Jo Stanko: Why I support John Salazar



U.S. Rep. John Salazar, D-Manassa

John Salazar has proven himself to be an effective representative for those of us who live in the Third Congressional District.

Since he was elected two years ago, he gained seats on three committees which are important, not only to Colorado in general but to the Western Slope, which relies on farming, ranching and tourism as our major industries.

John has been active on the Transportation and Infrastructure committee. He has fought for overdue highway improvements. He recognizes the importance of our highway system for all types of businesses in sending and receiving goods as well as the ability of tourists to reach their destinations. He also recognizes the importance of encouraging mass transit where possible and has demonstrated this by helping Steamboat Springs and Garfield County receive a boost in funding for public transit.

As a member of the House Agriculture Committee, John has played a major role in writing the 2007 Farm Bill. John has stated that energy development and the U.S. dependence on foreign oil is the single biggest issue facing the country in the foreseeable future. He has been recognized by the Denver Post as fighter for the inclusion of cleaner fossil fuel technologies and renewable energy production as a major part of this farm bill.

With his seat on the House Veterans Affairs committee, John has worked diligently for fairer treatment of military widows, cracking down on fraudulent claims for military medals and the expansion veterans' health care. For those of us who live in Northwest Colorado, this translates into a system that would provide healthcare for our veterans in this corner of the state and not 200 miles away, over high passes and bad roads. He has also proposed legislation that would permanently fund the Veterans Administration as a line-item in the budget. This would guarantee a set amount of funding to the VA rather than them relying on however much Congress could eke out from what is left over.

John Salazar is one of only four of our 435 congressmen and women who are actively involved in farming and ranching. He brings with him the ability to think and problem solve under pressure and is a voice for our Western way of life.

He has demonstrated that he is interested the needs and wishes of all the people of his district and not just those of the same political party by his vote to repeal the estate tax and has the support of the National Rifle Association.

Even the Denver Post, a large city Front Range paper, supports John Salazar, a farmer from a small town on the western slope, in his re-election bid by saying, "Salazar's freshman performance and keen interest in 3rd District issues has earned him re-election."

Please join me in re-electing John Salazar as the Representative from Colorado's Third Congressional District.

Jo Stanko is a longtime Routt County rancher.


the_Lizard 10 years, 4 months ago

Yeah Jo and if Dems win the majority in the house, Salazar STRONGLY supports Pelosi as speaker. You are a Rancher and you want the estate tax repealed? Why?? Doesn't make sense to me.


dogd 10 years, 4 months ago

America has seen the result of electing empty-headed fools who have only the agenda of lower taxes, and really nothing more. They screw up just about everything else that they try to do.

A man who has worked for what he gets will always have an aversion to unnecessary taxes, but LEADERS have got more to give at the end of the day. I'm gonna vote for John Salazar and I would vote Tom Tancredo if I lived in his district. This red vs blue crap is for idiots. RED WHITE and BLUE is all that matters, and we've lately heard way the hell too much from blind reds and blind blues.


Krista Monger 10 years, 4 months ago

In response to the lizard: The Stanko Ranch borders Emerald Mountain on 20 mile road, and I would bet that it is worth milions. Ranch land in steamboat is extremely expensive, expecially a real working ranch (not a 40 acre hobby ranch). Since most ranches in the area are worth at least 2 million, when it gets passed down to the next generation, it is taxed by the estate tax. Now I don't know if you've ever noticed, but most ranchers are cash poor. So in order to pay the estate tax, they have to sell a portion of their ranch. Less land makes it even harder to make ranching profitable. Most true working ranches in the area have been passed down for generations, and as steamboat's land values keep sky-rocketing, more and more ranching families cannot afford to keep the ranch when a parent dies. Routt County has already lost numerous old time ranching families who feel the only option is to sell-out, and if this keeps happening Steamboat will lose its western heritage, and that would be very sad.


the_Lizard 10 years, 4 months ago

I guess I don't understand either your E-mail or Stanko's letter. I too know about real working Routt County ranches, their value, and passing them down from generation etc. Am I reading her letter wrong? I thought she said she wanted the estate tax repealed and Salazar voted for it's repeal and that is why she is supporting him.


the_Lizard 10 years, 4 months ago

I want the estate tax PERMANENT Stanko and Salazar want it repealed, revoked, done away with. I can't understand why she wants that, if she has a valuable estate. Can you understand that BOO


the_Lizard 10 years, 4 months ago

OOOPs my mistake, I was thinking along the lines that repeal of the inheritance tax ment getting rid of the estate tax cuts yadddi yaddi ya, that Bush had implimented. I guess what I wanted to say was I want the tax cuts permanent and estate tax repealed. So sorry ;)


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