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Put Miner back on Douglas commission

In comparing the platforms of Don Miner and Tim Smith, it is difficult to find any significant differences.

It is the resume where the differences are most startling. Miner is seeking his third term on the Douglas County Commission, while Smith is a newcomer to politics.

The status quo is not always the best, but when new ideas are not presented by the challenger it is hard to vote against the incumbent — especially when the incumbent is doing a good job. For those reasons and more we believe Miner should continue to be on the commission and represent South Shore residents.

Smith, as outgoing Tahoe Douglas fire chief, definitely has the leadership qualities, budget experience and skills to make hard decisions that we all want in our elected officials.

Miner, however, has been making decisions for all of Douglas County for the past eight years.

Miner is pleased with the direction the county is going; providing more services for citizens, getting more people to tap into sewer lines and stop using septic tanks, providing more retail, and relying less on tourism and more on economic diversity.

A burning issue at the lake is affordable housing. Miner says the stumbling block here is the cost of land as well as TRPA building restrictions. He said until rules are changed to allow for more density, affordable housing for Douglas County residents will have to be built in the valley.

Miner believes TRPA has outlived its usefulness. He believes economic and environmental needs within the basin are out of kilter because TRPA has an agenda that does not balance the two.

In his position as county commissioner, Miner is one of the 14 members of the TRPA Governing Board.

When it comes to crossing state lines and working with El Dorado County, Miner is reserved about helping out with Lake Tahoe Airport. When there was commercial air service at the airport Douglas County contributed to the cause. Now Miner wants to see the figures to decipher if his help would have any economic value to the county he represents.

Miner may at times rub people the wrong way because he speaks frankly and not in the nice sound bites that politicians are so accustomed to spouting. He knows a lot of people and has his fingers in every pot. On the one hand this can benefit those he represents, while on the other hand it can raise questions of being part of the old boy network and the perception of conflicts of interest.

Despite these possible drawbacks, we fully believe Don Miner should be elected to a third term as Douglas County commissioner.

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