Letter: Thanks Eagle County for action on pine beetles
I am deeply proud of my fellow Western Slopers! Since wrapping up our Pine Beetle-Severance Tax Coffee Shop Tour a few weeks ago, we are excited to report that 1,403 postcards were signed. We are currently sending all postcards out to the State Capitol, in hopes that we will hear responses from both Republican and Democratic leaders. The Coffee Shop tour was sponsored by my campaign. The purpose of it was to get postcards signed, with one postcard going to the State Republican Party, asking them to get more proactive about the pine beetle epidemic, and the other postcard going to the State Democratic Party, asking them to keep severance tax funds from gas drilling and coal mining here on our Western Slope. Although my opponent, Christine Scanlan, could not attend the tour, I was excited that she publicly encouraged all Democrats to participate. I am deeply proud of running as a Republican, but I will refuse to engage in partisan bickering. The pine beetle and severance tax issues are Western Slope problems that cannot afford to be carved up by partisan debate. I was proud that this tour celebrated unity around nonpartisan issues. Lastly, I wanted to thank the businesses that hosted the tour and/or co-sponsored it with food and beverages: Vendettas of Vail, Back Bowl of Eagle, Covered Bridge Coffee & Deli of Vail, Pastime Bar & Grill of Gypsum, Loaded Joes of Avon, Pazzos Pizza of Avon and Eagle, Bobs Place of Avon, Smiling Moose Deli of Edwards, Zachs Deli of Eagle, The Turntable of Minturn, The Minturn Saloon, and Mangos of Red Cliff. And thank you to everyone in Eagle County! May peace and love be upon you all!
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