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"No’ arguments not based on reality

David Anderson - Silverthorne

Those who are saying a no vote Dec. 9 will preserve quality of life in Silverthorne are advancing sentimental rhetoric, not reality.

Of course, we all enjoy the open spaces and scenic views or we would not live here.

But there are many amenities in Silverthorne that contribute to our high quality of life – the recreation center, the skate park, the library, the Nordic trails, the pavilion, the Three Peaks golf course, the new elementary school and the many miles of trails.

None of these community assets would have been possible if past Silverthorne residents had chosen to isolate the town from new residential or commercial development.

Silverthorne residents are once again faced with these same decisions. Are we going to continue to be a progressive community that seeks to balance residential and commercial development?

Are we going to provide local jobs for our residents? Are we going to reject the optimism and progressive thinking that has established our community and vote against local jobs, to protect an 11-acre parcel that sits between industrial warehouses and suburban housing, and along a busy state highway?

When the sentimental emotion is separated from the real issue; the choice is clear. For the long-term future of Silverthorne, vote yes Dec. 9.

David Anderson


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