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Holy Cross choices for board between old school and needed new (green) blood

Dave Munk
Vail, CO, Colorado
newsroom@vaildaily.com

Although probably not from climate change, things sure have been heating up in our valley lately surrounding the Holy Cross election for the Board of Directors!

It’s great that folks are paying attention to this — many for the first time ever.

We should all be informed and involved.

Why? Because the management of our utility affects our economy, our environment and our future.

So how should you vote? In many ways, the choices are clear.

Holy Cross energy members just received a rather startling commentary from the current board president, who is up for re-election. His message: Impacts from a warming climate are natural, and milder climates from climate change are good for civilization! Yikes.

I don’t know about you, but I sure appreciate a couple of well-known local ski mountains, and a major chunk of our economies are built on attracting folks who like to slide around on snow without having to go up to 12,000 feet to find it! Living as close to the outdoors as we do, most of us realize the impact of weather, climate, and precipitation on nearly all aspects of our lives.

A big part of the Holy Cross generation mix is and will continue to be based on fossil fuels. But the balance — along with the rate of demand growth — are decisions that fall squarely on the laps of the Board of Directors.

There are tough decisions to be made, but visionary solutions are attainable once we move beyond a “business as usual” mindset. That commitment comes from the top, and it’s high time that our leadership actually leads.

The time for action is now. Ballots are due in to Holy Cross by June 5. If you lost your ballot, call Holy Cross right away to receive a replacement.

Your other choice as a member is to come to the annual meeting, which offers a free dinner and entertainment. You can vote in person there, but you must arrive before 6 p.m.

Let’s help the old-school incumbents ‘”graduate'” so they can enjoy the warmer weather!

There is important work to be done, and we can start by electing Marshall Foote and Adam Palmer to the Board of Directors. Their experience, commitment, and vision will translate directly into a better energy future for all of us.

See you on the slopes!

Dave Munk