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While the results of the election will be known by the time this is published, and nothing that I can write will make a difference in that campaign, it is still important to correct the record when someone gets it wrong. And the submitter got it all wrong in his Oct 24 Letter to the Editor (Oct 24; Stuart Brann, “Clarity for Candice Moon”).
There is so much mistruth and inaccurate information given, that I must presume that the writer’s attempt to provide “clarity” isn’t intentional libelous, but instead that Mr. Brann is just confused or received bad information when he talked to the Moons.
Here are two points on how much Mr. Brann statements are wrong:
1. Mr. Brann has the “employment” scenario all wrong. First, in 2007, I was fully employed. Second, my wife was never hired by nor worked for Mr. Moon’s company, MBJ, Inc. There was no “mutual acquaintance,” who asked Mr. Moon to employ either of us.
2. Mr. Moon’s company wasn’t in business in 2007 because it was dissolved in 2005, later reformed in 2010, and then shown delinquent in 2012 (according to SOS filings; company ID 19941086807).
Finally, it should be understood that Mr. Brann is an active supporter of and has financially contributed multiple times to Candice Moon’s 2015 and 2019 campaigns. So, based on the number of his inaccurate statements, I choose to believe that Mr. Brann is either confused or received bad information from the Moons.
Ron PhelpsGreenwood Village
I endorse Libby Barnacle for Greenwood Village City Council because in the four years in working with her on the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission, I have found her to be interested, knowledgeable, articulate and honest. She works well with Councilmembers, Village Commissioners as well as city staff and communicates well with and advocates for the citizens she has been appointed to represent.
Steve GoldmanGreenwood Village District 2 resident and current Planning and Zoning Commissioner
Brian has served the City of Greenwood Village for six years and has held positions on the Board of Adjustments and Appeals (BOAA) and the Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z). This experience has provided him an opportunity to understand City processes and develop working relationships with a number of departments. I have worked with him on P&Z for over a year while he provided effective guidance to the Commission as its Chairman. During this period Brian has reviewed and administered a number of development cases while demonstrating a fair and balanced approach. He understands the key priorities of the Comprehensive Plan and has worked to maintain and enhance Greenwood Village. I strongly support Brian’s candidacy for City Council.
Rich EastonMember P&Z Commission
Steve GoldmanGreenwood Village District 2resident and current Planningand Zoning Commissioner
“We believe you will be a strong advocate for the fire service of Aurora” (October 2, 2019) – The Aurora Firefighters Protective Association has announced their endorsement of Curtis Gardner for Aurora City Council At-Large in this November’s municipal election.
In a statement, the Local 1290 Board said “On behalf of Aurora Firefighters Protective Association Local 1290, we are pleased to inform you that you have been endorsed in your race for Aurora City Council Member At-Large. After careful consideration, we believe you will be a strong advocate for us and our brothers and sisters in the fire service.”
Curtis Gardner has made public safety a priority issue in his campaign for City Council, along with economic development, quality of life and transportation issues.
“I am humbled and honored by the endorsement of the Aurora Firefighters Local 1290,” said Curtis Gardner. “When I am on City Council, I’ll be an advocate for the men and women of Aurora Fire Rescue in working to ensure they have competitive pay and the appropriate training & equipment to serve Aurora residents.”
Curtis Gardner has now been endorsed by the Aurora Firefighters Local 1290, the Aurora Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 49 and the Aurora Police Association.
For More Information, please contact:
Curtis for Aurora, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.curtisforaurora.com
Jimmy AllenAurora Firefighters Local 1290, Goverment Affairs
I am concerned that Aurora and the entire metro area are growing too fast. I am very worried that all of this growth will hurt our quality of life here in Aurora. You can see the impacts of growth all around Aurora with more traffic, less open space and not enough resources to take care of our streets, sidewalks and older neighborhoods. Aurora just can’t keep growing like this.
This will be a major challenge for Aurora’s next mayor. We need a mayor who will balance growth with concerns from across Aurora. We also need a mayor who knows how to work with other communities to make sure that their growth does not hurt our community. That’s why I am voting for Mike Coffman this election day.
I know that Mike has the experience and vision to make sure that growth is better managed in Aurora. Mike wants to balance new growth with more open space, parks, trees and trails. He plans to improve and expand our road capacity and fix the potholes. He wants to use technology to help manage traffic, so we are not sitting at red lights in our idling cars. And Mike will pay attention to Aurora’s older neighborhoods by working with existing residents to revitalize our communities.
