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Dear Editor:Next week’s municipal elections in Carbondale present an opportunity for residents to shape the town’s future like never before. The outcome of these elections may determine whether Carbondale continues to be a town rich in character and opportunities, or it becomes another “McTown,” void of valuable nonprofit organizations and dominated by national chains and their generic architecture and products.While one candidate, Scott Chaplin, is promoting economic development with smart growth, affordable housing, quality of life, recreational and cultural opportunities, and fiscally conservative planning, he is opposed by Libertarian Barry Maggert, who opposes support for all but necessary services. The Libertarian platform is in direct contradiction to the desires of Carbondale residents, many of who have chosen to live here because of our rich culture, unique charm and diverse businesses.Much of Carbondale’s appeal can be attributed to its incredible nonprofit organizations like KDNK, the Carbondale Clay Center, and CCAH, as well as the summer concert series, well-maintained parks and trails, and preservation of its historic heritage. Libertarians oppose this, and believe that the public sector should provide only necessary services like police and fire.I urge everyone in Carbondale to vote for Scott Chaplin on Tuesday, April 4. Scott will continue his hard work and sensible approach to shaping Carbondale’s future. Thank you.Craig SilbermanCarbondale


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