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Vote for Curry, Houpt and Salazar

Dear Editor:

You and I are incumbents, too. We live here, we’ve lived here for awhile, work here, and we’d like to stay. I am a conservative voter. I have had a lot of success here, same as most of you. My children are well, and my grandchildren are thriving and fun. My construction business is slow, but the Crystal River Meats business is starting to grow. Forces larger than us have gotten us into some real trouble, but we each have to own up to our part of it. I am not mad at anyone, nor do I blame the mess on anyone. We are all in this together.

I suggest that we all look past our own problems for a little and count our blessings. Hey, you are even reading a free paper! If we take stock of our community and its strengths, and we take measure of our neighbors and their hard work, I am sure we will agree that we have it good here in Garfield County, Colorado. I am not someone who needs change for change’s sake.

The current board of county commissioners is representing a very diversified bunch of us. They are able to have open and abundant discussion about the issues. This allows us all to have our views represented. The result is that we can all support the decisions that they make.

The state House of Representatives is heavily weighted toward Denver and Eastern Slope interests. Those who do represent us there have to take difficult and dramatic steps to protect our Western Slope values and needs.

Likewise, within the U.S. Congress, the Western Slope of Colorado is a Daniel to the Goliath of the populated eastern states. Our congressman needs experience and focus to protect our economic welfare, which is dependent upon such industries as agriculture, tourism, mining and petroleum development.

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Tresi Houpt (Garfield County commissioner), Kathleen Curry (state House representative), and John Salazar (U.S. congressman) are incumbents too. They all represent our interests and have done their jobs well. They are one of us. Vote them in again!

Jock Jacober

Glenwood Springs

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