Congrats to the WJ
Congratulations on your recent wins and recognition by the Colorado Press Association. At a time when newspapers around the country and world are failing it is good news to see many local newspapers still doing, “the good work” of honest professional journalism. The World Journal, consistently provides top quality reporting, photographs, and more, week in and week out. The paper avoids editorializing in their reporting. This is especially important in these times of alternative reality media outlets that espouse conspiracy theories, along with claims that have no evidence or basis in facts, or science.
Having worked for the World Journal I know the inner workings of this fine institution. Behind their doors is a wide spectrum of political beliefs and persuasions, yet one would never know it. All of that gets left at the door so the team can focus on a quality product. A product that not enough locals read. I urge those of you who do support and read the World Journal to encourage others to do the same. It is the best way to keep up on what is going on in our region and towns. And when you support your local paper you, in turn, are supporting local businesses, who advertise in the paper.
Support Democracy! Support your local paper!
La Veta, CO
Elect Dave Tesitor
Dear Huerfano County Voters,
It is with great pleasure that we support David Tesitor as a candidate for Huerfano County Commissioner.
Mr. Tesitor has owned and operated his own business in Walsenburg. He is a successful Financial Advisor with clients located throughout Colorado and in Huerfano County. Because of this background, we feel Mr. Tesitor is very qualified for the job.
David Tesitor is a strong supporter of all of our youth in Huerfano County. As a businessman he has offered internship opportunities to our local youth in his local office. He will his carry his concerns and interests for youth and young adults into his position as a County Commissioner.
Having served on the Walsenburg School RE-1 Board of Education for eight years, in which fiscal responsibility and accountability were of the highest priority, Mr. Tesitor can give the county the experience needed.
In terms of reopening our county (getting back to some sense of normalcy) here is a direct quote from David Tesitor
“Our commissioners need to address the issue of opening up the county. We are losing tens of thousands of dollars of sales tax revenue, not to mention tourism dollars. It doesn’t make sense to lock down Lathrop. They will need to address the issues of cuts now once they see what the drop of revenue will be.”
As a County Commissioner, he will go to bat for all of us. He will use the county’s financial resources wisely. His ideas and policies will serve to attract potential businesses which can provide jobs and more stability to our community. He will be there for all of us to make Huerfano County an even better place than it already is.
Vote for David Tesitor as your County Commissioner.
~Bill & Marsha Boeck
Vote Dave Tesitor, a trust-worthy and insightful choice
To the Voters of Huerfano County
I am writing this letter in support of David Tesitor for County Commissioner. While I do not know much about Huerfano County politics, I do know something about David. I have known David for nearly twenty-five years, first as an associate with Walnut Street Securities and then as my insurance agent when I retired from the securities and insurance industry. I trusted him enough to turn over my book of securities clients to him to manage when I retired. Subsequently, I received no negative feedback from any of them based on the quality of his work. They tell me he still manages some of their insurance business. David is also my friend.
When, as a Republican, I was elected to serve on the Board of Regents of the University of Colorado several years ago, David who is also a CU graduate, and I had some interesting conversations. His insight demonstrated he understood the issues of the time which affected his then liberal almamater. His conservative dialogue was valuable in our discussions. I believe his understanding of the facts and issues and his ability to learn will make him the ideal candidate to lead the citizens of the county.
I do not take giving this endorsement lightly. I looked at his website before making my decision and after reviewing the ideas and solutions he proposes, I wholeheartedly support David Tesitor for County Commissioner. He is well-versed on the issues of a small community and will serve the people well.
~ Henry Anton,
University of Colorado Regent, Emeritus
There are many reasons I am supporting Arica Andreatta for County Commissioner and I have chosen to name a few:
1. She is a native and married to a native. She knows and understands our communities.
2. She is a successful businesswoman is knowledgeable of the business community and the challenges it faces. She is invested in our county and committed to the betterment of our citizens.
3. She is young and wants to provide opportunities and the education and training for our young people to be able to stay here. She knows an investment in our youth is an investment in our future.
4. She works well with others, ask any of her of her employees, business associates or friends. She encourages and applauds success in others.
5. She knows what a beautiful place we live in and promotes it to the utmost. This brings people and money into our County.
