Ecological wisdom teaches us that the boom-bust syndrome has far wider application than just capitalist economics. Economic recessions are, however, the most visible manifestation of panarchy’s four-phase adaptive cycle, with its manifold ecologic as well as economic and social systems interacting in bunched phases of cycle (cf. Gunderson & Hollings’ Panarchy: Understanding Transformations in Systems of Humans and Nature, Island Press. 2001).
Being green is more than just the practice. There’s theory behind it.
As we enter this period of rapid and unsettling change, it will take foresight and intentionality to carry San Miguel County through an era of crises and maintain a successful resort-community niche in the framework of a larger Western landscape. I think I have the experience and far-ranging contacts to help us do that.
I support the sustainability effort spearheaded by Kris Holstrom and sponsored by the towns and county working together as the Intergovernmental Group. I also support Commissioner Joan May’s RSVP (“out of the box”) visioning process. These two initiatives offer us critical pathways forward amid the economic uncertainty of the next few years. I want to fund and nurture those efforts and use my communication skills to keep citizens informed and involved.
I believe the county is in excellent financial shape with a six-month operating reserve, has a great team of dedicated department managers and employees, and over the last two-dozen years has initiated and adopted wetlands, high country and purchase-of-development-rights regulations that are among the most progressive in the state. And yet, as a commissioner who lives in the third district, I’ve tried to hold steady to the principle – one-size-doesn’t-fit-all, getting rid of building codes in the sparsely-settled and fiercely independent West End of the county while imposing strict green building codes in the developed and densely populated East End.
I take very seriously the trust vested in me by the people to protect, not just our species, but the interconnected web of life we inhabit now and for seven generations into the future. My work with the Gunnison sage-grouse and expanded wilderness protection in the county speak to that.
I hope you’ll vote Green on the local level this November, and re-elect the Goodtimes for a fourth term as one of your team of public servants at the county level. If you need more info, visit my campaign website
Since this is such a complex ballot, I’ve been asked by a number of citizens for my ballot endorsements this election. I’m not going to add more verbiage to your burden, but simply provide a cheat sheet for those who are interested in how I will be voting (or supporting, if I’m not in a voting district). Look to others for explanations.
U.S. President & Vice – Barack Obama & Joe Biden
U.S. Senate – Mark Udall
U.S. Rep. (Third Dist.) – John Salazar
State Board of Education Dist. 3 – Jill Brake
State Rep. (58th Dist.) – Noelle Hagan
Dist. Attorney 7th Jud. Dist. – Myrl Serra
San Miguel County Commissioner Dist. 1 – Elaine Fischer
San Miguel County Commissioner Dist. 3 – Art Goodtimes
Supreme Court Gregory Hobbs, Jr. – Yes/Retain
Supreme Court Allison Eid – Yes/Retain
Colorado Court of Appeals Steven Bernard – Yes/Retain
Colorado Court of Appeals David Furman – Yes/Retain
Colorado Court of Appeals Jerry Jones – Yes/Retain
Colorado Court of Appeals Gilbert Román – Yes/Retain
Colorado Court of Appeals Diana Terry – Yes/Retain
Colorado Court of Appeals Robert Hawthorne – Yes/Retain
7th Jud. Dist. Court Judge Chuck Greenacre – Yes/Retain
7th Jud. Dist. Court Judge Steven Patricks – Yes/Retain
7th Jud. Dist. Court Judge James Schum – Yes/Retain
Amendment 46 – No
Amendment 47 – No
Amendment 48 – No
Amendment 49 – No
Amendment 50 – Yes
Amendment 51 – Yes
Amendment 52 – No
Amendment 54 – No
Amendment 58 – Yes
Amendment 59 – Yes
Referendum L – Yes
Referendum M – Yes
Referendum N – Yes
Referendum O – No
San Miguel County Referred Issue 1A – Yes
Town of Telluride Referred Issue 2A – Yes
Town of Telluride Referred Issue 2B – No
Town of Telluride Initiated Issue 200 – Yes
Town of Telluride Initiated Issue 201 – Yes
Town of Telluride Initiated Issue 202 – Yes
Town of Telluride Referred Issue 2C – Yes
Town of Telluride Referred Issue 2D – Yes
Town of Telluride Referred Issue 2E – Yes
Telluride School District Referred Issue 3A – Yes
Telluride Hospital District 5A – Yes
Town of Norwood 5B – Yes
Town of Norwood 5C – Yes
Town of Norwood 5D – Yes
Town of Norwood 5E – Yes
-for Bill Hickey
Too damned old & leonine?
No, I’m bolder & wiser,
Hold bedrock values
in spite of the rainbows I wear.
Share citizens’ trust.
Truth is, this job makes you
change your mind
like teens change clothes.
Learn from whatever
you bump up against & can’t move.
Yes I sometimes roar.
about the People’s work.
Parse a certainty
for the lie it may be.
Sniff the wolves in sheepskin.
the best can be done
on bleeding arteries.
Like Vincent St. John knew.
Like Harvey Milk knew.
Yet, dared to do.