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Packing chambers

Don Rogers

So, pack the county commissioners chambers with a friendly audience and the crowd represents the overwhelming sentiments of the community.But fill their chambers with folks who oppose what they’ve clearly already decided and the crowd is just another interest group, an unrepresentative sliver of the community at large.Always nice to have your cake and eat it, too. The truth, of course, is that this community is split on questions of growth and how best to deal with it.This week Commissioners Arn Menconi and Peter Runyon approved a moratorium on paperwork to convert, say, a ranch to a neighborhood over Commis-sioner Tom Stone’s nay vote.The gesture is entirely symbolic – unnecessary and too short to have any real-life meaning. Just don’t tell the howling folks in the building and real estate trades.The real battles will come when the real steps to limit growth come up. Interest groups won’t have to pack the chambers then. Vail, Colorado

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