Thanks to everyone for calling or sending cards in the passing of our brother George Webster on March 9.
To the editor: I've had the privilege of knowing Dave DeRose for more than 18 years. During those years, I have learned that he is a strong personality.
Like many of you, I’ve been fortunate enough to know Joe Bird. While living in Craig, I came to know Joe as my neighbor across the street, a fellow member of city council and a fellow Rotarian, but most of all, as a friend. I know Joe to be a man of integrity.
I am writing this letter to ask you to vote for Joe Bird for mayor of Craig.
Two years ago we wrote the citizens of Craig in support of a City Council Candidate John Ponikvar. And two years later, looking at the same city council elections, our perspective remains unchanged. Our perspective is this, in a community of our size it’s not often, in any political race, a candidate steps forward possessing the experience, the leadership capabilities and the genuine enthusiasm that is John Ponikvar.
There were so many good friends and family there I can't not believe how many. My brother was a special hard working friend and business man. He was only two years older then me so we grew up together in Craig.
I believe Joe Bird should be our next mayor.
I support John Ponikvar for Mayor on April 4. As a local business owner, John has a reputation for his fairness and honesty.
I rarely speak out on local issues, yet I believe that Craig citizens deserve to know what they are voting for. The state legislature is considering House Bill 17-1242 sponsored by our own State Sen. Randy Baumgardner. If approved, this measure would be on the November ballot. The state seeks a raise in state sales tax from 2.9 to 3.52 percent for 20 years in order to fund improvements of Colorado’s highways and CDOT projects.
Reading through the mailing I received that was also sent out to all registered voters referring to Measure 1A it becomes very obvious the City believes it desperately needs additional funding which will be the outcome if 1A passes. I am in agreement that it probably is necessary providing the information presented to the public in this “Notice of Election” and along with the mailing that accompanied this month’s utility billing is in fact correct.
We need leadership, vision, and energy, and John Ponikvar is the candidate that possesses those very traits! John works tirelessly for this community, all the while running a very successful business.
I am not saying that having a rec center would not be a nice thing, but we need to look closely at the recent use tax introduced by the city council. The city council said that if the use tax is not approved that some services may need to be cut.
This letter outlines why I support Joe Bird to serve as mayor of Craig.
April 4 will be a critical election for the citizens of Craig. The voters of Craig will be tasked in electing a new mayor and filling four open councilperson seats. The new mayor will either be tasked with indoctrinating new council members, working with existing members or a combination of both old and new. This individual must possess the leadership, flexibility, creativity, and vision to lead Craig to new horizons. Joe Bird has all of these characteristics and more.
I am appealing to Moffat County Democrats and anyone who is interested in continuing a local Democratic Party to attend a re-organization meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the VFW.