OPINION – letters to the editor
To the editor:
A few months ago, the Town of Berthoud began working with American Ramp company on the beginning of a conceptual design to a future skate park at Waggener Farm Park. In those first few weeks, we put out a quick simple online survey to the public asking for their input on skating and skate park amenities that they would like to see or have built. The design team received that information and put together a design that is in the link below based on their experiences as well as the initial public survey. As in these COVID19 times, we are using online surveying to garner interest and feedback instead of normal open houses. This is currently posted on Facebook, Instagram, and will be a part of the e-newsletter for the recreation department. Our hope is to continue to pass this information along through the newspaper and email.
We are asking you all if you are interested about skating or skate parks to click on the link and provide input. At this time, this park amenity is currently not part of the current budget for construction and this is the secondary level of input from the community. We will be seeking grant funding if possible as research for available upcoming grant opportunities fit our project and budget.
The survey link is https://americanrampcompany.com/berthoud/. Please pass along to anyone that you know has an interest in skating and park amenities. The survey will be open from now until Oct. 23 to provide input.
Deputy Town administrator
To the editor:
Becky and BWS staff I just want to say thank you all for the terrific job you do in providing quality reading and viewing for residents in the Berthoud area.
The health article I wrote for your Body & Soul magazine, and you printed, was appreciated. The ad you did where we could thank the folks in Berthoud looked perfect.
I have been very pleased with the quality and value of your work. It is so much more personal and so much less corporate.
Keep up your good work. It means more than you might think!
Dr. Rex Eland
The U.S. Senate should move quickly to work with President Trump to consider and approve a new Supreme Court justice who will faithfully apply the U.S. Constitution. There is no reason to not have a new justice before Election Day. Fill the seat. If Democrats can impeach in an election year, the Senate can fill the seat in an election year. Fill the seat. The 2020 Presidential election legal stakes are too high to have a Supreme Court minus one. Fill the seat. The United States of America cannon afford to have an 8 member Supreme Court that could deadlock on critical questions coming from dangerous liberal socialist Democrats. Fill the seat. We need 9 justices on the Supreme Court bench. Fill the seat. Democrats say this is a hurry-up Supreme Court nomination. There is plenty of time to fill the seat. Justice Ginsburg was confirmed in only 42 days. Justice Roberts was confirmed in only 24 days. Justice O’Connor was confirmed in only 34 days. Justice Stevens was confirmed in only 20 days. Justice Blackmun was confirmed in only 28 days. Justice Burger was confirmed in only 17 days. Fill the seat. President Trump’s 2020 nominee should get the same speedy consideration by the Senate. A confirmation vote by Oct. 30 is completely doable. Fill the seat.
To the editor:
For those who feel challenged by our available options in choosing Colorado’s representative in the US Senate in the upcoming election, I like to assure them that Cory Gardener is the right person at the right time to be our voice. From having the experience of hearing him answer questions in a diverse environment in which I work, Cory genuinely shows respect to people as well as their concerns regardless of their party affiliation. He makes it clear that being a native of this state helps him see us all as his extended family. I am sure you will agree that today’s leaders need more of this kind of quality.
Letter to the Editor,
Our family moved to the Johnstown/Milliken area a little over two years ago. We quickly fell in love with this place, with events like Beef and Bean Day and BBQ Days speaking to us as people raised on similar experiences in eastern Montana. We got to know many of the local business owners and saw the pride folks take in their land, stores, and communities. Which is why we were left with the nagging question: “What’s up with the schools?” We had a child at Letford and one at Milliken Middle, and, while the buildings were full of great hard-working people, the buildings themselves were a bit of a letdown. Milliken Middle was clearly overcrowded and it literally rained INSIDE my daughter’s classroom at Letford.
These experiences were a big part of my decision to run for the school board. If you see something that needs fixed you don’t just complain, you become part of the process of fixing I – a value I still hold from my rural upbringing. Losing the Bond and MLO by only a handful of votes last year was hard, but I believe the board did a good job listening to feedback and now has a plan I am even more excited about.
