No means no
Dear Editor:Dear Voters,Soon you will be asked to vote for a second time on adopting home rule for Eagle County. There are several points that you should consider when voting:This measure failed in the November election but some of the Home Rule Commission did not understand the word NO. Now they are spending your tax dollars to bring this up again.Two of the commission members ran for the office of County Commissioner in the November election. Possibly three of the current Home Rule Commission members have indicated a desire to run again for County Commissioner if this measure were to pass. The question is, are they pursuing this current election so that they may have a chance to run for the office they created or are they really doing it for the good of the county? I suggested to the commission that they put a stipulation in the charter prohibiting any of the Home Rule Commission members from running for any of the positions that are created by the passage of this charter. They chose to ignore my suggestion.The best part of the original charter was left out of the current charter. That was making the elections non partisan and doing away with the county assembly process.The Home Rule Commission thinks you, the voters, did not understand what you were voting for. If that is the case we don’t know if you understood anything on the ballot and maybe we should have the entire election over again and tell those candidates that won, that the voters just did not understand. It seems you understood that the child care tax was a bad idea and voted against it, and you must have thought the school tax was good and voted for it. Be sure and vote and tell them again what NO means.We don’t need special interest groups of citizens proposing referendums and creating more government. If an issue is worthy of a referendum it should be taken to the Board of County Commissioners and promoted. If the commissioners don’t listen to the public and can not understand the will of the citizens they can be recalled. We just don’t need more government.Presently commissioners are supposed to only discuss county business in a public meeting. The proposed charter would let them discuss county business in private. This is a bad idea but is supported by at least some of the current commissioners.The current Board of County Commissioners already have the power to adopt a code of ethics. Are they responsible enough to do it?Just let the Home Rule Commission know that you understand that they are wasting your money in a second election for what appears to be a move to create a position for themselves on the county government. We don’t need two more of what we already have. Please support the pending recall election and vote NO on Home Rule.Mike LederhauseMcCoy
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