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The development of alarge new PlannedParenthood across fromStapleton's old airport haspro-life activists taking theirprotests personal - and met-ro-wide. The 50,000 sq. ft.facilit, once opened, willoffer a full suite of medicalservices, including screen-ings for breast and cervicalcancers, HPV vaccinations,HIV/AIDS testing, hor-mone therap andmammogram referrals, andbirth control, along withsurgical and medical abor-tion. It will also housePlanned Parenthood of theRock Mountains adminis-trative headquarters,currentl housed downtownat 9th and Broadwa.Abortion opponents,however, have been picket-ing the site in small numbers,and are now looking to taketheir protest action directlto the compan doing theconstruction. Calling them-
Mark Udall sas he expects this ear’s Senaterace to be one of the top two in the countr, as heand Republican Bob Schaffer both pursue theSenate seat being left open b Wane Allard.Neither man faces significant opposition withintheir own parties.A former director of Colorado’s OutwardBound school, Udall has alwas seemed cut from adifferent cloth than most politicians, more com-fortable in Gore-Tex than worsted wool. A member
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The task was fairldaunting for anone.FDNC - Foundation forDevelopment of NeedCommunities, formed in1996, to “improve thesocial-economic status andqualit of life of under-served people in Uganda,”needed a school buildingmade especiall for chil-dren who were confronted with the most profoundlife circumstances.Montview BoulevardPresbterian Church outhpastor Sheri Fr wanted tohelp, so she organized agroup of 14 high schoolstudents and 6 adults tomake the long trip toMbale, Uganda for a worktrip.Each member of theUganda trip had to raise$3000 in order to make thetrip. Through a massivegarage sale, bake sales andthe support of man indi-viduals, the were able togo to Uganda for three weeks. Their time there was a time of listening andlearning from theUgandans, walking fromvillage to village gaining adeeper appreciation of theneeds, especiall of those
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Reproductive health clinic to bring controversy toStapleton
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Udall brings Senate tour toDenver town hall meeting
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February 2008
Stapleton, Lowry, Park Hill, and North Aurora
Issue 3 Vol 3
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Save the PrairieDogs!
Clinic construction site ringed by barbed wire at 38th and Pontiac
Congressman Mark Udall is travelingColorado, meeting with voters in a quest forideas as much as votes and dollars.
February 2008
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I-70 is critical to our state’s econom as amain conduit for business and tourism trans-portation. It’s time for us to take immediateaction to relieve congestion on this vitalarter. If we don’t fix I-70 in the next severalears, our clogged economic arter will causeColorado businesses to suffer a stroke.Waiting 10 ears for added lanes and trainsstems will be too late. Colorado is a pioneerstate, where people moving west used a spiritof self-sufficienc to develop their own solu-tions when faced with vexing problems. Wemust now use this spirit to pilot an immedi-ate solution to unclog I-70.Testing an anti-traffic model along I-70through a pilot program will ield significantresults for the tourism, trade, interstate com-merce, trucking, and distribution industries,among others. In this program, similar tohighl successful models in other states andhighwas around the world, drivers wouldreceive a pament for using the highwa when it is not at peak demand and, in thesecond phase of the program, pa a small feeto use the highwa when it is at peak demand.This is not the onl solution to fixing the I-70debacle, but it will provide immediate pro-tection for our econom while we planlong-term solutions like bus lanes, mass tran-sit and highwa expansion.Our econom is fueled b the free mar-ket, suppl and demand. This pilot program would put those principles in place to helpalleviate the pinch on the economic vein run-ning through the heart of our state.At one point in time, parking spots indowntown Denver were free because there was an abundance of parking space with littledemand for it. Toda, drivers expect to pa afee to park their cars where demand is high,such as downtown during the da, and to paeven more when that parking spot is at peakdemand, such as at a Rockies baseball game.Could ou imagine all parking being freeduring a Rockies game?During ver specific times, highwa spacealong I-70 is as scarce of a resource as adowntown parking space. Given this prob-lem, it is time for us