If Tom Huerkamp is going to attack me (9/18 DCI), then he should at least read my letter to the editor published 9/11/13 — "Impeach/recall Judge Patrick" — lamenting the loss of the right-to-farm in Delta County. I need to correct some of his false accusations.
Number 1. I did not say that Bruce Hovde drove 50% of the Mennonites out of Delta County.I did say that, despite his 2008 pledge to protect property values, he is partially responsible for a 50% drop in property values during his first term. I based this on Delta County records of assessed value for golf course lots, and for Bruce's own property.
Again, Bruce has had the opportunity to repeal Delta County's Specific Development regulations as they pertain to agriculture. As of the 9/13/13 constituent meeting, he still opposes repealing it. By not repealing the Specific Development regulations against agriculture, which directly violates the state right-to-farm law (CRS 35-3.5-102(2)5), Bruce has caused the Hostetlers a delay of about two years in hearings and to spend an additional $50,000 to $100,000 just on legal fees, consultants and expert testimony. Maybe you think causing the chicken farm and other ag businesses these types of cost and delays attracts ag business to Delta County, I happen to think they are a disincentive for new ag business to move here and thus Bruce is partially responsible for part of the economic woes and property value loss in Delta County.
Number 2. I in no way talked at all about Bruce's motives. I never said that or even thought that. For the record I do not believe that Bruce has a vendetta against the Mennonites or the Hostetlers, though I do believe he is for excess control as evidenced by his position on ag regulations.
Number 3. Tom calls my positions "extreme" on my school board candidacy. I don't think he knows my positions, but for the record they are: a limited, more responsive, open school board, local control, parental choice and values, and vouchers in Delta County when authorized. I would welcome public interaction at school board meetings and work sessions (now banned). I personally think that technology, i.e. the Internet and online courses, can assist in a lower cost, better education. I believe in competition in education as the best way to fine tune the system. Competition from private schools if vouchers (parental values?) are approved and competition with and among public schools including charter schools. I would explore assisting home schoolers with surplus school assets like unused classrooms and bus space including participation in school athletic events.