Printed Letters: October 18, 2016

Athletic trainers vital to student athletes’ safety

A few weeks ago School District 51 was notified that Saint Mary’s Hospital would no longer be providing services of the certified athletic trainers to the four local high schools. Currently the district is already understaffed — only having two trainers to service four schools.

Most schools have the luxury of having their own trainer or even multiple trainers depending on size, funding, and other factors. The certified athletic trainers, despite being spread thin, do a great job of helping all athletes from every school, every sport and every grade level.

The liability and danger of not having these highly qualified individuals on the sidelines could have disastrous effects. These trainers deal with everything from minor tape jobs to serious injury attention and everything in between. Having someone with the proper training and expertise ready to act in the case of an emergency is very important. In the most drastic cases quick response and proper treatment can mean the difference between life and death. We have all read stories from around our nation about young athletes dying due to dehydration, heat stroke, head and neck injuries, cardiac arrest, as well as other non-life-threatening yet serious injuries that can occur in any field of competition.

I hope that our district and community would rally together and find a way to keep these valuable members as part of our athletic programs. With research still coming into focus on injuries such as concussions, it is essential that our high school athletes be given the proper care and attention they deserve. We do not want a budgeting issue to translate into something that is going to harm our sons and daughters.

JEREMY FELT
Fruita

Tipton will get our economy back on track and create jobs

I am voting for Scott Tipton because his focus has always been about what is most important to me: our economy. Every time I have heard him speak, his message resonates with me. He talks about a ballooning national debt and a federal government that is drowning out job growth through excessive regulation and taxation.

I like the fact that he owned his own business for 30 years. I think we have way too many people in Washington who have spent their whole lives talking but have never actually built anything themselves.

Tipton serves on the Financial Services committee and has put forth multiple bills to help grow our rural banking sector. His bill, the TAILOR Act, creates tiers of financial regulations based on a bank’s risk sheet. He doesn’t think our local banks should be regulated the same way as Wall Street and I agree. I have heard Gail Schwartz do a lot of talking. The only thing she seems to want to talk about is Tipton selling off public lands. Several papers have now debunked her claims. 

These are two very different messages. Tipton is on a campaign of inspiring voters by talking about how to get our economy back on track and create jobs. In contrast, Schwartz is using scare tactics, in an attempt to convince voters to back her.

I am voting for Scott Tipton because I want my kids and grandkids to have the same opportunities I had growing up.

JON WARNICK
Carbondale

Schwartz will make sure our public lands economy thrives

I care deeply about the public lands that we all, as Americans, own and that form the backbone of Colorado’s large recreation economy. You should too. Gail Schwartz is clearly the only choice in the 2016 race for Congress who will stand up for “We the People” of the West Slope and our public lands. She understands the value of a balanced approach to the use of public lands, including grazing, recreation, habitat preservation, and energy and mineral exploration. Her opponent, Congressman Scott Tipton does not.

Gail will fight to prevent selling off our lands to the highest bidder. She knows the land belongs to us. It’s part of our Western heritage and our quality of life, and it’s a huge part of our economic future.

Colorado’s Outdoor Recreation Industry accounts for nearly $35 billion, supporting 350,000 jobs. Most of that is right here on the West Slope. Skiing, hunting, fishing, hiking and myriad other outdoor pursuits depend on public lands. But recreation isn’t the only thing that benefits from public lands. Ranchers rely on it for grazing. These lands are also valuable for appropriate energy and mineral extraction. Public lands are also vital in supplying our single most valuable resource, water.

I’m not opposed to all drilling and mining, and neither is Gail. She supports an “all-of-the-above” approach to energy, in which clean, affordable renewable energy is part of the mix. Also, we have great potential to produce renewable energy right here, another boon for our diverse local economy.

We cannot jeopardize our public lands for short-term profit.

Vote for Gail Schwartz for Congress. Gail will make sure our public lands economy thrives. It’s our heritage and the greatest legacy we can leave for our kids.

PAULA FOTHERGILL
Glenwood Springs


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