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Home rule rulesDear Editor,We’re all winners with home rule.Please cast your “yes” vote on question 1A, to support the Home Rule Charter Commission when your Eagle County mail-in ballot appears in your mailbox shortly. Please ask your friends and neighbors to do the same.A “yes” vote supports:– a diverse group of citizens from throughout our county to study the issues and bring a proposal back to us next year. This is a chance to look at the most effective and fair structure for our county.– local knowledge in decision-making.– the opportunity to communicate locally with your commissioners.Please cast your votes accordingly for the existing three precincts and for two at-large candidates:– Roaring Fork Valley: Jacque Whitsitt, Bob Schultz– District 1: Colleen McCarthy– District 2: Don Cohen, Ron Wolfe and Charlie Wick– At large: Dave Mott and Rohn Robbins.These fine folks are working for us.Sue MozianBasaltSupport 1ADear Editor,My wife and I live in the Emma area of Eagle County. We are actively involved in the politics of our region and recognize the importance of adequate representation in many of the decisions made by Eagle County Commissioners. I also understand how difficult it is for the current commissioners to fairly represent our side of Eagle County. Both the logistics and the complexity of their decisions make it nearly impossible for them. I am not being critical; I do appreciate their efforts, but times have changed and it is time for a new approach.To be fair to those who live here, and to those overworked commissioners, it is time for a change. Question 1A will allow an elected citizen commission to draft a county charter making government more responsive and more representative to all of Eagle County, not just those on this side of things. This Home Rule Charter will increase representation, and that cannot possibly be a bad thing.There are many reasons for voting in favor of 1A, but I only mention these: One, the towns of Basalt and Carbondale are both home rule municipalities … nothing new here. Two, with five commissioners, the opportunity to speak with an elected official on the street corner becomes possible. They will be here, not there. And three, this election only authorizes a Home Rule Charter Commission to study the issue and bring back a proposal for a vote next year … nothing final at this point.For those voters who do not have the time nor inclination to become involved, I ask you trust those who support this change of governance and vote to give it a chance. Now is our chance to make things right, to benefit us all.Willard and Anne ClapperEmma Very disappointed in PIFDear Editor,I just read the article “The Price of Retail Development.” All that I can say is, “Wow, how utterly disappointing.” Yes, most will say that it is better than driving to Junction and that the PIF is just a few pennies. However, this is the first that all of us are hearing about it, and that makes me feel I have been lied to. I will not have the same resolve as my mother, who out of principle, will continue to shop in Grand Junction, which is still where Sam’s Club is. I will, however be counting the cost. Unfortunately for me, who was fed up enough with Wal-Mart to stop shopping there all together when Target opened, will probably just continue to shop at Wal-Mart.Jenny WilliamsGlenwood SpringsVoter will rememberDear Editor,I have to admit I feel a little gypped. I would have much rather been educated about the 1.5 percent PIF for Glenwood Meadows before the stores opened, rather than after. Considering the fee is paid to the stores and it is a taxable item (according to the Post Independent Oct. 7 article), the city and developers certainly had their reasons for keeping everything quiet. I don’t know how metropolitan districts are set up, but it doesn’t seem right that the only people who could vote to approve this fee were clearly those who would benefit the most from it. I am sure that if these funds were sought after in any manner that involved the more general public, it would not have succeeded – or it would have been a lesser fee. Of course this is not going to stop me from shopping at Glenwood Meadows. I am totally thrilled to have these great stores in my backyard, and I think it will be good for the community. But I won’t have to think twice the next time I am presented with a tax increase from the city. You guys should make the most of what you get from your taxable PIF. Heather KellyGlenwood SpringsAnother planter perspectiveDear Editor,Just want to add another perspective to the Post Independent’s Oct. 6 article “Driver slams into new Midland Avenue planter.”Reported: A young woman bent over in her car, and swerved going 25-30 mph … into the oncoming lane – but the lane is separated … blocked … by a concrete planter. She hit the new concrete planter on Midland Avenue.Now, my twentysomething children would be driving down that road in older vehicles (and with infants in their cars) with no airbags in their older cars. Had one of them been in the opposite lane going 25-30 mph, and this young woman crossed the median (and there would be no planter to prevent the young woman driver from crossing the yellow painted line), there could have been two cars colliding head-on at an impact of 50-60 mph (figure the cars traveling toward each other at speeds of 25-30).Instead of clucking at the “nonsensical” concrete planters, we might be thanking the foresight of the Midland Avenue neighborhood for coming up with a plan that ultimately has protected – in a much better way – the public safety of that road.Chris McGovernGlenwood Springs City CouncilwomanAnother reason to vote ‘yes’ for C and DDear Editor, Mountain Family Health Centers asks you to vote “yes” on referendums C and D.There are plenty of good reasons for all of us taxpayers to vote “yes” on refs C and D, including better education and highways.But Mountain Family Health Centers is asking you to vote “yes” for a different reason. We won’t directly benefit from any of the funds that will be available if C and D pass, but our ability to provide care to the medically indigent will be greatly reduced if they fail. We would likely lose 15 percent of our funding.Here’s why. If C and D fail, the state will be plunged into a fiscal crisis. Over the past three years, the legislature has already cut $1 billion from the budget. If C and D fail, the state will be forced to cut an additional $408 million or find funds to offset this deficit. One way the governor and legislature would accomplish this would be to “seize” tobacco settlement and Amendment 35 tobacco taxes earmarked for primary care for the uninsured, as well as cut Medicaid.Referendums C and D, a joint effort of Democrats and Republican leadership, are necessary because of a complicated and destructive clause in the Tabor Amendment.If you would like to learn more about the details, go to http://www.thebell.org or http://www.voteyesonc-d.com.The board members, care givers, support staff and patients at Mountain Family Health Centers thank you for your support! David Adamsonexecutive director, Mountain Family Health CentersNew Castle


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