I am proud to say I will vote for Mike for Aurora mayor on November 5. By saying yes to Mike, we will have a mayor who will help Aurora grow in the right ways and protect our quality of life. Mike is the right person to be our next mayor, will you join me and vote for Mike Coffman for mayor of Aurora.
We have known Mike Coffman for more than 20 years. We knew Mike when he represented Aurora in Congress and in state House and Senate. We knew Mike when he served in Iraq, bringing democracy and order to that nation. Mike is one of the most dedicated public servants we have ever met. He has served his community, state and country in so many ways. But these are not the reasons we are supporting Mike for Mayor of Aurora. We are supporting Mike because we know he has the skills and experience needed to tackle the difficult issues facing our city. Violent crime is increasing. Traffic is much worse. And we need to find a better way to manage growth so it does not hurt our quality of life. Mike has a long record of working through tough issues. If it weren’t for Mike, the Aurora VA hospital likely would never have been completed. He made sure that our veterans received the care they deserve. Mike was ranked as one of the most bipartisan members of Congress, showing how he works to solve problems. That’s what Aurora needs in its next mayor. So please join us in voting for Mike for Mayor.
Lynne & Bo CottrellAurora
Aurora has a great opportunity this Election Day to make sure our city is ready for its future. That’s because Mike Coffman is running for mayor, and I believe he is the right choice to address the challenges ahead for our community.
I know my family and my neighbors are tired of all the traffic in Aurora. That’s because there’s been too much growth in our City and in nearby Denver, and our roads and highways just cannot keep up. Mike wants to prioritize Aurora’s budget to make sure roads are repaired and maintained and to speed up widenings and improvements across the city. Mike also wants to use new technologies that better manage traffic by making red lights and intersections adapt to congestion.
In addition, Mike has said he will make sure that growth doesn’t overtake Aurora’s great quality of life. He will prioritize parks, open space, sidewalks and trails to make Aurora more pedestrian, and family, friendly. He will work with neighboring mayors to make sure that transportation issues are addressed regionally and that we make the best use of transit and light rail to speed up our commutes.
If you want to see our roads improve and traffic congestion reduced, vote Mike Coffman for Aurora Mayor on November 5, 2019.
Aurora is a thriving community, which, on balance, is headed, in the right direction. But we face serious challenges. The violent crime rate increased 76% between 2014 and 2018. WalletHub ranked Aurora as the 20th worst city in the nation in which to drive in 2018. The cost of housing in Aurora has priced many young families out of home ownership.
Aurora needs a mayor who can make a difference and address these growing challenges head on. That’s Mike Coffman. Mike not only has deep Aurora roots and connections at the local, state and federal level upon which he can capitalize, he has a vision for Aurora’s future.
Mike will stand by our law enforcement and give them the resources they need to reduce the crime rate, safeguard our schools and protect our neighborhoods.
He has a detailed plan to address Aurora’s traffic and roads: region-wide planning, smart technologies to streamline traffic flows, and expediting much-needed road expansions, such as Gun Club Road.
Mike will work to promote transportation and neighborhood-friendly development and redevelopment projects that expand affordable housing opportunities, while balancing the need for more parks and open space.
Mike Coffman is the candidate for mayor who can make a difference for Aurora on day one.
Between 2014 and 2018, according to FBI data, the violent crime rate increased 76% in Aurora. Aurora is still “safer” than many cities, but let’s not turn a blind eye toward the trendlines. Rising crime rates affect Aurora citizens in very tangible ways: violent crimes victimize real people and negatively impact our property values.
Aurora’s next mayor needs an excellent working relationship with law enforcement to safeguard our schools, protect our neighborhoods, and bring down the crime rate. That’s Mike Coffman. Mike is endorsed by both the Aurora and Arapahoe County chapters of the Fraternal Order of Police because he will work to ensure law enforcement gets the resources they need.
Mike will also work to protect the rule of law and he opposes so-called “sanctuary city” policies.
Aurora citizens deserve safe schools and neighborhoods. Strong leadership that is committed to protecting the rule of law and standing by our law enforcement can make a difference. When it comes to public safety, one candidate for Aurora stands above the rest: Mike Coffman.
Aurora is in the midst of a pivotal mayoral race. Who we elect matters. While Aurora is thriving, our community faces growing challenges: worsening traffic, escalating crime rates, and unbridled growth.
