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Make your vote count

Dear Editor,When an election is honest and forthright, it is a chance for the people to advance our collective evolution. We are considering the courage and deliberation that elected officials give to their decisions and thus to our lives.I’m proud of our Carbondale Board of Trustees and what it has accomplished, but the current election again concerns a “big-box.” It concerns the impacts from attracting 12,000-19,000 car trips daily, exhaust fumes thickening into neighborhoods, nights brightened by high lights and streets crowding with traffic overflow.This election is about honoring the recommendations of a balanced congress charged with meeting weekly for a year and a half to formulate a road map.It’s about Carbondale’s potential 3.5 percent tax on $20 million in big-box sales ($700,000 yearly) and it’s about the collateral effects of losing locally owned and operated stores that pay taxes on less volume but plow their profits back into the community they live and invest in. It’s about not attracting more stores like them.Every election is about the values we nurture, what we wish to become and where we think our true wealth lies.Though confusing, we need only vote for one trustee – let’s make it count for our community.John HoffmannCarbondale

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