Letters to the Editor — October 19, 2022 | Mail from Pikes Peak

Heartfelt thanks

Please pass on our gratitude to those who took care of us during and after our head-on crash north of the tunnel/trailhead on Hwy 67 Friday night, September 30th. A round of applause for Cripple Creek and Divide first responders for their quick arrival and transportation and motorists who stopped, reported traffic and provided emergency assistance until medical help arrived . Special recognition goes to the doctors and staff at Centura Penrose Hospital for their caring treatment.

Thank you to all of our family and friends for care, food parcels, cards, notes, well wishes and healing prayers.

Rich & Barb Ingold, Cripple Creek

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Bob Campbell endorsement

The Teller County Board of Commissioners is a team and governing body focused on the life, health and safety of the residents of Teller County. Our performance is based on the collective and combined talents that each of us brings to the commission.

The current team is optimized and working very well together after weathering the pandemic, multiple fires, and multiple budget seasons to name a few priority areas. The council has worked tirelessly to stop and reverse the divide that gripped our nation and our county 2 1/2 years ago and has made excellent progress in this regard. The team is focused on hiring the right people for the wide variety of services provided by the county and carefully considering long-term capital improvements that will have a multi-generational impact on the residents of Teller County.

You don’t break a team when it works great and serves people the way they deserve.

Bob Campbell is up for re-election in November, and I ask that you please vote for him. Steeped in financial experience and expertise, Bob brings his strengths to the team of Bob, Erik Stone and myself. We work very well together, and with every decision that comes before us, we collectively ask the question, “What’s best for the people of Teller County?” »

Bob is a quiet professional who doesn’t bring his ego to the table. He studies all aspects of an impending decision, he burns the midnight oil and is an extremely valuable member of our team. Once re-elected, Bob will have four years to continue putting the residents of our county first and will continue to be the professional that he is and will always do the right thing. Bob is a fiscal conservative who knows how hard our residents work for their money and we spend taxpayers’ money very carefully. We review these expenses for value-added performance metrics for our residents.

I respectfully ask the residents and constituents of Teller County to allow Bob Campbell to serve you for another four years. He is a very efficient county commissioner who carried out his duties selflessly and always with you, our residents, in mind. Please consider this my highest recommendation and endorsement for another term as County Commissioner of your Two-Window District. Vote for Bob Campbell.

Dan Williams, Chairman, Teller County Board of Commissioners

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Bob Campbell endorsement

Having inherited an office headed by Bob Campbell and working closely with him for the past four years, I am in a unique position to comment on Commissioner Campbell’s long and reliable service to Teller County.

Commissioner Campbell is the epitome of quiet excellence. He understands and applies Colorado law as it is written and intended. His financial and organizational skills are exceptional. His passion for Teller County and its citizens, while quiet, is unambiguous.

What you don’t get with Commissioner Campbell is drama, showboating, or gotcha politics.

Bob Campbell is a man of his word and he keeps his word. Let there be no doubt: Commissioner Campbell keeps his commitments and does not run away from them.

Bob Campbell has my support and my vote. In the strongest terms, I encourage everyone to vote for re-election as Teller County Commissioner.

Mark Czelusta, Teller County Treasurer and Public Trustee

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Stewards’ decision

Recently, Mr. Biden gave a speech in which he called our United States of America a democracy. In fact, he did it several times. Our United States of America is not a democracy. We are a constitutional republic.

We the people vote to elect elected officials to fulfill our wishes, not theirs. Because this is in accordance with our Constitution.

For this upcoming election, our Teller County Commissioners have been asked by some of “we the people” to implement the proven system of manual ballot counting. In order to ensure a real result as the machines have been proven to be fraudulent. It would cost around $8,000, but was well worth the price of ensuring a valid election result.

Proverbs 20:9 says that when the righteous are in power, the people rejoice, but when the wicked reign, the people mourn. Will our Teller County Commissioners do the will of the people and implement a manual count? Will we, the people, rejoice in the belief that we had a valid election result? Or will we, the people, cry? Either way, the commissioners will prove that Proverbs 20:9 is the true Word of God.

Will our Teller County Commissioners be Constitutional Republicans following our Constitution or will they be Democratic RINOs?

Benjamin Rushfoe, wooded park

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Election integrity is not always a conspiracy theory

Election integrity questions fall into two categories:

1. Election tabulation machines are tampered with by nefarious actors.

2. Voters are simultaneously registered in different jurisdictions, registrars fail to purge their records of duplicate registrations, and voters receive more than one ballot in an election cycle.

Category #1 seems to be the stuff of tinfoil hat conspiracy theories.

Category #2 is presented whenever there is a transient population, such as students, military personnel, people who have recently moved, or people with multiple homes in more than one jurisdiction. Category 2 errors occur when election officials in multiple jurisdictions fail to coordinate adequately with each other and send multiple ballots to individuals. It stems from a lack of competence in government agencies.

Having received multiple ballots on several occasions when I maintained residence in Topeka, Kansas and Cripple Creek, I can attest that errors in Category #2 do actually occur even though the Clerk and Recorder wishes to deny its possibility . I am not alone, as other Teller County residents have publicly complained about receiving ballots for their children who have long since left home.

Election officials can’t do much about Category 1 claims, but they can correct Category 2 errors. However, it forces the clerk to stop blaming those who receive multiple ballots, to coordination between government offices is not perfect and to correct their mistakes. broken systems.

Mark Sievers, Cripple Creek

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Be a hero for dogs big and small

October means pumpkin spice lattes, fall temperatures and color-changing leaves, but it’s also a chance to be a hero for a dog in need.

For thousands of years dogs have been our best friends, our protectors and often our personal heroes, enhancing and even saving lives. That’s why every October for more than 40 years, American Humane has encouraged animal lovers to return the favor by adopting a dog from a local shelter or rescue group during its annual Adopt-a-Month. UN Chien.

While adopting a puppy or younger dog is great, we hope you’ll also consider adopting an older dog. The sad truth is that senior animals spend the most time in shelters and shelters, and tragically, animals over the age of six or seven are often considered unadoptable solely because of their age. Older dogs and cats have higher euthanasia rates than their younger counterparts because they struggle to find homes. They can often spend the rest of their lives in the shelter, homeless and alone.

There are many reasons why a senior animal may end up in a shelter, but most are loving and wonderful companions who have just faced unfortunate circumstances. Senior dogs also have many advantages: they tend to be less exuberant than younger dogs; they are often already trained at home; they are ideal for people with busy lifestyles; they are so grateful for a second chance and will give you lots of love and thanks!

Older pets have lacked a safe home environment, and once they know they are safe, they will always love and trust their owner. They still have so much to offer, so this Adopt A Dog month, I encourage anyone looking to add a new furry companion to their family to stop by and say hello to some of the older dogs at the shelter. Open your heart and your home, and you may find your new best friend.

Dr. Robin Ganzert, President and CEO of American Humane

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