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Johnson shuns open government

Dear Editor:

I have followed with some interest the current campaign for Pitkin County commissioner. As a second-home owner in the town of Snowmass Village I obviously cannot cast a ballot; however, the recent excuses Mr. Johnson has given for circumventing the Colorado Sunshine laws has obligated me to write this letter.

Although not a lawyer, I am married to a currently sitting mayor in our hometown and understand the spirit of the Sunshine laws. Although these laws somewhat vary from state to state, they were all put into place for the same purpose, to keep the public informed of what their public servants were doing and to avoid so called-back-room deals.

When Mr. Johnson states that he technically broke no law he very well may be correct; however, he certainly broke the spirit of the law, and he appears to know it. That alone would get my wife run out of office and certainly not re-elected.

I am not commenting on any policy stands that Mr. Johnson holds; however, his disregard for the importance of open government as a fundamental tenet of our liberty should make one pause before casting a ballot for Mr. Johnson.

Adam Beckerman

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