I wanted to reach out to you, and let you know that the Adams & Broomfield Counties Victory office is open. We are in the same location we were in 2012, at the corner of E. 104th and York.
If Republicans are going to win this year we are going to need all the help we can get. We need to reach out to voters as many times as we can between now and November. Please consider spending some time making phone calls here at the office, or knocking doors in your neighborhood. The more times we reach out to voters the more likely we are to make an impact this year.
Adams & Broomfield Counties Field Director
2200 E. 104th Ave #103,
Thornton, CO 80233
The difference between the Adams County Republicans and the Adams County Democrats:
“We want to control our own life, not yours”
“We support every individual choice that does not take away someone else’s choice”.
“Freedom and Liberty vs. Control”
It’s an easy decision for us….
“The liberals have tried to hide their philosophy behind our words. When they say ‘opportunity,’ they mean subsidies. When they say ‘closing the deficit,’ they mean raising taxes. When they say ‘strong defense,’ they mean cut defense spending — no wonder their favorite machine is the snowblower.” – Ronald Reagan
Adams County Election Office
4430 S. Adams County Pkwy.
1st Floor, Suite E3102
Brighton, CO 80601-8207
Monday – Friday
7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
There is no more time to wait. In a little more than two weeks voters in Colorado will be going to their mail boxes and finding ballots. This gives us two more weeks to convince unaffiliated voters to vote for a conservative ticket. We also need to start contacting Republicans so they aren’t unprepared when that ballot arrives. Republicans need to know how important this election is for the direction of the county. I can’t contact all of these people alone, so I need your help!
Sign up to make phone calls in the office or from home, or make some time to pick up a walk book and talk to your neighbors.
At the end of this election you can say you help put this country on the right path, or you can complain about the President’s liberal agenda and his allies in the Senate for two more years. Without your help we will not be able to win this election.
Adams & Broomfield Counties Field Director
2200 E. 104th Ave #103,
Thornton, CO 80233
Adapted from remarks by Yale University historian and professor emeritus Donald Kagan at the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Conn., Sept. 18, a talk based in part on a lecture he delivered at Yale on Nov. 4, 2001:
What is an education for? It is a question seldom investigated thoroughly. The ancient philosophers had little doubt: They lived in a city-state whose success and very existence depended on the willingness of citizens to overcome the human tendency to seek their individual, self-interested goals and to make the sacrifices needed for the community’s well-being. Their idea of education, therefore, was moral and civic, not merely instrumental. They reasoned that if a state or community is to be good, its citizens must be good, so they aimed at an education that would produce virtuous people and good citizens.
Some two thousand years later, from the 16th through the 18th centuries, a different group of philosophers in Italy, England and France introduced a powerful new idea. Their world was dominated by ambitious princes and kings who were rapidly asserting ever greater authority over the lives of their people and trampling on the traditional expectations of individuals and communities. In the philosophers’ view, every human being was naturally endowed with three essential rights: to defend his life, liberty and lawfully acquired property.
The responsibility of the state, therefore, was limited and largely negative: to protect the people from external enemies and not to interfere with the rights of individual citizens. Suspicious of the claims of church and state to inculcate virtue as mere devices to serve the selfish interests of their rulers, most philosophers of the Enlightenment believed that moral and civic instruction was not the business of the state.
Among our country’s founders, none was a more devoted son of the Enlightenment than Thomas Jefferson, yet as he considered the needs of the new democratic republic he had helped to establish, he came to very different conclusions. Like the ancient philosophers, Jefferson regarded education as essential to the establishment and maintenance of a good polity— Plato, in “The Republic,” spends many pages on the nature of the citizens’ education, as does Aristotle in “Politics.” Jefferson regarded a proper educational system as so important that in the epitaph he wrote for himself, he did not mention that he had twice been elected president of the United States but proudly recorded that he was the “Father of the University of Virginia.”
Jefferson was convinced that there needed to be an education for all citizens if they and their new kind of popular government were to flourish. He understood that schools must provide “to every citizen the information he needs for the transaction of his own business; to enable him to calculate for himself, and to express and preserve his ideas, his contracts, and accounts, in writing.”
