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Leadership we can believe in

Dear Editor:

Meeting with members of the Thompson Divide Coalition (TDC) on Sunday, Congressman John Salazar committed to introduce legislation protecting the Thompson Divide from oil and gas development. The congressman lauded the hard work of this broad-based coalition, the huge amount of local support TDC has generated, and the values that make the Thompson Divide so unique.

Salazar and TDC are a perfect fit. TDC is cowboys and conservationists, recreationalists and developers, conservatives and liberals. Like the leadership Salazar shows time and time again, TDC supersedes partisan divides. Salazar seeks reasonable, consensus-based solutions to divisive issues, and that is exactly what TDC intends to do.

The congressman committed to draft a bill protecting the land and water of Thompson Divide while allowing existing leases to expire without renewal. Any bill will protect historical uses, midelevation wildlife habitat and important migration corridors, clean air and water, and ensure that the area’s scenic and recreational values remain intact into the future.

When you head to the ballot box in November, remember Salazar’s commitment to protect the Thompson Divide. He’s listening to local people. He’s working hard for solutions to difficult problems. And he’s committed to protecting the values that make Colorado so great. You have the power to help him help us.

Peter Hart

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