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Bennet and Salazar walk the talk

Dear Editor:

This election season I am voting to keep Rep. John Salazar and Sen. Michael Bennet in office.

Congressman Salazar and Sen. Bennet have proven that they will advocate for average citizens. Last year, Salazar and his staff spent considerable time familiarizing themselves with the situation on public land on Richmond Ridge, where the issue of motorized winter access has been debated for decades. The congressman agrees with local nonprofit Powder to the People that some level of public motorized access should be preserved, and urged the Forest Service to include that right in its final Travel Management Plan for the White River National Forest.

In a letter to the Forest Service, Salazar summed it up nicely: “These folks are locals. They have no desire to turn this into a Disneyland ride. They simply want access to their public lands.”

Upon hearing about the issue, staffers from Sen. Bennet’s office also took the time to speak with me and get educated on the situation on Richmond Ridge, where public motorized access to the over-snow roads on the east side of the ridge has been banned since the 2008/2009 ski season. They have greatly helped us in our efforts to continue a productive dialog with the Forest Service.

It’s refreshing to find politicians who walk the talk, demonstrating that they care enough about their constituents to get involved, even when there’s no big lobbying money behind the cause.

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Vote for Salazar and Bennet.

Michael Sladdin

Founder/director, Powder to the People

Aspen