to ask people to slightlchange their driving habits, much in the same wa the do for parking, in order to allocatescarce highwa resources. When people puta value on highwa space, the will changetheir habits in was that will benefit ourstate’s econom and reduce carbon emis-sions. A five percent change in driving habitscan reduce congestion b 50 percent. The feenecessar to change behavior could be mini-mal enough to actuall save drivers the extragas mone the currentl pa to sit in hoursof traffic during high-demand times.An anti-traffic pilot program for incen-tive-based driving could offer a solution to what has become a critical problem. Thepilot would consist of three phases, carriedout over three ears. Phase 1: appl a sstemof incentives and fees to commercial truckersso that the would not drive during high-de-mand times, combined with incentives onlfor other drivers to not commute duringthose times. Phase 2: implement a sstem of incentives and fees based on congestion forall drivers. Phase 3: carr out a comprehen-sive evaluation of the program. We wouldrequire the program to be successful to berenewed after 3 ears.Extra mone collected through the pro-gram could pa for other transportation andincentive options, such as free buses, that would boost tourism and stimulate localbusiness. More people traveling would bringmore mone to Colorado’s mountain towns.The pilot can be implemented without toll-booths, using programs similar to those inplace in man cities and highwas across theU.S., in which a camera takes a photo of acar’s license plate. The car does not have toslow down or even pa at the time of use.Voters have a unique role in shaping taxand fiscal polic here in Colorado, which is wh I wanted to start this dialogue. Oureconom depends on I-70, and it’s clear that with our fiscal challenges we cannot remedour troubled roads, highwas and infrastruc-tures with the same old thinking. It just won’t work. We must implement a solution that will improve access to Colorado’s naturalbeaut, grow our state’s econom, and lessenthe environmental impact of congested high- was. We need to do it now. The ke is to useour Colorado spirit to pioneer new was of solving this vexing problem.
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Issue 3 • Volume 2 • February 2008
From the Editor’s Desk- Guest Opinion - Senator Chris Romer 
Use Colorado Pioneer Spirit to Fix I-70 Gridlock
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So close, but so far awa. Atfirst blush, that seems to be thestor of California’s efforts tosecure health care coverage forall. The Democraticall-dominated State Assembl hadpassed a groundbreaking reformplan, and Republican GovernorArnold Schwarzenegger wasread to sign it into law. Then theState Senate (also a majorit-Democratic bod) balked at the$14 billion price tag in the face of a $14 billion deficit. The reformeffort died in a committee.This Golden State setbackmeans that even though there hasbeen some serious progresstoward reform at the state level(notabl in Massachusetts), thestates can’t go it alone.The federal government needsto be an active partner in reform,because it controls the pursestrings for health-care financing.It needs to build upon the effortsunderwa in the dozens of statesthat have been inspired b theMassachusetts example. Suchinspiration is laudable, but fed-eral action is indispensable if weas a nation are ever going to bringabout genuine reforms to ouroutdated and inequitable health-care sstem.Some essential elements forreform have emerged from thestate debates; each element willrequire federal involvement.Here the are:An individual mandate. Healthcoverage is a personal responsi-bilit that man people ignore.One-third of all uninsuredAmericans have incomes morethan $50,000. Two-thirds of thenation’s uninsured children areeligible for a public health-careprogram, but are not enrolled.The federal government shouldrequire that everone get cover-age - or pa a penalt, such as theloss of a tax deduction. The pen-alt should be equal to the averagehealth-care costs that the publicnow bears for each individualpatient who needs care but can’tpa for it. The states should makeit eas for an individual to enrollin either a public or private insur-ance plan, as Massachusetts hasdone through a network of stateagencies, emploers and insur-ance brokers.Financial Assistance. There’s asizeable gap between the cost of coverage and what workers canafford to pa. Famil premiumscost more than $12,000 a ear,
Lessons from the California health care reform effort
The federalgovernment needs tobe an active partner inreform, because itcontrols the pursestrings for health-carefinancing. It needs tobuild upon the effortsunderway in thedozens of states thathave been inspired bythe Massachusettsexample.
