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Salazar on our side

Dear Editor:I hope the valley voters will appreciate the importance of electing a successor representative to state Rep. Scott McInnis who understands the values and viewpoint of our voters.John Salazar is such a candidate. John Salazar, the Democratic nominee, was on our side in the battle over Referendum A. When the governor was calling the tune, his party danced to the idea of trans-basin diversions, West Slope water for East Slope development.John Salazar stood firm with us and against the $2 million campaign. Mr. Salazar is a farmer who understands that his land, like our recreational amenities and Roaring Fork River, would be worthless without water.Greg Welcher, the Republican nominee, supports privatizing public resources, including the Bush administration’s decision to allow development in potential wilderness areas like Thompson Creek and sensitive lands like the Roan Plateau. At the Division of Natural Resources, he excluded environmental comments from official reports and paid consultants a commission for bright ideas like raising fees.John Salazar respects the local consensus for protecting the sensitive lands on the Roan Plateau and the rights of landowners to have a say in the use of their surface land by gas developers.John Salazar comes from a large family (seven siblings) and understands the hard work it takes to live and thrive in Colorado. We need a representative who won’t support the present policies that have undermined our environment.Mick IrelandAspenP.S. Many of you are aware that I supported the mayor of Grand Junction prior to Jon Salazar’s earning the nomination. However, John Salazar has demonstrated that he is a superior candidate and would protect out interests. He has my 100 percent support and deserves your vote.


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