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Summit Daily letters: Family & Intercultural Resource Center endorses 3A, 3B and 5A

Family & Intercultural Resource Center endorses 3A, 3B and 5A

The Family & Intercultural Resource Center (FIRC) Board of Directors is endorsing the 3A, 3B and 5A initiatives in this election. We believe having strong schools and attainable housing are fundamental to the success of our community. Most of our clients are affected by the current housing crisis and are paying at least 50 percent of their income on their rents or mortgage or unable to find housing at all. A recent study reported that we need to build 1,600 units in order to alleviate this crisis and 5A is the only path to keeping families living, working and playing in our community.

Stable housing and a strong education are two of the most impactful ways to give children the best start to life. Summit School District has seen great academic success over the last few years, but as the schools become overcrowded it will become more difficult for children to learn. 3A and 3B will address our growing student population and improve the technology students need for today's educational opportunities.

We are a small community with the ability to make an impact. This is our chance to solve these problems as a community, which is why we are encouraging voters to say yes to 3A, 3B and 5A.

Board of Directors

Family and Intercultural Resource Center

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I'm writing this letter in response to your recent article covering the dismissal of Jennifer Kermode by the Summit County Housing Authority. I find it troubling that the county manager alludes to the executive session as an accidental oversight. Having in the past served 12 years on the local town board and attending numerous board executive sessions, I don't think there could be an accidental oversight as stated, as one of the many lessons taught to elected officials is the state statute regarding executive sessions. As stated the committee consists of two town managers, a sitting town mayor, three sitting town council members and county officials. I would feel that one of the members would not suffer from an accidental oversight as stated; this appears to be more of a political decision. There is an old saying that if you see something and it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it is most likely a duck. In the article, the county manager alludes that Ms. Kermode's purpose may be political to affect the ballot issue concerning the purposed employee housing issue. This couldn't be further from the truth, as her passion has been and is still to have affordable housing in Summit County. I have known Ms. Kermode for years and have worked with her in the past and she is one of the most loyal employees the county has ever known, and to have her character questioned publicly could open the door for some liability both for the county and the manager. Once the elections are over and a new or existing team of commissioners are elected an overview of the matters dealing with these problems should be held and see that politics does not interfere in the management in Summit County again, as this is not the way this county has been managed over the years and a stop should happen now.

Mike Smith

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Elect Derek Woodman as sheriff

I would like to thank Derek Woodman and his lovely wife Tina for always being there for me. We have known Tina and Derek for many years but never knew what wonderful, loyal, kind, loving, honest and trustworthy friends they really were till we put all our friends to the test last year. I hit a very rough spell last year and Tina and Derek were there for us, to support us daily through the whole ordeal. They were amazing and did not leave us when times got tough. Their true friendship revealed itself through their constant support. I could not have done it without them. I want to thank them from the bottom of my heart for all they have done for me when many of our other friends were not there for us during this time. This is the kind of people I want around me and to count on. This is the only Sheriff I want for Summit County who I can trust during difficult times. Derek Woodman is the only one I will trust to run for Sheriff and that I will vote for. Thanks so much for all you have done for me and my family.

Andrea Bishop

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I had the distinct privilege of working not only in Summit County in law enforcement for the past five years, but also to work for both candidates. My career in law enforcement started in 2011 at Silverthorne, where I had the pleasure of being on the SWAT Team under the command of Jaime FitzSimons. During the four years on SWAT, I was able to get to know Jaime on both a professional and personal level. After three fantastic years at Silverthorne, I moved to the sheriff's office where I was able to further my relationship with Jaime.

From the beginning, I learned Jaime was the type of person who genuinely cared about those under his command. Jaime fought vigorously in support of the SWAT Team when many others were uncertain as to its future. At one point there was talk of the SWAT Team being disbanded. However, due to the dedication and passion Jaime has for his community and organization, he was able keep the SWAT Team alive. Jaime has never let anything sway this dedication and passion. Even when presented with difficult decisions, I have known him to put his personal opinions aside and consistently make the absolute best choice for the community. Jaime's integrity and the highest standard he holds for those under his command are unmatched.

In summation, if I had to describe Jaime's character, I would say he is passionate, honorable, dedicated, driven and will settle for nothing but the best for the community. I am confident in saying to those who have any doubt, or who just are undecided, that Jaime is more than qualified and will live up to any and all expectations. Unequivocally, I have come to learn Jaime puts the community first, and he will always keep the citizens' best interest at the forefront of his decision making. Regardless of your party affiliation, Jaime is what's best for the future of Summit County.

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Oregon and Washington have had 20 years of exclusively positive experience with laws similar to Proposition 106.

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A CU alum who lives in Louisville, Alice has worked in high-tech and as an attorney, and she served in the State House of Representatives for eight years, four as Majority Leader. She built a reputation as a problem solver who can work across the aisle; that is why she has the bipartisan support of several Republicans with whom she served — including the former Minority Leader.

As Regent, Alice wants to end this trend of backbreaking student loan debt. Alice will fight for much-needed dollars (Colorado is ranked 48th in state funding of higher ed). Alice supports the bipartisan effort to free up about $350 million for critical state needs, including education, without raising taxes. Her opponent opposes this effort. Alice will ensure CU is run as efficiently as possible, examining expenditures more thoroughly. Increased diversity in the student body and faculty is a high priority, paired with improving graduation rates.

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He's a US Air Force Academy graduate who would bring integrity, character and leadership to the State House and he's also a decorated Viet Nam combat fighter pilot who went on to serve as a combat surgeon in Desert Storm. As an Orthopaedic surgeon trained at the University of Colorado Medical Center, he will be the only physician in the House of Representatives. He is the perfect person to guide Colorado health care policy during this difficult time and also be there to speak on behalf of our veterans. These are two of his major focus areas.

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It is incredulous that she makes the statement that she "find(s) for a person, supposedly worth billions, to pay no income taxes…" This statement smacks of hypocrisy and defective analysis. In doing so, she perfectly demonstrates a lack of logic that will have to return to the "public square" if this country is ever to have a meaningful discussion about the merits of political issues and policy.

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