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Open space not free

Terrill Knight

Many people hope open space will somehow remain and complain when it does not. Property rights and land use laws permit reasonable use of private lands. This is a good thing. Regulations do not create free open space.

The fact that federal, state, county and town agencies control the majority of land in Eagle County is of no long-term comfort. The managing agencies of those lands must meet their constituents’ needs. This may not mean preservation of open space for this small community, but for a greater benefit for much larger populations and interests. Many public lands are sold or exchanged for a greater public need.

Please join those of us who care enough to pay our way to establish more open space. Please vote in favor of the Open Space Initiative (1H). It is our responsibility to pay for the benefits we all enjoy.


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