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Giving people somewhere to turn

Dear Editor:The post-September 11 world has affected Americans on a local as well as a national level. Here at home, as a result of budget shortfalls related to 9/11, Pitkin County had to go to the voters to seek “emergency funds” to cover the costs of health and human services. Five years later the funding for these fundamental services is ending.In a compassionate community, health and human services should not be surviving from vote to vote. Having a dedicated property tax for The Healthy Community Fund is the best way to provide a stable funding source for health and human service and community nonprofit programs.At some point in all of our lives we may find a need for:• Help for a senior in our family• Shelter from domestic violence or sexual assault• Care for a terminally ill family member• Mental health or drug counseling• A public health service like prenatal care or immunizationGood for us if we don’t, but we all know someone that will. Let’s make sure they have somewhere to turn.For a Healthy Community Fund, please vote Yes on Referendum 1A.Bob WadeAspen

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