Taking on a project the size of the proposed Bond and MLO is not something that should ever be done lightly, but I think there are some basic facts that point to the necessity. For now, I want to talk about the bond. Bonds build schools, and we very much need to build some schools. In 2000 the number of people who lived within the RE5J boundaries was 8,227. In 2019 that number was 24,021 (source: missioninsite.com). And when was the last school expansion? 2003 with the construction of Pioneer Ridge. All of our buildings now have portable classrooms added to accommodate the kids. The projects proposed in this year’s bond aren’t just about accommodating future growth, they’re about the growth that has already happened.
That said, the future is also on my mind. The area around I-25 is a major source of growth, including our portion of it. While there was concern COVID-19 might slow that growth, it seems to be doing the opposite. Just type “Colorado Housing” into Google to see what I mean. In a meeting between the school board and the town of Milliken, it was shared that housing sales and construction post-COVID far exceeded expectations set pre-COVID. People are escaping urban centers to places like here. In another meeting with the town of Johnstown, they shared they are investing millions of dollars into expanded water and sewer to attract more development. This, on top of the hundreds of new houses already on the books. Just take a drive down Colorado Blvd. and you’ll see the dirt moving.
You don’t need a crystal ball to see what is coming. This growth will help our current local businesses, attract new ones, and put even more stress on our schools. The Middle School is overcrowded now, the High School will be soon, and Letford is simply at the end of its useful life. Adding to the urgency is the fact that schools aren’t built overnight. It will take 2-3 years to go through a design and build process to make sure we get the spaces we need to serve us for the next 50 years.
Let me share a few things I’ve learned as a person new to things like Bonds and MLOs. First, we have received a BEST grant for Letford for an unprecedented second time, this time for $9million. Those folks really want us to replace that school. Unfortunately, their money is running out for large projects like this, and it is a use it now or give it back grant. COVID has held construction costs steady when they normally would have increased. Finally, interest paid on Bonds right now are historically low. This all adds up to mean it will never be any cheaper than it is right now to build these schools. It will only get more expensive waiting even one more year.
Another thing I’ve learned is how Bonds actually work. If voters approve a certain amount of money for the Bond, that is the amount the school district gets. When more houses are built, and they will be, we do not get any more money. Instead, the cost to each tax payer goes down. Our current bond for Pioneer Ridge will expire in the next few years, which will be an additional savings. So, the cost you see on the ballot is the starting amount will likely decrease as time goes on.
One more important consideration in my opinion is this. Letford, Milliken Middle, and Roosevelt High School aren’t just crowded or in poor repair, they are also inefficient. Maintenance, repairs, heating, and cooling are some of our biggest expenses after salaries. Every dollar we spend on those things is a dollar we are not spending in the classrooms. How great would it be to save a bunch of money on patching roofs or gas bills, and instead spend it on our kids’ actual education?
I quickly fell in love with this community in no small part because I sensed early on this is a place that would do what’s right, even if it meant sacrificing a little personally. I won’t pretend the Bond won’t cost us all something. But I think as a community we owe it to ourselves to do what is right by each other and our kids. Together we can have school buildings we are as proud of on the outside as we are proud of what happens on the inside.
Rev. Jeremy W Scott
To the editor:
I strongly support Cory Gardner’s re-election to the US Senate from Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District. I have been impressed with Cory’s focus on issues that will help Colorado and the United States.
Cory supported the Opportunities Zone legislation which has helped struggling communities attract new business and is making a positive difference in Colorado.
Cory co-sponsored the Great American Outdoors Act which includes funds for backlogged maintenance in the National Parks and annual funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Corey also pushed to get the Bureau of Land Management to Colorado. I have always wondered how people who have never lived in or seen the Western lands could provide effective management.