Aurora needs a Mayor who can make a difference on these and other challenges facing the city. That’s Mike Coffman. His experience and vision are unparalleled, and Mike’s relationships – at the federal, state and local government levels and with Aurora business and community leaders – mean he is uniquely equipped to tackle tough challenges.As a businessman, elected official and military veteran, Mike Coffman has experience working within and leading large organizations. That’s important. It’s one thing to propose plans and ideas. In the world of government, that’s the easy part. It’s quite another thing to know how to get those plans and ideas approved. Mike Coffman not only has bold ideas to tackle our public safety, transportation and growth challenges (see www.MikeforAuroraMayor.com); he has the tools and know-how to get them done. As the Gazette recently opined in its endorsement of Mike Coffman, “few cities will have an opportunity to elect leadership this well-qualified.” Indeed. Aurora voters shouldn’t pass up this opportunity. Vote Mike Coffman for Mayor.
In the campaign for the Centennial District 1 election, there have been a number of misstatements by the candidate opposing the re-election of Councilmember Candace Moon. This is an effort by an observer outside that campaign to offer some clarity. Candace Moon was not the sponsor of the now defunct proposed ordinance regarding Motor Vehicle Parking on private property. It was the work of a subcommittee appointed by the Mayor. Candace Moon was not a member. After it had died, however, Candace, dutifully informed our residents of its status. She and other members of council had seen that the proposed ordinance was defective, and would not second the motion. This, in effect, killed the proposed ordinance.
Her challenger’s employment appear to be a second item of concern. In 2007 this was public knowledge and well known to the Moon family; so much so, that mutual acquaintances approached Candace Moon’s husband to ask for assistance in providing the Phelps’ family with employment. Mr Moon was able to hire a member of the Phelps family for his training and development company (MBJ, Inc.). The following April, less than six months after election, Phelps resigned and moved away from Colorado. Phelps knew the challenges he would face if he ran for public office. He had been told. He chose to run for public office knowing what personal challenges he would face. In this day, it is a mantra that one must be ready and prepared for job change.
Asking the electorate to vote for a candidate is not to be taken lightly. Phelps did not take his oath to heart. His actions caused undue delay in the administration of Centennial government. There is no guarantee it won’t happen again. With Phelps’ decision to move, Centennial was again faced with a vacant seat in District 1. He had left citizens in District 1 under-served, and the city had to decide whether to hold another expensive election, or find a qualified person to fill the vacated seat. Fortunately, the city was able to persuade Vorry Moon to fill the vacant seat, which he served honorably and selflessly, despite a negative effect on his personal income. In 2011, Vorry Moon went on to run for re-election and won the vote in the 2011 campaign and served a second full term (2015) without incident. Candace Moon is the candidate for re-election who has shown that she can balance the rigors of life, employment demands and the pressure of responsible representation of Centennial District 1. She deserves full community support, not negative, unsupported attack.
Stuart R. BrannCentennial
I have the pleasure of serving with Libby on the Planning and Zoning Commission. As a fellow native of Greenwood Village and active member of the community, I am pleased to endorse Libby for City Council. Her vision aligns with mine and many citizens of Greenwood Village to preserve the parks and trails, to maintain high standards for development, to ensure growth does not adversely impact our culture. She is detailed, candid and loyal to her constituents. She will be a great representative for District 3 and for the rest of our community.
Paul WiesnerGreenwood Village District 1 residentand current Planning and Zoning Commissioner
I know Libby personally and have served with her on our Planning and Zoning Commission for the last two years, so I have seen how deeply she cares for Greenwood Village. The combination of intelligence and heart that she brings to her decision-making makes her the right person to serve on City Council. Please vote for Libby Barnacle for Greenwood Village City Council.
Rasmani BhattacharyaGreenwood Village District 4 residentand current Planning and Zoning Commissioner
I have worked with Libby Barnacle for over a year on the GV Planning and Zoning Commission. Throughout this period she has demonstrated a strong commitment to the City of GV and has worked to preserve the outstanding qualities of our City. Libby has shown to have a logical mind and aptitude for getting at the key issues brought to us from a wide range of development applicants. Her educational background and experience of over four years on P&Z well positions her to be a great asset to represent District 3 on the City Council. I strongly endorse her candidacy.”
Rich EastonGreenwood Village District 2 residentand current Planning and Zoning Commissioner
Libby has my endorsement for Greenwood Village City Council, District 3. She is honest, pragmatic, and insightful and has shown through all of her actions that she has our community’s best interests in mind. She has demonstrated her commitment to look into our community’s concerns and needs, and is willing to examine the issues and listen closely to the public’s questions and suggestions. A vote for Libby is a vote for our Village!”
