Roger Burton: Letter ‘very interesting’
October 31, 2015
It was interesting for me to read the letter from Van Fletcher attacking me in the Thursday edition of Steamboat Today. Interesting because contact with me has been by Kathryn Fletcher, not Van Fletcher.
Interesting because Van refers to an email to me from Kathryn he says I did not answer (I responded to her on Wednesday) but Van does not refer to a phone call from Kathryn in which I actually spoke with her.
Interesting because she asked where I had gotten the information for the ads by Steamboat Citizens for Local Control, and she demanded that I revise the wording in my the ads about Margaret Huron receiving 100 percent of her contributions from Front Range interests because she, Kathryn, had personally contributed to Huron's campaign.
Interesting that, if so, this contribution was not then identified in the required campaign financial report to the secretary of state.
Interesting that at the end of the phone call, I said I might consider revising my ad if I had documented proof of such a contribution from her. I referred her to the secretary of state website, from which I had received my information. She said she would find such documentation and provide it to me.
Interesting that I have not received such documentation and then I read Van's letter in the newspaper.
Interesting that I support three candidates who are individual, independent local citizens interested in the school board, our schools and our local education system and supported by local citizens. The candidates she, and apparently Van, support are largely supported by Front Range interests.
A majority of their contributions, regardless of exact percentage, come from or through Front Range organizations such as the Denver office of the teachers' union. The radio ads for Huron and Dover are financed by an organization in Thornton. The slick direct mail flyers sent out all over the place (I have received five) are financed by an organization in Jefferson Country — heaven forbid — enemy territory. Our independent candidates apparently cannot afford such expensive advertising.
Interesting that it is true our schools are rated among the highest in the state and our present and past school board members have been independent local citizens, but now it appears the Denver union wants to be the influence on the next school board.
I started the Steamboat Citizens for Local Control because my wife and I were angered by statements in the campaign materials from Huron and Dover in which they propose "Local Control," "Transparency" and "Interest of the Students" when they appear to be interested in control and influence by the Denver office of the teachers' union.
They appear to have a hidden agenda they are not willing to disclose and their union interests could very well overshadow the interests of the students.