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Basalt: Community or commodity

Dear Editor:Is the “new” Basalt a community or a commodity? That is the question the citizens of Basalt will have to ask themselves when they vote for the new Basalt Board of Trustees on Tuesday, April 4.In this election, there are five candidates vying for three vacancies on the board. As citizens of this small town, we should consider ourselves fortunate to have such an array of qualified and committed individuals willing to serve as town trustees. However, having said the above, we must decide which three among the five candidates in this election is most likely to honor the citizens’ stated desire to have Basalt retain its small-town character. Let’s face it – the town of Basalt is under enormous pressure from many development interests to “cash in” on Basalt’s current popularity. The good news is that some of these development proposals, if enacted, will serve to not only maintain but also enhance Basalt’s small-town character. These developments will support the community of Basalt. The bad news, however, is that there are just as many development proposals on the horizon that are more inclined to use Basalt’s current “hot” status as a vehicle to line someone’s pockets – and then move on to the next venue. These developments will exploit Basalt as a commodity.So, the question becomes, who among the five candidates do you think has the combination of willingness, determination, vision and guts to sift through all of these proposals and distinguish between beneficial community development and development which might best be described as “feeding at the trough”?Gary Tennenbaum, Chris Seldin and Amy Capron possess the qualities stated above that will be necessary for the “new” Basalt to achieve and maintain its community goals.They will stand up for what best serves the “new” Basalt community and they will turn down that which merely attempts to exploit the “new” Basalt as a commodity. I strongly urge you to vote for them on April 4. Greg ShugarsBasalt


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