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Miles of experience

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Dear Editor:I admire the hard work and successful results accomplished by Ken Salazar, and I think he has a critically important role to fulfill as Colorado’s attorney general. That is why I think it is tremendously inappropriate for anyone or any group to think he must be catapulted out of our midst into the U.S. Senate. We need and deserve to retain his talents where they belong – in Colorado.What’s more, we are fortunate enough to have amongst us the only Democratic candidate we need. Mike Miles is as dynamic, energetic, articulate, educated, intelligent, and worthy as one could hope for. He’s a West Point grad (eighth in his class) and Army Ranger; scholar, speaks fluent Russian (master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University and a few other degrees, all earned, not honorary); a diplomat in Warsaw during Poland’s transition to democracy and then special assistant to the U.S. ambassador to Russia in Moscow, helping the embassy’s responses to critical events during the fall of the Soviet Union. He also worked on vital projects relating to chemical weapons, NATO and German reunification while serving in the U.S. State Department; returned to Colorado, where he grew up, (married, three children) to raise his family in his beloved state; and became an educator and a principal of a failing school that has been virtually transformed by his creativity and hard work.Mike Miles is the man we need in Washington, D.C. He is the native son who should be sent to the Senate. Please vote in the Democratic primary on Aug. 10 for Mike Miles. He is so much more than the newspapers’ descriptions of him as “an educator from Colorado Springs.” Go to his Web site and see what he thinks: http://www.mikemiles4senate.com or mikemiles4senate @aol.com. He will make us proud as a state and a country.Miles of experience – vote Mike Miles for U.S. Senate.Pat PiburnCarbondale


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