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selves the Collaborators Project, agroup of pro-life activists have brandedWeitz Compan a "permanent collabo-rator," and nicknamed the siteAuschWeitz.The've been hosting a series of pro-tests in residential neighborhoodsaimed at putting pressure on WeitzCompan emploees to halt construc-tion, and are planning further action onother Weitz Compan sites later in theear.So far, it appears the Weitz Companis the onl "collaborator" being target-ed b the group.A superbowl cookoff in front of oneWeitz Compan executive's homemarked the first action b the group,and "drew a crowd of 50 people at thehome of Gar Meggison, the Senior VPof Weitz Compan Rock Mountain...for failing to stop constructing America’slargest abortion facilit," according to astatement posted on the group's web-site.The group plans to begin protestactivit at Cherr Creek North'sNorthCreek development - anotherWeitz Compan project - later in theear, and plans to time this activit withthe opening of Hermes, an upscale watch, jewelr and accessories bou-tique.For its part, the Weitz Compan hasvowed not to stop or slow constructionat the Stapleton site."Anti-choice extremists continue toescalate their intimidation campaignagainst our compan as a result of ourdecision to honor our contract," sasBill Hornada, president of the WeitzCompan's Rock Mountain Businessoffice. "Because the are unable toachieve their goals through more legiti-mate channels, the are resorting toeconomic terrorism tactics designed tointimidate and harass those onl tan-gentiall (if at all) related to the issue.""We do not abandon our clients when the ‘going gets tough.’ TheDenver Planned Parenthood healthcenter project is proceeding on timeand on budget, and Weitz intends tocomplete its construction services inaccordance with the requirements of itscontract...We believe it is legal to buildbuildings for law abiding organiza-tions.""93% of what Planned Parenthooddoes is preventative," explains JodieBerger, a spokeswoman for PlannedParenthood. "Women will be using thisnew facilit for breast exams, papsmears, STD screenings. These peopleare tring to get in the wa of - slowdown - healthcare that is available inthis state."
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 which is the annual income for a worker with a minimum-wage job.The federal government should providefinancial assistance based on a sliding scale.In part, that means filling gaps in programsfor the poor like Medicaid. It’s shocking,but true, that poor adults without childrendo not automaticall qualif for Medicaid.States should continue to administerMedicaid, but should not have to jumpthrough hoops to qualif for federal funds.The federal government should provide taxcredits for moderate-income families, andgive states an unused tax credits to offsetthe health-care costs of the remaining unin-sured residents. The cost of the tax credit would be offset b curbing the tax breaksfor health insurance for high-income execu-tives - as both Sen. Hillar Clinton and theconservative Heritage Foundation haveproposed. Because states do not have accessto such funding, the must resort to taxincreases or substantial mandates onemploers.Choice and competition. Workersshouldn’t be at risk of losing their coveragesimpl because the change jobs. Theshould be able to choose their own cover-age regardless of where the work.Toward this end, Massachusetts has cre-ated a health-insurance connector, orpurchasing pool, which allows emploers tooffer workers the same set of choices asother emploers. Individuals can join thepool, as well - an important benefit for thegrowing ranks of self-em-ploed entrepreneurs.The pool is modeledupon the Federal Emploee Health Benefitsprogram (FEHB), which serves members of Congress and federal workers. The federalgovernment should require states to createa purchasing pool or use a national versionof FEHB. Once these pools cover a sub-stantial portion of the marketplace, the will drive fierce competition among health-insurance plans to improve qualit and keepcosts down. The federal government andthe states need to do much more to wringthe waste out of health, but purchasingpools are a good start.This agenda, broadl speaking, has thesupport of both of the leading Democraticpresidential candidates. The biggest differ-ence among them is that Hillar Clinton would appl the individual mandate toeverone, while Barack Obama would applit onl to families for coverage of children.For their part, Republican candidates haveargued against strong federal leadership,but the have acknowledged that the statescan’t do it alone.The setback in California has created anopportunit to debate a new health-reformpartnership between the federal govern-ment and the states. If this comes to pass,then California’s great effort will not havebeen in vain.
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