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Dear Editor:

Dick Gilmore's letter (DCI 9/5/18) purportedly about climate change was nothing more than a personal attack on Mike Mason, a hopeful candidate for House District 61. Mr. Gilmore's assertion that "it's one thing to muse wistfully on one's fanciful ideology while aging gracefully on one's 300-acre ranch..." struck me as ludicrous. I do believe he has read one Jane Austen novel too many. Aside from that problem, Mr. Gilmore might do well to learn a bit about the real Mike Mason.

As a longtime friend and neighbor, I can attest to some facts about Mike and his qualifications to serve our area of Colorado. He is a big man, not just in stature but in generosity and heart as well. Mike and his wife, Judy, have hosted numerous foreign high school and college students over the years. Furthermore, Mike is a successful businessman who has also been active in local politics fighting for property rights -- especially those of farmers and ranchers. He empathizes with the many who have lost jobs over needless coal mine closures. Mike knows well the things that will make our community thrive.

As for Mike "wistfully," "aging gracefully," on his "300-acre farm," Mr. Gilmore might be interested to learn what that actually entailed. Both Mike and Judy worked long hours before retiring. When they purchased a rundown, 300-acre farm some 20 odd years ago, they did so knowing that the fields would have to be replanted, fertilized, refenced, and maintained. This they have done. Also, Mike and Judy have remodeled their small, modest, 100-year-old farmhouse where they reside to this day. Along with harvesting their hayfields, they have successfully grown and marketed farm produce including grapes from the vineyard they planted and carefully nurtured. In the meantime, Mike, "while aging gracefully" has also battled and won his fight against cancer.

The 9/5/18 issue of the DCI had on page one, an article entitled "Hemp acreage grows by leaps and bounds" which mentions Mike with his latest venture, that of raising hemp and the altruistic reason for doing so. Mr. Gilmore might want to take a peek at the article. Ironically, the article happened to be published the same day as Mr. Gilmore's purportedly apologetic, but definitely emotional, letter to the editor.

Rita Trninich
Cedaredge

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