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Lost sheep need a voice

(Editor’s note: This letter was originally addressed to the editor of the Vail Daily.)Dear Editor:I am a resident of Eagle County who resides way over here in the Roaring Fork Valley with the other lost sheep of the county. There is a beautiful (practically impassable) mountain plateau between you and me.South Highway 82, the Glenwood Canyon, and a good section of I-70 lie between us as well.We ski at the “Aspen Ski Company mountains,” work here, play here, shop here, and it is damn difficult to drive the extra miles through traffic and snow and sleet and sun and etc. to visit you all.We have different dynamics of housing issues, traffic issues, employment issues and education issues. We are sandwiched with Pitkin County to the south, Garfield County to the north, and you are way over there, thinking about the Vail Valley and the people who live there.We need representation from our section of this vast county. Jackie Whitsitt, a very capable representative, ran for a seat on the county commission. She rocked the vote here, but over there? Who the hell is Jackie Whitsitt, and where is El Jebel? During the last election when the home rule question was put before the voters, once again, a landslide over here. Over there? Why do we need two more commissioners?Unfortunately, in order to create a more fair system of government, part of the change to a home rule county, comes with the addition of more commissioners. Regardless, please allow this part of the county to gain a voice. We deserve to be heard and have our ideas and concerns relayed to the county by a resident of our community.Vote Yes! Home rule rules!Susan Anderson and Greg PaulEl Jebel

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