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Many of GSPI’s readers know that a local group of volunteer citizens and business leaders, Community Voices for Responsible Growth (CVRG), opposes the Red Feather Ridge project. We believe it will worsen our community’s quality of life and will begin leapfrog growth up the Four Mile Road, bringing urban densities and growth pressure into an area that traditionally has had a less crowded, semi-rural character.

In the few remaining days of this election, we encourage voters who have not already returned their ballots to review all the issues, weigh the pros and cons and, we recommend, cast a “no” vote on this important question.

Whatever the election’s outcome, important issues have been raised about the future of our community and the vision we want to pursue. Hopefully, we can harness and direct the community support generated by these issues toward the common goal of making this a better place for all of us, and our children, to live.

CVRG thanks the Glenwood Springs City Council for its sensible decision to allow city voters to decide the fate of Red Feather Ridge, even after a slim majority of council members voted to approve the project. By putting the issue to a vote, the city showed great respect for the hundreds of citizens who signed petitions opposing the project and spoke out against it during the many meetings leading up to the council’s decision.

We also offer heartfelt thanks to the hundreds of volunteers who have donated their time, money, ideas and encouragement to this campaign. So many people have poured their hearts and souls into this, from putting up yard signs to writing letters to talking with their friends and neighbors about the election.

It certainly has not been just politics as usual. Republicans and Democrats, old and young, city and county residents all have come together in support of one common goal – preserving the qualities that make Glenwood Springs such a special place. It’s that widespread community support that, we hope, will allow our modest citizens’ campaign to succeed in the face of a professionally run and commercially financed advertising blitz.

For those who haven’t voted, please return your ballots immediately. To be counted, City Clerk Robin Clemons must receive ballots no later than 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 24. After this weekend, it’s probably too late to depend on mail delivery, so you’ll need to deliver your ballot in person to City Hall on 8th Street. Every single vote counts.

Lastly, we invite all interested citizens to join with CVRG members Tuesday night at the plaza outside City Hall after 7 p.m. to hear the vote results and review the implications for our future. Involved citizens create the best government.

Michael Larime of Glenwood Springs is a spokesman for Community Voices for Responsible Growth. He is a retired business manager.

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