John Sabal should have been appointed |

John Sabal should have been appointed

Joan-Carol Brigham

Wednesday’s appointment of Karla Trippe to the Silverthorne Town Council shows consistency among most of the members of the Silverthorne Town Council – that the majority of these elected officials will continue to do what they want and continue to ignore what the citizens want.

Who is Karla Trippe? She is only a three-year resident of Silverthorne. Why didn’t Karla run in the recent April election? What is her passion for Silverthorne?

The citizens of Silverthorne’s next most favored candidate for town council is John Sabal. He missed a seat by only 10 votes, votes made by Silverthorne citizens. These same citizens took their valuable time to come to the town meeting this past Wednesday to voice that they wanted John Sabal on the town council. No one came to voice his or her support for Karla Trippe (or any of the other candidates).

Mayor Lou DelPiccolo is a very effective campaigner and a master of cronyism. He along with his voting members of the council: Koop, Swanson, Long and now Trippe are going to maintain the status quo – making Silverthorne a suburban sprawl, developing outside the commercial core, spending money on inefficient services, building ineffectively and ignoring how wise it would be to encourage and support a town center. All the while thinking they are doing it for the town benefit when they ignore what the town wants.

John Sabal woke the town up, worked hard and passionately door-to-door to let people know about the issues. The people respected this and valued this fresh, consensus-based approach for the town council. And now again, the people are ignored. Where is the incentive to work for sincere principles when dirty politics, cronyism and arrogance characterize our town government?

Joan-Carol Brigham


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