Letters to the Editor

Posted 10/29/18

School issues are about jobs, too I will be voting yes on Amendment 73 and Issue 5C. I have worked in the Adams 12 school district for 23 years. Over this time, I have seen a lot of changes in our …

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Letters to the Editor

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School issues are about jobs, too

I will be voting yes on Amendment 73 and Issue 5C. I have worked in the Adams 12 school district for 23 years. Over this time, I have seen a lot of changes in our school system. Some good and others not so good.

Speaking as a Classified Employee, we cannot afford another lay off of employees in Adams 12. We are already struggling to hire for many positions. We cannot compete if we can’t pay the competitive wages. Many field trips and activities are canceled because we cannot get bus drivers to fill the positions. Many schools cannot fill custodial positions, are operating short staffed, and have been for a few years. Staff members are overwhelmed from absorbing extra work from the last lay off.

I’ve also seen the impact of higher fees on parents. My own children went through the school district and I personally have felt the effect. There are so many families struggling to keep up. I can’t imagine what will happen if these measures do not pass.

I urge voters to go out to Adams 12 CAN For Kids and read about both measures and how it might impact you as a voter. Please join me in voting yes.

Julie Rodriguez, Westminster

Support for Bird

With television and other media outlets concentrating on the election for Governor, Congress and other statewide seats, I wanted to know who was running for state legislature in my district. As a retiree, I was looking for a candidate that has a vision for the future that will benefit my grandchildren. I found that candidate in Shannon Bird.

I have impressed by Shannon’s positive outlook and common-sense ideas as opposed to negative attacks.

Her answers to questions such as, “Why are you running for office” and, “What three policy issues set you apart from your opponents?” were positive and thoughtful without attacking her opponent. She said, “I am running for office so I can work toward a government that works for everyone and more of our citizens can have a meaningful opportunity to succeed.”

In her thought-out answers concerning Public Education, Health Care and Housing, Shannon’s answers had one thing in common: she believes that these are the fundamental issues that threatens people’s ability to live a secure, healthy, and happy life, and the State Legislature can work toward improving these issues by working across party lines.

As I read her opponents answers, it was the same old negative attacks with no vision attached. For me, Shannon Bird’s positive thinking, ideas, and hard work is what we as citizens should expect from elected officials. That is why I support Shannon Bird for HD 35 Colorado State Legislature.

Ray M. Tillman, Westminster

Proposition 110 offers mobility for our growing region

Traffic congestion around here gets frustrating and we must be honest — population in Westminster is going to grow, and congestion will get worse unless we do something now. That’s why I’m supporting Proposition 110.

Currently, CDOT has a $9 billion list of priority projects it can’t build due to lack of funding. Westminster, Jefferson County and Adams County also have unmet local transportation needs.

Prop 110 is a bold plan that will help us address our current shortfalls and move into the future. Its 0.62 percent sales tax — about two cents on a cup of coffee — would allow the state to finance $6 billion in statewide highway projects, support city and county improvements, and enhance multimodal systems.

Under 110, 45 percent of the funding would go to state highway projects, 20 percent to cities, 20 percent to counties, and 15 percent to multimodal needs.

The CDOT project list includes greatly needed improvements for I-25 between US 36 and 120th Avenue, with a new lane from 84th Avenue to Thornton Parkway. A new Sheridan Avenue underpass would connect Downtown Westminster to the US 36 and Sheridan Station.

The local aspect of 110 will help reduce travel times and congestion. This is a major reason why the U.S. 36 Mayors and Commissioners Coalition voted unanimously to support 110.

Prop 110 is a responsible, comprehensive plan that will help Coloradans move more freely throughout our beautiful state.

Herb Atchison, Mayor of Westminster

Academic successes and commitments kept at Adams 12

I have worked at the Adams 12 administration building for over 17 years. This has given me a very long-term and broad view of what takes place here at the district. In the 17 years I’ve been here, I’ve seen employees at all levels give their blood, sweat, tears, heart and soul to make this district a success. Our most recent academic successes are evident of that. I will be voting “yes” on Issue 5C and Amendment 73 to keep our momentum in this area going strong.

I’d like to clarify a possible misconception. The longevity stipend program was discontinued several years ago for new employees entering our system. This is no longer an active benefit for new employees. For those grandfathered to receive the benefit, the district made the decision to honor its commitment to its employees. I find an employer keeping a commitment refreshing in this day and age.

Please join me in voting “yes” on Issue 5C and Amendment 73.

Cindy Douma, Thornton

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