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Supporting Jay Fawcett for Congress


Recently, two retired senior Army generals openly endorsed a Democratic takeover of Congress. The generals said that they believe a Democratic victory will help reverse course from what they consider a disastrous Bush administration policy in Iraq. The two generals have also called for the resignation of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. Maj. Gen. John Batiste is quoted as saying "The best thing that can happen right now is for one or both of our houses to go Democratic so we can have some oversight.” Batiste led the Army's 1st Infantry Division in Iraq in 2004 and 2005 and describes himself as a "lifelong Republican". Maj. Gen. Paul Eaton, who was in charge of training the Iraqi military from 2003 to 2004, agrees that Democratic control of Congress could be the best way to steer us away from a seriously flawed strategy in Iraq. Gen. Eaton said that "The way out that I see is to hand the House and the Senate to the Democrats and get this thing turned around," adding that his opinion is growing among retired and active-duty military leaders.

In fact, a recent poll by La Moyne College and Zogby of active duty troops in Iraq shows 72% of American troops serving in Iraq think the U.S. should exit the country within the year. Among Reserves, 90% favor withdrawal compared to 83% of the National Guard, 70% of the Army, and 58% of the Marines.

Please consider the above when you cast your ballot and remember, the Democratic candidate for the Fifth CD, Lt Colonel Jay Fawcett (ret) wants change, his opponent, Republican Doug Lamborn, fully supports George Bush’s “Stay the Course” strategy.


Steve Plutt
Lake George

Supporting Referendum 1A

Dear Editor;

As concerned Park County citizens, a group has formed to promote the public awareness, and to support the passage, of local ballot issue 1 A. We are as diverse in our occupations and backgrounds as our unique but wonderful county. To help our efforts, we have created the Water Preservation Action Committee (Water PAC). This group includes Democrats, Republicans, and unaffiliated voters. We have the support of both local parties. Each candidate running for elected office in Park County supports 1 A.

It is our sincere belief that the benefits provided countywide are just cause to continue the fund. Without raising taxes, the question asks for an extension until 2018. As the voters passed the original sales tax in 1997, the fund can only be used "…for the preservation, protection, acquisition, improvement, and maintenance of Park County's remaining water resources, and land in Park County containing associated water rights and resources."

The current expiration date is December 31, 2008. Why ask the question now? The fund has many important projects under consideration, and our leaders involved in these programs believe the continued fund is critical. Future enhancements to water and land resources will leverage the contributions and successes achieved. Please visit parkcountytrust.org and determine yourself if it is beneficial.

Conservation easements, riparian and waterway enhancements, water rights acquisitions, studies for water quality and quantity have been funded. To be sure, our community could not have defended our groundwater resources against Aurora without these funds.

If you would like to contribute to our cause, donations of time and money are needed. Talk to your neighbors! Send checks to the Water PAC, P. O. Box 222, Fairplay, CO 80440-0222. Email questions or concerns to dbwissel@msn.com.

Help us keep Park County special. Vote FOR 1 A!


David B. Wissel
President, Water PAC

Supporting Debra Green

Once again Park County has the opportunity to vote. Four years ago, I was proud to see Park County vote to keep my Mom as your Park County Clerk and Recorder. In those four years, she has proven to myself and others, she is capable of doing the job the voters elected her to do. Her job as County Clerk and Recorder is just as important to her, as her dedication to her family and friends within the Park County community. I look forward to seeing the voters doing the same thing again this year. When you vote to re-elect Debra Green, you are not only voting to re-elect my Mom, you are voting to re-elect a friend, a neighbor, and a dedicated asset to the people of Park County.

Shawn Green
Denton, Texas

Supporting Debra Green

October 4, 2006

Debra A Green
Park County Clerk & Recorder
Po Box 220
Fairplay, Colorado 80440

Dear Debbie,

Please know that I fully support and offer my full endorsement for your re-election as Park County Clerk & Recorder in November.

It has been my pleasure to work with you during the past four years and I am very much looking forward to continuing our work together on behalf of the citizens we serve.

I know all the Colorado county clerks are looking forward to the leadership skills you will bring to our association as you serve as President of the Colorado County Clerks Association in 2007.

You bring extensive experience and wisdom to this very important position and I am confident the citizens of Park County already know that.

Please feel free to share my thoughts about your re-election with all who may be interested.

Best regards,

Robert C. Balink
El Paso County Clerk and Recorder

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