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Malone is undaunted for Pitkin County

Dear Editor:

Citizens will vote their conscience on Nov. 4 and select a commissioner who represents their values. I moved to Pitkin County in 1994 impressed by the extreme difference compared to Eagle and Garfield counties. The voters of Pitkin County, I could see, had different values. I felt a presence of history, a pride for the “Aspen Idea,” and a smart outlook on growth limits. Above all, I joined a community that understood its quality of life will always be dependent on the quality of the landscape. How do you preserve all of this? You vote for Dee Malone.

I first knew Dee Malone as my instructor at Colorado Mountain College, and was impressed with her ability to engage students with diverse biological lessons, from Independence Pass through downvalley, literally using Pitkin County as a classroom. Many were difficult critical-thinking lessons about the outcomes of decisions made and actions taken for the health or degradation of our environment ” and thereby our daily lives.

Years later, I stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Dee at city and county meetings where everyone else in the audience was a dollar-bill-eyed developer or businessman who only wanted commissioners to vote like Garfield and Eagle counties. I remember watching Dee get interrupted by their snide comments and rude behavior, but she remained undaunted and pressed-on with the facts. She stands her ground against poor planning, and fights for the values of Pitkin County citizens.

You vote for Dee Malone because she has common sense, understands what real-world improvements or degradations may occur from commissioners’ decisions, and isn’t afraid to vote her conscience to do what’s right for Pitkin County’s future. Eagle and Garfield Counties today are suffering from the poor development regulatory decisions of past commissioners ” you can rest assured if you vote for Dee Malone.

Joshua Ruschhaupt

San Francisco


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