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November 14, 2012
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What real leadership looks like

(Editor's Note: This letter was originally addressed to Eagle Town Board member Brandi Resa and a copy was forwarded to the Eagle Valley Enterprise for publication.)

I read the article from your Oct. 31 blog regarding Roxie Deane's membership on the Eagle River Station Metropolitan District Board of Directors. For you to suggest, as your article does, that Roxie has, or ever would, be involved in public corruption, take a pay-off or otherwise engage in political shenanigans harmful to Eagle (what ever that may mean) is below the belt, even for you.

If you, or any other person you claim to be acting on behalf of, has any evidence of corruption, bribe-taking or other breach of the public trust, you should step forward with your proof. If you lack proof but still have a good faith belief that corruption has occurred or is occurring, your obligation to the town and its citizens is to ask for an investigation, not blog off your unsubstantiated allegations in an attempt to smear the name of a person who has given more to this community than anyone I can think of.

Did you ever stop to think that when you make such baseless allegations who that impacts besides her? Her daughters and grandchildren all live here, and while they know that their mother and grandmother is above reproach in her ethics, the allegations, as baseless as they are, hurt people. Sadly, that seems to be your objective on the board for the last seven months. Your actions to date have been confined to attempting to embarrass individual members of the staff, undermining their security in their compensation and benefits, and publicly floating baseless notions that something illegal or unethical is happening in the town you say you love so much. You do it all in the name of "transparency" so the ends can justify your means.

I write you not only in defense and support of someone I care a great deal about, give the highest level of respect to and would trust with the most sensitive of matters, but also for your benefit. At some point in time your opportunity to be a leader is going to pass you by and you will be nothing more than an interloper to the board. I hope you can make that change soon. The town needs leaders. Getting elected doesn't make you a leader and tearing down other leaders who paved the way for you doesn't make you one, either. If you don't know what real leadership is, I suggest you call Roxie, apologize to her and ask that she enlighten you.

Edward Woodland

Eagle Mayor


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