Barb Coddington: I trust Baxter

To the editor:

Bob Rankin let the ideological cat out of the bag with his stand on a proposed analysis of Federal land decisions.

I guess this stance is why the Colorado Peak Politics web site, the self proclaimed “Colorado conservative bully pulpit,” proclaims Bob Rankin a “conservative thoroughbred” and “one hellava of a proven candidate.”

Mr Rankin’s corporate experience was as vice-president of Ford Aerospace Corporation which had defense contracts for the government. I guess that is part of his thoroughbred breeding.

He is a proven candidate according to the web site because of his ability to raise money. That might make him a “proven” candidate but not a good candidate for our district.

If you look at his endorsements (listed by Ginny Love in the Post Independent) they leave out some of his contributors, surely an endorsement. These include; AngloGold Committee, a minerals extraction company; Black Hills Corp, a producer of oil and natural gas in Colorado; and Arch Coal Inc.

I wonder what Mr Rankin’s priorities were when he ran against state senator Gail Schwartz, then proclaiming his residence was a 700 square foot residence in Aspen. He seems determined to legislate.

I will engage in my own hyperbole and proclaim Mr. Rankin a classic carpetbagger, who will lack vision beyond his economic nose, and is all wrong for HD57 — particurarly Rio Blanco and Moffat counties. His candidacy begs the question “All politics are local”

Joann Baxter actually knows people in her district. She knows that we cannot simply drill our way out of any and every problem.

The Republican ideology of ever expanding economy will be challenged by changing global circumstances and our locally oriented, ex-teacher Joann will understand the need not only for her former students’ mining jobs, but jobs and education for the new century.

I trust Joann and will be voting for her.

Barb Coddington

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