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Schwartz goes to bat for mountain towns

Dear Editor:

I wanted to publicly thank Sen. Gail Schwartz for her recent efforts at the State Capitol.

Sen. Schwartz was instrumental in amending a statewide diesel bill that would have weakened the anti-idling ordinances of Aspen, Basalt and Carbondale. She worked hard with strong opposition to obtain a grandfather clause for all towns above 6,000 feet that have existing anti-idling ordinances, protecting our local ordinances which are stricter than the statewide bill.

Also, Sen. Schwartz’s dedication to her constituents and the environment combined with her amazing abilities in effective communication and compromise produced a statewide commercial diesel anti-idling bill that will improve air quality throughout the Western Slope for communities that do not have an anti-idling ordinance.

Sen. Schwartz, thank you for your relentless efforts in representing us and the environment! I wanted to quote what the Energy Program organizer with the Colorado Environmental Coalition and the Legislative and Policy Advocate for the Colorado Municipal League said to me, “Gail deserves a lot of credit for standing up for the mountain towns.”

Jannette Whitcomb

City of Aspen Environmental Health Department

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