Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Donít derail Ketchum projects

The city elections next Tuesday present a unique opportunity for us to better understand local government. We wish to express a view that should be considered outside the politics.

Ketchum needs attractions and activities for residents and visitors worthy of a world-class destination resort. A local whitewater park is one of many projects our current mayor and council have worked on and implemented over the past several years. Few would disagree that a whitewater park will attract beginner, intermediate and expert kayakers to our area. Such a park would complement the pristine experience of the Main Salmon and Middle Fork rivers.

This is only one of many irons the current mayor and council have in the fire designed to benefit Ketchum—its residents, workers and visitors.

We fear a change to a council/manager form of government and subsequent removal of all elected officials is a great risk. Consequently, we urge our fellow Ketchum citizens not to jeopardize their vision or derail the projects in the pipeline. Vote no on the council/manager plan on Nov. 8 at Hemingway School.

Buck Drew and Becky Klassen


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