26. July 2014 · Comments Off on Freedom and Opportunity · Categories: Blog

Meeting with voters in a northern Fort Collins neighborhood this past weekend, I was happy to discuss a multitude of issues that affect citizens in our district. They have strong feelings about jobs, the economy, and healthcare among other things. Not surprisingly, many feel that our current leadership is going in the wrong direction, and they are happy that there is an alternative choice. A choice that believes in limited government, personal accountability and fiscal responsibility.

As I was walking, I observed a teenage boy preparing to mow the lawns of several of his neighbors. One of my volunteers talked with him and learned that his neighbors had hired him, and in at least one case, paid weeks in advance. I was impressed with the industry and entrepreneurial spirit of this young man.

He did a careful job for his neighbors. An exchange between the boy and one of his employers made it evident that this was a new experience for the boy, and he was still learning how to do the best job. A kind and helpful “employer” gave him a thoughtful tip, and the boy was off to do a better job.

As I reflect on this experience, I see a great opportunity for this young man to build a modest business, to learn how to find and serve customers and in return gain something for himself. However, in today’s world there are many who would place barriers in this boy’s way. Some say he should be required to register his business so as not to unfairly compete with other landscaping companies. Some will argue about the insurance he should carry (or the homeowner should carry). Some will argue that the homeowner should pay state unemployment insurance, income taxes, social security and Medicare taxes, and provide healthcare benefits. Some might even insist on hearing protection, steel toed work boots and maybe a respiratory mask to protect him from pollen and exhaust fumes. Oh, and don’t forget minimum wage and strict child labor laws.

If these and other regulations and taxes were imposed and enforced, how many neighbors would hire this boy? How much work experience would he get? How much of his own money could he earn?

As I walked these neighborhood streets lined with American flags proudly waving from many porches and watched this young man mowing lawns, I was again reminded of the great blessing it is to live in this land of freedom and opportunity. It was a good reminder of why I am running, and for whom I will be serving when elected.

11. May 2014 · Comments Off on Donna Walter for Colorado State House District 52 · Categories: Blog

The Colorado State Legislature is the body that creates, amends, and repeals the laws by which we live in this state. These laws influence everything from how education is administered in the state to how businesses are regulated to how you seek, receive, and pay for healthcare. In fact, the extent to which state laws are reaching into your life is increasing at a rapid pace.

Your district representative is your voice in that body. Between now and November, we invite you consider whether the state legislature is acting in the way you think is best for this state. If we continue on the present course, will Colorado be all that you hope it will be for yourself, your children, and your grandchildren? Will it continue to be a place of opportunity and adventure? Will Colorado always be recognized for being a lofty peak of freedom and liberty in our great nation?

We invite you take a serious look at your candidates. Examine Donna Walter’s experience and passion for serving her neighbors in Colorado. If you agree with Donna that we should work for common sense solutions that respect ALL Coloradans, then join us in supporting Donna as our next representative for House District 52 in the Colorado State House of Representatives.