Ken Gansmann: Big boxes the big issue in S’thorne |

Ken Gansmann: Big boxes the big issue in S’thorne

Ken Gansmann
Silverthorne business owner

The campaigns for Silverthorne Town Council have avoided the big issue. Lowe’s and Home Depot (“Big Boxes”) have building applications before the town. Town counsel has advised all the candidates not to campaign on the issue of these applications to insure the applicants fairness, due process and the rights accorded under law.

There are two slates of candidates pursuing three council positions. One slate is comprised of Dave Anderson, Russ Camp and Stu Richardson. These candidates and their supporters have not expressed any view as to what their position might be on big boxes in our community. The other slate of Wade and Preaus, also have not expressed their views on big boxes, at least not to the general public. But let’s face reality. The primary supporters of Wade and Preaus have openly expressed their strong opposition to big boxes doing business in the town. These supporters include Don Sather (owner of Big Horn Ace Hardware) – itself a big box. Why do you think they chose Wade and Preaus as their candidates?

Everyone appreciates Sather’s investment and commitment to doing business in Silverthorne. However, he was not denied the opportunity to build and construct his own big box in the town. In essence, Sather and the other primary supporters of Wade and Preaus stand for denying citizens of Silverthorne market freedom, access to competitive markets, land use rights, and economic privileges associated with democracy and capitalism. Unfairly denying land use rights to Home Depot or Lowe’s could result in a lawsuit creating substantial legal liability to Silverthorne citizens. Wade is well aware of costly litigation due to lawsuits his administration presided over when he was town manager; and, this writer was around to witness that unnecessary fiasco.

The renowned economist Milton Friedman said “economic freedom is a necessary condition for the creation and sustainability of civil and political freedom.”

Vote for Anderson, Camp and Richardson

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