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Get involvedTuesday, March 21, is Caucus Day in Colorado and the official start of the campaign season for party affiliated voters. The word caucus is defined as “a meeting of the local members of a political party especially to select delegates to a convention or register preferences for candidates running for office.” And that is exactly what will take place throughout Colorado and here in Eagle County next Tuesday evening.On the local level, the caucus process allows voters to get to know the candidates and discuss the issues of interest to their community and their party. People come together by precinct and delegates are selected to attend the county assemblies which take place in April. At the assemblies, the precinct delegates are charged with selecting those candidates whose names will appear on the August primary ballot and ultimately their party’s candidates for the November general election.The caucus and the county assemblies are truly the grass-roots processes of party politics. If you want to have a voice in choosing who will represent your political party in county government, then you should make every effort to attend these gatherings. There are some restrictions as to who is allowed to serve as a delegate based on length of party affiliation, so if you have questions, you can contact the parties through their Web sites at http://www.eagledems.org and http://www.eaglecountyrepublicans.org. You can also visit the clerk and recorder’s Web site at http://www.eaglecounty.us for a list of caucus locations and times, as well as to check your voter registration information.I hope that you will participate in the election process by attending a party caucus on March 21. This is a great way to get involved and to have a voice in the future of our county and our country.Sara FisherScary either way”The third complicating factor here is you might have wiped out half the royal family of the UAE in the process.” – CIA Director George Tenet’s testimony to the 9/11 Commission March 24, 2004, in explaining why they couldn’t go forward with a missile strike on Bin Laden’s camp in 1999. So let’s see. UAE’s royal family hanging out with Bin Laden. UAE’s government is controlled by the royal families of the seven emirates. UAE’s government owns and controls Dubai Ports World International. Dubai Ports World wanted to control operations at six major American ports and has contracts on 15 others in the U.S.; 94 percent of containers are not inspected in said ports.C’mon Bush supporters. Even you have limits, don’t you? This president says he didn’t know about this deal. That’s only scary if he’s lying or telling the truth.Chris MechVail You call that … You people don’t know how to snowshoe. I watch and read the results of the big races. Why do you even wear snowshoes when you’re racing on a packed trail.I worked for two power companys in these great mountains and when we put the ol’ shoes on, we would be up to our elbows in snow. Snowshoes are made to keep you from falling to the bottom when you’re in deep powder. If you people want to improve your times try using tongue depressors and duct tape. It’s impressive to see everybody running on snowshoes, but I get a chuckle out of the fact you dont need them at all. I lived in Crested Butte eight years and would snowshoe every month from December to May. We would read electric meters four days out of the month and put on four to five miles each day. My boss used to say “Shut up, Helen, it will make a man out of you!” I would like to see races start at Meadow Mountain and end at the top of Beaver Creek mountain. Lets see some races in real powder! At least that’s what the shoes were designed for. Keep on racing. Jim Dunlap Eagle My factsRe: “Global warming and heads in the sand” – March 10, by Alan Braunholtz. Reporters and columnists should not pretend to be scientists. Even some scientists are affected by politics, emotion, and one hidden agenda or another, e.g., funding campaigns. Please look at all of the facts before making your personal conclusions to “jump on a bandwagon.” Checkout http://www.sepp.org/ for some perspective on the issue. John McDonough Alexandria, Va.Vail, Colorado

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