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Gazette Premium Content LETTERS: Colorado has taken a bold step; important sheriff's race

Letters Published: March 23, 2014

Colorado has taken a bold step

Personal lifestyle is usually risky territory for leaders even when there is compelling medical evidence supporting public action and policy. Eliminating tobacco use and promoting physical activity and healthy nutrition are important ways to prevent disease and improve health - it is evidence based.

All of us should be especially proud of the recent decision to prohibit tobacco use on the main campus, lab and all locations owned or leased by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. The CEO Roundtable on Cancer stands with Colorado and its leaders for taking this wise action. Prohibiting the use of tobacco and offering cessation support to all CDPHE employees serves as a model for leadership nationwide - it will reduce cancer rates and prolong lives.

How important is this? Government data show that 2,265 of Colorado's citizens will be diagnosed with tobacco-related lung cancer this year and that 1,791 of them will die from the disease. By acting to prevent illness in the first place, whether that illness is cancer, cardiovascular disease, or diabetes, Colorado has taken a bold step to promote the good health of its CDPHE employees.

We rise to salute Colorado's Gov. John Hickenlooper and his Department of Public Health for offering a breath of Rocky Mountain fresh air by modeling how enlightened employers can play a leading role in improving the health of their employees . and their state.

Christopher A. Viehbacher, Chairman, CEO Roundtable on Cancer Dr. Martin J. Murphy, Jr., Chief Executive Officer, CEO Roundtable on Cancer

Cary, N.C.

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If the wrong man is elected

This year's election of a new El Paso County sheriff may be the most important in decades. Our community has enjoyed a legacy of strong sheriffs, who have built a professional force that takes its oath seriously.

As evidence, note the low number of officer-involved shootings and police brutality incidents.

That legacy is in danger, though.

If the wrong man is elected, El Paso County will fall prey to a cancer that infects hundreds of cities - a cabal of powerful political officials, bureaucrats and special interests that uses the sheriff and handpicked deputies as "enforcers."

So, who's the right sheriff?

Is it the guy who lies about an opponent, and condones ripping campaign literature from precinct leaders' packages?

The one who makes back room deals with power-hungry political leaders and executives, in return for hefty campaign donations?

The only candidate with a solid track record of accomplishments, such as solving cold-case murders, capturing the Texas Seven, and demanding his deputies uphold the constitutional rights of citizens, is John Anderson.

Let's make sure El Paso County doesn't become another cartel of corruption, by electing an honorable, effective, lawman - John Anderson.

Bill Scott, Colorado Springs

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Still impressed with Anderson

I moved to Colorado Springs in 2004, so the only sheriff I'm familiar with is Terry Maketa.

I've come to respect him over the years, and his endorsement means a great deal to me.

After he endorsed John Anderson, I did some reading, and realized I'd first heard of Sheriff Anderson in 2001. At that time, I was working at the House of Representatives in Washington, D.C., and the Texas Seven escape was all over the national news, with everyone wondering where they were. They ended up in Colorado. I saw Sheriff Anderson on CNN frequently and was impressed with him. After doing some research on all three candidates, I have to say I am still impressed with Anderson.

I have quite a few friends that have lived in the Springs all of their lives. I also know a few police officers and sheriff's deputies. All these people tell me that Anderson is the one they will be voting for.

For all these reasons, I, too, will be voting for John Anderson for sheriff of El Paso County.

Sheila Lockwood, Colorado Springs

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