E-mail letters, July 13 2010

Rep. Salazar is aggressive
in his community outreach

I’d like to respond to Rick Wagner’s recent column in The Daily Sentinel.

Congressman John Salazar considers the time he spends with the people of Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District the most important and most enjoyable part of his job. It is through face-to-face meetings with people in those 29 counties that he hears their ideas, concerns and hopes for our nation’s future.

On health care alone, the congressman held a roundtable with individuals and health care organizations from the Mesa County area at St. Mary’s Hospital.  Following these meetings he invited President Barack Obama to visit Grand Junction and to join him for a town hall to hear the insight of the Mesa County community. The president accepted that invitation and visited Grand Junction last August with Congressman Salazar and several hundred area residents. 

In addition to these and other recent visits to Mesa County, Congressman Salazar has also reached out to those who are unable to attend meetings with new tele-town hall technology, which enabled 34,000 constituents to join in a discussion about important issues right from their own home.

Through these efforts the congressman has heard that folks are tired of being denied health insurance because of a pre-existing condition; that families were outraged at having to declare bankruptcy because of health care bills.

He also heard from people who like the insurance they have, and didn’t want to lose it.  The health care reform bill he supported preserves those options for those who want to keep what they have.  He also heard from people who didn’t want the government to take over the health care system.  The bill he supported preserves existing patient-doctor choice, while keeping in place the role of private health insurers in providing policies to consumers.

So the next time you hear false assertions coming from the congressman’s opponents, just remember the truth, that Congressman Salazar’s door is always open to you.  The congressman is not a career politician. He’s a working farmer and rancher who knows how important it is to keep his boots on the ground with those who live and work in rural Colorado. 
Ronnie Carleton
Chief of Staff
Rep. John T. Salazar
Washington, D.C.

Roberts has served well
southwestern Colorado

For four years, southwestern Colorado has had the great benefit to be represented in Denver by a remarkable woman who has served with distinction in the Colorado House of Representatives.  Ellen Roberts has received strong support from her constituents and has shown a work ethic and ability that is the envy all of her peers in the legislature. 

Her efforts to support the style and history of western Colorado and especially the southwestern part of our beautiful state are unsurpassed.  Due to her efforts, we have resisted the intrusion into our state’s efforts by the EPA and continued to enjoy low taxes along with quality services.  She understands the trials of small businesses, which are keys for us on the Western Slope and was recently endorsed by NFIB for her support of those issues.  Through her efforts on the Board of Mercy Regional Medical Center she has a clear understanding of the role quality health care plays in our daily lives.  As I am a retired community bank CEO, I also appreciate her knowledge of the community banking field.

Now she has offered herself onto a larger stage in a run for the Colorado Senate.  She is opposed by a man who has shown minimal past interest in community events and has already gone into deficit spending to get his campaign off the ground even though he is a supposed fiscal conservative.

Don’t be taken in by irresponsible rhetoric.  Vote for a thinking conservative in the GOP primary. Vote for Ellen Roberts.  You will be glad you did.
Stephens Parker



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