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Week Of Special Interest 12/25/19
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By La Voz Staff

Active Duty U.S. Military continue to ride free on RTD

The Regional Transportation District (RTD) Board of Directors have approved extending the allowance for all active duty U.S. Military personnel to ride free on all RTD services through Dec. 31, 2020.

The idea was first introduced in October 2006 by Brigadier General (Ret.) Bernie Rogoff, a local advocate for active military members and veterans. The action passed during a regular RTD Board meeting this month.

All active members of the Air Force, Army, Marines, Navy, Coast Guard, National Guard and Reserves are entitled to ride free on any RTD service including special services such as SkyRide and BroncosRide.

“RTD is privileged to honor the members of our armed services. This benefit is the least we can do for the brave, self-sacrificing women and men who serve our great country,” said RTD Board Chair Doug Tisdale

To be eligible to ride for free, all active duty military personnel must be wearing the appropriate Class A or Class B uniforms. These types of uniforms are described as:

The Class A uniform is worn with the dress uniform service jacket and with all decorations, a tie, and a rank insignia.

The Class B uniform is a little less formal, without the dress uniform service jacket and is usually worn with an open shirt collar. OR

Present an active duty military ID card with the words “Geneva Convention Identification Card” on the bottom.

Three-digit number proposed for Prevention Lifeline

Did you know, suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people between 10 to 24 in the state of Colorado? This growing epidemic only increases the need for services that provide free and easily accessed support.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a free resource that is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for anyone who is in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. According to their site, “The Lifeline is comprised of a national network of over 150 local crisis centers, combining custom local care and resources with national standards and best practices.” Legislation was introduced months ago to assess the viability of creating a three-digit suicide prevention number, akin to 911. The proposal has taken another step towards realization. The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has proposed that 988 link callers directly to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. In times of need, one may not be able to recall a 1-800 number. The hope is that someone in distress will be able to remember a three-digit code more easily.

Our Government

White House

President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate the following individual to a key position in his Administration: Sethuraman Panchanathan of Arizona, to be the Director of the National Science Foundation. Dr. Panchanathan currently serves as the Executive Vice President and the Chief Research and Innovation Officer at Arizona State University (ASU). He is the Founding Director of the Center for Cognitive Ubiquitous Computing at ASU. He was appointed to the National Science Board (NSB) in 2014 and served as the Chair of the Committee on Strategy for NSB.

Colorado Governor

The federal government released a proposed rule today which would permit states to import prescription drugs from Canada. States have been unable to import prescription drugs because the federal government had not established a framework for them to do so. With this proposed rule, Colorado and other states may finally be able to move forward on importation.

Colorado is well-positioned to save people money by safely importing prescription drugs from Canada because earlier this year Governor Jared Polis signed into law a bipartisan bill which directs the state to seek permission from the federal government to establish an importation program. Colorado and other states have been at the forefront of developing proposals for importation.

Denver Mayor

Mayor Michael B. Hancock today joined over 50 mayors in sending the Trump administration a letter demanding that it withdraw a proposed regulation that would increase immigration application fees, eliminate most fee waivers, and transfer funds from application fees to immigration enforcement.





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