How to vote for kids
Dear Editor: Kids are a priority!The concern and care we show to the young people around us are a measure of the vitality and strength of our community. What more important asset do we have than the kids and students in our midst? Parents or nonparents – we all need to be concerned with the education and welfare of our community’s young people. This election day, we have the opportunity to vote YES on several issues relating to kids and young people, and there are good reasons to do so. First, we need to approve the two Aspen school ballot items. The schools truly need the operating funds requested, following painful cuts that have been required in past years and state statutes that limit school budgets. We need the new middle school and elementary school improvements, too. True, there may be questions about supplies and the final details of what can be built; but let’s not allow those questions to kill the whole project. There are good, smart and committed people overseeing the projects, and we can count on them to make sound decisions. The building replacements and improvements are needed, and the people of Aspen can afford it. Another important vote for young people involves the state measures C and D, allowing Colorado to keep the money it collects over the next five years. This is a cost estimated to be about $100 per family per year, again an amount we can afford. The measures allow Colorado to spend much-needed money on roads and improvements, and also on education. Our higher education institutions in particular will be horribly impacted if these measures do not pass. Colorado needs to keep its commitments to young children and to college-age students alike. The passage of measures C and D will allow that to happen. The kids of Aspen and our whole state are important to all of us. I urge a YES vote on local school measures and on the state’s C and D. Our children are our highest priority, and they deserve our very best. Let’s promise them our support on election day. Warren E. KlugAspen
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