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Council candidate criticized for his ‘extreme views’

Pete FowlerGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
David Blazier

Glenwood Springs City Council candidate David Blazier has drawn fire for what some say are his extreme views about housing and elderly residents.Saying nursing homes should be built for the “old people” in order to make room for younger people hasn’t gone over well with everyone.Singled out in letters to the Aspen Daily News earlier this year was the “baby boomer” generation.”The 20-30 years these younger generations must survive homelessness and an overpriced economy until these baby boomers crawl, half-crazed by their inbred lack of spirituality, into nursing homes – or until they drink themselves to death out of their laziness and idleness – these years will be too long for most,” Blazier wrote in a June 9 letter. “For these a plan must be devised to kill you and the rest of this generation off early so the other generations can live their lives as well.”In a letter June 23, Blazier wrote, “their lifestyles actually define inter-generational theft – theft of land and resources that could be preserved for the younger.”Blazier said the June 9 letter was written hastily on a break from work and wasn’t well done.”It just didn’t come out quite right,” he said. “I regret the way it’s written because now all the older folks on city council are saying, ‘He doesn’t like old people.'”He said he also didn’t establish the link between baby boomers and the rich in a “Tale of Two Cities” well enough. In retrospect, he probably would have focused more on the positives of how employee housing can work.

Blazier included the letters in a packet he provided to the press for the upcoming election.He said that he didn’t send the letters to the Post Independent because the message was more directed to Aspen residents.”(Blazier) is making some wild comments,” said councilman Joe O’Donnell. “Saying he wants to build a nursing home for us baby boomers, that scares me a little bit. I have no intention of moving out of my house. … A guy with this attitude, we just don’t need him on our city council. He’d certainly make some comments that would embarrass the whole city if he were elected.”O’Donnell also said Blazier seems to be a single-issue candidate who doesn’t see the big picture or understand other issues.”I do have some concern about someone running for public office that has such extreme views,” said Mayor Bruce Christensen.Councilors need to represent citizens of all ages and not only one particular age group or class, he added.Blazier, who is running against David Sturges for the only contested city council seat, lists his age as 46 years old in his press packet. It also says that he was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, and has been a Glenwood Springs resident since March 2004.Blazier, who says he works as a shuttle driver for Colorado Mountain Express, has billed himself as a representative of the younger, working class and his main issue is housing. He contends the city council is like an old boy’s club that has targeted him because it wants to avoid the housing issue and avoid having anyone different on the council. He said one of them called another newspaper to get his name “smeared.”He also said that a “council consisting of mostly of homeowners, retired or near to be retired persons, and people with management or professional jobs” doesn’t give certain residents a representation on the board.

“These guys down on council can crucify me all they want,” he said. “Maybe they should just pipe down and let someone different be on city council. Where are the renters or the Mexicans – who make up a third of the town – being represented on city council?”Blazier said he might not have written the letters had the city council not voted against his appointment to the housing commission in May. He said he didn’t know why they made the 4-3 decision against his appointment. But he guessed that maybe the council didn’t want an expert on the commission, didn’t want a stranger in government, or maybe the housing commission exists to keep an affordable housing program from happening.He said his 2000 arrest was an embarrassing story, but that he’s glad it came out now because it would eventually be discovered. He said someone started picking on him while he was waiting to order a hamburger at the Hotel Jerome. He didn’t know what to do and told the person to go away, when a bartender came out, blamed the situation on Blazier and began to push him out of the bar, Blazier said.”I pushed him back because I thought the whole thing was unfair, and then the cops arrested me while I was peeing on the side of the building,” he said.Sturges didn’t return a phone message seeking comment.Contact Pete Fowler: 945-8515, ext. 16611

Why not build affordable housing in Glenwood Springs?• Many older people might not like young people and young families.• The big, great “free market” in the sky will handle it.• Government is not in the home construction business. If young people need homes, they can pay for them like other people do.• Building affordable housing in Glenwood Springs will overcrowd schools, roads, the grocery store, and the hot springs pool.• Building housing is expensive. It will raise taxes.Source: David Blazier’s campaign Web site at Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO

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