Summit Daily letters to the editor: Bruce Brown works hard on behalf of victims
May 3, 2016
Bruce Brown works hard on behalf of victims
The Denver Post's article regarding elected District Attorney Bruce Brown's "vacation days" mischaracterizes his work ethic.
He is committed to his community: victims, accused, constituents and employees. The Fifth Judicial is a huge jurisdiction requiring long-distance travel between four offices. That doesn't slow down Brown who is available to each office and each employee nearly 24 hours a day. Midnight warrant or murder investigation, he is accessible.
He can be reached by employees, the coroner, law enforcement and the defense bar — who regularly call to negotiate cases at the highest level. The media has easy access to him, and reporters continue to cover numerous Fifth Judicial cases, keeping the community and state apprised of mountain' matters.
He is often found hard at work in any one of the four offices by 6 a.m., departing to Eagle, Leadville, Breckenridge or Georgetown by 4 or 5 a.m., followed by a full workday and more. Brown spent a Saturday with my trial partner and me working through nuances of a tough case.
The reality is that elected DAs work long hours preparing cases. Time off of work allows DAs to recharge in order to make critical decisions seeking justice for victims, those accused and our communities.
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Brown is always on call. Vacation for him just means he is not physically in the office building, but, virtually, he is available and hard at work.
Former deputy district attorney
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The plan expands the benefits of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Medicare. The Affordable Care Act improved our health coverage, but premiums are still too high, and costs can be overwhelming for people with chronic diseases. And it still leaves too many uninsured or underinsured. With ColoradoCare, every Coloradan will be 100-percent covered — no exceptions. No more bankruptcies due to exorbitant medical bills.
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ColoradoCare will be organized like a credit union — owned by and accountable to the residents of Colorado. Medical costs will be paid through a state tax, adjusted for income. With no insurance premiums to pay, most of us will save money overall. It will simplify health care, relieve doctors of a huge paperwork burden and be cheaper for employers. It's a big win for all of us.
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ColoradoCare will be furiously opposed by the insurance industry. They will spend enormous amounts trying to defeat it and will organize an immense barrage of letters, articles and TV ads opposing it. Keep that in mind as you make up your own.
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