Recall presents ‘frightening’ alternative in Fraser Rec District |

Recall presents ‘frightening’ alternative in Fraser Rec District

To the Editor:

Pat Rupert stooped to a new low with his Dec. 26 letter attacking Karen Waeschle.

Karen has earned the right to speak on Fraser Valley Metropolitan Recreation District matters because of her extraordinary record of volunteerism to the Fraser Valley.

She has devoted thousands of hours supporting athletic and education programs for children in the District. She is also a credible voice because as president of the Fraser Valley Recreation Foundation, she has seen, firsthand, the financial cost to the District of Mr. Rupert’s destructive campaign ” a cost now approaching a half million dollars caused by bond sales delay, in added bond interest costs, legal fees and other expenses.

Mr. Rupert and his Concerned Citizens have shown a disturbing lack of decency and common sense in their vendetta against the Rec Center. They have unfairly attacked the competence and integrity of three Rec District board members and have made “legal arguments” that, if accepted by the IRS, could expose all District taxpayers to enormous litigation expense and damages. What is particularly disturbing, is that while making these (legal) pontifications, the Concerned Citizens group itself was operating in violation of Colorado’s campaign finance laws and now faces significant fines. It has become obvious that we cannot turn over control of the Rec District Board to the reckless group.

The recall election for the three board members is scheduled for Feb. 17. Vote “NO” on the recall … and keep our hard working, dedicated and volunteer board members in office. The alternative is frightening.

Howard Venezia

Winter Park

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