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Letter to the Editor - Betty Blanco

Dear Editor,

As the founder of Arkansas Valley Tea Party Patriots of Colorado, I have learned the importance of getting to know our elected officials. Recently, I had a wonderful opportunity to visit the congressional offices in Washington, DC. After a lot of side-stepping, I was able to gain an audience with Senator Cory Gardner, Congressman Ken Buck , and Senator Michael Bennet’s aide, Courtney Davis.

These visits proved to be a real eye-opener. I never dreamt of just how many groups of people passed through their offices every day. I hardly know how our elected officials can keep it together with a sea of people like this flowing through their office. I came to appreciate how valuable their time was. Yet, they took time to sit down and honestly listened to what this constituent had to say.

First of all, I thanked both Sens. Bennet and Gardner for working together to find and get solutions passed that would benefit all Coloradoans, but my main objective was to visit with all three officials, Sen. Bennet, Sen. Gardner and Rep. Buck about national security.

I voiced my concerns about what happened on 9-11 when terrorists killed nearly 3000 people. I discussed the possibility of that happening again and that I never wanted to see that happen again. Yet knowing the terrorists' Mode of Operandi (MO) is to never give up, I have concerns it is only a matter of time before the terrorists will try to do this again.

I pointed out that there are mid-eastern people already being caught on the southern border and it is hard to ascertain just how many terrorists are already inside our country. 

My message to all three elected officials was the same —“Put the safety and welfare of Coloradoans first.” To do that, I suggested they pay close attention to National Security:
• Secure the border--Build the Wall
• Insure Second Amendment Rights stay intact--keep weapons in the hands of the American Citizens. It is the best national defense
• No to amnesty
• Rein in Socialism and Sharia law – they both are contrary to the Constitution
• Work for a limited government as defined in the 10th Amendment
• Keep in mind fiscal responsibility in their decision-making

I ended my visit by reminding the Senators and Congressman, “The proper role of government is to protect individual freedoms and liberties.” I urged them to stand by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

I do encourage everyone, members of the Tea Party or not, to do the same in keeping communication lines open with all of our elected officials. It is the duty of every American citizen to take responsibility for voicing their concerns to the people they elected to represent them. How are the elected officials supposed to know what you think if you never speak up?

Betty Blanco

Arkansas Valley Tea Party Patriots of Colorado
La Junta


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