We formed the Concerned Citizens for the Future of Steamboat Springs because we love Steamboat Springs and we love living here with our neighbors. Thus, we are very concerned about the future of Steamboat Springs. These beliefs guide us:
- Open, free elections depend upon voters making well-informed decisions.
- To do that, Steamboat's voters need solid, accurate information.
- Without open and honest community conversations, the future of Steamboat Springs is even more at risk.
- We must be able to speak about differences without divisiveness, without saying those who differ with us are "low in integrity."
- We know citizens here who are afraid to speak their minds. For Steamboat Springs to survive and thrive, people must communicate without fear.
- It is fair to cite the public words and public actions of candidates running for public office. False or reckless statements relating to candidates are wrong. Our ads referred to facts.
Further, we believe this election was about critical issues such as:
- How Steamboat grows without losing its identity and its character
- Housing workers and their families
- Celebrating accomplishments and fulfilled promises on community-wide priorities
- Continuing the hard work to preserve Steamboat's character and identity
- Engaging citizens in shaping the substance of future policies like the watershed protection ordinance and enhancing our shared history and heritage.
Stephen M. Aigner and Sue Carter
Concerned Citizens for the Future of Steamboat Springs