Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
As I read the Glenwood Springs Post Independent’s March 23 editorial endorsement of candidates for Carbondale Board of Trustees, I was disappointed that my name was missing from the list.
I thought it odd that the Post Independent could generate such an opinion of me without so much as a phone call to get to know me as a candidate and where I stand on the issues that the paper described as having “significant import” for the Carbondale Community. (I guess, not quite enough to speak with me directly).
I’ve spent a number of hours attending town meetings and speaking with local Carbondale residents and town employees, getting a broader sense of what the key issues are in the town.
For some, it is Thompson Divide. Simply stated, I agree with and support the work of the Thompson Divide Coalition (TDC). I agree that it is important to offer compensation to leaseholders for their investments to date and for retiring existing leases. I think the package presented by the TDC best meets the needs of all parties.
For others, it is the definition of “smart growth.” I believe it includes the melding of the needs and desires of our diverse community with the financial realities of our town. To characterize my opinion as encouraging “more development of most any type of business,” is misleading. I believe that with an updated Comprehensive Plan, we will be in a better position to attract businesses that are best for the town.
Education and our schools are key issues for me. I have two kids in Carbondale schools and want to do all I can to support our schools and teachers as they are faced with drastic budget cuts. A healthy educational system is the backbone of a healthy community.
I am ready to talk about the nuts and bolts issues of our town. These include roads, law enforcement, parks and recreation, comprehensive planning, public works, water and sewer infrastructure, and declining revenues. The VCR vote is over. The Thompson Divide is in the hands of Congress. I am ready to focus on the issues at hand.
Doc just wants to thank Carbondale voters so much in advance for not voting for him to the new town board of trustees on this upcoming Tuesday, April 3, election.
What we have going on election night will be a huge town party, from 7-9 p.m. at the downtown magic microbrewery at Jeff’s Beerworks and Weinery at the old post office downtown, just a block away from the Carbondale Town Hall, where the voting numbers should be all counted and known before 8 p.m. election night.
So many people and candidates from the past, present and future of all of Carbondale will be at the brewery celebrating before and after the election, with donated kegs of beer for all of us to celebrate with.
So help to make Carbondale a “fun town” again and stop by with the candidates, friends and families, to celebrate the new and ongoing “happy town” at our Carbondale brewery on election night.
Thanks again for not voting for Doc.
Doc “Dandelion” Philip
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