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October 21, 2012

The Westside Pioneer — Letters to the Editor

I appreciate your coverage of Westside events preceding this election. Public forums, and your interviews, make informed choices far easier. Local officials are responsive to calls from citizens, but those folks we sent to Denver only come around wanting our votes and donations. Therefore, I’ve focused on the state races.

For Colorado House District 18, Jennifer George gets my vote. Unlike incumbents STILL raising taxes, ignoring pleas to cut spending, George was volunteering in our schools, with Goodwill Industries, with the Fine Arts Center, accomplishing more with less. This mother formed her own company to stay home and raise her daughters. She understands “woman’s issues”: balancing a budget, paying the mortgage, putting food on the table. George gets it. And she gets my vote. Perhaps George’s fiscal wisdom will be contagious, and Denver will lead the nation to financial sanity. That’s my hope!

Sharon McKiernan

Colorado Springs

Oct 18, 2012

The Colorado Springs Gazette — Opinion Column

I have seen the future of the Republican Party. Her name is Jennifer George.

George and I spent an hour in a Manitou café getting to know one another. She is bright, articulate, personable, and most importantly, a passionate advocate of liberty. She understands the greatest threat to Colorado’s future is the tax-and-spend mentality of the Democrats. She wants to fight that every way she can.

But just as importantly, she recognizes the importance of liberty in the social realm, and has little interest in making social issues a cornerstone of her campaign. Press her on these issues, and she responds with the importance of the rule of law and the freedom of conscience.

That’s why George is a dream candidate for independent voters.

Independents like the economic and fiscal conservatism of Republicans, but are justifiably suspicious of their social agenda. When presented with the far-right’s relentless drumbeat of “God, Guns and Gays”, independents’ reactions range from boredom to nausea.

George will have none of that. Her district includes Manitou Springs, a very different place from its more straight-laced cousin. It has a more diverse population and “live and let live” attitude. The faithful tend to live their faith quietly, by example, while the nonobservant and less conventionally inclined live their lives without getting in anybody’s business.

It’s a model for how America ought to get along.

It’s also in one of the few competitive districts in this state, maybe the only one. That’s why the battle for District 18 is so important.

The Colorado Senate and governorship are in the hands of the Democrats. The Republicans hold the House by a one-seat majority. If that is lost, the goal of the Colorado Democracy Alliance, Tim Gill, Jared Polis and Pat Stryker will have been achieved. Colorado will be a one-party state, with one-party government, one step closer to Californication.

California, after all, is on the edge of bankruptcy. Unable to meet its obligations, its residents are leaving in unprecedented numbers, many of them settling here.

It is not a coincidence that California is a one-party state. The Republican party of California, with its obsessive focus on immigration and divisive social issues, is rapidly imploding into permanent minority status.

Colorado’s relatively rosy financial picture is due to the tax and spending limitations imposed by TABOR. If the first step toward Californication is government by the Democratic Party, the next step is the repeal of TABOR.

Once that happens, the usual suspects will smell blood in the water. Maddened by the prospect of getting more money by simply lobbying for it, fiscal chaos will ensue as spending outstrips revenue when politicians make promises they can’t keep.

George is only one woman, but if voters send her to Denver, she can help. She is ready to take on the big issues from day one.

She told me, for example, that PERA’s fiscal obligations are a ticking time bomb that has to be diffused now, and she’s absolutely right. She understands that the entrepreneur is the true hero and job creator in the economy. Government needs to stop making it harder for entrepreneurs to create jobs and wealth.

Even if you are a lifelong Democrat, are you so sure your party will behave the way you want if they run the whole shebang? Isn’t there at least a little merit in having a counterbalancing force to curb the excesses of either party? Wasn’t that the whole point of the American system of government? Anybody remember checks and balances from high school civics class? Bueller? Anyone?

Barry FaginHere’s hoping Jennifer George wins in November. If the Republicans lose the House, Colorado will have one-party government and be one step closer to Californication.

