools has higher property values than areas with poor quality education.
Clear Creek County School District needs our community’s support. Our kids need our community’s support. Please vote yes on 3A. Please vote yes for Clear Creek County.
Trish Kintzele
committee chair
Strong Schools, Strong Communities

Krueger is a good sheriff
Editor:
As a long-term resident of Clear Creek County, I am pleased to have had Don Krueger as sheriff for the past several years. Based upon his performance and honesty, we feel he should be re-elected.
Arlie and Les Clark
Clear Creek County

Pumpkin smash will be Nov. 2
Editor:
First off, on behalf of Scraps-to-Soil, I would like to thank you for your Oct. 13 article on the recent happenings of our organization. We feel as though you skillfully captured the essence of our excitement and energy for the evolution of our programs.  Thank you.
Coming up next week is Scraps-to-Soil’s second annual Pumpkin Smash. We will be holding the Smash in Idaho Springs at Carlson Elementary at 3:20 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 2, and in Georgetown at the Community School at 2 p.m.
Please drop off your carved pumpkins (please remove the candle) inside the Scraps-to-Soil trailer that will be parked and clearly marked at either location on the day of the event.
To best prepare the community garden for next spring, Scraps-to-Soil will be building a split-rail fence this November. We could use all the help we can get, so please keep your eyes out for postings on the “Join Us at the Garden” sign located at the “triangle.”  We anticipate construction days to be Nov. 5 to 7, depending on delivery of the beetle-kill lumber.  For more information, contact Cameron Marlin at 303-921-0616 or at communitycompost@gmail.com.
We are lucky to share this beautiful mountain community with people like you all. Thanks again for all of your support!  
Cameron Marlin
Scraps-to-Soil

Still time to comment on CDOT’s I-70 plan
Editor:
People of Clear Creek County: Wake up! If you did not attend one of the I-70 meetings and you did not register your comments with them, you still have a little time to comment. If you want to comment to CDOT,  please do so ASAP. The absolute deadline is Nov. 8. Their website information is: http://www.coloradodot.info/projects/i-70mountaincorridor/Locations.
There is a section giving places where you can view their plans and a section telling you how you can comment to them about their plans.
Be sure to include your name and contact information on your comments page.
Sharon Rosema
Owner, Silver Valley Ranch
West of Silver Plume