Printed letters, October 23, 2012

I am voting for Glen Gallegos for the University of Colorado Board of Regents. I’ve known Gallegos for 25 years, and I am amazed at what an honest, hard-working and passionate man he is in helping others and serving his community.

He knows how to get things done, and I’m not the only one who knows this. He was selected from the best leaders in Colorado for the Governor’s Education Leadership Board. He was appointed by the governor to serve as a member of the Board of Trustees at Colorado Mesa University, was asked to serve on the Grand Junction Visitors and Convention Bureau, District 51 Strategic Planning Committee, Mesa County Strategic Planning, Partners board, etc. The community and state leaders saw what I see in him: a leader who can make a difference.

Look at Colorado Mesa University during Gallegos’ tenure on the board. The institution doubled its student enrollment, raised $150 million for capital improvements, tripled the size of the campus, rewrote tenure, set up greater accountability, created a CU engineering program partnership and changed from a college to a university.

Even with this growth, the board balanced CMU’s budget, worked with legislators to change laws to enable them to be more efficient and kept CMU’s tuition the lowest of public colleges and universities in the state.

Just for that I would vote for Gallegos.

But there is more. He was a public educator for 26 years and assistant superintendent in District 51. Then, as president of the Gallegos Corporation, he led its expansion into five states with 1,000 employees.

Many can talk the talk, but few can walk the walk and have a proven track record like Gallegos. Who would you trust to run CU’s $2.9 billion budget?  Seems simple. Gallegos for CU regent.


Grand Junction

Garrow is a wise choice
for CU Board of Regents

Please support Jessica Garrow for CU Board of Regents. Garrow, a native Coloradan, graduated summa cum laude from CU in 2004. She is smart, young and enthusiastic, and she will fight to keep CU affordable.

We all need her guidance on the board of regents. Vote for Garrow. Go, Buffs!




Gallegos highly qualified 
for CU Board of Regents

As the current member of the Colorado University Board of Regents, representing Congressional District 3 (all of western Colorado), I am pleased to endorse and support Glen Gallegos as my replacement to the CU Board of Regents.

Gallegos knows many of the challenges that lie ahead for the CU system (four campuses), such as balancing the budget, keeping the university accessible and affordable, providing quality education and being a strong voice for western Colorado, as well as providing leadership that can lead CU into the future.

I have watched Gallegos develop and gain experience as a School District 51 administrator and a businessman in the private sector, meeting a payroll and raising a family with his wife, Diane. Gallegos served as president of Mesa State College Board of Trustees and Western Colorado Community College.

As you look around CMU’s campus today, you will see some of the outstanding work Gallegos and others have done in a relatively short time.

Gallegos is a good listener and hard worker. He is very dependable in carrying out various tasks put before him.  For the reasons above and more, I fully endorse Glen Gallegos and ask the voters in western Colorado to vote for him.

I wish to take this opportunity to thank all the people in western Colorado for supporting and voting for me during my 38 years in public elected office. Thank you.


Grand Junction


Romney endorsement ignored 
issues of concern to many

The Daily Sentinel’s editorial, “Elect Mitt Romney as president of the United States,” was nice and long, but it didn’t bring forth so many things that people wonder about.

How about women’s rights? The GOP voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Act, and they want politicians to manage women’s health care rather than women and their doctors.

Why hasn’t Romney showed more tax returns and why does he have so much money overseas? Why does he send jobs overseas and invest in a Chinese factory?

From his comments at a private fundraiser about the 47 percent, I get the feeling that he does not care much for the middle class, veterans, old people, children or students. Also, he seems to lie a lot, and he can’t make up his mind about what he believes.

Your commentary was good, but it did not change my mind. I will still vote for President Obama as I did last time.




Ford credited for standing 
on its own financial feet

Today, as part of the diatribe coming out of our esteemed president’s mouth, I keep hearing about the great success stories of Chrysler and General Motors when they received huge government bailouts.

When GM received its bailout and had its IPO, the Chinese government bought more than $1 billion worth of common stock at about $33 per share. Today, the Chinese, the U.S. government and United Auto Workers largely own GM.

Ford, on the other hand, borrowed heavily to keep from taking government money.

Today, the company is getting its debt paid down and showing a small profit. It is the last truly American automobile company still standing on its own two feet. Now there is a real success story.

The American people should rally around Ford Motor Company and give it their support.

From the introduction of the Model T more than 100 years ago, up through today, Ford is an American tradition and part of our heritage.




Latest debate showed Romney 
cares little for environment

I hope anyone who has concerns about our environment and public lands watched the presidential debate last Tuesday. It was crystal clear where Romney stands regarding the environment.

Under a Romney administration, there would be no regard to clean water, clean air or the protection of our public lands.

He wants more drilling, a pipeline to Canada and extraction of as much coal as possible.

While I agree we need to work toward energy independence, it needs to be approached sensibly and carefully while keeping our lands and environment intact and safe.

To reach energy independence in five years, as Romney proposes, would require we remove most regulations and rape, pillage and sell off much of our public lands with no regard to the environment.

We have gone 50-plus years depending on foreign oil and gas, and we can go another several years while we determine the best approach to extract our natural resources appropriately while protecting our lands and environment for our kids, grandkids and future generations.

We cannot afford to destroy and sell off our greatest resource – open, wild public lands.




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