All right everyone, the time is growing near for us to vote. There is so much at stake in this election for us here locally. All I ask, no matter what your political affiliation, is to think back to when you came to this valley.
For a lot of us, that was a long time ago. I want you to try and remember what made you choose the Roaring Fork Valley as your home. I bet it wasn’t because the cost of living was lower than most other places, or that you would get top pay for your line of work. If you thought the way I did, it was because of the great outdoors, the fresh air, and the quality of life you wanted for you and your family.
Those very reasons you chose this area to live your life in are being threatened today. We can’t let leaders that think polluting our water table and air a little is OK if we get enough money for it. What price would you put on you and your family’s health?
It doesn’t matter how much money we get or how many jobs are created, if you and your family lose quality of life, even a little, that’s too much.
Our present county commissioners are very open about the fact that they are all for big gas companies coming into our beautiful valley and doing whatever is necessary to extract their product and pay the county lots of money to do it.
Those of you who have been here long enough to know what it was like before the gas drilling started know that things were fine, we made do. Do you even know anyone who works for one of these big, out-of-town gas companies? I don’t, and I bet most of you know of a few at best.
We need commissioners who think about our quality of life and health first and profit second. This decision has to come from your heart, not your wallet. I feel that Sonja Linman and Aleks Briedis will do this for us.
I noticed candidate Sonja Linman’s announcement of her listening tour. To someone who hasn’t been paying attention well, she makes it sound as if the Garfield Board of County Commissioners is not open, accessible, representative or collaborative, and that they do not operate for the good of the entire county.
John Martin has always listened. I’ve seen him interrupted at lunch, at the Downtown Farmers’ Market, on the way to a BOCC meeting many times. He always listens, even if he’s already heard it a dozen times.
I know, because he’s listened to me in those exact situations. That’s the way he has always conducted himself. It doesn’t have to be a special event with Mr. Martin. It’s how he’s done it for as long as I can remember.
I’ve listened to both Ms. Linman and Aleks Briedis recently, and they think it’s time for a change. They used all the right, if somewhat vague, words to support that notion.
We have one of the most highly regarded counties in the country with exemplary fiscal expertise and a reserve fund in excess of $100 million.
What would they have us change it to? I’m quite impressed with the job our current Board of County Commissioners has done. They all get my vote. And they deserve yours.
I’m seeking forgiveness for being a public fireball on Sept. 17 in regards to my comments about the transfer station proposal. The dark hues of my rainbow prevailed, and I’ll be singing a lot of silly songs to playground kids to make up for this one. Whether my rhetoric is sound or not, the delivery was sour and I usually try to be more constructive.
Furthermore, when I write in the Carbondale Citizens Google group, as my electronic signature info describes, I’m speaking for myself and/or EverGreen Events. Sometimes I mention my affiliation with Carbondale’s volunteer Environmental Board, as I mistakenly did at the Board of County Commissioners meeting on Sept. 17, without excusing myself from it – like I normally do when about to pop off in public about a topic that pertains to both the EBoard and my other activities.
So I’d like to officially clarify that I was not in front of the Garfield County building holding a sign that read “Garbage Kills; Compost Saves,” or spitting venom into the microphone against the proposal team on behalf of the EBoard. Instead, as evidenced by my description in the Sopris Sun article of Sept. 20 regarding the transfer station, I spoke as a co-owner of a licensed trash hauler.
Either way, outside sources often claim that both the EBoard and EverGreen Events are revered and helpful voices for making sustainable improvements to our community. I couldn’t agree more. Whether my comments were helpful or hindering, this yard ape could have represented everyone better.
Back before the bag ban was enacted, I used to shop in Carbondale. Now, because I use those bags several times over, I am doing all my shopping in Basalt or Glenwood. I try to do all my shopping on one day and in one place. It is no longer Carbondale.
That means that I no longer spend money at the Carbondale grocery store, pharmacy, liquor store, cleaners, hardware, diner, and miscellaneous retail stores. Instead I spend my money where the grocery store lets me have plastic bags.
How many others are doing the same? How much is this bag thing costing Carbondale?
In these hard economic times, we don’t need laws that stifle business.
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