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On the Vail Daily Web site, readers can comment on each story or editorial they read there.Here in old-fashioned print, we publish excerpts:Re: More to home rule than numbersI think that each member of Eagle County should be a commissioner. That way, stupid ideology would be eliminated, and we could have more discussion about decisions. More discussion always creates better decisions. We should also have a discussion quota. At least 100 hours of discussion on each agenda item, to ensure a good decision.Re: More to home rule than numbersThe Vail Daily article is correct! There is MUCH more to home rule than numbers. The home rule charter could change the number of commissioners to five or seven. It could change currently elected officials, such as the sheriff, to appointed positions. It could remove term limits for commissioners and raise the commissioners salary to $100,000 from the current $50,000. The point is do we need home rule? Is bigger government better? Why have only two counties in Colorado moved to home rule? The state Legislature has spent decades developing and refining the statutes dealing with running county government. If it is not broken why shoud we spend a lot of the taxpayers money to fix it? The charter commission members are not paid. However, they are allowed to rent office space, hire staff, hire legal counsel, and purchase office equipment. It will cost tens or possibly hundreds of thousands to write a charter which the voters might then reject.Vail Colorado

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