For Jefferson, though, the most important goals of education were civic and moral. In his “Preamble to the 1779 Virginia Bill for the More General Diffusion of Knowledge” he addresses the need for all students to have a political education through the study of the “forms of government,” political history and foreign affairs. This was not meant to be a “value free” exercise; on the contrary, its purpose was to communicate the special virtues of republican representative democracy, the dangers that threatened it, and the responsibility of its citizens to esteem and protect it. This education was to be a common experience for all citizens, rich and poor, for every one of them had natural rights and powers, and every one had to understand and esteem the institutions, laws and traditions of his country if it was to succeed.
It is striking to notice the similarity between Jefferson’s ideas and those of a leader of the last great democracy prior to Jefferson’s fledgling democracy. In 431 B.C., Pericles of Athens described the character of the great democratic society he wished for his community: A city “governed by the many, not the few,” where in the “matter of public honors each man is preferred not on the basis of his class but of his good reputation and merit. No one, moreover, if he has it in him to do some good for the city, is barred because of poverty or humble origins.”
Both great democratic leaders knew that democracy, properly understood, requires a careful balance between the political and constitutional rights of the individual, where absolute equality is the only acceptable principle, and the other aspects of life, where equality of opportunity and reward on the basis of merit are appropriate. They also agreed on the need for individuals to limit their desires and even to curtail their own rights, when necessary, to make sacrifices in the service of the community without whose protection those rights could not exist. In short, democracy and patriotism were inseparable.
These values have not disappeared, but in our own time they have been severely challenged. With the shock of the 9/11 terror attacks, most Americans reacted by clearly and powerfully supporting their government’s determination to use military force to stop such attacks and to prevent future ones. Most Americans also expressed a new unity, an explicit patriotism and love of their country not seen among us for a very long time.
That is not what we saw and heard from the faculties on most elite campuses in the country, and certainly not from the overwhelming majority of people designated as “intellectuals” who spoke up in public. They offered any and all explanations, so long as they indicated that the attackers were really victims, that the fault really rested with the United States.
As most of us have come to know too well, the terrorists of al Qaeda and other jihadists regard America as “the great Satan” and hate the U.S. not only because its power stands in the way of the achievement of their Islamist vision, but also because its free, open, democratic, tolerant, liberal and prosperous society is a powerful competitor for the allegiance of millions of Muslims around the world. No change of American policy, no retreat from the world, no repentance or increase of modesty can change these things.
Yet many members of the intelligentsia decried the outburst of patriotism that greeted the new assault on America. The critics were exemplified by author Katha Pollitt, who wrote in the Oct. 1, 2001, edition of the Nation about her daughter wanting to fly the American flag outside their window after 9/11. “Definitely not,” Ms. Pollitt replied. “The flag stands for jingoism and vengeance and war.”
Such ideas still have a wide currency, reflecting a serious flaw in American education that should especially concern those of us who take some part in it. The encouragement of patriotism is no longer a part of our public educational system, and the cost of that omission has made itself felt. This would have alarmed and dismayed the founders of our country.
Jefferson meant American education to produce a necessary patriotism. Democracy—of all political systems, because it depends on the participation of its citizens in their own government and because it depends on their own free will to risk their lives in its defense—stands in the greatest need of an education that produces patriotism.
I recognize that I have said something shocking. The past half-century has seen a sharp turn away from what had been traditional attitudes toward the purposes and functions of education. Our schools have retreated from the idea of moral education, except for some attempts at what is called “values clarification,” which is generally a cloak for moral relativism verging on nihilism of the sort that asserts that whatever feels good is good.
Even more vigorously have the schools fled from the idea of encouraging patriotism. In the intellectual climate of our time, the very suggestion brings contemptuous sneers or outrage, depending on the listener’s mood. There is no end of quoting Samuel Johnson’s famous remark that “Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel,” but no recollection of Boswell’s explanation that Johnson “did not mean a real and generous love for our country, but that pretended patriotism which so many, in all ages and countries, have made a cloak for self-interest.”