Aliza RothmanOrchard Hills
Libby Barnacle is an outstanding candidate for Greenwood Village City Council, District 3. Libby is endorsed by George Lantz, District 3 Council Member and Mayor Pro Tem; former District 3 Council Members Charlie Hazlehurst, Allan Stone, and Bette Todd; and former District 2 Council Member Mike de Chadenedes .
As a Planning and Zoning (P & Z) Commissioner, Libby has distinguished herself as a strong representative of the citizens of Greenwood Village. She was a passionate advocate for residents, opposing high density development at Orchard and I-25. Libby consistently spoke and voted against changing the Comprehensive Plan in a way that would increase traffic and forever alter the suburban character of the Village. She supported sending the proposed Comprehensive Plan changes to a vote of the people, and further served on the Save Our Village Steering Committee.
Mayor Ron Rakowsky publically credited Libby with an “eagle eye” after she spotted questionable signatures on a petition of support for a hotel project being presented at a P & Z meeting. Libby knew her constituents well enough to recognize some signatures did not make sense, and she was not afraid to speak up and question the developer. As it turned out, several Greenwood Village residents had, in fact, been the victim of forged signatures.
“Libby’s passion for the community, experience as a prosecutor, and her work on the Planning and Zoning Commission, make her the ideal advocate for our community,” says George Lantz Greenwood Village Mayor Pro Tem.
Born and raised in Greenwood Village, Libby understands our Village is a special place. She knows the history of the Village and the importance of quality of life to Village residents. Libby has a proven record and is a trusted leader. Greenwood Village needs Libby Barnacle’s energy and ethics on City Council.
Former Greenwood Village City Council Members,Charlie HazlehurstAllan StoneBette ToddMike de Chadenedes
Part of what informs my vote for Mayor of Aurora is the specificity of a candidate’s plans and proposals. It’s for this reason I am casting my vote for Mike Coffman. His plans transcend typical political platitudes and demonstrate thoughtful solutions for Aurora.
Take reducing commute times, for instance. This is an issue that is relevant to almost every Aurora resident. Coffman proposes to implement cutting-edge, smart city technologies, such as “adaptive traffic signaling”. This entails “adjusting the time intervals of the traffic signals based on real-time traffic conditions instead of by a synchronized system that is relatively inflexible,” as described by his website. What a great idea!
Coffman also proposes to work with other metro area mayors to develop and implement plans to address traffic congestion through regional solutions. This will require working with federal, state and local governments, stakeholders that Coffman – and Coffman alone – has experience working with.
One candidate for Mayor has the experience, vision and plans that can make a difference for Aurora: Mike Coffman.
As a U. S Marine Corps Vietnam Era veteran, I believe Jerry Valdes is the clear choice for re-election to Littleton City Council District 2. I have attended or viewed many of the Council’s meetings and he has always been prepared and knowledgeable on the issues at hand. He is a goal setter and keeps his mind on those goals. Not only does he have a list of what he will continue to do for Littleton, he has a list of what he has already done. He played a major role in getting the cross walks installed at several intersections along Littleton Boulevard. As a Littleton resident of 33 years, he served on the Littleton Planning Commission for 12 years and is an active volunteer at several Littleton public schools. Jerry is a proven and prudent leader. Re-elect Jerry Valdes for City Council District 2 on November
For the past two months I’ve been walking neighborhoods for Ron and talking to friends and neighbors about their vision for our City. Most people comment that they want to see Centennial return to its roots of limited government. This is what we were all promised when Centennial was incorporated.
That’s what Ron stands for — a government that focuses on providing services we need like maintaining our roads and public safety and less on regulations that would ban parking recreational vehicles in residential neighborhoods. Ron’s opponent, Candace Moon, in fact sponsored the latest discussion on banning recreation vehicles which does more to divide us as a community then bring us together.
In one of her greater ironies, Council member Moon has been critical of Ron for vacating his council seat in 2010 after a hard-fought election in 2009 where Ron beat her husband, Vorry. Ron had to move out of state for work after he lost his job and Vorry Moon was appointed to fill his council seat. Most of us would be gracious under these circumstances. Not Council Member Moon. For her, it’s just another opportunity to attack a neighbor.
