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Groneman for mayor

Mark Goosmann

Sheila Groneman is a breath of fresh mountain air. She is blowing oxygen back into the lives of frustrated, disenfranchised Silverthorne citizens and residents.

At last, true quality-of-life issues – views, noise, traffic and general pace of life – may return for debate, rather than stymied by simple adherence to what generates the greatest tax dollars.

Sheila Groneman realizes growth in and of itself is not bad, but that uncontrolled sprawl and unimaginative commercial planning are. Specifically, the Silver Mountain Village and Blue River Club projects deserve more debate than a rubber-stamp approval based on town tax revenues.

As planned, these projects will forever alter the character of established Silverthorne neighborhoods such as those on Ptarmigan Mountain and the historic fishing camp of Blue River Valley Lakes Ranch Association.

It is unconscionable – indeed, totally disrespectful of our great western Colorado heritage – that a behemoth Safeway on one side of the valley and yet more trophy golf course homes on the other should be given “carte blanche” preference to our quaint neighborhoods.

Tourist dollars come for what they don’t have at home – character, not necessarily for the conveniences. Some of our cherished – and vanishing – views will be gone forever while traffic is funneled through the streets where children play.

John Sabal, who stands to fill Sheila Groneman’s council seat if she is elected mayor, perhaps said it best recently in the Summit Daily News (March 30), “There’s a disconnect between what the town council wants and what the … citizens want.”

Nobody is saying “not in my backyard.” The voters just deserve a voice …one with the soothing fresh breeze of rationality from Sheila Groneman.

Mark Goosmann

Blue River Valley Lakes Ranch Assoc.

Editor’s Note: Silverthorne’s mayoral runoff election is set for May 7 between Sheila Groneman and mayoral incumbent Lou DelPiccolo.


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