Many have been the attacks on patriotism for intolerance, arrogance and bellicosity, but that is to equate it with its bloated distortion, chauvinism. My favorite dictionary defines the latter as “militant and boastful devotion to and glorification of one’s country,” but defines a patriot as “one who loves, supports, and defends his country.”
That does not require us to denigrate or attack any other country, nor does it require us to admire our own uncritically. But just as an individual must have an appropriate love of himself if he is to perform well, an appropriate love of his family if he and it are to prosper, so, too, must he love his country if it is to survive. Neither family nor nation can flourish without love, support and defense, so that an individual who has benefited from those institutions not only serves his self-interest but also has a moral responsibility to give them his support.
Thus are assaults on patriotism failures of character. They are made by privileged people who enjoy the full benefits offered by the country they deride and detest, but they lack the basic decency to pay it the allegiance and respect that honor demands. But honor, of course, is also an object of their derision.
Every country requires a high degree of cooperation and unity among its citizens if it is to achieve the internal harmony that every good society requires. Most countries have relied on the common ancestry and traditions of their people as the basis of their unity, but the United States can rely on no such commonality. We are an enormously diverse and varied people, almost all immigrants or the descendants of immigrants. The great strengths provided by this diversity are matched by great dangers. We are always vulnerable to divisions among us that can be exploited to set one group against another and destroy the unity and harmony that have allowed us to flourish.
We live in a time when civic devotion has been undermined and national unity is under attack. The idea of a common American culture, enriched by the diverse elements that compose it but available equally to all, is under assault, and attempts are made to replace it with narrower and politically divisive programs that are certain to set one group of Americans against another.
The answer to these problems and our only hope for the future must lie in education, which philosophers have rightly put at the center of the consideration of justice and the good society. We look to education to solve the pressing current problems of our economic and technological competition with other nations, but we must not neglect the inescapable political, and ethical, effects of education.
We in the academic community have too often engaged in miseducation. If we encourage separatism, we will get separation and the terrible conflict in society it will bring. If we encourage rampant individualism to trample on the need for a community and common citizenship, if we ignore civic education, the forging of a single people, the building of a legitimate patriotism, we will have selfish individuals, heedless of the needs of others, the war of all against all, the reluctance to work toward the common good and to defend our country when defense is needed.
The civic sense that America needs can come only from a common educational effort. In telling the story of the American political experience, we must insist on the honest search for truth; we must permit no comfortable self-deception or evasion, no seeking of scapegoats. The story of this country’s vision of a free, democratic republic and of its struggle to achieve it need not fear the most thorough examination and can proudly stand comparison with that of any other land.
In the long and deadly battle against those who hate Western ideals, and hate America in particular, we must be powerfully armed, morally as well as materially. To sustain us through the worst times we need courage and unity, and these must rest on a justified and informed patriotism.
By George, I think she’s got it — check out this hilarious video of a recovering liberal, now conservative, stating her Top Ten Reasons why she’s no longer a Democrat. One thing is for certain, the younger generation in America is starting to realize that hopey changey thing ain’t working for them and their future. I guarantee you’ll bust a laugh with this one. Hat tip to @ellysa_maye and her exceptional use of social media to make her point.
Brigitte Grimm is seeking a second term as Adams County treasurer. When she began her first term in 2010, she brought with her an MBA in accounting and finance and a bachelor’s degree in business information systems, in addition to numerous years of experience in the private business sector.
One of Grimm’s first projects in office was to regain public confidence in government and to “change the way government does business.” In order to accomplish that, Grimm had to implement changes that departed from customary methods. The first step was to build trust within her own team.
“That involved setting achievable goals, collaborating on the process to achieve those goals, identifying necessary milestones, rewarding achievements, and creating an environment that pursued a continuous cycle of improvements,” Grimm said.