Like many of my friends and neighbors, I’ve woken up one day without a job and wondered how I was going to pay the mortgage and support my family. We need people in leadership like Ron that understand the ups and downs of life and seek to lift up their neighbors, rather than bring them down.
I’m glad Ron is back and running for city council! I’m proud to walk for him and support him. I hope you’ll join me in voting for Ron Phelps!!
Over the past half billion years the earth’s climate has changed significantly a number of times. These climate changes were driven by volcanic eruptions and lava flows that released vast quantities of carbon and warmed the planet, or by carbon capture mechanisms, e.g., extensive forestation, that removed carbon from the atmosphere and cooled the planet. The geologic record tells us that five periods of mass extinction of plants and animals occurred during this time. These processes took many millennia to play out. Currently we are in a period when the planet should be cooling, with a repeat of an ice age, maybe 10,000 years from now. However, human activities are pumping carbon into the atmosphere and thus we are warming rather than cooling. When people ask me, “How much climate change is due to human activity”, I answer “100%”, otherwise our planet would be cooling.
There is no question that the industrial revolution improved our standard of living but the issue is will that continue to be the case. Prior to the industrial revolution, CO2 concentrations (the principle greenhouse gas) were around 200 to 280 ppm. Today they are above 400 ppm. It was in the late 1800s that scientists first discovered the relationship between greenhouse gases, CO2 in particular, and the warming of our planet. The more fossil fuel use, the more greenhouse gasses, the more warming of the planet. There is no scientific question that human activity is warming our planet.
It is important to understand that carbon buildup in the atmosphere can occur rather rapidly, as it is presently, but carbon removal from the atmosphere is a very long term process. So the carbon we have and will put into our atmosphere will be with us for centuries and significantly impact the lives of our children and generations to come. This is the reason that we must act now to reduce carbon emissions.
The warming of our earth’s atmosphere and oceans means more extreme weather events, including greater droughts and floods and the melting of sea ice and glaciers. Coastal communities are already being impacted and others are threatened with sea level rise and extreme weather. As the oceans absorb more CO2 they become more acidic and this threatens our marine food web and eventually most sea life. Today we are seeing how more severe heat waves are killing people, and rising average temperatures are eliminating critical habitats of animals and plants.
Some good things are beginning to happen. Use of renewable energy, solar and wind, is on the rise. Reliance on fossil fuels like coal is declining in the US. Other global players such as China and India are slowly following suit. Production of electric vehicles is increasing. These and other actions are economically driven and this will continue as most strategies to address climate change are economic winners, producing a more sustainable economy and social well-being. However, even with these actions, the United Nations (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) indicates not enough is being done to reduce carbon concentrations in our atmosphere and emissions are still going up. Furthermore, they tell us we have but one decade to change this or the consequences will be much more severe by 2050 and beyond.
Given that our current rate of pumping carbon into our atmosphere will certainly affect generations to come after us and could eventually doom our existence, why is more not being done? If we are honest we might say, “the affects take a long time to play out and most of us are happy with the way we live and don’t want to change all that much”. Okay, I get that, but the problem is deeper than that. Today, much of our government policy, and social, economic and institutional drivers are based on continued fossil fuel consumption. This is especially true because of the efforts of the fossil fuel industry, their lobbyists, and too many political leaders’ efforts to misinform; promoting false information on climate change that is not based in science.
The drivers promoting use of fossil fuels are both ubiquitous and insidious. Take our agroindustry for example. The mono-crop farming of corn, soybeans, wheat, etc. is built and reliant on the use of fossil fuels to fertilize, control insects and weeds, feed livestock and transport products long distances. To modify this arrangement will require not only that we farm differently, but also that we shop differently, and that supermarkets acquire food differently (locally and seasonally), and this means that we will eat differently. This is just one example of what we must change.
To combat the climate crisis that is around the corner we must each begin by educating ourselves on the subject and then communicate our knowledge and the urgency of finding solutions to as many people as possible. We must elect people who are curious, interested in understanding climate change, and willing to take decisive action to move away from our addiction to fossil fuels. We must be attentive and measure how we are progressing and hold others, especially elected officials and enterprise leaders, accountable for their actions. Above all, we must act and not be deterred or delayed by wishing for the status quo. Standing still or returning to the past are not options.
Bob DoyleGreenwood Village
At the Sentinel-sponsored City Council candidate forum on October 8, every ward-level challenger (Alison Coombs, Juan Marcano, and Bryan Lindstrom) expressed their support of taxpayer-funded “public enterprises” such as municipal broadband and municipal banks.
