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Vail Daily letter: Holy Cross already has strong leadership

Vail Daily
Vail, CO Colorado

As I read all the letters to the editor in support of Mr. Munk, there appears to be a common theme: “He will take a strong leadership position on the Holy Cross Board, and he has many new ideas that will make the organization much more progressive and forward thinking.”

However, none of these general statements have specific or definitive details that one can evaluate.

The current Holy Cross Energy board has strong leadership and direction. Leadership is not bestowed; it is earned – through collaboration, hard work, longevity and trust.

To suggest that one person is going to change the course of Holy Cross Energy overnight is a misguided theory. Holy Cross Energy staff and management are exceptional. Management and the board work well together. This dynamic is critical to maintaining a cohesive and highly motivated organization.

I would ask that you consider and evaluate my accomplishments on the board and policies that I have helped implement during my tenure. (A copy of my position statement is available by e-mailing me at

In my opinion, those that have commented that Holy Cross is not a progressive company and is not looking to the future are sharing neither fair nor accurate statements.

Holy Cross is in the process of implementing the following renewable-energy generation opportunities:

• Secured a letter of intent with the town of Basalt to help fund a 40 kW micro-hydro project.

• Continued collaboration with Paul Spencer’s Clean Energy Collective on the first community-owned large clean energy facilities.

a. 80 kW solar PV near El Jebel.

b. 890 kW solar PV near the Garfield County airport.

• Preparation of a Request for Proposal for up to 1 megawatt of solar PV.

• Preparation of a request for proposal for up to 10 megawatts of non-solar PV such as biomass or wind.

The buzz word in this election seems to be “green.” Please do not use this as the only yard stick by which to measure the success of Holy Cross.

Reliability and affordability are two important factors of many criteria that should be considered when judging Holy Cross’ overall performance.

Holy Cross instituted a green initiative in 2004 and established a goal of being 20 percent green by 2015. We are well on our way to achieving that goal.

The current debate is not if we are green but if we are as green as some people would like. This can only be accomplished by a comprehensive plan executed over a substantial period of time. There are no silver or green bullets to change this situation overnight. We are making a concerted effort to reduce our carbon footprint by embracing responsible green alternatives as they become available.

I applaud Mr. Munk’s dedication to public service in his community. However, there are many nonprofits that need help in these difficult economic times. I do not think Holy Cross is one of them. Why try to fix something that is not broken?

Bob Starodoj

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