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Dear Editor:

The Red Ant and her many friends who sponsored Wednesday night’s Local Issues Forum wish to thank the community, seventeen speakers, including BOCC candidates who participated. We were pleased that approximately 75 community members attended, many of whom we had not met before that evening and had not seen in prior community discussions.

The speakers and candidates were so well prepared and well organized that the public was able to hear concise, clear and balanced positions on all the local issues. Additionally, all presenters prepared concise materials which were handed out and available for review on http://www.TheRedAnt.com. They will serve as a useful quick guide of the pros and cons of the issues and candidates’ positions as you prepare to vote. Thanks to Don Davidson, CPA who prepared an easy to understand analysis of the impact of the taxes on the ballot for a typical homeowner. That is also available on our website, along with The Ant’s views on how she would vote if she could.

Moderator Paul Menter and timekeeper Kyle Ryan did a remarkable job of keeping 17 passionate speakers on point and communicating efficiently and balancing the time for all viewpoints and audience questions. In doing so, our goals of civil discourse, voter education and presentation of diverse views were well met.

We look forward to organizing other such community discussions after the holidays. After the good dialogue at the Burlingame event in August, we had many requests for organizing other such community meetings.

Thanks to our underwriters, and the community leaders who showed their commitment to voter education and our local democratic process! To those elected officials who, on philosophical grounds, declined our invitation to speak (Ireland, Skadron, Johnson and Owsley), your perspectives were missed.

The forum will be broadcast by GRTV (Channel 12 and by Internet Live Web http://www.grassrootstv.org) at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, 9 p.m. on Thursday, and 11 a.m. on Saturday.

Don’t forget to vote! And don’t shy away from the local issues on the ballot. These are the ones that affect our everyday lives and careers. Spend an extra 15 minutes and inform yourself so that your vote will count in the place you live!

The Red Ant

Marilyn Marks

Elizabeth Milias

Aspen


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