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Publish Date: 10/14/2006

Say yes to public safety tax

When gang violence erupted on Longmont’s streets back in April, residents voted with their voices, packing City Council chambers to seek answers.

“We need to step up as the public,” one woman in attendance said. “This killing was one too many, and we need to stop this.”

One answer to the gang activity was a heightened police presence. Soon, more gang members were off the streets, but at a cost — more than $11,000 per week in police overtime.

Longmont residents rightfully expect to live in a safe and well-run community, and the city has responded with exceptional public service in many areas. However, maintaining a high level of preparedness in a growing city does not come without cost, and that is why the city’s public safety officials are asking voters for more money.

Ballot Issue 2A’s proposed .325-cent sales tax increase would pay to hire 32 new workers in the police department, 12 new firefighters and two Youth Services workers, in addition to purchasing equipment for these departments.

Proponents of the measure have provided an itemized list of what this money would provide, opening up their effort to scrutiny. This tells you exactly where your money will be spent. And remember that the equipment will see plenty of use.

Ballot Issue 2A is about public safety. It has been placed on the ballot by the City Council, which did so by a unanimous vote. The next step is for the measure to meet the approval of voters.

You have voted with your voices; now it is time to vote at the ballot box. Vote yes on 2A.

Vote for McCarty -- CU regent

All of a sudden, the field is crowded with candidates seeking to serve as an at-large representative on the University of Colorado Board of Regents.

Something good has happened as a result of the controversies that have swirled around the school over the past couple of years.

Voters have good candidates from whom to choose for this important position.

Of the five seeking the office, third-generation CU alum Marcus McCarty, 31, rises to the top.

McCarty, an attorney, brings enthusiasm and excitement to the position. His thoughtful approach is well grounded in detail and research.

While an advocate for the school, he also sees the university’s problems. He has committed to helping make the university one of the top schools in the nation.

McCarty is an independent candidate. While the jobs that the regents perform are for the most part non-partisan, McCarty’s independent label makes it clear that the university, not any party, will come first.

A close second in this race is the Republican candidate, Brian Davidson. Davidson, 29, is chief resident physician at the CU School of Medicine. His medical degree is from CU. His undergraduate degree in chemistry was earned at the University of Northern Colorado.

Davidson would lend a medical perspective to the Board of Regents.

Other candidates in the race are Democrat Stephen Ludwig, 39, a public relations professional; Douglas Campbell, 60, of the American Constitution Party; and Libertarian Daniel Ong, 47.

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