Voters of District 18: Do not let that happen on your watch.

Barry Fagin is a contributing columnist for the Gazette. Write Dr. Fagin at barry@faginfamily.net.

Oct 14, 2012

The Colorado Springs Gazette — Letters to the Editor

This election season is noisy, with so many issues barraging us for attention and importance. However, the one issue that screams at me and should call out clearly to all of us, is our nation’s debt crisis and its effects at all levels of government.

Several candidates are also concerned about this issue, but I write today in support of Jennifer George. George is fiscally conservative, competent, circumspect, and thoughtful. These qualities make her the right candidate at the right time for the state of Colorado

George correctly believes that government needs to get out of the way so the human spirit can soar; creating new ideas, new jobs, and strong communities. This small-government philosophy is needed as our nation, state, and city all grapple with our crippling debt — debt that will detrimentally affect public safety, infrastructure, and our quality of life. I believe George will be a strong and courageous leader who will make the tough decisions to reduce government regulations and spending, making Colorado stronger, more efficient, and capable of weathering a financial storm.

Please support Jennifer George in the upcoming election. Colorado needs her — now more than ever.

Jill Gaebler

Colorado Springs

“Jennifer George is a pragmatic, results-oriented leader who understands that government is the servant of the people, not their master. Jennifer understands it is the right and responsibility of parents to direct the education of their children. She is dedicated to promoting school choice to empower parents of all income levels to choose the school where their uniquely individual child will flourish.”

“Improving the education of our children today will secure a more prosperous and equitable Colorado for all of our futures.”

Bob Schaffer endorses Jennifer GeorgeBob Schaffer is the Chairman of the Colorado State Board of Education. He is also the Principal of Liberty Common High School in Fort Collins and Chairman of the Leadership Program of the Rockies.

From 1997 to 2003 he represented Colorado’s Fourth Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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I’m Jennifer George. I’m a wife, mother and business woman, and I’m ready to lead the fight for a better future for Colorado.

A future with prosperity for families and opportunity for our children.
A future where taxes stay low and our state government lives within its means.
A time when we protect our elderly and give a hand-up to our neediest neighbors.

We need strong leaders, not politicians, who’ll work to get it done.

I’m Jennifer George, and I approve this message.

Smart Government. Strong Communities. Free Economy.

Sep 23, 2012

The Colorado Springs Gazette — Letters to the Editor

I am a physician and small business owner. Like most Americans, I tend to live and let live with regards to social issues but I get more conservative with monetary policy. I am neither Republican nor Democrat. I vote for the candidate who I believe can best accomplish the task of bringing us closer to prosperity with less government intrusion. I believe that Jennifer George is that candidate. Mrs. George advocates a free market approach that calls for governmental regulation only when required to make the marketplace run fairly and efficiently. She believes that less government is better government. So do I.

Thomas Jefferson famously stated that

“A government big enough to give you everything you want is strong enough to take everything you have.”

The incumbent, Mr. Lee, has given it his best shot as a big-government Democrat. Let’s put a fiscal conservative in office and see if we can’t shrink our state government and get Colorado back on a sound financial footing.

Ron W. Pelton
Colorado Springs

Jennifer believes there is room for our Colorado state government to be smarter and more efficient. As individuals and families know how to do, government must live within its means instead of trying to be all
things to all people.

“All Coloradans who play by the rules and work hard deserve the opportunity to succeed, support their family, and pursue their own American Dream.”

Jennifer will focus her energy on building a Smart Government for Colorado and will work for you to:

1. Create smaller, more efficient and sustainable government
2. Eliminate wasteful spending
3. Increase accountability and transparency
4. Eliminate burdensome and costly regulations
5. Defend freedom and protect your rights

Strong Communities
A Free Economy

A private sector released from the burdens of unreasonable regulation can thrive and revive our economy. Government’s role is to create economic certainty so that businesses can do what businesses do best. With her experience in the private sector, Jennifer will work to reduce governmental interference in the free market.