To be clear, what they are proposing is that the city gets into businesses that aren’t the job of the city, that it knows nothing about, and that should not be government-controlled.
Let’s look at them individually.
Many small cities and towns are experimenting with municipal broadband today. Less than half of these systems are able to cover their operating expenses, much less turn a profit. Provo, Utah, spent $39 million on public broadband, only to eventually sell to Google for one dollar. In Burlington, Vermont, excessive borrowing resulted in their credit rating being reduced to almost junk bond status. (Bear in mind, Aurora recently reached Moody’s AAA rating – the highest quality and lowest credit risk possible.)
Two candidates pointed to Longmont’s NextLight service as a model, which was introduced during a strong economy to fill a demand in an underserved market. What happens when the economy softens? Is there a need in Aurora not already served with reliable, fast Internet? And when you compare Longmont’s scant 29 square miles to Aurora’s 170 square-mile footprint, it’s easy to see there’s hardly a comparison.
Now, let’s consider municipal banking.
As I mentioned in the forum, municipal banking is not a new idea in America. They have been attempted many times over the last 200 years. All but one have failed. They were always marked by corruption.
Besides, it’s not cheap to start a bank. It would require billions of dollars in start-up capital, which would come directly from the pockets of taxpaying citizens. With the government in control, politics would undoubtedly drive lending decisions to fund pet projects, and direct dollars to a few at the expense of taxpayers. And every dollar we spend on this idea would be a dollar not spent on something else such as road maintenance, water acquisition, and public safety.
The Roosevelt Institute says it plainly on their website, “… municipal banks can advance and realize a broad set of redistributive and environmental objectives.” In other words, it’s about control, cronyism, and expanding government.
We do not know what the Aurora City CounciI will look like come November 6. What we do know is that it may include council members making risky bets with taxpayer money, if these are their ideas. We also know no major city has embraced municipal banking or municipal broadband.
And when California cities like L.A. and San Francisco turn ideas down, you had better think twice about just how extreme those ideas may be.
Françoise BerganAurora City Council Member, Ward VI
Our townhome community sits right across the street from The Streets at Southglenn mall. As a volunteer, Ron has given us a voice in the redevelopment plans calling for up to 1,600 additional apartments to be built where Sears and Macy’s now reside. On his own time, he has organized and led meetings to represent the neighborhoods and District 1’s interests in discussions with the developers and owners; and kept us apprised of updates at every turn. We know that Ron will fight to protect and preserve our neighborhood’s quality of life. In getting to know Ron, we’ve learned that he has been an active volunteer in the Centennial community ever since arriving here in 2003. He has served on several city and county citizen boards/committees and as a sheriff’s office victim advocate.
Join me and support a candidate who is a proven asset to our community – vote for Ron Phelps!
Richard A. KimblePresidentGlenn Oaks TownhouseOwners Association
I endorse Donna Johnston and Brian Strandes for City Council, District 3.
Over the last several years, the City Council has wrestled with several critical issues that will frame the future of our Village: Orchard Station; 5G Cellular standards; and the City-Wide Transportation Study are just a few great examples. Landmark issues such as these emphasize the importance of electing Councilmembers that speak for the people they represent. I’ve known and worked with both Donna Johnston and Brian Strandes on City matters for several years and I am confident they will be strong advocates for District 3. They will be accessible, approachable, and great stewards of the needs and desires of their constituents.
I invite you to join me in voting for Donna Johnston and Brian Strandes to represent District 3.
Steve MoranCity Council, District 3
Thank you Jessica Roe for your email concerning my article that appeared in the 9-26-19 edition of The Villager. I am including Bob, the publisher of The Villager, on this reply to ask him to post this correction in the next publication of The Villager to the following: although two people “died” at the 2013 Arapahoe High School shooting, more accurately ONE person was killed and the gunman then took his own life.
I appreciate you pointing this out to me. I sincerely hope you understand my intention was not to further victimize the families and friends of the Arapahoe HS shooting with semantics that lacked specificity on the cause of death, rather to emphasize the need for real change.
Thank you Bob and The Villager, for clarifying the meaning on the cause of death so that it is not misleading to your readers.
Please vote for Ron Phelps for Centennial City Council in District 1 on November 5th
I know Ron to be a conservative leader who will fight for our neighborhoods. He will follow limited government principles to guide his decisions and is a registered Republican. Ron is running against a liberal democrat who wants to grow government and place restrictions on private property. The Moons have created a dynasty by being on city council for 14 of the city’s 18 years of existence. That alone is reason to vote for Ron Phelps!
