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Summit Daily letters to the editor: Health care costs impact Summit’s small businesses

Health care costs impact Summit’s small businesses

As small business owners, the consistently rising and unpredictable costs of health care are a worry when we are planning out our budgets and seeking to provide for our families and encouraging our employees to plan, as well.

But planning ahead becomes especially challenging when health care costs don’t make much sense. Take the soaring cost of prescription medicines, some of which have made headlines after their prices rose exponentially overnight. Such price hikes obviously impact patients, on so many levels, some of who rely on them for live-saving measures. But they also impact small business owners who see premiums and health care costs for their employees go up, as well.

Colorado lawmakers took a first step toward addressing this problem earlier this year by considering legislation that would provide greater transparency behind the increasing price of prescription medications. This conversation is not just limited to Colorado — presidential candidates on both sides of the aisle have commented on prescription drug prices in their discussions with voters on health care.

We hope that our state representatives will continue to ask tough questions and we applaud all our local, state and federal officials who are working to help small business owners, like ourselves, manage our budgets and our health care costs.

Dan & Shannon Fallon


A sad day for Frisco

Many longtime residents are disappointed that the town did the easy thing Tuesday night and appointed Mr. Ihnken for the council open seat. We are angry that the remaining candidates were not given the opportunity to see new results with the votes cast for Mr. Sawyer being dispersed amongst them. We will remember this at the next election.

There is a very good chance that the outcome between Mr. Ihnken and Ms. Skupien, separated by only 10 votes, could have gone to Ms. Skupien. We are saddened that she will not be on council to represent an older demographic. Furthermore, had she won two years ago, think how much further ahead the town would probably be with workforce housing (which was her focus back then).

Help us understand why the town preferred to appoint someone with no business, budget nor town public service experience, unlike Mr. Sawyer who was praised for all those things at last night’s meeting. Looks like the town might be prejudice against Ms. Skupien?

We believe Frisco’s recent election was managed incompetently, rigged or maybe both. Going forward, we hope that the new council members will not be influenced by how the town currently does business and stands for doing the right thing on new matters that come before them.

It’s bad enough that the town manager made no effort to correct the situation caused by Mr. Sawyer, but Bill Efting never even apologized to the candidates. Maybe we need a new town manager.

Mike Hammer


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