Corey sponsored S-2661 National Suicide Hotline Designation Act. The Senate passed this bill in May and the House of Representatives just gave their approval. Soon “9-8-8” will become an active support for those with mental stress who are contemplating suicide.
Corey looked to the future by co-sponsoring the US Senate Space Force Caucus. The US Space Force was established in 2019 and is currently Headquartered in Colorado Springs. The new Caucus will Provide education to Congress on the Space Force and coordinate the Congressional oversight and support the newest Military Branch.
Please join me in re-electing Corey.
To the editor:
From where I stand, re-electing Cory Gardner is our best choice. Electing our leaders is a critical process, and I always look for leaders that I believe will propose viable solutions to move our country forward for the good of everyone. Cory Gardner has proven to me over and over that he puts good, appropriate, well-considered, bipartisan solutions forward. Cory works hard to improve Colorado – its transportation system, jobs, economy, and energy and natural resources policies. He’s also proven his leadership abilities in nation-wide efforts.
Cory Gardner serves Colorado well. He’s the best! Please join me in re-electing Senator Cory Gardner for another term in the U.S. Senate.
To the editor:
From where I stand Cory Gardner is straightforward, honest and dedicated to the people of Colorado. I have known Cory for over 20 years and think he has been a very effective Senator. He is ranked the 3rd most bipartisan Senator and has had more sponsored bills signed into law than the rest of the Colorado congressional delegation combined. His efforts to strength the workforce include the CHANCE in Tech Act, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the Student Loan Repayment Acceleration Act and Opportunity Zone legislation.
Cory is a national leader on energy and natural resources policies. For his efforts he has been awarded the Coalition of Social Sciences Association Distinguished Service Award, the American Geophysical Union’s Presidential Citation, and has been named a Champion for both the Wind Energy and Solar Energy Associations. He’s also been named a Nature Conservancy Conservation Champion and a Friend of the Outdoor Industry. Cory is co-founder and co-chair of the Senate Smart Transportation Caucus which promotes next generation technology to enhance infrastructure and improve transit efficiency. For these reasons I urge you to vote to return Cory to the Senate.
To the editor:
Senator Cory Gardner cares about the health and wellbeing of everyone in Colorado. I have personally known the Senator for decades. His genuine compassion for Colorado and its citizens is unsurpassed. Working in healthcare, I am overjoyed that Senator Gardner introduced the Pre-existing Conditions Act guaranteeing healthcare coverage for people like myself with a pre-existing condition. Senator Gardner ensured that clean water was provided for those in my hometown in SE Colorado. This was supposed to have happened decades ago and Cory made it happen now helping some of our most vulnerable populations. He did this because it was the right thing to do, not to earn votes in large urban areas. I’m proud to have someone like him represent ALL of Colorado but especially Larimer County by being incredibly effective by working across the aisle and doing what is right….always. Senator Gardner continues to prioritize jobs and the environment by bringing Space Command to Colorado and the headquarters for the Bureau of Land Management. Colorado is in my heart and it is in Senator Gardner’s blood. I hope you will look past the divisive nature of politics and look into Senator Gardner’s record, not ads paid for by special interests. Senator Gardner is an asset to all of us Coloradoans. Cory cares about you, your health, and our beautiful land. Be well and please cast your vote for Senator Cory Gardner in November.
Aislinn Kottwitz, RN
Former Fort Collins City Councilmember
To the editor:
I support Senator Cory Gardener as Senator for Colorado;
I was born in Michigan and have lived in Colorado for about 25 plus years and Cory has been an effective Senator and tries so hard to make good choices for our State.
Cory has lead the effort to strengthen the workforce with his bipartisan CHANCE in Tech Act. This will build improved partnership between private industry and entities like state technology associations to fill gaps in skills and promote a better economy.
Cory worked with both major parties to secure many dollars (more than $300 million) for transportation and infrastructure projects in Colorado.
Cory is a 5th generation Coloradan. His family has lived here for many years.
