The Durango Herald (April 3) marked the lack of hot issues and the recession as possible reasons for the ambivalence about today's City Council election. Over the last year, I have attended, watched or read about our current councilors as they wrestled with a myriad of problems, requests and special interests during their meetings. After the last council election, I had hoped for strong, wise leadership to promote the way of life we enjoy in Durango.
During the year, I was dismayed at the Oct. 7 master plan tantrum performed by two of our councilors. Many residents and volunteers had commented and worked on the plan and had high hopes for its adoption. Later came the puzzling flip-flop over Twin Buttes by a couple of councilors whom I considered to be champions for our environment. Surely, these were not my candidates. I felt my votes had been wasted.
I am ambivalent. I do not know much about the new candidates. They appear to be very business-oriented. I have read about them and listened to their ideas, but I was fooled before and I don't want to go there again. As far as I am concerned, much of the backbone of the council will leave with the departure of Renee Parsons. Did she make mistakes? Sure, but I felt we knew where she stood on issues, and she didn't back down when in the minority.
I truly will miss her leadership, calm demeanor, constant questioning of issues and, most of all, her friendship. To his credit, Doug Lyon thoughtfully addressed the real questions on many occasions and clearly stated his conclusions. I still am staring at my ballot. I wish the best for our council, but most of all, I wish the best for my hometown and my neighbors.
Mary Karraker, Durango