6. She is intelligent, educated and technology savvy. Technology is the future.
7. She believes in local and lives it.
8. She is a forward and positive thinker and is willing to work hard to find solutions and bring results, even if it isn’t for personal gain.
9. She is ambitious, energetic and tenacious yet patient and open minded.
10. She is a proven leader and has to ability to bring people together to make things happen. She demonstrates the kind of leadership we need for sustainability and progress.
We have the privilege of voting and I encourage everyone to vote, especially locally where it counts. I will cast my vote for Arica Andreatta and hope you will too. It’s time for a change, it’s time for a woman, it’s time for Arica.
~Jann Faris Vail
Vote Arica Andreatta-the logical choice
To whom it may concern:
I have had hte privlege and honor of knowing Arica Andreatta for 35 years. Arica has always loved Huerfano County; the peope, the natural beauty, the wildlife, and the type of life it offers. After graduating from the University of Colorado at Boulder, Arica knew that she wanted to return to Huerfano County and give back to the community in which she was born and raised. She knew that this small piece of the world was special, she always said that it was a “little slice of paradise” and she knew there was nowhere else in the world that she wanted to be. I have watched Arica excel in high school, thrive in college, and become a successful and proud business owner of a busioness that has brought jobs and revitalization to Huerfano County.
Arica is a natural-born leader; she is confident, compassionate, calm, and collected. She will always listen to others, take a step back, and reevaluate both sides of a matter before making a fair decision. She is everything a good County Commisisoner should be; intelligent, educated, kind, passionate, sincere, reasonable, and strong. When Arica is elected County Commissioner she will continue to make a positive impact on the home where she has lived for over 30 years, a place where her children are being raised, a place where the comunity is her extended family. Huerfano County is Arica’s past, present, and future. This county has shaped her into the person she is today and has hold of her hearet. Arica Andreatta for County Commissioner just makes sense. I know everyone who knows her, or knows of her, knows that! She has my full support.
Elect Sandy White, a non-partisan leader
We live in a society with deep ideological divides. Sandy White demonstrates rare and powerful skills that diffuse major differences and enables teams and organizations to reach consensus and more effectively solve problems. Huerfano County is no exception to the divisiveness seen nationally. Since retiring here, Sandy has continually and selflessly worked with local government, individuals and multiple agencies, overcoming challenges, finding common ground and delivering untold public benefits. That is why he is the perfect candidate for County Commissioner.
His selfless efforts in our underserved Huerfano County have yielded better planning and more resources for many organizations and causes. He has delivered over $6 million in outside money for projects that improve public services, drive water stewardship and set the table for a more vibrant and sustainable Huerfano County.
I can state unequivocally after working closely with Sandy while on the La Veta Fire Protection District (LVFPD) board that Sandy White does not just “sit on a board”; he “actively serves” and works to focus the organization, set aside any differences and deliver change and results for the common good. He always leaves an organization better than he found it. For example on the LVFPD board, thanks to his efforts the District has a solidly funded new station.
Vote: Sandy White for County Commissioner – Right Candidate for These Times!
Support for White
I am writing in support of Sandy White, Republican candidate for Huerfano County Commissioner, District 2. After retiring as a prominent land use and water attorney Sandy and his wife Mary made Huerfano County their home. Since retirement Sandy has devoted countless hours of service to local organizations and governments. His vast knowledge and experience have benefitted all of Huerfano County and its residents.
I have had the privilege of serving alongside Sandy on the Huerfano County Planning and Zoning Commission for the last eight years. Sandy has been very instrumental in amending the master plan and developing regulations that we can all live with. As current planning and Zoning chairman I am truly grateful for his knowledge and his assistance in reviewing hundreds of land use applications to ensure that they comply with the master plan.
I also serve with Sandy on the Huerfano County Water Conservancy District Board of Directors. HCWCD has been involved in several complicated projects and Sandy’s expertise and experience in water law have been invaluable to the district. These attributes, along with his “get “er done Spirit have helped the board successfully navigate some pretty tough challenges.
If elected, I know that Sandy will bring knowledge, experience, integrity and a strong work ethic to the job and will devote himself full time to the betterment of Huerfano County. I urge you to vote for Sandy White, Huerfano County Commissioner, District 2.
