Who am I to tell someone how to vote in the up and coming elections? But what I will do is recommend voters pay close attention to Bruce Baizel, who is running for county commissioner.
I think they will find him to be thoughtful, intelligent, fair-minded, well-rounded in experiences, an advocate for children's issues and most of all full of integrity.
This last year has proved to be a tough year for the commissioners, and it's important that we elect someone that is in this race to serve the greater good of the community instead of someone who has a personal agenda or is simply looking for a job.
It was almost 25 years ago that I met Bruce and his wife, Lucy, while teaching skiing at Purgatory. Lucy and I worked together for many years, and during that time, I grew to love and respect this family very much. What I like most about Bruce is that he is sensitive to the fact that there may be more than one way to look at an issue, or more than one way to resolve an issue.
His experience with the law, open space, working with the tribes, running a law office, operating a farm and his work with the oil and gas industry all show his vast experiences and involvement in many issues, both rural and urban.
Please get involved this year. Go to the debates, read comments in the paper, get to know the candidates and feel free to direct questions to Bruce personally.
I think the voters will also find that the qualities I've learned to admire in him might impress them, too.
Pam Leisle, Durango