Cory is the most effective federal representative in Colorado, with more bills signed into law than the rest of the entire congressional delegation combined.
I support Cory Gardener for the next six years!
Let’s keep Colorado GREAT!
To the editor:
I am so happy to support the re-election of Senator Cory Gardner to represent me in the U.S. Senate. It is not always easy to find someone with the kind of work ethic, devotion to family and moral integrity that I believe Senator Gardner has.
I have known Cory for fifteen years. I appreciate the fact that he loves our country and wants to be a part of keeping America free, safe, strong and beautiful. His work on the Great American Outdoors Act and the relocation of the Bureau of Land Management’s headquarters to Colorado is impressive.
Cory has too many accomplishments in his first term as senator to list here. He has been busy working for all of us! Join me in helping to re-elect him so he can continue serving all Coloradoans.
To the editor:
I have spent a great deal of time getting to know Senator Cory Gardner, going back before his days in the House as Colorado’s 4th district representative. An honest family man, Cory has been one of the most productive Senators, not just for Colorado, but including legislation to benefit the entire nation. His Great American Outdoors Act is one of the greatest, if not THE best, piece of legislation to protect and preserve our Great Outdoors in American History. Last month he was not vacationing as the misleading ads report, he was reaching across the aisle yet again to work with Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) to sponsor S. 4414 the American Dream Down Payment Act of 2020, introduced on August 4th to the Senate Committee on Finance. This Act will allow future homeowners to build down payment accounts tax free and with a wide spectrum of potential donor sources. As a current Colorado Licensed loan originator, I know the huge benefit this will bring homebuyers. Productive … you bet! Senator Gardner has had 8 bills signed into law, 5 by President Obama and 3 with President Trump. Many in Congress never even introduce that many pieces of Legislation. His accomplishments for Colorado, Space Command Headquarters, and Bureau of Land Management office relocated here, Rural Healthcare expansion… The list goes on. Cory Gardner is THE GOOD MAN for Colorado. Please join me in support four Senator, Cory Gardner.
To the editor:
From what I observe, Cory Gardner is the best choice for US Senate – I support his re-election and ask that you do the same. As a father of three and husband, he knows what Colorado families need. Senator Gardner has lived his life in Colorado and served his fellow Colorado residents for decades, from farm life to the Colorado legislature, to serving our needs in Washington. His youth and positive energy are a welcome change from what we see in Washington. His dedication to Colorado is clear. I like his dedication to what’s important here in Colorado – he supports the National Renewal Energy Lab in Golden; he has worked for our transportation needs and has funded rebuilding our local highways after flood damage. And he cares about funding and maintaining our very own Rocky Mountain National Park, to sustain this national treasure in Larimer County. Senator Gardner has proved to me that his concern for Colorado is what we need in the US Senate. It’s important to me and to you that we have Senator Gardner continue to represent us in Washington. Please visit corygardnerforsenate.com to learn what I have come to appreciate about our Senator, Cory Gardner.
To the editor:
Cory Gardner is a fifth generation Coloradoan, and his love and devotion to Colorado, Colorado resources and the people of Colorado is very apparent.
Cory’s Great American Outdoors Act permanently funds the Land and Water Conservation Fund. He was instrumental in protecting Canyons of The Ancients National Monument, located between Hovenweep National Monument and Mesa Verde National Park. He introduced legislation that guarantees health coverage for people with pre-existing conditions. The bill is known as the Pre-Existing Conditions Protection Act, Senate Bill 4506. His Student Loan Repayment Acceleration Act helps students financially as they enter college by providing a way for businesses to contribute tax-free dollars toward employee’s student loans. He was instrumental in securing federal funding for the rebuilding of Highway 34 through the Big Thompson Canyon after the major damage from the 2013 flood.
I have known Cory for 10 years. His record is clear. He is the most effective legislator Colorado has in Washington D.C. Please join me in re-electing him to the Senate.