Letters to the Editor
Vail CO, Colorado
Vail residents, your county commissioner lives in Edwards. Avon residents, your county commissioner lives in Eagle. Basalt residents, your county commissioner lives in Gypsum. Does this make sense? After all, each of these communities contribute boatloads of money to Eagle County in the form of property and sales taxes.
Home rule will fix this problem. Five commissioners will serve the five major population areas in the county, namely Vail, Avon, Edwards, Eagle/Gypsum and Basalt/El Jebel. Each area represents approximately 20 percent of Eagle County’s population. This is the central reason for voting yes on home rule.
If you need more reasons, please read Kaye Ferry’s commentary column, which ran on April 11, entitled “We need more commissioners.” Go to vaildaily.com and click on “Commentary.”
Participate in The Longevity Project
The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.
Five is better
I’ve been shocked by the misinformation and wild claims that opponents of the home rule charter have been spreading. For the life of me, I can’t see what catastrophe they’re trying to prevent. What I do see is that these opponents are becoming increasingly challenged by a growing group of citizens who are actually taking the time to pay attention to home rule.
Like me, others are finding that the home-rule charter keeps Eagle County government running absolutely the same way with two good changes: 1) It improves fairness of representation and diversity of ideas by expanding the board of county commissioners to five. 2) It gives county voters, for the first time ever, a way of amending the charter and the ability to overturn bad legislation.
Better representation. Better self-determination. Why are the opponents so against that? Why are they saying just about anything to scare us away from these very positive improvements?
I’m an elected representative on a metro board, and I know from first-hand experience that having five representatives on our board keeps us in better touch with our community, provides better refinement of ideas and, at every monthly meeting, puts five pairs of eyes on the budget.
This isn’t a question of more government, it’s a matter of getting better government. And five is better and wiser than three.