LETTERS – 3-14-24

Give our south metro cities their own zip codes

Dear Bob,

Reading your column last week about the frustration you faced finding locations in Cherry Hills Village and Centennial, relying on zip codes, took me back to an article I wrote for this newspaper late in 2018. It was about the history of south metro cities Cherry Hills, Greenwood Village, and Centennial, trying for years, without success, to get their own zip codes. Nothing has changed in the past four and one-half years. The zip codes for both Cherry Hills Village and Greenwood Village  “belong to” Englewood and Littleton. Centennial, despite being 30 square miles and having a population approaching 115,000, borrows its six different zip codes from Englewood, Littleton, and Aurora. No wonder you had so much trouble finding the UPS facilities using the zip codes in their addresses!

Here’s something to think about. It is a fact that, “Everyone reports to someone.” Why can’t a U.S. Senator or Member of Congress take action to get the United States Postal Service to change its policy and give our south metro cities their own zip codes?  

Your governmental reporter,

Freda Miklin

I heartily support Wynne Shaw for Mayor of Lone Tree

Lone Tree has been fortunate to have had mayors with the time and experience to lead our city to where we find ourselves today.  It is important that we continue on this path.  As you decide who you will support for mayor in the Tuesday, May 7th election, please consider these points.

As a former Lone Tree Council Member/Mayor Pro Tem, I am keenly aware of the time required to be Lone Tree’s mayor.  I consider both Wynne Shaw and Marissa Harmon to be friends of mine.  They are both delightful ladies, and Lone Tree is blessed that they wish to serve our city.

Wynne has served for eight years on the Lone Tree City Council and is currently mayor pro tem.  She owned and operated a micrographics business before beginning an extensive career in financial services with Charles Schwab and TIAA.  Throughout her time on council, she has consistently shown that she has the time, experience, and dedication to serve Lone Tree exceptionally well.  Her hard work on the 58-member Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) has earned her much respect from municipal leaders in the Denver Metro area. In fact, she has recently become the new DRCOG Board Chair.  When Wynne speaks people listen!  

Marissa served on Lone Tree’s Planning Commission for one year and now has been on city council for two years.  She currently owns and actively works in her Lone Tree hair salon.  In addition, she is a wife and a busy mother of two young children.  Being Lone Tree’s mayor is a Full Time Job!  

After Wynne has served as mayor, I would expect to be able to support Marissa without hesitation.  Her children will then be older, she may then have more time to devote to leading Lone Tree, and she will have had the opportunity to acquire the depth of knowledge that will earn her the respect of others throughout the region.  

Last but not least, if Marissa is elected mayor in May, three of the four city council seats will then be held by new members with no council experience, all led by a very inexperienced mayor.  Surely that is not what any of us want as our city deals with challenges and opportunities in the coming years! 

I heartily support Wynne Shaw for Mayor of Lone Tree in our May 7th Election.  I hope you will, as well.

Sharon Van Ramshorst

Former Lone Tree City Council member/Mayor Pro Tem