Ron knows that our individual rights are worth fighting for and that we – as citizens in Centennial – have to stand up and vote for to be represented by someone like Ron.
Join me and vote Republican for Ron Phelps!
I happened to read Jim Miller’s (Savvy Senior) article on how to get social security disability benefits when you can’t work. While it has some good information, there are some errors on important points that should be corrected so no readers are misled.
1. “You generally will be eligible only if you have a health problem that is expected to prevent you from working in your current line of work (or any other line of work that you have been in over the past 15 years)”
Actually, Social Security also evaluates whether you can do any other work, even work you have not done before, at step 5 of its sequential evaluation process. https://www.jameseducationcenter.com/articles/sequential-evaluation-process/
2. “If you’re fit enough to work part-time your application will be denied.” Actually, part-timers can collect Social Security Disability, to a point. The test is whether a person is engaged in (or capable of engaging in) “substantial gainful activity.” People earning under a certain amount are presumed to not be engaged in substantial gainful activity and can collect benefits (See https://www.ssa.gov/OACT/COLA/sga.html for the amounts). Social Security also has special “work incentive” programs that in some cases allow and encourage people with disabilities collecting benefits to try work under certain circumstances without losing their benefits. https://www.ssa.gov/redbook/ I hope this helps your readers better understand these programs. Best Wishes.
Kevin LiebkemannJackson, NJ
What a Bronco football game last Sunday, we won with the two-point conversion and then we lost on a 53 last second field goal by Chicago. I guess that proves for both teams, NEVER GIVE UP!
Enjoyed another car show Saturday at Landmark Lincoln/Mercury on Broadway. Have been at the car show at Heritage Eagle Bend, Cherry Hills Village and the daddy of them all was over 200 vintage cars at the Landmark dealership.
Wow, what a show of beautiful oldies and some of the classic Lincoln Continentals with the Continental kit on the trunk. This show raised money for St. Jude kids and the three prize winners all put money back in the donation bucket.
Hat’s off to the dealership! They did not display the new Lincolns cut had some vintage cars on the showroom floor, a class act by management.
Enjoyed seeing a 30-year friend, Louis Yacovetta called “Lincoln Lou,” who’s made the Lincoln Hall of Fame in car sales at Landmark.
Some of the classic cars are featured in this week’s Villager.
Thursday evening attended a welcome party at Cherry Hills Country Club for new CSU President Dr. Joyce McConnell. She is the first women in history to become the president of a land grant university, first established by President Abraham Lincoln. She hails from Virginia and visited with area CSU alumni at the reception.
Speaking briefly, she said that she moves quickly and expects results in her administration. She was impressive in her down-to- earth style and friendly manner. The cowboys and cowgirls at CSU have a new wrangler that will add some academia to the institution.
At the reception I met Susie Law, who with her CSU husband have a winery on Peachy Canon Rd. in Paso Robles, CA. I’m going to try a bottle of their wine under the trade name of Law Estate Wines.
I needed some car repairs recently and had Carter Automotive recommended to me located at 7079 Jordan Rd. Sure enough the owner Carter Bisson lived up to his good reputation and quickly fixed the automotive challenge. In need of a good mechanic who gets things done quickly, give him a call at 303-400-8941.
After the Landmark car show Gerri and I spent the afternoon cruising around the Park Meadows Mall. What an amazing institution that restores my faith in retail sales. There was a large number of Sat. shoppers, including attorney John Head, long time friend. We visited the UNTUCKit shirt store that we see advertising on television with shirts that go untucked.
We purchased a white shirt with blue cuffs for a family birthday member but passed on the many plaid patterns. I like the concept, but they could use a better fabric designer.
We went upstairs in the mall to my favorite Tommy Bahama store where they did have several shirts that were to my liking and they don’t have to be tucked inside trousers.
The Apple store was packed with the introduction of new model Apple phones with a deluxe model with night vision, wide angle and telephoto lenses.
We then met some long-time friends from Craig Ron and Jeannie Higgins, who won third place with their 1903 Olvera vintage car at the Landmark auto show. They donated all of their prize money to the St. Jude benefit bucket. We had an evening dinner at the Longhorn Steak House directly across the street from Park Meadows and it was excellent. Jeannie was our first reporter at the Craig newspaper that we operated in my hometown for 19 years.
