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Bob Milne: Join me, vote for Bud

I just received a forwarded e-mail originated by Towny Anderson that gives me great concern. In the e-mail, Anderson has drafted a letter that he asks supporters to copy and send out as their own. The letter suggests that any resort interests are the enemy of his supporters.

Our economy is based largely on tourism. I don’t know about you, but I cannot imagine running a successful business and creating jobs and opportunities for Steamboat families if we face a City Council majority that is unreceptive to a part of our community that provides jobs and the tax base for the services we all expect. Perhaps some have forgotten that lodging taxes paid a large portion for many of the amenities we all use including air service, Haymaker Golf Course and The Tennis Center at Steamboat Springs.

It is ironic that this e-mail is being distributed the same week that Anderson has an ad running in the newspaper that says, “We need someone on Council who can bridge the current division between business interests and community interests. Towny understands how to collaborate and build consensus.” Conversely, his e-mail includes the phrase, “There are more of us than there are of them.”

As part of the “them,” I am now even more convinced that we need to elect Bud Romberg if we are to have an at-large council member who sees business interests as part of the community and not the enemy. Romberg has lived in our community for almost 40 years.

He raised his family here on a teacher’s salary. He is thoughtful and independent. He has a distinguished record as a volunteer in our community. Anderson’s attacks on Romberg are unfounded, but more important, they reveal his opposition toward those of us who have invested our blood, sweat and tears to create jobs and opportunity in this community.

If you are as concerned as I am about protecting jobs and our tax base, please vote for Romberg.

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Bob Milne

Steamboat Springs