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Step up and vote for schools
I have been involved in the field of education for 30 years,
affording me the opportunity to visit and study countless educational
facilities across the country. I have seen few school districts,
on one hand, with such quality staff, administrators, instructional
programs and community commitment with, on the other hand, such
poor and inequitable facilities and instructional settings as
in Durango’s District 9-R.
As a member of the Blue Ribbon Facilities Committee, I was
shocked at the conditions of our schools when we studied each
facility. For too long the district has had to choose between
making repairs and funding educational programs. Now with state
and federal budget cuts, many of those programs have been eliminated
or are being threatened. With bond interest rates low and the
financial support of the oil and gas industry, it is now time
we step up and vote for 3A and 3B to alleviate overcrowding,
address maintenance and safety issues, fund necessary instructional
programs, and provide competitive teacher salaries to retain
and attract the best and the brightest. Our students and teachers
deserve school facilities in which they can learn and teach
to meet today’s higher standards. Furthermore, we as a
community deserve well-educated graduates of the local school
system who will become future leaders.
My husband, Don Becket, an architect and planner for countless
projects worldwide, has studied the proposed renovations and
new construction for the district and feels that all facilities
have been planned in a very careful, thoughtful way. His study
of the management of the actual construction sees the project
being within the budget and completed on time.
As 15-year residents of La Plata County and concerned about
the education of our community’s children at all levels,
we fully endorse bond issues 3A and 3B and urge all citizens
to join us in voting “yes” on these measures.
- Diane Becket, Ph.D.,
MacDonald Becket, F.A.I.A.
The evil of environmentalism
Constant reminders of the fragility and uniqueness of all
our ecosystems are part of environmentalism’s “no
net loss” policy. It’s as if none has ever survived
the ravages of forest fires, hurricanes, ice storms, cyclones,
volcanoes, earthquakes, drought, floods and hundreds of other
natural perils that wreak havoc far more than a periodic human
This policy is the inevitable conclusion from environmentalism’s
inherent distrust of the concept of personal freedom. The eco-movement
exhibits a manifest distrust of all private approaches to environmental
protection. It believes private individuals are incapable of
obtaining the goals of the eco’s self-assumed moral, aesthetic
and cultural urgency.
What the eco-movement fails to grasp is that what motivate
self-interest aligns well with the common welfare. The cost
to the common good in refusing to recognize the power of personal
incentives has been a collection of rules and statues that quite
literally defy sense, conceal enormous amounts of logrolling,
produce wasteful government subsidies, use technology inefficiently
and create political agendas that deny using effective solutions.
It even prevents admitting mistakes.
The idea is simple, and the reality of it is proven: Only personal
freedom provides for economic progress. Only economic progress
leads to environmental progress. Once nations get rich, they
aggressively improve their environment. Look at the cleanest
places in the world, they are rich countries. Look at the dirtiest
places in the world, they are poor countries. The lesson is
that there are no free goods in environmental areas any more
than there are anywhere else. Extending government control over
private concerns in the name of environmental crises can take
a lesson from the massive failures of collective ownership of
the means of production. Why should anyone expect government
action to perform any better with the environment?
– Kim Rogalin,
Durango via email
Colorado’s green party candidate
My name is Ron Forthofer, and I’m the Green Party candidate
for governor. Never heard of me? I’m not surprised. In
fact, that’s why I’m writing this letter.
During this election season, the role of the media should
be to inform the electorate about all the candidates and all
the issues on the ballot. Unfortunately, most of the media have
abdicated that role.
It’s time to wrest control of our government out of
the hands of big-money interests and return control to the people
of this great state. It’s time to hear all the candidates’
views on issues. Our democracy is at stake!
As the Green Party gubernatorial candidate, I am offering
Coloradans innovative win-win solutions that the major parties
cannot (or will not) even consider. My basic platform is putting
people and planet before profit. My key issues are: n Healing
our ailing health-care system;
- Getting big money out of politics;
- Repairing and rebuilding our schools;
- Budgeting to meet people’s needs;
- Cooling global warming.
Please visit www.forthofer.com
to learn more about my solutions to these and many other issues.
Then consider voting Green if you want real change!
– Ronald Forthofer,
Green Party Candidate
for Governor, Longmont