Friday, March 13, 2009

Merger group's motives?


Seattle attorney Miles Stanislaw was the spokesperson for the One Community, One Town at last Thursday's meeting where the organization promoted its plan to merge Sun Valley into Ketchum, thus eliminating Sun Valley as a separate city.

Mr. Stalislaw's firm's Web site displays pictures of offices in a high rise in Seattle. If what he stated is true, and that his altruistic goal is to revitalize the economy of Ketchum, why doesn't he simply move his entire 20-attorney law firm to Ketchum, take over some of the vacant office space in town, and hire a lot of locals to work in his law firm?

Mr. Stanislaw also suggested that absent the proposed election, the city councils of the two cities would never find common ground on any issues related to consolidation of services or merger. He claimed that local officials never make any decisions that might affect their chances to stay in office, while at the same time respected and dedicated current and former local elected officials Larry Schoen, Angenie Mcleary, John Thorsen, Ruth Lieder and Joan Lamb were all sitting right in front of him.

On the Stanislaw-Ashbaugh Web site, Mr. Stanislaw states, "In a major dispute there's only one satisfactory outcome—Winning." Is this really the guy that anybody in either community wants involved in or at the head of this issue—a guy who believes in winning at all costs?

James Donoval

Ketchum




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