She ended up purchasing the town’s leading ladies dress shop and her husband Ron ended as a partner in the local car dealership. They were both young and willing to take a risk and worked day and night.
They are both now retired but take their antique car to various auto shows the around country. This award-winning horseless carriage “Ollie” is almost one of a kind that wins many car show awards. (See the photo elsewhere.) Ollie birth place was in Cases Grandes, Chihuahua, Mexico. It is told that Mormons who had migrated there from the United. States built Ollie. He was restored in 2000 with one cylinder with a one-gallon gas tank and can travel at speeds of 18 to 20 miles per hour.
I watched the Democrat debate Thursday night and didn’t see a clear winner. Vice-President Biden appears to be holding his lead over the field. So far it is hard to tell who the final candidate will be at this point in time.
John Bolton got the Trump axe this past week. While I like Bolton, President Trump is attempting to scale down the conflicts and bring our troops home. Bolton is a hawk and after 18 years it is time to end these wars. That may not be possible with drones destroying Saudi oil refineries pointing to Iranian assistance in the attacks. We’re very close to more conflict with Iran.
I’d like to share one of the highlights of my volunteer service on Greenwood Village’s Planning and Zoning Commission. Recently, we have begun reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and one of us gets the honor and privilege of leading our fellow Commissioners.
Like many of you, you might have said the pledge every school day. I remember it being standard practice but as an adult, not so much. How refreshing it was when, for the first time in a very long time, I recited the pledge and really processed the words and what they mean.
What a great way to start any meeting and to remember everyday why it’s important to “pledge allegiance”. Try it sometime!
Henny LasleyPlanning and Zoning CommissionerDistrict 1
We have a tradition to take one of our children, and now grandchildren, on a trip when they graduate from high school. Our oldest one wanted to go to Dachau. Our granddaughter said that she wanted to go to Paris. Wow, what a difference a generation can make. We had one stipulation. We were going to visit Omaha Beach. She said, “What is that?” Now I understand that she is not a self-centered brat. She is a lovely young lady who has grown up in the academic system of our times. All high school students, I believe, should be informed about one of the greatest military invasions in history to preserve freedom and destroy tyranny. She saw Pointe du Hoc where men climbed a cliff to destroy a German machine gun nest while risking their lives. Four out of five men died during that assault. She saw a graveyard with white crosses as far as the eye could see. She had tears in her eyes when she saw the ages on the crosses.
While leaving we had lunch in Bayeux at an outside restaurant. A man came up to us and asked, “Are you American?” Of course, we answered yes. Then he said, “We will never forget what you did for us, and my grandson here is going to remember also.” He was holding the hand of a nice-looking boy about seven. This happened, by the way, to be June 6th, the anniversary of D-Day. It was a powerful moment for all of us. Our granddaughter asked, “Why was I never told about this?”
We went on to Paris, but her last comment was, “Omaha Beach was the most important part of my trip.”
Bravo to Mort Marks for his “Religion – are we losing an American tradition?” editorial piece (REMARKS August 29, 2019). While age may not necessarily increase one’s wisdom, it does provide a much broader perspective in which to gage contemporary trends. I grew up in a time when Judeo-Christian values were widely accepted in society and as a result, members of society had a basic concept of right from wrong. You may remember in the late 1980’s when Harvard Business School was offered $20 million to endow business ethics. After five years, the school admitted they had no idea how to teach ethics. The problem is that ethics and morals in our country are so fluid that there is no firm standard of conduct. We look to entertainers, sports figures and politicians to tell us what we should believe. With the loss of our Judeo/Christian-based values, our country has lost its moral compass. As a result, our adults are angry and our children confused. Is there any surprise that disrespect, violence, and teen suicide (3rd leading cause of death) are becoming commonplace?
Religion is not simply a valuable tradition. It is much more. It is where we find a sustainable and unchanging set of values. Values which are timeless and provide standards for living that have historically proven to be in the best interests of both the individual and society. Without a set of resolute and unwavering standards by which to gage our leaders, how are we to choose?
John Witherspoon, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence in May 17, 1776 said, “It is in the man of piety and inward principle, that we expect to find the uncorrupted patriot, the useful citizen, and invincible soldier. God grant that in America true religion and civil liberty may be inseparable and that the unjust attempts to destroy the one, may in the issue tend to support and establishment of both.”
God bless America,
Bob BrooksElder, Highline Community ChurchGreenwood Village
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