Vote Sandy White
I am writing this letter in support of the candidacy of Sandy White for the office of County Commissioner in Huerfano County. As the former State Engineer, appointed by Gov. Richard Lamm, and a current member of the Inter-Basin Compact Commission in the Colorado Department of Natural Resources, I have had many occasions to work with Mr. White on complex water matters thorughout the State. I have always found him to be extremely effective in working with all perosns he was involved with, whether in support of his position or in opposition. He is a man of great integrity and intellect, as well as being a man of diplomacy and fairmindedness, willing to listen to all sides of an issue.
Most recently, I have had the privilege to serve with Mr. White on the Arkansas River Basin Roundtable where he served two terms as Chairman. He was always well organized and conducted the meetings with speed and efficiency, willing to give respectful consideration to all views, but also willing to make a timely and well-founded decision when required.
As a graduate of the United States Military Academy, he has served his country as a patriot, a man I would have been proud to serve alongside.
I urge the citizens of Huerfano County to elect a man of integrity, experience, intelligence and fairness to be their next County Commissioner, Sandy White.
~Jeris A. Danielson P.E., PhD.
La Junta, CO
Vote Steve Carrillo District 10
There are a number of important choices all of us are making in this current primary election. The most important, of course, is to make sure to vote. One such decision, however, is our choice for our new District 10 Commissioner on the Public Education Commission. Our current commissioner, Tim Crone, has encouraged Steven Carrillo to run and has endorsed his candidacy. I feel likewise and urge you to write-in Steven Carrillo for District 10.
While Steve’s opponents (also write-ins) may have a good deal of experience in academia, Steve has a long record of accomplishment and results as a two-term board member for the Santa Fe Public Schools. Steve is an innovator, a doer, and a collaborator, who is always looking at how to better our outcomes for kids and to provide the tools and supports our teachers and schools need to be successful. He does not back down from a challenge, but rather meets challenges head-on and turns them into opportunities.
At the legislature, I’ve seen Steve consistently speak truth to power as he fiercely and articulately advocates for sufficient funding and supports for our schools; all of our schools. On the SFPS Board, it was always “kids first,” leaving the politics out of the discussion.
In Taos County alone we have five state charter schools; in District 10, thirteen. We need the capable, experienced, and trusted representation that Steve will provide. Please write-in Steven Carrillo for PEC District 10.
Eagle Nest, NM
Our local campaign season is upon us. Many political messages emphasize that the candidate was born in Huerfano County into a highly respected family. I find that to be a turnoff. For good reason, Americans long ago rejected the idea of an entitled aristocracy. When the entitled old families were in charge, Huerfano County sank to being the poorest county in Colorado. Under recent commissioners, the county has begun its upturn to a better place economically and a more open and effective government.
There is a lesson here: Leadership of our county must be in the hands of the BEST QUALIFIED candidate, one who knows the county, is devoted to its prosperity and has demonstrated the ability to get things done – regardless of what their name is or where they were born. When casting your vote, please select the MOST qualified leader for the position, not the most “entitled”.
Public health law
More than even police and fire services, the advancement of public health in ensuring safe food, water, and environments has saved countless lives. Whether the current pandemic is being managed optimally is not the point of this letter. The question is whether even more extreme measures might be imposed for lesser claims of public health in the future under the law as it now stands.
Tucked into the recent public health orders is the threatening reference to criminal prosecution under Colorado Revised Statute 25-1-516 which makes it a misdemeanor to “Willfully violate, disobey, or disregard the provisions of the public health laws or the terms of any lawful notice, order, standard, or rule”. Within Title 25 of the statute, the law allows boards of health to “establish, maintain, and enforce isolation and quarantine, and in pursuance thereof, and for this purpose only, to exercise physical control over property and over the persons of the people within the jurisdiction of the agency as the agency may find necessary for the protection of the public health; To close schools and public places and to prohibit gatherings of people when necessary to protect public health.”
As we emerge from the confusing array of changing rules defining how we operate in society, conduct our religion, and earn a living, we must continue to refine our understanding of liberty in balance with emergency powers of government bureaucracy.
If our legislators pass bad laws the voters can replace them. If our governor misuses power, he can be recalled. If a law enforcement agency is incompetent its leader or those who appointed them can be replaced. None of these check and balances apply to public health. I urge our elected officials to review these laws before the next emergency is declared.