Her success was aided by 15 years of experience in accounting and finance roles in which she managed both domestic and international company budgets, implemented innovative technological solutions, and inspired high standards and personal motivation in her employees.
Grimm’s mission was always to make the Adams County Treasurer’s office more “efficient, effective, accountable and transparent.” She is a woman of her word; within her first term, she “reduce operating expenditures by over $250,000 annually, resulting in a savings of $1 million every four years for Adams County residents.”
Grimm also implemented what she calls “state of the art software and a new website with interactive and real-time results.” She says the technological upgrades save time and money for Adams County citizens and the Treasurer’s office.
“I never campaigned on county time and never used county resources for my campaign,” Grimm said. “(I) refused to spend thousands of tax dollars for ‘out of state’ travel to conferences that didn’t address Colorado law, or benefit the citizens of Adams County.”
Grimm hopes to serve again because “It is important to me to keep our innovative momentum moving forward.” She says, “It is “critical that the Treasurer’s office maintain an experienced, educated, consistent, reliable, and dedicated leader.” She contends that allowing a new treasurer at this time would be taking a huge step backwards, “disrupting and reversing recent progress.”
She believes that she is not only the best choice, but the only choice.
“I have restored integrity in the Adams County Treasurer’s office and kept every promise I made to the citizens of Adams County,” Grimm said.
In the next four years Grimm said she plans on building relationships that educate local businesses on the complex laws surrounding personal property tax.
“This will involve creating alliances with cities, non-profits, and economic development entities to promote collaborative working relationships with our local businesses.”
Grimm adds, “I demand a high performing culture and am dedicated to providing a new government experience in three essential ways: Accountability, Innovative Technology, and Service without Boundaries.”
Grimm has a son, Zachary, 25, and a fiance Sean, a veteran Marine who owns a business in Thornton. She includes her three shelter-adopted dogs as part of her family. As an Adams County resident for nearly twenty years, she considers it her pleasure “to protect and grow the assets of Adams County.” She says, “My management style has always been ‘hands on.’ When you call my office, I answer the phone. When you email me, I email back. When you visit my office, I am there to welcome you.”
Commissioner highlights progress made during his first term
While there have been many changes during his first four years as a commissioner, Erik Hansen said there is more work to be done.
Hansen is running for a second term as the District 3 representative on the Adams County Board of Commissioners.
Some of the accomplishments during his time on the board, he said, include implementing a number of ethical reforms, increasing transparency on the county’s website, reforming the county’s purchasing policies and streamlining department services.
“Those are significant changes we made to how Adams County government functions,” said the Republican incumbent. “I think we’re delivering better services now than when we used to.”
Prior to serving on the board, Hansen was the mayor of Thornton from 2007 until the time he was sworn in as a commissioner in January 2011. He had served as a councilman in Thornton from 2001 to 2007.
When Hansen began his term, the county had been embroiled in the Quality Paving scandal that involved overcharging the county for services. He was the first new face on the board in at least eight years and he immediately began to push for ethical reforms to clean up the county, he said.
“I think you had a board that had been there a long time and didn’t want to change,” he said. “When I was elected I think it shook things up a bit.”
Aside from the reforms, Hansen said he also was the push behind placing a question on the ballot that allowed an increase of members of the board from three to five, which voters approved.
“That’s the kind of thing that will provide better government to the people,” he said.
He also noted the progress made in the area of transportation since he was elected to the board, including the start of the construction of the FasTracks on the North Metro Line and the Interstate 25 high occupancy vehicle (HOV) tolled express lanes from U.S. 36 to 120th Avenue.
However, more work needs to be done to ensure economic growth, the completion of the FasTracks line and plus, Hansen said, infrastructure is still needed throughout the county.
“I think I’ve proven in the past I can get the job done,” he said.
If re-elected, Hansen said he would like to continue to promote a Home Rule Charter that would replace some elected offices with hired staff and have the remaining offices be elected through non-partisan elections.
Hansen has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Truman State University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Denver. He was awarded the Gates Foundation Fellowship in 2011 to attend the Harvard Kennedy School’s State and Local Government Executive program.
