Vote for Scott for shared values
Dear Editor:I am voting to re-elect Scott Chaplin to Carbondale’s board of trustees.He supports smart growth, recreational activities and affordable housing. Scott is the only trustee candidate not accepting donations by developers. Scott’s strength is his intelligent respect for others, which has created harmony during contentious meetings. Regardless of your politics, Scott treats you with dignity – and this, more than anything else, is what our community needs as we face difficult questions about our future.Those who wish to unseat Scott have misrepresented his support of the Economic Roadmap Group’s recommendations, and have also marginalized the ERG process, by claiming that the ERG was driven by a liberal agenda.When the ERG was formed, it was passionately split down the middle about our future growth. However, these diverse people came to realize that they had more things in common than not. Their shared visions resulted in a series of recommendations that can now help shape an economically sustainable future for Carbondale that is coherent with our community’s values. Divisiveness was bridged, and a plan emerged that is hopeful, positive, creative and inclusive of many viewpoints – a mirror of this community’s strengths, not a reflection of dissension which now seeks to divide us. The board formed the roadmap group by unanimous consent, and then later voted unanimously to support most of its recommendations. Only two motions met contention, splitting the board by a 4-3 margin. This is hardly the ideological boondoggle that some are calling it – it is a debate in which the prevailing side won by one vote.Don’t be fooled by reactionary politics. A vote for Scott is a vote for honoring our community’s creativity and shared values.Kathryn Diamond CampCarbondale
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