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A better choice for the House

There is an alternative to Scott McInnis for the U.S. House of Representatives. It is Denis Berckefeldt, a New Deal Democrat.

A graduate of the University of Southern Colorado, Denis stands for Universal Healthcare and an end to tax cuts for the wealthy that only raise the deficit and do little for the economy.

He has taken a stance against war with Iraq, as it could destabilize the Middle East. President Bush has not made a strong case for war; occupying a country so far away is difficult and North Korea or some other country is just as likely to sell weapons to terrorists.

In his 50s, Berckefeldt is assistant to the Colorado Senate Democratic Majority Leader and is a first-time candidate, who says he is not a real politician. If elected, he will move to Pueblo where he grew up. Rep. McInnis is running for his sixth term.

Some of Berckefeldt’s positions include: supports campaign finance reform; supports different forest management that does not subsidize logging companies; supports Roe vs. Wade, a women’s right to choose; supports stricter SEC regulations and an increase budget for enforcement; Cesar Chavez should be a state paid holiday; supports expanding stem cell research; supports due process; believes government has a role in regulating corporations; does not support Amendment 31 on bilingual education; does not support the Missile Defense Program ? it will not help catch bin Laden.

Cathleen Krahe

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