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Rallying for a cause

Dear Editor:

I am writing to offer my public thanks to Congressman John Salazar and his staff in Grand Junction and Washington, D.C., for their assistance in preventing the deportation of Zuzana Belohlavkova, my caregiver and friend.

Together with a group of Zuzana’s friends and supporters in town, and others around the country, I have been engaged in a campaign to obtain a path to U.S. citizenship for Zuzana. Her legal situation is complex, and we badly need time in which to pursue all legal options for her to remain in this country. Her deportation would have placed me, personally, in a very difficult and stressful situation, as I would be deprived of the care that I need to live my life.

It is important for those of us living here in the Roaring Fork Valley to know that our elected representatives are accessible and prepared to assist us, and I commend Congressman Salazar for meeting with me and putting his staff at our disposal.

Zuzana and I, and her group of close friends here in Aspen, would also like to thank the many other people who have assisted in this effort, including Sheriff Bob Braudis, Chris Israel, Paul Taddune, Bob Grueter, Dorothea Farris, Blanca O’Leary, John Case, Shirley Tipton and the offices of Rep. Diana Degette and Sen. Michael Bennet. Our fight continues but we are very grateful to have more time.

We found out today that thanks to all our efforts, Zuzana has been given a stay of a few months in her case – this is critical for our ongoing case.

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Tom Isaac

Aspen