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Commissioners who will listen

I am both a taxpayer and an Eagle County employee and I support Debbie Buckley and Dick Gustafson for county commissioners.

I have watch sadly as our current county commissioners have wasted our tax dollars. They have ignored the vote of the people to carry out pet projects. They are arrogant and have forgotten that they work for us not the other way around.

I now see Peter Runyon trying to distance himself from Arn Menconi. But I have watched and sat in on meetings of our commissioners and until Runyon started his re-election campaign he agreed with Menconi on most issues.

If Menconi is the demon of bad decisions, where was Runyon’s backbone to stand up for the interests of the taxpayers of Eagle County?

I know that I am tired of the direction our county is going. I want our government given back to the people.

I want our commissioners to truly care about those of us who live here in Eagle County. I want them to remain one of us, first and foremost, a citizen of Eagle County and not become above us as our current commissioners seem to feel they are.

I want commissioners who believe that the citizens of Eagle County are able to run their own lives, make their own decisions and do not need the government to do that for them.

By electing both Debbie Buckley and Dick Gustafson, we will finally have commissioners who will listen to the wishes of the citizens of Eagle County.

We will have responsible stewards of our tax dollars who will remember that it is our money, not their personal bank account.

We will have transparency in our county government.

I know both Debbie Buckley and Dick Gustafson, and given our vote they will be the leaders who make Eagle County our county once again.

Sandy Skiles, Burns

Lying in my bed at home on Bellyache Ridge I can see the Gore and New York mountain ranges all the way to their peaks. I can also see Vail’s Game Creek Bowl, the ski runs in Blue Sky Basin and most of Grouse Mountain at Beaver Creek.

According to the Sarah Palin philosophy (her foreign policy experience relates to the fact that you can see Russia from Alaska) I can therefore (without ever getting out of bed) declare myself to be an expert in both mountain climbing and skiing.

Such nonsense from the McCain/Palin ticket must disqualify them from any thinking person’s consideration for a vote. As a sensible Republican, I ask you to vote for Obama.

Tom McCalden, Wolcott

I am W. Mikel Kerst (Pappy), and I am endorsing Jon Stavney for Eagle County commissioner. I have lived in Eagle County full-time for the past 20 years plus, and have known Jon for the past six years. I had the privilege of being appointed to the Eagle Town Council when Jon was elected mayor, before I was elected myself.

During the four years that I served with Jon on the town council, I saw a person that cared about his community who actively directed positive change in the Town of Eagle. We did not always agree, but Jon did keep the town of Eagle first and foremost while preserving mutual respect between trustees.

I know that as your next Eagle County Commissioner you will see Jon do the same for our region. Jon is running as the Democratic candidate for county commissioner. But while Jon understands and takes all parties into consideration, it is not about the political party for Jon, but truly about the people of Eagle County.

As a member of the public safety community to which I am an elected official in one jurisdiction and work in another, I know that Jon does understand the issues that face the public safety community with regard to housing, to retain good personnel at the fire departments, ambulance services and law enforcement agencies, as well getting us the tools we need to help in working together.

Please join others and me in support of our next Eagle County Commissioner Jon Stavney in the November election. Jon’s personality and commitment to the town of Eagle will be an asset in Eagle County as our next Eagle County Commissioner. We all will benefit.

W. Mikel Kerst, town of Eagle trustee

Greater Eagle Fire Protection District Board of Directors

I am writing in support of Christine Scanlan. She is running for the Colorado State House of Representatives. I am an unaffiliated voter who is fiscally conservative and socially liberal.

I am supporting Christine simply because I think she is the best candidate. I had never met her before the candidate debate hosted by the Vail Rotary between Christine and her opponent in August. At the debate, I was impressed by her maturity, composure, and thoughtfulness. She also has a thorough grasp on the complexity of the various issues that the state legislature is addressing. I think she sends a gesture of respect toward fellow citizens by acknowledging the complexity of issues and refusing to dumb them down into soundbites.

Aside from how impressed I feel by Scanlan as a candidate, I also feel it’s worth mentioning that I am underwhelmed by her opponent, Ali Hasan. While I believe Mr. Hasan’s heart is in the right place, I feel his actions have highlighted his naivete and lack of preparedness for elected office. His declaration of celibacy was at best utterly bizarre. His decree that he is an environmental scientist reflects in my mind a deep lack of understanding and appreciation for the credentials an environmental scientist ought to have. Lastly, his spendthrift campaign has been distasteful and egocentric.

Most importantly, Ali has oversimplified the various complex issues that face our district in a manner that is not reflective of a serious or qualified candidate. The monorail is an enormous project whose raw feasibility is uncertain, let alone its funding. Similarly, the pine beetle presents a potentially insurmountable challenge to our community, and it cannot simply be fixed overnight. I personally find his oversimplified stance on these and other issues to be insulting to those who have spent decades researching and addressing them. Comparatively, Christine does not offer easy solutions, because none are to be had. Instead, she pledges to apply her maturity, composure, and thoughtfulness to reach reasonable conclusions. When she does this, the outcomes are impressive.

In summary, I admire both candidates and respect the democratic process their respective candidacies reflect. I am going to vote for Christine Scanlan because of her maturity, composure, and thoughtfulness.

Scott Proper, Vail

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