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1A provides a safety net

Dear Editor:Residents in Pitkin County are being asked to consider establishing a Healthy Community Fund on Nov. 7. This will appear as Question 1A on the ballot.The distribution of generated revenues will support a myriad of nonprofit programs in the county for the benefit of children, youth, adults and seniors. Nutritional programs for seniors, support for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, care for the terminally ill, mental-health counseling, drug and alcohol counseling, providing assistance for those with developmental disabilities, nursing services and programs that promote a healthy environment are examples of the great value benefiting from this initiative. A very important message to remember is that this fund will support programs and not facilities. In other words, this money will go for direct services to our neighbors and not to support capital funding requests.For many of our residents, programs as described above are the safety net needed for them to realize a higher quality of life, one that so many of us enjoy and take for granted. One hundred percent of this fund will be distributed to area nonprofits through an already established grant program. The value of using a grant process is that it causes the applicants to support their requests with success; it is not free money randomly distributed to every open hand. These nonprofits are unseen to many, but their work is evident by the good will and comfort they provide for many in need. Please support Question 1A on Nov. 7. It is one of the most important decisions you will make. Thank you.Tom DunlopSnowmass VillagePitkin County public health advocate

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