Wallace did the right thing about smoking | SummitDaily.com

Wallace did the right thing about smoking

Don ParsonsSummit CoveMichael CraigCopper Mountain

John Rutledge’s Oct. 14 letter criticizing County Commissioner Bill Wallace bashes Wallace for his decision not to take action on a petition to submit to the upcoming ballot a revision of the smoking ban.What John did not point out is that Bill and his colleagues had spent months conducting public hearings and seeking public input on the original proposal to ban smoking in public places. The commissioners spent an additional several months coming up with the ballot language, again in an open and publicly informed process. After the election the commissioners laboriously brought all interested parties to the table to craft the language of the smoking ban ordinance. The proponents of a new ballot question presented their request two days before statutory deadline for adding questions to the ballot, with no opportunity for public input. How could the commissioners have taken this request seriously without violating their obligations to the public?Wallace has been widely applauded for his efforts on behalf of health care (the new hospital is largely due to his initiative), the environment (especially land use, open space and recreational trails), and education.He is known as a stickler for process and nearly famous for his open mind. Many may have bones to pick with him about any one of his decisions, but all of us respect him for his fairness and objectivity.

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