The commissioner serves as chair of the North Area Transportation Alliance and is a member of the several boards including the Adams County Economic Development and Front Range Airport Authority.
Hansen lives in Thornton with his wife Holly and their two children.
Revenue generated by existing tax cound fund human services facility
Because of this, the Board of County Commissioners is asking voters to expand the use of its existing one-half of 1 percent sales tax to provide funding for potentially building or relocating its human services offices.
The existing tax only allows funding for constructing, acquiring, equipping, operation, maintaining and expanding the Adams County Justice Center, a pre-trail holding facility and a centralized government center.
“The Board of County Commissioners has determined that expanding the allowed uses of the existing sales tax would benefit the citizens of Adams County,” said county attorney Heidi Miller. “Among other essential projects the Board of County Commissioners desires to consolidate its human services functions into a facility that meets the needs of Adams County citizens and employees.”
The board voted unanimously to place a question on the Nov. 4 ballot that asks voters to approve expanded use of the existing tax – to construct, equip, maintain, and expand existing and new Adams County Government facilities, in addition to the Adams County Justice Center, a pre-trial holding facility and a centralized government center
“I think this is very smart,” said District 3 Commissioner Erik Hansen. “I think what’s happened in the last eight years is we started to realize that what they envisioned in terms of county services in 2005 and 2006 has changed. I think this gives us more flexibility to address the needs of the community. It’s a good thing.”
The majority of human services functions are located in the Adams County Government Center, 4430 S. Adams County Parkway.
“So, basically, all (the expanded use) does is allows us to be able to build our buildings in the communities that we’re actually serving as opposed to being out here (in the government center),” said District 1 Eva Henry.
Forty-percent of the revenues of the existing sales tax are shared among the county and the incorporated cities and towns in Adams County for improvements to or the building of roads and bridges. If voters approve the expanded use, this 40 percent will remain dedicated to such projects.
Voters first approved the tax measure in 1993 to construct the Adams County Justice Center. Voters extended the sales tax in 1997 for the expansion of the Adams County Detention Center, in 2001 to provide for road and bridge projects and in 2006 to the language it is today.
With just a few weeks until the election, Mike Melvin’s campaign for House District 35 is in full swing.
The Westminster resident and Republican is working to inform the voters on his views and passion for his community.
“I’m the candidate that represents the people,” he said. “That is the key thing. I think House District 35 needs a champion, and I can be that person.”
Melvin, who is up against Democrat Faith Winter, spent 40 years working in the electronics industry. He specialized in sales/marketing management and production management managing companies in the United States, Japan and Europe. His extensive experience working with people is a skill he says he plans on taking to the Capitol if elected.
“I have dealt with people who have agreed with me and those who disagree with me and have been able to come to conclusions that will be most beneficial for the company,” he said. “That is the same thing we need to do in the House. I believe there is always a common ground, and getting people to agree is one of my real strengths.”
Transportation and education are Melvin’s two biggest concerns. He wants to tackle why Adams County has two school districts with some of the highest tax rates in the state.
“District 50 has one of the highest tax rates and Adams 12 has the highest in the state,” he said. “The whole financial system in the state and the way funds are allocated seems totally geared towards big cities, mainly Denver, which is detrimental to the suburbs.”
And when it comes to transportation, Melvin said the people in the north metro area have been left out.
“Unless something changes quickly, U.S. 36 and I-25 on the north side will have toll lanes, while in the south, folks will continue to drive for free,” he said. “This is not right.”
For his campaign, Melvin’s been taking advantage of social media to reach his voters. He said his website, www.coloradoformike.com, has been a great tool to inform the community of his views and philosophies. He admits the campaign had a slow start, but is now gaining momentum. Melvin said his goal as a representative is to be the person who doesn’t answer to party bosses, but to the people.
“There have been past HD 35 representatives who have gone to the capitol and followed a fairly strict party line, to the detriment of those of us in the suburbs,” he said. “The district needs someone who will really work on the issues and I can be the advocate the people deserve.”