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We're aware of the candidates' websites. Unfortunately, they reveal little about what each would actually do as commissioner when it comes to oil and gas development. Instead, we see a lot of platitudes about energy independence, environmental stewardship, etc.
Our editorial simply sought to urge candidates to be crystal clear in how they would act, as commissioner, in regards to energy development here. Do they support the county's actions to date? Would they attempt to overturn any or all of the conditions enacted by the current commissioners? Which ones and why? What do they think the role of the county is vis-a-vis the authority of the Colorado Oil and Gas Commission?
Tina does the best job of providing a little bit of depth on her stance (http://kyprios4change.com/issues/oil_and_gas), but not enough. Moose doesn't mention anything about oil and gas (http://moosebarrows.com/home), and Tim writes in rather vague generalities (http://votetimcorrigan.com/Why_Tim_Is_Running.html).
The newspaper certainly will be questioning the candidates on this issue in the weeks to come, and that information will be shared with the community. The Editorial Board wanted to urge the candidates to be loud and clear, early and often, because seldom has there been an issue as significant at the county level as oil and gas development, particularly in the midst of an election cycle.
You may recall this editorial from a couple of months ago:
Valid point, Scott. We'll continue to update this story with more details about the issues faced by the school.
Jon was aware of his performance being an agenda item for Tuesday's meeting. And when pressed by the council's attorney on whether he was OK with the discussion happening in public, Roberts left it up to the council to decide how to proceed.
I agree that personnel issues generally deserve some level of privacy. But I think it's fair to have different expectations/standards for the city manager, who essentially is the CEO of the city and the lone employee of the council.
As for a mayor, you're certainly not alone in that sentiment. I've heard that issue mentioned a couple of times by community members in the past week.
I'll have to disagree with you on this one, Cindy. Tonight's discussion underscored the division on council in both its direction as well as how its members view the position of city manager. I think that's a discussion residents deserve to hear. Airing those concerns in public may be awkward and uncomfortable, but that's part of the deal when you decide to be an elected official.
It was one of the most honest and candid discussions I've heard from public officials in a long time. I applaud the council for having that discussion, and City Manager Jon Roberts for allowing it to take place. I hope council members left tonight's meeting realizing that open, transparent discussions are not only important, but that any short-term pain or awkwardness is outweighed by the gains in public trust through transparency and accountability.
Here's an update on tonight's action at the City Council meeting:
More details to follow.
Here are the city's/council's identified goals for 2012:
These stories are all too common. So here's my question to everyone: What sort of steps could we take as a community to actually try to address the disrespect for one another and the disregard for the law shown by some cyclists and motorists? Maybe it's pie in the sky, but I'd sure like to be part of a solution.
I remember reading/seeing a similar story a few weeks back.
You're absolutely right in that there is inherent risk when riding a bike on any road, not just Elk River Road. I guess I was naive in that I didn't anticipate a relatively flat and straight one-mile section of C.R. 129 to require "robust onions."
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