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John Horan-Kates

There are probably going to be lots of letters about home rule over the next few weeks. Some will highlight that five, vs. three, commissioners more effectively spreads the decision-making load. Others will emphasize that five commissioners gives us better representation, particularly for our friends in Basalt and El Jebel. These are valid arguments, but I want to touch on the non-partisan benefit as that is nearest to my heart. Basically, I think political parties get in the way. While they certainly serve many good purposes, they’re not always helpful. Political parties tend to have answers, and while we need to get to answers, I believe we get there more successfully through a process that emphasizes listening and understanding. Neither Republicans or Democrats generally take this route. They generally promote a fairly firm position that often leads to polarization.When we wrestle over our positions rather than focus on interests or concerns we tend to debate the correctness of our view. In my leadership development work, I have come to prefer respectful conversations, or what we call dialogue, where the principal purpose is to understand the situation. It puts significant emphasis on listening first. Our polarized world doesn’t do this very well and politics is a big part of this.By focusing first on interests rather than positions, on the issue rather than the party line, I think we get better decision-making. More than the other good reasons, this is why I support voting yes on home rule this November, allowing a commission to bring a charter back to the voters next year.John Horan-KatesEdwardsDaisy invitationalThe Daisy Palmer Invitational Golf Tournament Committee would like to thank the following individuals and businesses for their generous support of this year’s Daisy, which was held on Thursday, Sept. 9. The Daisy is named in honor of Bud Palmer’s wife, Daisy, who died of breast cancer, and is the longest running charitable golf event in the valley. The names of the donors are displayed on the prize boards and we encourage participants to support them with their patronage. This year’s event raised approximately $7,000, which was donated to Mountain Hospice. We applaud your community spirit and wish you a successful 2005-06. Thank you Bud Palmer, Leslie Clement, First Bank, Millennium Bank, Eagle Vail Metro District, Gourmet Cowboy Catering, Eagle Vail Golf Club, Country Club of the Rockies, Cotton Ranch Golf Club, Beaver Creek Golf Club, Cordillera Golf Club, Vail Golf Club, Zach Ray, Ben Welsh, Alice Plain, The Lodge at Avon Center, Sonnenalp Resort, The Comfort Inn, Alpen Gold, The Kitchen Collage, La Scala, Joe’s Liquor, Mountain Man, Foods of Vail, Ti Amo, The Left Bank, Ptarmigan Sports, The French Press, Sweet Pea Designs, The Saloon, Fiesta’s, Agave, West Vail Liquor Mart, Cedar’s Flower Shop, Pepi Sports, Any Occasion, Up the Creek, LaBottega, Avon Liquor, The General Store, Dominoe’s Pizza, Chili Willy’s, The Shaggy Ram, The Golden Eagle, Karin’s.Bart and Yetti’s, P Furniture, Sand Bar Sports Grill, The Indian River Gallery, South Forty Liquors, Brithon, Minturn Mile Liquors, Salon Nouveau, Pier 13 Liquors, Slifer Designs, The Lancelot, Ritzy Recall, Russell’s Steak House, Vail Lights, Coyote Café, The Bookworm, The Broadway Café, The Cos Bar, The Brass Parrott.Terri AllenderThat moratoriumThe hearing of late before the county commissioners on the resolution imposing a moratorium on new subdivisions and/or up-zoning of any stripe created no surprise as to the mindset of two of the board’s members (the “ayes”), but was most revealing of the “smoke” fomented by the county, and commonly known as its “due process”; ergo, the hearing was merely a formality to lend some semblance of legitimacy to the proceeding. The two ayes had formulated their decision in the matter some time prior time to the meeting – witness the drafting of the “resolution” itself, the lack of public solicitation by the county for input from the business sector, and the time limitations placed upon public comments at the one and only hearing. It appeared to this observer that the public hearing was a legal prerequisite in the least, and photo-op for the ayes to demonstrate their altruism at most – the economy be damned. It further appeared that the ayes care little for, and gave no efficacy to, the protestations voiced by the vast majority of the public present at the hearing as manifested by the patronizing remarks made by the ayes at the close of the meeting; e.g., we (the board) want the construction industry to work with us, our decision will not adversely affect your businesses, prices won’t be affected, etc. What with the indifference toward the sentiments of the public as evinced by the board’s majority, and their predetermined decision in the matter, one does wonder why anyone shows up at these hearings to proffer input to such “public servants.”It is now on record, and we have been assured by the ayes that: (1) the moratorium will not enhance prices of existing and developed real estate in the county; (2) the goal of more employee and affordable housing will be better served by additional time constraints (I guess construction costs will go down over time); (3) the environment and wildlife will be better protected from the ravages of builders and developers; (4) rich folks with second and third homes in the area will be shown just who is boss and in control; and (5) the ayes will now have more time to redraft and redact the land use regulations to further intrude into the market place, and encroach upon the property rights of owners of undeveloped parcels in unincorporated areas – and this has now been accomplished by eliminating all market forces at play for the next nine months and perhaps beyond. We now have novel economic principles at play, one of which is that by curtailing the supply of a commodity (homes, commercial projects, etc.), the prices of the existing inventory of such is unaffected, even in the face of increased demand – does this mean that Messrs. Manconi and Runyon now stand with the likes of Adam Smith and Milton Friedman? Or should I say, Marx and Engels!Fred ButlerVail, Colorado


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